Apply Your Knowledge Right Away and Operate at a Strategic Level
The two-year online MBA curriculum focuses on giving you the decision-making tools to communicate, solve problems, and develop strategies across all functional areas of business. Through course work and teamwork, you can learn to analyze problems from multiple perspectives, making you more effective in your current role and preparing you for greater management responsibility. Earning your MBA online while you continue to work full-time offers you the unique advantage of applying knowledge as you learn. This practical application improves the learning experience and allows you to provide value to your employer each day.
Learn more about a typical Penn State iMBA course, team interactions, and online delivery.
Course List - Master of Business Administration
In your first year, you will study the fundamentals and the integration of key business areas. This sets the foundation for developing additional strategic business skills in the second year of course work.
|Markets, Industry Analysis, and Business Strategy||IMBA 501||How markets determine prices and activity in the business firm; the firm's microeconomic and macroeconomic environments; formulation of competitive strategy.||3 credits|
|Financial and Accounting Tools||IMBA 502||Introduction to financial systems and reports; development of ability to analyze financial information, apply financial tools, and communicate financial information.||3 credits|
|Data Analysis Resource Module||IMBA 513||Applications of statistical methods in business management: selection of methods, interpretation of results, and presentation.||2 credits|
|Organizational Behavior and Performance||IMBA 516||Analysis of conceptual models, systems, and decision processes consistent with high levels of individual, group, and organizational performance.||2 credits|
|Accounting for External Reporting||IMBA 515||Ability to read financial reports and analyze their content.||2 credits|
|Strategic Analysis||IMBA 521||Analysis of a company case; development of the ability to draw sound conclusions on business strategies and performance.||2 credits|
|Financial Management||IMBA 522||Principles of valuing capital investment projects and financial assets.||2 credits|
|Organizational Development, Intervention, and Change||IMBA 523||Analysis and assessment of conceptual models, systems, and decision processes for organizational development, intervention, and change; transformation and reengineering processes.||2 credits|
|Residency I Week||Integrative activity on-site at selected firm.|
|Corporate Governance||IMBA 517||Study of interrelationships among shareholders, boards of directors, and managers (owner agents) and other stakeholders in a modern public corporation.||2 credits|
|Project Management||IMBA 531||A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment.||2 credits|
|Accounting for Internal Decision Making||IMBA 543||Basic concepts, issues, tools, and techniques in the use of accounting information for internal decision making.||2 credits|
|Marketing in a Global Environment||IMBA 530||Global marketing planning and strategic formulation for profit and nonprofit firms in the creation, promotion, pricing, and distribution of goods and services.||3 credits|
|Managing Human Resources||IMBA 544||Processes and issues related to staffing and retaining human resources.||3 credits|
|Corporate Information Strategy||IMBA 550||Information technology supporting management decision making, operations, and creation of new products and services; electronic commerce in global markets.||3 credits|
|Corporate Innovative Strategies||IMBA 560||Formulation and implementation of a corporate innovation or technology strategy.||3 credits|
|Global Operations and Supply Chain Management||IMBA 561||Effective management of the flow of goods and services.||3 credits|
|Global Business Management||IMBA 562||Establishing and expanding businesses in global markets and managing multinational firm strategies and operations.||3 credits|
|Strategic Planning||IMBA 573||Application of knowledge in creating and sustaining competitive advantage; development of skills necessary for writing a strategic plan.||3 credits|
|Strategic Financial Decisions||IMBA 574||Advanced capital project analysis; evaluating levered investments; application of option valuation principles to strategic decisions.||3 credits|
|Residency II Week||Integrative activity on-site and program completion.|
A Typical Penn State iMBA Course: Convenient Online Delivery and Group Interaction
As a student in the iMBA program, you can work through the course content at a time and place that are convenient for you. Each course syllabus contains an overview of the course lessons and a list of all the assignments. Typically one lesson is assigned per week. It is your responsibility to meet due dates for reading and activities assigned in the weekly lesson, including scheduling and completing any team-based tasks.
Group work and team interactions are accomplished through a variety of communication technologies that facilitate learning, including telephone (one-on-one and conference calls), message boards and discussion forums, email, listservs, chat, and web conferencing through real-time conferencing software (Elluminate Live!). As you progress through the program, you and your team will select the communication strategies that best meet your needs.
Individual assignments may include participating in a discussion through the course message board, reading assigned pages from a text or electronic articles, responding to questions and submitting your answers through the course drop box, or taking an online quiz. Team assignments may include discussing a case, completing a team project, or writing a team paper.
An experienced faculty instructor guides the learning process in each course. From the beginning of Term 1 and for the duration of the program, teams are established and supported by a faculty member who specializes in team performance in online environments. Your professors will be accessible and available regularly to answer any questions you have. After you submit an assignment, it will be graded, and feedback will be shared with you by email, instant messaging, or through the online course management system or grade book.