Penn State | Online
The Penn State online MBA is led by the Smeal College of Business and is AACSB-accredited. To enhance our course offerings, and to provide expertise in various areas of business specialization, world-renowned faculty from the Black School of Business, Penn State Behrend; The School of Graduate Professional Studies, Great Valley; and Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration will also be teaching various courses within this program.
Earn Your Penn State MBA Online: Advance Your Career, Change Your Life
When it comes to selecting an MBA program, you want a quality education that fits your needs. The Penn State online MBA, led by the Smeal College of Business in partnership with Black School of Business, Penn State Behrend; Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies; and Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration, is designed to offer you an experience customized to fit your busy lifestyle and career goals while delivering a world-class education.
This AACSB–accredited MBA incorporates a focus on business strategies, collaborative teamwork, strategic leadership, and an integrative and interactive curriculum across all functional areas of business. You will be able to concentrate on the functional areas in which you want to specialize while working at a pace that works for you.
You will have access to an array of resources as a Penn State student. The MBA program team consists of expert full-time faculty, a top-ranked Penn State World Campus Technical Support team, experienced career advisers, and highly qualified administrative staff. The team provides personal assistance and advice in regard to your academic plan and career goals throughout your time as a Penn State student. You will receive the same educational support resources that our on-campus students receive in their MBA program.
The program will prepare you to become a more effective business professional by exposing you to the principles and practices essential to modern management: accounting, economics, data analysis, ethics, communications, human resources, finance, marketing, leadership, supply chain, strategy, innovation, and digital transformation. In addition to learning in individual courses, you can develop skills that will be integrated throughout the MBA curriculum, including business analytics, problem solving, influencing others, critical thinking, and cross-functional business savvy.
The program provides opportunities for you to apply your knowledge to solving real-world business problems. Graduates should possess a strong foundation of understanding how businesses operate, how to integrate knowledge across functional areas, how to work effectively in high-performing teams, and how to lead and manage strategically for the future.
A defining component of our program is the five-day Orientation Residency held at University Park, Pennsylvania, at the start of the program. Designed to acquaint you with aspects of the program in a face-to-face environment, the residency provides an opportunity to meet your instructors and student peers, immerse yourself in a team performance class, and attend workshops covering student advising services, career management, stress management, alumni relations and networking, time management, and online technology. By the end of the five-day residency, you will have already earned credit towards the degree program.
Keynote speakers will share their expertise and facilitate engaging conversations focused on the translation of your MBA degree to the real-world environment. You will also have an opportunity to connect with the Penn State community through campus tours and events.
Choose Your MBA Concentration
In this 48-credit program, there are 39 General Management credits at the core of the program and 9 credits of concentration course work. We offer 8 concentrations in the areas of accounting, advanced accounting, business analytics, finance, general management, human resource management, project management, and supply chain management. Each concentration allows you to sharpen skill sets specific to your career aspirations. If you are seeking a broader business education, the General Management track might be right for you. The MBA program runs on the Penn State semester system, allowing you to take advantage of other Penn State online graduate degree and certificate courses and programs.
Upon completion of the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in commencement services with other graduates, further cementing the connections you've made at Penn State that will undoubtedly last a lifetime.