The Penn State Online MBA is an interdisciplinary, 48-credit degree built around the three-part ICE framework, a teaching and learning approach that incorporates the principles of Integration, Collaboration, and Engagement. ICE serves as the defining spirit of the Smeal-led Online MBA and shapes the overall design and implementation of its curriculum and your learning experience.
The program strives to unify business concepts across previously siloed business disciplines, allowing you to engage in problem solving from a comprehensive perspective. Every course will also include group projects to encourage peer interaction and to build a learning community among the students. These projects simulate real-world business environments, where individuals frequently work in teams to solve problems.
The program includes 39 core credits and 9 credits of concentration course work. All courses are asynchronous, meaning you are not required to log in at a particular time each week. Optional synchronous discussions will be available for those students who prefer a higher level of engagement.
- Accounting Foundations
- Additive Manufacturing and Design
- Advanced Accounting
- Business Analytics
- Business Architecture
- Business Sustainability Strategy
- Community and Economic Development
- Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Cybersecurity Intelligence Leadership
- Engineering Leadership and Innovation Management
- Financial Engineering
- General Management
- Health Care Business
- Homeland Security
- International Affairs
- Management Consulting
- Marketing Analytics
- Negotiation and Influence
- Project Management
- Public Administration
- Real Estate Law and Valuation
- Strategic Leadership
- Supply Chain Management
- Supply Chain Risk Management
- Talent Diversity Leadership
Many concentrations require program prerequisites from the above core MBA courses. Please consult with your adviser to determine the course sequence that is most appropriate for your plan of study.
Students in the Advanced Accounting concentration are required to have either work experience or a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.
To take this concentration, students must have undergraduate course work in networking, cybersecurity, or programming, plus a course in statistics.
Students in the Health Care Business Concentration must have an undergraduate degree in health administration or health management program and/or experience working full-time in health care for at least three years. Admission to the online MBA program is not a guarantee of approval to enter the Health Care Business concentration.
If you wish to apply credits earned in the Graduate Certificate in Marketing Analytics to the Online MBA, please be advised that 3 out of the 4 courses in the certificate will transfer as concentration electives (MKTG 812, 813, and 814). MTKG 811 will not transfer if you start the certificate and then apply to the Online MBA. Students starting with the Online MBA will have MKTG 811 waived. For additional questions, please contact [email protected].
Optional Global Immersion Experience
This learning experience is designed to enhance your ability to communicate cross-culturally, adapt to evolving business environments, and manage some of the key risks and benefits of operating on a global scale. The Global Immersion trip may include visits to corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities, as well as meetings with executives and government officials to learn about international business from those experiencing it firsthand in the country you are visiting.
The Global Immersion trip and corresponding course(s) will be offered each spring. Please note that course work is required both before and after the trip. Online students may pursue the Global Immersion experience/courses in one of two ways:
- Option 1: Take BA 836 for 1 credit during spring semester. The 1-credit course will include the trip and associated pre/post-work. BA 836 would be an additional credit on top of the 30 required to graduate.
- Option 2: Take BA 836 for 1 credit AND BA 835 for 2 credits during spring semester. Together, the 3 credits will involve more extensive course work in this subject area and will include the trip. The 3 combined credits for BA 835 and 836 may replace one 3-credit program elective course with approval. Please contact the program office with any questions.
We aim to have enough students across programs to allow students to choose from 3–4 locations each spring. Past trips for the full-time and executive students have included Johannesburg, South Africa; Shanghai, China; Prague, Czech Republic; and Santiago, Chile. The trip choices will be made by the program faculty directors based on global business climate and corporate and alumni relationships that will allow for the most fruitful experience. Please contact the program office for more details, including fee structure, upcoming dates, and locations. Please note that students pay course tuition as well as an additional trip fee to participate in the Global Immersion experience.
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