The first two information sessions on the new Penn State Master of Business Administration (MBA) program are set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry, Pa. Penn State New Kensington will partner with Penn State Erie, The Behrend College to offer the MBA degree in the fall.
The information sessions will discuss curriculum, course content and expectations, credit exemptions, application requirements, scholarships, tuition reimbursement, and loan options. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and ask questions.
Guest speakers include Al Warner, director of the MBA program and associate professor of management at Behrend, and Ann Burbules, assistant director of graduate admissions at Behrend. Warner will discuss the MBA faculty, the strengths they bring to the table, an overview of the curriculum and how prospective students will advance their skill set and their career. Burbules will provide admission information, application requirements, deadline dates, test preparation overview and financing options.
The curriculum emphasizes the development of planning and problem-solving skills. Course work will focus on the practical application of theory to the business world, often enabling students to work with local organizations to fashion real solutions to real problems.
The program will be offered in a blended delivery whereby students will meet face-to-face once per month with the remainder of the course online. Each three-credit course will involve four class meetings per semester at the Regional Learning Alliance with the remaining instruction delivered online. The proposed class time is 6 until 8:45 p.m. Depending on prior undergraduate courses, it will take approximately five to eight semesters to complete the program. This format is ideal for working adults who travel.
The Regional Learning Alliance was established in 2004 with the cooperation of educational institutions in the region. It offers a variety of degree programs and workforce training for adult and traditional students. Penn State New Kensington is a charter member of the alliance.
The last information session is set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Cranberry location. To register for the sessions, visit https://secure.bd.psu.edu/MBAForms/MBAInformationSession.aspx online