Penn State MBA comes to Pittsburgh

Beginning in the fall, Penn State New Kensington will offer a master of business administration (MBA) degree. It was announced recently by Jan Orris, retiring director of continuing education.

The campus will partner with Penn State Erie, The Behrend College to offer the MBA at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry, Pa. A work-in-progress for 12 years, the program was officially approved in December.

“It means so much that alumni will finally be able to earn a Penn State MBA degree in the greater Pittsburgh region," said Orris, who will retire Feb. 3 after 15 years at the campus.

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 RLA 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.

A pet project of Orris, 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.

Three information sessions on the new program will be held Feb. 13, 16 and 27; at the Regional Learning Alliance.



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Last Updated February 02, 2012