Online iMBA students score in top 3 percent on national exam

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Students enrolled in the iMBA program at Penn State's World Campus scored in the top 3 percent on the most recent Educational Testing Service (ETS) Master of Business Administration (MBA) Major Field Test, a comprehensive national assessment for program evaluation.

The Spring 2010 cohort of 54 students in this online program collectively scored in the 97th percentile in 2011. A total of 225 institutions administered this test to more than 14,400 students nationwide. iMBA students’ scores in the test categories are: Marketing, 92nd percentile; Management, 94th percentile; Finance, 97th percentile; Accounting, 98th percentile; and Strategic Integration, 97th percentile.

iMBA Program Chair Ashutosh Deshmukh said, "The students' exceptional performance on this national test is a reflection of the program's emphasis on a holistic understanding of business, which is achieved through integrated content, teamwork and applied learning and supported by two, one-week residencies. The first residency is unique nationally and internationally. iMBA students examine a company externally and internally, visiting the manufacturing/service facilities and listening and questioning top executives. Student teams prepare a deep analysis of the company, which we make available to the company."

Administered by ETS -- the same company that creates the SAT, GRE and AP exams -- Major Field Tests measure students' mastery of particular areas of study. The MBA Major Field Test consists of 124 multiple-choice questions, half of which are based on short case-study scenarios. Most of the questions require knowledge of specific information drawn from marketing, management, finance and managerial accounting, or a combination of these disciplines.

Penn State's online MBA degree is designed for professionals who have work experience in a wide variety of fields -- business, engineering, health care, technology and many others -- and seek to position themselves for growth in the global economic environment. The online iMBA curriculum is well suited for people with either business or nonbusiness undergraduate degrees. For more information, visit the Penn State iMBA website or call 877-574-4622.

Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 70 of Penn State's most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through convenient online formats. Founded in 1998, Penn State World Campus is the University's 25th campus serving more than 10,300 students in all 50 states and around the world. World Campus is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated January 31, 2012