Online iMBA students score in top 5 percent on national exam

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Students enrolled in the iMBA program at Penn State's World Campus scored in the top 5 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 fall 2009 cohort of 50 students in this online program collectively scored in the 95th percentile in 2011, placing the Penn State iMBA program in the highest possible category, of 225 institutions administering this test to more than 4,700 students nationwide.

“Penn State’s online MBA program focuses on integrated content, teamwork and applied learning,” said Ashutosh Deshmukh, iMBA program chair and professor of accounting and MIS. “The integrated nature of the program is 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. The students’ exceptional performance on this national test is a reflection of the program’s emphasis on a holistic understanding of business.”

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 114 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated December 15, 2011