Penn State Smeal expands professional masters and graduate certificate offerings

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — To better serve the needs of professionals at various stages of their careers and to create more opportunities for resource sharing and collaboration, the Penn State Smeal College of Business has consolidated administrative support for multiple current and forthcoming professional graduate academic offerings within a new Office of Professional Graduate Programs.

Associate Dean Brian Cameron is leading the unit, which will support three master of business administration offerings, including the college’s residential MBA Program, the Philadelphia-based Executive MBA, and the new Smeal-led Penn State Online MBA. Areas such as program design and development, admissions, career and student services, and other functions will be coordinated across a portfolio of programs.

The office also has administrative responsibilities for a new one-year Master of Professional Studies in Management and Organizational Leadership (MMOL) as well as other current and forthcoming masters programs and graduate certificates in areas such as business analytics, marketing analytics, corporate accounting, and corporate innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Our office reorganization and rebranding reflects Smeal’s efforts to meet market changes and demands for these types of programs,” Cameron said. “The launch of the MMOL and the Smeal-led Penn State Online MBA are just two examples. In the next several years we will be unveiling several other initiatives, including partnerships with other academic units across Penn State.”

As part of the office reorganization, Stacey Dorang Peeler has transitioned from director of admissions for Smeal’s resident MBA program to managing director of the Smeal-led online MBA. Mike Waldhier will assume the role of MBA director of admissions.

Janet Duck, assistant professor of management at Penn State Harrisburg, will be the faculty director of the online MBA with Glen Kreiner, associate professor of management at Smeal, as the faculty chair.

Clinical Professor of Finance Lou Gattis, who is the faculty director of the resident MBA program, will also serve as faculty director of the Executive MBA Program.

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Last Updated August 01, 2016