Penn State's online MBA program celebrates 10th anniversary

September 10, 2012

Alumni of the intercollege MBA, offered online through the World Campus, will celebrate at University Park campus Sept. 14–16

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's online master of business administration (MBA) is one of the oldest World Campus programs and also among the oldest MBAs offered online. The intercollege MBA will celebrate its 10th anniversary with networking and professional development events for alumni during an Anniversary Reunion Weekend Sept. 14 to 16 at the University Park campus.

"The iMBA draws on the expertise of graduate business faculty members from four campuses and focuses on integrated content, teamwork and applied learning," said iMBA program chair Ashutosh Deshmukh. "The result is an online MBA consistently highly ranked globally."

The iMBA is a collaboration of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies; Penn State Harrisburg; and Smeal College of Business at University Park campus. One component that makes the iMBA unique is two, one-week residencies. During the first residency, students examine a company externally and internally and prepare an in-depth analysis that is made available to the company. Residencies have been held at Godiva, Bayer Materials Science, Michelin North America, QVC, Pittsburgh Pirates, EQT, Ruskin and other companies. The second residency, which takes place in State College during the last term of the program, engages students in a large-scale business simulation.

Since fall 2002, when 29 students started the program, nearly 650 students have graduated. Students have included CEOs, vice presidents, mid-level managers, scientists, engineers, bankers, accountants, pilots, physicians, computer programmers and others from 46 states and 13 countries. The average age of students is 30, and 32 percent are women.

Daniel Bongino, a 2010 graduate from Maryland, said, "The Penn State iMBA is an intense and challenging, yet rewarding, program. It is well rounded and staffed with instructors of the highest caliber."

Most iMBA students work full time while completing their degree. The top 10 employers are the U.S. military, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, Boeing, Johnson & Johnson, the federal government, IBM, Merck, Exelon and Northrop Grumman.

For information about Penn State's online MBA, visit the iMBA website online.

Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 80 of Penn State's most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through convenient online formats. World Campus is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated September 13, 2012