Information sessions to offer overview of MBA in Pittsburgh program

March 16, 2016

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. — Two information sessions on the Penn State MBA in Pittsburgh program are set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, and Tuesday, April 5, at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry. Penn State New Kensington partners with Penn State Behrend to offer the MBA degree.

The information sessions will discuss curriculum, course content and expectations, credit exemptions, application requirements, scholarships, tuition reimbursement, and loan options. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and ask questions.

Alfred Warner, director of the MBA program and associate professor of management at Behrend, will discuss the curriculum, online delivery, program pre-requisites and outcomes students can expect. Ann Burbules, assistant director of graduate admissions at Behrend, will provide admission information, application requirements, GMAT prep deadline dates, test preparation overview and financing options.

The curriculum emphasizes the development of planning and problem-solving skills. Coursework 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 class times are from 6 to 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.

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.

To register for the sessions, call 814-898-7255 or visit

  • Karen Harlen receiving her master's hood

    Karen Harlan was a member of the MBA in Pittsburgh's first graduating class in 2015.

    IMAGE: Rob Frank

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