Behrend MBA students score in top 9 percent on national exam

August 23, 2018

ERIE, Pa. — Students in the MBA program at the Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, scored in the top 9 percent in the nation on the most recent Educational Testing Service (ETS) Master of Business Administration Major Field Test, a comprehensive assessment for program evaluation.

The 58 Behrend students who took the field test scored an average of 260 of 300 possible points on the exam, which is administered by the same company that creates the SAT and GRE exams. That placed them in the 91st percentile.

Major Field Tests measure students’ mastery of particular areas of study. The MBA field test includes 124 multiple-choice questions, half of which are based on case-study scenarios. The questions require knowledge of marketing, management, finance and managerial accounting, or a combination of those skills.

“Our students’ exceptional performance on this national test reflects the Black School MBA program’s emphasis on a holistic understanding of business, which is achieved through integrated content, teamwork and applied learning,” said Al Warner, associate professor of management and academic chair of the MBA program. “Our MBA faculty members have significant experience in both the business and academic worlds and are committed to sharing their expertise with students from a wide range of fields, including management, banking, insurance, nursing and the sciences.”

The Penn State Behrend MBA program is delivered in a hybrid format — a blend of online learning and traditional class sessions, offered at Penn State Behrend or at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township — that is convenient and flexible for ambitious business professionals. More than 130 students are currently enrolled in the program, which can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time work.

The Black School of Business is the only business school in northwestern Pennsylvania with accreditation from AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review consistently rank the school among the nation’s best business schools. For more information, visit

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Last Updated August 24, 2018