Curriculum and Schedule

Curriculum and Schedule

The Penn State Great Valley MBA program consists of 45 credits. Based on previous undergraduate or graduate coursework, students may receive an exemption for up to 15 credits of foundation course work, as well as the pre-program requirement.

Three open electives enable students to customize their program to meet their particular career interests, or earn a graduate certificate.

Courses are offered in seven-week sessions. Classes meet two evenings per week in a face-to-face format or in a blended format with an online component. There are six seven-week sessions each academic year.

Students may begin at the start of any session and can expect to complete their degree in 2-3 years going part-time, or 12-18 months if going full-time. 

Students admitted fall 2009 or after must successfully complete the SARI (Scholarship and Research Integrity) requirement of the Penn State degree in order to graduate.

Detailed course information can be found on the Schedule of Courses or contact


(Preparatory course to be taken if required for admission)
Course Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 501 Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making** FA I SP I

FOUNDATIONS (18 credits)

Course Current Offering Future Offering
MGMT 501 Behavioral Science in Business
(complete prior to taking other foundations courses)
ACCTG 511 Financial and Managerial Accounting FA II GV/BK & NY SP II
BUSAD 523 Prices and Markets FA II GV/BK SP II GV/BK & NY
FIN 531 Financial Management FA I SP I
OPMGT 510 Operations Management FA II SP II
MKTG 500 Marketing Management FA I SP I


Organizational and Industrial Contexts: Choose one (3 credits)

Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 511 New Ventures I FA II GV/BK  
BUSAD 530 Biotechnology and Health Industry Overview FA I  
BUSAD 558 Knowledge Management    
BUSAD 578 Managing Business Processes FA II  
BUSAD 802 Cornerstones of Sustainability FA I  
LEAD 562 Strategic Leadership    
MGMT 541 Human Resource Management   SP II
FIN 508 Analysis of Financial Markets FA II  
Interpersonal Dynamics: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 545 Negotiation Strategies FA II SP I NY
BUSAD 555 Full Range Leadership FA II SP II GV/BK
BUSAD 556 Diversity Leadership   SP I GV/BK
MGMT 523 Organizational Change    
LEAD 561 Dynamic Communication in Leadership Contexts FA II  
Global: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 542 Global Intercultural Management   SP II
FIN 505 Multinational Managerial Finance FA I SP I
I B 500 International Business Management FA I GV/BK  
MKTG 518 Global Marketing    
MNGMT 897 Global Immersion: London   SP I & SP II
(14-wk course)
Managing Technology: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 537 Management Information Systems


BUSAD 577 Management of Information Technology    
BUSAD 575 Developing Technology Ventures    
BUSAD 835 Commercialization of Biopharmaceuticals FA II  
Ethics: Choose one (3 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 534 Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industry   SP II
BUSAD 551 Business, Ethics, and Society FA II SP II
BUSAD 576 Ethical Issues in Information Technology FA I  
OPEN ELECTIVES*: Choose three (9 credits) Current Offering Future Offering
ACCTG 512 Financial Accounting Theory and Reporting Problems FA I  
BUSAD 525 Quantitative Methods in Finance FA I  
BUSAD 526 Current Issues in Corporate Finance (Modeling) FA II  
BUSAD 527 Fixed Income Securities   SP II
BUSAD 528 Mergers and Acquisitions FA II  
BUSAD 582 Social Entrepreneurship and Community Leadership   SP II
FIN 506 Portfolio Theory FA I  
FIN 513 Speculative Markets SP I  
LEAD 501 Leadership Across the Life Span FA I SP I
MGMT 573 Corporate Innovative Strategies   SP I
MNGMT 897 Global Immersion: London   SP I & SP II
(14-wk course)
PHIL 597 Ethical Dimensions of Leadership   SP I

INTEGRATION (3 credits)
Course Current Offering Future Offering
MGMT 571 Strategic Management FA II SP I GV/BK & SP II

Requirement Current Offering Future Offering
Completion of SARI requirements Fall and Spring Only Fall and Spring Only

Download: MBA Plan of Study

*Open electives may be selected from the full array of courses offered by the Management Division with the exception of the pre-program and foundation courses from which the student has been granted exemption. (Certain courses offered by other programs may also be approved if applicable to the students program.) Controlled courses may require Division approval before enrolling; contact your adviser or if you have questions about specific courses.

**Students may be exempted from BUSAD 501 if they demonstrate successful completion of a Statistical Analysis course at the undergraduate or graduate level. For more information contact the Program Manager at or call 610-648-3248.

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel/change courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. Please note GV/BK (Great Valley Campus/Berks Campus) courses are delivered in part via Video Learning Network. Please note: Courses meeting one day a week should expect to have course commitments through course end date.