Test the Waters - Non-Degree MBA Enrollment

Test the Waters - Non-Degree MBA Enrollment

Are you considering an MBA program? Take a graduate business course and experience our program firsthand through our non-degree Test the Waters enrollment. Choose from a variety of courses to explore your interests and see if our program is the right fit for you.

Courses are led by premier faculty, who combine their research with business expertise, and are scheduled in convenient seven-week sessions. Plus, many courses are delivered partially online.

Test the Waters requires submission of your resume and official or unofficial transcript. The preferred candidate for the program should have an undergraduate average of "B" or higher, but other factors may be considered.

If you would like to apply, please contact Linda Mrak in the Admissions Office at lfm20@psu.edu or 610-648-3282. For non-degree enrollment for our Master of Leadership Development program, contact JoAnn Kelly at jek2@psu.edu or 610-648-3315. They will provide information on how to proceed.

Current tuition rates apply. For additional information, visit Tuition and Fees.

Graduate Course Offerings and Schedule

Test the Waters program students are permitted to enroll in one course prior to formal admission to the MBA. Courses are each three credits and may be applied to the MBA program if admitted as a degree-seeking student.

FALL 1 2017:

BUSAD 501 – Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making, 50% online
August 21–October 9, Wednesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Use of statistical methods for managerial decision making, with emphasis on problem formulation, data analysis and interpretation, and business applications.

BUSAD 530 – Biotechnology and Health Industry, 50% online
August 21–October 9, Wednesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Organization, financing, policy, trends, problems and issues in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and health industries. Overview of cost, quality, access issues.

BUSAD 537 – Management Information Systems, 50% online
August 21–October 9, Mondays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Information system theories and methods applied to administrative structures and management decisions in organizations.

BUSAD 576 – Ethical Issues in Information Technology, 50% online
August 22–October 5, Tuesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Exploration of ethical issues affected by IT: privacy, free speech, computer crime, intellectual property, IT professionalism, and software product liability.

BUSAD 802 – Cornerstones of Sustainability, 50% online
August 21–October 9, Mondays and web, 6–9 p.m.
In-depth exploration of the social, environmental, and organizational sustainability challenges facing business leaders in the 21st Century.

LEAD 501 – Leadership across the Life Span, 50% online
August 22–October 5, Thursdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Analysis and application of models, theories and strategies for developing an individual's full leadership potential at different life stages.

MGMT 501 – Behavioral Science in Business, 50% online
August 21–October 9, Wednesdays and web, 6-9 p.m.
Application of behavioral science concepts and analytical methods to problems in business organizations. Analysis of administrative behavior and decision-making.

MKTG 500 – Marketing Management, 50% online
August 21–October 9, Mondays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Development of a marketing management focus, including market analysis, competition analysis, and decisions in pricing, product, promotion, and distribution channels.

FALL II 2017:

ACCTG 511 – Financial and Managerial Accounting, 50% online
October 16–December 4, Wednesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Fundamental financial and managerial accounting concepts and issues from the viewpoint of the report user.

BUSAD 511 – New Ventures I, 50% online
October 17–December 7, Tuesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Introduction to the issues involved in the development of new ventures within existing business organizations or from start-up.

BUSAD 545 – Negotiation Strategies, 50% online
October 17–December 7, Thursdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
This course covers strategies and tactics for understanding conflicts, for negotiating effectively, and for dealing successfully with power in organizations.

BUSAD 551 – Business, Ethics, and Society, 50% online
October 16–December 4, Mondays and web, 6–9 p.m.
The course focuses upon the exploration and analysis of the ethical, political, technological, social, legal and regulatory environments of business.

BUSAD 835 – Commercialization of Biopharma
October 16–December 4, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m.
Review organizational processes, regulatory, and environmental issues in the development and commercialization of biopharmaceuticals in the United States and globally.