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.

SPRING I 2018:

BUSAD 501 – Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making, 100% online
January 8–February 26, 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 545 – Negotiation Strategies, 50% online (offered at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia)
January 9–February 22, Tuesdays and web, 5–8 p.m.
This course covers strategies and tactics for understanding conflicts, for negotiating effectively, and for dealing successfully with power in organizations.

BUSAD 556 – Diversity Leadership, 50% online
January 9–February 22, Thursdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Analysis and application of models, theories, and strategies for managing an increasingly diverse workforce and customer base.

LEAD 501 – Leadership across the Life Span, 50% online
January 9–February 22, Tuesdays 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
January 8–February 26, Mondays 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.

MGMT 507 – Positive Organizational Behavior and Wellbeing, 50% online
January 8–February 26, Mondays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Exploration of positive organizational behavior and wellbeing concepts for developing the "human sustainability" factor in organizations.

MKTG 500 – Marketing Management, 50% online
January 8–February 26, Wednesdays 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.

SPRING II 2018:

ACCTG 511 – Financial and Managerial Accounting, 50% online
March 12–April 25, Mondays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Fundamental financial and managerial accounting concepts and issues from the viewpoint of the report user.

BUSAD 523 – Prices and Markets, 50% online (offered at Great Valley and Penn State Berks in Reading)
March 12–April 25, Wednesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
A survey of analytical concepts and techniques essential to an understanding of the business environment.

BUSAD 523 – Prices and Markets, 50% online (offered at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia)
March 13–April 26, Tuesdays and web, 5–8 p.m.
A survey of analytical concepts and techniques essential to an understanding of the business environment.

BUSAD 534 – Ethical Dimensions of Management in the Biotechnology and Health Industry, 50% online
March 13–April 26, Thursdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Ethical managerial decision-making in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and health including ethical implications of technological/scientific advances, medical interventions, and business decisions.

BUSAD 537 – Management Information Systems, 50% online
March 13–April 26, Tuesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
Information system theories and methods applied to administrative structures and management decisions in organizations.

BUSAD 551 – Business, Ethics, and Society, 50% online
March 12–April 25, 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 582 – Social Entrepreneurship and Community Leadership, 50% online
March 12–April 25, Wednesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
This course will provide an opportunity for students to explore concepts of developing and leading businesses that create social value.

MGMT 541 – Human Resource Management, 50% online
March 12–April 25, Wednesdays and web, 6–9 p.m.
An in-depth examination of the strategic planning and implementation of human resource management, including staffing, development, appraisal, and rewards.