Fast Track MBA Program

Fast Track MBA Program

Penn State Great Valley offers a Fast Track MBA designed for Penn State students to obtain their MBA degree within one year of completing a four-year undergraduate program. Students completing an undergraduate business program at Penn State will receive exceptions for up to 5 foundation courses and one pre-program requirement from the Penn State Great Valley MBA curriculum*.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Fast Track MBA, a student will need the following:

  • Completion of at least three of seven prescribed business courses with a B or better; an adviser will help with course selection
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
  • An undergraduate degree from Penn State within the last 5 years.
  • Completion of a one-semester internship or one-year of professional work experience. A student can apply to the program during the internship or while employed.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of whom must be from a full-time Penn State faculty member.

Students meeting all of the above criteria qualify for a GMAT Waiver. Students who meet some (but not all) of the above criteria, can apply for the MBA program and are required to take the GMAT to be considered for admission.

Applicants should consult with Christian Hicks, Academic Program Manager, regarding application submission deadlines, program details, and an application fee waiver.

Students must complete the online application and must submit all required documentation in order to be considered for admission.

Please indicate in the “Notes” section of the online application that you would like to be considered for the Fast Track MBA Program at Penn State Great Valley.

How to Prepare

Students completing an undergraduate business program at Penn State will receive exemptions for up to five MBA foundation courses and one pre-program requirement, listed below, upon earning a grade of B or better. If you do not take the undergraduate course(s) in the left column, you will take the graduate course as part of the MBA program.

For a complete guide to incorporating fast-track MBA courses as part of an undergraduate business program, visit


Course Exemption Table
SCM 200 (4) Introduction to Statistics in Business
STAT 200 (4) Elementary Statistics
BUSAD 501 (3) Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making
ECON 442 Managerial Economics (3) Prereq: ECON 102
ECON 302 (GS) Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (3) Prereq: ECON 102
BUSAD 523 (3) Prices and Markets

ACCTG 404 Managerial Accounting: Economic Perspective (3) Prereq: ACCTG 211, SCM 200 or STAT 200, ECON 102
ACCTG 340 Cost Accounting (3) Prereq: ACCTG 211
ACCTG 471 Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3) Prereq: ACCTG 211

ACCTG 511 (3) Financial and Managerial Accounting
FIN 305 Financial Management of the Business Enterprise (3) Prereq: FIN 301 FIN 531 (3) Financial Management
MKTG 450W Marketing Strategy (3) Prereq: MKTG 330, MKTG 342 MKTG 500 (3) Marketing Management
SCM 445 Operations Planning and Control (3) Prereq: SCM 301 OPMGT 510 (3) Operations Management

*To take full benefit of the course exemptions, work with your undergraduate advisor in your sophomore and junior years.