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Pennsylvania State University, Smeal College of Business Executive MBA

The Penn State Smeal College of Business offers undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, Ph.D., and executive education opportunities to more than 5,000 students at all levels. Smeal is accredited in business and accounting by AACSB and features academic departments of Accounting, Finance, Management and Organization, Marketing, Risk Management, and Supply Chain and Information Systems. The college is also home to major research centers in areas such as supply chain management and business-to-business marketing. Since its inception in 1953, more than 73,000 students have graduated from Smeal.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Executive
Total Program Enrollment 31
Tuition (Total) $93,000

Program Information

Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business Administration Says

The Penn State Smeal College of Business offers undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, Ph.D., and executive education opportunities to more than 5,000 students at all levels. Smeal is accredited in business and accounting by AACSB and features academic departments of Accounting, Finance, Management and Organization, Marketing, Risk Management, and Supply Chain and Information Systems. The college is also home to major research centers in areas such as supply chain management and business-to-business marketing. Since its inception in 1953, more than 73,000 students have graduated from Smeal.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: Executive MBA, University Park.

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)
#6 Most Family Friendly
#10 Best Campus Environment

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 29% accepted out of 544 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 28
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $65

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Work Experience

Admission Information

The Smeal admission's website notes that Admissions Officers work hard to optimize class composition for each entering class. Diverse backgrounds in terms of both professional and life experience are sought so that a wide range of perspectives inform group work and class discussion. Applicants to the program must submit the following materials: a c...The Smeal admission's website notes that Admissions Officers work hard to optimize class composition for each entering class. Diverse backgrounds in terms of both professional and life experience are sought so that a wide range of perspectives inform group work and class discussion. Applicants to the program must submit the following materials: a completed online application form; official copies of all transcripts for all postsecondary academic work; an official GMAT score report; two letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your past professional performance; personal essays; a resume; and an interview. In addition to all of the above, international applicants must also submit an official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS; and evidence of sufficient funds to cover at least one year's expenses while in the program (approximately $50,000). The school admits some students directly from undergraduate programs, but most students enter with at least four years of professional experience.

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Important Dates

Round 1
June

30

Deadline
August

24

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 159
Percent International Students 37%
Total Full-Time Faculty 98
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

As one might expect at such a high-powered place, life at Smeal is “heavily focused on schoolwork and finding a job,” but most students are also “able to make time for social and community activities.” Bonds of friendship are quickly and easily formed within this “rela­tively small program,” which offers a “friendly environment.” During the program, there is a “coffee buzz” between morning classes “where students gather with administrators and professors to talk about anything.” This helps foster and perpetuate the “great sense of com­munity” students describe within their program.Embracing the diverse cultures of the large international population on campus is another way to learn and grow as an individual. At Smeal, students “celebrate almost every possible event from all nations and religions.” There are “numerous events throughout the year to cel­ebrate other cultures such as Chinese New Year, Diwali and Diversity Days, where interna­tional students bring in artifacts/food and give a brief overview of their home country.” One student boasts, “We are extremely proud of anything our classmates do.”

Career

Getting recruiters to notice a small school is always a challenge. Students understand this and appreciate that recently career services “has made tremendous strides to get recruiters into Smeal. They are constantly devising new programs to support students.” This school is well-known for its strong “supply chain” and Smeal students take full advantage of this proven and successful system. “Whether it’s through one of the many career fairs held on campus or in the Business Building, or through an alumni contact, you can get connected to any company in the world.”Smeal’s “big alumni network” provides an “extensive, passionate alumni base” for intern­ship and job possibilities close to home as well as “around the world.” Students may “chal­lenge, conflict with, and motivate each other,” in class but their actions only serve to bene­fit each other. A student explains, “My classmates are an invaluable resource. We all want to see each other succeed because we want to have a great grad network.”

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Students Say

Students entering Penn State’s Smeal MBA program should “Expect to be challenged!” Here, conversations are “intellectually stimulating” and people are “not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work.” Students have high opinions of themselves and their classmates. As one student attests, “There are only strong candidates here; no weakest links among us.” Students appreciate small classes that deliver a “high quality education,” laced with “person­al attention” as well as “great access to professors.” Students do not feel they are missing out by going here instead of a larger school, saying that Smeal offers this close, “tight-knit com­munity” feel without missing out on the great wealth of resources of a big school. Students point out that although their school may be small when you look at its numbers, it is large in other ways, such as its cultural diversity. “As a result of that, class discussion is very rich.” Topics of discussion and materials presented continually change with the times as the Smeal MBA program “prides itself on keeping its academics as current as possible.” An “attention to professionalism” is evident throughout the school.“Exceptional professors are the cornerstones of student success both inside and outside of class. They are “well regarded in their respective fields and have a way of making complex concepts digestible.” Students find the ease of accessing professors outside of class as “remarkable.” They go “above and beyond to place a student in their dream internship or open the door to a dream company.” An equally qualified and “very dedicated” administra­tive staff backs the strong faculty. Students appreciate how the administration “constantly improves the system throughout the semester based on student feedback and ensures a smooth transition for the incoming classes.”

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Sustainability Council, Smeal College Trading Room, Center for Global Business Studies, Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change, Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation, Center for Supply Chain Research, Center for the Study of Business and Public Issues, Institute for Real Estate Studies, Institute for the Study of Business Markets, The Risk Management Research Center, eBusiness Research Center, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Garber Venture Capital Center, Laboratory for Economics Management and Auctions

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Penn State University support services for all international students. http://www.international.psu.edu/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    Penn State University has support services for all GLBT students. http://www.sa.psu.edu/lgbt/resources.cfm

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Minority MBA Association http://mbastudents.smeal.psu.edu/student-organizations/minority-mba-association

  • Research Facilities:

    Sustainability Council, Smeal College Trading Room, Center for Global Business Studies, Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change, Center for Research in Conflict and Negotiation, Center for Supply Chain Research, Center for the Study of Business and Public Issues, Institute for Real Estate Studies, Institute for the Study of Business Markets, The Risk Management Research Center, eBusiness Research Center, Farrell Center for Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Garber Venture Capital Center, Laboratory for Economics Management and Auctions

  • Study Abroad:

    The Penn State Smeal MBA Program has a required Global Immersion Program during the spring semester of the first year. This year's trips took students to Shanghai, China, New Delhi, India and Santiago, Chile.

  • Women Support Groups:

    National Association of Women MBAs http://mbastudents.smeal.psu.edu/student-organizations/wmba

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business Administration include:

Patricia Woertz - President and CEO, Archer Daniels Midland Company

Karen Quintos - Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dell

Stephen Sheetz - Chairman of the Board, Sheetz, Inc.

J. David Rogers - CEO, JD Capital Management

John Surma - Chairman and CEO, U.S. Steel

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $51,330

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: Apple, Baker Hughes, Dell, Deloitte Consulting, VWR International

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Operations / Logistics 45% $86,513
Technical 39% $88,750
Other 34% $80,833
Business 27% $82,404
Finance / Accounting 21% $82,077
Marketing / Sales 15% $79,667
Other 15% $71,167
Manufacturing 13% $83,875
Consulting 10% $99,500
Consulting 8% $101,400
Financial Services 6% $83,750

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 54%
Three Month Employment 80%
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