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Pennsylvania State University - Erie School of Business Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 83% accepted out of 46 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 25
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Years Work Experience: 4
  • Application Fee: $65

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

Students may apply to begin study at Penn State Behrend's Black College of Business in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. To apply, students must submit two official transcripts, official GMAT scores, a statement of purpose, an application fee, and three recommendation forms. Candidates with the ...Students may apply to begin study at Penn State Behrend's Black College of Business in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. To apply, students must submit two official transcripts, official GMAT scores, a statement of purpose, an application fee, and three recommendation forms. Candidates with the highest GMAT scores and GPA are given priority in admissions. Candidates are evaluated based on the strength of their combined GMAT score and GPA; therefore, a lower GMAT score can be compensated for by a higher GPA, or vice versa. International applicants whose first language is not English must meet all of the above requirements and must also submit an official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS.

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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 88
Total Full-Time Faculty 31
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

Behrend MBAs enjoy “state-of-the-art” classrooms that “allow us to utilize multimedia learning,” which they very much appreciate. The campus itself is “very clean, safe, and attractive,” “not so large that it is overwhelming but still offering most [of the] opportu­nities of a large school.” And here’s something you rarely hear at any school, much less a state institution: there’s “plenty of parking” here. Campus life offers “a number of clubs and organizations for students,” and “the school also hosts a very wide array of speakers, and events,” but most of these events seem planned primarily for undergraduates. “There are no solely business school programs of any kind. The most activity available is an unofficial happy hour at the end of the semes­ter,” one student writes. There’s a clear divide among the Behrend MBA population. “The morning sessions of class are more geared toward the younger generation,” while “the evening sessions [con­sist] more of your business professionals who take things more seriously.” The student body includes “a large number of engineers due to the engineering school at the Behrend School.” Several full-time students reported that they were only attending full time as a result of the down economy; otherwise, they’d be working and attending part time.

Career

A high percentage of Penn State Behrend students are currently employed in profession­al positions and are pursuing an MBA with the intention of improving their career opportunities at their current companies. In fact, a considerable number of Penn State Behrend students receive tuition assistance from their employers. Some, however, see their MBAs as a stepping stone to a new career (or, for students pursuing MBAs straight out of college, simply a career). For those, the Penn State Behrend Academic Advising and Career Development Center serves both the undergraduate and graduate popula­tion at the college, including students in the MBA program. The CDC hosts career fairs, on-campus recruiting and interview events, seminars, and workshops. A growing num­ber of organizations participate in Penn State Behrend career fairs each year. Employers who frequently hire Behrend MBAs include: Deloitte Consulting, Paradigm Wave, Ingentor, GE Infrastructure-Transportation Systems, IBM, Erie Insurance Group, National City Corporation, Graham Packaging, HealthAmerica, and the Pennsylvania State University.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

The Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend College “provides the best value for a working student in the local area,” one MBA here explains, adding, “You get the Penn State name, an outstanding general MBA education, and student-work flexibility.” Behrend enjoys “an outstanding reputation” in the region, making it an excellent choice for students looking to build their careers in and around Erie.A general degree that aims to develop the critical-thinking skills necessary for a career in mid- and upper-level management, the Behrend MBA curriculum consists of 48 units, or 13 courses. Of these, 18 units form the foundational core courses, which are comprised of three introductory classes: Costs, Competition, and Market Performance; Demand, Operations, and Firm Performance; and Integrated Business Analysis. After completing these courses, students must complete 21 credits of required advanced courses and 9 credits of elective course work. For those who have already taken business courses, the program can be streamlined through the omission of certain foundation courses. Depending on their previous academic preparation, full-time students can usually com­plete the MBA curriculum in three semesters; part-time students usually require two to four years to complete the program. Behrend works hard to keep its MBA program student-friendly with an “attractive and clean” campus (that includes “a new facility for the business school”), “small classes” and “accessible professors.” Most faculty members “have extensive real-world experi­ence that greatly adds to their lessons. Additionally, many are locals and have experience at the major companies in the area and understand the general job situation of the area.” Students describe the curriculum as challenging, citing “tough courses” that “equate to well-educated students.” Another reports, “The professors expect a lot. No class was easy. I consider myself to be an intelligent person, but have felt less so at times because of the difficulty of the work.” Among the drawbacks of a Behrend MBA, “some courses are only offered one semester each year,” making it “very difficult to have a consistent workload. Some semesters are much heavier than others due to course offerings.” Even so, students here agree that Behrend is “the best school, academically, for the region.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Knowledge Park, Economic Research Institute of Erie, the RFID Center of Excellence, the Center for Credit & Consumer Research, the Center for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE), Center for Life Long Learning, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Center for Mathematical Biology, Center for Navigation, Communication and Information Systems, School of Engineering Applied Energy Research Center, Plastics Technology Center, the Plastics Computer-Aided Engineering Center, the Sample Center for Civility and Manners, and the Institute on the American Dream.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    International student groups are available for all students. http://www.behrend.psu.edu/student/Educational%20Equities/InternationalStudents.htm

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    There is a chapter of Trigon on campus. http://www.behrend.psu.edu/student/Educational%20Equities/InternationalStudents.htm

  • Minority Support Groups:

    Minority social and support groups are available on campus for all students. http://www.behrend.psu.edu/student/Educational%20Equities/InternationalStudents.htm

  • Research Facilities:

    Knowledge Park, Economic Research Institute of Erie, the RFID Center of Excellence, the Center for Credit & Consumer Research, the Center for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE), Center for Life Long Learning, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, Center for Mathematical Biology, Center for Navigation, Communication and Information Systems, School of Engineering Applied Energy Research Center, Plastics Technology Center, the Plastics Computer-Aided Engineering Center, the Sample Center for Civility and Manners, and the Institute on the American Dream.

  • Study Abroad:

    Study tour to China for 3 weeks in Summer 2014.

  • Women Support Groups:

    There are a number of services on campus available to all women students, but none limited only to women students. http://www.behrend.psu.edu/student/Educational%20Equities/InternationalStudents.htm

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College Sam and Irene Black School of Business include:

James Fetzner - CEO, Comfort Care & Resources

Dennis Prischak - President, Plastek US

Nancy Anderson - CIO and Quality Leader, GE Transportation Systems

Scott Mitchell - President and CEO, Erie Zoo

Ann Scott - Vice President and Director of Diversity and Community Outreach, Erie Insurance Group

School Outcomes

Average Debt At Graduation: $28,552

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: GE Transportation Services, Jameson Publishing, Addvetco

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Technical 67% $85,000
Finance / Accounting 33% $85,000
General Management 33% $85,000
Financial Services 33% $85,000
Manufacturing 33% $85,000
Business 33% $45,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 60%
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