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Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 66% accepted out of 231 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 30
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.15
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 531
  • Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Important: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Also Considered: Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

The Admissions Office at Shippensburg University requires applicants to submit official copies of transcripts for all undergraduate work and a current resume. GMAT scores are required for applicants that have less than 5 years of work experience from the date of their undergraduate degree; students required to take the GMAT must submit an official ...The Admissions Office at Shippensburg University requires applicants to submit official copies of transcripts for all undergraduate work and a current resume. GMAT scores are required for applicants that have less than 5 years of work experience from the date of their undergraduate degree; students required to take the GMAT must submit an official GMAT score report. In addition, applicants must either have work experience or undergraduate credits in computer usage, oral and written communication, and quantitative analysis. A personal statement and letters of recommendation are both optional. International applicants must not only meet all of the above requirements, but must also submit an international student application, an evaluation of their transcripts by a professional evaluating service (either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES)); an official score report for the TOEFL; and an affidavit of support accompanied by a current bank statement. Applicants who do not meet Shippensburg’s admissions requirements may seek special consideration. Some such students do receive provisional admissions status, which allows them to enter the program and continue contingent upon success in their initial MBA course work.

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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 343
Percent International Students 33%
Total Full-Time Faculty 19
Full-Time Faculty 100%

Student Life

It’s a busy life for most of those who attend Shippensburg, who are often “older, non-tra­ditional students” who come to campus just for classes – the part-time program is two classes a night, one night a week – and then duck out to attend to personal responsibili­ties. “I work 9-10 hrs a day, then take two classes away from the main campus. I don't have time to become involved in much else,” says a student, who is one of many who prefer to keep their experience “simple and basic.” Students are “accepting, caring, and helpful” and range from fresh-out-of-school grads to veterans of the working world, with a fair number of “mid-level employees of government or local companies” enrolling in the part-time program.Those who attend classes at the satellite campuses, mainly “working professionals from a diverse range of businesses,” “do not have the interactions that people from the main campus do.” Most clubs and activities meet in the late afternoon and so are reserved for full-time students, and part-time students do wish that the school was better at “making the business clubs more accessible to working professionals.” Within class, people find a “very good camaraderie” and fellow students that are “open-minded in group situations and overall supportive and collaborative.”

Career

The lax grading means “there are people [who] will get an MBA [who] don't deserve it.” Still, the school’s reputation proceeds it within the central Pennsylvania area, and a Shippensburg MBA usually serves the intended purpose of the student, which is to receive an accredited MBA; whether they are trying to switch careers or advance within a current one, most students will take care of their professional development goals on their own. There are no options for students to focus on one area in the MBA program, which a few do regret, but students agree that they “would highly recommend the program to prospective students.” “I have been impressed and thoroughly pleased,” says one.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Founded in 1971, Shippensburg University’s John L. Grove College of Business is one of the premier business schools in the Mid-Atlantic, offering three different options for its MBA program: a part-time night program for working professionals, a full-time cohort program for recent college graduates and young professionals, and an entirely online program. The school’s numerous satellite campuses in Harrisburg, York, and East Stroudsburg offer the convenience and proximity that many of those who attend Shippensburg rank highest on their list of priorities, and the administration is “very flex­ible with class scheduling and seem to try and accommodate everyone within the three different branch campuses.” “From what I know, they are doing a good job running the program,” says a student.Overall, students come here because “Shippensburg offers a great curriculum for the cost.” Though the student body is “sometimes challenged with students lacking ‘real­world’ experience,” the conversation and discussion is “animated and good when prop­erly facilitated and creates a great learning environment.” The faculty are “good - some are great,” but their grading standards are sometimes too forgiving: “they pass every­one,” according to one student. One plus that students commend is the faculty’s will­ingness “to be available for contact almost all the time.” Small class sizes and a “good use of technology” also facilitate “an intimate learning experience between professor and student

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.ship.edu/International/International_Student_organization/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.ship.edu/GLBT

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.ship.edu/msa/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Shippensburg University John L. Grove College of Business include:

General Tommy Franks - USA Retired Former Commander-in-Chief

Rob Davis - Retired Professional Football Player - Green Bay Packers

Jeanne Shaheen - U.S. Senator

Dean Kootz - Author

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