Master of Business Administration
College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences
Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD
Program Advisor Corina Slaff, PhD
The MBA program will provide a quality business education that is rooted in the values and attitudes of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The curriculum requirements include courses in social science and ethics. Students receive professional instruction in key business functional areas such as finance and human resources, but do so with special attention to the "human side" of management, ethics, and leadership that will support the expression of the values and attitudes of the Sisters of Mercy is designed into the MBA learning experience.
The MBA will address the ethical, moral, and philosophical issues related to management and business leadership in a direct and meaningful approach. The program is uniquely designed to intertwine a traditional MBA technical curriculum with "people skills" and will cover "the human side of management." The MBA program goals and objectives reflect the accomplishment of fostering critical thinking and promoting the ability to create and interpret business data through practice-based research. Students who complete the program will be able to carry on a high level of intellectual discourse with regard to business and leadership, and achieve an enhanced professional expertise in their field.
In 2009 Misericordia University received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer an entirely on-line MBA – Management concentration. Students may register for the on-line only MBA in Management. Some special conditions will apply to the on-line such as visitation requirements and on-line mandatory participation in discussions with business and academic leaders on contemporary issues and topics in business. Interested students should contact the Business Department Chair for more information.
Admission requirements for entry of part-time students into the MBA program:
Requirements for acceptance of full-time students into the five-year BS/MBA program:
Applicants who have a GPA of less than 3.0 and an MAT, GRE, or GMAT score below the 50th percentile may be conditionally accepted to the program and restricted to taking a maximum of six MBA credits. At the completion of the first six credits their file will be reviewed and if their GPA is less than 3.0, they will not be able to continue in the program and will be dismissed.
Completion and Degree Requirements
Please see the Graduate Program Standing and Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students sections of the catalog (in the "Policies and Procedures" section under Graduate Academics at Misericordia University).
Maximum Period of Candidacy in Pursuit of MBA
The MBA candidate must complete all graduate course work and requirements in a window of six years. Any courses taken more than six years before meeting all the graduate course work and other degree requirements will not count and must be repeated. If a candidate does not complete the requirements for the MBA within a six-year window, he or she will be governed from that point on by the requirements of the MBA program in place at that six-year anniversary date.
Prerequisites to MBA enrollment:
Humanities, Quantitative Reasoning and Social Sciences (credits required):
Philosophy (6) (including at least three credits of ethics)
Speech or Effective Communications for Leaders (3)
Business Functional Areas (credits required):
Management Information Systems (3)
The passing of a business-specific technology competence examination
The MBA program consists of 36 credits of study that can be completed part-time or full-time as part of a five year BS/MBA course sequence. Students must complete a core curriculum of 24 credits and a specialization area of 12 credits.
Core Courses* (24 Credits)
* A student having the educational or experiential background that would result in the student not benefiting from an MBA common core course may request a substitution of the respective course for another MBA elective. The request has to be made in writing to the program director and documentation for experiential background is required.
The MBA offers an opportunity for students to specialize in the following areas: management, accounting, healthcare management, human resources, and sport management.
Accounting Specialization (9 credits):
*If pursuing the accounting specialization, 12 additional credits of prerequisite accounting courses are needed as follows:
Intermediate Accounting (6)
Healthcare Management (9 credits):
Take MBA 650, and three of the four courses below:
Human Resources Management (9 credits):
(Note: Students specializing in Human Resource Management will take the Integrative MBA Capstone Experience - MBA 650 in place of an elective.)
Management Specialization (9 credits):
Sport Management Specialization (12 credits):
Electives (3 credits):
Note: Other electives are available. Contact the Business Graduate Program Director.
A critical feature of the MBA is that it is a professional degree. Consequently, the MBA program requires that every student be able to demonstrate some significant business professional-level work experience either though internships, entrepreneurship or professional employment. The Business Department grants waivers on this requirement to students who can provide documentation of their professional level work experience. For those students not satisfying this requirement, the Business Department will help them find a work experience that is suitable. At a minimum, a student with no work-related experience will be expected to work 135 hours per a semester either in part-time employment or working on a special business related project. Accompanying the work experience is the expectation of documented professional level performance.
MBA Courses Required for Students on the 5 Year BS/MBA Track in the Senior and Fifth Year
Note, in the first three years of undergraduate study, semesters with overloads or summer work may be needed to complete the program in five years. For students with a business-related undergraduate major, total credits for the BS/MBA track typically range between 150 and 153.
Distribution of courses for part-time students will vary depending on the amount of credits each individual student takes each semester.