Master of Business Administration

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences

Degree MBA

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, 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.

Program

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.

MBA ON-LINE

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 Criteria

Admission requirements for entry of part-time students into the MBA program:

  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher OR a score in the GMAT, MAT or GRE in the 50th percentile or higher.

Requirements for acceptance of full-time students into the five-year BS/MBA program:

  • At the end of the junior year, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA in business functional areas prerequisite courses of 3.0 or higher.

Conditional Admission:

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):

Psychology (3)

Philosophy (6) (including at least three credits of ethics)

Sociology (3)

Statistics (3)

Speech or Effective Communications for Leaders (3)

Business Functional Areas (credits required):

Accounting (3)

Economics (3)

Finance (3)

Management Information Systems (3)

Marketing (3)

Technology Competence:

The passing of a business-specific technology competence examination

Curriculum

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)

MBA 500

Organizational Behavior and Development

MBA 501

Law and the Business Environment

MBA 503

Marketing Management

MBA 504

Information Analysis and Interpretation

MBA 506

Human Resources Management for Leaders

MBA 507

Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders**

MBA 508

Information Systems for Management

MBA 509

Managerial Economics

* 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.

** Students specializing in accounting will take the Integrative MBA Capstone Experience-MBA 650 in place of Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders-MBA 507.

Specializations

The MBA offers an opportunity for students to specialize in the following areas: management, accounting, financial services and human resources.

Management Specialization (9 credits):

MBA 610

Organizational Leadership

MBA 612

Strategic Management

MBA 650

Integrative MBA Capstone Experience

Accounting Specialization (9 credits):

MBA 620

Accounting Theory

MBA 622

Advanced Auditing

MBA 624

Advanced Taxation: Corporations, Partnerships, Estates and Trusts

*If pursuing the accounting specialization, 12 additional credits of prerequisite accounting courses are needed as follows:

Intermediate Accounting (6)

Auditing (3)

Taxation (3)

(Note: Students specializing in accounting will take the Integrative MBA Capstone Experience-MBA 650 in place of Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders-MBA 507.)

Human Resources Management (9 credits):

MBA 552

Regulations of Human Resource Management

MBA 557

Performance, Compensation, and Reward Systems

MBA 558

Employee Relations and Services

(Note: Students specializing in Human Resource Management will take the Integrative MBA Capstone Experience - MBA 650 in place of an elective.)

Sport Management Specialization (12 credits):

MBA 530

Public Relations, Communications, and the Media in Sport

MBA 640

Advance Sport Marketing: Applied Research and Strategic Planning

MBA 641

The Business of Sport

MBA 650

Integrative MBA Capstone Experience

Electives (3 credits):

MBA 585

Special Topics

Note: Other electives are available. Contact the Business Graduate Program Director.

Experiential Learning:

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.

Full-time Distribution

Fall I Semester (Senior Year)

Total Credits 6

MBA 500

Org Behavior & Dev.

3

MBA 501

Law & Bus Environment

3

Spring I Semester (Senior Year)

Total Credits 6

MBA 503

Marketing Mgmt

3

MBA 504

Info Analysis & Interpret

3

Fall II Semester (Fifth Year)

Total Credits 12

MBA 508

IS for Management

3

MBA 506

HRM for Leaders

3

MBA 509

Managerial Economics

3

MBA 507

OR

MBA 620

Acct & Finance

OR

Financial Acct Theory

3

Spring II Semester (Fifth Year)

Total Credits 12

MBA 650

Integrative Capstone

3

MBA 612

OR

MBA 624

Strategic Management

OR

Advanced Taxation

3

MBA 610

OR

MBA 622

Organizational Leadership OR

Advanced Auditing

3

 

Graduate Level Elective

3

Distribution of courses for part-time students will vary depending on the amount of credits each individual student takes each semester.