Master of Business Administration
College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences
Department Chair John Sumansky, 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. Beginning in fall 2010, 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.
For students who enroll in the fall of any year, on-line courses as listed below will be offered to allow a student to complete the on-line MBA in two years. If a student misses a course in one of the scheduled times, the student may have to wait for the cycle to repeat before being able to take it. Students can however, with Chairman's permission, arrange to take the course in some other format if offered. Another feature of the on-line MBA is that a student must complete all required 500-level courses before enrolling in MBA650 Capstone with one exception, MBA585 Special Topics. Students enrolling in the on-line program in either spring or summer will work out a study plan with MBA program staff and advisers.
Admission requirements for entry of part-time students into the MBA program:
An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.79 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 2.79 or higher and a GPA in business functional areas prerequisite courses of 2.99 or higher.
Applicants who have a GPA of less than 2.79 and an MAT, GRE, or GMAT score below the 50th percentile will be conditionally accepted to the program and restricted to taking a maximum of 6 MBA credits. At the completion of the first 6 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
A student whose graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 after the completion of a total of 12 credits will be placed on probation. If a student's graduate level GPA falls below 3.00 a second time the student will be terminated from the MBA program.
A student receiving a grade of "F" will be placed on probation and will have to retake the course the first time it is offered. This can only be done once. Exceptions are made only for those classes that are no longer part of the student's curriculum due to a change in concentration. A second grade of "F" will result in the student's dismissal from the program.
To be eligible for an MBA, a student must have a 3.00 or better graduate level GPA at the time of completing all graduate course work, complete all required course work at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and satisfy the experiential learning requirement.
A student can appeal a probation and/or dismissal decision by writing an appeal letter to the Chair of the Business Department. The director will take the case to the Business Graduate Review and Appeals Committee that will render a final decision. The student needs to submit this letter no later than two (2) calendar weeks after he/she receives the decision letter from 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 and Social Sciences (credits required):
Philosophy (6) (including at least three credits of ethics)
Statistics or Management Science (3)
Speech or Effective Communications for Leaders (3)
Business Functional Areas:
While the MBA is designed for undergraduate non business as well as business majors, it is necessary that all prospective MBA students enter the program with a foundation in business disciplines. Misericordia's MBA offers an approach that allows non business undergraduate majors especially, the opportunity to complete all business prerequisites through a series of five-week-long, one credit online Foundations courses in: economics, accounting, finance, management, information systems and marketing. Each of the Foundations courses is identified below. Information on registration for Foundation courses is available from the Business Department chair.
MBA F500 Foundations of Management and Human Resources Management (1)
MBA F502 Foundations of Accounting (1)
MBA F503 Foundations of Marketing (1)
MBA F504 Foundations of Management Science (1)
MBA F505 Foundations of Finance (1)
MBA F508 Foundations of MIS (1)
MBA F509 Foundations of Economics (1)
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 5 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.
** Students specializing in accounting will take the Integrative MBA Capstone Experience-MBA 650 in place of Accounting and Finance for Business Leaders-MBA 507.
The MBA offers an opportunity for students to specialize in the following areas: management, accounting, financial services and human resources.
Management Specialization (9 credits):
Accounting Specialization (9 credits):
*If pursuing the accounting specialization, 12 additional credits of prerequisite accounting courses are needed as follows:
Intermediate Accounting (6)
(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.)
Financial Services Specialization (9 credits):
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.)
Electives (3 credits):
Note: Other electives are available. Contact the Business Graduate Programs 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 ranges 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
Tentative Course Scheduling and Sequence
Evening, Weekend and On-Line
Evening, Weekend and On-Line
Evening, Weekend, and On-Line