M.B.A., Executive Track

  • The Master of Business Administration, Executive Track program is designed to serve the needs of experienced managers from industrial, financial, nonprofit, and small business, as well as the public sector, and allows them to earn an MBA degree while continuing their working career.

    A Saturdays-only class format allows participants to complete a general MBA in four trimesters (1.5 years) or a specialized MBA in five trimesters (two years) at a convenient time and location. A lock-step format, in which members of each class begin the program at the same time, take all the required courses together, and typically complete the program as a group, facilitates the formation of long-term study groups, extends a peer group or cohort experience to the participants, and creates a long-lasting network which develops both business and social contacts. Limited class size with careful selection of participants insures a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Such a learning forum provides exposure to peers from all organizational settings in a cohesive, networking environment.

    Master of Business Administration, Executive Track (MBA)—Hybrid/Blended option
    In addition to providing the same value, rigor, and quality as the traditional MBA, Executive Track, the Hybrid/Blended option provides additional flexibility to working professionals. The faculty members will meet the students for seven of the 14 Saturdays in a semester. Specifically, weeks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, and 14 of a semester will be in class and weeks 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, and 13 would be online. In any given semester, three courses are taught concurrently, and all three faculty members will meet the students in class on the same seven weeks as identified above. The remaining seven modules are placed online; the students can work on them at their convenience. This may include watching lectures and other videos, reading papers/articles/cases, completing assignments, etc. All three faculty members will be available for asynchronous communication during the week and for synchronous communication at pre-specified times during the weekends.

    The MBA, Executive Track program offered by IUP constitutes a demanding experience for participants. The program prepares each individual to accept increased responsibilities in general management. The curriculum offers broad training in foundations of management and basic analytical techniques while exposing students to contemporary management tools and technologies. The prevailing theme of the program is the emphasis on strategic decision-making in a changing global environment.

    Admissions Criteria

    Completed accredited undergraduate degree in any field with a grade point average of 2.6 or higher, a GMAT score of 450+ (for applicants with 4+ years professional work experience submission of GMAT scores is optional). Participants who have not had recent academic training are expected to update their mathematical skills concurrent with, or before beginning, the MBA, Executive Track program.

    Program Requirements

    The program will include a one-day, mandatory, on-campus orientation period for all students. Students will be introduced to graduate faculty and will be exposed to campus-based facilities and resources. Students will have an opportunity in a social setting to discuss program objectives/characteristics with graduate faculty and the administration of the college. Thirty-three semester hours of MBA course work are required for the general MBA degree. Up to nine semester hours of MBA, Executive Track prerequisites are to be completed before starting graduate-level course work for students who do not have business background.

    A. Prerequisites

    QBUS 500 Foundations of Business Statistics 3 cr.
    ECON 501 Foundations of Modern Economics 3 cr.
    FIN 500 Foundations of Finance 1.5 cr.
    ACCT 500 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 1.5 cr.

    At the time of admission, the MBA program coordinator will evaluate the academic transcripts, experience, and other credentials of the student for course waivers of one or more of the above four prerequisite courses. Students can complete the above courses offered at IUP before each cohort group starts if the courses are not waived.

    B. Required Courses

    QBUS 601 Data Analysis and Decision Making 3 cr.
    ECON 634 Managerial Economics 3 cr.
    MGMT/MKTG 650 International Business 3 cr.
    BTST 670 Organizational Communication 3 cr.
    ACCT 607 Management Accounting 3 cr.
    MGMT 613 Organizational Analysis 3 cr.
    FIN 630 Financial Management 3 cr.
    MKTG 603 Marketing Management 3 cr.
    MGMT 637 Operations Management 3 cr.
    IFMG 640 Management Information Systems 3 cr.
    IFMG 645 IS Architecture and Concepts 3 cr.
    BLAW 633 Case Problems in Business Law 3 cr.
    MGMT 695 Business Policy 3 cr.

    Students seeking to specialize can take nine additional credits of prescribed course work and receive a concentration in the areas described under the MBA program, after completing Core I. All concentrations may not be available for the MBA, Executive Track students. The MBA program director will advise the Executive Track students about the available concentrations during the time of admission.