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Business Administration

Master of Business Administration – Credits: 36 (program code:  0328)

Program Description

The demand for skilled managers in the business community today far outweighs the availability of qualified candidates. The scope of business activities has assumed a level of sophistication where the more significant opportunities require skills and abilities that exceed the capabilities possessed by most baccalaureate degree holders.

The Master of Business Administration degree directly addresses the needs of today's progressive business enterprise and non profit institutions. This rigorous program is designed for the student desirous of advanced managerial skill development in the areas that significantly affect all aspects of operations. The use of analytical skills for efficient decision-making and problem-solving is emphasized.

Successful completion of this curriculum will effectively equip the graduate for a more challenging role in the business, industry and non profit sectors of the economy.

The program is particularly appropriate for those currently employed, as well as those recent graduates who desire to expand their current level of marketable skills. With many of the courses being offered at appropriate hours and on the web for those currently employed, this advanced degree is easily within the reach of most who are willing to devote the time and effort required, on either a full- or part-time basis. The program can be completed in 12 months at the main campus or at California University of Pennsylvania's Southpointe Center.

Program Objectives

  • Students will be able to apply the tools of accounting, economics, finance, human resource management, international business, marketing and strategic management to solve business problems.
  • Students will have quantitative skills appropriate for the current and future business environment.
  • Students will possess the communication, interpersonal and team skills needed for success in the business world.
  • Students will demonstrate an appreciation for and sensitivity to diversity in the business environment.
  • Students will be aware of the ethical, legal and political environments within which business firms operate.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)

Admissions Criteria

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA in baccalaureate degree* verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution
  •  Graduate Application for Admission plus $25 nonrefundable application fee

     *For applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.00, conditional acceptance may be possible.


Foundation Courses* (15 credits)
Course NameCredits

ACC 200 Financial Accounting


ECO 201 Introduction Microeconomics


ECO 202 Introduction Macroeconomics


MAT 225/215 Business Statistics/Statistics


MKT 300 Principles of Marketing


*Foundation courses are waived for students who have successfully completed them.
Algebra (MAT 181) is a prerequisite for taking Business Statistics/Statistics.

Master's Degree Curriculum (36 credits)

Core Curriculum
Course NameCredits

ACC 711 Managerial Accounting


BUS 771 Quantitative Methods


BUS 799 Strategic Management


ECO 716 Applied Economic Analysis


FIN 711 Corporate Finance


MGT 751 International Business Management


MKT 711 Marketing Management


Course NameCredits

MGT 742 Human Resource Management


Electives (12 credits): Any four of the 3-credit graduate courses from the following areas:
ACC/BUS/ECO/FIN/MGT/MKT (500+/700+ level)


Students in the business program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419


Program Coordinator

Arshad Chawdhry, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), MS (University of Maryland), M.A. (University of Agriculture (Pakistan), B.S. (University of Agriculture (Pakistan))

E-mail:  Chawdhry@calu.edu

Phone:  724-938-5990

Graduate Faculty

Burrell A. Brown, J.D., M.B.A. (University of Pittsburgh), B.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S. (Carnegie Mellon University), Professor

Ismail Cole, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.A. (Tufts University), B.A. (Harvard College), Professor

Paul L. Hettler, Ph.D., M.A. (University of Pittsburgh), B.A. (Pennsylvania State University),  Professor

Richard J. LaRosa, Ph.D. (Cleveland State University), M.B.A., B.S. (Drexel University), Assistant Professor

Shirley A. Lazorchak, Ph.D. (Ohio State University), M.S. (Robert Morris University), B.S. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor

Nan Li, Ph.D. (City University of New York), B.A., M.A. (Zhongshan University, China), Associate Professor

Edward Mendola, C.P.A., M.S. ( Robert Morris College), M.S. (Waynesburg College), Associate Professor 

John Michaels, D.B.A. (George Washington University) ,M.B.A., B.S. (American University), Associate Professor

Clyde A. Roberts,  D.D.A. (University of Kentucky),   B.S., M.B.A. (Marshall University), Professor

Louise E. Serafin, E.M.B.A., Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor

Joseph J. Schwerha IV, J.D. (University of Pittsburgh),  B.S. (Carnegie Mellon University), Associate Professor