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Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA) –Credits: 36 (program code: 0328)
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Entrepreneurship – Credits: 36 (program code: 0827)
MBA in Nursing Administration and Leadership – Credits: 33 (program code: 0828)

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 nonprofit 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 nonprofit 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.

Delivery Mode

Two options are offered:

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

Global Online (100 percent online delivery) – MBA Entrepreneurship and MBA in Nursing Administration and Leadership

Admission Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants
  • Applicants for the MBA in Nursing Administration and Leadership must already possess their MSN degree.

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on any missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy the requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Deficiencies in foundation courses (up to two maximum terms to satisfy foundation course requirements)

Foundation Courses

Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following foundation courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Business Statistics or Statistics
  • Principles of Marketing
  • College Algebra

Foundation Courses – required for both the MBA and MBA Entrepreneurship options

Foundation Courses
ACC 200 Financial Accounting3
ECO 201 Introduction Microeconomics3
ECO 202 Introduction Macroeconomics*3
MAT 225/215 Business Statistics/Statistics**
MKT 300 Principles of Marketing3

* Waived for students in MBA in Nursing Administration and Leadership
**Algebra (MAT 181) is a prerequisite for taking Business Statistics/Statistics
   MAT 205 accepted for students in MBA in Nursing Administration and Leadership

MBA Curriculum (36 credits)

ACC 711 Managerial Accounting3
BUS 771 Quantitative Methods3
BUS 799 Strategic Management3
ECO 716 Applied Economic Analysis3
FIN 711 Corporate Finance3
MGT 751 International Business Management3
MKT 711 Marketing Management3
MGT 742 Human Resource Management3
Select from the following areas:  ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, MGT, MKT (500-700 level)

*MSN courses accepted as equivalent are: NUR 602, NUR 603, NUR 714, and NUR 715.
 MSN courses from other schools may be accepted for waiver.

MBA Entrepreneurship Curriculum (36 credits)

ACC 711 Managerial Accounting
BUS 741 Business Law
BUS 771 Quantitative Methods3
BUS 799 Strategic Management
ECO 716 Applied Economic Analysis3
ENP 701Entrepreneurship
ENP 705 Entrepreneurial Finance
FIN 711 Corporate Finance
MGT 742 Human Resource Management
MGT 751 International Business Management        3
MKT 711 Marketing Management
Select 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.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Graduate School Application online
  • Submit the non-refundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91, 250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above, email (, or fax (724-938-5712)

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187

Application Questions

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Arshad Chawdhry, Ph.D. (University of Illinois), M.S. (University of Illinois), M.A. (University of Maryland), M.Sc. Honours (University of Agriculture (Pakistan), B.S. Honours (University of Agriculture (Pakistan)
          Phone: 724-938-5990

Program Faculty

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

Adnan Chawdhry, D.Sc. (Robert Morris University), M.S. (University of Pittsburgh), M.B.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Assistant 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), MBA, 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

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

Clyde A. Roberts, D.D.A. (University of Kentucky), B.S., MBA (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

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