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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)

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.

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

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

Admissions Criteria

To enroll applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00. For
applicants with a GPA below 3.00, the program coordinator will evaluate the
undergraduate transcripts and may provide a conditional admission

.For regular admission, five foundational undergraduate courses are required.

Applicants who have not completed these courses may complete them at Cal U
or another accredited college/university prior to or after admission to the
master's program, but these courses are in addition to the 36 graduate credits
required to receive a confirmed master’s degree. Students who have
completed the five foundational undergraduate courses and have a 3.00 undergraduate GPA will be granted regular

In order to earn regular admission, any conditional items and foundation courses
must be attained by the end of your second term in the program. Failure to
comply with these conditions could impact your financial aid eligibility and/or
your continued academic standing.

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

For admission, five foundational undergraduate courses are required. Foundation courses are waived for students who have successfully completed them.

Foundation Courses
ACC 200 Financial Accounting3
ECO 201 Introduction Microeconomics3
ECO 202 Introduction Macroeconomics3
MAT 225/215 Business Statistics/Statistics*3
MKT 300 Principles of Marketing3

*Algebra (MAT 181) is a prerequisite for taking Business Statistics/Statistics

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

MBA Entrepreneurship Curriculum (36 credits)

BUS 741 Business Law3
ENP 701 Entrepreneurship3
BUS 771 Quantitative Methods3
FIN 711 Corporate Finance3
ECO 716 Applied Economic Analysis3

MKT 711 Marketing Management3
MGT 742 Human Resource Management 3
ACC 711 Managerial Accounting 3
MGT 751 International Business Management        3

BUS 799 Strategic Management3
ENP 705 Entrepreneurial Finance3
Business Elective3


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), M.S. (University of Maryland), M.A. (University of Agriculture (Pakistan)), B.S. (University of Agriculture (Pakistan))


Phone: 724-938-5990

Graduate Faculty

Burrell A. Brown, J.D., MBA (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), 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

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