Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration Degree: Online or Hybrid (Blended On-campus and Online)

About the Master of Business Administration

Build your career and drive your organization’s strategic goals with Cal U’s innovative MBA degree.

Our leading-edge curriculum is specifically designed to address the changing world of business and today’s MBA marketplace. Developed with mid-career professionals in mind, Cal U’s program replaces traditional marketing, accounting and finance classes with an MBA core where all business disciplines are integrated into every course and students focus on mastering decision-making and leadership skills.

If your goal is to be a top business professional and an agent of change in your organization, the Master of Business Administration at California University of Pennsylvania will equip you with solid knowledge and in-demand skills. And Cal U offers one of the most affordable MBA degrees in Pennsylvania.

Cal U’s MBA program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) — and it offers the flexibility that busy professionals need. You can study entirely online or choose a hybrid program that blends on-campus and online courses.

Develop a business specialty.

Cal U’s MBA degree program allows for specialization, with as much as half your coursework in one of these concentrations: 

  • Accounting: Prepare to manage accounting information within a business enterprise.
  • Applied economics: Learn to apply economic theory and analysis skills to address issues in business, public policy and behavioral analysis.
  • Business analytics: Explore trends in information technology and transform data into meaningful tools that drive business strategies.
  • Healthcare management: Develop tools and skills pertinent to business careers within a variety of healthcare settings.
  • ManagementEnhance personal leadership competencies and build skills that can be used to solve problems and generate results.

Regardless of which concentration you choose, as a graduate you’ll be able to integrate concepts from across the business disciplines and master skills in leadership, teamwork and decision-making. As a Cal U MBA graduate, you will be prepared for career opportunities in management, business consulting, research and development, government, fundraising, and more. 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: MBA

Accredited program: Widely recognized and respected, Cal U's business administration programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the leading specialized accreditation body for business education focused on teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered approach ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business programs will give students the skills employers want.

Strong foundation: The MBA curriculum at Cal U teaches you to:

As one of the top MBA programs in Pennsylvania, we recognize that today's professionals must fit their coursework into a busy schedule. At Cal U, you can complete your online MBA degree full time in as little as 15 months.

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14 %
growth in employment for business analysts is predicted through 2024 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
100% 
online graduate MBA degree can be completed in one year full time or in 24 months part time.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's hybrid or online MBA program targets what you need to stand out in today's business world. We are one of the largest MBA programs in the region, offering a variety of courses in all functional areas of business. You can count on a dedicated faculty and excellent advising support – and you can specialize your studies with concentrations in accounting, applied economics, business analytics, healthcare management or management. Courses combine academic theory and practical experience, so you're ready to apply what you learn immediately. You'll also be prepared to explore broad career options and advance into new employment opportunities in the future. You can complete your MBA online in as little as one year.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's MBA program gives students the skills necessary to be valuable business managers. As an MBA graduate, you’ll be ready to pursue career opportunities in management, business consulting, business analysis, research and development, and fundraising. Cal U graduates are working in such organizations as the Bank of New York Mellon, PNC, U.S. Department of Energy, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, National City Bank, 84 Lumber, PWC and other top accounting firms, and many more. Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center connects you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus and off-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational contacts.

 

Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Concentrations

Curriculum

Course Credits
ACC 711  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 771  Quantitative Methods 3
BUS 799  Strategic Management 3
ECO 716  Applied Economic Analysis  3
FIN 711  Corporate Finance  3
HRM 711  Human Resource Management 3
MGT 751  International Business Management  3
MKT 711  Marketing Management 3
Electives* (4) 12
Total 36

Electives: Any four of the 3-credit graduate courses from the following areas: ACC, BUS, ECO, ENP, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS, MKT

Foundation Courses:

Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree with a business major may also be required to take one or more of these foundation courses:

  • ACC 200  Financial Accounting
  • ECO 201  Intro Microeconomics
  • MAT 225/215  Business Statistics/Statistics
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular) 


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or foundation courses, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Deficiencies in Foundation Courses

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

 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 or Elements of Economics
    • Business Statistics or Statistics
    • College Algebra (if applicable based on SAT/ACT or Placement Testing scores)
  • To satisfy your outstanding foundation course requirements you may take the courses with Cal U, take the equivalent course at another accredited school, or take the equivalent course with Peregrine Academics.   

 How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu 
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Concentrations
 
  • Accounting: Prepare to manage accounting information within a business enterprise.
  • Applied economics: Learn to apply economic theory and analysis skills to address issues in business, public policy and behavioral analysis.
  • Business analytics: Explore trends in information technology and transform data into meaningful tools that drive business strategies.
  • Healthcare management: Develop tools and skills pertinent to business careers within a variety of healthcare settings.
  • ManagementEnhance personal leadership competencies and build skills that can be used to solve problems and generate results. 
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Faculty Experts

Cal U’s MBA classes are relatively small and provide for close interaction with faculty. All classes are taught by highly qualified educators who have both world-class academic credentials and decades of industry experience using teaching methods that focus on actively engaging learners. Their areas of specialized expertise range from new-firm startups and entrepreneurship to U.S. and Chinese millennial e-shopping habits, HR management, cybersecurity and more. Students can work alongside their MBA professors on individualized research projects. Each concentration includes courses that require analytical research.

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What Can You Do with an MBA?

Earning an MBA positions you for career growth and demonstrates your commitment to expanding your business expertise. According to the Graduate Management Admissions Council, MBA graduates with specialized skills tend to receive higher starting salaries than graduates of traditional MBA programs. So, is an MBA worth it? Research shows that completing an MBA program in Pennsylvania can increase your earning potential and put you on an accelerated path to promotion.

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MBA & Nursing

Recognizing the need for business skills in the rapidly changing healthcare environment, Cal U offers focused degrees for today's nurse leaders. Both the MSN-MBA dual degree and the MBA: Nursing Administration concentration are offered 100% online, making them a convenient, choice for working healthcare professionals.

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MBA and Social Work

Our MBA: Social Work Administration concentration supplements Cal U’s outstanding Master of Social Work program with managerial and leadership principles and quantitative analysis and decision-making skills that can be applied through the professional practice of social work or in the administration of social service agencies and nonprofit organizations. The MBA portion of this program can be completed 100% online or through blended on-campus and online study.

 

 

Additional Resources

Top 10 Reasons to Get an MBA

MBA: The Path to Promotion

Why Earn Your MBA Online

ROI for an MBA

Affordable MBA

 

MBA Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

chawdhry_a@calu.edu

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

chicarelli@calu.edu

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Dr. Paul Hettler
Professor

hettler@calu.edu

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Assistant Professor

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Dr. John Michaels
Professor

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Dr. Clyde A. Roberts
Professor

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

schwerha@calu.edu

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