Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration MBA Degree: Online, On-Campus and Hybrid Options

About the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree

Build your career and drive your organization’s strategic goals with PennWest California’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, PennWest California’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 PennWest California will equip you with solid knowledge and in-demand skills. And PennWest California offers one of the most affordable MBA degrees in Pennsylvania.

PennWest California’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.

Students wishing to study on-campus or through a combination of on-campus and online coursework (multi-modal) must begin their MBA program in the Fall semester.

Develop a business specialty.

PennWest California’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 PennWest California MBA graduate, you will be prepared for career opportunities in management, business consulting, research and development, government, fundraising, and more. 

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Interactive Learning: PennWest California makes it easy for MBA students to benefit from real-time interaction with faculty and classmates. Four core MBA courses are offered during evening hours on PennWest California’s campus, which is easily accessible via major highways and Route 43. Can’t attend in person? PennWest California streams these classes using web conferencing technology, so you can attend live lectures and engage with classmates and instructors from anywhere in the world. Students who begin the MBA program in fall may attend these evening classes on campus or virtually using web conferencing technology:

Accredited program: Widely recognized and respected, PennWest California'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 PennWest California 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 PennWest California, you can complete your online MBA degree full time in as little as 15 months.



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

PennWest California'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

PennWest California'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. PennWest California 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. PennWest California'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.



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MBA & Nursing

Recognizing the need for business skills in the rapidly changing healthcare environment, PennWest California 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

The MBA: Social Work Administration concentration supplements PennWest California’s outstanding Master of Social Work program by teaching managerial and leadership principles, plus quantitative analysis and decision-making skills. The MBA program provides MSW graduates (or students currently enrolled in the MSW program) with business knowledge of particular value to those engaged in the professional practice of social work or the administration of social service agencies and nonprofit organizations. The 24-credit MBA portion of this dual degree program can be completed 100% online or through blended on-campus and online study.



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MBA Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor; MBA Program Coordinator

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

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