MBA: Management


About the MBA in Management

Organizations large and small rely on effective managers to lead them into the future. Position yourself for career advancement with the MBA: Management program at PennWest California.

PennWest California’s accredited MBA management program builds on your undergraduate learning, whether your bachelor’s degree is in business, liberal arts, education or any other field. You’ll develop a solid foundation in business management as you strengthen your leadership, problem-solving and decision-making skills.

This specialized, graduate-level management program prepares you for managerial, supervisory and executive positions by enhancing competencies in:

  • Personal leadership, so you can be an ethical and effective leader.
  • Organizational problem-solving, so you can generate results.
  • Teamwork, so you can lead and follow collaboratively in dynamic situations.

Management program graduates can apply these skills across disciplines and in many organizational settings.

Hybrid learning approach

PennWest California’s 36-credit management MBA includes a blend of online and on-campus courses. Online courses are asynchronous, so you can learn any time, from any location.

You can attend on-campus courses in person or virtually, utilizing web conferencing technology. This “distance learning” option gives you the flexibility to attend some classes in person or complete your degree entirely online.

This flexible MBA in management can be completed in 15 months of full-time study, or on a part-time schedule.

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.

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Program Highlights: MBA in Management

ACCREDITED PROGRAM: PennWest California’s MBA programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), your assurance that PennWest California meets the highest standards in business education and offers the skills employers are seeking.

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER: The program’s MBA management courses include:

READY TO LEAD: A 3-credit MBA Capstone course includes simulations that challenge you to make ethical decisions regarding organizational strategy. The capstone verifies that MBA program graduates are prepared to lead organizations with excellence.

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Projected growth of management occupations from 2018-2028, faster than the average for all occupations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Reports.
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Degree Benefits

As an MBA: Management student, you’ll focus on managing teams and projects, while solving problems in diverse organizations. Suitable for individuals from all professional backgrounds, the program helps you identify strengths and weaknesses in your personal leadership style as you explore contemporary management challenges.

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Graduate Outcomes

Management occupations have the highest median annual wage of all major occupational groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Program graduates are prepared for careers as organizational leaders and managers, staff officers, project managers and executives at all levels.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs


Course Credits
Core Courses  
MBA 700  Business Foundations 3
MBA 710  Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis 3
MBA 720  Leading the Enterprise 3
MBA 730  Managerial Decision Making 3
MBA 740  Business, Government and Society 3
MBA 750  MBA Capstone 3
Course Options (Specialized Courses)  
MGT 710  Leadership Dynamics 3
MGT 720  Leveraging Diversity 3
MGT 730  Organizational Problem Solving 3
MGT 740  Managing Projects 3
Business Electives (500-level or higher ACC, BUS, ECO, ENP, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT) 6
Total 36

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Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited 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 a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.60 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.59 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
      • Those that have graduated 20+ years ago and are working in a related field, may submit their resume for review.  Those that have not, must complete the GMAT with a 550 or better for consideration.



  • Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores,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.



  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Submit officialtranscripts by mail or email to:

    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      PennWest California
      Box 91
      250 University Ave. 
      California, PA 15419
      Phone: 724-938-4187
Related Programs

Other MBA 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.


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Why Choose a Specialized MBA in Management?

Unlike a general Master of Business Administration degree, the management concentration encourages you to view business principles, decision-making and leadership from a manager’s viewpoint. For example, in the “Leadership Dynamics” course, you’ll examine scenarios that require leadership intervention. In “Leveraging Diversity,” you’ll examine the cultural impact of a global workforce.

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Project Management

Project management skills are in high demand in private, nonprofit and government organizations. This MBA program includes a 3-credit course focused solely on project management skills, so you can help your organization get results and meet goals on time and within budget.



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. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

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Dr. Richard LaRosa
Associate Professor

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Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Associate Professor

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Dr. Kimberly Yost
Assistant Professor

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