Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration Online and On Campus

About the Master of Business Administration

Excel in a dynamic business marketplace with your MBA degree.

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. Our high-quality education and premier learning experiences will prepare you for positions in business, industry and government.

Cal U business professors provide a broad-based education in the core disciplines of business administration, including mathematical/quantitative skills, analytical/problem-solving skills and information technology skills for effective decision making in today's dynamic global economy.

Widely recognized and respected, Cal U's business administration program is ACBSP accredited.  

Be prepared to lead change in business, nonprofits, industry and more.   

Students can choose to complete their Cal U MBA either on campus or 100% online. As a Cal U MBA graduate, you will be prepared for career opportunities in management, business consulting, research and development, fundraising, and more. 


Strong foundation: The MBA degree program curriculum at Cal U is designed to:

Concentrations:  MBA students can choose from three concentrations: business analytics, healthcare management and entrepreneurship. Business analytics enables MBA students to explore trends in information technology and learn how to transform data into meaningful tools to drive business strategies. The healthcare management MBA provides the necessary tools and skills for students who want to pursue careers in a variety of healthcare settings. The entrepreneurship concentration helps students develop business fundamentals to transform start-up ideas into results-focused enterprises. 


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

Cal U's MBA program, available on campus or 100% online, 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. Students can count on excellent advising support and a dedicated faculty. You can choose to specialize your studies with concentrations in business analytics, healthcare management or entrepreneurship. Your courses will 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 gives students the skills necessary to be valuable business managers. As a Cal U MBA graduate, you will be ready to pursue career opportunities in management, business consulting, research and development, and fundraising. Our 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 & 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.

MBA Degree Program Online and On-Campus
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Faculty Experts

Our MBA classes are relatively small and provide for close interaction with the faculty. All MBA faculty members have earned their doctorates. 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. Some of our quantitative courses require analytical research projects as part of course requirements.

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Student Resources

Cal U has various student clubs to promote business networking and leadership development, including the Economics Club, Finance Club, Student Marketing Association, Student Accounting Association and Leadership Club.

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MBA & Nursing

Recognizing the rapidly changing healthcare environment, Cal U also offers dual degrees to train today's nurse leaders: the MSN-MBA dual degree and the MBA-Nursing Administration and Leadership degree. Both are 100% online programs.

MBA Courses

MBA students receive a well-rounded business education in such fundamental areas as accounting, strategic management, human resource management, economics, corporate finance and marketing.



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
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Deficiencies in Foundation Courses

 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

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email ( or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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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

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

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Mark Ciccarelli
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Paul Hettler

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Assistant Professor

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Dr. John Michaels

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Dr. Clyde A. Roberts

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

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