The PSU MBA program consists of 36‐credit curriculum: 27 credits accrue from the core courses and 9 credits from the major courses. The course structure has been designed to focus on contemporary business perspectives and issues, collaboration, teamwork, and development of entrepreneurial skills. The curriculum provides students with the essential tools for success in their careers and prepares them to lead, build, and manage enterprises that create value for the stakeholders in a dynamic global economy. It also instills awareness of ethical issues and their effects on society. Most importantly, MBA graduates learn to solve problems, avoid creating new ones, simplify issues, and optimize results for their organizations. The MBA curriculum is summarized in Table 1:
Table 1: MBA Course Structure
| Module ||
Foundation Courses* ||
| Business Core - 9 courses ||27 |
| Major Area - 3 courses ||9 |
| Internship - 8 Weeks ||Pass/Fail ***|
| Total ||
36 Credits |
* Maximum of 4 courses depending upon applicant background
** not counted towards MBA GPA | only for
conditional admission students.
Foundation Courses Foundation courses are required for those students who do not have adequate academic exposure to business‐allied subjects. Students may have to take all or some of the foundation courses from the list in
Table 2 in order to prepare themselves for successful study in the business core and major courses.
Students who are required to take any of the foundation courses must pass them with a grade of 'C' or above before proceeding on to the core courses. As a general rule, a student receiving a grade lower than 'C' in any of the foundation courses will be dismissed from the MBA program. In addition the MBA Program Committee may require some students to earn a grade of 'B' or better in the foundation courses depending on their prior academic background. Grades achieved in the foundation courses will not be computed in the Grade Point Average (GPA) for the MBA degree.
Some students may be granted a waiver of any or all of the foundation courses as the MBA Program Committee finds appropriate in view of the MBA candidates' academic background and/or work experience.
Lastly, the MBA Program Committee may allow students to register for some of the core courses while taking foundation courses.
Table 2: List of Foundation Courses
Code || Courses ||
| BUS 505 ||Introduction to Business ||3 |
| ACC 501 ||Financial Accounting ||3 |
| BUS 504 ||Quantitative Methods ||3 |
| FIN 500 ||Principles of Finance ||3 |
The objective of the core business curriculum is to develop solid analytical knowledge in the key areas of business, e.g., finance, marketing, production, organizational behavior, accounting, and corporate strategy. These courses are designed to provide core theoretical knowledge and its practical applications in real business situations. Students will discover strategic insights into the key areas of business and appreciate innovation and effective decision making in dynamic work environments. The core curriculum consists of 27 credits, which can be completed in three academic semesters. A brief summary of the business core curriculum is presented in
Table 3 below:
Table 3: List of Core Courses
Code || Courses ||
| ECON 510 || Managerial Economics ||3 |
| ACC 520 || Managerial Accounting ||3 ||ACC 501 |
| MKT 530 || Marketing Management ||3 |
| FIN 550 || Financial Management ||3 ||ACC 500, BUS 504, FIN 500, ECON 510 |
| BUS 570 || Managing Organizations and People ||3 |
| BUS 580 || Legal and Ethical Environment of Business ||3 |
| BUS 581 || Managing Information ||3 |
| BUS 582 || Production and Operation Management ||3 ||BUS 504 |
| BUS 590 || Strategic Management ||3 ||BUS 582, MKT 530, FIN 550, ACC 520 |