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Penn State Online MBA Overview

The Penn State Online MBA, led by the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business and delivered online, is designed to offer you an experience customized to fit your busy lifestyle and career goals while delivering a world-class education.

This AACSB–accredited MBA incorporates a focus on business strategies, collaborative teamwork, strategic leadership, and an integrative and interactive curriculum across all functional areas of business. You will be able to concentrate on the functional areas in which you want to specialize while working at a pace that works for you. 

The core course work will prepare you to become a more effective business professional by exposing you to the principles and practices essential to modern management. You will also develop skills that will be integrated throughout the Online MBA curriculum, including business analytics, problem solving, influencing others, critical thinking, and cross-functional business savvy.

The program provides opportunities for you to apply your knowledge to solving real-world business problems in a team setting. Every course will include teamwork. Graduates should possess a strong foundation of understanding how businesses operate, how to integrate knowledge across functional areas, how to work effectively in high-performing teams, and how to lead and manage strategically for the future.

The Penn State Online MBA is led by the Penn State Smeal College of Business, which is AACSB–accredited. To enhance our course offerings and to provide expertise in various areas of business specialization, world-renowned faculty from the Black School of Business, Penn State Behrend; The School of Graduate Professional Studies, Great Valley; and Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration will also be teaching various courses within this program.

Penn State's comprehensive list of Online MBA concentrations was developed to address skill gaps in today’s competitive business environment. These concentrations allow you to customize your education while gaining highly marketable skills that are in demand right now. As a student, you can select from the following 9-credit concentrations:

accounting foundations

advanced accounting

business analytics

business architecture

business sustainability strategy

corporate innovation and entrepreneurship


general management

human resource management

marketing analytics

negotiation and influence

project management

strategic leadership

supply chain management

Each concentration allows you to sharpen skill sets specific to your career aspirations. If you are seeking a broader business education, the General Management track might be right for you.

A defining component of our program is the five-day residency held at University Park, Pennsylvania, at the start of the program. Beginning in spring 2020, you will have the opportunity to participate in an optional Global Immersion trip. For one week, you will join up with fellow Penn Staters from the resident MBA and Executive MBA programs to visit a pivotal global business region in order to develop a critical awareness of international business practices and diverse cultures.

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