Master of Business Administration Program

College of Business and Public Management

Graduate Center
1160 McDermott Drive
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2608
Fax: 610-436-2439
Master of Business Administration Program
Professor Halsey, M.B.A. Director

Program of Study

West Chester University offers an M.B.A. program which is:

  • Designed for professional growth and career advancement
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Relevant for today’s changing business climate
  • Innovative, convenient, and an exceptional educational value

Students have full access to all University resources.

The University’s M.B.A. program seeks motivated individuals with diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated quality performance as an undergraduate.

The West Chester University M.B.A. program is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, an international accrediting agency for quality business management programs.

Evening M.B.A.

The evening M.B.A. program is designed for a wide range of participants who share a desire for professional growth and career advancement. Students have diverse backgrounds representing a wide variety of baccalaureate degrees, work experiences, and career goals. The evening M.B.A. is a hybrid learning program that uses a combination of in-class and online meetings. Classes meet for seven weeks.

Online M.B.A.

The M.B.A. program offers an online option for students seeking to complete their degree through distance education. The online M.B.A. follows the same curriculum and term structure as the evening M.B.A. program. Online M.B.A. courses are primarily taught asynchronously with students being required to meet certain learning, assessment, and other requirements within a stated time period. However, certain elements of some courses may require that students be accessible online at a specific date and time. Additionally, some courses may require students to submit to proctored assessments.

Students are permitted to take courses in both the evening and the online options. However, preference for course enrollment is given to students who have indicated they are pursuing their M.B.A. through a specific option.

Master of Business Administration

Certificates

All applicants to one of West Chester University’s graduate programs will be held to the graduate admissions requirements. When applicable, additional requirements for admission into specific department program(s) may be listed below.

Master of Business Administration Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or with equivalent preparation acquired in another country are eligible to apply for admission to a graduate program. Evaluation for admission to the M.B.A. program is based on the following requirements.

General Admission: 

Successful applicants meet the following criteria:

1.   Hold a bachelor's degree or above in any major/field from an accredited institution;

2.   Earn a GMAT minimum overall score (or GRE equivalent) of 460 or above within 5 years prior to the date of application.   GMAT/GRE waivers are granted at the discretion of the MBA Director based on prior academic performance and experience;        

3.   Earn an admissions score ((Cumulative GPA from highest degree earned x 200) + GMAT Score) of 1100 or above; and

4.   Prove competency in the Prerequisite Knowledge Areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Quantitative Business Analysis.    Competency is demonstrated at the discretion of the MBA Director by prior coursework with a C grade or above in the Prerequisite Knowledge areas, by third party certifications, or by experience.

Provisional Admission: 

Provisional admission is in certain cases available to applicants who have a strong business background (either coursework or experience) but either do not meet the admissions score for full admission, or to applicants who have, at the discretion of the MBA Director after reviewing the totality of the applicant’s file, substantially, but not fully met the Prerequisite Knowledge Area requirements. Provisionally admitted students meet the following criteria before full admission:

1.   Hold a bachelor's degree or above in any major/field from an accredited institution

2.   Earn a GMAT minimum overall score (or GRE equivalent) of 460 or above within 5 years prior to the date of application.  GMAT/GRE waivers are granted at the discretion of the MBA Director based on prior academic performance and experience

3.   Earn an admissions score ((Cumulative GPA from highest degree earned x 200) + GMAT Score) of 1000 or above

4.   Prove competency in the Prerequisite Knowledge Areas of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Quantitative Business Analysis. Competency is demonstrated at the discretion of the MBA Director by prior coursework with a C grade or above in the Prerequisite Knowledge areas, by third party certifications, or by experience

5.   Complete up to 3 MBA courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA within 1 year of provisional admission. The courses are determined by the MBA Director based on the applicant’s background

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit all official undergraduate transcripts demonstrating quality performance at the undergraduate level; appropriate scores from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT); an essay on career plans; a current resume; and two letters of recommendation. Registration for M.B.A. courses must be approved by the M.B.A. director.

Entrepreneurship Certificate Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students must demonstrate that they meet knowledge requirements for the Prerequisite Knowledge Areas (can be waived with related undergraduate college courses with a B or better grade; or prove competency in prerequisite-related subject matter areas):

  1. Accounting (ACC)
  2. Economics (ECO)
  3. Finance (FIN)
  4. Law  (LAW)
  5. Marketing (MKT)
  6. Management (MGT)
  7. Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA)
  8. Mathematics (MAT)

Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or with equivalent preparation acquired in another country are eligible to apply for admission to the Entrepreneurship Certificate. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for the graduate business certificate.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit a goals statement and all official transcripts.

Project Management Certificate Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students must demonstrate that they meet knowledge requirements for the Core Prerequisite Knowledge Areas (can be waived with related undergraduate college courses with a B or better grade; or prove competency in prerequisite-related subject matter areas):

1. Accounting (ACC) 

2. Economics (ECO) 

3. Finance (FIN) 

4. Law  (LAW)  

5. Marketing (MKT)  

6. Management (MGT) 

7. Quantitative Business Analysis (QBA) 

8. Math (MAT) 

These Core Prerequisite Knowledge Areas mirror those of the proposed MBA program.

Students with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or with equivalent preparation acquired in another country are eligible to apply for admission to the Project Management Certificate.

All students in graduate programs are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs(s) may be listed below.

Master of Business Administration Policies

Orientation Requirement

Admitted students must attend an on-site Orientation Program.  An exception to attendance at the Orientation Program will be considered at the MBA Director’s discretion for students who are self-identified as completing the program 100% online, or in limited circumstances for students who are matriculated MBA students under the pre 2015-2016 curriculum that elect to complete their degree under the new curriculum. 

Degree Candidacy

For degree candidacy approval, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in all M.B.A. courses, be fully matriculated, and have completed all Core Prerequisite Knowledge courses.

Graduation Requirement

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all M.B.A. courses and a 3.0 GPA in concentration courses.

Entrepreneurship Certificate

Students may take up to two courses without matriculating (per WCU policy).    Matriculation must occur in the graduate certificate and/or MBA (if enrolled concurrently) before their third course.  MBA students must declare for the Entrepreneurship Certificate while matriculated.  Entrepreneurship Certificate students may continue on for MBA if they meet MBA admission requirements.

Project Management Certificate

Students may take up to two courses without matriculating (per WCU policy).    Matriculation must occur in the graduate certificate and/or MBA (if enrolled concurrently) before their third course.  MBA students must declare for the Project Management Certificate while matriculated.  Project Management Certificate students may continue on for MBA if they meet MBA admission requirements.

Accounting Faculty 

Professors

Anthony Cataldo (2007)

B.S., B.A., M.Acc., University of Arizona; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Robert P. Derstine (2013)

B.S.B.A., M.B.A., Drexel University; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo

Lori Fuller (2009)

Accounting

B.B.A., University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., Arizona State University

Brian Halsey (2010)

Director, M.B.A. Program

B.A., Shippensburg University; J.D., Widener University School of Law; LL.M., Villanova University School of Law

Peter Oehlers (2004)

B.S., Rowan University; M.B.A., Drexel University; D.B.A., Louisiana Tech University

Sandra M. Tomkowicz (1993)

Director, Pre-Law Program

B.S., La Salle University; J.D., University of Pennsylvania

Associate Professors

Richard Barndt (2010)

Chairperson, Accounting

B.S., M.B.A., La Salle University

Kevin E. Flynn (1998)

B.S. Miami University of Ohio; M.S., Drexel University; Ph.D., Drexel University

Instructors

Phyllis A. Belak (2013)

B.S., West Chester University of Pennsylvania; M.B.A., Drexel University

Glenn S. Soltis (2013)

B.S., Villanova University; M.B.A., Drexel University

Economics & Finance Faculty 

Professors

Thomas Andrews (1997)

B.S., West Chester University; M.A., Ph.D., Temple University

Orhan Kara (2003)

Chairperson, Economics and Finance

B.A., University of Ankara; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Associate Professors

Simon Condliffe (2008)

B.A., University of Humberside, England; M.S., Ph.D., University of Delaware

David J. Doorn (2012)

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Huimin (amy) Li (2004)

Assistant Chairperson, Economics and Finance

B.E., M.A., Xi'an Jiaotong University (China); Ph.D., Drexel University

Thomas W. Tolin (1992)

B.A., University of Southwestern Louisiana; Ph.D., University of Houston

Bahar Ulupinar (2010)

B.A., Ege University (Turkey); Ph.D., Louisana State University

Dazhi Zheng (2010)

B.S., Tsinghua University (China); M.S., University of Cincinnati; M.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Drexel University

Lei Zhu (2006)

B.E., M.S., Hohai University; Ph.D., Drexel University

Assistant Professors

Gerald Abdesaken (2013)

B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Berlin School of Economics; Ph.D., Bocconi University

Ebru Isgin (2012)

B.A., Bogazici University, Istanbul; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University

Kyle Kelly (2016)

BA Bloomsburg University; MA Binghamton University; PhD Binghamton University

Taek-Yul Kim (2014)

B.A., Kyung Hee University; M.S., University of Illinois; Ph.D., Drexel University

Michael Malcolm (2013)

B.A., Bucknell University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marek R. Marciniak (2013)

M.A., M.B.A., Eastern Illinois University; Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Thomas O. Miller (2011)

B.S., M.B.A., Villanova University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Matt B. Saboe (2013)

B.A., Moravian College

Management Faculty 

Professors

Gerard A. Callanan (2001)

B.A., Temple University; M.B.A., La Salle University; Ph.D., Drexel University

Monica Zimmerman (2008)

B.S., Messiah College; M.B.A., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Temple University

Associate Professors

Evan A. Leach (1993)

Chairperson, Management

B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., West Chester University; M.A., Ph.D., Yale University

Charles H. McGee (1987)

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara; M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., Northwestern University

David Perri (2005)

B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.A., Pennsylvania State University

Paul F. Rotenberry (2005)

B.A., Widener University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Akron

Xiaowei Zhu (2006)

B.S., Beijing Union University; M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Assistant Professors

Lisa Calvano (2011)

Assistant Chairperson, Management

B.S., Drexel University; M.Sc., London School of Economics; M.B.A., Ph.D., Temple University

Kelly Fisher (2014)

B.S., Excelsior College; M.B.A., University of North Florida; Ph.D., Monash University

Guohua Jiang (2013)

B.S., Shanghai Jiaotong University; M.S., Nanjing University; Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Matthew I. Shea (2012)

B.A., Connecticut College; M.H.A., M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., Temple University

Ma Ga (mark) Yang (2013)

B.A., Hankuk University of Foreign Studies; M.B.A., Ph.D., The University of Toledo

Marketing Faculty 

Professors

Paul M. Arsenault (1998)

M.S., Marietta College; M.B.A., Wake Forest University; Ph.D., Temple University

Paul F. Christ (1994)

B.B.A., M.B.A., Temple University; Ph.D., Drexel University

John Gault (1991)

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy; M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Drexel University

Jason Phillips (1999)

Chairperson, Marketing

B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.B.A., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Associate Professors

Michael Guiry (2016)

BS Cornell University; MBA Duke University; PhD University of Florida

Chun-Chen Wang (2011)

B.A., Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan); M.B.A., Baruch College; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington

Assistant Professor

Shih-Ching Trista Wang (2016)

BS National Cheng-Chi University; MBA National Cheng-Chi University; PhD Temple University

How to Read Course Descriptions

MBA 500. Financial Reporting and Analysis. 3 Credits.

This course is an Introduction to Financial Accounting - A conceptual approach to recording, financial summarizing, and presentation and evaluation of the financial affairs of a business firm.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 501. Business and the Economic Environment. 3 Credits.

This course covers macroeconomic and microeconomic principles by discussing their applications to modern business problems. It discusses firm supply and demand, cost and pricing, market structure and competition, monetary and fiscal policy, and aggregate demand and supply.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.

MBA 502. Principles of Corporate Finance. 3 Credits.

This course covers the basic principles underlying all financial decision making. The time value of money principle is applied to stock valuation, bond valuation, and capital budgeting. The course also discusses the capital asset pricing model, market efficiency, capital procurement, short-term, capital management, and financial leveraging.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA 502 requires prerequisites of MBA 500 and MBA 501.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 503. Managerial Principles and Communication. 3 Credits.

This course is an overview of major principles of management and framework for the analysis of managerial problems with special emphasis on managerial communication in organizations. This course will utilize a multidisciplinary approach to the field utilizing relevant material from psychology, sociology, economics and political science to address the practice of communication and negotiation in organizational settings. This course will examine cognitive, social behavioral and political factors that affect managers' ability to manage and communicate and provide framework to enhance students ability to manage more effectively in organizational settings. On line course - Distance Education.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 504. Marketing Management. 3 Credits.

An analytical approach to the study of marketing, focusing on the total environment in which marketing decisions are made. Emphasis is on planning the marketing effort and integrating it into the total operation of an organization; i.e., managing the marketing function. Familiarity with topics covered in a traditional principles of marketing course will be assumed.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 601. Strategic Cost Management. 3 Credits.

This is a course in advanced managerial accounting, focusing on accounting methods and techniques useful in making business decisions. Included are measurements of divisional performance, revenue and pricing decisions, product performance, customer performance, and budgeting. Control systems and techniques are examined from a managerial perspective.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 602. Financial Analysis and Valuation. 3 Credits.

The knowledge of financial principles is advantageous to managers in virtually every discipline in business. This course is designed as an in-depth financial analysis and valuation course to stimulate critical thinking of financial problems of businesses and focus on valuation. The basic aspects of financial analysis and valuation including use of ratios to assess corporate performance, projection of financial statements for both projects and whole companies, estimation of weighted average cost of capital, valuation of assets, projects and companies using discounted cash flow approach are covered. Also special topics, such as international aspect of financial management will be covered. Projects and cases will be used in the course to provide students with hands on experience in the use and application of financial tools and technology, especially Excel. Team building and written communication skills are also important for the group project.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 603. Global Operations and Supply Chain Management. 3 Credits.

This course utilizes interactive learning methodologies to promote awareness of the operations and supply chain management techniques available for improving the organizational structures which create and deliver value to customers. Through the case approach, students will learn how an operation strategy that is cross-functional and global creates competitive advantage for both manufacturing and service companies. Topics covered include project management, product design, process analysis, electronic commerce, and enterprise resource planning systems. In particular, because of its emerging role in today's corporation, supply chain management will be emphasized.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 604. Components of Effective Leadership. 3 Credits.

An examination of management theory and its relationship to human resource functions. This course traces the development of management and organization principles and theories, with an emphasis on applying them to human resource issues. This course examines the relationship between the individual and the organization, and topics such as leadership and motivation, attitudes, selection, performance appraisal, and individual and group decision making will be explored.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.
Cross listed courses HRM 601, MBA 604.

MBA 605. Business, Society & Environment. 3 Credits.

This course provides an overview of how major trends in the world economy, social issues, political, legal and ethical systems affect business. The student will enhance his/her ability to understand the implications of major social, economic, political, legal and ethical trends in the U.S. and the world; critically examine his/her own position on these issues; critically analyze popular writings on these issues; and appreciate the perspective of others whose circumstances differ from those of the student.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 606. Innovation and Marketing Strategy. 3 Credits.

This course examines the strategic issues facing organizations as they develop solutions that satisfy customer needs and create customer value. Emphasis is placed on identifying and explaining approaches to creating a marketing environment that encourages creative thinking. Coverage includes the processes and strategies for developing and maintaining customer value, techniques and technologies used to gather and analyze market information, innovative approaches for developing marketing solutions, and other contemporary issues affecting today's marketing decision makers. Topics are investigated using a number of methods including case study, analytical and hands-on exercises, and real-world discussion.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 610. Law and Ethics in the Business Environment. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to meet the professional needs of managers who have minimal exposure to the law and to enhance their knowledge of the legal and ethical environment of business operations. It examines the framework of the American legal system. The course focuses from a managerial and entrepreneurial perspective on sources of law: including the constitutional, statutory, administrative, and common law principles that define the relationships between government and business; buyers and sellers of goods and services; and employers and employees.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 611. Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. 3 Credits.

This course introduces students to the concept of entrepreneurship and the process of new venture creation. Topics addressed in the course include idea generation, feasibility assessment, industry analysis, market research, funding, financial planning, and marketing, as well as writing and presenting a business plan. Theories and techniques learned in this course will be used to develop a comprehensive entrepreneurship project..
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 612. Entrepreneurship Strategy. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to address managing new and emerging growth companies. It provides students with the tools to identify opportunities, formulate strategy, and implement strategy for new and emerging growth companies. The course examines management challenges commonly encountered at different stages in the life-cycle of new and emerging growth companies including start-up, growth, change of direction, and harvest.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 613. Globalization and Management. 3 Credits.

Examination of the problems of management, marketing, and finance when developing and engaging in international business. Attention to the formulation of alternative strategies for developing international business enterprises, the impact and consequences of implementing various alternative strategies for traditional business functions, problems of the multinational firm, and the special challenges of doing business with or in underdeveloped countries.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 614. International Trade & Finance. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to expose students to the international busines environment and enable them to increase their business prescence abroad whether it is in manufacturing, finance, or other services. Topics include diversity and cultural differences, foreign exchange markets and exchange rate determination, export/import strategies, foreign direct investment, and multinational accounting and financing.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 615. The Economics of Healthcare and Analytics. 3 Credits.

This course will apply the tools of economic analysis to the various components of the health care system. Relying on microeconomic principles, this course addresses the behavior of participants (consumers, providers, insurers) in the health care industry. This course addresses some key policy issues that surround the provision of health care, as well as considering different health systems.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 616. Applications of Project Management. 3 Credits.

This course is a reappraisal and reinforcement of core knowledge areas of project management: project selection, project organization, defining projects, project networks, risk management, resource scheduling, accelerating projects, leadership, team building, outsourcing, and monitoring progress.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 617. Business Information Systems. 3 Credits.

This course is a blending of theory, case studies, and personal computer applications to the solution of business information problems. Students will gain insight into functional and strategic implications of information resources, technology, and systems.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA Prerequisite Majors Only.
Distance education offering may be available.

MBA 618. Project Quality Management. 3 Credits.

This course examines basic quality concepts and explores the three sub-processes of quality management: quality planning, quality assurance, and quality control as they relate to project management. This course also explains key quality tools relevant to the framework and presents them in a logical order of application. Finally, this course offers practical exercises in a management environment that will allow students to experience an application. This course is designed to help students to prepare PMI (Project Management Institute) certifications exams, like CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA 618 requires a prerequisite of majors only or department consent.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MBA 619. Business Analytics. 3 Credits.

Organizations are using analytics strategically to make better decisions and improve customer and shareholder value. Business analytics is the use of data, information technology, statistical analysis, quantitative methods, and mathematical or computer-based models to help managers gain improved insights about their business operations and make better, fact-based decisions. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental tools and concepts of business analytics. Students will learn the essential elements of descriptive analytics, predictive analytics, and prescriptive analytics. This basis will allow students to communicate with analytics professionals to effectively use and interpret analytics models and results for making better business decisions.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA 619 requires a prerequisite of majors only or department consent.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Spring & Summer.

MBA 620. Business Forecasting. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to prepare business professionals to utilize advanced forecasting tools that are commonly used in industry and in the process deepen their understanding of the role that such forecasting can play in business decision making. Firms continually need to make predictions about future events, including costs, sales, price movements, cash flows, asset values, and even general macroeconomic outcomes that can affect the business environment. Such predictions are regularly used to plan production, allocate resources, set budgets, determine staffing needs, and address many other things of concern to the firm. Making use of a variety of statistical modeling techniques, this course will enable the proper examination of relationships among various pieces of information that a firm has access to and make use of those relationships to project future outcomes for variables of interest. This will include developing the ability to evaluate forecast accuracy through the use of confidence ranges and a variety of statistical tests, as well as learning additional procedures to help increase that accuracy.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA 620 requires a prerequisite of majors only or department consent.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall, Spring & Summer.

MBA 621. Business Research and Analysis. 3 Credits.

The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the quantitative and research requirements found within the graduate business program. The course reinforces essential business math knowledge while introducing advanced quantitative analysis used in different business disciplines. Additionally, the material covered allows students to conduct, analyze and interpret business research.
Pre / Co requisites: MBA 621 requirement: majors only.
Distance education offering may be available.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.

MBA 699. Strategic Management and Planning. 3 Credits.

This course is an in-depth examination of the processes by which business strategies are conceived, formulated, executed, and changed. Specific topics include strategic planning, endogenous and exogenous influences affecting strategic feasibility, analyses, and choices. Comprehensive strategy-oriented cases from a variety of business contexts are used.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.
Distance education offering may be available.