Overview

Applicants
51
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.39
Years Work Experience
6
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
490 - 578
GPA
3.1 - 3.7

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
June 27

Rolling Admission Deadline
June 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
No

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
28

100
Full-time
36
Underrepresented Minorities
25
Female


Students Say

The Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend College “provides the best value for a working student in the local area,” one MBA here explains, adding, “You get the Penn State name, an outstanding general MBA education, and student-work flexibility.” Behrend enjoys “an outstanding reputation” in the region, making it an excellent choice for students looking to build their careers in and around Erie.

A general degree that aims to develop the critical-thinking skills necessary for a career in midand upper-level management, the Behrend MBA curriculum consists of forty-eight units, or thirteen courses. Of these, eighteen units form the foundational core courses, which are comprised of three introductory classes: Costs, Competition, and Market Performance; Demand, Operations, and Firm Performance; and Integrated Business Analysis. After completing these courses, students must complete twenty-one credits of required advanced courses and nine credits of elective course work. For those who have already taken business courses, the program can be streamlined through the omission of certain foundation courses. Depending on their previous academic preparation, fulltime students can usually complete the MBA curriculum in three semesters; part-time students usually require two to four years to complete the program.

Behrend works hard to keep its MBA program student-friendly with an “attractive and clean” campus (that includes “a new facility for the business school”), “small classes” and “accessible professors.” Most faculty members “have extensive real-world experience that greatly adds to their lessons. Additionally, many are locals and have experience at the major companies in the area and understand the general job situation of the area.” Students describe the curriculum as challenging, citing “tough courses” that “equate to well-educated students.” Another reports, “The professors expect a lot. No class was easy. I consider myself to be an intelligent person, but have felt less so at times because of the difficulty of the work.” Among the drawbacks of a Behrend MBA, “some courses are only offered one semester each year,” making it “very difficult to have a consistent workload. Some semesters are much heavier than others due to course offerings.” Even so, students here agree that Behrend is “the best school, academically, for the region.”



Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$64,000
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
0%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
72%
Unknown
27%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

27%
Marketing
18%
Operations/Logistics
9%
General Management
9%
Finance/Accounting
9%
Human Resources
9%
Information Technology
9%
Other

Students Say

A high percentage of Penn State Behrend students are currently employed in profes- sional positions and are pursuing an MBA with the intention of improving their career opportunities at their current companies. In fact, a considerable number of Penn State Behrend students receive tuition assistance from their employers. Some, however, see their MBAs as a stepping stone to a new career (or, for students pursuing MBAs straight out of college, simply a career). For those, the Penn State Behrend Academic Advising and Career Development Center serves both the undergraduate and graduate popu- lation at the college, including students in the MBA program. The CDC hosts career fairs, on-campus recruiting and interview events, seminars, and workshops. A grow- ing number of organizations participate in Penn State Behrend career fairs each year. Employers who frequently hire Behrend MBAs include: Deloitte Consulting, Paradigm Wave, Ingentor, GE Infrastructure-Transportation Systems, IBM, Erie Insurance Group, National City Corporation, Graham Packaging, HealthAmerica, and the Pennsylvania State University.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 27% $63,000 $61,000 $50,000 $70,000
Operations / Logistics 18% $94,000 $62,500 $125,000
Finance / Accounting 9% $40,000
Human Resources 9% $65,000
Information Technology 9% $46,000
Other 9% $72,000
General Management 9% $53,500
Entrepreneurship 9% $55,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consumer Products 27% $53,500 $53,000 $50,000 $55,000
Technology 18% $67,500 $65,000 $70,000
Financial Services 9% $62,500
Government 9% $72,000
Manufacturing 9% $125,000
Petroleum / Energy 9% $40,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 9% $63,000
Other 9% $46,000

Prominent Alumni

Ann Scott
Vice President and Director of Diversity and Community Outreach, Erie Insurance Group

Scott Mitchell
President and CEO, Erie Zoo

Nancy Anderson
CIO and Quality Leader, GE Transportation Systems

Dennis Prischak
President, Plastek US

Ed Auslander
CEO, LORD Corporation

Dates

Application Deadlines
May 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$25,798

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$986

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
38%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
12%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
31%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
1%

New Students Receiving Loans
31%

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$821
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,286
Fees (In-State)
$155
Fees (Out-State)
$155

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$0
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,852
Academic Expenses
$1,848

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
127
Part Time
100%

In State
100.0%
Out of State
0.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
3

Demographics



Campus Life

Students Say

Behrend MBAs enjoy “state-of-the-art” classrooms that “allow us to utilize multimedia learning,” which they very much appreciate. The campus itself is “very clean, safe, and attractive,” “not so large that it is overwhelming but still offering most [of the] opportu- nities of a large school.” And here’s something you rarely hear at any school, much less a state institution: there’s “plenty of parking” here.

Campus life offers “a number of clubs and organizations for students,” and “the school also hosts a very wide array of speakers, and events,” but most of these events seem planned primarily for undergraduates. “There are no solely business school programs of any kind. The most activity available is an unofficial happy hour at the end of the semester,” one student writes.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Ann M. Burbules
Assistant Director, Graduate Admissions

Address
5451 Merwin Lane
Erie, PA 16510
United States

Phone
814-898-7255

Fax
814-898-6074

Email
PSBehrendMBA@psu.edu


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