Frequently Asked Questions about the MBA

Q: How many credits are required for the MBA at Penn State Great Valley?

A: Between 30 and 45 credits are required to complete the MBA degree. Students may be exempt from up to 15 credits from the core courses for previous academic preparation.

Students are expected to meet a pre-program requirement in quantitative skills via previous coursework prior to beginning the MBA program.

Q: Do you allow students to transfer credits into the program?

A: A maximum of 10 graduate credits earned at an AACSB-accredited institution may be applied toward the requirements for a master's degree at Penn State Great Valley. Approval to apply any transferred credits toward a degree program must be granted by the student's academic adviser and division head. Courses considered for transfer must have been completed within five years prior to the date of enrollment at Penn State, and must have a grade of at least a B.

Q: What is the course schedule format?

A: Courses are offered on a seven-week basis, meeting during evening hours and/or Saturdays. Classes that meet during the week are usually scheduled for two days a week, for three hours per session for seven weeks, while Saturday classes are scheduled for six hours on seven Saturdays. Most MBA classes are delivered in a hybrid format with between 30% and 85% of the course content provided online.

Q: What are the admission requirements?

A: To apply for admission, you must submit the following items:

  • Upload to Online Application:
    o Résumé
    o Statement of Intent/Career Objective
  • Enter name and contact information of the two people who will provide your recommendations
  • Enter GMAT or GRE score. Applicants holding an advanced degree, such as Ph.D., D.Ed., M.D., or J.D.or holding CPA, CFA or CMA certifications or are transfering from an AACSB accredited institution are not required to submit standardized test scores.
  • TOEFL score for applicants whose native language is not English (code 2660)
  • Submit non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order made payable to The Pennsylvania State University
    ›Two official transcripts from each college or university you have attended 
    • Transcripts should be sent directly from each institution attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office
      • Attention: JoAnn Kelly, 30 E. Swedesford Road, Malvern, PA 19355
    • Penn State alumni do not need to provide transcripts

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Q: Do I need any prep courses?

A: Prior to enrolling in the MBA program, students are expected to meet a pre-program requirement that builds a foundation for effective quantitative analysis. Some students may be asked to take a statistics course if they do not meet the pre-program requirement based on their previous academic record.

Q: I don't have a business undergraduate degree, does that matter?

A: Many of our students do not have undergraduate degrees in business, but they all have relevant work experience. Those with business degrees are more likely to quailify for waiver of some courses.

Q: I've been out of school 15 years. Will I feel out of place taking classes after all that time?

A: The average age of our students is mid-thirties. You will find most of our students share the same concern about not having taken classes in quite some time, and how to juggle graduate school with an already busy life. Penn State Great Valley was designed for your needs, and we are ready to accommodate your busy schedule.

Q: How can students manage graduate studies with busy work schedules?

A: Because our courses are offered in seven-week sessions, students find it easier to plan business activities accordingly. Most of our courses are offered in a hybrid format, which offers some flexibility. Also, our program is not a cohort program. Students may stop out for a session during busy travel seasons or peak workload periods.

Q: What is the tuition?

A: Each course is three credits. For tuition information, click here.

Q: Is the GMAT or GRE ever waived?

A: The Admissions Committee considers a number of factors in the review of MBA applications. The GMAT is important because it provides information about an applicant's skills that are important in business school and which relate to an applicant's potential for success in the program. We encourage all applicants to take the GMAT or the GRE. However, some applicants may be able to demonstrate their potential for success in the program through means other than the GMAT/GRE. For information about the GMAT and a GMAT Waiver, click on these links:
GMAT Fact Sheet
GMAT Waiver Request Form