Test the Waters at Penn State Great Valley

Have you been thinking about an MBA? Here’s your chance to put us to the test. Take one graduate business course and experience our MBA program firsthand. Choose from a variety of courses to explore your interests, and see if our program is the right fit for you.  

Courses are taught by premier faculty, who combine their research with business expertise, and are offered in convenient seven-week sessions. Plus, many courses are delivered partially online.

If you would like to Test the Waters, please contact Millie Ingersoll in the admissions office at mxi4@psu.edu or 610-648-3282. She will provide information on how to proceed.

Current tuition rates apply. For additional information, visit Tuition and Fees.

Graduate Course Offerings and Schedule:
Students in the Test the Waters program are permitted to enroll in one course prior to formal admission to the MBA. Courses are each 3 credits and may be applied to the MBA program if admitted as a degree-seeking student.

SUMMER I 2014:

ACCTG 511 - Financial and Managerial Accounting, 50% online
May 12-June 25, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to both financial accounting (focusing on external users of accounting information) and managerial accounting (focusing on internal users of accounting information). The course focuses on the uses (and potential misuses) of accounting information.  We will also discuss corporate governance issues. Accounting information can be used to evaluate an organization's financial position, to plan future activities (short and long-term), to motivate behavior, and to evaluate performance. The focus is NOT to train students to produce accounting information. Rather, the focus is to train students to interpret, evaluate, and use accounting information.

BUSAD 537 - Management Information Systems, 50% online
May 12-June 25, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
Information system theories and methods applied to administrative structures and management decisions in organizations.

BUSAD 551 - Business Stakeholder Relations, 50% online
May 13-June 26, Tuesdays and web, 6-9 p.m.
Analysis of ethical, political, social, legal and regulatory, environmental, technological, and demographic diversity environment of business.

BUSAD 556 - Diversity Leadership, 30% online
May 13-June 26, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
Analysis and application of models, theories and strategies for managing an increasing diverse workforce and customer base.

BUSAD 559 - Career Management, 75% online
May 17-June 28, Saturdays, 9 a.m-5 p.m.
The Career Management course provides students with a conceptual understanding of careers and career decision-making through an examination and discussion of the literature in career management. Additionally, a significant focus is placed on application of the concepts and the literature to understand the student's own career, as well as the careers of supervisors, peers, and subordinates. Therefore, this course blends both conceptual analysis and experiential learning activities.

MGMT 501 - Behavioral Science in Business, 50% online
May 12-June 25, Tuesdays and web, 6-9 p.m.
Application of behavioral science concepts and analytical methods to problems in business organizations. Analysis of administrative behavior and decision making.

MGMT 597 - Special Topics: Developing Global Leaders: European Management Perspectives
May 12-June 14, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The increase in cultural diversity and globalization in business require managers to develop cross-cultural competence. This course develops students' global understanding for working, following, and leading in European organizations. This course will help managers and organizational leaders make sense of French, German, Swiss, and other European cultures in order to prepare global leaders for work in highly diverse, intercultural environments. It explores how human resource management processes and organizational dynamics in European countries such as France, Germany and Switzerland differ from practices in the United States. The goal is to better understand how culture impacts the whole management process when working in Europe. Several case studies - describing both successful and unsuccessful practices - will be presented.

SUMMER II 2014:

BUSAD 501 - Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making, 50% online

July 1-August 12, Tuesdays and web, 6-9 p.m.
Use of statistical methods for managerial decision making, with emphasis on problem formulation, data analysis and interpretation, and business applications.

BUSAD 545 - Negotiation Strategies, 30% online
June 30-August 13, Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
This course covers strategies and tactics for understanding conflicts, for negotiating effectively, and for dealing successfully with power in organizations.

MKTG 500 - Marketing Management, 50% online
June30-August 13, Wednesday and web, 6-9 p.m.
This course focuses on managerial decision-making in marketing and full use of market data and competitive analysis. It covers marketing decisions on target marketing, product, channel, pricing, and promotion as a cohesive strategy. The course reviews how a marketing program should be developed and managed.