The Pennsylvania State University
$849 per credit
Learning Environment for Students:
iMBA courses are offered in a cohort model. Each fall a group of students (the cohort) enter the iMBA and take the same courses at the same time until the program has been completed. A common schedule with the same colleagues generates better discussion and more cohesiveness among peers and also allows better integration of course content within and across terms.
Although most of the program will be completed online, the individual student is never alone. Interaction among students in learning activities is an integral part of the student-centered pedagogy employed in the iMBA program. Group work and cohort interactions are completed through standard distance education communication tools and applications appropriate for business professionals. These include asynchronous methods such as bulletin boards, e-mail, and listservs as well as synchronous methods such as chat and audio conferencing. Ongoing discussions also occur in the iMBA Cyber Forum.
Residency Experiences-Putting Theory into Practice
Two one-week face-to-face residency experiences will enhance the integrative focus of the curriculum. They will be the culminating activities for the third- and eighth-term courses. In the first residency experience the iMBA students work with a prominent U.S. firm and the executives of that firm. Students will integrate financial, organizational, cultural, and strategic themes as they dissect the operations of the firm and provide a perspective on the future operations of the firm. The second residency experience is the capstone requirement, in which the iMBA students will use knowledge and skills attained from all previous courses to develop and present strategic plans to a panel of faculty and business professionals. Guest speakers from business and industry will be a part of each residency experience. Significant time will also be devoted to student-student, student-faculty, and student-business leader interactions. View Residency Videos here.
The courses in the iMBA program are taught by Penn State's full time Graduate School faculty. Penn State's business education faculty are all seasoned veterans of the business world. Decades of experience went into the design of the iMBA program and its courses. As a result, the program focuses on the most relevant topics of study for today's global marketplace. The iMBA's high-quality, cross-functional curriculum includes in-depth analysis of the following key areas:
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