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COBA Mission

The College of Business Administration at Clarion University of Pennsylvania prepares students for success in business, government, and other organizations while serving the academic and business communities through effective teaching, professional responsibilities, scholarly contributions, and service appropriate to the university and the region. (Revised April 2006)



Program Objectives

The major objective is to provide a basic core of knowledge about various theories, techniques, and practices relating to business administration and problem solving. In addition, candidates for the degree have an opportunity for in-depth study in a areas of interest. Specific objectives are to prepare candidates for:

  • positions in middle management with private and public organizations;

  • teaching positions in community colleges;

  • enrollment in doctoral programs in business administration.

The program is designed for candidates with undergraduate degrees not only in business administration but also in other disciplines. Graduate courses are offered in the evening for the convenience of employed or part-time students.

The College of Business Administration at Clarion University is accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.



Admission Requirements

Division of Graduate Studies admission requirements apply with the following additions:

  • Students must submit official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

  • Applicants currently employed should include references from both professors and employers, if possible. Applicants should submit three recommendations on the Clarion University recommendation forms.

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In general, admissions are on a "rolling" basis.


Program Options

The College of Business Administration offers a full-time traditional MBA, an accelerated MBA and a part-time online MBA program option. For more information regarding any of these program options, including admissions criteria and program features, please visit





Requirements for Graduates

Requirements for the MBA degree are in two components, course requirements and a portfolio completion requirement. Course requirements for the MBA degree are composed of Foundation Courses, MBA Core Courses, and Elective Courses. A total of 33 graduate credits in the MBA Core and MBA Electives is required for completion of the degree. The portfolio requirement will not be specific to any course; however, the requirements for completion will be introduced in a first-level MBA core class and the portfolio submission is expected in the last semester of study. Specific requirements for each of these components are given below.


I. Course Requirements for the MBA Degree

A. Foundation Courses
MBA Foundation course requirements are designed to meet all of the "Undergraduate Knowledge and Skill Areas" required for the degree and a portion of the "Undergraduate and Master's Level Knowledge and Skill Areas" requirements. MBA Foundation courses, waived for most candidates with a business undergraduate degree, are not subject to residency requirements and are considered to be prerequisite or corequisite to the MBA Core. MBA Foundation coursework may be completed at Clarion or other approved institutions at either the undergraduate or the graduate level. Graduate courses taken at another institution to meet foundation course requirements may be used in transfer to meet MBA Foundation requirements but not MBA Core or MBA Elective course requirements. At Clarion, courses that meet the foundation requirements are offered at the undergraduate level. Some of these foundation courses may have prerequisite courses. The following are the foundation areas and courses at Clarion (with the graduate course equivalents) that meet foundation requirements for the MBA degree:


Knowledge and Skill Area

Micro/Macro Economics

Financial Accounting

Economic and Business Statistics

Management Theory and Practice

Principles of Marketing

Financial Management

 Clarion Course (or equivalent)

ECON 211 & 212 or 215 (ECON 500)

ACTG 251 (ACTG 500)

ECON 221 & 222 or 230 (BSAD 501)

MGMT 320 (MGMT 500)

MKTG 360 (MKTG 500)

FIN 370 (FIN 500)


B. MBA Core Courses
MBA Core Courses are designed to complete the "Undergraduate and Master's Level Knowledge and Skill Areas" requirements for each student. The MBA Core courses are:


Knowledge and Skill Area

1. Leadership, Organization & Assessment1

2. Quantitative Methods and Statistics

3. Managerial Accounting

4. Legal/Ethical Environment of Business

5. Managerial Economic Analysis

6. Financial Management

7. Marketing Concepts and Strategy

8. Operations and Information Management

9. Global Environment of Business

10. Strategic Management/Integration2

Course ID

MGMT 521

BSAD 503

ACTG 552

BSAD 540

ECON 510

FIN 570

MKTG 560

MGMT 626

BSAD 661

BSAD 690













1 The introduction to the required student portfolio at the beginning of the program is included in this course.
2 To be taken during the final semester of study.

C. MBA Elective Courses
In addition to the core courses, all students will complete the balance of 33 credits of graduate course work from the following courses, subject to the offering of those courses. Graduate-level courses, other than those listed, may be used as elective credit toward the MBA degree only with prior approval of the MBA program director and the dean of the college.

ACTG 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 461, 463, 490, 499, 554, 650, 652, 653
CIS 402, 403, 462
BSAD 637, 699
ECON 461, 470, 490, 570, 600, 611, 612, 699
FIN 463, 471, 476, 480, 671, 676
MGMT 420, 423, 427, 428, 483, 485, 486, 621, 622, 625, 650
MKTG 461, 462, 465, 468, 469, 491, 562, 604, 661

A maximum of three hours of approved 400-level courses, taken for graduate credit, may be used as elective credits. Please note that a 400-level course previously taken for undergraduate credit may not be repeated for graduate credit. A maximum of nine graduate credit hours toward the 33 required for the MBA degree may be transferred from accredited graduate programs with the approval of the MBA program director and the department chairperson of the course for which transfer credit is sought.

II. Additional Requirements for the MBA Degree

A. Assessment Portfolio Requirement
In addition to the required coursework, each student must successfully complete the assessment portfolio requirement. Students must submit to the MBA Director, at the beginning of the final semester of study, a portfolio of work completed for the various courses taken as MBA Core and MBA Elective courses. Expectations regarding the contents of the portfolio to be submitted will be given to students in MGMT 521 early in the program. Once submitted, the portfolio will be evaluated, any specific deficiencies identified, and the student will be given the opportunity to correct these deficiencies. No student will be cleared for graduation without completing the portfolio requirement. The MBA program director will coordinate the evaluation of the portfolios.

B. Performance Requirements
Students who earn more than six hours of graduate credit at Clarion with a grade of "C" or earn any credits with grades below "C" and/or fall below a 3.00/4.00 graduate overall quality-point average (QPA) are automatically placed on probation. Students whose QPA in the foundation courses falls below a 3.00/4.00 are also placed on probation. Students placed on probation must achieve satisfactory academic standing within one semester of registration or be removed from the program. Any credits earned with grades below "C" cannot be used to meet MBA degree requirements.

All prerequisite courses for a given course must be met before taking that course. BSAD 690 must be taken during the last semester of graduate course work. The maximum time for completion of the degree program is six calendar years from the date of the first graduate enrollment.


Students pursuing the MBA degree may enroll in the Professional Accountancy Course of Study. Clarion University undergraduate students may also apply for this course of study, and upon completion will have received both the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the Master of Business Administration degrees. Only those students whose career aspirations require the highest discipline in accounting expertise are advised to apply for this course of study. The sequence of 156 total semester hours of course work, including 36 sch of graduate course work, is designed to prepare students for entry into the practice of professional accountancy as prescribed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Entrance into the Professional Accountancy Course of Study will normally occur upon admission to the MBA Program or, for undergraduates, during the student's junior year upon formal approval of the Department of Accountancy chair. Entrance into this program for undergraduate students does not ensure admission into the MBA program upon completion of the bachelor's degree. Interested students should contact the Department of Accountancy chair for details and options.

The College of Business Administration, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a LIBERAL ARTS PRE-PROFESSIONAL MBA OPTION. Undergraduate foundation course requirements in business administration may be taken concurrently with a liberal arts major, giving students many of the courses prerequisite to the MBA Program before graduation. Undergraduates interested in this program should contact their liberal arts advisor for details and requirements.

Students wishing to pursue the PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANCY or the LIBERAL ARTS PRE-PROFESSIONAL options must follow the normal MBA admission procedures. Admission to one of these options does not guarantee admission to, or completion of, the MBA degree.




Graduate students are encouraged to use the services of the University Career Services Office. Graduates often obtain positions with banks, manufacturing concerns, accounting firms, other business and industrial organizations, hospitals, and government agencies.



Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available to qualified MBA students. Awarded competitively, they cover some or all basic tuition expenses and provide a stipend. They also may furnish additional opportunity for close work with graduate faculty on a variety of research projects. Applications for assistantships are available in the MBA Office.




All graduate students are assigned an advisor upon admission. Before registering for classes, students should meed with their advisor. Students must obtain the signature of their advisor on any special requests for course substitution, individualized instruction, internship, or special problems courses.




The College of Business Administration is located in Still Hall, the newest classroom building on campus. In addition to classrooms and a 225-seat auditorium, the facility includes an up-to-date microcomputer lab and trading room.