Graduate Studies in Business Administration
Master of Business Administration
The Cedar Crest College MBA program is a unique combination of student-centered techniques and innovative co-curricular elements such as a practitioner-based mentoring system, professional networking opportunities within the regional business community, and career counseling services that emphasize the importance of creating balance in one’s professional life. The program challenges students to apply analytical tools and leadership skills within the context of group-based decision-making scenarios that are reflective of the principle that businesses and organizations are responsible not only for economic results, but also for people’s lives, and the planet’s livability.
The Cedar Crest College graduate program in business is a 36 credit degree delivered in a format featuring 10-week terms. It is designed as a part-time program which students can complete in two years.
Program Mission Statement
The Graduate Program in Business Administration at Cedar Crest College prepares leaders of organizations who serve as responsible members of the community, possess advanced functional expertise, and apply wisdom to shape organizational strategies that promote productivity, profitability, and ethical behavior.
To complete the MBA degree a student in the Master of Business Administration must take a minimum of 36 credits of course work in the MBA Program of the Department of Business, Management, and Economics at Cedar Crest College.
All courses within the program must be passed with a B- or better. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved.
The degree has two concentrations:
- General management administration for students typically not holding an undergraduate degree in business or related discipline such as accounting, marketing, or economics.
- Business analytics in operations, marketing, and finance is targeted for students who already possess an undergraduate degree in business, technical or related discipline.
Students in both degree programs jointly take the first and last 12 credits that include courses in organizational design, creativity, systems thinking, leadership, product design, and strategy. During the middle groupings of 12 credits, students take appropriate courses for their desired degree option. Throughout, the program emphasizes teamwork and cooperation that make use of the distinct skills of students.
Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
The educational objectives of the General Management concentration program equip the next generation of business leaders with the skills and aptitudes to:
- Integrate and apply at the graduate level expert use of marketing, financial, operating, and strategic management techniques that include quantitative and qualitative skills
- Identify and respond to the risk of ethical failures.
- Develop and sustain productive relationships with peers, superiors, and subordinates, and evaluate contributions to work groups
- Lead colleagues through the development and execution of planning processes
- Articulate a clear and appealing organizational vision
- Design strategic, tactical, and operational plans
- Contribute to the innovative design, creation, and delivery of products or services
- Demonstrate confidence and optimism through greater self-awareness and personal evaluation
Additionally, students who choose the Business Analytics concentration will be able to:
- Interpret the application of software design and code as they impact information systems
- Administer data management systems that help to operate complex organizations
- Identify and manage relevant marketing, operational, and financial data for systematic analyses that contribute to organizational goals.
- Perform analytical tasks incorporating advanced analytic and data-mining techniques
- Analyze and interpret financial and non-financial data for decision-making
General Admissions Requirements
Students are admitted to graduate programs at Cedar Crest College on the basis of individual qualifications. Requests for application materials and all correspondence relating to admission should be addressed to:
Cedar Crest College
School for Adult and Graduate Education
100 College Drive
Allentown, PA 18104-6196.
Online Application Materials: www.cedarcrest.edu/graduate
On campus, the main office for the School for Adult and Graduate Education is located in Blaney Hall, Room 105 and is open Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.
The general admissions requirements for the Master of Business Administration program are as follows:
- An applicant must have a completed application form.
- An applicant must have official transcripts sent to the School of Adult and Graduate Education.
- An applicant must possess a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university.
- An applicant must have completed the GMAT or GRE Test.*
- The applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from individuals.
- An applicant must have submitted a copy of the applicant’s resume.
- An applicant must have submitted a goal statement essay.
It is recommended that the applicant have completed the following coursework at the undergraduate level:
- One semester of economics.
- One semester of social science, psychology or sociology.
- One semester of statistics and probability.
*GMAT or GRE test may be waived if applicants meet criteria established by the program.
An Admissions Committee composed of full and half-time faculty members working in the program will make admission decisions based upon the criteria specified above. Each applicant will be considered from a holistic perspective. The Program Director reserves the right to ask the prospective candidate for additional information.
Matriculation is required for any student who plans to receive financial aid and graduate degree. A student applies for matriculation by submitting a completed application for admission to the School of Adult and Graduate Education. After submitting a complete application, students receive a letter from the College informing them of the decision concerning their acceptance as a degree candidate. Students are matriculated into the program once they have registered for classes during their first term of academic study. Graduate programs may permit non-matriculated and visiting students to enroll in graduate courses on a case-by-case basis. In the event that a graduate course reaches its enrollment maximum, matriculated students are given preference over non-matriculated students.
If students do not maintain matriculation they must request a leave of absence (see below).
Transfer Credit Policy
Students entering the program may transfer up to 3 credits of coursework. The transferred coursework, however, must be equivalent to courses listed in the curriculum and must have been completed within ten years of the date of enrollment in the program (the first day of classes of a student’s first academic year). Once matriculated in the program, students will not receive any credit for coursework taken at another institution.
Degree Program Retention Policy
Students must complete every class with a minimum of a B-. Students who receive a C or withdraw from a course are only allowed to repeat the class one time. If students do not receive a grade of B- or above the second time that they take a course, they will be dropped from the program. Students receiving a grade of F in a course taken for the first time will also be dropped from the program.
Leaves of Absence and Course Withdrawals
Students wishing to take a leave of absence from the program may request to do so in writing to the Director of the program. The granting of the requested leave is at the discretion of the Program Director pending approval from the Dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Education.
Completion of the Graduate Program and Graduation
To successfully complete the MBA, a student must adhere to the following:
- Complete all required coursework with no grade lower than a B- in any course.
- Apply to the Registrar for graduation by the published application deadline.
- Fulfill all financial responsibilities to the College.
Graduate 2017-2018 Tuition and Fees
M.B.A.. Application fee (non-refundable) $50.00
M.B.A. Tuition, per credit $776.00
Student Activity Fee, per term $10.00
Technology Fee, per term $25.00
Note: The College reserves the right to change fees and charges as necessary. Books, supplies, lab materials and other program costs are not included in the tuition. The deposit is credited toward the tuition cost for the first term.
MBA 510 Critical Analytical Thinking (3 credits)
MBA 520 Governance and Ethics (3 credits)
MBA 530 Economic Modeling and Analysis (3 credits)
MBA 540 Collaboration, Conflict and Negotiation (3 credits)
MBA 545` Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
MBA 546 Business Process and Information Systems (3 credits)*
MBA 550 Marketing Management (3 credits)
MBA 551 Data Science and Quantitative Methods (3 credits)*
MBA 555 Financial Management (3 credits)
MBA 556 Marketing Research (3 credits)*
MBA 580 Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
MBA 581 Strategic Financial Analysis (3 credits)*
MBA 600 Public Policy and Legal Compliance (3 credits)
MBA 605 Product Design and Development (3 credits)
MBA 610 Management of Innovation ( 3 credits)
MBA 615 Global Strategies (3 credits)
*Courses in Business Analytics concentration for students who hold undergraduate business administration degrees.
Graduate Program Handbook
Each student will be given a copy of the Graduate Program Handbook prepared specifically for the Master of Business Administration. The purpose of the handbook is to provide students with information pertaining to the curricular requirements, policies, and procedures associated with the program. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves and understanding the information presented in the Graduate Program Handbook. MBA students are also bound by policies established by Cedar Crest College for graduate students, as indicated in the Graduate Catalog, Faculty Handbook, or other official college publications. Questions regarding the content of the handbook or other graduate student policies should be directed to the MBA Program Director.
MBA Program Course Registration
Course registration is available to graduate students in good financial standing with the College. If a student is not financially eligible to register, the student may not register online or with a completed registration form in the Registrar’s Office until that hold is removed. A copy of the registration will be kept in the Registrar’s Office until notification of a change in the student’s status is received from Student Financial Services. Policies pertaining to online course registration vary across programs.
The MBA program may enroll its students, at the direction of the MBA Program Director, in the appropriate courses needed to maintain the degree progress specified in the SAGE Academic Plan checklist. Upon course enrollment, students will be notified via email of the courses for which they are registered at least 14 days prior to the first day of class. Students who do not wish to enroll in summer, fall, winter or spring term MBA courses must notify the Program Director prior to the first day of class, or they may drop courses themselves using either the Registrar Office’s online or print procedures prior to the end of the Add/Drop period established by the College. Students so enrolled are academically responsible for any coursework and are financially responsible for any tuition or fees associated with a course.