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MBA - College of Business

118 DeFrancesco Building
Kutztown, PA 19530

T: 610-683-4575


Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA staff is currently working virtually off campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are all learning how to adapt to these unprecedented times together.  If you need assistance of any kind please contact Kim O’Neill, Assistant Dean in the College of Business at and she will be happy to help you in any way she can.

Kutztown University's MBA program is the best value in Berks County and is accredited by AACSB International.

Kutztown University's MBA program, accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) provides you with the practical skills, strategic mindset, and innovative vision to elevate your career. You’ll benefit from KU’s extensive alumni network’s connections extending into the highest levels throughout companies and organizations regionally and well beyond. Students work with mentoring faculty who actively participate with some of the region’s most prominent companies and who teach from current research knowledge of emerging business practices.

The KU MBA program has built-in flexibility. Our hybrid program combines online and face-to-face courses. Plan your schedule to complement family and work commitments. Our rotating schedule of classes provides flexibility and speed giving you the option to complete your degree in 1 to 3 years.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), GMAT or GRE test scores are not required upon submission of your application for fall 2020 admission. However, after review of your application we may require test scores for a more thorough evaluation, especially in consideration of an applicant with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.

Admissions Process
  • Application

    Students applying to the KU MBA program must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. In order to apply, please submit:

    All elements of your application do not need to be submitted at once. Graduate Admissions will assemble the elements as you submit them. However, you must submit the application form, along with payment of the application fee to Office of Graduate Admissions or                           
    Office of International Admissions (for international students only) first.

  • GMAT Waiver Policy (approved fall 2017)

    Due to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), GMAT or GRE test scores are not required upon submission of your application for fall 2020 admission. However, after review of your application we may require test scores for a more thorough evaluation, especially in consideration of an applicant with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0.

    The GMAT (or GRE) could be waived if you meet one of the following:

    • Have an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited University and have
      • An overall GPA of 3.2 or above, or
      • An overall GPA of 3.0 or above and 3 years of professional experience, or
      • More than 5 years of professional experience.
    • Hold a CFA Charter or CPA license or have passed the CPA or CFA certifying exams.
    • Master's degree or higher from an accredited graduate program.
    • Have 10 or more years of professional experience in a managerial role.
    • Hold a professional certification in a field related to business, including but not limited to CFA, CMA or CPA.

    The GMAT/GRE can be deferred and eventually waived if you have graduated with a 3.0 GPA in any undergraduate discipline and have at least 2 years business experience. You can take up to four (4) courses in the program.  If you achieve a B or better in each course and an overall GPA of 3.3, the GMAT/GRE will be waived.

    Waivers may be considered in other situations and are at the discretion of the Dean.

  • Pre-Program Requirements

    The Kutztown University MBA program requires that each student acquire basic competencies in the pre-program course requirements so that each has the basic skills and knowledge essential for any business degree. These course requirements include the following areas:

    • Financial Accounting
    • Statistics
    • Microeconomics
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Financial Management

    Our MBA program applicants come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. Upon your initial contact with us, we review your transcript to let you know where you stand with respect to the pre-program course requirements. Students with undergraduate degrees in business will have completed most or all of these courses. Students with other undergraduate majors have many options for acquiring them.
    You may take courses in these subjects at Kutztown University or at any other regionally accredited college or university.

    The satisfaction of each of these pre-program courses is a prerequisite to one or more of the required courses in the MBA curriculum. For example, you must have an undergraduate course in Financial Accounting before you may enroll in ACC 520, Management Accounting Control Systems.

    Your academic advisor will work with you to design a plan that works well for you.

  • Transfer of Credit

    Graduate Transfer Credit policy: The maximum number of semester hours of graduate credit approved for transfer is not to exceed 1/3 of the credits required for the completion of the program. No graduate course for which a grade of less than “B” or its equivalent was earned may be accepted as transfer credit. Grades earned in courses transferred from other colleges and universities are not included in determining the graduate student’s GPA at Kutztown University. Graduate courses taken at Kutztown University while not enrolled in a Master’s degree program do not count as transfer credits.

  • MBA Information Session June 18, 2020

    Our MBA Information Sessions provide an opportunity to ​learn more about the ​MBA program​, including the application process, the curriculum​, and how the hybrid e-learning and face​-to​-face schedule complements your family and work commitments.

     ​The next MBA Information Session ​will be held on: Thursday, June 18, 6:00-7:00 pm via Zoom.  Please click here to Register.  ​The day prior to the information session, the Zoom link will be e-mailed to you at the address provided in your registration.

     If you are unable to attend, but would like information about our MBA program, please email us at or call 610-683-4575.

  • Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistantships cover the cost of tuition and provide a yearly stipend of up to $7,500.00.  There are a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available at Kutztown University.  Those who are seeking graduate assistantships are required to complete a Graduate Assistantship application and must have earned admission to a graduate program. Graduate assistants are selected based on their academic and professional backgrounds.  Additionally, it is recommended that those who are interested in Graduate Assistantships contact the department on campus where they are interested in working to determine whether positions will be open. Find available Graduate Assistantships.

    A unique opportunity for graduate assistantships resides with the newly awarded PA-Lead-Office Small Business Development Center. In these assistantships, students interact with and support entrepreneurs in the region. Many serve in a consulting capacity.

MBA Program
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Decision Making: Demonstrate the ability to manage business information in support of decision making.
    2. Evaluate: Synthesize functional business knowledge and employ analytical skills to evaluate problems, opportunities, create solutions and make decisions.
    3. Ethics: Demonstrate ethical and socially responsible reasoning when making recommendations and decisions.
    4. Interpersonal and Team Skills: Demonstrate effective interpersonal and team skills.
    5. Leadership: Apply leadership skills to work effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Curriculum

    After completion of the pre-program requirements and gaining admission to the MBA program, students are required to complete 10 graduate courses (30 graduate credits) including nine required graduate courses and one elective course.

    The required courses are:

    Management Accounting Control Systems (ACC 520)
    Managing Enterprise Technology (BUS 572)
    The Global Economy (ECO 561)
    Financial Management (FIN 530)
    Ethics in the Workplace and Society (MGM 545)
    Operations Management Theory and Practice (MGM 570)
    Organizational Leadership (MGM 582)
    Marketing Strategies and Planning (MKT 550)
    Business Policy and Strategy (Capstone) (MGM 590)*
    Elective: A 3-credit elective course can be one of the following: Independent Study with a faculty member, an MBA elective course or a graduate course from another college/university.

    *Must have at least 18 credits completed to be eligible to schedule MGM 590; capstone course and recommended to be scheduled as one of last three remaining courses to complete the program.

    Click here for MBA Advisement Form

  • MBA Semester Schedule

    Our schedule of MBA courses begins in August and January. Independent Studies and International Immersion experiences usually occur during summer sessions which are scheduled from May to June or July to August.

    Full-time students who have completed the foundation courses can earn an MBA degree in as little as 16 months.  

    MBA students accepted into the program must complete all requirements within 6 calendar years.

    MBA Semester Schedule(s):