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Business Administration (MBA)

A master of business administration is one of the most recognized credentials for advanced business professionals. KU’s innovative MBA degree is built so that you can pursue two of three distinct professional certificates, letting you customize your focus based on your interests and career demands.

Our MBA program is flexible, consisting of 30 credits offered as a combination of hybrid and 100% online courses, as well as a mix of 15-week and 7.5-week courses. You can pursue your academic interest in the method and timeframe that fits your busy schedule, and finish in as little as 3 semesters.

Thanks to its recent redesign, our MBA program is cross-functional and intentionally cuts across traditional business silos, meaning that you graduate with holistic knowledge of all aspects of business.

If you have questions regarding program requirements, please contact MBA@Kutztown.edu

To apply, or for information about the application process, please email Graduate@Kutztown.edu

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2 Certificates + 2 Courses = 1 MBA

Choose to pursue a single, career-focused graduate certificate, or combine two of the three certificates below - along with a capstone and elective - for a full MBA degree.

Why choose Kutztown’s MBA program?

  • AACSB accreditation: AACSB is the premiere global business school accreditation, an honor held by the top 5% of universities worldwide.
  • Best MBA value: We have the lowest tuition rate in the region for our highly accredited program, and we offer graduate assistantships and financial aid for qualified students.
  • Build your network: Our convenient location near Lehigh, Northampton, Berks and Montgomery counties means that you can take in-person or hybrid courses, strengthening your connection with faculty and fellow students.
  • Gain credentials as you go: Our stackable certificates mean that you can earn career-enhancing credentials on your way to a full MBA degree.
  • Hands-on learning: Students take an applied capstone course that facilitates interaction with real clients for a real-world experience.

MBA Admissions Requirements
Students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline are encouraged to apply to the Master of Business Administration program. You will be asked to provide:

  • Completed application
  • Current resume
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA, as well as official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended whether or not a degree was earned. Students who don’t meet the 3.0 GPA requirement may petition for an exception.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • For international students, evidence of English proficiency consistent with KU graduate admissions requirements
  • A bachelor’s degree in business or equivalent knowledge of basic financial accounting, financial management and microeconomics. Students without this background will be referred to take BUS 501 - Introduction to Quantitative Decision-Making in Business or advised on other options for meeting the requirement.
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:

    • Application: Apply Online
    • An application fee of $35, payable to Kutztown University
    • Current professional resume
    • Official transcripts verifying completion of a bachelor’s degree, as well as official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended whether or not a degree was earned.
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • For international students, evidence of English proficiency consistent with KU graduate admissions requirements

    You may begin the admissions process with only the application and application fee, and add other elements later. However, you will not receive an admissions decision until all elements are submitted.

  • Admission Status

    MBA degree-seeking students can be admitted as degree-seeking students, either before any graduate certificate has been completed or at any time during the graduate certificate earning process. However, acceptance into a graduate certificate does not mean acceptance into the MBA.

    If a student has successfully completed a graduate certificate with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, the student can be directly admitted to the MBA program, subject to a grade review.

  • Transfer of Credit

    Up to 1/3 of the credits required for the MBA program may be transferred from another institution. All coursework must be approved for transfer credit. A grade of “B” or higher is required for a course to be considered for transfer credit. Reference the Graduate Transfer Credit policy for additional information.

  • 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, including opportunities with the College of Business and the PA-Lead-Office Small Business Development Center. The Graduate Assistantships webpage provides a list of available positions with application information. Graduate assistants are selected based on their academic and professional backgrounds. You must have earned admission to a graduate program to be selected for a position.


MBA Program
  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Decision Making: Demonstrate the ability to analyze and synthesize information from across business functions to evaluate business opportunities and/or make sound business decisions.
    2. Ethics: Demonstrate ethical and socially responsible reasoning when making recommendations and decisions.
    3. Interpersonal and Team Skills: Demonstrate effective interpersonal and team skills.
    4. Leadership: Apply leadership skills to work effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Curriculum

    The MBA program requires completion of 10 graduate courses (30 graduate credits), which includes completion of two graduate certificates, an elective and a capstone course. While the program is typically completed in less than 2 years, all course requirements must be completed within 6 calendar years of admission to the program.

  • MBA Semester Schedule


    • BUS 501, Introduction to Quantitative Decision-Making in Business (required for students without a business undergraduate degree)


    • DSC 510, Data Driven Decision-Making (hybrid)
    • DSC 530, Managing the Value Chain (online)
    • LDR 525, Managing and Leading People (hybrid)
    • LDR 545, Persuasive Communication (online)
    • BUS 591, Applied Capstone (hybrid)


    • DSC 520, Business Intelligence Analytics and Data Visualization (online)
    • DSC 540, Strategic Decision-Making (hybrid)
    • LDR 515, Ethics and Social Responsibility (hybrid)
    • LDR 535, Managing Programs and Projects (online)