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Penn State Smeal MBA Curriculum

Overview of the Penn State Smeal MBA curriculum, which focuses on building Principled Leadership, Functional Expertise, Integrated Perspective, and a Global Mindset.

The focus of the Penn State Smeal MBA educational experience is to arm students with both functional expertise and broad business perspective. Our curriculum has been designed with the input of corporate recruiters and alumni advisers in top organizations. It will prepare you with the knowledge and skills to thrive as a principled leader in an increasingly globalized business world.

Principled Leadership

Develop and communicate a sound strategic vision with integrity and character. Establish partnerships and alliances to guide teams and organizations.

Functional Expertise

Build fundamental business skills and functional depth in areas such as corporate finance, marketing, and supply chain management.

  • First-year core curriculum emphasizing business fundamentals
  • Concentration opportunities aligned with your career aspirations
  • Specialization opportunities including Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt Certification

Integrated Perspective

Span business silos to innovate and collaborate across and outside of the corporation.

  1. Executive Panel case competition after year one
  2. Applied Professional Experience (APEX) Program addressing challenges of client companies

Global Mindset

Address the complex challenges of conducting business on the international stage in the shadow of global economic upheaval.