The first year of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program is divided into four modules of seven weeks each. One-week immersion experiences are positioned between the first and second modules in the fall and the third and fourth modules in the spring.
The first year begins with an intensive two-week program designed to help you prepare for your future in the program.
Fall: Module 1
Team Processes and Performance
In the News: "What's unique about Smeal is the career focus right away. We do a lot of work in preparation to face recruiters. That first interaction could happen as early as the first week of classes." --Matthew Marshall, Class of 2014, Penn State Smeal MBA Program
Workshops, individualized coaching and mentoring sessions, and opportunities for alumni and executive interaction.
Fall: Module 2
Risk and Decisions
Spring: Module 3
Global Business Environment
Supply Chain and Operations Management
Visit a pivotal global business region. Past students have traveled to destinations such as Chile, China, the Czech Republic, India, and Turkey.
Spring: Module 4
Concentration Introduction Courses
Present your team’s business strategy to a panel of senior alumni and corporate partners in this first-year capstone case competition.
Recruiters from a diverse array of companies annually turn to the Smeal MBA Program for intern talent.