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Second Year

Overview of the second year curriculum in the Penn State Smeal MBA Program.

The second year of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program continues the modular format of the first year with one-week immersion experiences between the fifth and sixth modules in the fall and the seventh and eight modules in the spring.

360-Degree Assessment

Analyze feedback on your leadership behaviors from fellow students and internship colleagues.

Fall: Module 5

Concentration course such as:

Business-to-Business Marketing
Strategic Financial Management
Starting and Growing a Business
Strategy Implementation and Change

    Negotiation Immersion

    Discover, practice, and critique new negotiation concepts such as the “Zone of Possible Agreement” and the “Best Alternative to a Negotiated Contract.”

    Fall: Module 6

    Concentration course such as:

    Financial Engineering and Corporate Strategy
    New Product Development
    Power and Influence
    Strategic Procurement

      Applied Professional Experience (APEX)

      A cross-functional business project conducted by student consultant teams for client firms. Recent APEX projects include:

      • Working with Polk Audio to maximize the impact of the company's partnership with Microsoft.
      • Benchmarking work with International Paper to enhance the company's sustainability efforts.
      • Collaboration with students at the Management Development Institute in India to help grow Sealed Air's footprint in that country.
      • Development of a logistical supply network for medical and operational gear on behalf of the non-profit Team Rubicon.

      Spring: Module 7

      Concentration course such as:

      Business, Government, and International Economics
      Financial Modeling
      Growth Innovation Strategy
      Integrated Marketing Communications

        Leadership Immersion

        Practical and hands-on exposure to leadership training and exercises that can be applied in a diverse range of professional environments and business settings.

        In the News: Two new leadership immersion experiences introduced in 2014 took students to the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) Fire Academy and Quantico, Virginia--home of the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School--where students stepped out of their comfort zones to experience leadership and teamwork from a different perspective.

        Spring: Module 8

        Concentration course such as:

        Business Law
        Global Finance
        Global Strategy and Organization
        Supply Chain Modeling