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Second Year

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 eighth 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