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Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision, Mission, Values

Penn State Smeal MBAs are known for being hardworking, dedicated, and committed to rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done. We are fostering a community that not only sustains this reputation for excellence, but also continues to build upon it.


The Penn State Smeal MBA Program develops the people you want to do business with. We offer a commitment to excellence, an exceptional community, a passion for learning, and a focus on the individual.


The Penn State Smeal MBA Program develops great leaders who are knowledgeable in their field, act with integrity, have an ethic of teamwork, and are enthusiastic members of the Penn State community. We create a diverse learning community and leverage the resources of Penn State to provide a highly personalized learning experience.

In the News: According to rankings published in 2013 by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Penn State Smeal MBA Program ranks 15th in the nation for ethics.


WE ARE individuals of character and integrity.

  • We value honesty, humility, and hard work.
  • We value passion, commitment, and personal responsibility.
  • We honor our obligation to each other and to the world in which we live.

WE ARE a diverse community built on common values.

  • We value each person's unique contributions to the community.
  • We value trust, mutual respect, and collaboration.
  • We share our struggles and our successes – and have fun along the way.

WE ARE leaders focused on learning and individual growth.

  • We value intellectual curiosity, creative thinking, and a commitment to excellence.
  • We value a curriculum that is relevant, innovative, practical, and demanding.
  • We take risks and reach beyond our perceived limitations.