The Smeal Advantage

An overview of the Smeal advantages offered to professional graduate students at the Penn State Smeal College of Business.

Graduate Student Services and Experiential Opportunities

Open to all master's degree students with options for graduate certificate students.

  • Global Immersion: Smeal MBA students stand in front of Shanghai's skyline as part of their global immersion trip.To help develop the global perspective critical to today's leaders, the Global Immersion trip will enhance your ability to communicate cross-culturally, adapt to evolving business environments, and manage all of the risks and benefits of operating on a global scale. All Smeal Professional Graduate Program Master’s students have the opportunity to participate in this optional, faculty-led Global Immersion trip for elective credit. In the week prior to Penn State’s spring break, students will travel to a pivotal global business region in order to develop a critical awareness of international business practices and diverse cultures. Previous destinations have included Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Prague, Czech Republic; Santiago, Chile; and Zagreb, Croatia. This is an exceptional opportunity for both resident and online students to connect and learn together in a global setting.
  • Leadership Immersion: Smeal professional graduate program students participate in a high ropes course as part of a leadership immersion experience. The Penn State Smeal College of Business Leadership Immersion experiences offer graduate master’s students the opportunity to extend skills and use real-time strategies beyond class sessions. Participate in an event that will challenge leadership and critical-thinking skills. Event activities encourage team-building and provide a forum for peer interaction and feedback. One leadership immersion event offers students the chance to complete the Vertical Adventures Challenge Course at the Stone Valley Recreation Area near the University Park campus. Please contact your program of interest for further details about optional Leadership Immersion opportunities.
    Also available for Smeal Graduate Certificate Students!
  • Dean’s Tailgate: Dean Charles Whiteman addresses Smeal professional graduate program staff, faculty, and students during the Dean's tailgate.Professional Graduate Students are invited to Dean Whiteman’s annual PGP tailgate each fall. The tailgate will be held in advance of a Penn State football game! Held on the lawn of the Business Building, the tailgate features great food, drinks, entertainment, and the opportunity to grow your Penn State Network. This family friendly event gives all students the opportunity to connect on campus in a social setting.
    Also available for Smeal Graduate Certificate Students!
  • Alumni Career Services : Alumni Career Services is dedicated to supporting our alumni with professional advancement opportunities at any stage of their career. Our career coaching program provides a personalized, action-oriented structure to help job seekers and professionals stay focused on achieving their goals. All matters discussed in our sessions will be held in strict confidence consistent with Penn State's policy regarding privacy and the protection of an individual's personal information.