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Master of Business Administration - ITM (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration is designed for graduate students with a baccalaureate degree in any field of study. Whether you graduated with a degree in business, liberal arts or earth sciences, our MBA program can fit your needs. The MBA program offers management education that is designed to provide theoretical, analytical and operational expertise that leaders need to meet the challenges of managing in dynamic, competitive environments.

Bloomsburg's program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

All MBA program courses are taught by distinguished faculty from throughout the College of Business, bringing you expertise in accounting, finance, business law, technology systems, management and marketing. Graduate faculty are dedicated teachers with doctoral degrees who have demonstrated subject area expertise by extensive experience and/or scholarship. MBA faculty provide an active learning experience with a variety of teaching methods, such as, case studies, applied research, problem solving, and team projects.

One of the strengths of the MBA program is the high quality of students enrolled. Recent graduates scored an average of 500 on the GMAT. Most bring considerable business experience to the classroom. The 70 active students are typically 31 percent female and 69 percent male, with an average age of 36 about 10 percent of the MBA students are foreign nationals. The program has about 500 alumni pursuing careers around the world.

More than 90% of MBA students are employed three months after graduation


Courses meet one evening for 15 weeks in spring and fall semesters. Summer semester courses meet two evenings for six weeks. Most students are part time and take one or two courses per semester, while full time students can expect to graduate in one to two years.

Graduate assistantships are offered to full time students (minimum of 9 credits) on a competitive basis and waive approximately 25 percent of the student's fees.

Application Process

There is a rolling admission process, so applications are accepted year round. Students can be admitted to start in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters.

The program admits students based on an evaluation of past academic achievement, aptitude for advanced study, professional accomplishments, and motivation to succeed. Complete applications include the following items:

International applicants whose native language is not English must provide official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score within the prior year as well as current evidence of financial capability. International applications must be completed at least four months prior to the start of the semester of application. A translation of transcripts is required with international GPA being translated to a 4.0 scale.

The MBA with an ITM (Information and Technology Management) specialization prepares students for technology careers in business, government, or other organizations. Career opportunities may include business analysts, programmer analysts, database analysts, and manager of information technology, among others. This technology specialization also enhances careers based in accounting, finance, marketing, and management.

Required Courses

The curriculum consists of 42 graduate credit hours delivered in fifteen required courses. Students without sufficient preparation also complete prerequisite foundation courses.

Students with an undergraduate degree in business will likely have taken course covering those areas. Students with non-business undergraduate degrees will usually be lacking a least some of these courses and therefore must take foundation courses to make up for this deficit. Foundation courses are not included in the 42 hours of credit required for the MBA degree.

MBA students must earn a cumulative Q.P.A. of 3.0 to graduate from the MBA program. MBA students may apply no more than one course with a grade of less than B- toward graduation. A grade of C- or lower must be retaken.

The following chart lists foundation courses and their undergraduate equivalents at Bloomsburg University. Students who have earned a C or better in an undergraduate equivalent course are exempt from taking the foundation course.

Foundation courses:

College Algebra MATH.109

Economic Theory ECONOMIC.121 and ECONOMIC.122

Financial Accounting ACCT.220

Statistics ECONOMIC.256

Core Courses:

All students are required to take the following 15 core courses. These courses cover the core of knowledge of ITM in the basic function areas of accounting, finance, management and marketing and the supporting field of technology.

ACCT.500 MBA Assessment

ACCT.511 Financial and Managerial Accounting

FINANCE.535 Financial Management

ITM.510 Business Information Systems

ITM.550 Integ Bus Information Systems or Approved ITM Elective

ITM.590 Strategic Information and Technology Management

MGMT.515 Principled Leadership

MGMT.560 Operations Management

MGMT.567 Managing People

MGMT.576 Global Business

MGMT.580 Managerial Decision Making

MGMT.581 Strategic Management

MGMT.582 Human Resource Skills

MGMT.592 MBA Practicum

MKTG.551 Marketing Management