2014-2015 Graduate Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
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Campus Based MBA Program, Dr. Robyn Lawrence, Program Director
570-941-7786 • email@example.com
Online MBA Program: Dr. Kingsley Gnanendran, Program Director
570-941-4190 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Enterprise Resource Planning Certificate: Dr. Satya Prattipati, Program Director
570-941-6159 • email@example.com
Supply Chain Management Certificate: Dr. Kingsley Gnanendran, Program Director
570-941-4190 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Accounting Faculty: Professors – Brian Carpenter, Daniel Mahoney (Chair); Associate Professors – Ronald J. Grambo, Roxanne T. Johnson, Robyn Lawrence, CMA; Assistant Professors - Douglas M. Boyle, CPA, CMA, James Boyle, David Salerno, CPA
Department of Economics/Finance Faculty: Professor – Satyajit P. Ghosh, John Kallianiotis; Associate Professors – Riaz Hussain, CFA, Hong V. Nguyen, Iordanis Petsas (Chair), Murli Rajan, CFA, Edward M. Scahill, Susan Trussler; Assistant Professors – Aram Balagyozyan, Andreas Christopoulos, Jinghan Cai, Christos Pargianas.
Department of Marketing, Management, & Entrepreneurship Faculty: Professors – Abhijit Roy, Len Tischler; Associate Professors – Alan L. Brumagim, Cynthia Cann, Satya P. Chattopadhyay (Chair),Jafor Chowdhury, Robert Giambatista, Irene Goll, Robert L. McKeage, Delia A. Sumrall, John M. Zych; Assistant Professors - Jeremy Brees, Kimberly M. Daniloski, Taewan Kim; Visiting Professor - John Sailors.
Department of Operations & Information Management Faculty: Professors – Kingsley Gnanendran, Rose Sebastianelli, Nabil Tamimi (Chair); Associate Professors – Deborah J. Gougeon, Satyanarayana Prattipati; Assistant Professors – Kathleen M. Iacocca, Ozgur Isil, Yibai Li, Dawei Zhang.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at The University of Scranton emphasizes the skills and perspectives necessary to succeed in today’s global and technology-based business environment. We strive to develop in students of high intellectual caliber and leadership potential, the knowledge, abilities and attitudes which will prepare them for further studies and/or management careers in this business environment. Our Jesuit-inspired MBA program is distinguished by its strong emphasis on ethics, social responsibility, and technology-enhanced management skills.
The MBA program is offered in two formats: on-campus and online. While the two programs address the same learning outcomes, they differ in terms of semester length and structure, choice of focus areas, and admission requirements. Please refer to the following website for information specific to the Online program: http://elearning.scranton.edu/mba/online-mba-programs.
The University of Scranton’s business school, the Arthur J. Kania School of Management, is one of about 5% of worldwide educational institutions offering business programs that have achieved the distinction of accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Additionally, the school has for six consecutive years been included in Princeton Review’s “Best Business Schools,” its MBA program has been ranked for the last two years among the top 15 general-management programs by Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship Magazine and among the top part-time MBA programs in the nation by the most recent ranking published by U.S. News & World Report, and its online MBA program is ranked among the top ten in accredited online business degrees by The Best Degrees and as a “Best Buy” by GetEducated. com.
Admission to the on-campus MBA program is based on a combination of four indicators: previous academic performance; the applicant’s Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score; three letters of recommendation; and prior work experience, although prior work experience is not a precondition for admission. Particular attention is paid to the candidate’s previous academic record and performance on the GMAT. Registration for the GMAT may be made via telephone (1-800-GMAT-NOW) or via the web site (http://www.gmat.org). Please visit the GMAT web site for more information about the computer-adaptive test.
For applicants who possess three or more years of supervisory or professional experience, the GMAT requirement may be waived. Instead, these applicants will be asked to provide a written response to a case depicting a hypothetical business scenario. The exercise is intended to be a measure of the applicant’s writing and critical-thinking skills, facility with numeric data, as well as attitudes toward ethics and social-justice issues.
The admission requirements for the online program are similar to those for the on-campus program except in regard to: (i) work experience, and (ii) GMAT. The online program is specifically targeted at working professionals and prospective applicants are expected to possess three or more years of supervisory or professional experience. The GMAT is not required (although applicants are welcome to submit their scores if they feel that it will bolster their credentials). Instead, all applicants will be asked to provide a written response to a case depicting a hypothetical business scenario. The exercise is intended to be a measure of the applicant’s writing and critical-thinking skills, facility with numeric data, as well as attitudes toward ethics and social-justice issues.
Certificate Program in Enterprise Resource Planning
All applicants for the certificate program must be admitted to the College of Graduate and Continuing Education at The University of Scranton. While a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, no prior familiarity with SAP software is assumed. If a student is later admitted into the MBA program (based on the admissions criteria established by the program), all certificate courses can be applied toward the MBA degree.
Supply Chain Management Certificate
Supply chain management has been gaining popularity in recent years as companies recognize the strategic importance of efficiently managing the flow of raw materials, inventories, and finished goods from point-of-origin to point-of-consumption. This involves the study of a variety of topics such as managing suppliers and procurement, outsourcing, assuring product quality, and customer relationship management, among others. Since a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, integrating such activities across the supply chain is key to extracting synergies that lead to a “win-win” outcome for all partners. The graduate certificate in supply chain management will provide managers/supervisors with the skills they need to succeed in this rapidly growing business discipline.
MBA students in both programs are required to take the Graduate Academic Integrity Tutorial. Instructions for accessing the tutorial will be sent to students upon admission to the program.
Many courses in the MBA program assume a basic understanding of computers such as spreadsheet applications, word processing, and presentation software.
Approximately 8 graduate assistantships are available for outstanding full-time on-campus MBA students in each year. The assistants may work with the Kania School faculty in their research and other academic duties, in Information Resources or in other University offices. Assistants receive a stipend and are eligible for a tuition scholarship. Applications are available from the College of Graduate and Continuing Education office. Please note that all applicants must submit a GMAT score.
International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency in English. Please refer to the International Students section for information on acceptable English proficiency tests and test score requirements. Applicants scoring less than the minimum English proficiency test score for the MBA program will be required to complete satisfactorily a course in English Language Proficiency. Students will not be permitted into the program until the English proficiency requirement has been met (see International Students ).
Transfer of Credits
A maximum of six graduate credits may be transferred to The University of Scranton in fulfilling MBA course requirements from an AACSB International-accredited school. If the student is seeking to transfer courses from another Jesuit institution participating in the Multilateral MBA Agreement, the six-credit limit does not apply. The student may check with his/her mentor regarding credit transfer. For other regulations governing the transfer of graduate credits, see Academic Regulations of this catalog.