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Graduate Studies Catalog 2018-2019 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration

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On-Campus MBA Program, Dr. Robyn Lawrence, Program Director
570-941-7786 • robyn.lawrence@scranton.edu

Online MBA Program: Dr. Kingsley Gnanendran, Program Director
570-941-4190 • skingsley.gnanendran@scranton.edu
Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning Certificate: Dr. Satya Prattipati, Program Director

Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management Certificate: Dr. Kingsley Gnanendran, Program Director
570-941-4190 • skingsley.gnanendran@scranton.edu


Department of Accounting Faculty: Professors- Brian Carpenter, PhD, CMA, Daniel Mahoney, PhD, CPA, CFE, CMA; Associate Professors- Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, CPA, CMA, (Chair, Doctor of Business Administration Director), Robyn Lawrence, PhD, CMA, David Salerno, CPA; Assistant Professors - James Boyle, DBA, CPA, (Director), Amanda S. Marcy, CPA; Faculty Specialists- Andrew J. Gregorwicz, Linda C. Mlodzienski, CPA, Ashley L. Stampone, CPA.

Department of Economics/Finance Faculty: Professors- Satyajit P. Ghosh, John Kallianiotis; Associate Professors- Aram Balagyozyan, Eleni Gousgounis, Hong V. Nguyen, Christos Pargianas, Iordanis Petsas (Chair), Murli Rajan, CFA, Edward M. Scahill, Susan Trussler; Assistant Professors- Jinghan Cai, John Ruddy.

Department of Marketing, Management, & Entrepreneurship Faculty: Professor- Abhijit Roy, Associate Professors- Satya P. Chattopadhyay (Chair), Jafor Chowdhury, Robert Giambatista, Irene Goll, Taewan Kim, Robert L. McKeage, John Sailors, John M. Zych; Assistant Professor- Peter Anderson; Faculty Specialist- Nancy “Ann” Cummings, Melissa Wright.

Department of Operations & Information Management Faculty: Professors- Kingsley Gnanendran, Rose Sebastianelli, Nabil Tamimi (Chair); Associate Professors- Ahmed Gomaa, Deborah J. Gougeon, Yibai Li, Satyanarayana Prattipati; Assistant Professors- Hamza Adeinat, Ozgur Isil; Faculty Specialist- Vincent Rocco.


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: www.scranton.edu/OnlineMBA


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 Requirements

On-Campus MBA Program

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 website for more information about the computer-adaptive test.

For current University of Scranton students who upon the completion of at least 75 undergraduate credits have earned a current cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher, the GMAT requirement is waived.

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.

Applicants who are University of Scranton students who have earned at least 75 undergraduate credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher, the GMAT requirement may be waived.

Online MBA Program

The admission requirements for the online program are similar to those for the on-campus program except in regard to work experience and  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.

Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Resource Planning

All applicants for the certificate program must be admitted to The University of Scranton. While a bachelors 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.

Graduate Certificate in Supply Chain Management 

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.

Academic Integrity

MBA students in both programs are required to take the Graduate Academic Integrity Tutorial and adhere to the standards and principles articulated therein. Instructions for accessing the tutorial will be sent to students upon admission to the program.

Computer Literacy

Many courses in the MBA program assume a basic understanding of computers such as spreadsheet applications, word processing, and presentation software. 

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available each year on a competitive basis for outstanding full-time on-campus MBA students. The KSOM assistants may work with the Kania School faculty in support of their research, teaching, and other academic duties. Assistants receive a stipend and are eligible for a tuition scholarship.  Please note that all applicants must submit a GMAT score.

Language Proficiency

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 from an AACSB International-accredited school may be transferred to The University of Scranton in fulfilling MBA course requirements. 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.