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Graduate Studies Catalog 2010-2011 
Graduate Studies Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration

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Dr. Murli Rajan, Director
570-941-6240 • murli.rajan@scranton.edu

Department of Accounting faculty: Professors – Brian Carpenter, Daniel Mahoney, CFE; Associate Professors – Ronald J. Grambo, Roxanne T. Johnson, Robyn Lawrence, CMA (Chair); Assistant Professor - Yi Ren; Faculty Specialist - Douglas Boyle, CPA, CMA

Department of Economics/Finance faculty: Professor – Satyajit P. Ghosh (Chair), John Kallianiotis; Associate Professors – Riaz Hussain, CFA, Hong V. Nguyen, Iordanis Petsas, Murli Rajan, CFA, Edward M. Scahill, Susan Trussler; Assistant Professors – Niyati Ahuja, Xuewu Wang.

Department of Management/Marketing faculty: Professors – Gerald Biberman, Len Tischler; Associate Professors – Alan L. Brumagim, Cynthia Cann, Satya P. Chattopadhyay, Jafor Chowdhury, Irene Goll, Robert L. McKeage, Abhijit Roy, Delia A. Sumrall (Chair), John M. Zych.

Department of Operations & Information Management faculty: Professors – Kingsley Gnanendran, Rose Sebastianelli, Nabil Tamimi (Chair); Associate Professors – Deborah J. Gougeon, Satyanarayana Prattipati; Assistant Professors – Yipeng Liu, Sufian Qrunfleh, Ling Xue; Lecturer - Stephen M. Mansour.

Online MBA Program: Dr. Kingsley Gnanendran, Director • 570-941-4190 skg355@scranton.edu

Enterprise Resource Planning Certificate: Dr. Satya N. Prattipati, Director • 570-941-6159 sp355@scranton.edu

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 degrees that have achieved the distinction of accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Further recognition of excellence is Princeton Review’s inclusion of the Kania School, for the fourth consecutive year, among the “Best Business Schools” in the United States and its ranking of the MBA program in the top 15 programs in the nation in the General Management category in 2009 and 2010.

Admission Requirements

On-Campus 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 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.

Online Program

The admission requirements for the online program is similar to 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

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.

Academic Integrity

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.

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

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.

Language Proficiency

International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate their proficiency in English. Please refer to International Students  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 satisfactorily complete 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.