About the Program
M.B.A. students enter as part of a team-based cohort and take all their courses with the cohort. This approach builds business skills in a team environment in which students build relationships and networks with professionals from different industries and different parts of the world. Students take one course at a time, in an accelerated seven-week course period, a model that is particularly valued by working professionals. The program can normally be completed in a 19 to 22-month period. However, for exceptional students the program can be completed on a full time basis by attending class two evenings per week for one full year. Please contact the Executive Director for more details.
Arcadia’s M.B.A. is a management development program which enables students to:
- Analyze emerging global trends affecting business today.
- Collaborate across borders to utilize resources successfully on a global basis to achieve organizational goals.
- Apply technology to improve areas such as management information, communication and productivity.
- Improve skills associated with data gathering, analysis and evaluation in order to devise and implement more effective strategic plans.
- Lead organizations in achieving their goals and objectives through effective delegating, team-building, and motivating practices.
- Integrate cultural awareness and diversity in implementing ethical decisions.
Two integrative one-week international experiences form the basis of the culminating event, the final capstone course – BA 695 Global Strategic Management. Students may also choose to select a business area of concentration within the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective. These areas include Entrepreneurship, Finance and Leadership. Students who pursue an area of concentration complete a 36-45 credit degree program that includes three additional courses (9 credits) in the chosen business area concentration. The concentration courses are offered in a fully online seven-week accelerated format and can be taken concurrently with the students’ planned program.
M.B.A. on the Glenside Campus: The M.B.A. with a Global Perspective is offered one night a week on campus. Arcadia Graduate Certificates in Business are offered online.
The following requirements must be met for admission to the M.B.A. program:
- A Graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at www.arcadia.edu/gradapp.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. Transcripts should reflect evidence of completion of accounting, finance and economics courses with a grade of B or better. Students lacking accounting, economics or finance coursework may be admitted conditionally to the program. Conditionally admitted students must complete two business fundamental courses (BA 500 and BA 502) prior to beginning the first core M.B.A. course.
- Official GMAT or GRE Scores within the last five years may be submitted but are not required; they are strongly recommended for applicants whose undergraduate GPA is less than the recommended 3.0 or who do not have the minimum required work experience. GMAT code: S82-4B-66; GRE Code 2039
- An official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
- Two professional letters of recommendation. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
- A minimum of three years of work experience. Applicants with exceptional undergraduate records with less work experience may be considered.
- A current professional résumé.
- Applicants for the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective program are required to submit a signed Statement of Intent to Study Abroad form, which is included with the application for admission.
- International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admissions requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL (minimum score of: 80iBT (no individual section below an 18), or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (no individual section below 5.5), or ITEP minimum score of 4.5, (no section below 5.0) are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A document-by-document evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.
All of the above information must be submitted by an applicant in order to be considered for acceptance.
Application Deadline: Application materials will be reviewed throughout the year. Semester start dates for the M.B.A. program will be the fall and spring semesters of each academic year.
Deferred Admission: An accepted student who wants to defer his or her admission for one year must submit a request in writing to the Dean’s Office. Deferrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Once a deferral is granted, the student must submit the required deposit to reserve a seat in the class. This deposit will be credited toward tuition. A student who is granted a deferral must understand that he or she will be subject to the prevailing tuition at the time of matriculation to the program.
2018-19 academic entry year total tuition: $44,280
The tuition for the entire M.B.A. with a Global Perspective (30-36 credits) program also includes the two required one-week international learning travel experiences.
Tuition fees for the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective are determined by the semester of entry, remain fixed for all future semesters of continuous enrollment, and are billed in installments.
The travel expenses that are provided through tuition to the student include group international airfare, air taxes and fuel surcharges, group airport transfers in the destination city, double occupancy accommodations, group transportation for all activities listed in the itinerary, meals as noted in the itinerary, admission and entrance fees for cultural excursions listed on the itinerary, and student supplemental health insurance with EIIA during the travel period. Incidental expenses associated with travel that are not covered by the tuition are the responsibility of the student.
- Registration: $50 per semester
- Technology: $50 per semester
- Parking: $50 per semester or $100 per year (Fall and Spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.
Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. Please visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid for information regarding available aid options and visit www.arcadia.edu/gradfinaidapply to complete required forms online.
Graduate students are eligible to borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan programs provided they are taking at least 6 credits per semester (in the summer, 6 credits over all summer sessions combined satisfies this requirement). For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid.
Adding a Concentration
To obtain an M.B.A. with a Global Perspective with a business area of concentration, students additionally must complete three specialized courses (9 credits) in the selected business concentration area for a total of 39-45 credits, depending on admission status to M.B.A. program. The courses in these areas are offered fully online in a seven-week accelerated format.
Concentration courses are offered each semester, and students will have opportunities to enroll concurrently in them while completing the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective degree program. See course descriptions for semester offerings.
Entrepreneurship (9 credits)
Thomas M. Brinker Jr., LL.M, CPA, CFE, ChFC, PFS, AEP, Professor of Accounting
- Thomas M. Brinker Jr., LL.M., CPA, CFE, ChFC, PFS, AEP, Professor of Accounting
- Annette L. Halpin, Ph.D., MBA, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
- Raghu Kurthakoti, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing
- Bochen Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Finance
- Wayne A. Morra, Ph.D., Professor of Economics
- Meg Nolan, M.S. Instructor Business Administration
- Cynthia Planita, CPA, M.S., Assistant Professor of Accounting
- Raymond V. Lamorgese, MBA
- Karen Lawson, Ph.D.
- Eric McCloy, MBA
- Luis Rivera, Ph.D.
- Mary L. Sims, J.D.
Accreditation and Memberships
Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The School of Global Business is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). It is a member of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA).