Analytical skills, computer skills and communication skills are critical for students to be successful in the M.B.A. program at Penn State Harrisburg. Students are required to demonstrate the following competencies by the first semester of the matriculation.
Analytic Skills: Students must demonstrate competence in analytic skills. This requirement can be satisfied in one of two ways: (1) by satisfactory completion of a college-level mathematics course; or (2) by successful completion of proficiency examination in mathematics approved by the M.B.A. program. This requirement must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
Computer Skills: Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer applications. This requirement can be satisfied through of a college-level computer applications course within the past five years with a grade of a B or higher, or by documented, significant, computer-related work experience. If this requirement has not been met prior to admission, a college-level computer course such as MIS 204 or CMPSC 203 is required. Course work must be completed with a grade of B or higher.
Communications Skills: Successful completion of the M.B.A. program requires the ability to think clearly, and to write and speak persuasively. Part of this requirement can be satisfied by achieving a score of "4" or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Analytical Writing Assessment. If this score is not achieved, students must satisfy this requirement through additional course work in writing skills such as ENGL 202D or other work developed in consultation with the M.B.A. program. All courses taken must be completed with a grade of B or higher. The speech component of this requirement is satisfied through individual and group presentations in MNGMT 511 and other courses in the M.B.A. program.