Guide to Incorporating Fast-Track MBA Courses as Part of Undergraduate Business Degree

In collaboration with Penn State campuses across the Commonwealth, we offer a Fast Track MBA program designed for undergraduate students who are majoring in business.

Key Program Features

  • Courses are flexible and offered as a mix of in-person or synchronous remote instruction with additional asynchronous online work.
  • Applications-oriented program explores real-world issues through case studies, projects with local companies, simulations, and guest lecturers who are leaders in business and industry.
  • Premier faculty combine their research with business expertise to give students a valuable and innovative classroom experience.
  • The program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, a standing earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

Fast Track Program for Undergraduate Students

This program features exemptions for up to six foundation courses from the MBA curriculum.

You can receive exemptions for MBA foundations courses upon earning a grade of B or better in any of the corresponding undergraduate courses listed below. All graduate courses are three credits.

If you complete at least three of the undergraduate courses listed below, you’ll also qualify for a GMAT waiver.

Undergraduate course

MBA course

SCM 200 Introduction to Statistics in Business BUSAD 801 Statistical Analysis for Managerial Decision Making
ECON 442 Managerial Economics (Prereq: ECON 102)
OR
ECON 302 Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis (Prereq: ECON 102)
 
BUSAD 523 Prices and Markets
ACCTG 404 Managerial Accounting: Economic Perspective (Prereq: ACCTG 211, SCM 200 or STAT 200, ECON 102)
OR
ACCTG 340 Cost Accounting (Prereq: ACCTG 211)
 
ACCTG 800 Financial and Managerial Accounting
FIN 305 Financial Management of the Business Enterprise (Prereq: FIN 301) MBADM 820 Financial Management
MKTG 450W Marketing Strategy (Prereq: MKTG 330, MKTG 342) BA 800 Marketing Management
SCM 445 Operations Planning and Control (Prereq: SCM 301) BA 810 Operations Management

Eligibility

To be admitted to the Fast Track MBA program, you must meet the following criteria:  

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate business degree at any Penn State campus within the last five years
  • Completion of a one-semester internship or one year of full-time professional work that pertains to your field of study
    • Note: You can apply to the program during the internship or while employed
  • A letter of recommendation from a full-time Penn State faculty member
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or above

If you meet some, but not all, of the above criteria, you may be required to take the GMAT to be considered for admission.

If you have questions about your eligibility for the program, or when you should plan to take the necessary courses during your undergraduate degree, contact your campus’ business program coordinator or faculty adviser.

Recommended Application Dates

Fall admission: by July 15
Spring admission: by November 15
Summer admission: by March 15

Admission Requirements

  • Résumé
  • One-page statement of intent or career objective outlining your professional goals and educational objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of whom is a full-time Penn State faculty member
  • GMAT/GRE scores, if applicable submitted directly from the testing agency
    • GRE code: 2660
    • GMAT scores: Select the Pennsylvania State University-Great Valley-School of Graduate Professional Studies- MBA, Part Time
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee. (Waived if you attend a recruitment event or meet with the associate director of recruitment.)

You must indicate you’re applying to the Fast Track MBA Program at Penn State Great Valley in the “notes” section of the online application.

If you are an international student, click here for more information on admissions.