Business Administration

Why Study Business Administration

Earning an MBA is hard work, but the benefits are well worth the effort. Some reasons you might consider an MBA program include:

  • Advance your career
  • Earn higher wages
  • Start your own business
  • Become a leader in an emerging field
  • Gain networking resources
  • Enjoy greater job security  

Why Study Business Administration at Ship

The John L. Grove College of Business Master in Business Administration degree program offers high quality and outstanding value. Our AACSB-accredited MBA program is designed to help you to succeed in a rapidly changing global economy. Our graduate students find the Ship MBA reputable, affordable, and convenient. Our faculty are committed to teaching and helping you understand the business world and find your place in it.

Ship delivers its MBA degree program in three convenient formats:

  • Ship MBA-Professional: A part-time, evening hybrid format designed for working professionals and offered at multiple sites, including Shippensburg University, Dixon University Center (Harrisburg), York Learning Center, and East Stroudsburg University.
  • Ship MBA-Full Time: This full-time plan of study can be completed in one year.
  • Ship MBA-Online: A convenient, 100 percent online format that can be completed in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time).  

To be eligible for admission to the MBA Program applicants must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete an online application
  • Present a current resume
  • Submit 500-word statement of purpose for pursuing an MBA, your future goals, and why you chose Shippensburg University
  • Complete and submit the MBA Track selection web-form
  • Score 450 or higher on the GMAT (or have five years of mid-level experience, including management experience)
  • GMAT may be waived for Beta Gamma Sigma members. Verification is required. Send scanned documentation to
  • Qualifying GRE scores may be accepted by the department on a case-by-case basis.
  • GMAT Prep information

Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at for more information about program requirements.

Ship’s 30-credit MBA consists of 8 required core courses (3 credits each) and 2 elective courses (3 credits each). The requirements are the same in each of the three delivery formats. The required courses are:

  • MBA502 Managerial Accounting
  • MBA529 Global Managerial Finance
  • MBA552 Entrepreneurship
  • MBA554 International Business
  • MBA556 Organizational Leadership
  • MBA565 Information Management and Analysis for Decision Making
  • MBA577 Supply Chain Management
  • MBA593 Strategic Management

The John L. Grove College of Business offers three concentrations to complement your MBA.

The new 36-credit, 100 percent online Finance Concentration is available to all MBA students regardless of location or track selection. You will take the 8 core courses and then take the following 4 courses:

  • MBA521 Financial Risk Management
  • MBA523 Investment Analysis
  • MBA525 Multinational Business Finance
  • MBA527 Applied Financial Analysis

Before taking any of the finance concentration courses, you must first complete the core courses MBA529 Global Managerial Finance and MBA502 Managerial Accounting. Courses will be scheduled in winter and summer terms allowing students to complete the concentration in as little as one calendar year.

The 36-credit, 100 percent online Supply Chain Management Concentration is available to all MBA students regardless of location or track selection. You will take the 8 core courses and then select 4 courses from the following:

  • SCM510 Introduction to Logistics and Transportation Management
  • SCM515 Procurement Management
  • SCM555 Supply Chain Quality Management
  • SCM570 Supply Chain Management Theory and Practice
  • SCM590 Warehousing and Distribution Management

The 36-credit, hybrid Management Information Systems Concentration is delivered in Harrisburg and Shippensburg. It is not available online. You will take the 8 core courses and then take the following 4 courses:

  • ISS515 Project Management
  • ISS550 Database Design
  • ISS570 Information Analysis
  • MBA547 Management Information Systems & Applications  

The Graduate Research Grant Program is designed to provide financial support to graduate students for research or scholarly activities related to their program of study to enable them to better understand the scientific process, experience discovery, develop their analytical and communication skills, and gain exposure to national ideas through the presentation of the results of their research at conferences. Our grant program has funded field and laboratory research as well as computer application and software development. The Graduate Research Grant Program is funded by the School of Graduate Studies and the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs.

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