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John L. Grove College of Business
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg PA 17257
(717) 477-1435
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Master's of Business Administration

College of Business
Grove Hall 324
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1483
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1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA, 17257
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Business Administration - MBA 



Schedules  Faculty  

The John L. Grove College of Business MBA program at Shippensburg University is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The program can be completed on a part-time basis in two years, taking two courses a semester and two courses in the summer. Video-conferencing technology provides students with the opportunity to attend class at Shippensburg University, the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, or at the York Learning Center in York. 

The Program

Two-thirds of each course is taught in an electronic classroom and broadcast to the remote sites via videoconferencing technology, thus providing students the opportunity to interact with the professor and other students face-to-face from multiple sites. Students spend two-thirds of each course in the electronic classroom and one-third on web-based activities, providing students with flexibility and convenience in completing coursework. Each class meeting is videotaped, so that if students cannot attend class due to work requirements, they may view the missed class online via video streaming. Employers desiring to have their electronic conference room added as a videoconferencing site for the Shippensburg MBA program should contact the MBA director. Additional teleconferencing sites will be added dependent upon demand and available resources.

The program consists of 30-46 credits, depending on the extent of undergraduate coursework in business. Typically, individuals with an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB International accredited school take 30 credits (10 courses), and individuals with a non-business undergraduate degree take 46 credits (14 courses). The curriculum covers critical elements of business management in today’s hypercompetitive and global business environment.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate course work and degree, relevant work experience, and goals statement will be evaluated and form the basis for admission. To be eligible for admission to the MBA Program applicants must: 

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants will be evaluated on grade point average, course content, work experience, job level, leadership ability, team skills, suitability of goals, and whether they graduated from an AACSB-accredited college. Applicants with less than 5 years of post-undergraduate professional experience, including some mid-level management experience, will be required to take the GMAT and achieve a score of 450 or higher. The MBA department will also accept a GRE general test score (taken within the past two years) for possible consideration of fulfilling the GMAT requirement. Please submit your GRE scores during the application process for the department to determine if your score meets the minimum requirement.   
  • Present a current résumé. 
  • A 500-word Personal Goals Statement indicating your reasons for pursuing an MBA, your future goals, and why you chose Shippensburg's MBA.
  • Complete and submit the MBA Track selection web-form  

New Students will be required to attend an orientation session at Shippensburg University.

All students must be computer literate and have routine access to the Internet and Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access) in order to complete the 1/3 web-based component of the program.

Please note that all students admitted for Fall 2010 or later will be expected to have a laptop loaded with MS Office that they can bring to class. Although the university has been providing a limited number of laptops, those will gradually be phased out as they get older, and students will be expected to supply their own laptops in class.

In addition, applicants are required to meet the following prerequisites:

Work experience or undergraduate credits in:

  •  Quantitative analysis, 
  •  Computer usage 
  •  Oral and written communications. 

These areas are covered in the following courses offered at Shippensburg University:

  • ENG101 College Writing
  • INM200 Statistical Applications in Business
  • MIS142 Business Computer Systems
  • SPE100 Basic Oral Communication

Applicants who have completed coursework in accounting, economics, finance, organizational behavior, marketing and operations management may begin taking MBA core courses immediately. Applicants lacking coursework in one or more of these areas will need to take appropriate prerequisite MBA foundations courses before proceeding to core courses.

These areas are covered in the following courses offered at Shippensburg University:

  • ACC200  Fundamentals of Financial Accounting 
  • ECN113   Principles of Economics 
  • FIN311    Financial Management 
  • INM200 Statistical Applications in Business
  • INM330 Operations Management
  • MIS142 Business Computer Systems
  • MGT 305  Organizational Behavior 
  • MKT 305  Principals of Marketing 

Foundation courses can be substituted for some or all of the above prerequisites.

Foundation CourseSchedule

Designed for Individuals with Non-business Undergraduate Degrees. Contact the MBA office for exact schedules of Foundations courses.


All courses will be:

  • 4 credits 12 weeks
  • Limited to 20-25 students
  • 100% Distance Education: 50% videoconferencing and 50% online
  • Taught in Grove Hall at Shippensburg University - broadcast to Dixon Center in Harrisburg and Synder's of Hanover via Teleconferencing 

Scheduling will be handled by Extended Studies, during regular, university, scheduling time periods.  

For current MBA course schedules, visit click HERE. 

All of the MBA core courses with the exception of MBA593 Strategic Management can be taken at any time as the MBA graduate student progresses through the program. MBA593 should be taken after the graduate student has completed at least four core courses. Although no other classes have prerequisites, it is recommended classes be completed in a specific order. See the sample MBA study plans here:  click HERE. 


J. Jay Mackie, Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Chair, Department of Accounting, Managerial, Cost, Advanced Cost, Accounting Information Systems, Financial Accounting, Healthcare Financial Management. Research Interests: Cost Management, Healthcare Financial Management, Management Behavior, Information Technology and Distance Education.

Sarah K. Bryant, Ph.D., University of South Carolina. Global Financial Management, Essentials of Accounting and Finance. Research Interests: International Finance and Economic Development, Mortgage Markets.

Louise Hatfield, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University. Strategic Management, Leadership, Change Management. Research Interests: Strategic Management, Leadership, Change Management, New Venture Creation and Management.

Shelley Morrisette, Ph.D., University of Mississippi. Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management. Research Interests: Corporate Entrepreneurship, Corporate Strategy.

Robert Neidigh, Ph.D., Penn State University. Supply Chain Management, Production Scheduling, Math Programming, Statistical Analysis.

Robert D. Stephens, Ph.D., Indiana University. International Business, European Business Environment. Research Interests: International Strategic Alliances, Organizational Commitment, International Management Strategy.

Vicki Taylor, Ph.D., Temple University.

Joanne Tucker, Ph.D., University of North Texas. Supply Chain Management. Research Interests: E-commerce and Pedagogical Methods. Reviewer for the International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences and The Decision Science Journal of Innovative Education.

John L. Grove College of Business

The John L. Grove College of Business has been accredited by AACSB International since 1981, which certifies the quality of the curriculum, faculty, and support services. The Grove College of Business is one of approximately 633 institutions worldwide that have earned this designation. Less than 6 percent of the world’s colleges of business have achieved this accreditation.

About the University

Shippensburg University is a public comprehensive university offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in three colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Human Services. There are approximately 1,200 graduate and 7,200 undergraduate students enrolled at Shippensburg University.

The 200-acre campus is located in Cumberland County, forty miles southwest of Harrisburg. It is readily accessible from the Carlisle and Blue Mountain interchanges of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and from exits 24 and 29 of Interstate 81.

Shippensburg University is one of fourteen universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.


For More Information Contact:

Dr. Robert D. Stephens, MBA Director
John L. Grove College of Business
Grove Hall 324
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299