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Clarion University’s academic structure has recently been reorganized. The information on these pages is valid for students who began their degrees prior to fall 2014.

For students looking for information about degrees in the new academic structure, it can be found on the college web pages:

College of Arts, Education and Sciences
College of Business Administration and Information Science
Venango College

For students seeking information about degree programs prior to fall 2014, it is available in the 2013-15 Undergraduate Catalog or in the 2013-15 Graduate Catalog.

A new catalog reflecting the reorganized academic structure will be available this fall. Curricular questions should be directed to your academic advisor.




COBA Mission

Mission Statement 

The College of Business Administration at Clarion University of Pennsylvania is committed to preparing its students for success as ethical business leaders and professionals in a dynamic, complex global environment through high quality, challenging academic and related programs, while serving the academic and business communities through effective teaching, scholarly contributions, and appropriate service to the university and the region.  (Revised April 27, 2010)


Emphasis Statement

The faculty and staff of the College of Business Administration at Clarion University recognize that we exist, above all, to serve the students.  We are dedicated to offering and delivering high quality undergraduate and graduate education that prepares the next generation of principled leaders and professionals in the areas of business, industry, and government.  Both an undergraduate business education, with Associates and Bachelors degrees, and a Masters of Business Administration are administered through campuses in Clarion and Oil City, with a primary service area of western Pennsylvania.  We strive for continuous improvement in all of our programs and curricula.  This is accomplished through effective teaching and practical applications; technological literacy; research  that is relevant to the learning mission of the University, including intellectual contributions that primarily advance practice and enhance disciplinary knowledge, but also improve learning and pedagogy; professional development  activities; and service to the University and community.  In addition, we exhibit leadership; develop strong partnerships with regional business, industry and government organizations; and promote a diverse student body and faculty.  We recognize that we must foster a spirit of intellectual inquiry, equity, and tolerance in the classroom and workplace, and hold integrity as the cornerstone of our actions.  (Revised April 27, 2010)



Program Objectives

The major objective is to provide a basic core of knowledge about various theories, techniques, and practices relating to business administration and problem solving. Specific objectives are to prepare candidates for:

  • positions in middle management with private and public organizations;

  • teaching positions in community colleges;

  • enrollment in doctoral programs in business administration.

The program is designed for candidates with undergraduate degrees not only in business administration but also in other disciplines. Graduate courses are offered in the evening for the convenience of employed or part-time students.

The College of Business Administration at Clarion University is accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.



MBA Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1.0 - Demonstrate Business Disciplinary Competence

      Objective 1.1 -  Integration of appropriate cross disciplinary knowledge in business decision making

      Objective 1.2 -  Demonstration of effective strategic planning in a dynamic business environment

      Objective 1.3 -  An understanding of leadership in achieving organizational goals

Goal 2.0 - Show an Awareness of the Ethical Dimensions of Business Issues

      Objective 2.1 -  Demonstration of ethical reasoning in business decision making

Goal 3.0 - Communicate Effectively Orally and in Written Form

      Objective 3.1 - Demonstration of effective oral communication to a business audience

      Objective 3.2 - Demonstration of effective written communication to a business audience

Goal 4.0 - Demonstrate Analytical Thinking Skills

Objective 4.1 - Demonstration of effective use of financial information in business problem solving

Objective 4.2 - Demonstration of effective use of market information in business problem solving

Goal 5.0 - Understand Global Issues in the Functional Areas of Business

Objective 5.1 - Demonstration of effective identification and analysis of opportunities and threats posed by forces in the global business

Objective 5.2 - Demonstration of effective selection and implementation of business strategies and tactics for firms operating in the global business environment

Goal 6.0 - Demonstrate Effective Use of Technology and Data Analysis

Objective 6.1 -  Demonstration of appropriate statistical analysis in business problem solving

Objective 6.2 - Integration of data analysis, insight, and knowledge of key business functions in business problem solving



Admission Requirements

Office of Graduate Studies admission requirements apply with the following additions:

  • Students must submit official scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or GRE.

  • Applicants currently employed should include references from both professors and employers, if possible. Applicants should submit three recommendations on the Clarion University recommendation forms.

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In general, admissions are on a "rolling" basis.


Program Options

The College of Business Administration offers a full-time traditional MBA, an eleven-month accelerated MBA, and a part-time online MBA program option. Click here for more information regarding any of these program options, including admissions criteria and program features.



Requirements for Graduates

Requirements for the MBA degree are in two components: course requirements and a portfolio completion requirement. Course requirements for the M.B.A. degree are composed of foundation courses, M.B.A. core courses, and an elective course.  A total of 33 graduate credits is required for the completion of the degree:

    • one 3-credit MBA elective course and
    • ten 3-credit MBA core courses (excluding foundation courses).

    A maximum of nine graduate credit hours toward the 33 credits required for the MBA degree may be transferred from accredited graduate programs with the pre-approval of the M.B.A. program director and the department chairperson of the course from which transfer credit is sought.


I. Course Requirements for the MBA Degree

A. Foundation Courses
MBA Foundation course requirements are designed to meet all of the "Undergraduate Knowledge and Skill Areas" required for the degree and a portion of the "Undergraduate and Master's Level Knowledge and Skill Areas" requirements. MBA Foundation courses are not subject to residency requirements and are considered to be prerequisite or corequisite to the MBA Core. MBA Foundation coursework may be completed at Clarion or other approved institutions at either the undergraduate or the graduate level and is not subject to the nine-credit transfer limit for the core/elective courses but requires pre-approval. At Clarion, courses that meet the foundation requirements are offered at the undergraduate level. Some of these foundation courses may have prerequisite courses. The following are the foundation areas and courses at Clarion (with the graduate course equivalents) that meet foundation requirements for the MBA degree:


Knowledge and Skill Area

Micro/Macro Economics

Financial Accounting

Economic and Business Statistics

Management Theory and Practice

Principles of Marketing

Financial Management

 Clarion Course (or equivalent)

ECON 211 & 212 (501 & 502) or 215 (ECON 500)

ACTG 251 (ACTG 500)

ECON 221 & 222 (504 & 505) or 230

MGMT 320 (MGMT 500)

MKTG 360 (MKTG 500)

FIN 370 (FIN 500)


B. MBA Core Courses
MBA Core Courses are designed to complete the "Undergraduate and Master's Level Knowledge and Skill Areas" requirements for each student. The MBA Core courses are:


Knowledge and Skill Area

1. Leadership, Organization & Assessment1

2. Quantitative Methods and Statistics

3. Managerial Accounting

4. Legal/Ethical Environment of Business

5. Managerial Economic Analysis

6. Managerial Finance

7. Marketing Concepts and Strategy

8. Operations and Information Management

9. Global Environment of Business

10. Strategic Management/Integration2

Course ID

MGMT 521

BSAD 503

ACTG 552

BSAD 540

ECON 510

FIN 570

MKTG 560

MGMT 626

BSAD 661

BSAD 690













1 The introduction to the required student portfolio at the beginning of the program is included in this course.
2 To be taken during the final semester of study.

C. MBA Elective Courses
In addition to the core courses, all students will complete the balance of 33 credits of graduate course work from the following courses, subject to the offering of those courses. Graduate-level courses, other than those listed, may be used as elective credit toward the MBA degree only with prior approval of the MBA program director and the dean of the college.

ACTG 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 461, 463, 490, 499, 554, 650, 652, 653
CIS 402, 403, 462
BSAD 637, 699
ECON 461, 470, 490, 570, 600, 611, 612, 699
FIN 463, 471, 476, 480, 671, 676
MGMT 420, 423, 427, 428, 470, 483, 485, 486, 621, 622, 625, 650
MKTG 461, 462, 465, 468, 469, 491, 562, 604, 661

A maximum of three hours of approved 400-level courses, taken for graduate credit, may be used as elective credits. Please note that a 400-level course previously taken for undergraduate credit may not be repeated for graduate credit. A maximum of nine graduate credit hours toward the 33 required for the MBA degree may be transferred from accredited graduate programs with the approval of the MBA program director and the department chairperson of the course for which transfer credit is sought.

II. Additional Requirements for the MBA Degree

A. Assessment Portfolio Requirement
In addition to the required coursework, each student must successfully complete the assessment portfolio requirement. Students must submit to the MBA director, a portfolio of work completed for the various courses taken as MBA Core and MBA Elective courses. Expectations regarding the contents of the portfolio to be submitted will be given to students in MGMT 521 early in the program. No student will be cleared for graduation without completing the portfolio requirement. The MBA program director will coordinate the evaluation of the portfolios. Students are encouraged to submit their work to the MBA office at the same time as they submit it to their professors. Student work is kept confidential. 

B. Performance Requirements
Students who earn more than six hours of graduate credit at Clarion with a grade of "C" or earn any credits with grades below "C" and/or fall below a 3.00/4.00 graduate overall quality-point average (QPA) are automatically placed on probation. Students whose QPA in the foundation courses falls below a 3.00/4.00 are also placed on probation. Students placed on probation must achieve satisfactory academic standing within one semester of registration or be removed from the program. Any credits earned with grades below "C" cannot be used to meet MBA degree or foundation requirements.

All prerequisite courses for a given course must be met before taking that course. BSAD 690 must be taken during the last semester of graduate course work. The maximum time for completion of the degree program is six calendar years from the date of the first graduate enrollment.


Students who desire to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), may fulfill Pennsylvania’s 150-credit -hour requirement for CPA licensure through an undergraduate degree in accounting (120 credits), along with the Clarion M.B.A. degree (33 credits). An integrated BS-Accounting/MBA program of study can be completed in five years and provides a total of 153 semester hours of coursework. Along with 36 hours in accounting subjects (i.e., accounting, auditing, business law, finance, and tax), the student may fulfill the educational requirement for CPA licensure under the Pennsylvania CPA law.

BACHELOR'S TO MBA OPTIONThe College of Business Administration offers a Bachelor’s to M.B.A. Option. Undergraduate foundation course requirements in business administration may be taken concurrently with any major, giving students many of the courses prerequisite to the M.B.A. Program before graduation. Undergraduates interested in this program should contact their liberal arts advisor for details and

Students wishing to pursue the Professional Accountancy or the Bachelor’s to M.B.A. options must follow the normal M.B.A. admission procedures. Admission to one of these options does not guarantee admission to, or completion of, the M.B.A. degree.




Graduate students are encouraged to use the services of the University Career Services Office. Graduates often obtain positions with banks, manufacturing concerns, accounting firms, other business and industrial organizations, hospitals, and government agencies.



Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available to qualified MBA students. Awarded competitively, they cover some or all basic tuition expenses, excluding fees, and provide a stipend. They also may furnish additional opportunity for close work with graduate faculty on a variety of research projects. Applications for assistantships are available at




All graduate students are assigned an advisor upon admission. Before registering for classes, students should meet with their advisor. Students must first obtain the signature of their advisor on any special requests for course substitution, individualized instruction, internship, or special problems courses. Additional approvals are required, as well.




The College of Business Administration is located in Still Hall and features an up-to-date student computer teaching lab/trading room.  The building uses wireless technology and all classrooms are equipped with smart classroom technology.