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Course and Registration Information

Course Materials

Course Materials for MBA Core Courses vary by faculty members.  Some will have required textbooks; others will not have any textbook requirement.  Often times faculty create course packets which are made available through the local bookstores either on-campus or off-campus.   The course packets are typically available a few days before classes begin. 

We know that our MBAs like to have as much information as possible available to them in advance.  With that in mind, using the course list below you can search the Penn State Bookstore's website for the textbooks that are currently assigned to your courses (You will notice two sections for each course. Feel free to enter either section as the textbook required will be the same for both sections.). Keep in mind that faculty members can order textbooks for their courses throughout the summer, so be sure to check back over the next couple of months for the most up-to-date information.

Upon your arrival on campus, you can visit the Penn State Bookstore for a comprehensive list of textbooks and course materials required.  By swiping your Penn State iD+ card you can obtain the information that is on file for course materials.

Additionally, for those students who prefer eBooks, Inkling.com is a free textbook app that allows students to purchase either full textbooks or individual chapters for their courses. Features of this platform include a free chapter of each textbook, content that never expires, and full annotation abilities that sync between devices.

Core Courses by Module

The MBA Program Office will register you for the appropriate core courses during your time in the program.  Registration for Fall 2017 will occur in May; however, for your reference the list of core courses that you will take in the program are listed below.

Week 1: Concentration Week

  • Each day of the first week is a faculty-led seminar with content highlights of each primary concentration. 

Fall: Module I

  • BA 517 – Leadership Communications
  • BA 501 – Management
  • BA 511 – Financial Accounting
  • BA 515 – Statistical Data Analytics
  • BA 502 – Team Process and Performance

Fall: Module II

  • BA 517 – Leadership Communications
  • BA 500 – Marketing Management
  • BA 533 – Economics for Managers
  • BA 531 – Intro to Finance

Spring: Module III

  • BA 517 – Leadership Communications
  • BA 510 – Supply Chain Operations
  • BA 512 - Risk and Decisions Analytics
  • BA 571 - Strategic Management

Global Business Environment Intensive

  • BA 532 - Explore global economic issues including economic integration, exchange rate fluctuations, and global economic growth.

Spring: Mod IV

  • BA 517 – Communications
  • BA 521 - Managerial Accounting
  • Primary Concentration Electives (2)