Arcadia is ranked a national leader for study abroad, and Arcadia's graduate business students don't just talk about the global marketplace—they take two one-week international business trips, meeting with executives of global companies.
Classes are held one evening a week, on the same day, for 19-22 months.
Designed for the working professional. Students take one course at a time in an accelerated, seven-week format.
Tuition includes international travel and remains fixed throughout your program
Our cohort model helps develop team-building skills. You will have the same group of working professionals as classmates for the length of the program.
Build relationships and extend your professional network with professionals from different countries and industries.
Gain the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to succeed in today’s highly competitive business world.
Courses are taught by School of Global Business faculty members. They are active scholars as well as experienced professionals working in industry.
About the M.B.A. Program
M.B.A. students enter as part of a team-based cohort and take all their courses with the cohort. This approach builds business skills in a team environment in which students build relationships and networks with professionals from different industries and different parts of the world. Students take one course at a time, in an accelerated seven-week course period, a model that is particularly valued by working professionals. The program can normally be completed in a 19 to 22 month period, and is offered one night a week at Arcadia's Glenside, Pa. campus.
What to Expect
Arcadia's M.B.A. with a Global Perspective is a leadership development program which enables students to:
Analyze emerging global trends affecting business today.
Collaborate across borders to utilize resources successfully on a global basis to achieve organizational goals.
Apply technology to improve areas such as management information, communication and productivity.
Improve skills associated with data gathering, analysis and evaluation in order to devise and implement more effective strategic plans.
Lead organizations in achieving their goals and objectives through effective delegating, team-building, and motivating practices.
Integrate cultural awareness and diversity in implementing ethical decisions.
Students complete two one-week international travel experiences. Comparing and contrasting the two experiences takes place in the Global Strategic Management capstone course (BA695) at the end of the program.
During the experience, M.B.A. students interact with international business leaders as they explore a wide range of companies and businesses. The experiences allow M.B.A. students a firsthand look at the challenges of competing in a global marketplace. From small entrepreneurial start-up companies, to successful joint-ventures, to Fortune 500 companies in capital cities, students gain insight into business similarities and complexities on the national and global issues of each country they visit.
The busy itinerary sets aside time for tours and excursions so that M.B.A. students may also experience the culture and history of each region.
M.B.A. with a Global Perspective Degree Requirements
BA 500 Business Fundamentals I (Conditionally Admitted Students Only; 3 credits)
BA 502 Business Fundamentals II (Conditionally Admitted Students Only; 3 credits)
BA 540 Multinational Marketing (3 credits)
BA 560 Managing in the Global Workforce (3 credits)
BA 600 Leadership for Effective Organizations (3 credits)
BA 670A International Business Experience (0 credits)
BA 580 Shareholder Value Management (3 credits)
BA 680 International Finance (3 credits)
BA 640 Operations and Technology (3 credits)
BA 620 Managerial Economics (3 credits)
BA 530 Global Issues of Social Responsibility and Law (3 credits)
BA 670B International Business Experience (2 credits)
BA 695 Global Strategic Management (4 credits)
Admission to M.B.A. Program
In addition to the general admission requirements, the following program-specific requirements must be met for admission to the M.B.A. program:
An M.B.A./graduate certificate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at www.arcadia.edu/gradapp. M.B.A. applicants for Paris, France complete online through AGSBE.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better. Transcripts should reflect evidence of completion of accounting, finance and economics courses with a grade of B or better. Students lacking accounting, economics or finance coursework may be admitted conditionally to the program. Conditionally admitted students must complete two business fundamental courses prior to beginning the first core M.B.A. course.
Official GMAT or GRE Scores within the last five years are strongly recommended for applicants whose undergraduate GPA is less than the recommended 3.0 or who do not have the minimum required work experience. [GMAT code: S82-4B-66; GRE Code 2039]
An official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
Two professional letters of recommendation. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
A minimum of three years of work experience. Applicants with exceptional undergraduate records with less work experience may be considered.
A current professional résumé.
Applicants for the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective program are required to submit a signed Statement of Intent to Study Abroad form, which is included with the application for admission.
International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admissions requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL (minimum score of: 600 on the paper-based test, 220 on the computer-based test or 92 on the new Internet-based test)or IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) or ITEP (minimum score of 5.0) are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A document-by-document evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also may be required for institutions that are not in Arcadia’s database as an approved institution. A list of approved evaluators can be found on the NACES website for institutions that are not in Arcadia's database as an approved institution. All of the above information must be submitted by an applicant in order to be considered for acceptance. International applicants with an advanced diploma in a business-related field from a polytechnic institution and who have significant business experience may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
Application materials will be reviewed throughout the year. Semester start dates for the M.B.A. program will be the fall, spring, and summer semesters of each academic year.
An accepted student who wants to defer his or her admission for one year must submit a request in writing to the Dean’s Office. Deferrals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Once a deferral is granted, the student must submit the required deposit to reserve a seat in the class. This deposit will be credited toward tuition. A student who is granted a deferral must understand that he or she will be subject to the prevailing tuition at the time of matriculation to the program.
Program Tuition and Expenses
The Arcadia M.B.A. program is an excellent investment, and financing options are available to all enrolled students. Tuition fees for the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective are determined by the semester of entry, remain fixed for all future semesters of continuous enrollment, and are billed in installments.
M.B.A. with a Global Perspective
For the 2014-2015 academic year, the tuition for the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective (30-36 credits) is $42,000, which includes two one-week international travel experiences.
The travel expenses that are provided through tuition to the student include group international airfare, air taxes and fuel surcharges, group airport transfers in the destination city, double occupancy accommodations, group transportation for all activities listed in the itinerary, meals as noted in the itinerary, admission and entrance fees for cultural excursions listed on the itinerary, and student supplemental health insurance with EIIA during the travel period. Incidental expenses associated with travel that are not covered by the tuition are the responsibility of the student.
Fees: Parking—There is no charge for parking after 4 p.m.
Graduate students who have been accepted into a degree or certificate program and are enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester are eligible to apply for financial aid. For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid.
Graduate assistantships are available to all students registered for 9 credits or more per semester. Students may apply for assistantships upon acceptance and registration. Questions regarding graduate assistantships should be directed to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at 215-572-2929.
M.B.A. Program in Paris, France
Tuition and travel costs for the International M.B.A. in Paris, France, are paid directly to the partner institution (AGS). Please see www.ags.edu for current fees.
M.B.A. with a Global Perspective, International 3+2 Program
For the 2014-15 academic year the tuition for the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective, International 3+2 Program is Track 1 (57 credits) $64,000, which includes two international travel experiences and three U.S. day excursions. The travel expenses that are provided through tuition to the student include group international airfare, air taxes and fuel surcharges, group airport transfers in the destination city, double occupancy accommodations, group transportation for all activities listed in the itinerary, meals as noted in the itinerary, admission and entrance fees for cultural excursions listed on the itinerary and student supplemental health insurance with EIIA during the travel period. Incidental expenses associated with travel that are not covered by tuition are the responsibility of the student. Residential housing and living expenses during academic terms are supplemental.
Track 2 (57 credits) $69,900, which includes ESL, two international experiences, and three U.S. day excursions. The travel expenses that are provided through tuition to the student include group international airfare, air taxes and fuel surcharges, group airport transfers in the destination city, double occupancy accommodations, group transportation for all activities listed in the itinerary, meals as noted in the itinerary, admission and entrance fees for cultural excursions listed on the itinerary and student supplemental health insurance with EIIA during the travel period. Incidental expenses associated with travel that are not covered by the tuition are the responsibility of the student. Residential housing and living expenses during academic terms are additional.
International 3+2 Degree Program
The M.B.A. with a Global Perspective, International 3+2 program offers approved students from international partner institutions the opportunity to earn their M.B.A. while completing undergraduate requirements from their home institution. Students are assigned a track, or option in the program depending upon their English proficiency. Students will be enrolled full-time during their two-year course of study at Arcadia University, Glenside. Students will earn an M.B.A. with a Global Perspective and a graduate certificate in one of the following areas: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business Diplomacy or English for Business Communication.
Students in the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective International 3+2 program complete the program within two years, six semesters. Students are enrolled in courses for an M.B.A. with a Global Perspective (36 credits). Additionally, during their course of study, students receive ESL support, business internships, an international graduate seminar, and three travel experiences for a total of 57 credits.
Dependent upon admission status, students will follow Track 1 or Track 2 program plans. Track 1 students receive ESL support (12 hours per week) during the first semester. Track 2 students receive one semester of full time, intensive ESL training before they begin their M.B.A. program courses (20 hours per week) and 12 hours per week of ESL in semester two in conjunction with their M.B.A. fundamental courses.
M.B.A. classes are held on campus in a cohort model. Students take accelerated seven-week courses over a 19-22-month period. On campus M.B.A. courses (BA 500 and BA 600 level) meet 4.5 hours per week for a total of 31.5 contact hours. Out-of-class readings, assignments, research, projects, group work, etc. will require a minimum of 10 to 20 hours per week. Courses utilize a variety of delivery techniques such as textbooks, case studies, individual/group projects, experiential exercises and guest speakers.
Semester 1 (9 credits)
ESL, 12 hours per week for 500-530 TOEFL score students
CM 550 International Business Communications (3 credits)
BA 500 Business Fundamentals I (3 credits)
BA 502 Business Fundamentals II (3 credits)
Semester 2 ( 9 credits)
BA 540 Multinational Marketing (3 credits)
BA 560 Managing the Global Workforce (3 credits)
ID 561 Seminar for International Graduate Students (3 credits) (Travel one-week between semesters 2 and 3.)
BA 670A International travel experience 0 credits (Credits earned in BA 670B.)
Semester 3 (10 credits)
BA 600 Leadership for Effective Organizations (3 credits)
BA 580 Shareholder Value Management (3 credits)
BA 670E U.S. Travel experience, Philadelphia (1 credit)
There is an international business experience built into the curriculum of the program in France. Students have the option of studying in France or another country.
The program takes advantage of its location in Paris, at the heart of the European Union:
E.U. and OECD economists and business policymakers participate in the program as teachers and guest speakers.
Students have the opportunity to go on optional visits to the E.U. Commission in Brussels and the OECD in Paris, and meet with delegates and staff.
The European setting of the program makes it possible for students to better comprehend the idea of Europe as a political, economic and social entity.
The program is taught in a modular model and includes 10 courses, each taught over one month, with classroom time being on evenings and weekends in order to accommodate the constraints of working professionals.
Each course consists of: 36 hours of live lectures taught over two weekends in order to accommodate working professionals' schedules.
Four days of office hours for possible tutoring and advising by the course instructor.
An online course complement through a Blackboard platform, with resource materials to prepare and support lectures as well as close online tutoring by the course instructor. The online course complement begins one week prior to the start of the course and follows for two weeks after the live aspect of the course has been completed
Tuition and travel costs for the M.B.A. Program in Paris, France, are paid directly to the partner institution (AGSBE). Please see www.ags.edu for current fees.