2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration MBA

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Business Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate)

College of Business
Department Chair David Gargone, EdD


Soumendra N. Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Business, BSc University of Calcutta; MA Jawaharlal Nehru University; MA, PhD Clark University

Mary B. Carden, Professor Emerita of Business, BS College Misericordia; MA New York University; MBA University of Scranton

Fred J. Croop, Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; EdD Northcentral University

David Gargone, Associate Professor of Business, BS University of Scranton; MAT Rockford College; EdD United States Sports Academy

Zhen Ma, Associate Professor of Business, BA City University of New York Queens College; PhD City University of New York Graduate Center

Charles J. Makar, Instructor of Business, BA, BS, MBA Wilkes University

John Mellon, Associate Professor of Business, BS The Pennsylvania State University; MBA University of New Haven; EdD George Washington University

Allen C. Minor, Associate Professor of Business, BS University of Baltimore; MS University of South Carolina; DBA Nova Southeastern University

Ronald V. Petrilla, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Bloomsburg State College; MS University of Scranton; PhD University of Pennsylvania

Corina Slaff, Associate Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; PhD Capella University

Thomas J. Sweetz, Instructor of Business, BA Moravian College; MS College Misericordia

Joshua D. Winneker, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Muhlenberg College; JD Seton Hall University School of Law

David F. Zinn, Instructor of Business, BS West Virginia University; MS University of Tennessee; MA Cumberland College

Program and Student Learning Outcomes

The business department aims to prepare students for success in both their careers and life. This is accomplished through a holistic and integrated approach to learning which enable students to adapt to new and changing business paradigms. The deparment aims to develop students analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to help them to integrate real-world based learning experiences with business concepts and practices. Importantly, the department emphasizes the development of a framework for ethical decision-making, and strives to give students the ability to recognize and understand awareness of social and ethical issues relevant to business. Consequently, students should develop the ability to recognize and understand the values of mercy, justice, and hospitality.

Upon completion of any business program (accounting, business administration, health care management, management, marketing, sport management, MBA, master of science in organizational management), graduates will:

Program Learning Outcome 1: Students will use critical concepts and fundamental principles in the core business disciplines.
Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will comprehend and integrate major concepts and principles in the functional areas of business, economics, accounting, finance, marketing and management.

Program Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
Student Learning Outcome 2: Students will present ideas, using appropriate technologies, effectively in oral and written forms for differing professional audiences.


Program Learning Outcome 3: Students will think critically and analytically in the business sphere.
Student Learning Outcome 3: Students will analyze and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools to solve business problems and evaluate information critically to formulate sound business decisions.

Program Learning Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate comprehension of the importance of social and ethical concepts in business.
Student Learning Outcome 4: Students will be able to identify and assess ethical and social responsibilities of business organizations.

Program Learning Outcome 5: Students will comprehend the impact of globalization on the business environment.
Student Learning Outcome 5: Students will be able to evaluate cultural diversity and integrate global trends in their business decision making.

Master of Business Administration

Department Chair David Gargone, EdD

Program Advisor Corina Slaff, PhD

The MBA program will provide a quality business education that is rooted in the values and attitudes of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The curriculum requirements include courses in social science and ethics. Students receive professional instruction in key business functional areas such as finance and human resources, but do so with special attention to the “human side” of management, ethics, and leadership that will support the expression of the values and attitudes of the Sisters of Mercy is designed into the MBA learning experience.


The MBA will address the ethical, moral, and philosophical issues related to management and business leadership in a direct and meaningful approach. The program is uniquely designed to intertwine a traditional MBA technical curriculum with “people skills” and will cover “the human side of management.” The MBA program goals and objectives reflect the accomplishment of fostering critical thinking and promoting the ability to create and interpret business data through practice-based research. Students who complete the program will be able to carry on a high level of intellectual discourse with regard to business and leadership, and achieve an enhanced professional expertise in their field.

MBA On-Line

Misericordia University offers, in addition to the face-to-face evening program, a fully online MBA program for the following specializations: Accounting, Management, Health Care Management, and Human Resources Management. Some special conditions will apply to the on-line such as visitation requirements and on-line mandatory participation in discussions with business and academic leaders on contemporary issues and topics in business. Interested students should contact the Business Department chair or program advisor for more information.

Admission Criteria

Admission requirements for entry of part-time students into the MBA program:

  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher

Requirements for acceptance of full-time students into the five-year BS/MBA program:

  • At the end of the junior year, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA in business functional areas prerequisite courses of 3.0 or higher.

Conditional Admission:

Applicants who have a GPA of less than 3.0 may be conditionally accepted into the program and restricted to taking a maximum of six (6) MBA credits. Students accepted conditionally will be required to receive a grade of B or better in each one of the two courses and an overall GPA of minimum 3.0. At the completion of these first six credits their file will be reviewed and if all these conditions will not be met, they will not be able to continue in the program and will be dismissed. The decision for the conditional accept rests with the graduate admissions committee.

English Language Proficiency

For applicants for whom English is not the first language spoken, or if English is not the primary language spoken in the applicant’s home, the applican must submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The following are the minimum score requirements:

Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT): The Internet-based TOEFL has four subsections, with a grading scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the highest score). Misericordia University will look closely at the score for each section rather than the total score. The minimum scores for each section are as follows:

  Writing: 22
  Speaking: 22
  Reading: 22
  Listening: 22

Students should indicate on the registration form that they wish the test results to be sent directly to Misericordia University. The TOEFL code for Misericordia University is 2087.

Completion and Degree Requirements

Please see the Graduate Program Standing  and Graduation Requirements for Graduate Students  sections of the catalog (in the “Policies and Procedures” section under Graduate Academics at Misericordia University).

Maximum Period of Candidacy in Pursuit of MBA

The MBA candidate must complete all graduate course work and requirements in a window of five (5) years. Any courses taken more than five years before meeting all the graduate course work and other degree requirements will not count and must be repeated. If a candidate does not complete the requirements for the MBA within a five-year window, he or she will be governed from that point on by the requirements of the MBA program in place at that five-year anniversary date.

Prerequisites to MBA enrollment:

Level One:

Students with a bachelor’s degree from a business program that is accredited by AACSB, ACBSP or IACBE will be eligible to enroll in the MBA program.

Level Two:

Students with a bachelor’s degree from a business program not accredited by AACSB, ACBSP or IACBE must complete all of the following prerequisite course requirements prior to enrolling in the MBA program:

  Business Functional Areas (credits required):
  Accounting (3)
  Economics (3)
  Finance (3)
  Human Resources (3)
  Management Principles and Theory (3)
  Management Information Systems (3)
  Marketing (3)
  Statistics (3)
  In addition, applicants intending to pursue the accounting specialization, but do not have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, must also have 12 additional credits in accounting above the introductory level. These courses shall include the following: Intermediate Accounting (six credits total); Auditing (3 credits); Taxation (3 credits)


The MBA program consists of 36 credits of study that can be completed part-time or full-time as part of a five year BS/MBA course sequence. Students must complete a core curriculum of 24 credits and a specialization area of 12 credits.

Core Courses (27 credits)

* A student having the educational or experiential background that would result in the student not benefiting from an MBA common core course may request a substitution of the respective course for another MBA elective. The request has to be made in writing to the program director and documentation for experiential background is required.

** Students specializing in accounting will take an MBA elective in place of MBA 507 .


The MBA offers an opportunity for students to specialize in the following areas: management, accounting, healthcare management, human resources, and sport management.

*If pursuing the accounting specialization, 12 additional credits of prerequisite accounting courses are needed as follows:

  Intermediate Accounting (6)
  Auditing (3)
  Taxation (3)

Healthcare Management (9 credits):

Take MBA 549  and two of the three courses below:

Management Specialization (9 credits):

Electives (3 credits):

Any MBA course that is not a specified core or specialization requirement may be taken as an elective for those specializations where an elective is permitted (Accounting and Management).

Experiential Learning:

A critical feature of the MBA is that it is a professional degree. Consequently, the MBA program requires that every student be able to demonstrate some significant business professional-level work experience either though internships, entrepreneurship or professional employment. The Business Department grants waivers on this requirement to students who can provide documentation of their professional level work experience. For those students not satisfying this requirement, the Business Department will help them find a work experience that is suitable. At a minimum, a student with no work-related experience will be expected to work 135 hours per a semester either in part-time employment or working on a special business related project. Accompanying the work experience is the expectation of documented professional level performance.

Requirements for Students wishing to pursue the 5 Year BS/MBA Track

Students majoring in accounting, business administration, health care management or sport management may participate in the five-year BS/MBA program. This program allows students to take 9-12 credits of MBA course work (6 credits maximum for those majoring in accounting) as part of their undergraduate degrees, and then directly matriculate into the MBA program upon conferral of their bachelor’s degrees.

To qualify for the program, students must:

  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of application, and must maintain that GPA throughout the remainder of their degree requirements
  • have completed all MBA prerequisite courses by the end of junior year
  • have a minimum of 9 credits of free electives remaining in their degree requirements (6 for accounting majors).
  • complete an application to the program prior to the end of junior year.

Students admitted to the program will take a minimum of 9 credits and a maximum of 12 credits (6 for accounting majors) of MBA courses within their senior year, not to exceed their number of remaining free electives within their current program.

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