Business Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate)
College of Business
Department Chair David Gargone, EdD
John R. Ash, Assistant Professor of Business, BS, MS King’s College; PhD Walden University
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
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
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.
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 requirements for entry of students into the MBA program at the graduate level:
- A completed bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
Requirements for acceptance of current Misericordia undergraduate students into the five-year MBA program:
- At the end of the junior year, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
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. 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. Committee members will base acceptance upon a thorough evaluation of previous academic performance and review of all application materials. An applicant may be required to complete leveling courses in business functional areas through Peregrine. The committee will determine if the leveling courses will be taken concurrently with MBA courses or completed prior to starting the MBA program.
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:
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.