Management M.B.A.

About the Program

Thiel College makes it possible for you to graduate with a B.A. in business administration and an M.B.A.— dual degrees that can give you a head start in your career in just five years! You’ll do this while also getting the liberal arts education that helps you develop the critical thinking and creativity skills necessary to be a success in running someone else’s business or your own.

Thiel management M.B.A. students will learn in an intense accelerated cohort-based experiential residential learning environment. The Thiel M.B.A. program focuses on the idea of measuring performance with a balanced scorecard that includes both shareholder and other stakeholder perspectives in constructing metrics that include traditional measures of financial and operational achievement coupled with nontraditional measures that incorporate ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Most business leaders will tell you an M.B.A. is the gold standard in business education. With an M.B.A., you are more likely to move up faster in your chosen career and to see higher earnings. But an M.B.A. offers you much more. You’ll learn how to collaborate, you’ll explore different industries and opportunities, you’ll acquire skills it can take years to learn on the job.

Program Goals

  1. Develop close, long-term relationships with our business faculty.
  2. Enjoy a highly individualized experiential learning experience that includes intensive project-based coursework.
  3. Receive a graduate assistantship to work on campus or in businesses.
  4. Work on team projects in cohorts that build long term relationships.
  5. Choose a business major pathway or one that allows you to choose almost any major for your bachelor’s degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, assess and resolve ethical dilemmas in dynamic business environments.
  • Employ entrepreneurial thinking to create innovative new ways of achieving objectives.
  • Use the balanced scorecard approach in solving complex business problems. Think critically to evaluate a situation, identify the problem, collect, manage and analyze data, generate and weigh alternatives to select executable and sustainable solutions that satisfy multiple stakeholders.
  • Present business knowledge and decisions individually and as a team in both oral and written formats.
  • Effectively lead and motivate individuals and teams to achieve business objectives.

Experiential Learning

Students enrolled in the M.B.A. program at Thiel College have the opportunity to learn by doing. Every student will complete 400 hours of career focused work as a graduate assistant. As part of the required credit-bearing coursework each student will work in a paid internship for a private sector business for a minimum of 120 hours. In addition each student will work in a team based environment acting as consultants to a non-profit organization. Through-out the program students will work with faculty and businesses to solve real problems as part of the required coursework.

Specific programmatic experiential learning experiences will be required of all students in settings that extend the learning environment beyond the classroom. Many M.B.A. programs require work experience before you are admitted. By design, the Thiel M.B.A. ensures that you finish with relevant work experience that leverages the learning objectives of our curriculum.

Anthony Kos, Ph.D.
Anthony Kos, Ph.D. akos@thiel.edu

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, Department Chair

724-589-2244

Angelo A. Giannini, M.B.A.
Angelo A. Giannini, M.B.A. agiannini@thiel.edu

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

724-589-2243

John E. Gomolchak, Esq.
John E. Gomolchak, Esq. jgomolchak@thiel.edu

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

724-589-2403

Melissa S. Oakes, C.P.A., C.F.E., M.B.A. ’03
Melissa S. Oakes, C.P.A., C.F.E., M.B.A. ’03 moakes@thiel.edu

Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, Associate Chair

724-589-2046

Gary J. Witosky, C.P.A., C.G.M.A., M.Acc. ’79
Gary J. Witosky, C.P.A., C.G.M.A., M.Acc. ’79 gwitosky@thiel.edu

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, David M. Miller Endowed Chair of Accounting

724-589-2500

Admission to the M.B.A. Program

Students typically enter the program immediately following the completion of their bachelor’s degree. Many M.B.A. programs require work experience before you are admitted. However, the Thiel College M.B.A. program is designed to ensure that you finish with relevant work experience that leverages the learning objectives of our curriculum.

As a graduate of the program, you will apply knowledge garnered from cutting-edge courses taught by faculty whose expertise extends beyond academia into world-class business experience.

Candidate Requirements

Admission requirements for Thiel College students

Current Thiel College business administration and accounting majors:

  • College requirements: A minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and 3.0 in the last sixty credits
  • Program requirements: A minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits

Current Thiel College business administration and accounting minors:

  • College requirements: The College requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and 3.0 in the last sixty credits
  • Program requirements: The department requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits. Completion of ACCT 113, ACCT 123, ECON 211, and ECON 221 or equivalent with a grade of “B” or higher. Successful completion of MBA IQ

Incoming first-year business administration and accounting majors who maintain minimum Applicant Program GPA in their undergraduate program are guaranteed admittance into Thiel's M.B.A. program. The College requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and 3.0 in the last sixty credits. The department requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits.

Incoming first-year business administration and accounting minors who maintain minimum Applicant Program GPA in their undergraduate program are guaranteed admittance into Thiel's M.B.A. program. The College requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and 3.0 in the last sixty credits. The department requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits. Completion of ACCT 113, ACCT 123, ECON 211, and ECON 221 or equivalent with a grade of “B” or higher. Successful completion of MBA IQ.

*Thiel College students and alumni must provide a personal statement/letter of intent and transcripts for all undergraduate coursework.

Admission requirements for students from other institutions

Business and accounting majors who have earned a bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institutions must provide proof of a minimum 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 GPA in the last thirty credits.

Non-business and non-accounting majors who have earned a bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institutions must provide proof of a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 GPA in the last thirty credits and complete ACCT 113, ACCT 123, ECON 211, and ECON 221 or equivalent with a grade of “B” or higher. Or provide proof of your successful completion of M.B.A. IQ.

Incoming first-year business administration and accounting majors from regionally accredited institutions who maintain minimum M.B.A. Applicant Program GPA in their undergraduate program are guaranteed admittance into Thiel M.B.A. with a signed articulation agreement. Thiel's Department of Business Administration and Accounting requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and a 3.3 in the last thirty credits.

**Students from outside colleges or universities must provide a personal statement/letter of intent, contact information for three recommendations, transcripts for all undergraduate coursework and a résumé. Students will also be required to interview.

Important Notes:

  • The personal statement/letter of intent should address the following: Why do you want to earn an M.B.A.? What impact will the M.B.A. have on you personally, your career and those around you?
  • Your contacts for recommendations will receive an email with directions for electronically submitting their recommendations. No additional action is needed on your part.
  • All applicants must complete an interview before a final admission decision will be made. You will be contacted via email to schedule the interview after all of your required application materials have been submitted.

Apply

All applicants from other institutions, please use the application link below or at the top of the page. Any applicant who is a current Thiel College student or alumni, please contact Dr. Anthony Kos at akos@thiel.edu or 724-589-2244 to receive your application.

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Anthony Kos, Ph.D.

Department Chair

akos@thiel.edu

724-589-2244