New MPS Management and Organizational Leadership program for STEM students

Posted: January 21, 2016

This new SMEAL program is a 10-month accelerator program meant for undergraduate science, engineering, and technology students who are looking for a 1 year masters program to boost business skills before seeking full-time employment.

You are invited to attend an information session about the new Smeal MPS in Management and Organizational Leadership planned for Fall 2017 (pending Graduate Council and Board of Trustee approval in spring 2016).

When: Tuesday, February 9th Time: 6pm-7pm Location: 126 Business Building, University Park, PA*

Register by Sunday, February 7th!

PIZZA and SODA will be served!

The 10-month resident MPS in Management and Organizational Leadership from the Penn State Smeal College of Business is being designed for recently graduated baccalaureate students from non-business disciplines such as engineering and science.

The Program — part of an emerging trend of career-acceleration degrees that are becoming very popular with prospective employers—intends to provide the essential business skills to compete for accelerated management and leadership roles within top organizations.

Current undergraduates, particularly those in their junior years of study, can now plan to apply for fall 2017 enrollment in the MPS. Pending curricular approval and presentation to the Penn State Board of Trustees, the college will begin reviewing applications in fall 2016. For the first year, the program will be capped at only 40 students.

The Program is adapted from the first year of the two-year residential Penn State Smeal MBA Program. The proposed 32-credit MPS curriculum will offer a strong foundation in the basics of business, with coursework in areas such as accounting, finance, management, marketing, and supply chain management. Beyond fundamentals and well-honed business acumen, MPS students will also be prepared to lead with integrity and character, emerging with the skills to communicate effectively and establish critical partnerships.

For more information about the information session or the program, please email or visit

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