Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

About the M.B.A.

Thiel College offers a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program that provides valuable experiential learning for professionals in the early stages of their business careers. M.B.A. students learn in an intense accelerated program that is cohort-based and features a residential learning environment.

With an M.B.A degree, you are more likely to move up faster in your chosen career and to see higher earnings. But an M.B.A. from Thiel College offers you much more. You learn how to collaborate professionally, explore different industries and opportunities, and acquire skills it can take years to learn on the job.

M.B.A. Program Formats

5 Year B.A. to M.B.A.

Thiel College makes it possible for you to conveniently graduate with a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. in five years. This dual degree program gives you a head start in your business career by combining a liberal arts education with business management skills.

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Accelerated M.B.A.

Designed for professionals early in their careers, the 12-month accelerated Management M.B.A allows you to enhance your undergraduate degree. You will benefit from cutting-edge courses taught by faculty with world-class business experience. Our accelerated M.B.A. program blends student-centered experiential learning with on-campus courses.

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M.B.A. Program Goals

Through the M.B.A. program, students strive to:

  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

The M.B.A. program focuses on the idea of measuring performance with a balanced scorecard that includes both shareholder and other stakeholder perspectives. Students learn to construct business metrics that include traditional measures of financial and operational achievement coupled with nontraditional measures that incorporate ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

Upon completion of the M.B.A. program, you will be able to:

  • 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

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 management experience that students leverage in the next stage of their careers.

Students enrolled in the M.B.A. program at Thiel College have multiple experiential learning opportunities. Every student will complete 400 hours of career focused work as a graduate assistant. As part of the required coursework, each student will work in a paid internship for a private sector business for a minimum of 120 hours and participate in student consultant teams advising a non-profit organization.

Business Partner Program

Thiel College understands the value of a graduate business degree for both the M.B.A. students and their current employers, which is why we’ve developed our Business Partner Program.

As an M.B.A. candidate, you’ll benefit from: 

  • Guaranteed Priority Admissions
  • $24,000 Business Partners grant
  • Opportunity for curriculum tailored to your current industry
  • Access to a robust alumni network

Your employer will also benefit from:

  • A more knowledgeable and valuable employee
  • Access to Thiel’s best and brightest as a preferred internship site
  • Being a featured business at a future Thiel speaking event
  • Company exposure via site tours

If your employer currently offers tuition assistance or might be interested in providing this valuable benefit to employees looking to advance their current career trajectory we’d love to talk. Please ask your employer to contact Anthony Kos, Ph.D. for more information.

Apply to the M.B.A. program at Thiel!

At Thiel College, our M.B.A. program combines experiential learning with rigorous business management courses, offering comprehensive career development and growth. Visit the Apply tab to learn more about the M.B.A. requirements and application process.

Non-Thiel Students - Apply online today!

Current Thiel Students/Alumni - Apply online today!, and contact Dr. Anthony Kos

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

Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, Department Chair

724-589-2244

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

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

724-589-2403

Douglas Kinnear, Ph.D.
Douglas Kinnear, Ph.D. dkinnear@thiel.edu

Institutional Researcher, Adjunct Professor of Business Administration and Accounting

724-589-2542

Steven Kandray
Steven Kandray skandray@thiel.edu

Assistant Professor of Business and Marketing

724-589-2365

Russell Richins, Ph.D.
Russell Richins, Ph.D. rrichins@thiel.edu

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

724-589-2025

Guy Gadola, Ph.D.
Guy Gadola, Ph.D. ggadola@thiel.edu

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Admission to the M.B.A. Program

Students typically enter Thiel’s M.B.A. program immediately following the completion of their bachelor’s degree or as recent graduates. Accordingly, our M.B.A. curriculum provides experiential learning opportunities to further your career aspirations in business and ensure you finish with relevant work experience.

Incoming first-year Thiel students who major or minor in business administration or accounting are guaranteed admission into Thiel’s M.B.A. program if they maintain the minimum Applicant Program GPA.

From other regionally accredited institutions, incoming first-year business administration or accounting majors who maintain minimum M.B.A. Applicant Program GPA are guaranteed admission into Thiel’s M.B.A program. Students from other institutions must have a signed articulation agreement.

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Non-Thiel Students - Apply online today!

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M.B.A. Admissions Requirements

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.

Students from other institutions

Business and accounting majors:

  • Must have completed their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • College requirements: A minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and 3.0 in the last sixty credits
  • M.B.A. 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

Non-business and non-accounting majors:

  • Must have completed their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 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.
  • College requirements: A minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall in the bachelor’s degree program and 3.0 in the last sixty credits
  • M.B.A. 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
  • Completed 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.

To apply to Thiel’s Management M.B.A. program, students from outside colleges and universities must provide: 

  • A personal statement/letter of intent 
  • Contact information for three recommendations 
  • Transcripts for all undergraduate coursework 
  • A résumé
  • Students will also be required to interview.

Additional M.B.A. Admissions Information

  • 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.

Cost of Attendance

Did you know that 99% of Thiel College undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid? Below you can find estimated costs for non-Thiel alumni, as well as Thiel College alumni for the M.B.A. program.

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Anthony Kos, Ph.D.

Department Chair

akos@thiel.edu

724-589-2244