The Moravian Online MBA Program Experience
Challenge business as usual with:
Sync Your Classes, Work, and Life
Sync with your professor and the same small group of classmates for a lesson once a week. Then complete coursework and projects at your own pace after each session. Take one class per eight-week session so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Grow your network and connections to Lehigh Valley business
Partner with the Lehigh Valley’s leading businesses through internship opportunities, career services, networking events, and real-world content from employers embedded in your coursework.
Make affordability your business
Put an end to costs and fees standing in the way of your MBA. Moravian offers an MBA Endowed Scholarship, as well as tuition discounts for our partners and alumni.
Build Leadership skills that last a lifetime
Your academic advisor and highly-trained faculty will work with you to develop your leadership and communication skills—because the boardroom is calling.
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An Online MBA Curriculum that lets you focus on learning
Your curriculum is a combination of core business and leadership courses to help you establish a strong foundation. You’ll get all of the academic rigor without having to worry about what your schedule looks like for the next two years.
Build a strong business and leadership core
What does leadership have to do with business? In a word, everything. Leaders understand cultures and how they affect the achievement of organizational goals. Leaders are skilled at developing individuals who work effectively in teams and manage conflict. Leaders know how to use their strong communication skills to present their findings and drive informed decision-making. That’s why before diving into your specialization, our MBA program core curriculum will help you develop your ability to lead people as you build a solid foundation of business skills.
Preparation Course: Introduction to R
This is a self-paced, no-cost course designed to develop foundation skills in the R programming language prior to a student beginning their technical course work. Topics include Installing R, navigating the R workspace, understanding the structure of R commands, data sets, data management, performing basic statistical analysis, and how to create visualizations using several different plot functions. MGMT 500 helps prepare students for MGMT 555, which is the second course in their program.
Course 1: Developing Leadership Competencies
Organizations and businesses need leadership from every individual who works or volunteers to advance its mission and goals. In this course, we will examine what can arguably be considered among the most relevant and substantive competencies for effective leadership currently. Competencies may include emotional intelligence, authenticity, being present, character, creativity, courage, and empathy. Incorporating a variety of tools and techniques, such as presentations, research, essays and outreach to industry professionals, the course gives students the opportunity to understand, assess, and develop their own capacities and effectiveness in these areas of leadership competencies.
Course 2: Business Research Methods
In this course, students will learn how to predict and explain phenomena in the environment through the gathering, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting of information that makes business decision-makers more effective. The course focuses on methods of conducting business research, including data collection and sampling, measurement, hypothesis testing, basic quantitative analysis, and multivariate statistical techniques. Students will design and execute their own analysis of data in a business discipline of their choice. Excel is used extensively in the course as an analysis tool.
Course 3: Leading People In Organizations
This course examines the role of managers as leaders in organizations and develops knowledge and skills needed by managers in today’s business environment to successfully achieve organizational goals. This course focuses on who leaders are and what leaders do. It is important to know what accounts for effective leadership and how one can become an effective leader. Subsequently, course material will focus upon fundamental principles of leadership and how these principles relate to becoming an effective leader. Emphasis will be placed on self-reflection and analysis in regard to developing one’s own leadership skills.
Course 4: Microeconomic Foundations For Strategic Management
In this course, participants explore the role of economic theory and analysis in the formation of business strategy and policy. The course examines the importance of understanding the competitive environment, including market structure, strategic interactions among competitors, and government antitrust policies, as well as economic forces internal to the firm such as costs. The course emphasizes the importance of economic reasoning in the strategic management process.
Course 5: Corporate Financial Management
This course focuses on the integration of both the theoretical and practical aspects of financial and investment decisions in the corporate environment. Students will learn to fully utilize accounting and financial information to make sound, ethical decisions. Topics include financial statement analysis, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, capital structure, financial decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, corporate valuation, working capital management, multinational finance, and current issues such as derivatives, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and corporate governance. The legal and ethical aspects of financial management are examined within the context of the existing legal and regulatory environment.
This course focuses on the strategic and tactical issues associated with managing the creation and distribution of goods and services. Concepts, techniques, and tools of process and project management are emphasized. Specific topics include, among others, operations strategy, quality management, time-based competition, and supply chain management. The application of these techniques in various settings including the industrial, service, healthcare, and not-for-profit sectors is also examined.
Course 7: Ethics, Law, And Social Responsibility
This course explores the vital relationship between business and the legal, political and social environments, and the impact of self-regulation, market regulation, and government regulations on corporate behavior. Specific topics will include ethics and corporate social responsibility, occupational and industrial codes of conduct, antitrust problems, corporate governance, securities markets, the employee-employer relationship, employment discrimination, consumer protection, product liability, environment policy and social and legal issues of multinational business.
Course 8: Leading Change In Organizations
MGMT 571 (Integrative Experience)
This course examines innovation and organizational change from a strategic and operational perspective. Students’ knowledge and skills related to innovation and change management are developed with an emphasis on strategy and organizational goals. Applied projects with small businesses and not-for-profit organizations allow students to apply their knowledge of innovation and change management in real world situations.
Course 9: Marketing Management and Strategy
This course focuses on the role of marketing in establishing and maintaining the relationship between the organization and its internal, domestic and global customers. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of market opportunities, customer behavior and competitive conditions leading to the development of strategic marketing plans for building and strengthening customer relationships. Specific topics include product and service strategy, pricing, promotion and management of channels of distribution including the role of the Internet and electronic commerce.
Course 10: Management Accounting
This course is designed to introduce students to the variety of ways in which management accounting information is used to support an organization’s strategic objectives. The role of managerial accounting has been expanded to include collection and analysis of measures of financial performance, customer knowledge, internal business processes, and organizational learning and growth. To facilitate student comprehension and appreciation for the expanded role of managerial accounting, the following issues will be considered: the nature of costs incurred by firms and the variety of ways by which organizations account for and manage these costs; the process of evaluating the performance of firms and their business units; the rationale behind the balanced scorecard; the use of accounting information to motivate and evaluate performance.
This course presents tools for decomposing complex decisions into constituent parts allowing each part to be solved separately and reintegrated into the overall problem solution. Subjecting complex decisions to a formal decision analysis process provides decision-makers with much greater clarity about the true nature and risks inherent in the decision being made and produces more precise estimates of the range of outcomes that each decision option may yield. Decision analysis tools are commonly used to assist decision-makers in complex decision environments such as those with multiple quantifiable and nonquantifiable objectives, those that create, eliminate, or change options faced in subsequent decision environments, and decision options whose impacts are shaped by risk and uncertainty in current and future environments.
Course 12: Project Planning and Management
Introduces project management—the administration of a temporary organization of human and material resources within a permanent organization to achieve a specific objective. You consider both operational and conceptual issues. You learn to deal with planning, implementation, control, and evaluation from an operational perspective. In the conceptual arena, you study matrix organization, project authority, motivation, and morale and explore the differences and similarities between project and hierarchical management. You investigate cases that illustrate problems posed by project management and how they might be resolved.
Get credit for what you already know
Say, for example, you’re a guru in Financial Management. Should you have to pay for full course credit to take 8-weeks of Corporate Financial Management when you already know it? We don’t think so and with Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs) you don’t have to.
Interested in making your MBA even more affordable and earning your degree even faster with PLAs? Start the process now by emailing your Student Experience Mentor (firstname.lastname@example.org), Stephanie Morrison, directly.
"What I found most beneficial about the Moravian MBA was how easy it was to apply what was learned in the classes."
Libario Obeid, MBA
Faculty and professors who will work with you to meet your career goals
Your Online MBA program faculty may not be in a physical classroom with you, but they will be more than present. Be it answering personal questions about an assignment, helping you with career advice, giving class lectures once a week, or providing feedback on an assessment, your professors will make sure your experience is catered to your success.
Executive Director, Graduate Business Program
Joseph earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from New York University. Both his M.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation were in the field of Predictive Analytics. With a professional career spanning 40 years in business and teaching, his business background includes work in statistical programming, forecasting, data analyst, managing organizations of data analysts and as a financial architect structuring large complex business proposals using the tools of data analytics.
He has taught a wide range of courses in Predictive Analytics, Economics, and Finance at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He also served as an academic journal referee and editor. He has been associated with Moravian University since the early 1990’s.
Professor Scott Bartkus holds a Juris Doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, a Master’s in Business Administration from DeSales University, and a Bachelor of Arts from East Stroudsburg University. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Moravian University, he has taught numerous business and legal courses at other Lehigh Valley colleges. As a recipient of “Best of the Valley” awards in 2015 and 2016 for private entrepreneurial businesses of which he is a founder/owner, Professor Bartkus has numerous professional achievements, including serving as Vice President of the world’s largest commercial real estate money management firm and leading his own private law practice. He recently authored his first self-help book, “Decide. Believe. Change.” and enjoys spending time with his family, obstacle racing and focusing on wellness.
Katie P. Desiderio
Associate Professor of Management
Assistant Vice President, Corporate-Educational Partnerships
Dr. Desiderio earned an MBA from Wilkes University and a Doctorate in the field of leadership with a specialization in human resource development (HRD) from Barry University. Her research interests in the area of employee engagement and human connection associated with employees' happiness and performance at work, stimulate her overall work as a professor. As a collaborator by nature, she embraces research with fellow HRD scholars in the area of performance through learning. She is the recipient of the 2018 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award and, after her first career working several years in corporate marketing, Dr. Desiderio is excited to be able to share her knowledge and experience with students in a career where she has found the essence of embracing mindful leadership at work.
Dr. Fraboni holds a PhD in Mathematics from Lehigh University, and works in statistics and finite mathematics. While most of his teaching is focused on supporting undergraduates’ forays into advanced mathematics, Dr. Fraboni is excited to be developing and teaching the Business Research Methods course in the MSDA program, which gives him an opportunity to help guide the applied use of mathematics in real world settings. One of Dr. Fraboni’s research interests, combinatorial game theory, bleeds over into his personal life, where he enjoys spending time playing with his family in all sorts of settings.
The Online Learning Experience
Moravian’s Online MBA program is cohort-based, which means you’ll make your way through all twelve courses with the same group of students. This helps you establish valuable connections with your peers, even though you may never meet in person.
The Online MBA program has both synchronous and asynchronous components. For the synchronous portion, you will meet with your professor and classmates for 1.5 hours, one day a week, during your scheduled class time. This time is reserved for lessons, lectures, and guest speakers. For the asynchronous portion, you will work through course materials and projects at your own pace, connecting with other students and professors, as necessary.
Timing and Pace
The timing and pace of this program are designed for working professionals. You will complete your Online MBA in just two years by taking one class per session, which adds up to a total of 12 courses over 24 months.
Everything you need to know for Online MBA admissions
Ready to join the Online MBA program? Here’s what you’ll need to know as you work on your application and join the program.
Affordable Tuition and Financial Aid
Moravian offers an MBA Endowed Scholarship that can be used to cover tuition, fees, and required textbooks. Selection is based on financial need, an application essay, and a personal interview (if necessary). Want to learn more about your eligibility? Schedule a call with your student experience Mentor or send an email to email@example.com.
Moravian Graduate is pleased to offer tuition discounts to Moravian University alumni, as well as many of our partners throughout the Lehigh Valley. Discounts are available to employees as the following companies:
- Air Products
- Albright College Alumni
- B. Braun
- BSI Corporate Benefits
- Good Shepherd Rehabilitation
- Just Born
- Lehigh Valley Chamber
- Lehigh Valley Chamber Young Professionals Council
- Lehigh Valley Health Network
- LVAIC Office
- Society for Human Resource Management
- St. Luke’s University Health Network
- Wells Fargo
Applying to the Moravian MBA Program
Application Deadlines and Start Dates:
- 01/09/23: Application
- 01/16/23: Start
- 03/06/23: Application
- 03/13/23: Start
- 05/01/23: Application
- 05/08/23: Start
Program admission requirements include the completion of undergraduate-level business competencies, during your first course; a student must have a GPA equivalent to 2.8 or higher in the business competencies to graduate.
- Statistics or equivalent
- Principles of Economics (Macro & Micro) or equivalent
- Managerial Finance or equivalent
- Financial Accounting or equivalent
- Marketing or equivalent
What if I haven’t completed these prerequisites yet
Don’t worry if you don’t have a business background. Students who have not completed any of the above courses, or equivalents, as an undergraduate will be assigned MGMT 501: Business Prerequisites upon enrollment. MGMT 501 is a support tool for all students to complete prerequisite work and is included in all students’ tuition at no additional cost.
To apply to Moravian Graduate’s MBA program, please submit the following:
- Graduate Business Application
- Official Transcripts from all institutions previously attended
- Professional resume
- Cover letter to the Admissions Committee
- Official GMAT scores
- Two recommendations
- An interview
Career success that makes your MBA worth it
You’ve probably asked yourself this before: “Is an MBA Worth it?”. It is when it comes from Moravian. And we have the proof to back it up with career statistics, real student success stories, and lifelong access to career services.
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See what you can do with these student and alumni stories
Not sure if an MBA is right for you? Trying to figure out if Moravian is a good fit? Our students and alumni have been there before and we’re sharing their stories to help you get the best perspective.
Mary Zacher ’18
Moravian is a place that definitely has a community feel. It’s a place that will support you throughout your journey and enhance the way you think about things.
Career services to help turn an MBA into a promotion
We see career advancement as an equal part of your education, and we’re committed to going the extra mile by teaching you how to use your degree to build the career you deserve. That’s why we offer lifelong access to our Career Services and Advisors with all of these opportunities:
- Career coaching and reflection
- Interview help/prep, including how to showcase a Capstone Project and build your portfolio
- Resume help
- Access to career fairs
- On-campus network opportunities
Top Lehigh Valley companies partner with and employ Moravian Alumni
MBA Program Info Session
Join our program director, Joe Szmania, and your Student Experience Mentor, Stephanie Morrison, for a quick information and Q&A session about Moravian’s MBA program. Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session—we’ll send you a recording just for signing up.
Instant Decision Day
When you participate in our Instant Decision Day, you’ll apply and get your admissions decision on the same day. That means no more “Did I get in?” questions looming over your head. You get to focus on what really matters, like deciding if our MBA program is right for you.
"Instant Decision Day gave me the opportunity and peace of mind to further my career without the uncertainty or long drawn out processes that I have seen with other programs."
Andrew Lee, Moravian Graduate Student
Take the stress out of your master’s journey with these program resources
Speak with your Student Experience Mentor
Stephanie Morrison is your one stop shop for all things MBA related. Financial aid, admissions, student support, you name it. She'll be there to help pave the way.
Assistant Director of Graduate Admission