The Moravian MBA Program Experience
Challenge business as usual with:
Deep connections to Lehigh Valley businesses
Moravian College partners with the region’s leading employers to provide real-world coursework, tuition discounts, and internship opportunities. Plus, our vast local alumni network fosters industry connections and future job opportunities!
A flexible program format that works for you
Our eight-week sessions provide the flexibility you need to complete your MBA at your own pace and in your preferred format. Full-time or part-time? On-campus or online? Make your mind up as you go. And did we mention you can finish your degree in as little as one year?
Leadership skills that last a lifetime
Your student experience mentor and highly-trained faculty will work with you to develop your leadership and communication skills—because the boardroom is calling.
Affordable tuition made even more affordable
We want to put an end to costs and fees standing in the way of your MBA. That’s why Moravian offers an MBA Endowed Scholarship, as well as tuition discounts for our partners and alumni.
Our Corporate Partners
Not Your Average MBA Program Academics
Today’s business professionals can’t afford to blend in. They need to be risk-takers and game-changers. Leaders and disruptors. And that’s why our MBA program curriculum can be customized to fit your career goals, while providing a strong foundation in leadership and business competencies. But at Moravian, learning isn’t confined to a classroom or computer. We believe that some of the most valuable lessons are learned outside of the classroom. That’s why we partner with the Lehigh Valley’s leading employers to offer personalized learning programs, internships, and real-world course work.
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.
Organizations and businesses need leadership from every individual who works or volunteers to advance its mission and goals. Regardless of style or approach, leadership starts with basic competencies that together create a portfolio for leadership effectiveness. The roster of competencies is fluid and can vary depending on the individual, the workplace and the goals, but the outcome is constant: they contribute significantly to an individual’s ability to lead people. 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 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. Throughout the course, reflective practice, that aligns course theoretical knowledge with student workplace experiences and builds a supportive learning community, will be emphasized. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
Leaders and managers achieve goals working with and through others. They must be skilled in developing individuals to work in teams, in facilitating teams, and in managing conflict. Leaders and managers must understand organizational and national cultures and how they affect the achievement of goals. They must not only hold strong ethical values, but also model them. 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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.
Integrative Experience–Organizations are facing many environmental challenges including new technologies, new methods of organizing, diverse consumer demands, new competitors, and diverse employee skills and backgrounds. The common denominator is change. This course examines innovation and organizational change from a strategic and operational perspectives. 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 the real world situations. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: Final semester status, or permission of instructor.
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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
Good business decisions and strategy depend on drawing inferences from data. Today businesses gather and store vast amounts of data on customers, markets, and the business itself. 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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
Focus on your interests with 6 concentrations to choose from
Meet Pennsylvania Act 73 of 2008 educational standards for earning the certified public accountant (CPA) license.
Required Concentration Courses
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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
MGMT 5xx Elective*
MGMT 5xx Elective*
MGMT 5xx Elective*
- Three (3) non-core and non-Accounting Concentration courses offered in the MBA, Master of Human Resource Management, or Master of Health Administration programs. Consult with your advisor in selecting these courses.
Develop your knowledge and skills in the identification, acquisition, positioning, and management of resources that organizations need to attain their objectives.
Required Concentration Courses
This course examines the fundamental concepts of supply chain management. Topics include the roles and responsibilities of the purchasing function, supplier relationship management and development, contract development, negotiations, and management, strategic sourcing, strategy, purchasing ethics, and more. 3 graduate credits.Prerequisite: None.
This course looks at supply chain management as a logistical system. Topics include inventory management and warehousing, including inventory turnover, process management, customer satisfaction, and investment recovery. Delivery issues, including sourcing vs. in-house systems, are examined. Measuring the performance of the entire supply chain is emphasized. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
This course examines the use of various individual technologies and technology systems to enhance the performance of the supply chain function in organizations. Technologies examined include RFID and auto-dispensing devices, barcode systems, route optimization software, and others. Systems such as enterprise resource planning systems, work management, purchasing, inventory, and accounts payable, as well as e-commerce and e-marketing technologies, are examined for their strategic value to organizations. Technology implementation design and management is also examined with a focus on performance measurement. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
MGMT 5xx Elective*
- One non-core course and non-Supply Chain Management concentration course offered in the MBA, Master of Human Resource Management, or Master of Health Administration programs. Consult with your advisor in selecting this course.
Prepare to make significant contributions in improving the health of communities, whether from assisted living programs, clinics, healthcare associations, hospitals, nursing homes, and more.
Required Concentration Courses
This course examines the unique environment of healthcare and the challenges confronting managers in that environment. Topics examined include marketing healthcare services, recruiting and retaining staff necessary for meeting mission, the strategy of healthcare services delivery, healthcare informatics, and decision making in the healthcare marketplace. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.
In this course, students will study human health, both national and personal, from an economic perspective. Further, students will analyze the ways in which healthcare services are demanded and supplied. Topics include: the value of health from an individual and societal perspective; the demand for physicians’ and other health services; the supply of healthcare; the demand for and the supply of health insurance; international comparison of healthcare expenditures; cost-benefit analyses of public policies and medical interventions; and the role of government in related healthcare markets. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.
This course provides an overview of legal issues associated with healthcare, including HIPAA and Medicare fraud and abuse, and the regulatory and accreditation environments of Medicare, Medicaid, JCAHO, and OSHA. Ethical issues associated with the practice of medicine and decision-making in the healthcare environment are also examined. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.
- One non-core course and non-Healthcare Management concentration course offered in the MBA, Master of Human Resource Management, or Master of Health Administration programs (500/600 level courses). Consult with your advisor in selecting this course.
Provides a general business MBA attractive to individuals interested in improving their managerial knowledge and skills while remaining generalists.
Required Concentration Courses
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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
MGMT 5xx Elective*
MGMT 5xx Elective*
MGMT 5xx Elective*
- Three (3) non-core courses offered in the MBA, Master of Human Resource Management, or Master of Health Administration programs. Consult with your advisor in selecting these courses.
Extend your knowledge into the discipline of HR by taking courses offered in the Master of Human Resource Management degree program.
Choose four (4) courses from the list below to meet the concentration requirements:
This course examines the strategic role of human resource information systems (HRIS) in the effective management of organizations, operationally and strategically. Students and faculty will examine how to determine organizational readiness and need for an HRIS and the factors that assist in the selection and evaluation of an appropriate HRIS. HRIS concepts will be linked to HR activities such as performance management, compensation and benefits, equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, labor relations, and human resource planning, as well as enterprise computing needs. Students will gain knowledge of the process of implementing, managing, securing, and using data and information stored in electronic HRIS databases. Prerequisite: None.
This course examines the high priority legal issues in today’s current HR environment. Working from a basis of laws and regulations governing the employment relationship, students and faculty examine how federal and state legislation, court and administrative decisions, and regulatory processes are changing interviewing, hiring, promotion, performance assessment, termination, diversity, privacy, safety and health, and union-management relations practices in the workplace. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the impact of changes in law and regulations and determining both operational and strategic impacts of those changes on organizational practices. Prerequisite: None.
Various methods for acquiring the critical skills needed to produce products and services are examined in this course. In addition to the traditional staffing topics of recruiting, selecting and retaining employees, outsourcing and importing human resources to meet organizations’ strategic skill and knowledge needs will be examined. Other topics may include equal employment opportunity, human resource planning, determination of staffing needs, internal and external recruitment strategies, selection interviews, tests and assessment procedures, placement, promotion, transfer policies and retention strategies. Prerequisite: MGMT 561 Measurement Strategies & Methods in HR Management or MGMT 555 Business Research Methods.
This course examines the goals of the organization in its employment of human resources including the use of reward systems, monetary and non-monetary, intrinsic and extrinsic, in the motivation of goal-oriented behavior as a major factor in influencing people’s actions in the workplace. The effects of reward systems on recruiting, performance, satisfaction and tenure are examined. The course also explores pay system components such as entry position rates, job evaluation systems, merit pay plans, and employee income security systems. Legal aspects of reward systems, such as federal wage and hour laws and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, are examined. The value of healthcare benefits to organizations and employees is also discussed. Prerequisite: None.
This course is an introduction to behavioral concepts and organization best practices related to training and developing human resources. Emphasis is placed on the investigation and development of proactive strategies to align the knowledge and skills of the organization’s employees with those needed to realize the organization’s strategic goals. Learning technologies for delivering training content are explored within the context of aligning training and development strategy with organizational needs. Prerequisite: None.
Managers and human resource professionals must have a good understanding of performance management principles in order to coach managers in managing employee performance. This course focuses on the underlying principles of performance management and ways to intervene early to manage behavioral problems. Topics to be covered include an overview of performance management, methods for motivating staff, coaching employees, including executives, for success, establishing performance plans, and conducting performance evaluations. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
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. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisites: None.
This course includes an overview of business strategy and emphasizes the role of human resource management for effective strategy implementation. Models of organizational diagnosis and change, reengineering, divesting, merging, acquiring, downsizing, and outsourcing are examined from a strategic and operational human resource perspective. Students will complete a service learning assignment with a not-for-profit organization or small business to apply the knowledge and skills learned in this course. This course is normally taken by students as the last course in their program of study. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Designed to equip today’s business leaders with the latest analytical tools needed to master large databases and reach effective business decisions.
Required Concentration Courses
This course covers fundamental issues in large-scale data management. The course examines issues related to data organization, representation, access, storage, and processing. Discussion includes open source and commercial solutions, with special attention being paid to large distributed database systems and data warehousing. The course introduces technologies and modeling methods for large-scale, distributed analytics. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
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 non quantifiable 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. Techniques such as decision trees and probability distributions, influence diagrams, the Simple Multi-Attribute Technique (SMART), Monte Carol simulations, Bayesian analysis scenario planning, and others will be discussed. 3 graduate credits. Prerequisite: None.
Data mining is the process of selecting, exploring, and modeling large amounts of data to find patterns and gain insights for making actionable knowledge. Several data mining techniques will be applied to large data sets from different business areas to support business decision making. This course will introduce students to data mining tools, techniques, and the various problems that can be solved using the tools and techniques. Students will learn to select appropriate analysis methods, use statistical software to apply those methods, and critically evaluate and communicate the results. Prerequisites: MGMT 555 Business Research Methods, or permission of the instructor. 3 graduate credits.
MGMT 5xx Elective*
- One non-core and non-Business Analytics Concentration course offered in the MBA, Master of Human Resource Management, or Master of Health Administration programs (500/600 level courses). Consult with your advisor in selecting this course.
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? Schedule a call with Angelo, your student experience mentor, so he can review your eligibility for PLAs and figure out which courses you can place out of.
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
Learn from MBA faculty who lead by example
The MBA program faculty are some of the best in the business—they’ve been in the boardrooms and leadership positions. And now they want to share their experiences with you.
Katie P. Desiderio
Associate Professor of Management; Executive Director, Graduate Business Program
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.
Adjunct Professor of Management
Dr. Orlando is currently Associate Chief Academic Officer at St. Lukes University Health Network in the office of Medical Education. He has served at Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Medical Education at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Professor Orlando holds a Doctorate of Education and Master of Science in Education in Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education in Organizational Development from Temple University College of Education and Bachelor of Arts in Management & Political Science from Moravian College.
Santo D. Marabella
Professor of Management
Dr. Marabella’s experience and study includes work in leadership, strategy, management, social work, the arts and not-for-profit boards. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Villanova University, an MBA from St. Joseph’s University, and a Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.
At Moravian, Dr. Marabella served as Chair of the Economics & Business Department from 2005 to 2008; directed The Moravian MBA for seven years and the Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management program for two years.
Dr. Marabella is a past recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Timothy M. Breidegam Memorial Faculty Service Award, both during his tenure at Moravian College.
A flexible MBA program format
Timing and Pace
Want to finish your MBA in just one year? Attend Moravian Graduate full-time by taking two courses every eight weeks.
Looking for an MBA program you can complete while still working full-time? No problem! Become a part-time student at Moravian College by taking one course every eight weeks—you’ll finish in two short years.
At your own pace
We know life can get hectic. So if you need to take 1 course this session, 0 next session, and 2 the session after that, it’s perfectly fine. It’s up to you and your schedule.
Everything you need to know for MBA admissions
Are you ready to take the next step in your career with Moravian Graduate’s MBA program? Here’s what you everything you need to know to become a student.
Affordable Tuition and Financial Aid
- Cost Per Course: $2,893
- Total Cost: $34,716
- Additional Fees (Per Semester): $45 Tech fee per semester
Moravian offers an MBA Endowed Scholarship which 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? Contact your student experience mentor to discuss!
Moravian Graduate is pleased to offer tuition discounts to Moravian College alumni, as well as many of our partners throughout the Lehigh Valley. Discounts are available to employees as the following companies:
- Society for Human Resource Management
- St. Luke’s University Health Network
- Lehigh Valley Health Network
- Wells Fargo
- Albright College Alumni
- Just Born
- B. Braun
- Air Products
- Lehigh Valley Chamber, Officers
- Lehigh Valley Chamber, Young Professionals Council
Applying to the Moravian MBA Program
Moravian Graduate offers six start dates throughout the year, which means you have just as many opportunities to apply to our MBA program. Each semester has two start dates that you can choose from. If you’d like to start as soon possible, go with the earlier option. If you’d like to get more time to prepare, you can choose the later program start date. It’s all up to what works best for you.
Application Deadlines and Start Dates:
Spring Start Dates
|January 4, 2021||January 18, 2021|
Program admission requirements include the completion of undergraduate-level business competencies prior to acceptance; a student must have a GPA equivalent to 2.8 or higher in the business competencies to graduate. The business competencies required are:
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Management for Business
- Principles of Economics (macro and micro economics)
Don't worry if you don't have all the prerequisites completed before you apply. We offer Academic Leveling Courses (ALCs) to help get you up to speed before the program starts. Interested in ALCs? Speak with your SEM.
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* WAIVED FOR FALL 2020 APPLICANTS
- Two recommendations
- An interview (Waiver option available)
*The GMAT waiver option is available for prospective graduate students that earned at least a 3.33 GPA for their undergraduate degree or have 2+ years of professional experience. Interested in securing a GMAT waiver? Speak with your Student Experience Mentor.
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.
of Graduate Business Students Received a Promotion While Enrolled*
of Graduate Business Students Received a Promotion or Job Offer After Graduation*
of Graduate Business Students Received a Salary Increase with their Promotion*
*Survey Respondents N = 49
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.
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
MBA Program Info Session
Join our program director, Katie Desiderio, and your Student Experience Mentor, Angelo Fattore, for a quick information and Q&A session about Moravian’s MBA program. This online session will take place on Wednesday, January 29, from 12:00-12:30 p.m. EST. 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.
Graduate Business Networking Night
Deciding on business school shouldn't feel like venturing into an abyss. That's why we're hosting a Networking Night for you to meet faculty, students, and alumni who have been in your shoes.
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