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Penn State Smeal MBA First Year

The first year of the Penn State Smeal MBA Program is divided into four modules of seven weeks each. A list of first-year courses and descriptions is available.


The first year begins with an intensive two-week program designed to help you prepare for your future in the program.

Fall: Week 1 - Concentration Week

Each day of the first class week is a faculty-led seminar with content highlights of each primary concentration. This kick starts concentration selection and career search, and it prepares students for fast-approaching career fairs.

Fall: Module 1

Leadership Communications
Financial Accounting
Statistical Data Analytics
Team Processes and Performance

Leadership Communications: 
A signature aspect of the Penn State Smeal MBA experience—BA 517: Communication Skills for Leaders—spans the entire first year of the program. The course provides students with the tools to clearly, forcefully, and professionally represent themselves and their ideas in a business context.

Fall: Module 2

Leadership Communications
Supply Chain Management

Spring: Module 3

Leadership Communications
Risk and Decision Analytics

Global Business Environment Intensive

Explore global economic issues including economic integration, exchange rate fluctuations, and global economic growth.

Spring: Module 4

Leadership Communications
Managerial Accounting
Primary Concentration Electives (2) 

Executive Panel

Present your team’s business strategy to a panel of senior alumni and corporate partners in this first-year capstone case competition.

Summer Internship

Recruiters from a diverse array of companies annually turn to the Smeal MBA Program for intern talent.