Master of Business Administration (MBA)

DelVal is known for the most flexible and student-focused MBA program in the area. Working with a practitioner-based faculty featuring senior leaders in business and industry, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to advance your career -- in the format and time frame you choose.


Your DelVal MBA is just 10 courses away! 

You decide when you start, how you study and what specialization you want to pursue.

  • No GMAT required (if undergrad GPA is above 2.7)
  • A 10-course program
  • No minimum credit-per-term requirements
  • Take classes online, in person or both
  • Rolling admission
  • Seven entry points throughout the year
  • Competitive tuition rates
  • Practitioner-based faculty featuring senior leaders in business and industry

Don't have an undergraduate degree in business? Welcome to our program!

DelVal’s MBA program welcomes students with diverse experiences and professional backgrounds. True to our commitment to student success and flexibility, we provide you with multiple options to achieve the competencies that serve as the foundation for graduate-level business coursework. While other MBA programs will require you to take multiple prerequisite courses either online or at an undergraduate institution before starting the program, DelVal offers a staggered approach that allows you to get started as soon as possible. We offer blended methods to match your abilities in specific topics with your budget and comfort level in learning either independently or in a classroom setting.

Options for Achieving MBA Competencies
  • Competency exams
  • Online self-study modules
  • Foundation courses taught by DelVal professors
  • You can mix and match these options depending on comfort level with the subject.
  • May be purchased via Ivy Software Core Competency Modules
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ACBSP Accredited Program

Delaware Valley University has earned specialized accreditation for all MBA specializations through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP accreditation is a recognition of DelVal’s program quality, teaching excellence, focus on student outcomes, and continuous efforts to improve.

MBA Courses

A study of interpretation and the use of accounting data for management planning, decision making and control. Topics include product costing, cost allocation, budgeting, variance analysis and performance evaluation methods.

Prerequisites: None for students who enter the program having taken at least one undergraduate accounting course (with a grade of C or higher). Students who do not meet this criteria must complete GB 5020 or an equivalent competency course before starting GB 6010.

Format: Full term, on campus or online.

Examine the fundamental principles of corporate financial management and capital markets. Topics include asset pricing methods, risk management, equity financing, debt financing, dividend policy and the relationship of finance with other functions within the firm, including practical and theoretical methods of financial analysis as part of a system of management decision.

Prerequisites: None for students who enter the program having taken at least one undergraduate finance course (with a grade of C or higher). Students who do not meet this criteria must complete GB 5030 or an equivalent competency course before starting GB 6030.

Format: Full term, on campus or online.

A study of business-to-business buyer behavior, marketing segmentation and selection, product planning, pricing, distribution, promotion, buyer-seller interaction, negotiations, competitive bidding, and ethical issues. In addition, social media will be reviewed in the context of business enterprise sustainability.

Prerequisites: None for students who enter the program having taken at least one undergraduate marketing course (with a grade of C or higher). Students who do not meet this criteria must complete an equivalent competency course before starting GB 6040.

Format: Full term, on campus or online or accelerated online.

Management of individual and team behavior in complex work organizations. Studies in effective change management.

Prerequisites: None for students who enter the program having taken at least one undergraduate management or human resources course (with a grade of C or higher). Students who do not meet this criteria must complete an equivalent competency course before starting GB 9905.

Format: Full term, on campus or online.

A study of the theory and practices of the operations function and its application to productivity in the business functions. Focus is on the quantitative techniques for problem-solving and decision-making in a variety of strategic and tactical areas of operations management, including total quality management; process design and control, capacity planning, location strategy, materials requirement planning, inventory control, and project management.

Prerequisites: None for students who enter the program having taken at least one undergraduate operations or management course (with a grade of C or higher). Students who do not meet this criteria must complete an equivalent competency course before starting GB 6070.

Format: Full term, on campus or online or accelerated online.

This course explores the integration of the functional areas of business at the corporate level. Heavy emphasis is on environmental analysis, goal setting, assessing core competencies, choosing a strategic direction, and organizational implementation and control in the context of a respective business operation. Note: Students in the accounting specialization are not required to take this core course.

Prerequisites: All foundational core courses (GB 6010, GB 6030, GB 6040, GB 6070 and GB 6065). In addition, students who have not taken undergraduate courses in economics, statistics, business law, global business and business ethics (with a grade of C or higher) must complete an equivalent competency course before starting GB 6110.

Format: Full term, on campus, online or hybrid.

Critical analysis of case studies in strategic management with an emphasis on integrative decision-making. Focuses on strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation and control in today's organization.

Prerequisites: All foundational core courses (GB 6010, GB 6030, GB 6040, GB 6070 and GB 6065) as well as GB 6110. Accounting students not required to take GB 6110 who have not completed undergraduate courses in economics, statistics, business law, global business and business ethics (with a grade of C or higher) must complete an equivalent competency course before starting GB 7110.

Format: Full term, online only.

Specialization

One of DelVal's unique offerings is specialty in accounting, which meets the needs of the legislation passed in 2008 requiring the completion of 150 hours of post-secondary education in order to sit for the CPA exam. This is the only specialization that requires 31 credits for the MBA, rather than 30. Students on the accounting track will graduate with a Master of Business Administration degree and be fully prepared to take the CPA exam. With course topics including auditing, commercial law and financial reporting, students are sure to be prepared for an accounting career by graduation.

Required Advanced Courses

  • GB 6310 Auditing
  • GB 6320 Commercial Law for Accountants
  • GB 6330 Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • GB 6340 Advanced Accounting Theory (four credits)

Format

Due to the complex nature of the topics in this specialization, the four advanced courses required for this degree are generally delivered on campus. Please notify us when applying if you will need this degree delivered in a virtual format.

Delaware Valley University has always been a pioneer in food and agribusiness. With its founding as the National Farm School in 1896, DelVal has been an innovation leader and transformative influence in both the food and agricultural industries. At the core of this program, you will learn the principles of economics, marketing, operations and business management and be able to apply these concepts to food and agricultural businesses. Students gain an in-depth understanding of domestic and international food and agribusiness systems processes, products and services that consumers demand. Within the context of policy development, you will examine the industry’s needs to increase volume, yield and quality while maintaining profitability. This degree provides a unique opportunity to learn skills that can be applied across a wide range of jobs – in and out of the food and agribusiness sector.

Required Advanced Courses

  • GB 6111 Current Issues in Food and Agribusiness
  • GB 6112 Food and Agribusiness Marketing
  • GB 6115 Topics of International Food and Agribusiness

Format

Advanced courses in this specialization are delivered either on campus or online, depending on student demand.

 

Students looking to advance their career in a given field can choose from a variety of specializations or customize their own.

The general business specialization is the most flexible offering in the MBA program, both now and in the future. As a student, the general business path provides the most options in terms of class offerings and scheduling. In the future, a general business MBA degree helps provide you with a diverse skill set required to compete for any job. For these reasons, general business is the most popular specialization among our student body. If you are interested in completing your degree within a specific timeframe or if your work schedule demands flexibility in scheduling, the general business specialization is the best option for obtaining your MBA your way.

Required Advanced Courses

Select three from the following:

  • GB 6020 Advanced Computer Applications
  • GB 6050 Managerial Economics
  • GB 6060 Human Resources Management
  • GB 6210 Contemporary Business Issues
  • GB 6211 Business Ethics
  • GB 6212 Leadership
  • GB 6215 Corporate Governance
  • GB 6347 Crisis Communications
  • GB 9902 Business Analysis and Communication

Format

Advanced courses in this specialization are delivered either on campus or online, depending on student demand.

In both the private and public sector, the demand for logisticians and other supply chain experts is growing. This specialization prepares graduate students with contemporary decision-making skills and best practices to manage the supply chain process. Course topics cover both domestic and international businesses. Students will graduate with knowledge in transportation and distribution systems, critical issues of managing the flow of products, services and information in a global environment, core logistics functions, cost integration and relationships with suppliers, customers and other firm functions. Students will be able to identify ways to collaborate with suppliers, build and retain good supplier relationships and ensure that suppliers meet quality and delivery requirements.

Required Advanced Courses

  • GB 6225 Supply Chain Management
  • GB 6217 Transportation and Distribution
  • GB 6244 Strategic Procurement

Format

Advanced courses in this specialization are generally offered online.

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4 + 1 Program

Each year the Delaware Valley University MBA program invites high performing students from any major within its undergraduate programs to apply for an accelerated MBA. Commonly known as the 4+1 Program, this track allows students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degree in as little as five years while saving over $7,500 in graduate tuition as three courses taken in your junior and/or senior years count towards both degrees.

Featured Electives

MBA’s Featured Elective Program stays true to DelVal’s history by bringing topics that are interesting, timely and important to business leaders to the classroom. In the modern workplace, we are confronted with a multitude of decisions. Whether we are making these decisions, informing, or influencing these decisions, gathering and analyzing statistics and data can often be a powerful tool to help in the process. Decision-making, however, is just one part of the process – being able to effectively communicate those decisions is also critical. In this class, we are going to be building skills and knowledge around the use and application of statistics and data and communicate that knowledge to others. The goal of this course is to introduce students to a data-driven approach to decision making. This course focuses on four key components: building a shared understanding of fundamental statistics; learning how to collect and analyze data; applying basic statistics using Microsoft Excel; and communicating ideas and analyses in written memos.

In this course, students will learn to apply various statistical tools and address real-world problems and issues they might encounter in the professional workplace. A few examples of the types of questions and problems students will learn to address are:

  • A store finds that 22-year-old males buy six percent more jeans than females of the same age. Is this due to chance or is there a reason for this difference?
  • A factory owns 84 machines of the same age and model. One of the machines tends to experience mechanical difficulties three percent more often than the average for all the machines. Is this due to chance or is this machine defective?
  • A restaurant with three chefs administers a customer satisfaction survey to all diners for a year. They find that on a five-point scale (with five being the best) satisfaction is, on average, 0.6 points higher when one of the three chefs is in charge of the kitchen. Is this due to chance or is this one chef better than the other two?
  • A sporting goods store based in Doylestown is considering opening a second site in one of three other cities. What criteria should be used to determine what site should be chosen and how should that data be analyzed?
  • A store is seeking to estimate the number of sales for a given month. What tools can be used to make such an estimate and how confident can you be in this estimate?

Offered: most terms, online or on campus, three credits

MBA’s Featured Elective Program stays true to DelVal’s history by bringing topics that are interesting, timely and important to business leaders to the classroom. From Deflategate to the BP oil spill to Target’s information security breach, organizations deal with communicating before, during and after events that threatened their future success. Whether it’s an issue that gains national attention or a negative post on social media, how business leaders leverage communications throughout the process can spell the difference between the life and death of their brand, reputation and organization. In Crisis Communications, students will learn the evolution of crisis communications, steps to avert a future crisis, and how to create internal and external communication plans that are adaptable for organizations of all sizes in the changing media landscape.

Topics include: defining crisis communication, how it evolved, why companies need it (costs to reputation, in dollars, to shareholder value), determining strategy and who should respond, key steps in a crisis communication plan, determining key audiences, understanding framing and developing key messages, the changing social media landscape, averting and recovering from crises, evaluating results and dealing with the media.

Offered: most accelerated terms, online, three credits

MBA Faculty

Our MBA program selects faculty members that are experts in their field, leaders in their industry and have an unparalleled love of teaching. This allows us to bring a broad array of industries and up-to-the-minute experience into the program.

Here are just a few of our MBA faculty:

Maria Eva​ns

President, Martino Evans Clear/Concise/Communications
Instructor, Managerial and Executive Communications, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Education:

  • MBA, Drexel University
  • B.A., Penn State University

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Marketing Management
  • Crisis Communications
Lance Hill

Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Pictsweet Company

Education:

  • MBA, Drexel University
  • J.D., Widener University School of Law
  • B.S. and B.A., University of Delaware

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Strategy of a Business Organization
  • Strategy of an Agribusiness Organization
  • Marketing Management
  • Leadership
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • MBA Capstone Seminar
Michael M. Einstein, DBA

Senior Director, Global Procurement, Global Policies and Compliance, Pfizer/Wyeth Pharmaceuticals

Education:

  • DBA, Wilmington University
  • MBA, Stern School of Business, New York University
  • B.S., Union College

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Operations
  • International Sales and Sales Management
Mark Teoh

Director of Research and Knowledge, Teach Plus

Education:

  • Ed.D., Harvard University
  • Ed.M., Harvard University
  • M.S. Ed., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Rice University

Courses taught at DelVal:

  • Data Analysis
  • Communications (course under development)