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Innovation Master of Business Administration

Program Description

Innovation MBA students matriculate into either the online or on campus version of the program; switching back and forth between the two options is not permitted.

The iMBA’s integrated curriculum helps students become dynamic problem-solvers and entrepreneurial thinkers, learning to navigate new, more valuable realities for their businesses and careers. Regardless of delivery method, our faculty of world-renowned academicians and industry experts brings invaluable real-world experience to the classroom, and PhilaU’s signature learning strategies inspire market-driven innovation through teamwork, collaboration, and industry connections. PhilaU iMBA graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to be leaders in the exciting, challenging global marketplace.

The iMBA program varies from 3 credits to 45 credits. Most students receive some measure of Advanced Standing at the point of admission based on prior learning, experience and demonstrated skills or competencies. Students without business backgrounds take business essentials courses (indicated by an * below) so they can learn and participate at the same high level as those with existing business knowledge. The business essentials courses are assigned in consultation with the program director. Please consult the program director in order to determine your individual course sequence and credit length.

iMBA Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1: Ethical Responsibility – students will implement ethical decisions.

Goal #2: Financial Skills – students will analyze financial ratios and statements.

Goal #3: Writing Skills – students will write effective business documents.

Goal #4: Leadership Skills – students will exhibit leadership and independent thinking skills, and work effectively in teams.

Goal #5: Integrative Learning – students will blend knowledge and skill sets from different disciplinary areas to develop effective business strategies.


ON-CAMPUS iMBA

Program Director: DK Malhotra

Philadelphia University’s on campus Innovation MBA program allows students to earn their iMBA in as little as 12 months of full-time study or 18-24 months of part-time study. Most students study abroad in China, India or Europe to experience cultural immersion and to gain the sophistication that innovative industries and firms demand.

IMBA On-Campus Core Curriculum:

  • IMBF-503*           Foundations of Economic Analysis: 3 credits

  • IMBF-504*           Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting: 1.5 credits

  • IMBF-505*           Financial Management: 1.5 credits

  • IMBF-508*           Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions: 1.5 credits

  • IMBF-510*           Operations Management: 1.5 credits

  • IMBA-600           Management Concepts: 1.5 credits

  • IMBA-601           Marketing Concepts: 1.5 credits

  • IMBA-602            Managing Innovative People and Teams: 3 credits

  • IMBA-604**        Business Model Innovation: 3 credits

  • IMBA-627            Competitive Technical Intelligence: 3 credits

  • IMBA-628            Accounting for Management Decisions: 3 credits

  • IMBA-629            Financial Policy and Planning: 3 credits

  • IMBA-630            Operations from a Systems Perspective: 3 credits

  • IMBA-642            Strategic Insight and Implementation: 3 credits

  • IMBA-792            International Business Innovation: 3 credits

  • or IMBA-700        International Economics and Finance: 3 credits

* Qualified students may receive Advanced Standing waivers for these courses based on prior learning, experience and demonstrated skills or competencies. 

**Waived for students who have successfully completed DECFRM-200 Business Models.

iMBA On Campus Concentration Options

On-campus iMBA students can choose a concentration in marketing, management, CPA/accounting, CFA/Finance, or CPA/Taxation. In addition to the core iMBA curriculum, students will take the following courses to complete their chosen concentrations:

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR EACH CONCENTRATION:  9 or 10 Credits

iMBA-Marketing

  • IMBA-762            Qualitative and Quantitative Marketing Research (3 credits)

  • IMBA-761            Promotion Management (3 credits)

  • IMBA-791            Career Jumpstart Internship (3 credits) or IMBA-714, New Product Development (3 credits)

  • IMBA-700            International Economics and Finance or IMBA-792, International Business (involves trip abroad during spring break)

iMBA-Management

  • IMBA-625             Communication, Negotiation, Creative Economy (3 credits)

  • IMBA-759            Entrepreneurship (3 credits)

  • IMBA-791            Career Jumpstart Internship (3 credits) or IMBA-714, New Product Development (3 credits)

  • IMBA-700            International Economics and Finance or IMBA-792, International Business (involves trip abroad during spring break)

iMBA-CPA/Accounting

Limited to students who have sufficient prior coursework in accounting; candidates should discuss their qualifications with the MBA Director.  The CPA track includes expert external preparation for the CPA exam.

  • IMBA-741            Financial Accounting and Reporting I (3 credits)

  • IMBA-742            Financial Accounting and Reporting II (3 credits)

  • IMBA-743            Audit and Attestation (4 credits)

  • IMBA-700            International Economics and Finance or IMBA-792, International Business (involves trip abroad during spring break)

  • Becker CPA Review Course

iMBA-CFA/Finance

Limited to students who have sufficient prior coursework in finance; candidates should discuss their qualifications with the MBA Director.  The CFA track includes expert external preparation for the Chartered Financial Analyst Level I exam.

  • IMBA-772            Investment and Portfolio Management (3 credits)

  • IMBA-776            Speculative Markets (3 credits)

  • IMBA-777            Fixed Income Securities (3 credits)

  • IMBA-700            International Economics and Finance or IMBA-792, International Business (involves trip abroad during spring break)

  • Philadelphia CFA Society/CFA Review Course

iMBA-CPA/Taxation

Limited to on-campus students who have sufficient prior coursework in accounting; candidates should discuss their qualifications with the MBA Director.  The Taxation track includes expert external preparation for the CPA exam.

  • TAX-660                Individual Taxation (3 credits)

  • TAX-662                Corporate Taxation (3 credits)

  • TAX-664                Tax Research (3 credits)

  • IMBA-700            International Economics and Finance or IMBA-792, International Business (involves trip abroad during spring break)

  • Becker CPA Review Course

iMBA-General Business/Business Administration

Any two graduate electives, plus:

  • IMBA-791                Career Jumpstart Internship (3 credits) orr IMBA-714, New Product Development (3 credits)

  • IMBA-700            International Economics and Finance or iMBA-792, International Business (involves trip abroad during spring break)

ONLINE iMBA

Philadelphia University’s online Innovation MBA program allows students to earn their iMBA part-time in as little as 24 months of part-time study.  

IMBA Online Curriculum:

  • IMBF-503*    Foundations of Economic Analysis: 3 credits
  • IMBF-504*    Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting    1.5
  • IMBF-505*    Financial Management                    1.5
  • IMBF-508*    Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions        1.5
  • IMBF-510*    Operations Management                1.5
  • IMBA-600*    Management Concepts                    1.5
  • IMBA-601*    Marketing Concepts                    1.5
  • IMBA-602    Managing Innovative People and Teams: 3 credits
  • IMBA-604**    Business Model Innovation: 3 credits
  • IMBA-625     Communication, Negotiation, Creative Economy: 3 credits
  • IMBA-627    Competitive Technical Intelligence: 3 credits
  • IMBA-628    Accounting for Management Decisions: 3 credits
  • IMBA-629    Financial Policy and Planning: 3 credits
  • IMBA-630    Operations from a Systems Perspective: 3 credits
  • IMBA-642     Strategic Insight and Implementation: 3 credits
  • IMBA-700    International Economics and Finance: 3 credits
  • IMBA-714    New Product Development: 3 credits
  • IMBA-759    Entrepreneurship: 3 credits

* Qualified students may receive Advanced Standing waivers for these courses based on prior learning, experience and demonstrated skills or competencies.  

**Waived for students who have successfully completed DECFRM-200 Business Models.