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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 to 24 months of part-time study. Students have the opportunity to participate in a short study abroad course that involves a trip during spring break to experience cultural immersion and to gain the sophistication that innovative industries and firms demand. In the past, students have visited China, India, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Poland, Spain and many other countries as part of this innovative global experience.

IMBA On-Campus Core Curriculum:

IMBF-503* Foundations of Economic Analysis 3
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
IMBA-604** Business Model Innovation 3
IMBA-627 Competitive Technical Intelligence 3
IMBA-628 Accounting for Management Decisions 3
IMBA-629 Financial Policy and Planning 3
IMBA-630 Operations from a Systems Perspective 3
IMBA-642 Strategic Insight and Implementation 3
IMBA-792 or
IMBA-700
International Business Innovation or
International Economics and Finance
3
3

* 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, CPA/Taxation, business analytics or strategy and design thinking. 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
IMBA-761 Promotion Management 3

IMBA-791 or
IMBA-714

Career Jumpstart Internship or
New Product Development
3
3
IMBA-700 or
IMBA-792
International Economics and Finance or
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad during spring break)
3
3

iMBA-Management

IMBA-625 Communication, Negotiation, Creative Economy 3
IMBA-759 Entrepreneurship 3
IMBA-791 or
IMBA-714
Career Jumpstart Internship or
New Product Development
3
3
IMBA-700 or
IMBA-792
International Economics and Finance or
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad during spring break)
3
3

iMBA-Strategy and Design Thinking

IMBA-7XX Innovative Leadership 3
IMBA-7XX Design Thinking in Business 3
IMBA-7XX Design Research and Project 3
IMBA-792 or

IMBA-700
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad) or
International Economics and Finance
3
3

iMBA-Business Analytics

IMBA-7XX Data Models and Management 3
IMBA-7XX Business Analytics Modeling 3
IMBA-7XX Business Analytics Practicum 3
IMBA-792 or

IMBA-700
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad) or
International Economics and Finance
3

3

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
IMBA-742 Financial Accounting and Reporting II 3
IMBA-743 Audit and Attestation 4
IMBA-700 or
IMBA-792

International Economics and Finance or
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad during spring break)
3
3
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
IMBA-776 Speculative Markets 3
IMBA-777 Fixed Income Securities 3
IMBA-700 or
IMBA-792

International Economics and Finance or
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad during spring break)
3
3
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
TAX-662 Corporate Taxation 3
TAX-664 Tax Research 3
IMBA-700 or
IMBA-792

International Economics and Finance or
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad during spring break)
3
3
Becker CPA Review Course


iMBA-General Business/Business Administration

Any two graduate electives, plus:

IMBA-791 or
IMBA-714
Career Jumpstart Internship or
New Product Development
3
3
IMBA-700 or
iMBA-792
International Economics and Finance or
International Business Innovation (involves trip abroad during spring break)
3
3


ONLINE iMBA

Program Director: Justin Opella

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
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
IMBA-604** Business Model Innovation 3
IMBA-625 Communication, Negotiation, Creative Economy 3
IMBA-627 Competitive Technical Intelligence 3
IMBA-628 Accounting for Management Decisions 3
IMBA-629 Financial Policy and Planning 3
IMBA-630 Operations from a Systems Perspective 3
IMBA-642 Strategic Insight and Implementation 3
IMBA-700 International Economics and Finance 3
IMBA-714 New Product Development 3
IMBA-759 Entrepreneurship 3

* 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.