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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 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 30 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.
• 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 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

Course Number Course Title Credits
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* Operation 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

* 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 Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
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
Total Credits

9



iMBA-Management Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
IMBA-625  Communication, Negotiation, Creative Economy 3
IMBA-759 Entrepreneurship 3
IMBA-791
or IMBA-714
Career Jumpstart Internship
or New Product Development
3
Total Credits 9



iMBA-CPA/Accounting Courses

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.

Course Number Course Title Credits
IMBA-741 Financial Accounting and Reporting I 3
IMBA-742 Financial Accounting and Reporting II 3
IMBA-743 Audit and Attestation 3
Becker CPA Review Course
Total Credits 9



iMBA-CPA/Taxation Courses

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.

Course Number Course Title Credits
IMBA-660 Individual Taxation 3
IMBA-662 Corporate Taxation 3
IMBA-664 Tax Research 3
Becker CPA Review Course
Total Credits 9



iMBA-CFA/Finance Courses

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 I exam.

Course Number Course Title Credits
IMBA-772 Investment and Portfolio Management 3
IMBA-776 Speculative Markets 3
IMBA-777 Fixed Income Securities 3
Philadelphia CFA Society/CFA Review Course
Total Credits 9



iMBA-General Business/Business Administration

Any three graduate business courses, plus:

Course Number Course Title Credits
IMBA-791
or IMBA-714
Career Jumpstart Internship
or New Product Development
3
IMBA-XXX Graduate Business Elective 3
IMBA-XXX Graduate Business Elective 3
IMBA-XXX Graduate Business Elective 3
Total Credits 12


ONLINE iMBA

Program Director: Jason Crook

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 Core Curriculum

Course Number Course Title Credits
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* Operation 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-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.