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Master of Business Administration

Philadelphia University’s Innovation MBA program allows students to earn their iMBA in just 12 months of full-time work (for the on-campus version) or 24 months of part-time work through our innovation-focused program. 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. With full-time, part-time and online options, the program is ideal for recent graduates as well as advancing professionals. 

On-campus iMBA students take classes in PhilaU’s DEC Center, a LEED Gold certified structure and one of the most exciting new learning environments in Philadelphia. 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. Our on-campus students study abroad in China, India or Europe to experience cultural immersion and to gain the sophistication that innovative industries and firms demand. PhilaU iMBA graduates are exceptionally well-prepared to be leaders in the exciting, challenging global marketplace. 

Students matriculate into either the on-campus or online version of the program; switching between programs requires a separate admission process.

Specialty Tracks & Core Courses
PhilaU’s iMBA has five specialty tracks open to on-campus students including Marketing, Management, Accounting/CPA, Finance/Certified Financial Analyst, and General Business. The CPA and CFA tracks include expert external preparation for certification exams. Online students may choose from the Marketing or Management track. Each track builds on the iMBA’s core innovation-focused courses such as Business Models Development, Management Concepts, Managing Innovative People and Teams, Qualitative and Quantitate Marketing Research, Global Finance & Economics, Global Product Development and a Career Jumpstart Internship (limited to on-campus students). Prior to starting the program, students without an undergraduate business degree take 9 credit-hours of foundation coursework online. 

Program Goals and Outcomes

Goal #1: Ethical Responsibility 

Students will:

  1. Use appropriate frameworks to make ethical decisions.
  2. Implement ethical decisions.
Goal #2: Analytical Skills

Students will:

  1. Utilize analytical thinking in problem framing and analysis.
  2. Utilize user-generated and quantitative data in opportunity finding and problem solving. 
  3. Analyze the impact of accounting and financing decisions on a firm. 
  4. Use information literacy skills to acquire and process the information necessary to guide strategic decisions.
Goal #3: Relationship Skills 

Students will:

  1. Appraise their strengths and weaknesses as a leader and manager of innovative teams and organizations. 
  2. Effectively lead and participate in creative, cross-disciplinary and diverse work groups. 
Goal #4: Communication skills 

Students will:

  1. Make effective business presentations.
  2. Write effective business documents.

Goal #5: Integrative Learning and Decision Skills

Students will:

  1. Acquire and critically apply theoretical knowledge on complexity and systems-thinking. 
  2. Blend knowledge and skill sets from different disciplinary areas to develop an effective business plan.

Program Format


Foundation Courses

Foundation courses serve as prerequisites for entrance into the M.B.A. Program. Foundation course requirements are streamlined to allow easier access to the M.B.A. program, particularly for individuals entering formal business education for the first time. In any given semester, the graduate foundation “IMBF” courses (listed below) are typically offered in an online format.

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)

Waiver of Foundation Courses

Students with satisfactory equivalent undergraduate or graduate records may have some or all of these foundation courses waived. To be exempt from foundation courses, the following criteria must be met:

  • A grade of “B-” or better in undergraduate equivalents 
  • Waived courses must be approved by the M.B.A. Program Director 
  • Courses must have been taken within seven years of matriculation into the M.B.A. program 
  • Undergraduate equivalents must be from an accredited university or college

Prospective students with significant business experience in a given area may waive one or more foundation courses by satisfactorily completing a proficiency examination offered by the University or satisfactorily performing on the appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) offered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey.

iMBA Core Courses 

IMBA-600 (Online IBMAX-600) Management Concepts (1.5 credits) 
IMBA-601 (Online IMBAX-601) Marketing Concepts (1.5 credits)
IMBA-602 (Online IMBAX-602) Managing Innovative People and Teams (3 credits)
IMBA-604 (Online IMBAX-604) Business Model Innovation (3 credits)
IMBA-627 (Online IMBAX-627) Competitive Technical Intelligence (3 credits)
IMBA-628 (Online IMBAX-628) Accounting for Management Decisions (3 credits)
IMBA-629 (Online IMBAX-629) Financial Policy and Planning (3 credits)
IMBA-630 (Online IMBAX-630) Operations from a Systems Perspective (3 credits)
IMBA-642 (Online IMBAX-642) Strategic Insight and Implementation (3 credits)

iMBA Concentration Options

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

iMBA-Marketing

IMBA-762 Qualitative and Quantitative Marketing (3 credits)
IMBAX-761 Promotion Management (3 credits)
IMBA-792 International Business Innovation Trip
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-700 International Economics and Finance (3 credits)
IMBA-791 Career Jumpstart Internship
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-714 New Product Development (3 credits)

iMBA-Management

IMBAX-625 Communication, Negotiation, Creative Economy (3 credits)
IMBAX-759 Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
IMBA-792 International Business Innovation Trip
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-700 International Economics and Finance (3 credits)
IMBA-791 Career Jumpstart Internship
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-714 New Product Development (3 credits)

iMBA-CPA/Accounting (limited to on-campus students)

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)

Becker CPA Review Course

IMBA-792 International Business Innovation Trip
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-700 International Economics and Finance (3 credits)

iMBA-CFA/Finance (limited to on-campus students)

IMBA-772 Investment and Portfolio Management (3 credits)
IMBA-776 Speculative Markets (3 credits)
IMBA-777 Fixed Income Securities (3 credits)

Philadelphia CFA Society/CFA Review

IMBA-792 International Business Innovation Trip
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-700 International Economics and Finance (3 credits)

iMBA-CPA/Taxation (limited to on-campus students)

TAX-660 Individual Taxation (3 credits)
TAX-662 Corporate Taxation (3 credits)
TAX-664 Tax Research (3 credits)

Becker CPA Review

IMBA-792 International Business Innovation Trip
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-700 International Economics and Finance (3 credits)

iMBA-General Business/Business Administration (limited to on-campus students)

Any two graduate electives

IMBA-792 International Business Innovation Trip
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-700 International Economics and Finance (3 credits)

IMBA-791

Career Jumpstart Internship
OR
(3 credits)
IMBAX-714 New Product Development (3 credits)