Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

Executive Dean: R. Kander
Academic Dean, School of Business Administration: S. Lehrman
Academic Dean, School of Design and Engineering: M. Leonard
Associate Dean: P. Russel
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies: J. Klett
Manager of Academic Operations: M. Sunderland

Faculty: F. Baseman, C. Beevers, S. Borowsky, J. Brady, S. Christoffersen, T. Corlett, J. Crook, A. Datta, M-E. Faust, S. Finch, G. Frampton, C. Frank, B. George, M. Govindaraj, M. A. Hand, M. Havens, E.J. Herczyk, N. Howard, M. Kradel-Weitzel, M. Leonard, H. Lermack, C.M. Lim, D.K. Malhotra, E. Mariotz, R. Masoodi, J. Naidu, V. Nandikolla, N. Nixon, C. Pastore, R. Poteau, C. Rusinko, P. Russel, L. Russow, L. Samoni, J. Sanford, J. Solano, L. Sztandera, F. Tovia, H. Ujiie, G. Unger, M. Weiss, N. Wyatt

Philadelphia University’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce (C-DEC) provides a multidimensional understanding of design, engineering and business by bringing together these rapidly evolving fields in an innovative, integrated educational experience that prepares students to think critically about the world. 

The schools of Business Administration and Design and Engineering comprise the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, and its programs provide students with strong disciplinary skills, a balanced grounding in the liberal arts and an understanding of the relationship of their fields to each other and the spectrum of professional careers and opportunities. Faculty from each discipline collaborate to promote in students a heightened self-awareness, the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams, to use methods for innovating in order to secure the job opportunities of today and to adapt to the emerging fields of tomorrow. The goals of the Kanbar College are to create a dynamic educational platform for students to:

  •  Become professionals who can adapt to the changing work place.
  •  Navigate complexity and understand its underlying frameworks.
  •  Integrate knowledge domains.
  •  Work effectively in teams and value diverse perspectives.
  •  Find new ways of adding value to the world.

The Kanbar College offers academic programs in the following degrees, majors and minors:


Bachelor of Science degrees in:

 Business with the following concentration options: 

  • Accounting 
  • Finance 
  • International Business 
  • Management: Leadership and Innovation in Organizations 
  • Marketing: Consumer Insight and Innovation 

Fashion Merchandising and Management with the following cluster options: 

  • Buying and Merchandising
  • Fashion Apparel Production
  • Fashion Entrepreneurship
  • Fashion Material Insight and Innovation
  • Fashion Product Management
  • Fashion Retail Experience
  • Fashion Technology
  • Global Brand Management
  • Integrated Fashion Communication


The following minors are offered in the School of Business Administration. For more information about the minors see the “Minors and Concentrations” section of the Academic Catalog:

  • Accounting
  • Business (for non-business majors)
  • Fashion Industry Management
  • Finance 
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Pre-M.B.A.

Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. Global Fashion Enterprise
  • M.S. Taxation

On-campus and online versions of the Innovation Master of Business Administration (iMBA) with tracks in: 

  • Accounting/Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.)
  • Finance/Chartered Financial Analyst I (C.F.A)
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Taxation/Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.)

Combined degrees are offered in the following areas:

  • B.S. Business/M.B.A.  

Non-degree graduate business offerings

Pre-Master’s Coursework

Pre-M.B.A. Foundations

Post-Master’s Coursework

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Taxation 


Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees in these engineering majors:

  • Engineering (with concentrations in Architectural Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Composites Engineering, and Textile Engineering)
  • Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science degrees in these design majors:

  • Animation
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design Communication
  • Industrial Design
  • Interactive Design and Media
  • Textile Design
  • Textile Materials Technology


The following minors are offered through the School of Design & Engineering. For more information about the minors see the “Minors and Concentration” section of the Academic Catalog:

  • Foundation Design
  • Graphic Design Communication
  • Multimedia and Visualization Minor (offered with C-ABE)
  • Textile Materials Technology

Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. Industrial Design
  • M.S. Interactive Design & Media

With options:

2-Year Program

3-Year Program

  • M.S. Textile Design
  • M.S. in Textile Engineering 
  • Ph.D. in Textile Engineering and Science

Combined degrees are offered in the following areas:

  • B.S./M.S. Textile Design