Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce

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

Faculty: F. Baseman, C. Beevers, J. Brady, C. Casano, H. Chang, S. Christoffersen, S. Connelly, T. Corlett, J. Crook, A. Datta, G. Frampton, T. Fung, B. George, L. Godley, M. Govindaraj, A. Hand, N. Harner, M. Havens, E.J. Herczyk, N. Howard, P. Kim, E. Karnes, M. Kradel-Weitzel, K. Kusy, M. Leonard, C.M. Lim, D. Loranger, D.K. Malhotra, E. Mariotz, R. Masoodi, J. Naidu, N. Nixon, C. Pastore, R. Poteau, C. Rusinko, P. Russel, L. Russow, D. Scott, E. Shirell, J. Solano, I.Stoyneva, L. Sztandera, F. Tovia, M. Traum, H. Ujiie, 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, made up of the School of Business and the School of Design and Engineering, offers academic programs in the following degrees, majors, specializations and minors:


Bachelor of Science degrees in:

Business with the following tracks: 

  • Accounting 
  • Finance 
  • International Business 
  • Management 
  • Marketing
  • Customized Track 

Fashion Merchandising and Management with the following specialization options (students choose two specializations): 

  • 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:

  • Entrepreneurship Minor for Non-Business Majors
  • General Business for Non-business Majors
  • Fashion Industry Management
  • Pre-M.B.A.

Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. Global Fashion Enterprise
  • M.S. Taxation
  • Master of Business Administration (Innovation iMBA), on campus or online . On-campus iMBA students can choose a concentration in marketing, management, CPA/accounting, CFA/Finance, or CPA/Taxation.
  • Master of Business Administration (Strategic Design MBA)

4+1 Degrees
4+1 degrees are offered in the following areas:

  • B.S. Business/M.B.A. 

Non-Degree Graduate Business Offerings

  • Pre-Master’s Coursework
  • 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 and Digital Media
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design Communication
  • Industrial Design
  • Interactive Design and Development
  • 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:

  • Animation and Digital Media
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Graphic Design Communication
  • Multimedia and Visualization Minor (offered with C-ABE)
  • Textile Materials Technology
  • Visual Studies
  • Web Design and Development

Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. Industrial Design
  • M.S. Surface Imaging
  • M.S. Textile Design
  • M.S. Textile Engineering 
  • Ph.D. Textile Engineering and Science
  • M.S. User Experience and Interaction Design

4+1 Degrees

4+1 degrees are offered in the following areas:

  • B.S./M.S. Textile Design