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Smeal College of Business – Penn State


The Smeal College of Business, part of Pennsylvania State University, was established in 1953 and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The college acquired its current name when Penn State alumnus Frank Smeal ‘42 and his wife Jean provided a $10 million gift in 1990, which was at the time the largest individual donation in the University’s history. In addition to its undergraduate and MBA program located at Penn State’s University Park campus, Smeal offers one postgraduate degree in business in Philadelphia’s metropolitan area: the MBA program for executives, or EMBA.

School Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 31 (tie)
• Bloomberg: 38
• Forbes: 29
• Financial Times: 63
• The Economist: 50


Every other weekend, EMBA students take classes in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, at a conference center just 14 miles north of Philadelphia’s Center City. Students also complete two one-week residencies at Penn State’s main campus in University Park, Pennsylvania, and then spend one week abroad at the end of the program.

Lafayette Hill is located less than one hour away from the Philadelphia International Airport.


The EMBA program is housed in the Chubb Conference Center and Hotel in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. The Center is set amid 300 acres of woodland and features an 18-hole golf course, pool, and athletic courts that are available for student use. The 38 conference rooms in which classes take place feature state-of-the-art technology with high-speed wireless internet, energy-efficient lighting, whiteboards, flipcharts, and markers. Students are required to stay overnight on class weekends at the conference center, which features accommodations with modern furnishings, conveniences, and amenities.


The same 25 faculty members who teach the MBA program at the Penn State University Park campus teach the EMBA program in Philadelphia each weekend.

Student Body

For its graduating class of 2019, Smeal reports an average age of 37, with 10-20 years of work experience on average. 20 percent of students possess a graduate degree, and 34 percent identify as women.

MBA Degree Offerings

While Smeal offers more degree programs on its main campus in State College, the Executive MBA program is the only one offered in the Philadelphia area.

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