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West Chester University MBA Program Structure

West Chester University offers students multiple routes to complete their MBAs: full-time, part-time, or completely online. The only difference between the models is the method of instruction. Students in the program, however, must complete a required Residential Seminar in person.

WCU divides the academic year into five terms of eight weeks each. All West Chester University MBA courses, whether in person or online, span one full term. Students pursuing their degree on a part-time basis complete one course per term throughout the academic year, while full-time students take two or more courses per term. Students can complete the program in as little as nine months if they so choose.


The West Chester University MBA program consists of 10 courses (seven core course and three elective courses), comprising a total of 30 credits. All courses are held over a term of eight weeks, spanning five total terms. The core courses in the program are: Strategic Cost Management; Financial Analysis and Valuation; Global Operations and Supply Chain Management; Components of Effective Leadership; Business, Society & Environment; Innovation and Marketing Strategy; and Strategic Management and Planning.

Students have a choice of electives but have the option to complete a Project Management, Business Analytics, or Entrepreneurship Certification.

Part-time students generally only participate in one course per term, but there are options of flexibility in scheduling. As previously stated, all courses can be totally taken online.


The Twardowski Career Development Center supports WCU students with their career preparation.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2017-18 academic year, Pennsylvania residents enrolled in the West Chester University MBA program pay $2,043.15 including fees per three-credit course. For out-of-state students, tuition and fees total $2,113.65 for online courses. Given that not all students will be required to complete Foundational Courses, yearly tuition varies on a case-by-case basis.

As a state institution, WCU provides among the lowest in-state tuition rates for an MBA program in the Philadelphia area. Classes for out-of-state residents are also competitively priced.

In addition to these tuition rates, in-state residents incur a $25 technology fee per credit, which rises to $37 for non-residents. WCU advises students to be aware of additional costs for books and the Residency Seminar that are not included in tuition.

As a state institution, WCU provides among the lowest in-state tuition rates for an MBA program in the Philadelphia area. Classes for out-of-state residents are also competitively priced.

Certain applicants may be eligible for the WEDnetPA Guaranteed Free Training Program, which provides employers with funding to help employees gain training in basic business skills or information technology. Given that the program has extensive requirements, applicants are encouraged to discuss the program with their employers to see if they are eligible.

WCU offers no formal loan assistance to MBA students, and therefore applicants seeking financial assistance should consider completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for government-issued loans. International students should look into securing private loans.

Admissions Procedures

To apply to the West Chester University MBA program, candidates are required to submit an online application and their GMAT or GRE scores, undergraduate transcripts, current résumé, essay on their career plans, two letters of recommendation, and a $50 application fee. GMAT test scores are required unless a waiver is granted by the Graduate Director.

International applicants must submit transcripts that have been assessed by World Education Services as part of their application materials, and these students will also be interviewed by a representative of the English as a Second Language Program upon acceptance. Those requiring additional English knowledge must complete a personalized English language program at WCU during the first phase of the MBA program.

Application Deadlines

Unlike many other business schools, the College of Business and Public Affairs does not specify any deadlines for application.

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