Overview Philander Smith University is offering a unique master's degree program in Business Administration.  Available concentrations are in Management and Project Management.   For additional details on the degree program, visit our Graduate Degree web page.
Who to Contact Karen Hunter 
Email:    MBA@philander.edu
Important Dates
Application Period: Applications for Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 are currently being accepted.
Upcoming Class: Cohort IV and Cohort V
MBA Program Info
  • How long does it take to complete the MBA Program?
    The MBA program is designed to be completed in as little as 12 months.  

  • What concentrations are offered for the MBA program?
    Philander Smith University currently offers two concentrations for the MBA Program.
    • Management
      The Management Concentration offers a wide variety of courses that examine the many challenges facing modern business organizations and provide the tools to meet those challenges. Specific areas of study include entrepreneurship, leadership and decision-making, conflict resolution, human resources and managing employees. Students who graduate with a concentration in management often pursue careers in consulting or as leaders in the private or public sector.

    • Project Management
      The Project Management Concentration offers courses for managing teams of people and resources throughout a project’s life cycle of defining, planning, executing, evaluating, and closing to ensure projects are completed within cost, schedule, and quality to meet customer expectations. This concentration applies methodologies, techniques and tools to effectively manage projects with cross-functional teams. Completion of courses, along with industry experience, will prepare students to further credentials in the project management area. 
  • How long are the classes?
    Each class is 8 weeks long and you will take 2 classes at a time.

  • When are the classes held?
    The classes meet one night per week from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Central Time.  For example, you would take one class on Wednesday night and the other class on Thursday night.

  • Can I complete the program entirely online?
    The Project Management concentration can be completed online.  The Management concentration includes classes that are taught online and on-campus.
MBA Admission Requirements Please review the following admissions requirements to apply for the degree.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Hunter
  • Must have completed a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Minimum GPA from Bachelor's degree is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Complete the following general business prerequisites with a minimum grade of C
    • Accounting Principles I
    • Accounting Principles 2
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Principles of Marketing
    • Information Systems (or proficiency in Microsoft Excel)
    • Business Statistics
    • Managerial Science

Philander Smith University (PSU) has prepared an admission friendly practice for all applicants in the condition that someone does not meet all the requirements for admission into the MBA program.

PSU has provided an alternative solution to assist potential students with being accepted into our program. Interested applicants will have the opportunity to take supplemental course through Peregrine Global at the affordable cost to the applicant of $49 per module (course).  Through this collaborative effort Peregrine Global is offering leveling modules which provides the foundational knowledge and skills in a broad range of business education topic areas.

PSU encourages all applicants to apply whether your undergrad GPA was less than a 3.0, if you are a non-business major seeking entrance into the MBA program, and/or if you need to refresh your knowledge of business education fundamentals. Peregrine Global leveling modules will provide you with the foundational information to assist you with meeting the course requirements for our program.

After an evaluation of the applicant’s transcripts, the MBA Program Director will determine if there are additional courses that need to be taken through Peregrine Global. The MBA Program Director will assign the leveling modules for the applicant to complete.

Here’s how the process works.

  1. The applicant will take a pre-test. If they receive an 80% on it, then they will test out and receive a certificate of completion that can be submitted to the MBA Program Director. 

  2. If the applicant doesn't receive the desired pre-test score of 80%, then they will proceed with completing the assigned module. The applicant can complete a module in 4 to 6 hours and then take a post-test.

  3. The applicant will have two attempts to pass the post-test with the desired pass rate of 80%.

  4. For the undergrad applicant that does not meet the minimum 3.0 GPA, the MBA program Director will evaluate their transcript to identify areas of concern and assign certain courses with Peregrine Global for the applicant to complete. Then the undergrad applicant will follow steps 1-3 above.

Good luck and we look forward to reviewing your application!