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Penn State BEHREND


We educate and empower minds to learn by doing, adapting, and reinventing business. ABOUT THE BLACK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS In the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend, students learn in small classes and are actively engaged in solving the problems faced by modern business. Our outstanding faculty members have a blend of academic research and professional backgrounds, consult with leading corporations, and travel the world to share their expertise; they use these academic and professional experiences to design learning exercises that challenge students to think across disciplinary and cultural boundaries. This learningby-doing model of acquiring knowledge creates graduates who are prepared to apply concepts in a real-world setting, making our alumni attractive to employers. Graduates also understand the importance of driving innovation through collaboration, a key to organizational survival and growth in the twenty-first century. The school offers students a hightech academic environment in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center and unique learning opportunities made possible by strong industry partnerships and a $20 million endowment from the late insurance executive Samuel P. Black Jr. and his wife, Irene.


The Black School of Business is the only school in the region accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is the highest standard of achievement and a designation earned by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide. The school is also listed in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Business Schools and The Princeton Review’s Best Business Schools.

Undergraduate Research

Penn State Behrend annually awards nearly $350,000 in undergraduate research grants to fund hands-on learning opportunities for its students. Every Behrend student is eligible for a grant (typically $1,200 a semester) after completing an application process that includes selecting a faculty mentor, developing a research project, and writing a formal proposal. Each spring the college hosts a regional undergraduate research conference where university students publicly present their research and creative work.

All business students have access to Bloomberg Terminals and other sources of real-time financial data.


The coursework in the Accounting major integrates accounting with the study of other business disciplines to prepare students for not only the traditional roles of CPA, cost accountant, and auditor, but also for the fields of financial services, forensics, and law.

Business Economics, B.S.

A mathematics-based program unique to Penn State Behrend, this major joins in-depth study of economics with a solid foundation in the business practices of accounting, finance, management, management information systems, and marketing.

Economics, B.A.

The bachelor’s degree in Economics is a traditional liberal arts degree. Coursework in economics research, analysis, and planning is supplemented by studies in the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, the sciences, and a foreign language.

Finance, B.S.

The Finance major provides students with knowledge in management, investments, and markets to prepare for careers in financial analysis, portfolio management, financial planning, corporate finance, and banking. The program prepares students for the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planning designations.

Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies, B.S. One of only a handful of such programs nationwide, the IBE degree is offered jointly by the Black School of Business and the School of Engineering. The program prepares students to work on the business side of a technical company and assume both management and operational roles.

International Business, B.S.

Penn State’s only International Business degree program is a dual-degree major emphasizing the knowledge and skills required to accomplish organizational objectives across international borders. A study-abroad component is required.

Management Information Systems, B.S. Options: Systems Analyst, Business Analyst

The MIS major prepares students for careers as a systems analyst, business analyst, business intelligence specialist, programmer analyst, or MIS manager. Since these jobs focus on the application of information technology to business processes and opportunities, the MIS curriculum integrates three main areas of study: Business, Technical, and Analytical.

Marketing, B.S.

Marketers gather and disseminate information to help their organization design and price products, create distribution systems, and communicate with customers. Marketing majors can tailor their degree with additional quantitative or management business courses, or with study in communication, psychology, or international studies.

Project and Supply Chain Management, B.S.

This major develops the quantitative and people skills necessary to design and operate complex management systems.

Students learn how to manage projects for organizational success, develop critical components in supply chains, and apply business analytic methods to integrate supply chain practices.

General Business, A.S.

This two-year program offers a managerial-focused education suitable for those entering the workforce or transitioning to a bachelor’s degree program.


Finance, B.S. (Penn State World Campus)

Graduate Degrees

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A. (Erie and Pittsburgh) Master of Professional Accounting, M.P.Acc.

Black School of Business faculty members also teach in the Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.) program offered by Penn State Behrend’s School of Engineering.


Accounting Applied Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Management Management Information Systems Marketing Operations and Supply Chain Management Technical Sales


Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) with SAP Entrepreneurship Financial Controllership Financial Planning Financial Risk Management Financial Services Sales

Minors and certificates often are interdisciplinary and offered by other Penn State Behrend programs.



Wes Hall, an Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies major, holds a utility patent and ownership stake in Lace-N-Lock, a device he developed as a class project that allows people with mobility issues to tighten their shoes without bending to touch the laces.

Each spring, the Black School of Business hosts a career-exploration trip to a major U.S. city. Students tour corporate facilities and network with Behrend alumni.


At Penn State Behrend, students benefit from the resources and opportunities of a major research university provided in a welcoming student-centered college environment. Students can choose from more than forty degree programs and enjoy campus life enriched by more than 120 student clubs and organizations, twenty-four NCAA Division III men’s and women’s sports, and a thriving intramural program. Penn State Behrend is consistently among the top public colleges in Pennsylvania on a number of academic measures and is part of the University ranked Number 1 in a Wall Street Journal survey of corporate recruiters that asked who best prepares students to succeed in the workplace.


The Black School of Business is co-located with the college’s School of Engineering in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center. Penn State Behrend was one of the first educational institutions in the country to bring its schools of business and engineering together under a single roof to create multidisciplinary learning experiences for students. The 160,000-square-foot facility, the newest academic building on campus, features technologically equipped classrooms, advanced computer labs, a behavioral research lab, and a financial services lab designed to simulate a real trading floor. Monitors and tickers display up-to-the minute market and investment news and stock prices.

This publication is available in alternative media on request. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. U.Ed. EBO 18-142


If you’re ready to explore your options in the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend, visit To learn more or to arrange a campus visit, contact: Office of Admissions and Financial Aid Penn State Erie, The Behrend College 4701 College Drive Erie, PA 16563 866-374-3378 (toll-free) 814-898-6100

Penn State Behrend - Black School of Business Brochure  
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