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West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Management
College of Business and Public Management
Fourth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2304

Name: Dr. Evan Leach
Position: Department Chair
Email: ELeach@wcupa.edu

Name: Dr. Lisa Calvano
Position: Assistant Department Chair
Email: LCalvano@wcupa.edu

Name: Denise Gonzalez
Position: Department Secretary
Email: DGonzalez@wcupa.edu

Academics

B.S. - Business Management

The primary objective of the Department of Management is to provide students with the skills required to manage business and public organizations effectively.

Management is an integrative discipline, combining scholarly findings in psychology and sociology with real life experience in the management of organizations. The program is broad and deep enough to equip students to manage in diverse settings: small business, large corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.

Guidelines

Learning Goals

  1. To inculcate in the student, the ability to reason analytically and critically;
  2. To increase the student's awareness of the concepts and terms used in current managerial practice;
  3. To increase the student's awareness of the international dimension of business;
  4. To increase the student's skills in written and oral communication;
  5. To increase the student's ability to use quantitative methods and technology to analyze a business problem;
  6. To increase the student's ability to work in teams and understanding the process of team functioning;
  7. To increase the student's ability to analyze ethical issues in business practice.

B.S. - International Business

Reflecting the growing globalization of commerce and the expansion in opportunities for international careers, the Management Department offers a Bachelor of Science in International Business.

The B.S. in International Business is grounded in the School of Business, but draws from a range of disciplines across the university. The program's design enables students to gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to understand and make international business in a cross- and multi-cultural context. The program encourages and facilitates the completion of an international education experience (i.e. "study abroad"), a complementary minor, and/or a foreign language proficiency.

Guidelines

Learning Goals

  1. Oral Communication: Students will identify and apply the appropriate methods to effectively communicate information of a business nature to a multi-cultural audience.
  2. Global Awareness: Students will recognize the global context and how it relates to managerial decisions.
  3. Corporate Social Responsibility: Students will develop their understanding of the mutual responsibilities that exist between organizations and their stakeholders.
  4. Business Ethics: Students will increase their awareness of the ethical dilemmas that organizations face and practice applying analytical tools to interpret them.
  5. Governance: Students will recognize how ethical leadership contributes to organizational success and societal well-being.

M.S. - Human Resource Management

West Chester University's 30-credit online Master of Science in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and aligned with the curriculum standards developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Degree prepares individuals to advance within the human resource profession at the highest levels. It trains students in all facets of human resource management across industries and organizational types. The curriculum focuses on the development of core competencies in the areas of: compensation and benefits; employee and labor relations; ethics; global human resources; human resource metrics; leadership and change management; and workforce planning. The program is offered entirely online in a seven-week format to meet the needs of working professionals.

Admissions

General Admissions

Successful applicants meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree or above in any major/field from an accredited institution.
  2. Earn a GMAT minimum overall score (or GRE equivalent) of 460 or above within 5 years prior to the date of application. GMAT/GRE waivers are granted at the discretion of the MS Director based on prior academic performance and experience.
  3. Earn an admissions score (Cumulative GPA from highest degree earned) x 200 + GMAT Score) of 1100 or above.
  4. At least two years of professional experience in HR is desired, but not required. Students without sufficient professional experience will be required to complete an internship in HR as one of their electives. GMAT/GRE waivers are possible in certain circumstances such as for students who already possess advance degrees.

Provisional Admissions

Provisional admission is in certain cases available to applicants who have a strong professional background (either coursework or experience) but either do not meet the admissions score for full admission. Provisionally admitted students meet the following criteria before full admission:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree or above in any major/field from an accredited institution.
  2. Earn a GMAT minimum overall score (or GRE equivalent) of 460 or above within 5 years prior to the date of application. GMAT/GRE waivers are granted at the discretion of the MBA Director based on prior academic performance and experience.
  3. Earn an admissions score (Cumulative GPA from highest degree earned x 200) + GMAT Score) of 1000 or above.
  4. Complete up to 3 MS courses with a cumulative 3.0 GPA within 1 year of provisional admission. The courses are determined by the MS Director based on the applicant’s background.
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Guidelines

Learning Goals

The Master of Science in HR Management is based on seven program goals and objectives designed to align with SHRM’s required content areas for MS in HRM programs. Consistent with procedures established for AACSB accreditation, each course will address at least one primary goal and objective. Some courses may address multiple goals and objectives. The seven program goals and objectives are:

  1. Employee and Labor Relations: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the legal landscape of HR, and how the law shapes HR decision-making.
  2. Ethics: Students will increase their understanding of ethics and social responsibility related to managerial practice, and enhance their ability to recognize the ethical component of decision-making.
  3. Workforce Planning: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the critical functions of staffing and development in the operation of the organization.
  4. Compensation and Benefits: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the theory, design and implementation of employee compensation.
  5. Leadership and Change Management: Students will be prepared to lead their organizations in a rapidly changing business environment that prioritizes employment engagement and ethical decision-making.
  6. HR Analytics and Metrics: Students will acquire the analytical skills and technological proficiency to make data-driven decisions in their organizations.
  7. Global HR: Students will gain expertise in making HR decisions in an environment where competition to attract and retain the best talent is global and diversity is a key factor for organizational success.
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Business Law Minor

The complexities of the twenty-first century workplace require that managers at all levels of an organization have a strong working knowledge of laws that impact them. Managers who fail to grasp this reality run the risk of incurring liability for their organization. The Business Law Minor is designed to help students develop a practical understanding of law as it applies to organizational decision-making and strategy.

International Business Minor

Reflecting the growing globalization of commerce and the expansion in opportunities for international careers, the Management Department offers an International Business Minor.

Students are allowed to choose electives from a variety of related courses in areas such as anthropology, literature, economics and finance, geography, history, and political science. Students can also select approved courses "culture cluster" courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.

Depending on the interests of the student, it might be appropriate to select a body of courses for the minor that pertain to a particular country or region of the world. This approach would allow a degree of specialization regarding that country or that geographic region. As one example, students who select courses related to the Spanish language might also take elective courses related to Spain or to Latin America.