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The mission of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics is to foster scholarship and to offer distinctive, innovative educational opportunities related to the successful management and leadership of organizations operating in an environment of scarce resources, rapid change, global competition, and advances in technology.

The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics offers graduate degrees in these disciplines: Accounting; Business Administration (MBA); Economics; Economics Education; Finance; Hospitality Business Management; Information Systems and Technology Management; and Organizational Effectiveness, Development, and Change. The following dual master's degree programs are offered: MBA/MS: Accounting; MBA/MA: Economics; MBA/MS: Information Systems and Technology Management; MBA/MS: Organizational Effectiveness, Development, and Change; MBA/MAS: Civil Engineering, MBA/Master of Civil Engineering; MBA/Master of Chemical Engineering; MBA/Master of Engineering: Mechanical; MBA/Master of Materials Science & Engineering; MBA/MS: Mechanical Engineering; MBA/MS: Electrical and Computer Engineering.

PhD Biological Sciences/MBA students must be actively and successfully pursuing the PhD in Biological Sciences before applying to the MBA.

An Executive MBA is offered at the University's Pennsylvania Avenue campus in Wilmington for experienced professionals. The Lerner College also offers a PhD in Economics.

The objective of the MS in Accounting program is to extend the education of qualified students into advanced study in each of the major areas of the field of accounting (financial, managerial, information systems, auditing, and taxation), as well as in the supporting fields of finance and quantitative methods. In taking students beyond the level of study offered by an undergraduate program in accounting, the MS provides additional preparation for careers in public accounting, industry, and government and establishes a foundation for further study at the PhD level in preparation for an academic career. The Lerner College also offers a dual degree MBA/MS in Accounting and a 4+1 MS Accounting Program.

The MBA program provides a highly select group of students with a relevant, advanced business management education. Coursework integrates the functional areas of business, while preparing graduates for positions of greater responsibility in corporations, small businesses, consulting firms, government, or non-profit organizations. All students are exposed to EDGE: Experiential learning, Data-based learning based on facts and academic research, Global perspective, and Ethical leadership skills. Students have the option of choosing areas of concentration. Small class sizes and intense interaction among students of diverse backgrounds and experiences are hallmarks of the program. The Executive MBA program provides an intensive and accelerated format for individuals with a record of successful professional experience.

The MS in Economics and Applied Econometrics is focused on the application of analytical techniques and economic research in government and private industry. It is primarily oriented toward students pursuing a career in applied economics as well as providing an excellent foundation for further work in a PhD program. An MA option in economics is also available. The PhD in Economics builds upon the MS degree. This program develops quantitative skills required to conduct applied economic research. This program prepares graduates for careers in the public and private sectors as well as academia.

The purpose of the MS in Finance program is to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be innovative, well-informed, and experienced finance professionals. The curriculum is based on the financial theory and empirical methods employed by professionals practicing corporate finance, financial security valuation, financial modeling, portfolio management, financial services management, financial risk management, and corporate governance. In addition, students are expected to leverage the educational opportunities afforded by the Exelon Trading Center and the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance. As a result, students will obtain training and experience valued by corporations, financial service firms, consulting firms, and government agencies. Additionally, if desired, students may tailor their program to enhance progress through a subsequent doctoral degree program.

The MS in Hospitality Business Management is an innovative program that integrates emerging information age trends across functional areas of the hospitality industry and enables the application of decision making aids to solve problems and evaluate opportunities. The program offers high-quality, professional-level instruction for current hospitality managers seeking to further their education by applying technology and decision making aids in operational settings. It is also designed to provide students interested in future doctoral work in hospitality and tourism management a sound foundation toward that goal.

The objective of the MS in Information Systems and Technology Management (IS & TM) is to produce students who possess the combination of management and technical skills needed to bring about the effective deployment and administration of information technology to achieve business success in today's highly competitive global environment. The Lerner College also offers a dual degree MBA/MS in IS & TM.

The objective of the MS in Organizational Effectiveness, Development, and Change (OEDC) is to develop the necessary skills for our graduates to be effective agents of change in business and corporate organizations. The student will learn the theory, methods, techniques and skills to influence change and develop businesses to maximize effectiveness. The program is grounded in theory and empirical evidence, focused on critical and analytical thinking and methods of planning and implementing strategies in today's complex, dynamic and global business environment. The Lerner College also offers a dual degree MBA/MS in OEDC combining the specific focus of the MS in OEDC with the MBA degree. This allows students to prepare themselves to better understand the breadth of business disciplines with the focus in organizational development and change. 



Business Administration (MBA)

Accounting, Information Systems and Technology Management (MS)

Organizational Effectiveness, Development and Change (MS) (Dual Degree MBA/MS)

Economics (MA, PhD) Economics and Applied Econometrics (MS), Economic Education (PhD), (Dual Degree MBA/MA)

Finance (MS)

Hospitality Business Management (MS)


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