A private, co-ed, Catholic liberal arts university, The University of Scranton was founded in 1888 by the Diocese of Scranton and is currently operated according to Jesuit tradition, the Society of Jesus having taken over in 1942. The university has been positively cited by the Princeton Review, US News and World Report, and Newsweek, being named as an up-and-coming school by US News in 2010. It has also been named one of the Friendliest Schools by the Huffington Post.

The Kania School of Management is one of the university’s four colleges, named for a distinguished alumnus and board member. As a Jesuit business school, the Kania School emphasizes ethics and social responsibility in its values, while also dedicating its curriculum to technological advancement, globalization, and e-commerce. The Kania School also offers the benefit of a close relationship with the software company SAP, offering students guidance from a real-world business leader.

This dedication to technology is reflected in the Kania School’s unique all-online MBA program, one of the few in the world from an AACSB-accredited, reputable university. The online MBA offers four specializations: the General MBA, Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, and Operations Management.

Admissions requirements include:

•    A completed application for admission
•    Official transcripts
•    Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75
•    Professional résumé
•    Three letters of reference
•    A written response to a case depicting a hypothetical business scenario
•    GMAT test scores are not required, but may be submitted for support

For students who are interested in applying, the University of Scranton offers a virtual open house, a live online chat in which admissions counselors can give students the specific information they need. The online MBA requires 36 hours of coursework, which brings tuition to only $30,000, a low price for a program of this kind; students may extend to 48 hours, however, for some specializations. Military personnel may benefit from veterans’ education programs, while working professionals may apply for reimbursement from their employers.