Do you have an aptitude for business, yet are fascinated by engineering? Sometimes choices have to be made—but this is not one of those times. Penn State Behrend’s unique B.S. in Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies' degree program allows you to combine your interest in both business and engineering in a way that creates multiple potential career pathways within technology and technical organizations.
About half of the graduates enter industry in leadership development programs with half of them going into business leadership programs and the other half going into engineering leadership programs. IBE graduates have found early-career success in technical sales, new business development, technical support, brand management, production planning, purchasing, operations analysis and management, plant accounting, and project management.
Why the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend?
IBE is one of only a handful of undergraduate business-engineering programs nationwide and the only one within Penn State. The interdisciplinary nature of the program is underscored by its joint administration by the Black School of Business and by Penn State Behrend’s School of Engineering.
In addition to core coursework in business, engineering, engineering mathematics, and science, you’ll choose a focus module of 15-18 credits to build the disciplinary knowledge and skill that employers value. Module options include Accounting/Finance; Energy Finance; Industrial Engineering; Materials and Mechanical Systems; Product Design and Manufacture; New Product Development; Operations and Supply Chain Management; Technical Sales; and Quality Control. Over half of the IBE majors earn a dual degree with just a few extra courses.
IBE graduates are well-prepared to work on the business side of a technical company or to continue their education in one of Penn State Behrend’s master’s degree programs in manufacturing management (M.M.M.), business administration (M.B.A.), or project management (M.P.M.).
Penn State Behrend also offers certificate programs that allow IBE students to further enhance their degrees, including the Enterprise Resource Planning with SAP certificate and the Enterprise Resource Planning with Oracle Certificate.
The Black School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, the highest standard of achievement and a designation earned by less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide.
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