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Penn State University Degrees in Cranberry Township

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • B. S. in Organizational Leadership (OLEAD)
  • B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
  • Registered Nurse to B.S. in Nursing


The Penn State MBA in Pittsburgh begins its second year this fall.  The 30 to 45 credit program is offered on a part time basis and can be completed in two or three years.  The program is both flexible and convenient as it is offered in a blended format whereby students and faculty will meet face-to-face four times a semester with the remainder of the course offered in an online environment.  Classes meet from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the RLA.  This format is ideal for working professionals who travel as participation takes place at one’s convenience.

Penn State New Kensington is partnering with Penn State Erie, The Behrend College to offer the Black School of Business’ MBA.  The partnership includes Penn State campuses at Greater Allegheny and Beaver. Penn State alumni and others are now able to earn a Penn State MBA degree in the greater Pittsburgh region.

Penn State New Kensington offers a five-week GMAT workshop each fall and spring.  The GMAT is waived for individuals who hold a master’s degree or higher credential.  Individuals with recent business coursework may be eligible for up to 15 credits of course exemptions.

Request information at  www.Behrend.psu.edu/PittsburghMBA or contact the Graduate Admissions Staff via email at PSBehrendMBA@psu.edu. or

Patricia Holligner  pdh5@psu.edu



Penn State New Kensington delivers the BS in Organizational Leadership (OLEAD) program on-site at the RLA in an accelerated fashion, where students can typically earn up to 6 credits per semester attending one night a week.  The OLEAD program is specifically designed for adults age 24 or older interested in beginning or completing a degree. The 123 credit program provides the flexibility needed by offering classes at a Penn State location near you, as well as through online and distance learning.  An Academic Advisor will work with you on a one to one basis to discuss how your credits may transfer into the program or other methods to earn credit, ex. CLEP testing

Summer 2013 Offerings:

RLA (Section 150)

LER 472 Work-Life Practices and Policies (177742), VLN Receive; Dr. Tiffany Cresswell-Yeager, Wednesdays, May 15-7/3/13  Room 1120; 6-9:00 pm

CAS 352 Organizational Communication (177769) VLN Receive; Maureen Dodson, Thursdays, May 9 – June 27, 2013  Room 1120; 6-9:00 pm

Note: Students are required to have access to a computer and high speed internet access to complete these courses.


For more information contact Nancy Miller       nlh3@psu.edu      


Information Sciences and Technology Program

 The Penn State- New Kensington Campus will be offering an additional program at the Regional Learning Alliance this fall. The new Information Sciences and Technology program gives students a solid background in the core technical areas of networking, databases, programming, and system integration and prepares them to enter the workforce.  Students can opt to take classes that integrate industry-standard software applications, such as:  Oracle [database software], SAP [business enterprise software], and GIS [geographic information systems].  Four-year IST students can complete the Integration and Application option at Penn State New Kensington.

IST students are trained in key business areas, such as project management and organization theory and develop essential teamwork and problem solving skills through team projects. Students also gain real-world work experience through a required internship and a fourth-year capstone project. During the capstone experience, teams of students engage in finding solutions to the real problems of major local companies.

Fall 2013 Offering:

IST 110 3 cr. Information,People and Technology (GS)  –

Wednesdays, August 28 to December 11, 2013   6:00 to 8:40 pm

The use, analysis and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises.

This course will be offered in a blended delivery combining face to face classes with on-line video conferencing.  Students will also work on team projects.


For more information view the 4-year IST degree information or

 Contact Gary Heberling        glh10@psu.edu


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Penn State New Kensington offers location-bound registered nurses the opportunity to earn a bachelor of science with a major in Nursing.  Designed for nurses who have received their basic education in diploma or AS programs and want to pursue a baccalaureate degree.  PSNK has agreements with all the local community colleges and several diploma schools to accept coursework from these nursing programs as fulfillment for the BS degree, i.e., their basic nursing courses and nursing experience transfer as 33 credits of nursing.  Classes are flexible for the working nurse and affordable in that the program allows the nurse to take many of the courses required by the BS degree at their local community college.  Only two courses are required prior to beginning the nursing courses at Penn State—Math or Quantitative Elective and Statistics – and once completed, nurses may move through the curriculum at a schedule and pace that meets their needs.

Fall 2013 Offerings: (an accelerated, hybrid format combining face to face classes with on-line delivery)   

NURS 390 3 cr.  Transition to Professional Nursing

Thursdays, August 29 to October 17, 2013               5:15 to 9:15 pm


NURS 357 3 cr.  Intro to Nursing Informatics

Thursdays, October 24 to December 12, 2013          5:15 to 9:15 pm

For more information  http://www.nk.psu.edu/Academics/Degrees/nursing_overview.htm or contact Dr. Dolores O’Hara  dmo6@psu.edu


Non-Credit Programs

PE and FE

To prepare for the October and April exams, Penn State will be offering the Professional Engineering Review (PE) and Foundations of Engineering (FE) courses at the RLA.

For more information contact Nancy Miller   nlh3@psu.edu


Operations and Process Improvement:

Project Management


Six Sigma

Business Analysis


Human Resources Topics


GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test )Review Courses

A GMAT prep class will be each fall and spring by Penn State at the RLA to help potential students prepare for the GMAT exam. 

Students will receive approximately 15 hours of expert classroom instruction over five weeks. The program will include extensive handouts.  Only real GMAT questions are used.  Because the GMAT is a test of general reasoning ability, the test-taker needs a clear understanding of the types of reasoning tested and a sensible procedural approach to the test.

For more information contact Nancy Miller       nlh3@psu.edu    

For   Financial Aid Information


General   Contact Information New Kensington Campus

Nancy Miller, Co-Director of   Continuing Education

Tel: 724-334-6010



Patricia Hollinger, Co-Director of   Continuing Education

Tel: 724-334-6053





  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • B. S. in Organizational Leadership (OLEAD)
  • B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
  • Registered Nurse to B.S. in Nursing

Financial Aid


Contact Information

New Kensington Campus

Nancy Miller, Co-Director of Continuing Education

Tel: 724-334-6010



Patricia Hollinger, Co-Director of Continuing Education

Tel: 724-334-6053