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Business and Entrepreneurial Studies

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Oswald H. Richards, Ph.D., MBA, MS
Director & Associate Professor

Public and private corporations require human, financial and economic assets to be effective, efficient and productive. The Lincoln University's Master of Science in Administration (MSA) program equips graduate students with the academic and experiential knowledge to contribute to and influence the strategic and operational direction of organizations in an innovative economy. In a highly competitive, dynamic transnational, 21st century global environment, the diversified MSA curriculum challenges students to expand and transform the boundaries of knowledge in the workplace.

The MSA program offers students the option of specializing in Finance and/or Human Resources Management. The finance concentration exposes students to a rigorous, multidisciplinary portfolio of theoretical and applied courses in economics, finance, banking, investment, management and statistics. The human resources management concentration focuses on the strategic management of human capital assets that influence the financial, operational and competitive direction of the organization. Both concentrations provide students with an integrated body of knowledge for career advancement as leaders, managers and executives in private and public sector enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures. MSA prepares students to develop critical problem-solving, decision-making and strategic management skills that are indispensable in the highly competitive global business environment of the 21st century. The MSA program is an important human capital investment for practitioners in private and public enterprises and for those who wish to pursue advanced graduate degrees and/or professional certifications beyond the master's degree.


MSA's management envisions a program that delivers competitive, rigorous theoretical, empirical, experiential, and applications-oriented bodies of knowledge in an offline and online environment to a diverse public and private sector business and non-business student population. Students who successfully complete the program appropriate to their discipline will acquire competencies in the following areas:

  • Proficiency in domestic and international management and leadership.

  • Exposure to a multidisciplinary portfolio of applied courses in public and private sector enterprise management.

  • Development of knowledge, skills and abilities to promote and influence organizational strategic initiatives.

  • Optimization of theoretical, analytical and research skills to discover, construct and reconstruct knowledge.

  • Research capability to integrate course concepts and theory with career, occupational and post-graduate interests.

  • Contemporary and futuristic approaches and solutions to issues in global finance and human resources management.

  • Practice, promotion and integration of organizational ethics in institutional infrastructure.

  • Entrepreneurial skills for idea creation and application in personal, for-profit and nonprofit enterprises.

Target Population

The graduate master's of science in administration program targets a diverse student population possessing undergraduate degrees in a variety of business and nonbusiness disciplines. The potential graduate student applicant profile is as follows:

  • Students whose undergraduate degrees are not in any of the business disciplines.

  • Students who may not have taken any business courses that would qualify them for formal entry into one or both of the MSA concentrations.

  • Students whose undergraduate transcripts show a deficiency in the core subjects of accounting, economics, statistics, finance, management and mathematics (as measured by the concomitant grades in each subject).

  • Students who may require course remediation due to the elapsed time between acquisition of the undergraduate degree and application and admittance into the MSA program.

  • Students who may not have taken one or more of the MSA foundation courses in their undergraduate program.

  • Students who are deficient in any of the academic areas identified above must take foundation courses before they can gain formal entrance into the MSA Finance and/or Human Resources Management concentrations. A student who meets all of the foundation course prerequisites can be fast-tracked directly into their chosen and approved MSA program concentration.

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General Information on Admissions

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Administration Finance and/or Human Resources Management concentrations, a matriculating student must hold a bachelor's degree, in any discipline, from an accredited four-year undergraduate college or university and have a previous record of academic and professional accomplishments that clearly demonstrate the ability to complete a graduate degree. Successful admission is determined on the basis of a careful evaluation of the applicant's letters of recommendation, statement of professional goals, undergraduate/graduate transcripts, grade point average (GPA) and a personal interview.

A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or 3.0 for completed graduate-level course work in the major concentration (Finance and/or Human Resources Management) is required. An applicant with an undergraduate GPA that is less than 2.7 may be provisionally accepted if the candidate can demonstrate strong evidence of his/her ability to complete the designated program with a GPA of 3.0 or better. A provisionally accepted candidate will be regularly monitored to ensure he/she maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Although the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are not routine requirements, The Lincoln University reserves the right to require either or both of these tests if they are considered essential to the admission decision-making process.

A non-matriculating student must submit a copy of a bachelor's or a master's degree from an accredited, four-year institution and an official academic undergraduate or graduate transcript. A non-matriculating student may then take a total of nine (9) credits. To continue beyond this point, the student must apply for formal admission and acceptance into the graduate program as a Finance and/or Human Resources Management major.

Admissions Procedures

An applicant requests and receives an MSA graduate packet from the Office of the Director of Graduate Admissions (ODGA), which he/she completes and returns to ODGA. A committee of three (Director of Graduate Admissions, Director of the MSA program and a faculty member from the Center of Excellence in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies) formally reviews and approves or rejects the application according to the established admissions criteria.

A candidate who has been granted formal or provisional acceptance into the MSA program will receive an approval letter from ODGA with instructions to arrange for a scheduled advising and counseling session with the Director of the MSA program (DMSA). During the conference, the DMSA will reassess and reevaluate the applicant's portfolio of academic and experiential accomplishments to determine his/her appropriate placement in either the MSA Foundation course preparation or directly into the Finance or Human Resources Management concentration. The DMSA will also discuss the MSA academic and organizational structure, outline a program of study, register the student for courses and direct him/her to ODGA for further discussion and resolution of admissions, financing and other issues that are beyond the scope and authority of the DMSA. The student will be assigned an academic advisor from the MSA program and/or the Center of Excellence in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies.

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Transfer Credits

The MSA program will accept 6 graduate transfer credit hours from accredited colleges and universities, provided the courses are commensurate in depth and breadth with, and equivalent to, the courses offered in the MSA programs. Credit is not granted for correspondence courses. All acceptable courses for transfer credit must be completed with a B average or better.


Prospective students who do not meet all of the qualifications for acceptance into the MSA program may receive counsel about special preparation for the Finance and Human Resources Management concentrations, remedial steps that can be taken where problems exist, and procedures in obtaining loans for tuition. The DMSA, ODGA and other qualified graduate program staff are available to discuss all admissions, financing, academic and curricular issues with prospective students.

Summary of Admission Requirements

  • Copy of bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year undergraduate institution.

  • Résumé of work experience and professional accomplishments.

  • An optional Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and/or Miller Analogies Test.

  • A 500-word essay describing past academic/career achievements, future career goals, and interest in the Finance and/or Human Resources Management concentration.

  • Three letters of recommendation from professional and academic sources.

  • An official academic undergraduate transcript.

  • An official academic transcript of previously taken and successfully completed graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

  • Interview with MSA Director and Admissions Officer.

MSA Program Content

The current MSA program has both two- and three-year tracks for students who will be specializing in the Finance and Human Resources Management concentrations. The two-year track is typically assigned to students with undergraduate business degrees without MSA foundation course deficiencies. If a student without a business undergraduate degree has successfully completed the MSA foundation or equivalent courses in their undergraduate program, he/she may be permitted entrance into the two-year track.

The three-year track is assigned to students who need course remediation, and whose non-business or business undergraduate degrees reflect deficiencies in the core and foundation MSA subjects. These students must successfully complete the MSA foundation courses prior to formal admittance into the three-year, nontraditional Finance and Human Resources Management concentrations.

The MSA curriculum is administered at Lincoln's 3020 Market Street, Philadelphia, Graduate Center. Classes are held on Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM and during the week (M - F) from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Each academic semester is 15 weeks in duration in the fall and spring semesters. The university currently offers a 6 weeks summer session during the months of May and June. While a student can enter the MSA program in the spring or summer semesters, students are encouraged to register in the fall semester to take advantage of the orderly, sequential course progression to successful completion and ultimate graduation.

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Summary of Graduate Program Requirements

  • 39 - 43 credit hours to complete the MSA degree for a student with an undergraduate business degree that includes the foundation courses.

  • 39 - 61 credit hours for a student whose transcripts show a deficiency in the completion of several of the required foundation courses. A student who has completed the undergraduate foundation course(s) with a B- or below may be asked to repeat the course at the MSA graduate foundation level.

  • 57 - 61 credit hours to complete the MSA degree for a student who does not have an undergraduate business degree and whose transcript shows a deficiency in all of the required foundation courses.

  • The MSA degree must be completed within 5 years from the semester the first course is taken for the traditional/regular 2-year program and 6 years for the 3-year, nontraditional program.

  • A student who has completed all of the course requirements, except the capstone research project, will have an "I" recorded on his/her transcript. A student must successfully complete the research project within the 5- or 6-year period; otherwise an "F" will be recorded on his/her transcript when the 5/6-year period elapses.

  • A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 in any semester will be placed on academic probation the following semester. A student who consistently fails to maintain a 3.0 GPA may be dismissed from the program.

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