Sam and Irene Black School of Business

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Sam and Irene Black School of Business
Type Public
Established 1998
Director Greg Filbeck
Location Erie, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban

The Sam and Irene Black School of Business is the business school of Pennsylvania State University – Erie, The Behrend College, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Penn State Behrend is a part of the Pennsylvania State University commonwealth system. It was founded in 1998 when The Black family donated a gift of $20 million to the college.[1] The school of business is located in the Jack Burke Research and Economic Development Center on the campus of Penn State Behrend.


The college is accredited in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and offers undergraduate degrees in:

  • Accounting
  • General Business
  • Economics
  • Business Economics
  • Business, Liberal Arts & Science
  • Finance
  • Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies
  • International Business
  • General Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing

In addition to the numerous undergraduate degrees offered, the business school also offers graduate degrees in:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Project Management

The Sam and Irene Black School of Business also offers the following optional programs at the undergraduate level:

  • Certificate in Financial Planning (CFA)
  • SAP Certificate
  • Bloomberg Financial - Equity Certification
  • Bloomberg Financial - Fixed Income Certification


Vision Statement[edit]

"The School of Business will achieve national recognition for providing outstanding service to its external stakeholders through the integration of teaching, research, and outreach activities. Evidence of national recognition will be demonstrated by internships and employment opportunities for the School's students and by research opportunities for the School's faculty with nationally known companies. The stakeholders include all individuals whose support is required for the success of the School of Business. External stakeholders include alumni, students, parents, employers, members of the School's Board of Visitor's, and state legislators and administrators. Internal stakeholders include faculty and staff in the School of Business, as well as staff in support functions such as: admissions, career development and placement, DUS, computing, development and university relations, learning resources, library, media and instructional communication."—Sam and Irene Black School of Business, Penn State Erie.

Mission statement[edit]

1) Provide students with high-quality undergraduate- and graduate-level opportunities for learning with an applied orientation.

2) Conduct high-quality research emphasizing issues relevant to business practices.

3) Provide business expertise to Northwestern Pennsylvania and the tri-state region through a variety of outreach programs.


Center for Credit and Consumer Research
Economic Research institute of Erie (E.R.I.E)

In addition to the two research groups mentioned above, Penn State Behrend also encourages its students to participate in undergraduate research.


  • U.S. News & World Report 2005
    • "America's Best Graduate Schools"
  • Princeton Review
    • "Best Business Schools"

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Coordinates: 42°07′08″N 79°58′59″W / 42.119°N 79.983°W / 42.119; -79.983