Objectives of the MBA Program

The MBA program prepares students for managerial positions in various types of organizations. The program builds on core business competencies and functional specialization to impart to its students' decision analysis skills and a strategic perspective of business problems.

Admission Criteria

Applicants for admission to the MBA program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. No specific undergraduate course of study is required for admission, nor is any specific course of undergraduate study recommended for those students planning to pursue these degrees. Undergraduate majors represented in the MBA program include, but are not limited to, business, education, the natural and social sciences, engineering, the humanities, and nursing.

All applications for admission are considered on the basis of their own merits, with weight given to the strength of a student's previous academic performance, scores obtained on the GMAT, professional experiences indicating increasing levels of responsibility, and any other pertinent information which the candidate for admission may provide to the Committee on Admissions.

Applicants for admission are required to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), which is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). Applicants are encouraged to take the GMAT well in advance of applying to a graduate program. To schedule an appointment to take the GMAT, applicants may call 1-800-462-8669 or visit the GMAC website at www.mba.com. Scores obtained on the GRE or LSAT are also acceptable in lieu of the GMAT. In addition, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination is required of international applicants and typically cannot be waived.

GMAT Waiver Policy

The GMAT will be waived for Zarb School of Business undergraduate students earning a minimum 3.2 GPA in their BBA program. The GMAT will also be waived for Hofstra Honors College Graduates and Associates with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Consideration will also be given to waiving the GMAT scores for business undergraduates who have earned a minimum 3.2 GPA from another AACSB school. Eligibility for such waivers will be evaluated upon request. Any student applying for a scholarship must still submit a GMAT score or have a GPA of at least 3.6.

The GMAT requirement may also be waived for candidates with significant years of progressive work experience. Eligibility for such work experience based waivers would be evaluated on a case by case basis for qualified applicants under this category.

Internal Program Transfer

Students admitted to one of the MS business programs who choose to transfer to the Flex MBA program must have successfully completed 18 credits of graduate coursework in the MS program they have been admitted and meet the admission requirements of the MBA program.

Transfer of Credit

Opportunities to transfer credit from other institutions into the MBA program are limited, and only coursework completed at AACSB-accredited schools will be considered. A maximum of 9 semester hours of core competency level will be considered for transfer credit. Graduate transfer credit in this program is always limited to ensure that a minimum of 27 core competency and higher-level credits are taken in-residence.

Statute of Limitation

All credits applied toward the MBA degree must be earned within the period of five years starting from the date of completion of the first course applicable to the degree. Exceptions will be made for any period of intervening military service. MBA students in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business who have no record of attendance in the School for a period of 15 months or more after the last semester completed, including summer sessions, may be required to file for readmission and follow the requirements set forth in the Graduate Studies Bulletin in effect upon such readmission.

Program Requirements – Semester Hours: 41-48

A range of 41-48 semester hours is required for the MBA degree in all majors except professional accountancy, which has a range of 62 to 69 semester hours.

Previous coursework is evaluated by the Graduate Programs Office of the Zarb School of Business upon a student's admission. Some residency workshops, core competencies, and advanced core courses may be waived based upon previous academic work, and this will determine the total number of workshops and semester hours required for the MBA degree. No credit will be allowed for core competency or graduate courses with D grades. These courses must be repeated.

The MBA program in Information Systems is composed of the following requirements:

  • Core Competencies (2-6 s.h.)
  • Advanced Core (21-24 s.h.)
  • The Major Concentration (15 s.h.)
  • Capstone Integrative Course (3 s.h.)

English Proficiency Requirement for International Students

In addition, newly admitted international students are required to take an English placement exam during fall and spring orientation. The exam consists of a short writing task on a topic of general interest and a standardized test including listening comprehension, grammar and reading comprehension. Results are reviewed by the Hofstra English Language Program (ELP) faculty, who make the decision if students must take ELP 235 (2.0 s.h.). All international students who are placed in ELP 235 (2.0 s.h.) must complete the course during the first semester in which they begin an MBA/MS program and must receive a grade of P (Pass). ELP 235 (2.0 s.h.) will carry no degree credit. A fee equivalent to 2.0 s.h. is charged for this course. A grade of P (pass) is required or the course has to be repeated the following semester. The same fee equivalent will be charged for the repeated course.

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