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Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.

NYIT's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students to effectively lead in a high-tech global economy. To achieve this mission, our program strengthens each student's ability to:

  • Evaluate and improve business operations and processes,
  • Collaboratively address current social and culture-specific business issues, and
  • Utilize information, analyze, and report on environmental business sustainability.

The School of Management M.B.A. program serves students entering our program immediately after completing their bachelor's degree; experienced business professionals seeking to advance their careers; and international students who wish to share their multicultural perspectives, all of whom aspire to contribute to the global marketplace. The School of Management values students who are motivated, involved with their profession and community, excellent communicators with strong interpersonal skills, and aspire to leadership roles in today's technology intensive marketplace.

Program Positioning Statement
The NYIT School of Management M.B.A. differentiates itself from peer and aspirant institutions of higher learning by way of its focus on specific multicultural issues impacting organizational effectiveness, and utilization of technologies for the purpose of analysis and problem solving.

Target Audience
The NYIT M.B.A. program attracts students entering our program immediately after completing their bachelor's degree, experienced business professionals seeking to advance their careers, and international students who wish to share their multicultural perspectives, all of whom aspire to contribute to the global marketplace. We value students who are motivated, involved with their profession and community, excellent communicators with strong interpersonal skills, and aspire to leadership roles in today's technology intensive marketplace.

M.B.A. Program Features

The M.B.A. program builds upon three foundations that are highly relevant to success in a globalized, contemporary business landscape. These multiple tiers ensure that all students receive a uniform exposure to relevant knowledge requisite to success, contextualized to the global business community, and supplemented by the specific expertise that each faculty member brings into the classroom. These foundations are:

Learning

  • The M.B.A. program is developed in support of six programmatic learning goals. These goals are further partitioned into general learning goals, which are transferable across all disciplines of study, both in business and outside of business, and management specific, speaking specifically to those issues that impact success in the business environment.
  • In addition to grades, all courses include an independent set of evaluations, called scores. These scores provide an assessment of student learning across the aforementioned learning goals, and provide an indication of student progress towards attaining the goals of the program. This, together with the course grades, provides a more comprehensive set of evidences and validations for students to utilize when considering career entry or advancement.
  • All courses utilize the School of Management Master Syllabi format, including three tiers of course-level learning goals:
    • Invariant goals which are uniform and administered identically in all sections of each course. In this way, the student is ensured of a common learning experience in all sections,
    • Contextual goals which speak to the specific impact on course content in the context of the discipline being studied, and
    • Instructor goals which speak to the specific niche domain expertise of the faculty member instructing the course.

Career

  • All M.B.A. courses in the non-waivable program core are highly interdisciplinary. That is, all courses, regardless of the discipline, include the integration of at least three other business disciplines into the pedagogy and learning. In this way, the student is able to synthesize across the business disciplines and affect sound decision-making in a way that reflects best practice in the professional workspace.
  • All courses, learning goals, and learning outcomes are externally referenced. That is, all are reviewed, evaluated, and approved by external industry Stakeholder groups for the purpose of ensuring high relevance to workforce expectations. Hence, the student is ensured that employers and industry leaders will immediately recognize the value that the student brings to their organization.
  • Course portfolios: Student learning outcomes are designed to be easily transferred into a portfolio of student achievement that speaks to their successes and the immediate impact that they can have on an organization. This is supplemented by an assessment scorecard that all students receive, demonstrating how the learning outcomes support attainment of the program goals. The portfolio and scorecard elements provide the student with a potentially competitive advantage for job placement or advancement.

Experience and Community
The NYIT student's academic experience in the School of Management is enhanced through opportunities for students to become fully engaged into its three platforms of excellence:

  • Professional Enrichment Program: offering students with an opportunity to hear from business executives and industry leaders, in a speaker series format, concerning emerging trends or issues in the business environment. All M.B.A. students are required, during their first semester of registration, to enroll into the zero credit hour Professional Development Seminar BUSI 610.
  • Experiential Education Program: supporting active learning and student engagement into the professional workspace, outside the classroom, in ways that strengthen the transformation of theory into practice.
  • Student Advancement Program: focusing on group activities that help define and strengthen personal growth and socialization elements of business practice that are often underrepresented in the academic setting.

In addition, NYIT's M.B.A. program:

  • Is guided by best practices in teaching and learning philosophies. All courses are informed by current trends in this area and include four prioritized approaches to teaching and learning that are expected to facilitate the successful attainment of the learning goals for each student. These prioritized philosophies are indicated in each course's Master Syllabus.
  • Includes an accelerated component. Designed to ensure timely degree completion, and in recognition of the adult learner that defines the M.B.A. environment, this feature is offered for those courses in the waivable program core, for those areas where student undergraduate exposure is limited.
  • May be completed in as few as 30 credit hours for students holding an undergraduate degree with sufficient scope of coverage in the business disciplines

Programmatic Learning Goals

Upon completion of the Master of Business Administration program, the successful student will be able to demonstrate attainment of programmatic learning goals, supporting the development of a broad array of intellectual capabilities. The degree of attainment realized is a shared and collaborative responsibility that engages students, faculty, staff and other stakeholder groups, working together to maximize students' opportunities to be successful.

M.B.A. General Goals
Upon completion of the M.B.A. program, students:

  1. Work collaboratively in groups
  2. Recognize socioeconomic issues, and establish and defend a position supported by ethical reasoning
  3. Lead effectively, particularly in an uncertain global environment

M.B.A. Management-Specific Goals
Upon completion of the M.B.A. program, students:

  1. Utilize technology support systems to strengthen organizational decision processes
  2. Conduct industry, company specific, or environmental business analysis using appropriate data and informational resources to bridge the gap between abstract theory and practice
  3. Identify and analyze country/region-specific contemporary business issues; establish and effectively communicate and support recommendations

The M.B.A. portfolio of courses taken in fulfillment of the degree requirements contains a significant scope of student learning outcomes that are scored, independent from grades, against these goals. In this way the student may address, in a formative manner, their progression through the degree program.

M.B.A. Concentrations, M.B.A. (Professional Accounting), and CFA Track Options

Students in the M.B.A. program may either pursue the general M.B.A. or choose to specify a concentration, which is a specific discipline of study pursued with rigor, including significant scale. The School of Management offers three areas of concentration for students to consider—finance, marketing, and decision sciences (e.g., operations)—each with its own concentration-specific learning goals. These goals are in addition to the programmatic learning goals of the M.B.A. program.

Finance Learning Goal
Upon completion of the M.B.A. with a concentration in finance, students:

  1. Apply financial paradigms and concepts that are consistent with the Level I curriculum of the CFA Institute
  2. Compile, analyze, and synthesize financial and other relevant data from multiple electronic sources
  3. Evaluate different investment strategies against the objectives of individuals and/or institutional investors

Marketing Learning Goal
Upon completion of the M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing, students:

  1. Generate relevant marketing data and transform these data into information essential for decision-making in various functional areas of marketing management
  2. Assemble a marketing plan for existing and new products and services, synchronizing marketing, operating and financial modeling
  3. Assess national and global trends in the cultural, social, demographic, legal-political, economic, technological and competitive environments; prepare and evaluate (defend) alternative market-entry strategies and marketing programs

Decision Science Learning Goals
Upon completion of the M.B.A. with a concentration in decision science (e.g., operations), students:

  1. Analyze the current business environment in specific companies or industries to identify opportunities for implementing decision science tools for performance improvement
  2. Formulate analytical models which utilize decision support tools to assist management in making effective decisions spanning different functional areas
  3. Evaluate alternatives, select the most effective solution and develop an implementation plan to meet the goals of the management

M.B.A. (Professional Accounting) Track (New York only)

The Master of Business Administration (Professional Accounting) aims to prepare students to successfully complete the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) examination and pursue a rewarding career in the public accounting profession. To become a New York State CPA, graduates must complete all program requirements, as well as the thirty (30) credit Accounting Module or equivalent coursework, pass the CPA examination, and practice public accounting in New York for a minimum of one year.

Degree requirements for this program include the M.B.A. curricular requirements, with the provision that three specific accounting courses are taken in lieu of elective credit hour requirements, and the completion of the thirty (30) credit Accounting Module or equivalent. The program is in keeping with the professional educational requirements for public accounting licensure as specified in the recent amendments to sections 52.13, 70.1, and 70.2 of the NYSED Regulations of the Commissioner.

M.B.A. (Professional Accounting) Track Learning Goals
Upon completion of the M.B.A. (Professional Accounting) Track, students:

  1. Conduct research and analysis related to practice/contemporary issues and questions in accounting theory, and auditing and taxation, and effectively communicate such findings
  2. Synthesize accounting concepts, the regulatory environment, and professional practice issues and challenges
  3. Appraise the significance and evaluate the impact of ethics, professionalism and social responsibility in accounting

These learning goals are in addition to programmatic learning goals of the M.B.A. program, as well as those for the B.S.B.A. degree program, the latter applicable to those elements of the Accounting Module typically taken at the undergraduate level.

CFA Track (New York only)

The CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) is a professional certificate awarded by the Association of Investment Management and Research to candidates who pass three levels of examination and meet the experience requirement specified by AIMR. Our CFA Track is designed to help the student in preparation for the CFA Exams. The M.B.A. student wishing to complete the track must complete the course requirements in the M.B.A. Finance Concentration and an additional six credit hours.

M.B.A. Academic Policies and Standards

The School of Management implements processes for the M.B.A. and M.B.A. (Professional Accounting) Track programs that are in addition to those of the University for the purpose of ensuring effective student selection and retention.

Academic Probation and Dismissal
When a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the student is placed on academic probation immediately. The student then has exactly one semester to bring the GPA to 3.0. If the student fails to do so, the student will be dismissed from the program. Grounds for departmental review and possible dismissal from the program also include:

Graduation
The criteria used to evaluate students for graduation are uniform at all campus locations and, pertaining to the M.B.A. academic program, the graduate cumulative grade point average will be a minimum of 3.0. Additional criteria for graduation are located in the NYIT Graduate Catalog.

Time to Degree Completion
In the best interests of the student and the college, a maximum of five years is allowed for completion of degree requirements. Under exceptional conditions, an additional year may be permitted upon formal request and approval by the academic dean and the Provost.

Repeat Policy
Students must repeat a course in the non-waivable core for which she/he receives a letter grade of F.


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Admission Requirements

  • B.S. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
    • If you already hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university, you may be admitted into the M.B.A. program upon receipt of the admissions documents.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • The GMAT is not a requirement for admission, but may be submitted toward fulfillment of the M.B.A. admissions criteria if a student's undergraduate GPA is below the requirement listed above. Students will be considered for admission if they receive a satisfactory composite GMAT score, which will be determined by the graduate faculty and will consist of a numerical calculation of the undergraduate GPA and GMAT score.

Application Materials

  • Completed application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Copy of college diploma or proof of degree
  • Official GMAT scores, if required. NYIT GMAT Codes:
    Full-time (nine or more credits): OQN-RL-35
    Part-time (less than nine credits): OQN-RL-74
  • International student requirements: English proficiency, I-20, and transcript evaluation
    • Applicants must meet English proficiency requirements by providing a minimum score of 6.0 (IELTS), 79 (TOEFL IBT), or 53 Pearson PTE). Successful completion of NYIT's English Language Institute satisfies the English proficiency requirement to the M.B.A. program.

Important admission notes:

  • All application materials must be fully submitted prior to consideration for admission to the M.B.A. program.
  • All applicants will either be fully admitted or not admitted into the M.B.A. program.
  • Professional background may not be used as a proxy or substitute for the admissions criteria.
  • Students may neither be conditionally admitted into the M.B.A. program nor granted provisional status in the M.B.A. program.
  • There will be no categories for nonmatriculated and nondegree status.
  • There will be no Early Admission students.
  • No student may register for a 600-level M.B.A. course until fully admitted into the M.B.A. program (Students transferring from another NYIT graduate program into the M.B.A. program must satisfy the admissions criteria for the M.B.A. program).
  • All Bridge Program students must complete all bridge courses with a satisfactory GPA prior to registering for any 600-level M.B.A. course.
  • Students may only utilize a proxy examination score in place of the GMAT (e.g., GRE, LSAT) if explicitly approved by the School of Management Dean.
  • Students who already hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited university will be admitted into the M.B.A. program upon receipt of the admissions documents.

Waivers and Transfers

These policies ensure program integrity and also that student ability to attain the learning goals of the program is not compromised.

The M.B.A. non-waivable program core credit hour requirement must be completed in the School of Management in its entirety.

Waivers

  • Undergraduate and graduate coursework completed elsewhere, but only from a regionally accredited institution, may be used to waive credit hour requirements in the M.B.A. waivable program core, if equivalencies are established. The School of Management will administer a qualifying examination for the purpose of waiving credit hour requirements in the waivable core in those circumstances where there is evidenced professional, academic, or other relevant experience.
  • A grade of C- or better is required for any course utilized to waive a course in the M.B.A. waivable program core.

Transfers

  • A maximum of nine credit hours of graduate coursework completed elsewhere, but only from a regionally accredited institution, may be transferred into the M.B.A. program and only toward the elective credit hour requirements.
  • No credit hours may be transferred into the M.B.A. "accounting specialization" component of the B.S.B.A. (Accounting Option) Plus M.B.A. (Professional Accounting) Track program, unless they have been completed at an AACSB-accredited institution and have equivalencies established with those courses they replace.
  • A maximum of three credit hours completed elsewhere, but only from an AACSB-accredited institution, may be transferred toward concentration requirements of the M.B.A. program. These credit hours are not in addition to the nine credit hours specified above.
  • Transfer of courses will only be considered for those with a grade of B or higher and must not have been applied toward another degree.
  • Courses presented for transfer credit must be submitted for consideration with official transcripts from the other program, and must have been completed within five years of initial acceptance into the M.B.A. program.

International Student Admissions

There are three categories international students may fall into as an applicant:

  1. Students who have completed only a three-year (or more) degree-bearing postsecondary program, which is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree may apply directly for admission into the M.B.A. program.
  2. M.B.A. BRIDGE: Students who have completed only a three-year (or more) degree-bearing postsecondary program, which is not equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree may be eligible for the M.B.A. Bridge Program. If students are admitted into the M.B.A. Bridge program, they are considered an M.B.A. student.
  3. Transfer BRIDGE to M.B.A.: Students who have earned undergraduate credits, which have not resulted in an equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree may be eligible for the Transfer Bridge programs.

Eligibility for M.B.A. BRIDGE and M.B.A. TRANSFER BRIDGE to M.B.A. programs

  • The applicant may be required to take the NYIT English Proficiency Examination prior to enrollment.
  • The applicant must meet the admission policy for the M.B.A. program.
  • The applicant must complete additional undergraduate credit hours with a GPA of at least 3.0. A substantial number of these credits may be in English as a second language (ESL) courses depending upon the results of the aforementioned English Proficiency Examination. The number of credit hours varies based on the specific program (e.g., M.B.A. BRIDGE; TRANSFER BRIDGE to M.B.A.).
  • Upon satisfactory completion of these additional undergraduate credits (and attainment of an NYIT Baccalaureate degree for TRANSFER BRIDGE to M.B.A. students) and attainment of the aforementioned satisfactory GPA, the applicant will be permitted to enroll into 600/700 level courses. If the student fails to meet the criteria listed above, the student must either retake courses so that this condition is met or be dismissed from the M.B.A. program. There are no conditional admittances to the M.B.A. program.

Action Plan for M.B.A. BRIDGE students (completed only a three-year, degree-bearing, post-secondary program, which is not equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree):

  1. M.B.A. BRIDGE students will take credit hours of undergraduate coursework only (students may take 500-level classes toward fulfillment of this condition: these 1.5 credit hour courses, which are identical in course content (scale and scope) to their articulated three (3) credit undergraduate courses, but in accelerated format, will carry three credit hours equivalence toward the bridge requirements), with preference toward taking those courses that would satisfy M.B.A. prerequisite requirements and those ELI courses that are deemed necessary. Recommended courses include courses in the undergraduate B.S.B.A. business program core; English Business coursework; American History coursework; and additional business courses in the specified area of specialization.
  2. M.B.A. BRIDGE students will be advised by School of Management undergraduate advisors and the office of Admissions concerning course selection.
  3. M.B.A. BRIDGE students may take no graduate courses above the 500 level.
  4. M.B.A. BRIDGE students may only take coursework that is not equivalent to courses on submitted transcripts from other institutions.
  5. M.B.A. BRIDGE students must have successfully completed a total of 120 credit hours of coursework, including credit hours earned during their three-year, post-secondary program in addition to those credit hours successfully completed in the bridge program, prior to enrolling into 600/700-level courses in the M.B.A. program.

Action Plan for TRANSFER BRIDGE to M.B.A. Applicants (earned undergraduate credits, which have not resulted in an equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree):

  1. M.B.A. TRANSFER BRIDGE students will take a minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate coursework only, with preference toward taking those courses that would satisfy M.B.A. prerequisite requirements (e.g., 595 courses) and those ELI courses that are deemed necessary.
  2. All applicants must complete an NYIT Baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the M.B.A. program.
  3. Students will be advised by the transfer advisors in the Office of Admissions as to efficient pathways for degree completion, and appropriate coursework required toward completing a baccalaureate degree at NYIT.
  4. Follow steps 3–5 of the Action Plan for M.B.A. BRIDGE students, above.