We’re sure you have a lot of questions about applying to a business degree program. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about our bachelor’s degrees and M.B.A. programs.
Typically, a bachelor’s degree in any of the business disciplines can be earned in four years, consisting of eight academic semesters. Graduate students can earn an MBA as both a full- or part-time student. Depending on a graduate applicant’s prior academic background, certain prerequisite and foundation courses in the M.B.A. program may not be required, which will reduce the length of the program as low as one year. For example, any applicant with a bachelor’s degree in business earned from the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business is qualified to enter the M.B.A. program if they maintain minimum GPA requirements and otherwise meet the admission requirements.
For more information, please contact the Graduate Business Programs Office at 516.877.4670.
A typical undergraduate course program in the Willumstad School of Business is structured as follows:
– Thirty-one credits of general education requirements that are determined by the University and are common across all University programs
– A required number of Liberal Arts courses including electives
– Certain pre-core, business core, and Capstone requirements that are common across all business degree programs (with the exception of the B.A. in Economics)
– A required number of advanced business courses that are specific to each business degree program
Our traditional M.B.A. program consists of:
– Eight advanced required courses
– Three advanced elective courses in business
– Three prerequisite courses
– Eight foundation courses, many of which can be waived depending on the applicant’s prior academics
The GOAL M.B.A. (Accelerated) Program consists of 14 required business courses offered on Saturdays.
A typical course schedule at the undergraduate level consists of 15 to 16 credits per semester and includes these courses:
– 6 to 9 credits of General Education or Liberal Arts requirements and electives
– 6 to 9 credits of Business courses
Students enjoy a certain level of flexibility when choosing their course sections, including the day and the time that those sections are offered.
– Most undergraduate courses are offered during the day and during the evening. Some sections that are offered during the day meet three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for 50 minutes each. Some sections meet two days a week (either Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday) for 75 minutes each. There are a few sections that meet during the evening, just once a week, for 150 minutes. This accommodates students who work during the day.
– Most required courses are offered during both the fall and spring semesters, and most of those courses are offered at least once during the day and once in the evening. A handful of course sections are offered during the summer sessions.
– Certain courses require prerequisites that must be completed before course enrollment. For example, enrollment in ACC102 requires successful completion of ACC101.
For more information, students can refer to the list of course prerequisites, which is available through the Director of Undergraduate Business Programs at 516.877.4668. Also, faculty advisors are available to help students decide which courses to complete each semester so that they will successfully complete their academic programs without undue delay.
Graduate courses are offered in the evening or on Saturdays, allowing working professionals to attend school without disrupting their working lives.
– Most required courses are offered during both the fall and spring semesters. A few required courses are also offered during the summer sessions.
– Popular graduate elective courses are offered at least once a year, and other graduate electives are offered whenever sufficient demand exists.
The Robert B. Willumstad School of Business has a dedicated Internship Coordinator who works with students throughout the year. The University also has programs and services designed to promote lifelong career management skills for students and alumni year-round through the Center for Career Development Services.