As an MBA candidate at Saint Rose, you’ll get an advanced grounding in every aspect of business and the ability to excel in today’s fast-moving business environment.
Core courses cover the full range of managerial and leadership skills, while students can use electives to develop an in-depth knowledge of accounting, marketing, finance, human resources, or technology.
Professionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, our MBA program accommodates our students’ needs and interests. A joint MBA/JD course of study is available, as are Advanced Certificates in Financial Planning, Organizational Leadership, and Computer Information Systems.
M.B.A. Program Objectives
Our M.B.A. program provides students with the skills and knowledge to become effective managers in today’s rapidly changing and competitive business environment. Professionally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the program provides a solid foundation in the core business disciplines. Core courses emphasize the development of managerial skills, preparing students to lead, motivate, communicate, and interact effectively with customers, employees, and the community. Through electives, you have an opportunity to develop a more in-depth understanding of accounting, marketing, finance, human resources, or technology.
The One-Year program includes the opportunity for a competitive 3-credit internship designed to integrate classroom learning with tangible business issues and situations and to provide students with significant professional experience.
The College of Saint Rose M.B.A. graduate is expected to:
- Lead, motivate, and effectively communicate and interact with employees, customers and the community;
- Apply ethical considerations to decisions affecting the organization and the community;
- Analyze situations, recognize and define problems, gather and evaluate information and reach optimum conclusions and solutions;
- Be competent in planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, controlling and developing business and organizational strategy; and
- Be effective in oral, written and electronic communication.
The M.B.A. Curriculum
- The M.B.A. program consists of a minimum of 36 graduate credits.
- If prerequisite coursework is required, the number of credits may increase to 42 credits. Students wishing to pursue one of the certificate options, in addition to the M.B.A., can expect to take additional 6-15 credits (depending on the requirements of the specific certificate) in addition to the 36-42 credits required for the general M.B.A.
- Any course may be waived depending on a student’s background. Up to nine credits may be waived for students who have completed the appropriate undergraduate courses with grades of “B” or better at an accredited institution within three years before admission. A waiver examination may be required. Applicants must submit the appropriate documentation and form for each course they wish to have waived. Decisions are made by the M.B.A. Program Coordinator in consultation with appropriate faculty after reviewing all of the student’s transcripts and credentials. If the waiver is approved, an elective course must be taken in its place.
- The combination of transferred and waived courses cannot exceed a total of 12 credits. A minimum of 24 graduate credits must be taken in residence.
- All Saint Rose and transfer graduate courses are taken for degree requirements must be completed within six years.
- If required, MBA 511, MBA 508 and MBA 509 must be completed with a B or better. These prerequisite courses do not count toward the 36-credit degree requirement.
- MBA 690 must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.
M.B.A. Program Options
The College of Saint Rose offers three scheduling options:
- Full-Time M.B.A.
- One-Year M.B.A.
Though a student may take up to five courses in any semester, the student must maintain a minimum three-course load (9 credits per semester) in each semester enrolled to retain eligibility for the Graduate Internship.
The One-Year M.B.A.
The One-Year M.B.A. is designed to be completed in one academic year of full-time study and combines career development opportunities with intensive coursework. Students typically complete an internship as part of this program option.
- The One-Year M.B.A. begins in late summer, and students complete the capstone course (MBA 690) and the internship early the following July. The degree date will be that August.
- Courses may be offered during the day or evening.
- Graduate Internship: The One-Year program includes the opportunity for a competitive 3-credit internship designed to integrate classroom learning with tangible business issues and situations and to provide students with significant professional experience.
General Admission Information
Eligibility for admission to The College of Saint Rose graduate programs is typically based upon the following minimum requirements:
- Submission of a completed application and a Statement of Purpose of approximately 300 words detailing the applicant’s goals for graduate study.
- Evidence of the possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution through submission of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended
- Academic and professional qualifications for graduate study, as indicated by two letters of recommendation.
- A grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), overall and in the undergraduate major.
- Other admission criteria specified by academic programs such as submission of resumes, writing samples, portfolios, test scores, and participation in interviews or admissions workshops.
The M.B.A. Application Process
Applicants are evaluated on their potential for success in graduate studies. This is primarily determined by prior academic achievement (GPA) at all colleges attended. If an applicant has graduated with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, submission of a GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score is not required. In addition, the GMAT requirement is waived for applicants holding graduate degrees. Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher do not need to submit a GMAT score. However, if the undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0, a GMAT score must be submitted for the application to be considered.
Although evaluation of these objective criteria is an important aspect of the admission process, it is equally important for an applicant to prepare an application package carefully and thoughtfully as all relevant factors are considered in the admissions decision.
The applicant is responsible for assembling and submitting the following elements of the application package to the Graduate and Continuing Education Admissions office at The College of Saint Rose:
- A completed application form with the required application fee;
- Official sealed transcripts from all schools attended;
- If required, original GMAT results should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions at The College of Saint Rose (code number: 2091);
- Two sealed academic and/or professional recommendations;
- Personal essay; and
- A current resume.
- Demonstration of English proficiency: Send us your TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. The testing requirement is waived for applicants who have previously earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States. The College of Saint Rose offers English as a Second Language (ESL) studies and offers conditional acceptances to those who meet all other admission requirements. Conditionally accepted students must show English proficiency before enrolling in their coursework.