May 19, 2024  
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2011-2012 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Frank G. Zarb School of Business

Graduate Programs Office: Third Floor, Weller Hall
Telephone: (516) 463-5683
Fax: (516) 463-5268

Patrick J. Socci, Dean
Esmerelda Lyn, Vice Dean
Brian Caligiure, Assistant Dean for Administration
Gioia P. Bales, Assistant Dean
Kevin B. Taylor, Executive Director of Graduate Business Programs
Barbara Church-Kattan, Director of Graduate Business Career Services

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business offers day and evening undergraduate and graduate study. The School offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration, the Master of Business Administration , the Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration , the Executive Master of Business Administration , and the Master of Science degrees , and also offers minors in business subjects. A full-time day M.B.A. program, online M.B.A. program, combined B.B.A./M.BA. programs, combined B.B.A./M.S. programs, combined B.A./M.B.A. programs, combined B.A./M.S. programs, combined B.S./M.B.A. programs, combined B.S./M.S. programs, undergraduate certificates and advanced graduate certificates in business are also offered.

Hofstra University, in cooperation with Erasmus University, offers an exchange program for graduate students majoring in finance. Under advisement, Zarb School students may register for courses offered as part of the Master in Financial Management program at Erasmus University, and Erasmus students may register for courses in the Master of Science in Quantitative Finance program  and other graduate finance courses at Hofstra. For further information about Hofstra’s Exchange Program with Erasmus University, please contact the Department of Finance, 221 Weller Hall, at (516) 463-5698 or

The School is composed of the following departments: 

Frank G. Zarb School of Business Mission Statement 

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University provides a quality education that prepares professionals for a dynamic, globally oriented environment.

The Zarb School offers undergraduate and graduate programs with strong functional specializations, taught by faculty committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Within an environment that values diversity, the Zarb School fosters the personal and professional growth of its various constituencies and cultivates awareness of ethical issues and social responsibility.

Vision Statement

To be recognized for the quality of its academic programs and graduates.

Educational Philosophy to Achieve Mission and Vision

The Zarb School will achieve its mission and vision by adhering to the following principles:

  1. Continually reviewing and adapting its mission to ensure that it meets the standards of “quality education” and the overall educational requirements of a rapidly changing and globally oriented environment.
  2. Assessing its programs on a continuing basis with the involvement of all of the School’s stakeholders.
  3. Continually assessing student learning with the purpose of program modification and improvement.
  4. Maintaining a culture of academic excellence by supporting, recognizing and rewarding faculty achievements in teaching and scholarship consistent with an institution offering undergraduate and masters-level business programs.
  5. Promoting and encouraging the professional and personal development of students through internships and sponsorship of a broad variety of student organizations, seminars and conferences aiming at fostering interactions with business practitioners and organizations.
  6. Exposing students to ethical dilemmas and the consequences of their decisions.
  7. Exposing students to issues of social responsibility.
  8. Fostering a supportive environment across administration, faculty, and students that values diversity.
  9. Seeking mutually beneficial linkages with local, national, and international business organizations, agencies, and academic institutions to expand the variety of educational services and experiences to its students.
  10. Encouraging and expecting faculty interaction with business professionals to both elicit input for program development changes as well as insight into current relevant business practices.

Educational Objectives to Achieve Mission and Vision

General Objectives
At both the baccalaureate and master’s levels, the Zarb School of Business is committed to promoting quality teaching that requires rigor, relevance, and a thorough exploration of the application of business knowledge in an ever-changing business environment. Simultaneously, the School must impart to its students:

  1. Strong functional knowledge with an understanding of the integrated nature of business functions.
  2. Proficiency in oral and written communications.
  3. Analytical and critical thinking skills for effective decision making.
  4. Understanding of the issues that characterize the contemporary global business environment.
  5. Understanding the applicability of information systems and other technologies in modern organizations.
  6. Awareness of the ethical dilemmas of business professionals and the social responsibility of business organizations.

Specific Objectives of Each Program

In addition to the general objectives listed above, each graduate program in the Zarb School of Business has specific objectives.  See each program for its objectives.

Programs Offered

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business offers the following graduate programs of study:

Master of Business Administration, M.B.A.  (Full-Time Day and Evening)
Executive Master of Business Administration, E.M.B.A. 
Master of Science Programs 
Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (J.D./M.B.A.)  (a dual program offered jointly with the School of Law )
Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Business Administration, B.B.A./M.B.A. 
Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Science 
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science/Master of Business Administration or Master of Science 


All graduate programs offered by the Zarb School of Business are professionally accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, the Department of Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business  has received a separate accounting accreditation from AACSB International. These accreditations ensure that faculty, academic programs, and facilities meet the highest professional standards.

Courses in these programs are open only to those students who have been accepted for matriculation. For information, contact the Zarb School of Business Graduate Programs Office, Third Floor, Weller Hall:
Phone: (516) 463-5683
Fax (516) 463-5268
E-mail: gradbusiness

Academic Standing

Graduate business students are required to earn a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in both overall and in their major to be considered in good standing and to graduate.

The academic performance of all students is reviewed at the conclusion of every semester. Any student with a GPA of less than 3.0 at the end of a semester will be subject to academic probation. 

Students who have accumulated 25 percent or more of total attempted semester hours in INCs and Ws will also be placed on probation. Students who have maintained two consecutive probationary periods, and who have not raised their GPA to the required 3.0 by the conclusion of the second probationary period, are subject to dismissal. A graduate student with especially serious academic deficiencies is subject to immediate dismissal when such deficiencies make it apparent that the student’s continuation in the graduate program will not result in his/her successful achievement of a degree.

School of Business graduate courses may not be taken on a P/F basis, except for the noncredit-bearing Residency Workshops and ELP classes that are only offered on a P/F basis.

Further information concerning maintenance of graduate academic standing may be obtained from the Zarb School of Business Graduate Programs Office, Third Floor, Weller Hall.