Applicants for admission to the MS programs in finance , human resources management , information systems , marketing , marketing research and quantitative finance must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Applicants for admission to the MS in accounting must hold a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in business from an accredited institution. While preference is given to students with a baccalaureate degree in accounting, others will be considered. Applicants for admission to the MS program in taxation must hold a baccalaureate degree in accounting or the equivalent from an accredited institution. NOTE: Previous course work is evaluated by the Graduate Programs Office of the Zarb School of Business upon a student’s admission. Students who have not taken the necessary prerequisite courses will be required to do so.
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 mba.com. Scores obtained on the GRE 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.
Applicants for the MS in Taxation program may substitute the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) if they are currently enrolled in the Hofstra Law School or have graduated from an ABA-accredited law school.
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.
Internal Program Transfer
Students admitted to the Full-time Day MBA or Flex MBA program who choose to transfer to one of the MS business programs must have successfully completed 18 credits of graduate course work in the MBA program and meet the admission requirements of the MS program to which they apply for admission unless waived by the department chair.
Program Requirements - Semester Hours: Minimum 30-33
A minimum of 30-33 semester hours of graduate course work are required (depending on program) for the MS degree.
NOTE: These requirements are not inclusive of course prerequisites. Please see actual course descriptions in this Bulletin for prerequisites.