Zicklin School of Business – Baruch College
Baruch Full-Time MBA Program Structure
The Baruch Full-Time MBA at the Zicklin School of Business is structured across four semesters of study, with a cohort of students admitted in the fall semester. Students complete their degree in 22 months.
Following a two-week pre-term orientation, students are divided into cohorts of approximately 65 to 80 students with whom they take all of their core courses. These cohorts are further broken up into small, diverse learning teams who work together throughout the first year of the program.
Students must complete 23 courses totaling 57 credits to earn their MBA. Each course is worth either three credits or 1.5 credits. Within their first year, students are required to complete the following core courses: Financial Accounting; Business Communication I; Business Communication II; Information Systems for Managers I; Fundamentals of Microeconomics; Financial Decision Making; International Business Fundamentals; Management: A Behavioral Approach; Service Operations I; Marketing Management; and Applied Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions.
Students must also complete one of the following courses: Business and Society or the Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, as well as two courses from the following list: Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting; Information Systems for Managers II – Managing and Harnessing Technology; Fundamentals of Macroeconomics; and Service Operations II.
The required core courses total 27 credits, while the flexible core courses total six credits. In their second year, all students complete a three-credit capstone course, Business Policy.
The remaining credits needed to graduate are comprised of elective courses, which students may begin taking in their second semester. Between 12 and 18 of these credits, or four to six courses, must fall within a student’s chosen major.
Students may design their own course of study or choose up to two of the following majors:
Management/Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
As an alternative to completing a major, students may pursue a joint JD/MBA in conjunction with Brooklyn Law School or New York Law School.
*Accountancy majors earn their CPA as well as an MBA, and therefore have slightly different requirements than other majors.
Students in the Baruch Full-Time MBA Class of 2016 had a median GMAT score of 640, with the middle 80% of students scoring between 550 and 710. Prior to matriculating at Zicklin, students in the class had mean work experience – of 56 months and had a mean college – GPA of 3.2. Thirty-eight percent of the class is women, and 34% of the class is international.
There are a total of eight countries represented in the Class of 2016.
The Graduate Career Management Center helps Zicklin graduate students find employment and plan their careers. Resources offered by the center include workshops, one-on-one career advising, mock interviews, and online databases and career tools. In the fall and spring semesters, the center organizes On-Campus Recruiting sessions for both full-time positions and summer internships.
Of the graduates in the Baruch Full-Time MBA Class of 2015 who reported their employment information, just under 65% of those seeking employment had accepted a job offer by graduation, with roughly another 26% accepting positions within three months after earning their degree. The median starting salary was $65,000. Approximately 61% of the class chose a job in financial services while consulting drew more than 12% and marketing/sales just over 15 percent of the class. Graduates also entered consumer products and media/entertainment among other industries.
As for signing bonuses, the median bonus earned was $10,000.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The tuition for full-time students (those taking 12 or more credits per term) is $7,450 per term for New York state residents and $1,020 per credit for non-resident and international students. This brings the total tuition to $29,800 for New York state residents and $58,140 for non-residents and international students. Students must also pay an academic excellence fee of $1,000 per semester, an activities fee of $39.60 for the fall and spring terms and $14.45 for the summer term, a technology fee of $125 per semester, and a consolidated services fee of $15.00 per term.
All applicants to any Baruch undergraduate or graduate program are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships from Baruch College of up to 50 percent of tuition. Graduate students at Zicklin may also apply for external fellowships through organizations such as the American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants, the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and USA Education/USA Funds.
Zicklin graduate students are eligible for Federal Direct Loans and in some cases may be eligible for Federal Work Study. Students can also explore private loan options.
All applicants to Zicklin graduate programs must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from outside the U.S.
Applicants must submit an online application form, a current resume, three essays, official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended, GMAT or GRE score reports, two professional letters of recommendation, and a $125 application processing fee. Applicants who attended a non-U.S. college and whose first language is not English must also submit scores from the TOEFL iBT, PTE, or IELTS.
The essay questions (pick three of five; maximum of 250 words each) are as follows:
1) What personal qualities or life experiences set you apart from the other applicants? How do you feel that these qualities or experiences will enable you to contribute to the graduate experience at Zicklin?
2) Choose one song, book or movie that best explains who you are and describe in detail how it captures you.
3) Why are you looking to pursue an MBA/MS at this point in your life and what do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation? What key actions have you taken up to this point to prepare you for this career?
4) Explain a time in your career when you were frustrated or disappointed or encountered a challenging work situation. What did you do and explain how self-examination might have led you to a different outcome.
5) If you had chosen a different personal or professional path, what would it have been and why?
You may provide the Admissions Committee with any information that you would like the members to consider as they make their decision.
The application deadlines for August entry into the Baruch Full-Time MBA program are November 1, January 31 and April 15, with notifications occurring by January 15, March 15 and June 11, respectively.