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Zarb School of Business – Hofstra University

Hofstra Flex MBA Program Structure

Once enrolled in the Hofstra Flex MBA program at the Zarb School of Business, students are divided into two cohorts of approximately 30. Cohorts will then take required courses together throughout their first year before embarking on their tailored concentration requirements in their second year.

Curriculum

Hofstra’s Flex MBA offers students the ability to enroll full- or part-time and choose a schedule that works best for them. In order to graduate, Hofstra flexible MBA students must complete 38-45 credit courses in disciplines including managerial finance, accounting, marketing, and economics. Students pursue 12 credits in a concentration area and a capstone course designed to integrate the different disciplines students have been exposed to throughout their time in the program.

Students take their classes with their respective cohorts, classes together before moving on to specialized courses that align with their chosen concentrations. The curriculum includes four components, the first of which are a series of “Residency Workshops,’ which are not worth credit but help students acclimate and prepare for their coursework. These workshops include Calculus for Business Applications, Statistics for Business Applications and Mastering the Art of Business Presentations. In the case of the Calculus and Statistics courses, students can seek waivers if they have taken similar courses in the past five years and received a grade of B+ or higher.

The second component of the Zarb curriculum is its ‘Core Competencies,’ worth a total of two to six credit units. These courses are Survey of Economics, Legal, Political, Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business, and “Business Ethics and Society. As with the Calculus and Statistics courses, the Legal, Regulatory and Ethical Environment of Business Course may also be waived if students can demonstrate previous academic exposure to the topic and a solid B+ or higher grade to comment on their competency.

The school’s advanced core makes up 20-27 credit units and the bulk of student studies. Courses under this heading include Accounting and Financial Reporting, Operations Management, and Marketing Analysis and Management among others. One such course can be waived if the student has the same background experience outlined above and has earned 18 credits or more with a B+ average while enrolled at Zarb.

In their second year students can pursue major concentration electives worth a total of 12 additional credit units in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health Services Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Professional Accountancy, Quality Management, or Sports and Entertainment Management. The final required element of the curriculum is a Capstone Integrative Course worth three credit units. Students have the opportunity to pursue non-credit internships, but this is optional and not required. Students also have the opportunity to pursue a six month paid co-op experience, but this is optional and not required.

Career Statistics

According to an employment report, Zarb graduates make an average salary of $71,562 after graduation. About 99 percent of Zarb Graduates accept a job within six months of graduation.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Graduate level courses at the Zarb School of Business cost $1,375 per credit hour.

Hofstra University provides merit-based scholarship opportunities to Hofstra full-time MBA students. These scholarships are based on an applicant’s prior academic record. While scholarships are not guaranteed, they are determined at application read.  Students with U.S. citizen ship or permanent residency status can apply for Federal Stafford Loans.

Admissions

Applicants to the flexible MBA program will need to provide the admissions committee with official transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate programs in which they have enrolled, a personal essay or statement of professional objectives (optional), an updated resume, contact information for two references (optional) and their scores from either the GMAT or GRE. Students may use the on-line application system. Students will additionally have to pay an application fee, which is $75 for all applicants.

Zarb accepts applications on a rolling basis but the school encourages its students to apply as early as they can in order to be eligible for scholarships and other forms of aid. The absolute latest an applicant could submit their application would be the week prior to the start of classes.


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