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Zarb School of Business – Hofstra University

Hofstra Full-time MBA Program Structure

Once enrolled in the Hofstra full-time 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.


In order to graduate, Hofstra full-time MBA students must complete 38-45 credit courses in disciplines including managerial finance, accounting, marketing, and economics. Students pursue 15 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: Graduate Business Student Self-Study in Library Resources Utilization; Information Technology; Calculus for Business Applications; Statistics for Business Applications; Mastering the Art of Business Presentations; and Teamwork and Oral Communication Skills. 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 21 – 24 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 15 additional credit units in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health Services Management, Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, Quality Management, Real Estate, Sports and Entertainment Management, or Taxation. 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.

All core competencies courses are completed in the first year, while advanced core courses are taken over the first three (out of four) semesters of the program. Students are not required to complete a summer internship, though they are encouraged to do so.

Career Statistics

According to a employment report, Zarb graduates make an average salary of $67,562 after graduation.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Graduate level courses at the Zarb School of Business cost $1,322 per credit hour.

Hofstra University provides a few scholarship opportunities to Hofstra full-time MBA students. For example, the Kenneth Brodlieb MBA Endowed Scholarship is given to a second year full-time student in recognition of their academic efforts. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of a recommendation from the Zarb School of Business’s Dean to the Office of Academic Records. The Sinclair Charitable Trust Endowed Scholarship provides funding to a financially disadvantaged student in the program and, like the Broldlieb scholarship is awarded on the basis of a recommendation from the dean. There is also the university-wide Allison Kim Levy Continuing Acts of Kindness Endowed Memorial Award, which is given to two recipients per year in honor of the community contributions they have made to improve the campus or larger community. Winners are nominated by other community members, the nominations are then reviewed by a panel of faculty, students from the Department of Psychology.

Students with U.S. citizen ship or permanent residency status can apply for Federal Stafford Loans. The total amount of subsidized loans a student may receive annually is $8,500, which goes up to $12,000 if unsubsidized loans are factored into a student’s budget.


Applicants to the full-time MBA program will need to provide the admissions committee with the school’s Graduate Student Advisement Record, official transcripts from all undergraduate or graduate programs in which they have enrolled, a personal essay or statement of professional objectives, a updated resume, two recommendation letters, and their scores from either the GMAT or GRE. Students may use the on-line application system or submit their application via mail. Students will additionally have to pay an application fee, which is $75 for domestic applicants and international applicants.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Zarb takes 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 last week of August.

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