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  • M.B.A. in Business Administration

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    Dobbs Ferry & Manhattan

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Business Administration M.B.A. Curriculum

Business Core 24 Credits
Advanced Business Core 12 Credits
Area of Concentration-Electives 12 Credits
Capstone Courses 9 Credits
Total 57 Credits 33-

*MBAA 501 through MBAA 530 (21 Credits) are eligible for waiver consideration.

Business Core

  • MBAA 501 Financial Accounting
  • MBAA 502 Corporate Finance
  • MBAA 504 Marketing Systems
  • MBAA 505 Economic Enviromnt of Business
  • MBAA 507 Intro to Quantitative Analysis
  • MBAA 509 International Business
  • MBAA 530 Mgmt & Life-Work Planning
  • MBAA 535 Communication Processes

Advanced Business Core

  • MBAA 601 Quantitative Meth Bus Research
  • MBAA 602 Managerial Economics

(Plus two from the following three)

  • MBAA 604 Operations Management
  • MBAA 605 Business, Govt & Society
  • FINC 742

Area of Concentration-Electives

  • Four advanced courses numbered 700-799

Capstone Courses

Track I

  • MBAA 810/811 Capstone Seminar I/II, Thesis, or Business Plan


Track II

  • MBAA 815/816 Comprehensive Case Analysis I/II


  • Advanced Elective, #700 or Above

General Business Core Courses - 24 Credits

The General Business Core courses are particularly important for students who have not had previous work in Economics or Business Administration, or who lack comparable business experience. A student who majored in Economics or Business Administration as an undergraduate may qualify for a reduction of some of the General Business Core courses, reducing the total credits needed for program completion. The General Business Core courses not only provide a valuable basic groundwork for advanced studies; they also offer an opportunity to explore the various fields of business administration in selecting an area of concentration for in-depth study. 

Waiver of General Business Core Courses

General Business Core courses (except for MBAA 535) may be waived when it is determined by the Gradate Business chair or designee that equivalent work has been completed elsewhere or the student has successfully completed the Turbo Program. Such determination is made in consultation with the student at the time of admission. Students should have received grades of at least 3.0 (B) in two relevant undergraduate courses for each General Business Core course to be waived. Eligible coursework should have been completed no more than five years prior to admission to the M.B.A. Program. They must also submit catalog descriptions, if requested. In the event of disagreement by a student that general core course must be taken, the student my take an examination administered by the Graduate Business chair to demonstrate proficiency. In this connection, students must declare their intention to take proficiency examinations when the program of study is developed. Such examinations must be taken within the first session of study; they will not be permitted thereafter.

Advanced M.B.A. Core Courses - 12 credits

The Advanced M.B.S. Core is composed of a total of 12 credits. Two courses are required, MBAA 601 and MBAA 602. The remaining six credits may be selected from MBAA 604, MBAA 605 and ACCT 742.

Areas of Concentration - Electives - 12 credits

Students are required to take 12 credits of advanced graduate work beyond the Advanced Core. Advanced graduate courses are defined as all courses offered by the Graduate M.B.A. Program numbered 700 to 900, and courses listed under the Areas of Concentration.

To satisfy the elective requirement, a student may take any course included in the various Areas of Concentration. For a concentration, three out of these four courses must be in the same area. Areas of concentration include Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Organizational Leadership. The M.B.A. Program does not offer a concentration in Accounting. Students interested in Accounting should consider the M.S. in Public Accounting Degree Program. 

If a student chooses to pursue a second concentration, the free elective credits from the first concentration and any other free electives will count toward the second concentration. Currently, the following concentrations are offered:


The finance area concerns itself with financial markets, corporation finance and security analysis. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of financial markets and financial management from the point of view of the economy as a whole as well as from that of the individual business organization. 

Human Resource Management

This concentration provides preparation for careers in the field of human resource management. The courses examine various areas of human resource management, including quality measurement techniques, employment law, recruitment and selection, training and development, compensation, benefits and labor relations. 

International Business

The International Business concentrations focuses on decision-making in an international context and prepares professionals for positions within multinational organizations. Business functions are related to the socio-cultural, political, legal and labor forces that affect global corporations. The International Business concentration evaluates both theoretically and practically the opportunities and risks of doing business in an increasingly complex and interdependent world.


The program of study in management stresses the application of analytic and critical skills to the business enterprise as a whole, as well as decisions the manager must make to plan, organize and control resources. Included in this area are courses in the selection and training of personnel, coordinating operations, production, planning, decision making, and program implementations.


Courses in marketing are designed to offer the student the tools necessary for the managerial task of developing and distributing the company's goods and services. The marketing area plays a fundamental role in the he successful management of a business enterprise. It calls for a specific knowledge of marketing organization and an appreciation of the importance of marketing decisions in satisfying customer needs and generating profits.

Organizational Leadership

This concentration provides preparation for leadership roles at all levels of organizations. The courses, which focus on ethics and leadership, motivational theory and practice, organizational behavior, and team building, enable students to develop their abilities to align people and motivate them to achieve organizational goals. 

Capstone Requirement

The student may select one of two tracks to complete the Capstone requirement. Track I, for six credits, involves a Thesis or Business Plan Preparation.

Students electing to fulfill their Capstone requirements by selecting the Track II option must complete nine credits of work; six credits of Comprehensive Case Studies, plus an additional advanced elective offered form the M.B.A. Program numbered 700 to 799, or with permission of the Graduate Business chair or designee.

Advisement and Plan of Study

Those students looking for advice and direction on academic issues, individual plans of study, course waivers, and program requirements should contact the office of the Graduate Business chair or designee. Non-Degree students must obtain permission to register from the Graduate Business chair or designee before the beginning of each session. All questions regarding degree requirements and waivers must be discussed with the Office of Graduate Admissions during the first session of study; no changes will be permitted thereafter.

Transfer Credits

Advanced graduate courses taken at other graduate schools of business prior to admission to the M.B.A. program may be transferred for credit with the permission of the Graduate Business chair or designee. Such courses may be used to meet elective requirements, provided the student requests the transfer of credit in writing at the time of application. Transfer credit must be advanced work and is limited to six credits for courses with a grade of B or better completed within the three-year period prior to admission to the M.B.A. program. The grades received in those course for which transfer credit is granted are not computed in the quality-point average for work performed in the program.

Maintenance of Matriculation

It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration. 

Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintaining Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee. 

Change of Status

Upon the satisfaction of all academic and/or technical deficiencies, the special matriculant must make a written request to the Graduate Business chair the removal of deficiencies. Application forms are available in the Office of the Graduate Business chair. 

Capstone Advisement

It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program's culminating activity. After the student registers for all sections of their Capstone requirement, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work. The Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms. 

A student's degree will not be released until all Maintaining Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on a student's record.

Procedures for Readmission

Students who have not attended classes for one year and who have not maintained matriculation, but are desirous of resuming their studies, are required to file an application for readmission with the Office of Graduate Admissions. Such students are required to re-enter under the existing admission standards and program requirements of the program at the time of re-entry.

Maintenance of Good Academic Standing

The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0 A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and Graduate Business chair at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students who have tow or more Incompletes on their academic record will be put on an academic cold and will not be allowed to register. Future registration for any subsequent courses will not be permitted until all of the Incomplete but one are resolved and graded. A grade of F or FW in any graduate course is grounds for dismissal from the program. Academic Probation, all students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade of F or FW in any course, the student may be subject to dismissal from the college.

For all students on probation, future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the Graduate Business chair of the student's program as well as the school dean.

In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation, the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or higher is not achieved, the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once. 

Degree Requirements

Each candidate for a degree or certificate must have completed all course requirements with a quality point index of not less than 3.0. the words, "With Distinction" will appear on the diploma of a degree student whose quality point index, upon meeting all requirements for graduation, is at least 3.5 time Limit Requirements for the M.B.A. must be completed within five years form the date of the candidate's admission (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exceptions will be made only if a student request in writing an extension of time in advance and receives the approval of the Graduate Business chair and school dean. 


A degree candidate must complete at least 30 credits of courses offered in the M.B.A. program. To be in residence, the student must have registered for courses offered by Mercy College in the M.B.A. program.


How many credits in total are needed to finish an M.B.A.?
Mercy College’s MBA Program consists of 54-57 credits if no waivers of pre-requisites are awarded, and as few as 33 credits with waivers. However, with our new summer turbo-start, up to 21 credits can be waived for both business and non-business majors by participating in our summer program this August.
Will I have to quit my job to participate in the MBA Program and/or the summer turbo-start?
No. Mercy College’s MBA Program offers the flexibility needed for today’s professionals. Classes are offered in the evenings, on weekends, and in some cases, through distance learning.
Are GMATs required?
No, GMATs are not required for admittance to Mercy’s MBA Program.
What is the summer turbo-start program?
The summer turbo-start program is an intensive 100-hour program for students who would like to get the MBA pre-requisites waived. This can apply to both business and non-business majors. With this summer program, students can begin their MBA studies in August of 2013 and receive their MBA in the summer of 2014.
What are the requirements to be enrolled in the M.B.A. program?
A Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. However, applicants who do not meet those guidelines will receive full consideration for admittance to the program after completing an interview with a member of our MBA team.
Do most students work while enrolled?
Yes. Many find the workload challenging but manageable.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
Where are classes offered?
Classes are offered on our Herald Square Manhattan Campus and on our Dobbs Ferry Campus. The summer program will be offered in Manhattan.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
Raymond Manganelli Associate Professor, Graduate Business
Gary Bernstein Assistant Professor, Business
Thomas Coughlan Assistant Professor, Business

Business Administration Overview

In the heart of the business capital of the world, Mercy College offers a program of unparalleled quality, which can put the country's premier business credential in your hands in one year. Combined with Mercy's competitive tuition rates, you will keep even more money in your pocket. 

Classes are taught by former executives, CEOs, CFOs and entrepreneurs - industry leaders from Wall Street to Main Street - who bring their extraordinary professional experience into the classroom, and offer students access to a network of elite leaders in their respective fields.

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Business Administration FAQS

What is the summer turbo-start program?
The summer turbo-start program is an intensive 100-hour program for students who would like to get the MBA pre-requisites waived. This can apply to both business and non-business majors. With this summer program, students can begin their MBA studies in August of 2013 and receive their MBA in the summer of 2014.
What are the requirements to be enrolled in the M.B.A. program?
A Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. However, applicants who do not meet those guidelines will receive full consideration for admittance to the program after completing an interview with a member of our MBA team.
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Business Administration Fast Facts

  • Based in Manhattan
  • Taught by an executive faculty
  • Strategic Consulting Institute- consulting projects for IBM and other major corporations include assignments focusing on real asset portfolio optimization, life sciences analytics, marketing assessments, and customer satisfaction surveys
  • Flexible scheduling designed for professionals
  • Business & non-business majors welcome
  • GMAT optional
  • Competitive scholarships available
  • Advisory Board - IBM, PWC, JP Morgan, UBS, Accenture, and Merrill Lynch
Real projects for real companies

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Career Opportunities

Intermediate and upper level managers, finance, marketing, advertising, international business, human resources, and direct marketing.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate in depth working knowledge across disciplines, including accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing, and organizational behavior
  • Demonstrate the ability to solve problems by integrating the knowledge and skills of several disciplines
  • Use quantitative, qualitative, analytical, and decision making skills in complex situations to solve problems
  • Demonstrate information literacy skills and the ability to integrate available technology into their solutions
  • Demonstrate skills in leadership as well as the ability to work independently and collaboratively in teams
  • Identify ethical issues in business and formulate a response based on appropriate standards
  • Demonstrate an awareness of global issues and how they might affect various business situations
  • Demonstrate strong oral, written, and formal presentation skills
  • Demonstrate The Ability To Apply Management Theories To Practical Situations, Evidenced In The Preparation Of Cases, Writing Of Theses, And Active Learning In Both Curricular And Extracurricular Activities
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the global business environment and have a strong working knowledge of the role of the government, cultures and related institutions such as the world trade organization and how they impact growing and/or marketing business internationally with topics related to regulations, risk management, exchange rates and tariff and non-tariff barriers
  • Assess and affect the dynamics of the organization's system at all levels individual, peer group, intergroup, and the total organization thereby affording students the opportunity to develop critical competencies required to be internal consultants and change agents
  • Apply skills in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning and information literacy to corporate finance related problem solving and decision making
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes through which ethical conflicts are resolved by organizations, with emphasis on understanding the role of leaders in setting and maintaining ethical standards
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess a market and develop a market and product strategy