Are Peter J. Tobin College of Business (Tobin) students
assigned to a particular dean/advisor?
As new freshmen, students are assigned to an advisor within
the University Freshmen Center (UFC). Beginning with
sophomore year, students may see any dean in their respective
Dean’s Office or Advisement Office.
What is an undergraduate major?
An undergraduate major is a concentration of courses in a
particular academic discipline. Depending on the major that a
student chooses, the number of required major field courses can
change accordingly. Please consult a dean or advisor for
information specific to your chosen degree path.
What majors are offered at Peter J. Tobin College
There are eight undergraduate majors: Accounting (ACC),
Actuarial Science (ACT), Economics (ECO), Finance (FIN), Management
(MGT), Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing (MKT), and
Risk Management and Insurance (RMI).
May a student double major?
Double majors are available in Management
Information Systems (MIS) or Finance (FIN) coupled with Accounting
(ACC). Upon the completion of all required course work, the
graduate receives one Bachelor of Science degree with two
Students may choose to select a second major from another college
within St. John’s University. The credits required to earn a
second major are typically completed in addition to the Bachelor of
Science degree requirements within Tobin. Please review the list of
available majors in the University’s Undergraduate Bulletin.
(Please insert hyperlink) A dean or advisor can answer
specific questions regarding double majors and combined
What is a combined degree?
The combined B.S. degree and M.S./M.B.A. degree in Public
Accounting or B.S. degree and M.S. degree in Taxation provide
students with a background for advanced professional placement and
satisfies the educational requirements for certification as a
C.P.A. in the State of New York.
Students who maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher, and have
an interest in the accounting profession, are encouraged to
consider a combined degree in the undergraduate business major of
their choice, coupled to a master’s degree in accounting.
Enrollment in such a program allows the student to lessen graduate
study by one year, taking graduate level courses in their senior
year as an undergraduate to fulfill requirements for both the
bachelor’s and master’s degrees. In order to qualify for any
combined degree program, the student must sit for the Graduate
Management Admission Test (GMAT) no later than the summer following
their junior year, having completed approximately ninety
credits. They must also submit a formal application to the
Dean’s Office. It is imperative that any student interested
in a combined degree program complete certain key courses during
their sophomore and junior years. For more information,
please consult your dean, academic advisor, or the accounting
What is a minor?
A minor is a secondary sequence of courses outside of the
major field (typically eighteen to twenty four credits) that adds
breadth to your degree. Although not required, some students
feel that a minor will help them secure employment in a particular
field of interest. Minors are offered through St. John’s
College (SJC) and the College of Professional Studies (CPS).
The credits required to complete a minor sequence are most often
completed in addition to the Bachelor of Science degree
requirements within Tobin. Please review the list of available
minors in the University’s Undergraduate Bulletin. (Please insert
If a student is undeclared, undecided, or is
contemplating a change of major, how long can they remain in the
Peter J. Tobin College of Business without making a decision about
what they wish study?
It is common for students to change their major two
to three times during an undergraduate career. Because all of
our degree paths are rooted in a liberal arts core with key basic
business courses, students may change or declare their majors until
junior year in most cases, provided they have fulfilled certain
prerequisite requirements. It is never too early or late to
speak with a dean or advisor about the possibility of declaring or
changing a major. Sometimes additional courses are required
to make an appropriate transition. If a student is interested
in Actuarial Science or Accounting, it is particularly important
that they notify the Dean’s Office no later than the beginning of
How may a student declare or change a major?
To declare or change a major within Tobin, students
must visit their Dean’s Office or Advisement Office and fill out a
change of program form.
Outside of Tobin?
To change a major to a non-Tobin major, students
must file for an internal transfer. An application form is
available through the Office of the Registrar. This
application must be completed and delivered to the Dean’s Office of
the school to which the student plans to transfer. The Dean’s
Office that offers the new major must evaluate and accept the
Are there any electives in a student’s degree
Elective requirements vary by program. In most cases,
non-accounting majors have two business electives, and accounting
majors have two to three liberal art electives and one general
elective. Students should consult their dean or academic
advisor for details specific to their major.
What counts as a business elective?
A business elective is any junior or senior level Peter J.
Tobin College of Business (Tobin) course for which the student has
received written permission to enroll and has completed all
Are Tobin students able to study abroad?
Yes! Many Peter J. Tobin College of Business (Tobin)
students study abroad. It is important the University
Freshman Center (UFC) advisor and dean know early on that they may
wish to study abroad. This way, the advisor or dean may
provide appropriate guidance during registration.
How many credits are required for
Accounting majors must complete a minimum of 133 credits in
order to earn the Bachelor of Science degree. Actuarial
Science majors typically need a minimum of 132 credits. Students
who major in other fields need a minimum of 130 credits to
graduate. It is important to speak with a dean or advisor
about requirements, because second majors, minors, transfer credit,
and high school extension course work may change the total number
of credits required for graduation.
What is a Student Advisement Report?
A Student Advisement Report is a valuable tool to enhance the
advisement process. Students can print this unofficial
evaluation of their credits and use it to monitor progress towards
graduation. For detailed information, click this link: http://www.stjohns.edu/services/registrar/advisement/advise.sju
Please note that even though these evaluations are
accurate, no degree will be awarded based on the Student Advisement
Report alone. It is not a replacement for the essential
student-advisor relationships developed over an undergraduate
How many credits can a student take per
To maintain full-time status, students must enroll
in a minimum of twelve credits per semester. Provided the
student remains in good standing, they may enroll in a maximum of
eighteen credits per semester. Students must see their
academic dean for written permission to enroll in more than
What is considered Good Academic
“Good Academic Standing” means that a student is making
satisfactory academic progress. This usually means
maintaining a 2.0 cumulative index. If a student has less
than a 2.0 GPA, he or she will be placed on academic probation, or
will be academically dismissed from the University. A 2.0
cumulative index and a 2.0 major field index are requirements for
What is a Major Field Index (MFI)?
The “Major Field Index” is the average of the grades earned
(including F’s and ABF’s) for the courses specific to an
individual’s major. Students cannot graduate with less than a
How many credits must a student take each semester in
order to graduate in four years?
Typically, students must combine fifteen credit semesters
with a minimum of three semesters in which they pursue eighteen
credits. Keep in mind that additional semesters and/or summer
classes may be required to pursue a second major or minor, and/or
to make up courses which have been dropped or failed.
What is St. John’s University’s policy regarding
summer/winter study at a different college?
Students may submit a written request to their dean,
asking permission to enroll in a class at another college or
university during the summer semester if they live in excess of 50
miles from St. John’s University (STJ), or if the class is not
being offered at STJ during the summer. In order to enroll
and receive transfer credit, the students must receive written
permission from the Dean’s Office.
Individuals may also request, in writing, permission to take
a class elsewhere during the winter break, provided the session
dates do not overlap with the enrollment dates of STJ. As
with summer classes, students must receive written permission from
the Dean’s Office in order to enroll and receive credit for the
Decisions are made subsequent to the completion of the current
Can students pass/fail a course?
As a Peter J. Tobin College of Business (Tobin) student, only
general electives and liberal arts electives may be
“pass/failed”. Individuals may not pass/fail liberal arts
core, basic business core, or business elective requirements.
Since most students do not have many elective choices, it is
important to consult a dean or academic advisor if there are any
concerns surrounding academic performance in any class.
How can a student add/drop a course?
Students may add or drop a course online through the
University Information System (UIS) (insert hyperlink) during the
first five days of the semester. After this time, students
must visit the Dean’s Office for assistance adding or withdrawing
from a class.
How can a student drop/withdraw from a
After the first five days of the semester, students must see
an academic advisor or dean to file the appropriate paperwork to
drop or withdraw from a course. Before visiting the Dean’s
Office, please log into UIS/St. John’s Central (insert hyperlink)
and print out a Registration Change Request Form. A dropped
course does not appear on college transcripts, but a withdrawal
(WD) does. It is important to check the University Calendar
(hyperlink) and to be aware of important dates.
How does a student completely withdraw from St. John’s
In order to withdraw completely from the University, a
student must submit a signed letter to the Dean’s Office requesting
a complete withdrawal for that semester. Please consult your Dean’s
Office if you plan to return the following semester, as it may be
possible to request an academic leave of absence.
What happens if a student gets an “F” in a
If a student receives an “F” as a final grade in a course, he
or she must repeat the class if it is a degree requirement. Both
the “F” and the new grade will average into the student’s
cumulative grade point average (GPA).
What is the grade “ABF”?
The grade “ABF” means that the student missed the final
exam. An “ABF” holds the same value as an “F”, unless a
make-up exam is completed. Once this exam has been graded, a
change of grade will be submitted by the faculty member, and the
earned grade will replace the “ABF”.
What should a student do if they've missed a final
If students miss a final exam, a formal letter, along with
documentation explaining why the exam was missed, must be delivered
to the Dean’s Office in order to request an alternate exam.
The request does not guarantee that permission will be
granted. Permission is only given for valid reasons.
There is a fee of $80.
Is tutoring available?
Yes, on the Queens campus, tutoring is available through the Office
of Special Programs-St. John Hall 104; Math Learning Center- St.
John Hall 203; and The Writing Center- St. Augustine Hall
(Library) 1st Floor. In Staten Island, tutoring is available
through the Learning Resources Center - Loretto Memorial Library,
Are Internships available?
Tobin offers credit bearing internships to seniors who are
currently enrolled and have completed 90 credits with a cumulative
GPA of at least 3.0. They are for one semester and satisfy
credit for one professional elective or a business elective. For
more information, please see: Queens—Dean Renee Hughes,
718-990-5124, or Staten Island—718-390-4331.
The Special Summer Internship Program provides qualified sophomores
and above with a paid, four to eight week summer job at
participating firms. Students must be currently enrolled with a
minimum of 45 credits and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. For
more information, please see: Queens—Dean Renee Hughes,
718-990-2154, or Staten Island—Dean Susan Bradley,
Paid internships are also available through the Career
What is a Senior Specialty Program?
Senior Specialty programs are designed to give seniors the
opportunity to gain hands-on experience within certain major fields
of study. Students may apply for admission to these courses during
the spring of their junior year. These are:
Executive-in-Residence Program (EIRP) accepts applications from
seniors from any major field of study who have a minimum cumulative
GPA of 3.4. For more information about EIRP, please contact
Dr. Boone (Bent Hall, 3rd Floor in Queens) or visit http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/graduate/tobin/academics/eirp.
Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) for Finance majors. For more
information, please contact the Economics/Finance Department
secretary (Bent Hall 3rd Floor in Queens), or the TCB Staten Island
Dean’s office (Spellman Hall, Rm 101), or visit http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/undergraduate/tobin/academics/smif.
National Advertising Competition for Marketing majors. For
more information, please contact Professor Hallberg (Bent Hall, 3rd
Floor in Queens).
Are there any Honor Societies within Tobin?
Tobin has honor societies available to seniors who meet
the academic criteria set by each organization. They include:
Accounting- Beta Alpha Psi, Economics and Finance- Omicron Delta
Epsilon, Management- Sigma Iota Epsilon, and Risk Management and
Insurance/Actuarial Science- Gamma Iota Sigma. The Tobin
College also hosts a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the officially
designated honor society of AACSB International.
What is AACSB International?
AACSB International grants accreditation for undergraduate
and graduate business administration and accounting programs.
AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard
of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that
earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and
continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer
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