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Business, Bachelor of Science

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business


The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business is designed to provide a high-quality business education to students at St. John’s University. The program is general, rather than focused, allowing students to select seven advanced courses from any one of the disciplines in the Tobin College of Business, after completion of the business core. Students are able to tailor their programs to their specific interests and skills, and to defer specialization to their graduate program. It offers the flexibility for students to participate in one or more of our noteworthy experiential courses, to broaden their hands-on business experience.

The program provides faculty and students a shared understanding of the purpose of majoring in business and what graduating seniors are expected to know or to be able to do at the end of their course of study.  The program’s objectives, which are assessed to determine whether students are achieving the outcomes, include the following:

  • Students are skilled in critical thinking and decision making, as supported by the appropriate use of analytical and quantitative techniques.
  • Students can apply functional area concepts and theories appropriately.
  • Students are effective communicators who can prepare and deliver oral and written presentations using appropriate technologies.
  • Students are sensitive to the ethical requirements of business activities.
  • Students can tackle strategic and organizational challenges with innovative solutions.

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For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
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Admission Office -  Staten Island Campus
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To earn their Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, students complete 21 semester hours in business courses and minimum of 124 credits, including core, major-sequence and elective courses, as outlined below.

The courses can be taken from 3000 and 4000 level courses offered in accounting, computer information systems, economics, decision science, finance, law, management, marketing or risk management and insurance.

Common and Distributed Core — 66 Credits

DS2333Modern Statistics I (Liberal Arts)3
DS2334Modern Statistics II (Liberal Arts)3
PHI1000C, 2220C, 3000CPhilosophy9
ECO1301C, 1302, ElectiveEconomics9
DNY1000CDiscover New York3
ENG1000C, 1100C, ElectiveEnglish9
THE1000C, 2200-2900, 3305Theology9
 Foreign Language/Language and Culture CoreElective3
 Foreign Language/Fine Arts Core 3
 Liberal ArtsElective3

Business Core — 36 Credits

ACC2320Fundamentals of Accounting3
FIN2310Foundations in Finance3
LAW1310Law in a Business Environment3
MGT2301Administrative and Organizational Behavior3
MGT3325Management of Operations3
MGT4329Managerial Strategy and Policy3
MKT2301Principles of Marketing3
RMI2301Principles of Risk Management3
  Business/General Electives6
  Technology Elective3

Note: Business Core may vary if pursuing a dual degree program.

Seven Courses from the Following — 21 Credits

BUS  Business Elective  (1)3
BUS  Business Elective (2)3
BUS  Business Elective (3)3
BUS  Business Elective (4)3
BUS  Business Elective (5)3
BUS  Business Elective (6)3
BUS  Business Elective (7)3

Career Outcomes

Careers in business are the fastest growing and most in-demand of all careers due to fact that business is one of the most flexible disciplines available and business skills have a place in nearly every industry. The business major will increase your opportunity for employment and offer room for advancement within business careers.

Careers for business majors fall into one (or a combination) of three primary categories: financial, management, and marketing. People with business degrees may become human resources managers, accountants, market research analysts, insurance underwriters, and more. Many of these business careers are not only attainable but are projected to grow faster than other occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Because many business careers require the same skill sets, any of the careers listed above may naturally lead to another, though some additional training, experience, or education may be required for a smoother transition. The transferable nature of these employment opportunities ensures that any person pursuing a major in business has a number of options for their future employment, which could translate into job security and career success.

For more information, contact:

Sheila Russell, M.A.
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs
[email protected]

Additional Information

Along with outstanding courses and renowned professors, students in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John's benefit from world-class academic and technological resources.

The Financial Information Lab boasts state-of-the-art learning tools including 29 computer workstations. Each computer offers the latest FactSet financial software. The lab provides access to Bloomberg systems as well as news, stock market information and financial data to enrich every student’s understanding of the business world.

Drawing on St. John's extensive contacts in New York City's business sector, the Executive-in-Residence Program (EIRP) is a unique feature of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business. Guided by leading executives who serve as teachers and mentors, students engage in real-world consulting for actual businesses and non-profit organizations.

The Undergraduate Student-Managed Investment Fund is a highly selective program that gives students hands-on experience with managing a substantial portfolio.

Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining any one of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Business-related clubs in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business include the following:

  • Advertising Club
  • APICS, The Educational Society for Resource Management
  • ASCEND – Pan Asian Student Organization
  • Economics and Finance Society
  • Internal Audit Student Organization (IASO)
  • Marketing Club
  • National Association of Black Accountants 

The Tobin College also offers membership in the following honor societies:

  • Beta Alpha Psi: The national scholastic honor society in accounting
  • Beta Gamma Sigma: The Iota Chapter of this honor society for colleges of business administration
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon:  The Theta Chapter of this national honor society in economics
  • Sigma Iota Epsilon: The Sigma Chapter of the national honor society in management

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business Dean’s Distinguished Scholars Program

This elite program offers opportunities for high-achieving undergraduate business students to share their academic journey with fellow scholars in the program. It features enriched curricular activities designed to stimulate intellectual, professional, and personal growth by combining opportunities for career development, global study, research projects with faculty, and academic service learning.

Students are selected for the program by Tobin faculty. Business students who graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored a minimum combined verbal/mathematics SAT score of 1300 will be considered.

The Dean’s Distinguished Scholars Program participation requirements include:

  • Enrollment in Distinguished Scholars-designated courses
  • Participation in a subsidized Scholars Global Destination Course
  • Completion of at least one internship course
  • Participation in two workshop/speaker/career development activities per semester
  • Maintenance of a 3.5 cumulative GPA, both overall and within student’s major

The benefits of the program are many, notably:

  • Participating students receive a $2,000 grant toward the Tobin Global Destination course
  • Participating students have the option to conduct research with a faculty member within the student’s major
  • Participating students may live with other Distinguished Scholars in one of the University’s residence halls