Graduate Programs

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business offers an entrepreneurial, an experiential, and a global education.

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M.B.A. Programs

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Traditional M.B.A.

Our 36-credit Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program has a revised focus on case studies, real-world projects and a global perspective that transcends the normal classroom experience while giving students a broad understanding of pertinent business fields and connecting them with alumni and corporate executives.

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STEM M.B.A.

The 45 credit STEM M.B.A. program is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in pursuing analytical and technical management roles across industries. The federal government created the STEM-designated degree program to address the shortage of qualified workers in the STEM field, which is estimated to grow to more than a million jobs by 2028.

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Accounting M.B.A.

The goal of the 57-credit MBA in Accounting is to supplement the Tobin M.B.A. with a level of technical competence that permits entry into the profession of public accountancy or to enter corporate management in the accounting area. The Tobin M.B.A. curriculum gives the student a deeper understanding of management problems and the business firm’s position in the economic structure of society.

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Fast Track M.B.A. Programs

The Tobin Fast Track M.B.A. provides an economic and competitive advantage to St. John's University undergraduate students by reducing the financial burden of the M.B.A. Since the Fast Track M.B.A. provides an opportunity for St. John's University undergraduates to take four graduate classes during their senior year, students only need to complete the remaining eight graduate classes (24 credits) in their fifth year at the Manhattan or Queens campus. Applications for the Fast Track M.B.A. should be completed by the end of a student’s third year of study and admission is based primarily on St. John's University undergraduate academic performance.

M.S. and Certificate Programs

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All applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent prior to enrollment at the graduate level. Applicants to the M.S. in Accounting program must have been an undergraduate business major.

In addition to the application form and non-refundable application fee candidates should submit the following:

  • Statement of professional goals and Resume which can be uploaded as part of the  application for admission
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended. Applicants with international coursework must submit a course-by-course academic transcript evaluation from a NACES approved provider.  International Applicants to programs in Accounting and Taxation must have a Graduate Admissions evaluation completed by AEQUO.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores, taken within the last five years
  • Two letters of recommendation, obtained from professional or academic references
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English

Applicants to the M.S. in Taxation program who have passed the CPA exam may be permitted to waive the GMAT requirement.

For further details regarding our requirements, please contact Tobin Graduate Admissions.
 

Am I required to take the GMAT in order to apply to your program?
The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants to our graduate degree programs except for the MS in Taxation where the GMAT will be waived for applicants who hold a CPA license or who have passed all parts of the uniform CPA exam. The GRE code for The Tobin College of Business is: 2851. 

For more information on the GMAT exam, please visit http://www.mba.com/.  

Your GMAT or GRE results are valid for a maximum of five years from the original test date.  You must retake the GMAT or GRE if your existing score is older than five years.

Should you take the GMAT more than once, the Admission Committee will use the highest score obtained for admission review.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
Official test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) is required of all applicants that do not hold a degree from a regionally accredited academic institution where the language of instruction is English.

Although the Tobin College of Business does not have cut off scores for the TOEFL, admitted students  who score lower than 100 will be required to sit for a St. John's University-sponsored English Language Proficiency (ELP) Test.  Admitted students who score 7.0 or below on the IELTS will also need to sit for the ELP test. The ELP test takes place prior to the start of each term. Depending on the results of the ELP test, some students may need to take English courses to improve on their general language and business communication skills.

Your TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for only two years, and a new score will have to be submitted if your existing score exceeds the two-year limit.

The TOEFL School Code is:

2799 – Manhattan Campus and Queens Campus
2845 - Staten Island Campus

Request to have your IELTS scores sent to:
St. John’s University
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business Graduate Admissions
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Are interviews required?
Evaluative interviews are extended by invitation only at the discretion of the Admission Committee.  If an interview is deemed necessary applicants will be contacted by the Graduate Admission Office to schedule a convenient time to meet.

Students are welcome to make an appointment for an informational interview with a member of the admission staff in order to learn more about our programs and/or address any questions they may have.

What is the application fee?
The application fee for all graduate programs at the Tobin College of Business is $70.

I do not have any full-time work experience.  Am I eligible to apply to the program?
On average, our accepted full-time students hold 2 years of full-time work experience and our accepted part-time students hold four years of full-time work experience.

Although work experience is not a requirement for those wanting to apply to our program, it does help to enhance the application.  We expect applicants that do not have full-time work experience to have some part-time work or summer internship experience.  Significant volunteer work is also considered favorably.

I am still an undergraduate student in my last year of study.  Am I eligible to apply?
If you are an undergraduate student in your last year of study, you may apply to a Tobin graduate program. If you are accepted, you must receive your undergraduate degree prior to enrolling at the Tobin College of Business.  Your offer of acceptance will be contingent upon receipt of your final transcript indicating that you have completed all of your undergraduate degree requirements and that your degree has been formally conferred by your undergraduate institution.

I already have an MBA.  Will I be able to pursue a second MBA at The Tobin College?
The Tobin College of Business will accept applications only from those individuals who hold an MBA that was obtained from an institution outside of the United States.

Applicants who already hold an MBA from an international institution must clearly justify to the Admission Committee the reason why they need to pursue additional study in business.

I have a 3-year bachelors degree.  Am I eligible to apply?
There are several universities outside the United States that offer a bachelor's degree upon the completion of three years of study. The Tobin College of Business accepts applications only from those applicants that hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Should you submit an application and the Admission Committee determines that your degree is not eligible, you will be advised accordingly, and suggestions will be made for the steps that you can take to meet our requirement.

What information should I include on my resume?
Please provide a detailed business resume in reverse chronological order. At minimum, be sure to include titles, dates of employment and whether the position was held on a full-time or part-time basis. Also include a summary of your educational history and any activities, community service, awards and noteworthy achievements.
What are your application deadlines?
 
Recommended Application Deadlines
 
The Tobin College uses a rolling admission policy.  Applications are acted upon once they are complete. While the College makes every attempt to advise candidates of missing application items, the application process is self-managed, and it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials reach the Tobin Graduate Admission Office in time for a decision to be made for the upcoming term. Students applying from countries outside of the United States are advised to apply well in advance of these deadlines, owing to the longer timelines required to process credentials and make visa arrangements.
 
For fall applicants:

Admission Application Deadline:

Admission Decision Mailed By:

November 1st

December 15th

March 1st

April 1st

June 1st

July 1st

Rolling Admissions *

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For spring applicants: 

Admission Application Deadline:Admission Decision Mailed By:
September 1October 1
November 1December 1
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* Rolling admission means that we continue to accept and reviews qualified candidates as space permits or until the semester begins.

The MBA curriculum is designed to allow for innovative approaches to in-class learning and expands on the development of a real world skill-set that students can apply immediately to their emerging careers.

The MBA Structure is as follows:

8 Core Courses (24 credits)

  • ACC 602: Global Financial and Managerial Reporting
  • DS 602: Business Analytics
  • ECO 606: Industrial Economics
  • FIN 607: Financial Management
  • LAW 600: Law, Ethics and the Principled Path in Business
  • MGT 601: Managing for Global Success
  • MKT 600: Decisions in Marketing Management
  • RMI 601: Risk Management

1 Required Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • MGT 700: Seminar in Business Policy

3 Concentration Field Courses (9 credits)

Maximum Courses & Credits
12 Courses, 36 Credits (69 credits for the MBA in Accounting program)

Estimated Time to Complete
3 Years for part-time; 3 semesters for full-time

Tobin offers several Master of Science (M.S.) programs that range from 30 to 33 credits. The Tobin M.S. programs use experiential and innovative techniques, as well as discussions, applications, case studies, and real-world projects to transcend the normal classroom experience, while giving students a global perspective and connecting them with alumni and corporate executives.

Students may select their M.S. program in Accounting, Actuarial Science, Enterprise Risk Management, Finance, Risk and Financial Advisory,  Risk Management and Risk Analytics, and Taxation.

Programs

Accounting. This 33-credit program fulfills all of the accounting education requirements to sit for the uniform CPA examination and fulfills the education requirements to be licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in the State of New York.   The curriculum is designed to help professionals understand the function of accounting within their organizations and in the global marketplace and to relate sophisticated theoretical concepts to practical applications.

Actuarial Science. This 30-credit program provides career preparation to students seeking to become actuaries.  Actuaries use their quantitative skills to place a price on risk.  Pricing risk allows insurance companies to provide coverage against loss events, and allows governments to successfully provide social welfare programs and protection against catastrophic risks. The curriculum is designed to enhance critical and analytical thinking, as well as pass professional examinations.

Enterprise Risk Management. This 30-credit program recognizes the interdisciplinary nature of business activity and adopts an enterprise-wide approach to managing the myriad of risks an organization faces. The curriculum reinforces the need for risk to be managed at the strategic, financial, reputational and operational levels of the organization, with well-prepared managers who can guide and build an enterprise risk management process.

Finance. This 30-credit program provides students with the expertise to make effective financial analysis and investment decisions and to gain the knowledge and skills for financial analysis and tackling investment problems. The curriculum is designed to cover the body of knowledge to become Chartered Financial Analysts (CFAs), and to provide a rigorous academic and applied content for careers in portfolio management.

Risk and Financial Advisory. This 30-credit program prepares students who have career interests in internal auditing, information systems’ audit and control, forensic accounting and fraud examination, compliance auditing, litigation support, risk assessment and control, enterprise risk management, controllership, and mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations. 

Risk Management and Risk Analytics. This 30-credit program focuses on insurance as a tool of risk management.  The curriculum is designed to enable graduates to finance corporate risk, within the realities of the firm’s environment, in a way that preserves/enhances firm value.

Taxation. This 31-credit program, offered on campus and online, provides a comprehensive knowledge of the Internal Revenue Code, and administrative regulations and rulings. The tax curriculum equips graduates to enter and/or advance as tax specialists in the profession of public and private accounting, and to serve in management positions. You learn to think as a tax professional and to plan strategies, conduct research, perform compliance, and communicate your findings. 

Fast Track Master of Science

The Tobin Fast Track Master of Science (FT-M.S.) provides an economic and competitive advantage to St. John’s undergraduate students and their parents by reducing the financial burden of earning any Tobin M.S. degree.  Students have the opportunity to complete their degree earlier by taking up to four graduate classes in their senior year and completing the remaining graduate courses in their fifth year. (Note: Students in the M.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Taxation must complete more than two graduate courses in their fourth year as the programs require 33 and 31 credits, respectively).

Applications for the FT-M.S. should be completed by the end of the students’ third year of study.  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to succeed in the FT- M.S. by meeting the same entrance requirements as for all Tobin graduate programs:  an overall 3.25 Grade Point Average (GPA) in their undergraduate courses. Applicants can contact the Office of Graduate Admission at [email protected] or 718-990-1345 with questions.

English Requirements For F – 1 and J – 1 Visa Students:
Foreign students entering the Tobin College of Business with an F – 1 or J – 1 Visa must take the English Language Placement Test. If they are found to be deficient in the above, they must successfully complete the ESL (written and speech) program prior to beginning the second year of their graduate program. The exam is administered by the English as a Second Language Program.

Curriculum Practical Training for F-1 International Studentes (CPT):
Students enrolling in ACC605 or MKT699 have the opportunity to do a for-credit internship external to the university in the areas of accounting/finance or marketing. CPT is only available prior to the completion of your degree program and you must have an internship offer at the time of application. For further information, international students should contact the International Student Services Office, at ext. 5076.  

Optional Practical Training for F-1 International Students (OPT):
Upon completion of final classes in satisfaction of degree requirements International Students may apply for OPT which allows students to stay and work in the United States for a period of one year. Students must apply for OPT within 60 days of completion of final classes. Further information is available from the International Students Services Office, ext. 5076.

Admission for International Students

What should I do if I completed my undergraduate outside of the United States?
The Tobin College of Business Graduate Admissions requires all academic transcripts with coursework completed outside of the United States to be evaluated by a NACES approved evaluation service provider. All evaluation reports must list each course taken, an equivalent letter grade and an overall converted cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Each applicant must also provide an official transcript sent directly from the institution to St. John’s University. For expedited foreign transcript evaluation service at a discounted rate you may complete a SpanTran Foreign Transcript Evaluation Application Form.

I have a three-year bachelor’s degree.  Am I eligible to apply?
There are several universities outside the United States that offer a bachelor's degree upon the completion of three years of study. Tobin College accepts applications only from those applicants that hold the equivalent of a U.S. four-year degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

In almost all cases, the evaluation report (see above) will reveal if the three-year foreign degree is equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Should you submit an application and the Admission Committee determines that your degree is not eligible, you will be advised accordingly, and suggestions will be made for the steps that you can take to meet our requirement.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
Official test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) is required of all applicants that do not hold a degree from a regionally accredited academic institution where the language of instruction is English. The Tobin College of Business Graduate Admissions team reserves the right to demand a TOEFL or IELTS score report from any applicant.

Based on your TOEFL or IELTS scores, you may be required to sit for the St. John’s University-sponsored English Language Proficiency (ELP) test prior to the start of the semester. Depending on the results of the ELP test, some students may need to take English courses to improve on their general language and business communication skills. These courses may be taken with your graduate business courses; however, the courses do not count towards your graduate degree requirements. 

Your TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for only two years, and a new score will have to be submitted if your existing score exceeds the two-year limit.

St. John’s University’s TOEFL School Code is 2799

Request to have your IELTS scores sent to:
St. John’s University
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business Graduate Division
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

I want to take the CPA exam in New York. What do I need to do as an international student?

If you are an international student applying for an Accounting or Taxation degree and hope to take the CPA exam in New York you will need your credits evaluated by NASBA.  At present, AEQUOis the only organization authorized by NASBA for these evaluations, and SJU will use these evaluations for your admissions as well.

As an international graduate student, can I work while studying? 
Students enrolling in ACC605 or MKT699 have the opportunity to do a for-credit internship external to the university in the areas of accounting/finance or marketing. Curriculum Practical Training for F-1 International Students (CPT) is only available prior to the completion of your degree program and you must have an internship offer at the time of application. For further information, international students should contact the International Student Services Office,.  

Will I be able to apply for OPT? 
Upon completion of final classes in satisfaction of degree requirements International Students may apply for Optional Practical Training for F-1 International Students (OPTwhich allows students to stay and work in the United States for a period of one year. Students must apply for OPT within 60 days of completion of final classes. Further information is available from the International Students Services Office,

How can I contact the Graduate Admission Office?
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-1345
[email protected]

Alpha Delta Sigma
Alpha Delta Sigma is the national advertising honor society sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Membership is based on the recommendation of the Advertising Club Moderator.

Alpha Mu Alpha
Alpha Mu Alpha is a national marketing honor society sponsored by the American Marketing Association to recognize and reward scholarship among students of marketing. Membership is only available to individuals who attend a school having an established AMA Collegiate chapter. To be eligible for membership, students majoring in marketing must have a grade point average (GPA) ranking in the top 10 percent of their class.

Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi is the national scholastic honor society in accounting. Its objective is to encourage and recognize scholastic excellence in that field. Membership is open to students who have attained junior standing and who have distinguished themselves as outstanding students in all subject areas, including accounting.

Beta Gamma Sigma
Iota Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national scholastic honor society for colleges of business administration, was established at St. John's University in 1968 following the accreditation of the College by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. Candidates for membership may be elected from seniors who rank in the upper 10 percent of their class at graduation, or from juniors who rank among the highest four percent of their class. Transfer students who meet the qualifications above may be elected to membership after completing a minimum of one full year of study in the Tobin College of Business. Invitations for membership are extended during the spring semester.

Gamma Iota Sigma
Gamma Iota Sigma is an honorary fraternity with selective membership criteria. Members must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. In addition to the recognition associated with membership in an honorary organization, members have opportunities for extensive contact and interaction with industry representatives, through the meetings and special conferences sponsored by the fraternity, and through the services offered through the Gamma Iota Sigma Grand Chapter. The objectives of the Fraternity include: to promote friendly interaction between students, faculty and Insurance executives; to foster the scientific study in the field of Insurance; to develop sound thinking in Insurance theories, and a more exact knowledge and definition of Insurance principles; and to develop a better public understanding and appreciation of Insurance problems.

Omicron Delta Epsilon
Theta Chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national honor society in economics, was established at St. John's University in 1958. New members are formally inducted in the fall semester of each academic year. Seniors who have completed at least 12 credits in Economics and Finance courses are eligible if they have a 3.0 cumulative index and a 3.5 index for all Economics and Finance courses.

Sigma Iota Epsilon
Sigma Iota Epsilon is the national scholastic honor society in management. Its general purpose is two-fold: to encourage and recognize scholarly excellence, and to promote cooperation between the academic and practical aspects of management. Membership is open to students majoring in Management who have attained junior status and have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone in our admissions office, please contact us:

Office of Graduate Admissions
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Tel: 718-990-1345
Fax: 718-990-5242
[email protected]