Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.


Dean's Message

Welcome to the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University!

Our Master of Business Administration and Master of Science programs provide a unique opportunity for you to obtain an experiential education in areas essential for understanding risk and uncertainty in our global economy. 

We believe a global perspective is critical for you to be successful in your career. To support this vision, Tobin offers you the opportunity to participate in our unique Global Destination Courses (GDCs). This innovative program incorporates visits abroad to business organizations that complement our standard coursework in a range of locations, such as London, England; Rome, Florence, and Milan, Italy; Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Lima and Cuzco, Peru; and Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Our Executive-in-Residence Program (EIRP) enables you to serve as consultants to participating companies, such as KPMG, National Grid, and Standard & Poor's U.S. Equity Research Services, and our Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) provides an opportunity for you to invest a portion of the University’s endowment using the facilities in our state-of-the-art Financial Information Lab. 

The M.B.A. program at the Tobin College of Business includes an option to study in our FLEX M.B.A., online M.B.A. or STEM M.B.A. programs. Our 36-credit FLEX M.B.A. enables students to enroll in onsite, online, or FLEX courses. Our FLEX courses are seven weeks onsite, followed by seven weeks of online learning, with a focus on case studies and real-world projects.

Please continue to explore opportunities at the Tobin College of Business by visiting our website at

We welcome you to our network of talented students, faculty, alumni, and executives! 

Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.
Joseph H. and Maria C. Schwartz Distinguished Chair
Professor of Decision Sciences
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Tobin Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, we believe that all students deserve a high quality, fair, and transformational education. Our core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are inseparable from our academic mission and we are intentional about fostering and providing a sensitive, inclusive, respectful, and supportive learning environment for all Tobin students, staff, and faculty, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, ability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

    Meet the Dean

    About The Peter J. Tobin College of Business

    The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University has 2,500 undergraduate business majors, and 600 graduate students in one of seven M.S. or two M.B.A. programs, all supported by more than 150 faculty and staff on the Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and Rome, Italy campuses.

    Tobin’s Master of Business Administration and Master of Science programs provide unique opportunities to obtain an experiential education in areas essential for understanding risk and uncertainty in our global economy.

    That global perspective is critical for career success. To support this vision, Tobin offers a Global M.B.A., which includes one or more semester of study at its campus in Rome, Italy. In addition, all M.B.A. and M.S. students have the opportunity to participate in one of the many Global Destination Courses, which offer students the chance to study in cities such as Athens, Barcelona, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Dublin, London, Munich, Paris, Venice, and Zurich.

    Online learning opportunities are also available for M.B.A., M.S. in Accounting, and M.S. in Taxation students. Online opportunities are also available to study in the M.B.A. and Fast-Track M.B.A. and M.S. programs.

    Within Tobin is the Center for Excellence in Enterprise Risk Management, Center for Executive Development, Applied Finance Institute, and Center for Global Business Stewardship Center. The College’s acclaimed School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science is one of only 20 colleges and universities to be recognized as a Global Center of Insurance Excellence.

    Tobin is one of only six schools in New York state that is accredited by AACSB International for general business and accounting.

    Vision and Mission


    The Tobin College of Business is a recognized  leader in business education – providing our students and others we serve with the opportunity to reach their full potential as business professionals in a global marketplace.


    Our mission is to develop men and women of character able to lead the way in today's global economy. Prepared with state-of-the-art problem-solving skills and an international perspective, our graduates will be known for ethical leadership benefiting all stakeholders. 

    We will accomplish our mission via five key strategies: 

    1. Excellence in Teaching: Nothing is more important. We will strive to deliver the best-in-class business education. 
    2. Experiential Learning: Giving traction to theory, we will emphasize applied, experiential learning. By bringing the real-world of business into our classrooms, we will prepare our students to compete with the best from day one. 
    3. A Global Education for the Global Career: Our perspective will be global, and that perspective will inform every course of study. 
    4. Service to the Global Community: We will use our skills to benefit others, especially the economically disenfranchised, to create jobs, foster healthier communities, and offer hope where it is in short supply. 
    5. Research: Scholarly research is key to the life of a business school. Our research will be applied as well as basic and will be integral to our teaching. 

    Senior Administration

    Norean R. Sharpe, Ph.D.
    Joseph H. and Maria C. Schwartz Distinguished Chair

    Theresa Patane
    Executive Assistant to the Dean
    [email protected]

    Senior Leadership, Queens Campus

    Adrian P. Fitzsimons, M.B.A., Ph.D.
    Associate Dean of Academic Programs
    [email protected]

    Nicos A. Scordis, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean of Faculty
    [email protected]

    Linda M. Sama, M.A., M.B.A., Ph.D.
    Associate Dean for Global Initiatives
    [email protected]

    Kristine McGovern, M.B.A.
    Assistant Dean and Director of Financial and Strategic Planning
    [email protected]

    John J. Neumann, D.B.A.
    Director of Graduate Programs
    [email protected]

    K. Matthew Wong, Ph.D., J.D.
    Director of MBA Programs
    [email protected]

    Wendy Cohen, M.A., M.P.S.
    Director, Tobin Center for Executive Education
    [email protected]

    Sydney J. Steinhardt, M.A., M.S.
    Director of Communications and Marketing
    [email protected]

    Graduate and Undergraduate Divisions, Staten Island Campus

    Donna M. Narducci, M.S., Ed.D.
    Associate Dean and Director of Programs
    [email protected]

    Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, Manhattan Campus

    Brandon Sweitzer, M.A.
    [email protected]

    Thomas J. Cox, Jr. Honors 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. Only the highest performing entering freshman are considered for selection for this prestigious program. 

    The Thomas J. Cox, Jr. Honors Program participation requirements include:

    • Enrollment in Thomas J. Cox, Jr. Honors-designated courses
    • Participation in a subsidized Global Destination Course
    • Completion of at least one internship
    • Participation in workshop/speaker/career development activities each 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 funding 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 Honors Program participants in one of the University’s residence halls
    • Participating students get early exposure to and counseling by career services professionals