MBA Graduate Program Frequently Asked Questions

Information About Marist's AACSB-Accredited Master’s Degree Program 

Who should apply for the MBA program?
Individuals interested in gaining the skill sets necessary to lead in today's global marketplace should apply. A bachelor's degree in business administration is not a requirement for admission to the program. Applicants who do not already have an advanced degree will be required to submit GMAT scores. Read more about who should apply for the MBA program.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?
Yes, the GMAT or GRE is required as part of the MBA application package if you do not have an advanced degree. 

What is the virtual manager focus about?
The focus of traditional Master's in Business Administration programs around the country has been the role of the general manger with broad responsibilities from finance to marketing. Thus, breadth has always been the focus of an MBA program. The world has changed; and as opposed to that general manager being responsible for an organizational entity that exists in a particular location producing a particular good or service, the general manager is responsible for a virtual organization with subordinates, colleagues, and superiors geographically dispersed. Interactions take place electronically through the telephone, email, video conferences, and through VoIP (Voice over IP). The demands of leadership, management, and followership in this environment are quite challenging.

When are the application deadlines?
Applications are accepted year round with a fall semester deadline of August 1 and a spring semester deadline of December 1. Classes begin in late August and early January of each year. The Preferred December 1 deadline is approaching--- contact your admission counselor to discuss extending the deadline today. Read more about how to apply to the Marist MBA program.

What is the cost of the Master of Business Administration program?
The current tuition rate is $750 per credit. Read more about the cost of Marist’s online Business Administration Master’s degree.

Are there any types of financial aid available for prospective students?
Assistance for graduate students at Marist is available in many forms, including low-interest loans, merit scholarships, and need-based grants. It is recommended that students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at as soon as possible. Financial packages will be sent to students upon acceptance to Marist. For more information on financial aid opportunities and deadlines, visit  Read more about financial aid available to students in the MBA program.

How long does it take to complete the MBA degree program?
Depending upon your prior undergraduate preparation in Business Administration, you can complete the entire 30-credit program in as little as two (2) years. Candidates who have little or no preparation in Business Administration can complete the program in three to four years.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in business to pursue my MBA at Marist College?
No. The Marist MBA program is designed to accommodate the academic needs of working professionals with undergraduate degrees in areas outside of business as well as graduates of business related programs. Marist's MBA program includes six (6) foundation courses that provide graduates of other disciplines with the academic cornerstones in business that they will need to successfully complete their graduate studies in business administration. Foundation courses may be waived based on prior academic experience. Read more about the undergraduate degree requirements for the MBA and read profiles of our students and alumni.

How long is each MBA course?
The Marist MBA offers a mix of course formats. Four of the five Core courses are delivered in 15-week cycles spanning the entire semester. One remaining Core course, along with all Foundations (if required), and all concentrations and electives are delivered in 8-week accelerated cycles. Read more about our online course formatting

How are the MBA courses structured?
Online and classroom-based courses are organized and presented in much the same way. Lectures, readings, and class assignments are issued or posted at regular intervals throughout the course. Assignments and exams are time sensitive in that they are due on a specific date. Online students simply submit work electronically on the date it's due. Read more about the MBA program and course structure.

How do online MBA courses work?
The communications capabilities are at the heart of the online MBA program and become seamless as you progress through the course. All work in the online classroom is completed and submitted online. You submit written work as an email attachment, such as a Word document or Excel spreadsheet. There is no on-campus requirement nor is everyone expected to be online at the same time. As with a traditional class, you are expected to read any textbook material or outside reading material prior to a certain due date specified in the course syllabus and course calendar. Usually, there are a number of discussion questions or problems due with each assignment that require you to answer and/or participate in class discussion. For example, your professor may ask you to express your views about the ethical aspects of a public policy. The professor expects each student to contribute their ideas in the conference room at their convenience by the due date and, where appropriate, to discuss alternative viewpoints with their classmates. Everyone participates! Read more about how online courses are administered for the Marist MBA.

Are there specific technical skills or computer system requirements needed to pursue my MBA degree online?
No. The only computer skills required are a familiarity with Windows, the Internet, and Microsoft Office. Technical support is available to online students through the Marist Help Desk.

How do I apply to the MBA program?
Students can apply online through Marist's online application. Read more about the application deadlines and upcoming information sessions.

Where can I find the application requirements?
All admission requirements, deadlines, and contact information can be found on our MBA Admission page. Read more about the MBA application and admission process.

What type of support services are offered for students in the MBA program?
The following support services will be offered:

Are internships offered through the MBA program?
The internship is not a part of the MBA program. However, faculty and staff will work with students to secure non-credit experience as a way to enhance the student experience beyond the standard MBA curriculum. Read more about MBA internships, employment, and career services.

Can international students apply for the Master of Business Administration program?
Yes. Since this a fully online program, students located in any part of the world can enroll in this program. In addition, because the program is asynchronous, students can access the course materials and join chat room discussions at any time regardless of the time zone they are in.

How do I obtain my books if I am completing an online program or course?
Textbooks can be ordered online and shipped through the Marist College Bookstore. Read more about obtaining textbooks for online courses.

Are there services to help me find a job?
The Marist College Office of Career Services provides students with assistance in job placement throughout the course of their enrollment in the program and upon graduation from the program. FoxQuest is a fully online job and internship search tool which allows students to search for and apply for positions from any location. Additionally, the School of Management maintains a listing of internships and employment opportunities that eligible students and alumni may apply for.


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