School of Professional Programs

Welcome from the Dean of School of Professional Programs

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Thank you for visiting the School of Professional Programs site to learn more about our programs. Our school's programs are designed with the career interests and practical needs of adult learners in mind. Whether you are interested in completing an undergraduate degree, completing one of our professional certificate programs, or taking advantage of our non-credit programs, the School of Professional Programs offers a quality education based on the proven areas of expertise within Marist College.

During your visit to our website, I urge you to explore our two degree completion majors:

  • Management Studies: a program that provides a broad and comprehensive foundation across the disciplines of management and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree
  • Professional Studies: a customizable program that leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science that provides the flexibility to focus on a variety of concentrations that can both maximize transfer credits and address specific skills and tools needed for students to achieve their career goals.

Both programs are designed to provide adult learners the opportunity to complete their undergraduate studies with the flexibility necessary to balance that process with existing personal and professional responsibilities.

Additionally, both of our degree completion programs are available in a fully online format. Candidates in the New York City area may also be interested in completing courses in a hybrid format that combine both a number of evening sessions, at the Marist Executive Center on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, with online elements. Candidates in the area of the Marist main campus in Poughkeepsie have the same choice with regard to some courses offered in a hybrid format.

We look forward to answering any questions you may have about our programs. Best wishes for your future success with both your studies and your career!


Dr. Danny Szpiro

Dean of the School of Professional Programs

Assistant Vice President (Academic)

Professor of Accounting

Marist College



Dr. Danny Szpiro is an award-winning teacher and expert on financial management, including the areas of management accounting, capital budgeting, post-investment review, and the Balanced Scorecard. He has published on the topic of integrating capital budgeting and corporate strategy, and has published teaching material on the use of the case method that has been adopted by universities around the world. He has also held academic appointments and senior administrative roles in leading business schools in North America and Europe.

Dr. Szpiro earned a BSc from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Queen’s University, an MSc (International Accounting & Finance) from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. In his research and consulting, he has worked with organizations on the use of post-investment reviews and strategic controls in capital investment systems and on developing the financial analytical skills of managers.  He has led sessions and courses with executives in many development and graduate degree programs, including MBA, Executive MBA, Executive CMA and Aviation MBA specializations, in North America and overseas. He has also delivered in-company executive development courses with leading organizations such as The Home Depot, Walmart, AstraZeneca, Generali, Erste Bank, Goodyear, FedEx, and Cevital.

Dr. Szpiro is also an experienced leader in the fields of executive and adult education.  As Dean of the School of Professional Programs and Assistant Vice President (Academic),  his work is focused on adult education built on a strong liberal arts foundation. Previously, he was Dean at the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University and worked closely with Jack Welch on the development of both an online MBA program and self-paced online management development courses. From 2004 to 2012 Danny was a faculty member and administrator at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He joined Johnson as the founding Director of The Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA Program and ultimately advanced to the position of Associate Dean for Executive Education. From 1999 to 2004 he was an Associate Professor with the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, and, for most of that period, the Director of Queen’s National Executive MBA program. Prior to joining Queen’s, he was a faculty member with the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Before pursuing an academic career, he spent many years in various international activities in the consumer electronics industry.