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Graduate Admissions Deadlines and Requirements

Application Deadlines

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines and Decision Release Dates

MBA Programs | MS Programs | Dual-Degrees | Pre-MBA | IBB | Advanced Certificates

Fall 2021

Rounds of Admission Submission Deadline Decision Release
Round 1  October 23, 2020 December 4, 2020
Round 2  November 20, 2020 January 8, 2021
Round 3  January 22, 2021 March 26, 2021
Round 4  April 9, 2021 June 4, 2021
Round 5  June 11, 2021 July 16, 2021

Spring 2021 Application Deadlines and Decision Release Dates

Pro MBA | Executive MBA | BS/MS | MSA | MST| MSMM | Pre-MBA | IBB

Spring 2021

Rounds of Admission Submission Deadline Decision Release
Round 1 November 13, 2020* December 18, 2020

*Deadline Extended to December 4, 2020, for Pre-MBA, Pro MBA, and Executive MBA

Summer 2021 Application Deadlines and Decision Release Dates

MSA | MSMM | MST

Summer 2021

Rounds of Admission Submission Deadline Decision Release
Round 1 March 5 2021 April 9, 2021

Application Requirements

Program Standardized Exam (GMAT/GRE) Resume Essays Letters of Recommendation Interview
MS Programs Optional* Required Two Required, One Optional One Required (Academic or Professional Required *
Full-time MBA
JD-MBA
Three  Required, One Optional One Professional
Professional MBA Two Required, One Optional One Professional
Executive MBA Two Required, One Optional One Professional
Pre-MBA One Required Optional Not Required

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Additional Application Information

Important Notes

  • The Gabelli School of Business has moved to the BusinessCAS application for all graduate business on-campus degree programs.
    • The information in the first three sections of the application can be applied to other graduate business programs who use this application and the fourth section will specific questions/requirement to the Gabelli School of Business degree program you choose to apply to.
    • Click here for BusinessCAS guidelines on how to fill out and submit a BusinessCAS application.
  • The priority deadline for merit-based scholarship consideration is January 22.
  • Applications must be submitted online and require a $150 non-refundable application fee.
  • International students requiring a visa to study in the United States should apply for the Fall 2020 term by June 11.
  • Admission to the JD/MBA program requires a separate application and successful admission to the Fordham University School of Law.
  • Applicants to the MS in Healthcare Administration should submit completed applications to the Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

 

Standardized Testing: GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment

Standardized tests (e.g., GMAT, GRE, EA) are a component of the application process and play an important role in our holistic evaluation process. Considering challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle, standardized tests of GMAT, GRE, or Executive Assessment will be optional for all MBA and Specialized Masters (MS) programs except for MS in Quantitative Finance (MSQF), and MS in Business Analytics (MSBA).

Applicants who do not submit a standardized test (e.g., GMAT, GRE, EA) are welcome to submit other supporting evidence to bolster the strength of their application (no more than 5). This evidence could include, but is not limited to: 

  • Industry certifications such as CFA, CPA, CAP, PMP, PHR, PE, or Six Sigma. 
  • Other exams such as MCAT or LSAT. 
  • Other non-degree coursework such as completed MOOC certificates (e.g., Coursera, edX), MBAMath, micro-masters/nanodegrees, or advanced certificates; all of which may assist the Admissions Committee in its evaluation process.   

If you choose to submit an official GMAT or GRE test score, you will need to add your test score as part of your online application. You will also be required to send your official test scores to the Gabelli School of Business Graduate Admissions Office. Click here for Gabelli’s test score codes.

The Gabelli School of Business considers the GMAT,GRE and Executive Assessment scores to be valid for up to five years from the term of entrance and must be valid at the time you submit your application. 

 

Applicants to the MSQF and MSBA:

Official GMAT or GRE test scores are required for applicants applying to the MS in Quantitative Finance and the MS in Business Analytics programs. Some applicants to these programs may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE test waiver. Waiver requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Consideration will be given for indicators of previous academic success and professional accomplishment which includes, but is not limited to:  

  • A strong undergraduate and/or graduate record including performance in analytical coursework or disciplines 
  • CPA or CFA designation or other professional certification/discipline 
  • Master's or advanced degree in an analytical discipline 
  • Seven (7) or more years of progressive, professional work experience in an analytical field 
  • Strong performance on a U.S. college admissions test (SAT and/or ACT) or a national exam administered for admission to bachelor's study in other countries  

To see if you are eligible for a test waiver, please submit the Test Waiver Form


Standardized Testing: English language proficiency

Applicants will need to provide an English-language test score from TOEFLIELTSDuolingo English Test (DET), or PTE Academic if English is not their native language, unless: (1) you’ve earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a U.S. college or university, (2) your education was completed exclusively in English in an English-speaking country; view the list of countries accepted, or (3) you received an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university in India (In some cases, we may request language proficiency test scores).

The Gabelli School of Business considers English language proficiency test scores to be valid for up to two years from the term of entrance and must be valid at the time you submit your application. 

Recommended scores:

  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT):  100
  • IELTS:  7
  • PTE:  68
  • DET:  120

We reserve the right to evaluate an applicant’s English based on an admission interview and an ESL test prior to the start of classes. Based on the results from either or both, English language courses may be required as part of the Gabelli School curriculum.

For more information about international admissions, please contact Gabelli School of Business graduate admissions at admissionsgb@fordham.edu or 212-636-6200.

 

Test score reporting codes

GRE Institution (2429); Department (0000)

 

GMAT/Executive Assessment
Program School Code
Executive MBA FMR-X6-94
MBA — Full-Time FMR-X6-55
MBA — Part-Time FMR-X6-22
MS in Accounting FMR-X6-88
MS in Applied Statistics and Decision-Making FMR-X6-27
MS in Business Analytics FMR-X6-96
MS in Media Management FMR-X6-85
MS in Global Finance FMR-X6-40
MS in Information Technology FMR-X6-31
MS in Management FMR-X6-99
MS in Marketing Intelligence FMR-X6-43
MS in Quantitative Finance FMR-X6-15
MS in Taxation FMR-X6-89

   

English Language Proficiency Test Score codes:
Test Code
TOEFL 7666
IELTS Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business
PTE Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business
DET Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business

Academic Transcripts

Applicants applying to any of the Gabelli School of Business graduate programs are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from a foreign country (in some cases, this is a three-year degree). If you are submitting your application during your last year (senior year) of your undergraduate program, we will accept and evaluate your application with a copy of your in-progress transcript (all completed terms at the time must be included).

At the time of applying, we require you to upload unofficial transcripts from the institutions where you earned your bachelor’s or master’s degree including any institutions where transfer credits counted toward either an undergraduate or graduate-level degree. If an offer of admission is made, you will need to send us your final official transcript with final grades and degree conferred from your undergraduate university/college prior to the first day of class.

Academic Credentials Verification: Applicants whose undergraduate or graduate studies were taught in a non-United States university are also required to submit an official transcript evaluation of their undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Exceptions are made for institutions in Canada, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. We will accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or any NACES organization member.

If offered admissions and your college or university releases transcripts through a secure electronic site such as National Student Clearinghouse or Parchment; you can order an official copy of your transcript to be emailed directly to admissionsgb@fordham.edu.

If electronic delivery is not available, please request that your official transcripts be submitted directly via post, in a sealed envelope, to:

Fordham University Gabelli School of Business
Graduate Admissions Office
Martino Hall
45 Columbus Avenue, 4th floor
New York, NY 10023

Essays

Essays are an opportunity for applicants to express themselves in areas that may not have been reflected in other portions of the application. Below you can review our degree specific short answer essay questions.

Full-time MBA and JD/MBA

Essay Question 1A: Select one prompt from group A and respond to your selected prompt using 100 words or fewer.

  • I had my preconceived ideas about a person or group of people challenged at work and I responded by..
  • I took initiative to self-teach/learn a new skill to enhance my career/skill set by...
  • The COVID-19/pandemic taught me the importance of...

Essay Question 1B: Select one prompt from group B and respond to your selected prompt using 100 words or fewer.

  • I learned from a colleague (or someone I supervised) when...
  • A practical way in which I have shown compassion towards a colleague or colleagues was . . .
  • I have empowered a colleague (or teammate) to succeed in their own career/project by...

Essay Question 2: What are your post-MBA short-term and long-term career goals? Please be specific and include industry, target companies/firms/organizations and specific roles. [Short term=immediately after graduation; long term=3-5 years after graduation] (200 word limit)

Essay Question 3: Career plans can evolve and change rapidly. What are potential alternative career trajectories you might consider if your "plan A" described in the previous essay response does not materialize? (100 word limit)

Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in your application, e.g. explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, quantitative abilities, etc.

Professional MBA

Essay Question 1A: Select one prompt from group A and respond to your selected prompt using 100 words or fewer.

  • I had my preconceived ideas about a person or group of people challenged at work and I responded by . . .
  • I took initiative to self-teach/learn a new skill to enhance my career/skill set by...
  • The COVID-19/pandemic taught me the importance of...

Essay Question 1B: Select one prompt from group B and respond to your selected prompt using 100 words or fewer.

  • I learned from a colleague (or someone I supervised) when . . .
  • A practical way in which I have shown compassion towards a colleague or colleagues was...
  • I have empowered a colleague (or teammate) to succeed in their own career/project by...

Essay Question 2: Applicants pursuing an MBA as a working professional generally fall into one of these categories (career-revitalizer, skill-upgrader, or career-switcher). Which category best aligns with your motivations for pursuing the Professional MBA at the Gabelli School of Business? How does this fit into your short- and long-term goals? [Short term=immediately after graduation; long term=3-5 years after graduation] (350 word limit)

Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in your application, e.g. explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, quantitative abilities, etc.

Executive MBA

Essay Question 1A: Select one prompt from group A and respond to your selected prompt using 100 words or fewer.

  • I had my preconceived ideas about a person or group of people challenged at work and I responded by . . .
  • I took initiative to self-teach/learn a new skill to enhance my career/skill set by...
  • The COVID-19/pandemic taught me the importance of...

Essay Question 1B: Select one prompt from group B and respond to your selected prompt using 100 words or fewer.

  • I learned from a colleague (or someone I supervised) when . . .
  • A practical way in which I have shown compassion towards a colleague or colleagues was...
  • I have empowered a colleague (or teammate) to succeed in their own career/project by...

Essay Question 2: What is your motivation for pursuing the Executive MBA at the Gabelli School of Business? How does the Executive MBA fit into your short- and long-term goals? (350 word limit)

Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in your application, e.g. explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, quantitative abilities, etc.

Specialized Masters (MS) – On-campus programs

Essay Question 1: After successful completion of your program, what are your short term and long term career goals? Please be specific and include target companies/firms and roles. [Short term=immediately after graduation; long term=3-5 years after graduation] (150 word limit)

Essay Question 2: Describe an experience as an undergraduate student or young professional (an academic course, extracurricular activity, or job task/responsibility) that has been the most influential to you? How did this impact your career goals and decision to pursue a specialized masters degree? (350 word limit)

Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in your application, e.g. explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, quantitative abilities, etc.

Pre-MBA

Essay Question: What do you hope to achieve by completing the Pre-MBA program? What are your post Pre-MBA short term and long term goals? (350 word limit)

Optional Essay: Use this essay to share information that is not presented elsewhere in your application, e.g. explanation of employment gaps, academic aberrations, quantitative abilities, etc.

Admissions Interviews

Admissions interviews are an important component of our comprehensive and holistic evaluation process. Applicants will be considered by our admissions committee for an interview after submitting an application. Interviews are a required part of the application if invited by the Graduate Admissions Office and applicants are strongly encouraged to sign up for an interview as soon as you receive the initial invitation. The admissions committee may also render a decision without an interview if it feels that it has sufficient information to do so.

Here are a few notes about the admissions interview:

  • Interviews are conducted by members of the admissions staff, faculty members, current students, or alumni.
  • Applicants should prepare for a 25- to 30-minute interview.
  • Interviews are offered on select days throughout the week on a space-available basis. Interviews should be scheduled at least ten (10) days prior to the date you would like to interview.