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Application Deadlines

Westchester Cohort (Spring/February Start)
Deadline Extended to January 8, 2021

Lincoln Center Cohort (Fall/August Start)
June 11, 2021

Application Components

ESSAYS Two (2) Required, One (1) Optional
RESUME Required
STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES (Optional) GMAT/GRE or Executive Assessment

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 is specific 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.
  • 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.

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

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 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.

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.


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.


Letters of Recommendation (One required)

We require one (1) letter of recommendation. Your recommender should be able to assess your strengths, provide characteristics or attributes that best describe you, and define your ability to succeed in our graduate program. Ideally, the recommendation would come from an immediate supervisor, but this could also come from a professional colleague, or if you are in B2B, this could be from a client or vendor you may have a business relationship with.

Please note: All recommendations must be submitted electronically. Instructions for requesting the recommendation are located within our application.


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 the Executive MBA program.

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 official test scores, you will need to add your 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.


Standardized Testing: English language proficiency

Applicants will need to provide an English-language test score from TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo 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 or 212-636-6200.