Degree Program Admissions
Fordham’s MBA and MS programs accept applications from qualified students who hold bachelor’s degrees or the equivalent from accredited undergraduate institutions. The admissions committee considers a number of factors: academic background; Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results; professional résumé and quality of work experience; and personal statements and recommendations.
Admission to the graduate business programs is highly competitive. Fordham is committed to creating a diverse academic community of students who are intellectually motivated and well-suited for professional leadership in a global economy.
The business school’s admissions philosophy is based in cura personalis, a Jesuit principle that means “care for the whole person” and that entails deep respect for each individual and his or her potential. The admissions committee carefully reviews each application. Areas of consideration include academic performance and potential, managerial and leadership promise, and overall professional goals and aspirations.
Admissions interviews are an important component of our comprehensive and holistic evaluation process. All applicants who are offered admission to our graduate business programs will have a completed admissions interview on file.
Timetable and Deadlines
Depending on your graduate program of interest, you may have the option to apply for fall, spring, or summer enrollment. The admissions committee reviews applications in rounds and decisions are made only once an application is fully complete with all documents submitted. View deadlines and decision release dates.
Most programs require applicants to submit a GMAT or GRE score. Applicants must submit an official copy of their score reports, which are valid for five years from the test date. Additional GMAT information can be found at http://www.mba.com/us and GRE information at http://www.ets.org/.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an institution where the language of instruction is English and in a country whose official language is English. TOEFL and IELTS results are valid for two years. Information about these tests may be obtained online at http://www.ets.org/toefl or http://www.ielts.org/.
An international student may be required to take a language test administered at Fordham University’s Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) to determine whether English as a Second Language classes should be part of their required graduate business program of study.
With the exception of an applicant’s official undergraduate transcripts, which can be submitted via mail or in person, all portions of the application, including personal statements, professional résumé, and recommendation letters must be submitted electronically. Applicants will be able to upload a copy of their transcripts, but the admissions office still will require the official version of those transcripts to be mailed from an applicant’s prior university or universities.