MBA Frequently Asked Questions

Applying & Admission to the MBA Program

What are the admission requirements?

To be considered for admission to the MBA program, candidates must submit:
1. the Graduate Application Form
2. official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities, verifying completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited institution of higher learning
3. an official score report for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
4. a minimum score of  79 (internet-based), 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. We also accept a minimum score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

Where can I find information on how to apply as an international student?

Please consult the How to Apply section of our website.

How can I obtain an application form?

Please consult the How to Apply section of our website.

Where do I send my application forms?

All forms and Transcripts hould be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions at the following address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666

International Students and US citizens residing abroad should send applications to:

Office of International Admissions
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road, T-KB1-01
Teaneck, NJ 07666, USA

What is the application deadline to apply for this program?

The program is based on rolling admission. A student may apply at any time. You may also consult the Graduate Admissions section of our website for more information.

I’m interested in the MBA Program but my undergraduate degree is not in Business. May I still apply?

Yes, both Liberal Arts and Business undergraduates are ideal candidates for this innovative business program.

I took the GMAT some time ago. Do I have to retake the exam?

There is a five year time limit on GMAT scores.

If I have not yet taken the GMAT, can I start as a non-degree student?

The MBA Prep program allows students to take up to six undergraduate classes while preparing for the GMAT. Please see our MBA Prep page for more information.

Is there a minimum GMAT score?

Acceptance is based on a formula that takes into consideration your undergraduate GPA and your GMAT score.

Do I need to include letters of recommendation and statement of purpose with my application information?

Yes. This is helpful in the admissions review process. A letter of recommendation provides the admissions committee with information that is not found elsewhere in the application. A letter of recommendation presents personal qualities, accomplishments, and experiences that make you unique and well-suited for this program.

Do I have to have work experience?

Many of our students have full time work experience and but it is not required for admission.

Can I continue working while I am in the program?

Yes, it is possible to work while earning your degree. Many of our students work full time while attending.

Once my application is completed, how long will it take for me to receive a decision?

A decision will be made once all the required materials are received. Lags occur when the application is incomplete.

How can I get further information?

You may telephone us at (201) 692-2424 or email us at ginacm@fdu.edu for further information. You can also take a tour of the campus by making an appointment with one of our Graduate Admissions counselors. We want to hear from you!

Academics

What are the learning objectives of the MBA Program?

Please consult the Program Overview section of our website.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The MBA program is 42 credits. Each class is 2 credits. Full time is 10 credits per semester. Students have a total of 7 years to complete the program.

Is the MBA program available online or through a distance learning format?

The MBA program provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn and work with distinguished faculty, business executives and students from around the world, all of whom will offer a different perspective on business. Programs offered in a blended format provide the benefits of inclass participation combined with the convenience of online sessions. Networking opportunities are also developed with executives, managers, and professionals.

When do classes meet?

Fall and Spring classes meet once a week for 15 weeks and Summer classes meet twice a week for six weeks. The Prospective Students page has information including current course offerings.

What is the class size?

Classes are seminar-style and for that reason are kept small. Classes are consistently limited to less than 25 students.

What additional resources are available to support students’ learning?

Our faculty is accessible and interested in working with students one on one. Mandatory workshops are provided as needed to enhance core computer and language skills. The Academic Support Center provides services free of charge to all FDU students. Individualized tutoring is available in writing, mathematics, and business concepts.

Transfer & Waiver Information

What is the waiver policy for the MBA Program?

The MBA Program is 42 credits, but it is possible to waive as many as 12 foundation credits with grades of B or better within the last 5 years from an AACSB accredited college or university. Once you are accepted into the program, your transcript is reviewed to determine whether any foundation courses are eligible for waiver. For more information on AACSB accreditation you may visit their website.

Can I transfer credits from other institutions? How many credits can I transfer in from another school?

A maximum of 6 non-waivable credits of graduate course work may be approved for transfer credits from another AACSB accredited college or university under the following conditions: the course work must be approved as part of the student’s program of studies; it must not have been applied for the completion of the requirements for another degree; it must have been taken at the graduate level; it must have been taken within the past two years; and the student must have received a grade of B or better. Approval of transfer credit will be made by petition to the MBA program director. A transcript of the course work must be on file before the petition can be considered.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

How do I apply for scholarships? What is the deadline to apply?

Please consult the Scholarship Opportunities section of our website.

How do I apply for Financial Aid? What is the deadline to apply?

Please consult the graduate student Financial Aid section of our website.

Is there any financial aid for international students?

No financial aid, but students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. The scholarship application is included in the admissions packet.

General Information

How much does it cost to complete the MBA Program?

The Program Costs section of our website has detailed information.

Is there housing for graduate students?

Yes. Graduate students can apply for housing. Domestic students should request an application for on-campus housing at the Office of Graduate Admissions. International students automatically get applications for the residence halls with their admission packets. For more information on housing, please visit the Residence Life page of our website.

Can I complete my degree by attending one campus or will I need to attend both?

While classes are offered at both campuses, it is not necessary to attend both.

What is the health insurance policy for graduate students?

It is the policy of the University to require all full-time and part-time matriculated graduate students to be covered by the University Student Health Insurance. If a US resident student can show proof of private health insurance, the University insurance may be waived. All international students are required to purchase the student insurance provided by the University.

Opportunities Created

What career opportunities are there for graduates of the MBA Program?

Prior to graduation, students will be prepared to mount a comprehensive job search, having taken part in a series of Career Development workshops. Resume development, successful interview techniques, networking events and life-long career marketing strategies will culminate with a mock interview and critique conducted by business professionals.

Employers in every field are looking for growth opportunities through global expansion. These employers must have a workforce knowledgeable in current business models and practices, and open to a broad range of social, cultural and economic perspectives. The MBA is designed to meet employer needs by providing students with a comprehensive experience. The Career Development Center page has additional information.

What areas of specialization are available after completing the MBA Program?

At FDU, we offer Post-MBA Certificate in one of the following areas:

• Accounting
• Entrepreneurial Studies
• Finance
• International Business
• Management
• Management Information Systems
• Marketing
• Pharmaceutical Management Studies

Please email us for the latest information on specialization certificates offered at partnership campuses. The Post- MBA Certificate Program page has more detailed information.