- 42 academic credits delivered over 20 months;
- Students complete 6 credits (2 courses) during each of 7 academic terms of 10 weeks:
- 2 courses per term, four 10 week terms in first academic year and three 10 week terms in second academic year;
- Cohort- based learning where students move through the program together, providing support and networking opportunities. The maximum cohort size is 35 students;
- Targeted to early career professionals with at least two years of relevant work experience;
- Hybrid teaching method with classes on campus two weeknights per week and online sessions required each week;
- Selective use of “lecture capture” technologies to deal with unavoidable student absences from on- campus classes;
- Flexible, pre-program, non-credit-bearing course modules designed to prepare students of various backgrounds for the foundational MBA courses. Pre-MBA modules administered in August prior to program enrollment.
Other unique aspects of the program include:
- Significant emphasis on ethical leadership (9 credits);
- Global business exposure including a nine day international immersion experience in China;
- Professional skills training delivered through seminars and individual career coaching sessions;
- Hands-on learning in the techniques and technologies that prepare students to function effectively in “virtual teams” – – a necessity in today’s global business environment.
- Potential for paid part- or full-time internships with local area businesses for those students who are currently unemployed or underemployed.
Q. How long will it take me to get my MBA?
A. This is an accelerated program where students complete 42 credits in twenty months in a cohort:
- Students will take two courses (worth 3 credits each) per term,
- There are seven terms that last for ten weeks each, with a minimum of one week in between;
- The fall term begins in early September and runs to mid-November;
- Winter term runs from late November through February, with a two week break over the holidays;
- Spring term runs from late February through mid-May, with a one week spring break;
- Summer term runs from late May to the end of July, allowing six weeks off before the fall term begins.
Q. What is a cohort?
A. A cohort is a group of students who move through a program together, taking each course at the same time, and completing the program together. In the process, students develop relationships which provide mutual support during the program and yield future networking opportunities as well as lasting friendships.
Q. I have a liberal arts undergraduate degree – is the program for me?
A. Yes, the program has MBA prep modules that allow you to come up to speed on the business basic skills you’ll need to succeed in the program. The modules are online with on campus support and must be completed successfully in the August prior to enrollment in the program.
Q. I have a business undergraduate degree – can I waive any of the courses?
A. This MBA program is a fully integrated, comprehensive learning experience that is cohort based, where all students move through the program together, so no course waivers are permitted.
Q. I have a business undergraduate degree – can I waive the MBA prep modules?
A. You can test out of each of the modules or use the modules to refresh your skills in areas you haven’t used in some time.
Q. I have a business undergraduate degree – will this program be a repeat of what I learned there?
A. No, the focus of this MBA program is on high level leadership, and the level of depth and realistic application of the principles will be far more intensive and integrative.
Q. Can I take courses at my own pace?
A. Initially, the program will be cohort based, so all students take the same courses at the same pace.
Q. Is the International Immersion Trip required?
A. Yes, we feel this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and an essential component of the global learning goal of the program. All of the students travel together in the fall of the second year and the cost is included in the cost of the program. If a student has a demonstrated true hardship, an alternative assignment may be permitted on a case by case basis. The fee refund policy is available here.
Q. When and how often do classes meet?
A. The program is taught using a hybrid method of instruction, where two-thirds of the content is delivered face-to-face in class and one third is delivered online. Each class will meet for three hours one weeknight per week and have one and a half hours of online delivery, so two courses per term will require a total of two on-campus classes each week and 3 hours of online delivery. We take material which is easily reviewed independently and put that online and the discussions which are best held in person are done in class.
Q. What if I miss a class for health or work reasons?
A. We strongly encourage students not to miss on-campus sessions. If an emergency occurs, the program employs a lecture capture system that allows students to review the class discussion on their own time, but they will not have had the opportunity to participate or appreciate the dynamics of the interactions. Making the captured sessions available to students is at the instructor’s discretion, as they determine how many absences are permitted for the class.
Q. What if I have to miss an entire term?
A. Ramapo College will work with students to accommodate unexpected situations as they arise, including joining a different cohort at a later time, along with other options.
Q. Are the Professional Skills Seminars required?
A. No, with the exception of the summer workshop, Business Writing and Communication. One of the distinguishing features of the program is professional skill building which will include seminars and individualized coaching. The valuable seminars will take place one Saturday morning per term and will cover issues such as writing for business, presentation skills, multicultural relations and etiquette, and personal branding. Attendance is optional but recommended to optimize and extend classroom learning and to promote on-the- job application, high performance, career direction and success.
Q. Will pursuing an MBA be worth it economically – will it pay back more than it costs me?
A. Over the course of your career, having an MBA will allow you to attain higher levels of responsibility within an organization and the commensurate compensation.
Q. Can I concentrate in a particular area (finance, marketing, human resource management, etc.)?
A. This MBA program is specifically designed to provide broad based training in all aspects of business to prepare you to become a senior leader in an enterprise, whether for profit or non-profit. As such, there are no specific concentrations. We do, however, have electives in selected areas that provide marketable skills and will therefore help graduating students make immediate and meaningful contributions to their existing company or a new employer. These areas include investments and securities, digital marketing and project management.
Q. What do you mean by hands-on learning?
A. The MBA courses will utilize case studies of real businesses and simulation exercises, and the capstone course will be centered around a consulting project for an actual business where you will apply the concepts you’ve learned to real world situations.
Q. Do you accept transfer credits from other schools?
A. This MBA program is a fully integrated, comprehensive learning experience that is cohort based, where all students move through the program together, so no transfer credits are accepted.
Q. What are the requirements for admission?
A. The ideal candidate will have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and two or more years of relevant work experience. Students not meeting the above requirements but who can demonstrate exceptional potential through documented work experience or other means will be considered on a case by case basis. An interview may be required.
Q. Is there career advisement support?
A. Absolutely. There is a comprehensive program of career counseling including periodic seminars, individualized career coaching and job search support.
Q. What is the total cost of the MBA program?
A. The total program cost is approximately $46,000, which includes tuition, fees, and the Global Immersion trip. This cost is paid in equal installments each term and can be spread over three calendar years to maximize and tuition reimbursement benefits that your current employer may offer.
There is no additional cost for out-of-state students.
Q. Is there tuition assistance available from Ramapo?
A. A limited number of students may receive a full or partial waiver for the fees associated with the China Immersion trip. The fee waiver is paid from available funds and awarded to accepted students based on their professional and academic merit and/or financial need. Applicants who apply before the deadline as determined by the Graduate Admissions Office will be considered. A separate application is NOT required.