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Juan F. Cabrera, Ph.D., CFA®

MBA Program Director
Associate Professor of Finance

P: 201-684-7354

Arrlette Espinal

MBA Graduate Program Coordinator

Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ 07430

P: (201) 684-7719

Q. How long will it take me to get my MBA?

A. 4+1 students complete 30 credits in as little as 12 months; working professional with an undergraduate business degree can complete the program in as little as 20 months, while a working professional with a nonbusiness degree can complete the program in approximately 28 months.

Q. Can I take courses at my own pace?

A. Yes.  Enrollees choose the pace and create a work-life balance that suits their personal and professional needs.

Q. When and how often do classes meet?

A. Classes meet weekly during the evenings, typically on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Class modality varies but a majority of the courses are hybrid, i.e., the content is delivered in-class and online.  Foundational courses are taught online.

Q. Can I concentrate on a particular area (finance, leadership, marketing, project management, etc.)?

A. Yes. Students complete three electives across a variety of topics.  Those concentrating their elective choices within a specific business discipline can create an area of specialization.  Specializations are dependent on course offerings which may change based on market demand.

Q. Do you accept transfer credits from other schools?

A. Yes. Undergraduate business majors may be eligible for Advanced Standing, allowing them to waive 12-credits of foundational coursework.

Q. What is the total cost of the MBA program?

A. The per-credit tuition cost is $1,063 for students beginning in September 2019. The total cost for 4+1 students is approximately $32,000 and 45,000 for non-business majors, both figures include tuition and fees. Students selecting the Global Immersion elective are billed separately. Tuition is due at the start of each semester but payment plans are available for students receiving employer tuition reimbursement at the end of the semester.  There is no additional cost for out-of-state students.

Q. I have a liberal arts undergraduate degree – is this program for me?

A. Yes.  Liberal arts majors are welcomed!  The FLEX MBA program is specifically designed to provide a broad-based learning experience across all business disciplines and to prepare professionals to become senior managers. Non-business students complete six 2-credit foundational courses (accounting, economics, finance, ITM, marketing, and statistics) to ensure they have the knowledge to succeed in the core MBA classes.

Q. I have a business undergraduate degree – can I waive any of the courses?

A. Yes. Business majors who qualify for “Advanced Standing,” receive waivers for up to 12 credits, reducing the time and cost of the degree.

Q. I have a business undergraduate degree – will this program be a repeat of what I learned there?

A. No. Graduate education is very different than at the undergraduate level. The pillars of Ramapo’s MBA program include leadership, critical thinking, and experiential learning. The level and depth of your learning are far more intensive and integrative. Through the use of case studies, simulations, and the consulting elective, students learn to turn theory into practice.

Q. Is the International Immersion Trip required?

A. No. The Immersion trip is an elective course.  However, many students describe the trip as a once in a lifetime opportunity and an essential component of their global learning,

Q. What if I miss a class for health or work reasons?

A. We strongly encourage students not to miss any classes but we recognize that it may be unavoidable.  When an emergency or conflict occurs, students can either connect remotely or request an audio link.  Course attendance is determined by the instructor.

Q. What if I have to miss an entire semester?

A. Ramapo College will work with students to accommodate unexpected interruptions in their schedule. Students needing to pause or take a leave of absence must notify the Program Director of their intentions. No penalty is assessed and students can resume at any time.  The only requirement is that the degree must be completed within five years from the start date.

Q. Are the Professional Skills Seminars required?

A. No. Attendance is optional but recommended to optimize and extend classroom learning.  Two of the distinguishing features of the program are the professional skill-building workshops and individualized coaching sessions.  The seminars cover a wide range of issues and skills, including communication, business etiquette, executive presence, and personal branding.

Q. Will pursuing an MBA be worth it economically – will it pay back more than it costs me?

A. Numerous studies have shown that earning an MBA is a financially rewarding investment when measured over the course of your professional career.

Q. What do you mean by hands-on learning?

A. The MBA faculty utilizes case studies and simulation exercises to create a real-world learning experience.  Students work in teams to gain mastery of the material. Those choosing the consulting elective gain valuable hands-on experience outside the classroom.

Q. What are the requirements for admission?

A. The ideal candidate will have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and meaningful work or internship experience.  Students not meeting the above requirements but who can demonstrate exceptional potential through other means will be considered on a case by case basis.

Q. Is there any career advisement support?

A. Absolutely.  There is a comprehensive program of career counseling including periodic seminars, individualized career coaching sessions and job search support. Access to the Career Development Office extends to all of our MBA alumni.

Q. Is tuition assistance available from Ramapo?

A.  Yes. A limited number of scholarships are available to MBA 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.

Q. Can I take MBA courses as a Ramapo College undergraduate student?

A.  Ramapo College undergraduate students may, with the permission of the MBA Program Director, take a maximum of TWO 500-level MBA graduate courses during their undergraduate career.  These courses will be charged at the undergraduate rate for tuition and fees.