What is the difference between an MBA (Master of Business Administration) and an MS (Master of Science) degree?
The MBA is a general practitioner business degree which comprehensively covers and integrates all disciplines needed to lead a business. In contrast, the MS degrees are usually offered as discipline-specific specializations (i.e. accounting, finance, marketing, operations). The MBA usually appeals to students who aim long-term to be part of the corporate team leading an organization. The MS degrees usually appeal to students who aim to develop expertise in a particular aspect of business.
Is the GMAT exam score required for admission?
A GMAT score is required of all applicants. A waiver of the exam may be requested in the following circumstances:
The applicant previously earned a master’s degree in another field OR
The applicant has passed all four sections of the CPA (Certified Public Accountants) examination OR
The applicant is a licensed CMA (Certified Management Accountant) OR
The applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and has completed graduate business or accounting coursework at SUNY Poly as a non-degree student, and has earned a grade of B+ or higher in each course.
The applicant has a GPA of 3.0 or higher with a major in business or accounting from an AACSB accredited business program in the U.S., or with a major in health information management or health informatics program from a CAHIIM accredited program in the U.S. within the last 7 years OR
The applicant has an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher in any major from any accredited university or college, within the last 7 years OR
- The applicant has relevant professional experience of 5 years or more, will be reviewed on a case by case basis
To request a GMAT waiver, submit the online GMAT Waiver Request Form after you have submitted an Application for Graduate Admission. We will accept a GRE or another standardized test (LSAT, MCAT, etc.) in lieu of the GMAT. The SUNY Poly school code for GMAT score reporting is K6R-D6-26.
When is the application deadline?
July 1 for fall admission | December 1 for spring admission Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis as follows: Fall Admission - February 1 to July 15 Spring Admission - October 1 to December 15
How many credit hours can be transferred in from another university?
Students enrolling in a 33 credit hour program (either the fast track MBA or the MS Accountancy) can transfer 6 credits. Up to 12 credit hours can transfer in towards the 48 credit hour MBA program. We do not grant credit for work experience or undergraduate course work. Only graduate courses with a grade of A or B, and completed less than seven years prior to matriculation are transferable.
Is financial assistance or aid available? How much will it cost to get my graduate degree?
Loans, employer sponsorships, diversity fellowships, and graduate assistantships are all available. For more information on loans contact the Financial Aid Office at (315) 792-7210 or email@example.com. For current tuition rates and fees, please visit: sunypoly.edu/tuition.
Are courses available online?
Yes, all MBA and MS Accountancy courses are available online.
How long will it take to complete the MBA and MS Accountancy programs
MBA: Two years or four semesters of full-time study is usually required. Part-time students taking two courses at a time will normally finish in four years. MS Accountancy: Three semesters of full-time study is typically required. Part-time students can usually complete in three years.
What job opportunities are available?
Many large and small companies interview and hire SUNY Poly graduates. Below is a list of some of these companies:
- American Express Financial Advisors
- Bank of New York
- Blue-Cross and Blue Shield
- Fleet Boston Financial Group
- NYS Department of Taxation and Finance
- NYS Department of Labor
- Social Security Administration
- State Farm Insurance
- The Hartford Insurance
- Travelers Insurance
- Price Waterhouse Coopers
- A variety of accounting firms
For more information on employment opportunities visit: sunypoly.edu/careerservices