Business Administration (MBA)







Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

Degree Offered: Master of Business Administration

Concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General, Marketing, Music Management

Application Deadline:

December 1st: Spring semester
May 1st: Summer semester

*International students are advised to apply by:
March 1st: Fall (September intake)
July 1st: Spring (January intake)
December 1st: Summer (May intake)

Program Description:

The master of business administration (MBA) is a 48-credit program (18 credits of the lower courses may be waived) which features a cross-functional pedagogical approach. Students have the opportunity to study in the general MBA program or one of four new concentrations — accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, and music management. The accounting concentration satisfies the CPA education requirements while preparing students to take the CPA exam. The entrepreneurship concentration provides the skills to start, manage, operate, grow, and sustain an entrepreneurial venture. The finance concentration prepares students to take the CFA examination. The music management concentration is one of only two programs in the U.S. and takes advantage of William Paterson’s close proximity to New York City.

The Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University gives future business leaders an edge through a dynamic curriculum that is designed to meet the changing demands of an internationally and technologically oriented marketplace. In addition, the Cotsakos College of Business has received accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Only about fifteen percent of business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB.

Admission Requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Minimum score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or a minimum score of a 152 verbal and a 152 quantitative on the Graduate Record Examination(GRE).
  • Students who have an undergraduate GPA above 3.5 from an AACSB-accredited institution and those with advanced degrees, such as PhD, EdD, JD and MD will be waived from the GMAT requirement.

Program Requirements:

  • 48 credits of graduate study.
  • Up to 18 lower-core credits may be waived. The only credit hours eligible for waiver consideration are: (a) completed with a grade of B or better; and (b) earned within the most recent six years. Students with a specialized background in a lower-core course area may be given permission to waive the lower-core coursework and substitute advanced or related coursework in that area. In some cases, students may apply to waive lower core credit hours by virtue of examination scores (i.e., the CPA exam).
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
MBA Business Administration48 Credits
Lower-Core Credit Requirements (may be waived) 18 credits
ECON 6090 Economic Analysis 3
MGT 6040 Management Process and Organizational Theory 3
ACCT 6060 Financial and Managerial Accounting 3
FIN 6070 Financial Management 3
MKT 6080 Marketing Management 3
MBA 6120 Management Information Systems 3
Upper-Core Credit Requirement (mandatory) 12 credits
MBA 6050 Statistics for Quantitative Analysis 3
MBA 6160 Organizational Behavior and Communication 3
MBA 6400 Business, Government, and Society 3
FIN 7550 International Economics and Finance 3
Accounting Concentration 12 credits
ACCT 7100 Financial Accounting and Reporting I 3
ACCT 7200 Financial Accounting and Reporting II 3
ACCT 7300 Auditing and Attestation 3
ACCT 7400 Regulation: Federal Taxation 3
LAW 7100 Regulation: Business Law and Ethics 3
One Elective Any 6000-7000 CCOB Course 3
Entrepreneurship Concentration 15 credits
ENT 7010 Entrepreneurship–Motivation and Process 3
Take any four (4) courses from the following list: 12 credits
ENT 7120 Crisis Management for Organizations 3
ENT 7200 Financing New Ventures 3
ENT 7300 Marketing for Entrepreneurs 3
ENT 7600 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3
One Elective (any 6000-7000 CCOB Course) 3
Finance Concentration 18 credits
FIN 7520 Investment Analysis 3
FIN 7530 Financial Planning and Capital Budgeting 3
FIN 7570 Investment Policy, Ethics, and Port Management 3
FIN 7580 Derivative Securities 3
FIN 7600 Financial Analysis and Decisions 3
One Elective (any 6000-7000 CCOB Course) 3
Marketing Concentration 15 credits
Take any five (5) courses from the following list: 3
MKT 7000 Independent Study 3
MKT 7800 Marketing Research and Analysis 3
MKT 7850 Business to Business Marketing 3
MKT 7880 Global Marketing 3
MKT 7900 Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 7990 Customer Relationship Management 3
One Elective (any 6000-7000 CCOB Course) 3
Music Management Concentration 18 credits
MUS 5270 Survey of the Music and Entertainment Industry 3
MUS 6050 Graduate Internship/Capstone Experience 3
MUS 6500 Entrepreneurship in Music and Entertainment Industry 3
MUS 6520 Entertainment Law 3
PLUS two electives (any 5000-7000 CCOB or music courses) 6 credits