Master of Business Administration (Frequently Asked Questions)

Do you want to... 

  • Sharpen your leadership skills?
  • Learn advanced business knowledge?
  • Empower your career through an MBA degree?
  • Prepare for CPA or CFA examinations while pursuing an MBA?

If your answer is yes, then think about joining CCOB MBA program at William Paterson University.  The MBA program at CCOB is designed to prepare our students for roles as effective organizational contributors in an increasingly diversified and competitive business environment.  This is accomplished through the delivery of a dynamic curriculum that is designed to meet the changing demands of an internationally and technologically oriented marketplace.

Is CCOB at William Paterson University AACSB accredited?

Yes, the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business has received accreditation from AACSB International – AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.

How many credits are required for an MBA degree? Can I get courses waived?

The MBA program requires students to complete forty-eight credit hours, of which up to eighteen lower core credit hours may be waived.

  • 18 credit lower core (waivable) - Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing and Management Information Systems.
  • 15 credit upper core for general MBA degree and 12 credit upper core for MBA concentrations  
  • 15 credit elective for general MBA degree and 15 credit concentration plus 3 credit elective for MBA concentrations

Who will teach MBA classes at William Paterson University?

All faculty assigned to teach in the MBA program at CCOB have a Ph.D. in their disciplines and are actively engaged in research and/or consulting activities. Occasionally, accomplished practitioners are invited to teach their related fields.

Do you have evening classes?

The MBA program is designed for part-time students who are working full time. Therefore all courses are given at night or on the weekend.

How much does the program cost?

Please click the link for the tuition costs:

Do you offer concentrations in your MBA program?

Yes, we offer choices of concentrations in accounting, finance, and music management. Accounting concentration will enable students to pursue an MBA degree while preparing for their CPA examinations and Finance concentration will offer the students a choice to pursue an MBA degree while preparing for their CFA examinations. Concentration in Music Management is one of only few offered in the US and will take advantage of our proximity to NYC to offer the graduate students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the industry environment.

What are the admission requirements?

Please click the link for the admission requirements:

Can I take courses without being admitted to the program?

Yes, you can take up to 9 credits (3 courses) before being accepted into the program.

What is the deadline for applications?

There is no specific deadline.  Applications are accepted and evaluated as they arrive.

Why William Paterson University?

AACSB LogoThe Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business has recently 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 5% of Business Schools in the world are accredited by AACSB.

The College has established itself as a leader among programs of business: curricula are continually undergoing review and revision, professional enrichment opportunities are increasing the awareness and readiness of our student body for entry to the business arena, and new programs are preparing our students for rewarding careers in an international and culturally diverse marketplace.

1600 Valley RoadThe College is housed in the University’s newest building, 1600 Valley Road, an ultramodern facility that provides state-of-the-art learning resources to support our technologically oriented programs.


Where can I get more Information?
Michael Yakubov , MBA Program Director