The MBA Program

The School of Business offers a number of customized options that will lead to an MBA degree. The MBA program is designed for students who wish to complete their degree in one to six years. We offer courses on weeknights and, on occasion, Saturday mornings. The School of Business is known for preparing exceptional graduates because of our commitment to achieving excellence in business education. Fisher has over 25 years of experience graduating hundreds of MBAs who have gone on to become great leaders.

The MBA program provides an outstanding education at a remarkable value.

  • Flexibility: Fisher offers you the opportunity to complete your MBA in one year or up to six years. We offer the flexibility to customize your MBA program to leverage your available learning time.
  • Concentrations:The School of Business lets you select an area of concentration within your MBA. We currently offer concentrations in:
      • Accounting
      • General Management
      • Health Systems ManagementPharmaceutical Industry

  • Accelerated Time to Degree: Individuals with appropriate undergraduate preparation in business may be able to reduce the number of Foundation Courses taken in the MBA program. If you are a current undergraduate business major or have a baccalaureate degree in business, you may qualify for a condensed program which allows the completion of your MBA within a year of your undergraduate degree.

Admissions Requirements

Acceptance into the MBA program at the School of Business requires evidence of potential success. In general, applicants can demonstrate such potential by taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and obtaining an acceptable score. An outstanding undergraduate academic record from a regionally accredited business school, signaled by a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30, may be used in place of the GMAT requirement. Individuals with three or more years of significant and qualifying managerial experience may be granted exemptions from the GMAT exam if they can provide tangible evidence of written analytical ability in both quantitative and non-quantitative areas. This last category requires both the applicant and a supervisor who is familiar with the applicant’s work to submit documentation relevant to: (1) the applicant’s managerial experience involving his or her subordinates’ work products and performance, (2) control of budgets, projects, operations, or similar important objectives, and (3) responsibility for making significant contributions to creating or managing a process, project, operation, or function. Acceptance into the MBA program on the basis of work experience may also require a personal interview with the MBA Admissions Committee or a designated member thereof and may involve administration of tests as deemed appropriate.

St. John Fisher College undergraduate students enrolled in a major within the School of Business who have accumulated at least 90 credit hours and have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 (including all transcripted coursework from any institution attended) are eligible for an accelerated application process for the MBA program. Accelerated graduate applications are available in the Office of Graduate Admissions. The accelerated application is free of charge and less comprehensive than the traditional application process. Eligible students are not required submit a resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcript or GMAT score, as long as the cumulative GPA is a 3.00 or higher. Admission to the MBA is not guaranteed and acceptance is contingent upon a student’s ability to maintain a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00, along with successful completion of the bachelor’s degree.

For the Accounting Concentration, Accounting knowledge is expected including, but not limited to, the prerequisite courses noted below:

  • GMGT - 647 Advanced Topics in Fed Tax: Completion of ACCT 311 Introduction to Federal Taxation or equivalent with a grade of C or higher is required prior to registration.
  • GMGT - 648 Accounting Info Systems: Completion of ACCT 401 Audit or equivalent with a grade of C or higher is required prior to registration.
  • GMGT - 695 Accounting Theory/Research: Completion of ACCT 304 Advanced Financial Accounting or equivalent with a grade of C or higher is required prior to registration.

Course Waiver Policy

Upon meeting all admission requirements, students may be eligible for waiver(s) from foundation courses based on prior academic preparation at a regionally accredited institution. Waivers will be based on transcript analysis which will be performed for each applicant only at the time of the admission decision and require a minimum grade of “B” or higher in equivalent coursework to be considered. As part of this process, applicants may be asked to provide additional supporting documentation to help with specific course evaluation.

Transfer Credit Policy

The MBA program may accept up to nine hours of appropriate graduate-level credit from other institutions. This decision is at the discretion of the dean of the School of Business and/or the MBA Admissions Committee. For transfer credit to apply, a minimum grade of “B” is required for each course.

Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

Applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test unless they have already received an advanced degree, perform at or above the national average on the ETS Major Field Test in Business, or have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher from a regionally accredited business school. The GMAT is a general aptitude test and must be taken prior to applying for admission. The School does not specify a GMAT score for matriculation; results of this test are evaluated as part of the applicant’s overall portfolio.

Information and application forms are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions or from:

Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541
Phone: 1-800-717-4628

For more information, please refer to the GMAT website: www.mba.com.
To ensure that the results of the GMAT are sent to St. John Fisher College, use code number MBA: WTD-FB-25.

For more information regarding application and admission to the MBA program, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions, at (585) 385-8161 or by email at grad@sjfc.edu.

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