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The Academic Program

Iona College offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous post-graduate certificate programs. Programs are offered in two main schools: the School of Arts and Science and the LaPenta School of Business and are being developed and launched in the newly established Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Students walk past the front steps of Spellman hall between fall classes. Two students talk outside of the North ave. entrance.
  • The Core Curriculum

    Led by College faculty, the Iona Core Curriculum recently underwent its first major overhaul in decades resulting in fewer required credits and an increased integration of core themes. Designed to be distinctive, innovative and integrated, the core provides greater flexibility and opportunity for students to pursue second majors and minors as well as options to pursue courses to satisfy intellectual curiosity. Framed by the values of peace, justice, and service, the content-rich, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum is cohesively structured and characterized by an emphasis on the skills of critical thinking and literacy in its many forms.

  • School of Arts and Science

    Through its 22 academic departments, the school offers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in over 30 areas of study. Through the major programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the school offers courses of study in the traditional liberal arts disciplines and in selected pre-professional and professional programs designed to provide academic challenge and intellectual depth. The Arts and Science programs serve primarily traditional-age students. They provide a challenging education that involves an appropriate mix of classroom instruction, independent research and internship or practical experience.

    The School of Arts and Science offers graduate-level master’s degree and certificate programs in a variety of traditional liberal arts, pre-professional and professional disciplines to over 300 students. The School of Arts & Science revised its Master of Science in Education and commenced its first online certificate in Cybercrime and Prevention. The School is growing its health professions programs. In addition to its Communication and Science Disorders (CSD), Arts & Science also successfully received candidacy status for its Occupational Therapy program that will begin in Fall 2019. Aspects that make the Iona OT degree distinctive include community engagement and service across the curriculum through activities and local nonprofit service organizations; integration of Entrepreneurship & Innovation into the curriculum with faculty from the Occupational Therapy program and Iona’s Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation collaborating to provide students with modules that integrate occupational therapy coursework with principles and practices of entrepreneurship and innovation; and collaboration with the Iona Communication Sciences and Disorders Program to provide authentic opportunities for students to participate in interdisciplinary opportunities to share research, community engagement projects, scope reviews, case studies, position papers and more.

  • LaPenta School of Business

    An artist's computer generated rendition of the renovated LaPenta School of Business.

    The LaPenta School of Business at Iona College is focused on academically preparing business professionals for careers in today’s global economy. The school is accredited by AACSB International, a mark of distinction attained by fewer than five percent of the world’s business programs.

    In November 2015, Iona announced a gift of more than $15 million from alumnus Robert V. LaPenta ’67, ’00H to the Iona Forever Campaign–which has since increased with an additional $2.5 million matching gift challenge from Mr. LaPenta. It is the largest gift in the College’s 75-year history, and will support the redesign and transformation of Iona’s School of Business.

    Led by a highly accomplished academic administrator, Dr. William Lamb, the school currently enrolls nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students in the five departments of Accounting; Finance, Business Economics, and Legal Studies; Information Systems and Business Analytics; Management, Business Administration, and Health Care Management; and Marketing and International Business.

    The Undergraduate School offers seven Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees and six minors. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree includes a choice of seven different major concentrations and 15 Advanced and Post-Masters Certificates. The newly redesigned MBA enables students to complete their degree within 13-15 months, and development of an online MBA is underway. Students may choose from three MS degrees in the fast-growing areas of finance, project management, and public accounting.

  • Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    An artist's computer generated rendition of the new Hynes space.

    The Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation was established in 2017 thanks to the generosity and record $15 million gift to the Iona academy from James and Anne Marie Hynes.

    The Hynes Institute is an emerging program that aims to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to Move the World. It will ensure that students develop the knowledge, skills and experience required to create, innovate and lead in a global economy.

    Under the direction of Endowed Professor and Founding Program Director Dr. Christoph Winkler, the Hynes Institute is developing a robust program that will provide students with an environment that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset through practice and creative problem-solving across all disciplines and schools.

  • Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

    The Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, the only institute of its kind, was founded to facilitate the study of Thomas Paine’s writing, life, and legacy. The Institute has since expanded its mission to support the wider interdisciplinary research of early American history, especially in the revolutionary and early national periods, along with public history, archival studies, and the digital humanities. This support includes undergraduate research, scholarship and education initiatives, from fellowship programs to ground breaking digital projects, collaborative international conferences, workshops, and exhibits. In 2012, the first international conference of Thomas Paine Studies was held at Iona. The second in this series was held later the same year in Paris, co-hosted by the University of Paris Nanteres. In 2018, Iona again hosted the international conference, drawing prominent speakers, scholars and philanthropists from around the world.

  • Faculty Highlights

    Dr. Lee assists a student at the computer in her chemistry lab.

    The School of Arts & Science includes 18 academic departments with 7 nationally accredited programs from a variety of disciplines. Arts & Science faculty are leaders in their fields of study publishing over 50 peer-reviewed scholarly works and over 200 professional conference presentations in the 2017-2018 academic year. Faculty excellence is further evidenced by the competitive grants received from the National Science Foundation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and a multitude of internal grants to serve Iona’s students and underserved populations from the surrounding community. The School of Arts & Science is also home to endowed professorships in Jewish-Catholic Studies and Chemistry. Professors are experts in their fields and were invited speakers on media outlets such as CNN, Fox, Al Jazeera, BBC, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

    A business faculty member assists a student at the computer in the trading floor room.

    Business school faculty members include the founder and president of the Uncorrelated Fund, an innovative fund platform; one of the world’s most highly cited researchers with over 42,000 citations to his work in Google Scholar; editor and chief of the International Journal of Intelligent Systems and recipient of the Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Fuzzy Systems Association; and the founder of one of the first computer security organizations in the United States. Seven new faculty joined the LaPenta School of Business in the Fall of 2018, and the School currently has six active searches for faculty to join us in Fall 2019.

    Iona faculty in the LaPenta School of Business are actively engaged in scholarship, generating 28 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 peer-reviewed books, and 20 peer-reviewed book chapters in 2017-18.

    Business school faculty led 36 presentations in the 2017-18 academic year on topics including classroom technology, blockchain risk, sustainable value practices, and the social security system. Business faculty also made substantial revisions to undergraduate and graduate curricula in 2017-18, including a major update of the MBA curriculum.

    With a student/faculty ratio of 16 to 1, Iona College has 174 full-time faculty members, 89% of which are either tenured or on the tenure track. The faculty is increasingly diverse with 48 women and 22% underrepresented minorities. More than 93% have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

    Endowed academic positions recently established include the Board of Trustees Endowed Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Sunghee Lee; Endowed Professor and Founding Director of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Dr. Christoph Winkler; Dolce Postdoctoral Psychology Fellows (rotating); and Gardiner Foundation Endowed Professor, Dr. Nora Slominsky.

    Recent and current Executives-in-Residence include Ross Greenburg, long-time HBO Sports president and award-winning filmmaker; George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman of ESPN and Marty Daly Senior Vice President & Director of News & Late Night Sales for the CBS TV Network.

    Al Kelly, CEO of Visa.

    Invited speakers are welcomed to campus each year including world renowned scientists through the Bullen Lecture Series and notable academics through the Jack Rudin & John G. Driscoll Distinguished Lecture series. In 2015 Iona launched the “Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership” series with William McGurn, Wall Street Journal columnist and former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush (October 2015). Since its launch, speakers have included Cindi Bigelow, President and CEO of Bigelow Tea (May 2016); Steve Forbes, Chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media (October 2016); Frances Hesselbein, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient and Renowned Leadership Development Expert (October 2017) and Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. (October 2018.

  • The Campus Community

    The Iona Pipers march and play bag pipes.

    Iona College has a vibrant student life program with more than 80 campus organizations and hundreds of volunteer and service opportunities. Students can choose to be part of the Student Government Association; debate in the Mock Trial Team; write for The Ionian or shoot video for ICTV; perform with the Iona Players, Iona Singers or Gospel Choir; play in the iconic Pipe Band and much more. Residential Life consists of seven student residences and an off-campus and commuter services office with many programs to keep students engaged on campus.

    Iona Mission students and Brother Ford gather in front of a stained glass window of Edmund Rice that reads 150 years of Edmund Rice.

    Iona students contribute more than 77,000 hours of community service annually. Iona in Mission offers short-term domestic and international immersion experiences to the students, alumni, staff, and faculty of Iona College. International locations include India, Ireland, Peru, Zambia and domestically, students serve populations in need in Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Mississippi and New York.

    Iona Athletics boasts 21 sports teams (the Gaels) and is the only NCAA Division I college in Westchester County, N.Y. Iona competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). The Gaels are known for their achievements in cross country and track and field, basketball, swimming and diving, soccer, rowing, lacrosse and more. Student athletes comprise more than 12 percent of the student body and hold a cumulative GPA of 3.34*.

    Iona College Men's basketball team pose in Madison Square garden to celebrate their MAAC achievements. The Women's soccer team plays a match on Mazzella field.

    The Men’s Basketball program earned four MAAC tournament championships and five trips to the NCAA tournament in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs combined for 19 MAAC championships, with the men extended the NCAA’s longest conference winning streak to 27 straight years while the women have captured 12 of last 13 league crowns. The program produced a national champion in 2014 (Kate Avery) and celebrated three alumni participating in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

    Worldwide, over 45,000 alumni in all facets of industry are proof of the transformational impact of an Iona education. From leaders in business, to arts and entertainment, and government and law, Iona graduates realize tremendous success in their fields. A few examples include the former presidents of the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, American Express, COLT Telecom Group, AOL LLC, and AFL-CIO.

    *(2017/2018 academic year)

  • College Governance

    The College is currently governed by a 32 member Board of Trustees comprised of industry leaders, educators and dedicated alums. The President serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Chief Executive Officer of the College, reporting to and serving at the pleasure of the Board. Current direct reports to the President include the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration; Senior Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs; General Counsel; Vice President, Chief of Staff and Board Secretary; Vice President for Enrollment Management; and Director of Athletics.

    Institutional Shared Governance is conducted through a representative College Council with voting membership from three constituent assemblies, the Faculty Senate, Staff and Administrative Council and Student Government Association.

  • Advancement

    In September 2015, Iona College announced the public launch of Iona Forever, a $150 million campaign that will be a transformational initiative in Iona’s history. On May 9, 2018, the Iona Forever campaign reached an important milestone-$100 million-on the way to the $150 million goal. The campaign is already providing resources for capital plan projects, endowed faculty positions, student scholarships, and new academic programs.

  • Fiscal Position

    As a tuition-driven institution, Iona has long held a disciplined approach to management of fiscal resources consistently reporting solid operating performance and annual margins. With a growing endowment currently at $150 million, the College continues to invest in strategic initiatives focused on elevating Iona. Even in this highly competitive environment, Iona has largely met enrollment targets and continues to operate in a strong financial position. In recent years, the College’s strong fiscal discipline has strengthened its bond ratings with both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s; the stable outlook reflects expectations of sustained positive operating performance and furthers Iona’s ability to remain affordable. Total net assets exceeded $255 million in 2018 with more than two-thirds unrestricted. For the fiscal year 2018/2019 the operating budget exceeds $160 million.

  • The Iona Campus

    Students walk past McSpedon while sunlight gently breaks through the lush trees.

    In 1916, Judge Martin J. Keogh invited a group of Christian Brothers to start a school in New Rochelle, NY. Br. Joseph Ignatius Doorley became the first principal and named the school on Lockwood Avenue after St. Columba’s island monastery: “Iona School.” The forward-looking Br. Doorley not only started the Iona School, but bought the land that would become, in time, the Iona College campus.

    Today, the 45-acre quintessential college campus includes buildings, memorials and statues rich with history, yet updated with cutting-edge technology. In the last few years, the College has added a new Speech Pathology Lab, Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation incubator space, two new Residence Halls, and a state of the art multi-media digital lab and radio station in Mass Communications. In 2018, the College broke ground on the new LaPenta School of Business Building and has begun renovations to Spellman Hall for the Hynes Institute.