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Frequently Asked Questions

Our admissions counselors compiled this helpful information based on the questions they most frequently receive from prospects like you.
  • What are the application requirements?

    The completed School of Business on-line application form, one letter of recommendation or one completed recommendation form, all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a copy of your current resume and official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) Scores. Advanced Certificate applicants should submit a completed application, a copy of your current resume and all official undergraduate and, (if applicable), graduate transcripts. Visit our FAQs section to find out if you are required to take the GMAT.

    For international students – In addition to the above materials, international students must also submit documentation of ESL proficiency (e.g., TOEFL or IELTS score) and an evaluation of international credentials by a NACES member evaluator (
  • Do I have to take the GMAT?

    A GMAT is ONLY required for applicants to the MBA and MS programs with a GPA of less than 3.25. Advanced Certificate applicants are not required to submit a GMAT. The GMAT can also be waived if you exhibit any of the following criteria:
    • Advanced Degree (MA, MS, MD, JD, CPA);
    • have significant business experience (you have worked steadily in a managerial position for more than seven years since acquiring your bachelor's degree).
    In order to secure a work waiver, your current supervisor must submit a letter, on your behalf.  The letter must be on company letterhead, detailing the managerial aspects of your position, and requesting a GMAT waiver.

    If your GPA is between a 3.0 and 3.24, you can be conditionally admitted into the program without submitting the GMAT but MUST submit the GMAT before the completion of your first term of enrollment. This does not apply to international applicants; all international students must submit GMAT scores before an I-20 can be issued for a student visa.
  • How do I schedule a GMAT exam?

    Call 1-800-GMAT-NOW (1-800-462-8669), call any test center directly, or visit or
  • How many copies of my transcripts do I need to submit for my application?

    You are only required to send one copy of records for all previous postsecondary education.  These must be official transcripts that bear the appropriate signatures and seal of the institution(s) that issued it.
  • How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit for my application?

    One letter of recommendation is required for most programs, unless otherwise noted in your specific Program Requirements List. Please ask your recommender to send the recommendation on letterhead in a sealed envelope to the Iona College mailing address, or the Graduate Recommendation Form may be used instead of a letter, or in conjunction with.
  • Is there an application deadline?

    No. We work on a rolling admission basis and will accept applications at any time.  But we do encourage you to submit your application a month prior to a session start if possible, to help better assure a smooth transition.
  • Do you need to have work experience to be accepted into Iona’s MBA Program?

    No. Many students do have considerable work experience; however, it is not a prerequisite for admission.
  • Is there any way to have the application fee waived?

    Iona College has removed the $50 application fee.
  • Are there any scholarships available?

    Yes, Iona College offers a variety of scholarships awards. Details can be found here.
  • What is Iona College’s FAFSA Institutional Code?

  • What concentrations are offered in the MBA program?

    Our MBA Concentrations are Public Accounting, General Accounting, Health Care Management, Marketing, Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, and Information Systems.

    We offer MS degrees in Finance, Financial Services, International Finance, and Public Accounting.
    We also offer certificate programs in each concentration area as well as in Business Continuity and Risk Management, Business Fundamentals, E-Commerce, Health Care Management, Infrastructure Management, International Business, Long Term Care Service Management, Project Management, and Sports and Entertainment Business.

  • How many credits is the program?

    The MBA program requires 33-57 for completion.  The 24 credits of the MBA Core can be waived based upon recent undergraduate study.  The waivers reduce the credit load.  A grade of B or better in an undergraduate equivalent course(s) can grant a MBA waiver.  The classes must have been completed less than 7 years ago to qualify for a course waiver.

    The MS program requirements vary:

    MS in Public Accounting 42 credits

    MS in Finance 51 credits

    MS in Financial Services 48 credits

    MS in International Finance 54 credits

  • What are the Graduate Admissions Office hours?

    Monday, Wednesday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
    Tuesday 8:30am-6:30pm
    Note: During the summer months, the office closes at 12:00pm on Fridays
  • When do classes start?

    Hagan classes follow a trimester schedule, which includes five registration terms: Fall (end of August), Winter, (late November); Spring (late February) and two Summer sessions.  New students can enter our programs at any of these points.
  • I am currently in another school’s MBA Program. Does Iona accept transfer MBA credit?

    In addition to the eight core classes that can be waived based on undergraduate or graduate credit, one or two classes may be accepted as transfer credit at the discretion of the Director of the Program.  All students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours within the MBA Program to have a degree conferred at Iona.
  • Can I complete an entire program through online courses?

    No. However, we do offer approximately four or five distance learning courses per trimester.
  • I have other questions that aren't addressed here. Who can I contact?

    Please contact one of our Admissions Counselors below:
    • Katelyn Brunck, Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions (MBA/MS), at (914) 633-2451
    • Claire Morrissey, Coordinator for MBA Rockland at (845) 620-1350 x1973