New York City Business Schools
Within the five boroughs of New York City, there are many schools offering business programs, with awards ranging from certificates at community colleges to graduate degrees at prestigious schools. The following resource includes a summary of the program options at an Ivy League institution, as well as a community and 4-year college affiliated with the City University of New York (CUNY). In addition to an overview of the degree options, prospective business students will find a comparison table with key statistical information and a paragraph about two other schools in the area that offer programs in business administration and other related areas.
- The programs at Columbia University, one of the most selective business schools in the nation, are available exclusively at the graduate level and can lead to a master's or doctoral degree. The university is located approximately eight miles from downtown New York City.
- CUNY Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College is a 2-year school located in the Bronx, just over 10.5 miles from New York City's downtown. Institutional emphasis is on providing education to diverse ethnic communities; programs include an associate degree in business management.
- CUNY Bernard M Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, the nation's largest collegiate school of business, is located approximately 2.5 miles from downtown New York City. Baruch College is home to CUNY's doctoral program in business, as well as bachelor's and master's degree programs in business administration.
Comparison of Schools
The cost of a degree program and the possibility of financial aid are often deciding factors when it comes to choosing a school. This information can be found below, along with acceptance, retention and graduation figures.
|CUNY Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College||CUNY Bernard M Baruch College||Columbia University|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,211*||18,289*||30,454*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)||$5,208 in-state students, $8,088 out-of-state students (undergraduate)*|| $7,262 in-state students, $14,932 out-of-state students (undergraduate);
$11,130 in-state students, $20,280 out-of-state students (graduate)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||90%*||77%*||59%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A- Open admission*||29%*||7%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||61% for full-time students, 44% for part-time students*||90% for full-time students, 75% for part-time students*||97% for full-time students, 91% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||20% (13% transfer-out rate) (students began in 2014)*||70% (14% transfer-out rate) (students began in 2011)*||95% (students began in 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
CUNY Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College
The associate degree program at HCC is designed to both prepare students for entry-level positions in business administration, as well as the continued study needed to complete a bachelor's degree. Students who plan to enroll in a 4-year program at CUNY Baruch College will need to meet specific GPA and course requirements.
Associate in Science in Business Management
To earn this associate degree at HCC, students need to complete 60 credits of coursework, which include liberal arts and science requirements and major courses in business. To fulfill the liberal arts component, students take 29 credits in writing and literature, probability and statistics, macroeconomics and other general education courses. Four electives in history, the humanities, language or math are also required. Through the business core, students take classes in accounting, business law and management, as well as electives in business ethics, marketing and finance.
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
Baruch College offers several joint-degree programs through its Zicklin School of Business, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care Administration with Mt. Sinai Hospital and an MBA/Juris Doctor (JD) with both the New York and Brooklyn Law Schools.
Bachelor of Business Administration
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Baruch College requires 124 credits to complete, half of which fulfill the common core curriculum requirements in general education. Additional requirements include a pre-business curriculum with courses in accountancy, economics and statistics, among other topics, as well as a 3-course concentration outside of the business major. Before applying to the business school, students must complete 45 credits of coursework with an overall GPA of 2.25/4.0 or higher. Undergraduate business majors are available in 16 different areas, such as accountancy, finance or real estate investment.
Once admitted, undergraduates pursue core business courses in accounting, business, law and information systems; topics in finance, management and marketing are also part of the program. All students take a capstone course their final semester, which involves working on management solutions projects.
Master of Business Administration
Candidates for the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program must complete prerequisite courses in finance, accounting, calculus and statistics. The program is available in full-time, part-time and accelerated part-time formats.
Core coursework includes 21 credits in marketing management, international business, microeconomics and accounting. The program also allows for a 4- to 6-course specialization in finance or marketing and three electives. Through the capstone experience, students work collaboratively on a final project and find a solution to a business-related problem.
Master of Science in Business
The Master of Science (MS) program at Baruch College is different from the broad-based MBA in that it allows students to focus on a specific area of business, such as accountancy, information systems or statistics. Offered in a flextime format to fit students' schedules, the program requires 10-16 courses, or 30 credit hours, to complete. Depending upon prior academic preparation, students may have to take some preliminary courses; submission of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores is also required. The accountancy program meets the state requirements for preparation for taking the Certified Public Accountant exam, and depending upon prior coursework, can require up to 22 courses, or 72 credits, to complete.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at Baruch College is offered on a full-time basis with five specialization options: management, information systems, marketing, finance and accounting. Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree and submit their GMAT scores.
The PhD program consists of 60 credit hours, including 12 foundation credits, nine of which are in statistics. Before completing their first 45 credits, students must pass a first examination or presentation. After completing the balance of their coursework, they take a second examination. PhD candidates also prepare, produce and defend their dissertations before a faculty committee.
Columbia offers its business programs at the graduate level. The MBA programs are available in a traditional or an executive format, which allows for more flexible scheduling. The doctoral program is a full-time, 5-year program.
Master Of Business Administration
Columbia's MBA program consists of a core curriculum and electives that are designed to provide students with a broad business base and the option to specialize. Core courses make up about 40% of the degree requirements and cover topics in accounting, operations management, economics and finance. Students can also use the electives to specialize in accounting, entrepreneurship, media, private equity or value investing. Electives include topics in financial statement or applied security analysis, social media and entrepreneurship or global real estate investment.
Master of Science
Graduate students in the MS program can specialize in management science and engineering, financial economics or business analytics. The programs range in length, depending upon students' schedules and curriculum requirements, which are drawn from master's and doctoral courses from both the business school and other university departments.
In general, incoming students have completed prerequisite coursework in probability and statistics or microeconomics, among other topics, and/or have relevant business experience. Required coursework may include classes in statistics, research, econometrics and finance theory, as well as negotiations, managerial decision making and empirical choice models. Depending on the program, students may need to take an exam, perform an internship and/or produce and defend a thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy
The PhD program at Columbia offers study options in five fields: finance and economics; management and marketing; risk and operations; accounting; and decision making. Students typically begin with research-focused coursework and seminars in their area of study and start developing their thesis proposals. Years two and three are spent taking courses and examinations, performing research and producing research papers. Upon completion of these requirements, candidates for the PhD move on to the development and defense of a dissertation, which is required to graduate.
Other School Options
Located just north of NYC in Bronxville, Concordia College - New York offers a bachelor's degree program in business administration with specialization options in accounting and international management. Concordia also has a master's degree program in business leadership. St. John's University, a Catholic school in Queens, offers a broad variety of bachelor's degree programs in business, including accounting, international business, marketing and management. They also offer MBA and MS programs, as well as advanced professional certificates in business.