Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Louis R. Ruvolo, M.B.A., Director of Graduate Business Programs

Graduate Business Programs prepare candidates to manage people, assets, ideas, and technology for the rapidly changing global environment. Candidates leverage their prior educational experience and professional accomplishments to broaden their intellectual horizons, critical-thinking and interpersonal skills. Saint Peter’s University offers the following degree programs:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA curriculum reflects a total of 48 credits:
Level I Core Courses (24 credits)
Level II Concentration (9-12 credits) and Open Electives (12-15)
Level III Capstone (3 credits)

Concentrations in:

  • Finance
  • Health Care Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management

Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

The MSA curriculum reflects a total of 30 credits:
Level I Core Courses (15 credits)
Level II Risk Management Courses (9 credits) and Electives (6 credits)

Combined Degrees MBA/MSA

The Combine Degrees MBA/MSA curriculum reflects a total of 63 credits:
Level I MBA Core Courses (24 credits)
Level II MSA Core (15 credits), Concentration (9-12 credits) Electives (9-12 credits)
Level III Capstone (3 credits)

Program Availability

All courses are offered on a trimester schedule (11 weeks: Fall/Winter/Spring) at the main campus in Jersey City and Englewood Cliffs. Selected courses within the program are periodically offered at other sites. The courses are offered primarily in the evening and in flexible formats: lecture, hybrid, online, and occasionally Saturdays to accommodate the needs of working adults.

Degree Requirements

In addition to Academic Policies outlined across all Graduate programs, all students must fulfill all matriculation requirements, course requirements and maintain a 3.0 cumulative average in the program.


All candidates for a degree will be assigned an advisor upon entrance into the program. Appointments with an advisor are available at both the Jersey City and Englewood Cliffs campuses and may be arranged at other locations. Students are permitted to register for up to 9 credits in a term. Credits above this amount require approval from the Program Director.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six (6) graduate credits of equivalent course work may be transferred from other accredited universities. A minimum grade of 3.0 (B) is required in such courses. Transfer credit is granted by petition to and approval by the program director. It is the student's responsibility to initiate the petition and justify the acceptance of the courses with a minimum of an official transcript and course course description. The program director will determine whether the courses are equivalent. Transfer credit is by permission only and not an obligation of the University.

Time Limitation

Students are expected to enroll continuously until their program is completed. Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress as outlined in the Graduate Programs Academic Policy. The latter includes maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and accumulating sufficient credits within the stipulated time frame of five years.

At A Glance
Degree Awarded: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Concentrations: Finance, Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Risk Management
Course Locations: Jersey City Campus, Englewood Cliffs Campus, Two Off-Site Locations
Program Duration: 48 Credits*: A full-time student taking 18 credits/year should complete in 2.5 years or less. Summer term available. *Note: Up to 12 credits may be able to be waived for grades of B or higher in MBA Core Courses.
Calendar: Trimester (11 weeks)
Course Format: Classes meet in person one evening or Saturday each week for 3 hours 25 minutes. Some hybrid/online courses available. The degree cannot be completed 100% online.

Note: Core courses are considered Level I and must be taken before concentration courses.

MBA Concentrations (Level II)

The following concentrations may be included as part of the MBA or dual MBA/MSA degrees. All are 9 credits, with the exception of Health Care Administration being 12 credits. A second concentration prior to the degree being awarded requires an additional 6 credits above those required for the specific graduate program.

Concentrations are composed of at least one required course and two or three additional courses to complete the concentration as noted below.

International Finance (required)
Choose two of the following:
Financial Statement Analysis
Derivative Markets
Investment Analysis
Health Care Administration (all courses are required)12
Health Care Financing and Risk Management
Current Issues and Policies in Health Care
Health Care Administration I
Health Care Administration II
Human Resources Management (all courses are required)9
Employment Law
Human Resources
International Business9
International Business (required)
Choose two of the following:
International Finance
Culture in International Business
International Marketing
Choose two of the following:
Organizational Theory
Executive in Residence Seminar
or GB-634
Executive Seminar: Business Strategy II
Management Information Systems9
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
E-Commerce Technology (required)
Choose two of the following:
Database and Knowledge Management Systems
Analysis and Development of Information Systems
Business Systems Interruption
Marketing Strategy (required)
Choose two of the following:
International Marketing
Internet Marketing
Marketing Research
Risk Management9
Enterprise Risk Management (required)
Choose two of the following:
Internal Controls and Sarbanes Oxley Compliance
Strategic Risk Management
Risk Management and Insurance


GB-699 Corporate Strategy: Initiation to Implementation

Electives - 9-12 credits

All courses listed within the concentrations and the courses below can be taken as electives by all MBA or MSA students.

Choose 3 or 4 courses9-12
Corporate and Partnership Taxation (Acctg)
U. S. Taxation (Acctg)
Personal Branding (Mktg)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Technology for Managers (MIS)
Social Networking and New Media (Mktg)
Business in a Post American World (Mgmt & Int'l Bus)
Research Project (Elective)
Global Business Cultural Experience (Int'l Bus)

The MBA prepares candidates to manage people, assets, ideas, and technology in a rapidly changing global environment. Courses develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills with a particular focus on operational, strategic, and financial risk.


Candidates must complete 48 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students elect a concentration upon entrance to facilitate courses in the program path. Saint Peter’s may consider waiving up to twelve (12) credits within the MBA Core Courses for undergraduate courses where the candidate achieved a grade of B or higher in each course. Waived credits are by permission only, and not an obligation of the University.

MBA Degree:        48 Credits

                              Core Courses:       24 Credits

                              Concentration:*     9-12 Credits

                              Electives:*             12-21 Credits

                              Capstone:              3 Credits

                                            *Note: Concentration and elective credits vary by program

Level I: Core Courses (24 credits)

These courses provide the foundation for many of the concepts introduced in later courses, and should be taken early in the program. Waivers and/or transfer of credits may be considered as outlined in the Curriculum section above.  Students are to complete their core courses prior to beginning their concentration.

AC-501Managerial Accounting (or appropriate substitution)3
GB-510Computer-Based Information Systems (or appropriate substitution)3
GB-530Corporate Finance3
GB-503Statistics for Managers3
GB-511Management and Human Behavior (or appropriate substitution)3
GB-513Marketing Management (or appropriate substitution)3
GB-517Business Ethics3
GB-622Management Economics (or appropriate substitution)3
Total Credits24

Level II:  Concentration (9-12 credits)

Concentrations focus the candidate on a specific area to achieve depth of knowledge. Concentrations are available in Finance, Health Care Administration, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Risk Management. Candidates may follow the recommended courses below or may work with the Program Director to design a concentration to meet specific goals and reflect individual backgrounds. A candidate may complete a second concentration prior to the MBA degree being conferred by taking an additional 6 credits above the 48 required for the MBA degree.

Level II:  Electives (12-21 credits)

These courses provide program breadth outside the area of concentration. Candidates should choose these courses to gain knowledge in areas that will help achieve their career goals.  A candidate may not choose an elective course in the same area as a concentration.

Level III:  Capstone (3 credits)

The capstone course, GB-699 Corporate Strategy: Initiation-Implementation, reinforces the learning outcomes in the program, and is taken near the end of the program.