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William Paterson University of New Jersey Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 48% accepted out of 77 applicants
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.5
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities

Admission Information

To be considered for admission to William Paterson's MBA program, students must submit official transcripts from undergraduate work, GMAT scores, and a personal essay. Eligible students must have a GMAT score of 500 or better, or a combination of a GMAT score of at least 450 and a GPA higher than 2.75. Students with a terminal degree in any field o...To be considered for admission to William Paterson's MBA program, students must submit official transcripts from undergraduate work, GMAT scores, and a personal essay. Eligible students must have a GMAT score of 500 or better, or a combination of a GMAT score of at least 450 and a GPA higher than 2.75. Students with a terminal degree in any field or an undergraduate GPA of 3.75 or better may be eligible to waive the GMAT. In lieu of test scores, these students must submit letters of recommendation and a writing sample.

The Princeton Review

School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 100
Percent International Students 27%
Total Full-Time Faculty 28
Full-Time Faculty 75%

Student Life

William Paterson attracts professionals from across New Jersey, and there is a “diverse population of students.” While the school community is “mostly young and ambitious,” students “span a broad age range,” from early professionals to seasoned managers. Across the board, students are “eager to learn” and bring enthusiasm to the classroom. The Cotsakos School of Business is located in a newly constructed building at William Paterson’s Valley Road campus, which is located just a few miles from the main University. Although there are campus housing options for graduate students, few stu­dents in the business program take advantage of them. With a class of working profes­sionals, “the school is primarily a commuter school.” In fact, for most MBA candidates, “life consists of the classroom experience” and little else. On the greater University cam­pus, “activities are offered, but the MBA program isn’t heavily involved.”

Career

William Paterson’s MBA program is specially designed for working professionals, rather than full-time students. While few MBA candidates are actively looking for a new posi­tion after graduation, the business school maintains an online job board, where MBA can­didates can browse career opportunities in the area. Registered employers can also use the site to view student resumes. Because William Paterson is located within commuting distance of New York, students can apply for jobs locally and in the city, which is a def­inite advantage for those looking for big name employers or music industry contacts. Frequent alumni reunions on the William Paterson campus help graduates keep an ongo­ing network within the school community. Beyond the business school, William Paterson graduate students and alumni can get additional job development assistance at the Career Development and Gloria S. Williams Advisement Center. Here MBA candidates may schedule an appointment for individual career counseling or a resume revision. However, the majority of the Center’s services, including job fairs, are directed at the undergraduate community.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

A New Jersey institution with an accredited MBA program, William Paterson University provides a “good academic atmosphere” for business professionals. At this largely local school, the faculty comprises “very intelligent” business experts who have “valuable real-world experience to bring into the classroom.” Eager to engage their students, WPU professors initiate “challenging discussions and clearly bring their experiences with them to the classroom.” While the teaching staff boasts solid academic credentials, stu­dents say, “some are better teachers than others.” For the best experience, a student says, “there are quite a few topnotch professors, and once you learn who they are, try to take as many classes with them as possible.” At William Paterson, MBA coursework is divided into three phases: the lower core, the upper core, and electives. Students with advanced business experience or an undergrad­uate business degree may be able to place out of lower core courses, though they are required to complete at least 30 credits. Currently, the school offers MBA concentrations in accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, and finance. They also operate a unique pro­gram in music management (one of two music management programs in the country), which capitalizes on the school’s prime location near New York City. No matter what your field of interest, “professors promote teamwork” throughout the curriculum and soft skills are promoted alongside technical ability. Principally catering to local professionals, William Paterson does its best to meet the needs and schedules of its busy student body. Of particular note, all courses are taught at night so that students may continue with work and personal obligations during the day. In addition, there is a culture of support within the school community. A current MBA tells us “this is my first year back after ten years, and the school administration and professors have made coming back a smooth experience.” With just over 100 students in the MBA program, “class sizes are typically small (15 or so students),” and the “intimate setting” is ideal for promoting camaraderie and fostering individual talents. For addi­tional assistance, the majority of professors are also “willing and eager to answer ques­tions outside the classroom.” While professors are well regarded, “the administration, on the other hand, has virtual­ly no connection to its students.” Additionally, there are administrative and scheduling glitches throughout the MBA. For example, it is “difficult to graduate on time as there is a limit to class offerings and restrictions on virtually every lower-core course offering.” Even so, William Paterson is constantly improving its programs and appears to be on the up-and-up. As the school gains more exposure, students would like to see “more full-time faculty to assist in the growing MBA program.” If the positive changes continue, William Paterson’s “MBA program may become one of the absolute best in the region.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Global Financial Services Institute incl. Financial Learning Center Russ Berrie Sales Lab Small Business Development Center

  • International Student Support Groups:

    Faculty members, support staff, and students meet formally and informally to assist international students.

  • Research Facilities:

    Global Financial Services Institute incl. Financial Learning Center Russ Berrie Sales Lab Small Business Development Center

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