Marist College: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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Marist College

School of Management

Poughkeepsie, New York


Marist College was among the nation's front-runners in distance learning, offering working adults the unique opportunity to complete challenging graduate programs in business administration or public administration entirely on the Web. Professionals from as far away as Europe, India, and China currently count themselves as members of the Marist College family.

Marist's undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business are fully accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. It is devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management. This accreditation places Marist among the top 30 percent of business programs in the country. Marist is proud to be among the 411 colleges, universities, and institutions of higher education worldwide accredited by AACSB International.

Marist's M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs provide an outstanding mix of quality, convenience, and flexibility. Students for whom regularly scheduled on-site classes are difficult may pursue equally challenging graduate course work at their convenience from anywhere in the world.


Cutting-edge instructional technology enables students to interact extensively with their instructors and classmates. Communication is ongoing via e-mail, bulletin boards, group conference rooms, or private chat rooms.

A personal computer with a Pentium 166 processor, 32 megabytes of RAM, a 28.8 modem (56K recommended), and access to the World Wide Web via MS Explorer, Netscape 4.0, or America Online browser version 4.0 are required for the program. In addition, to ensure compatibility in reading attached files and sharing work with other classmates, Microsoft Office 97 is essential throughout the program.


Marist's online graduate programs in business administration and public administration are available to students worldwide. Candidates for either program must meet the admissions criteria required by that program and must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. International applicants must submit official TOEFL and TWE scores for admission.

Marist's M.B.A. is designed to cultivate managers who are capable of effective decision-making in today's complex business environment. Emphasis is placed on the management process and the behavioral influences that significantly affect the success of modern organizations. Graduates of the program possess the strategic perspective necessary to identify opportunities and risks in a rapidly changing economic environment. Course requirements consist of a combination of foundation, core, and elective courses designed to develop the professional analytical, communication, and leadership skills needed to keep pace with the competitive demands of a global economy.

Marist's M.P.A. is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective public-sector and not-for-profit program management.

The curriculum stresses the ethical, legal, and social context of administration. Graduates are proficient in understanding and developing positive organizational behavior and effectively utilizing a full range of management and administrative techniques to solve problems, address issues, and lead important programs.

Marist College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution located in Poughkeepsie, New York. Marist began offering graduate programs in 1972 and currently serves some 750 graduate students from all over the world. Marist has been listed among the finest colleges and universities in America by both the Barron's Guide and U.S. News & World Report.

Marist is registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education and the Professions, and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its business programs are accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


The M.B.A. program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, with a maximum of 51 credit hours, for the degree. Up to 21 credits of foundation courses may be waived, based on prior graduate or undergraduate study. Transfer credits are not applicable to foundation course work. Instead, particular foundation requirements are waived on the basis of prior study.

Transfer of credits into the M.B.A. or M.P.A. program requires the prior approval of the program director. Up to 6 graduate credits may be transferred from an AACSB International–accredited graduate program to satisfy graduate core and/or elective requirements. Criteria considered in awarding transfer credit include the grade received (must be B–or higher), the level of the course in the program at which it was taken, and the course content. Transfer credit is awarded for core courses only if the course is substantially equivalent to the Marist course requirement.


The Marist College faculty comprises highly experienced credentialed educators, many of whom are skilled professionals with practical hands-on experience in corporate, government, not-for-profit, and community settings. Faculty members regularly take part in research, publishing, and consulting and are frequently called upon by various organizations and institutions for their expertise in their given academic areas.


The M.B.A. and M.P.A. programs are concerned with the interest, aptitude, and capacity of a prospective student as indicated in the applicant's previous academic record, achievement on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and past professional achievement and growth. Each applicant's credentials are evaluated on an individual basis. Specific requirements for admission and completion vary by program. All applicants must submit the graduate application, application fee, official transcripts, and current resume. A personal statement is required of M.P.A. candidates. The GMAT/GRE is waived for applicants who already hold a master's degree.


Tuition for the 2003–04 academic year was $530 per credit, plus a $30 registration fee per semester and a onetime matriculation fee of $30. A $30 nonrefundable application fee is required at application.


Marist College offers merit-based and need-based financial programs to assist students in meeting the cost of their graduate education. To be eligible, a student must be matriculated in a graduate program and maintain satisfactory academic progress each semester. Awards are made without reference to racial or ethnic origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, or disability. The process of applying for aid should begin in early summer for fall admittance and mid-fall for spring admittance.


Graduate Admissions
School of Graduate and Continuing Education
Marist College
North Road
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Telephone: 845-575-3800 888-877-7900 (toll-free)
Fax: 845-575-3166
E-mail: [email protected]
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Student wishing to pursue their M.B.A. or M.P.A. on line should follow the same procedures as campus-based graduate students. All admissions documents should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.