Free, open sessions at School of Business to offer advising for MBA prospects

The SUNY New Paltz School of Business will be offering free information sessions to provide students and community members with an overview of the master of business administration degree (MBA) program. The sessions will be held on March 2, March 15, April 12 and April 27 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in van den Berg Hall room 219.

Like the MBA program itself, the info sessions have been designed for current undergraduate students, at New Paltz and at other institutions, as well as working professionals interested in developing new aptitudes.

“These sessions are really meant for anyone who’s curious about earning an MBA,” said Aaron Hines, director of the MBA program for the School of Business. “They’ll be able to get everything from a full curriculum breakdown of the MBA, to info on the admission requirements, application process and scholarship opportunities.”

The MBA program puts a premium on offering students in different circumstances the flexibility to complete the program as best suits them. A one-year accelerated program is available for full-time students able to dedicate their energies to that kind of class load. Conversely, about 75% percent of course requirements can be fulfilled through online and weekend courses, and plans are in place to continue to increase that number and further accommodate part-time students for whom more traditional course schedules are infeasible.

“Our MBA program is designed to offer a high quality academic experience and scheduling flexibility to meet the demands of both full time and part time students,” said Kristin Backhaus, dean of the School of Business. “No matter the format, our faculty provide courses that are engaging and up-to-date in terms of the changing business environment.”

As the New Paltz MBA program has grown, so too has its reputation among its regional and national peers. In 2013, the School of Business earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, which has been conferred upon fewer than five percent of the world’s business programs and is a clear signal of excellence in business education.

“Students see the AACSB seal on our program, and they see how many quality alumni we have, who have gotten good jobs and good placements after finishing our program,” Hines said.

The three information sessions will also address questions about the availability of academic advising, the program’s emphasis on internship placements for students, and the various options for program completion, including the general MBA, the MBA/CPA track program, and the 4 + 1 BS/MBA program for undergraduates.

Those planning to attend an information session should contact the School of Business at (845) 257-2968 or More information is available online.