LaPenta School of Business at Iona College is AACSB accredited. The new business building is on track to open Spring 2020 and will feature a variety of high-tech learning spaces, such as a trading floor classroom, media suite, computer labs, and case study rooms. Iona’s central location, 20 miles from New York City, makes internships and employment opportunities easily accessible. The small 16:1 student-faculty ratio also ensures students are primed to excel in their careers. Within six months of degree completion, 93% of graduates are employed or pursuing higher degrees. Iona graduates’ annual earnings are rated among the top 15% of the Best Universities for a Bachelor’s Degree. An astounding 99% of all students receive financial aid, so earning a degree from this private, Catholic university is attainable for everyone.
All undergraduate business students will complete a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and customize their learning experience by selecting a major. Majors include Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing. All of the major options can also be completed as a minor, as well as a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Professionals can take their career to the next level by earning the 39-credit hour LaPenta Master of Business Administration. Full-time students can graduate in as few as 12 months, and part-time students can graduate in 20 months. The curriculum consists of 24-credit hours of core courses and 15-credit hours of electives. Students have the flexibility to use their elective credit hours to pursue a concentration or an advanced certificate. Optional concentrations include Business Analytics, Financial Management, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Public Accounting. Advanced certificate options are Business Continuity and Risk Management, Health Care Management, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Master of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting are also offered.
After classes, a popular place for business students to hang out is the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. In 2019, this newly built space opened its doors to serve as a hub for business student organizations, offer start-up support, and host networking events, lecture series, mentoring programs, and workshops. Students can win up to $6,000 competing in the Iona Innovation Challenge by submitting a one-minute video pitch, executive summary, and pitching their slide deck. Another opportunity for students to present research is the Iona Scholars Day. The Advancing Ethical and Moral Leadership Lecture Series gives students a chance to sit back and soak in some speeches from some of the brightest scholars in the business world. Career Development events, such as Effective Resume Writing and MBA panels, offer advice for every step of your career journey from freshman to graduate school.
Students can balance family, work, and school when they make the choice to pursue an online Master of Business Administration from Iona. Classes are offered in 10-week sessions. Students who enroll in two classes per session can graduate in as few as 18 months. This convenient online MBA features the same concentration options and advanced certificates as the on-campus program.