May 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

LaPenta School of Business

Mission, Vision and Core Values Statement

Mission: The LaPenta School of Business provides students with a high-value business education through its accomplished and caring faculty, dedicated alumni, and advantageous location in the New York City metropolitan area with its abundance of learning and career opportunities. We pride ourselves on developing highly competent, global-minded, and entrepreneurial business leaders with a strong ethical and social commitment.

Vision: We deliver an enriching, personalized educational experience that helps each student unlock opportunities and make a difference.

Statement of Core Values:

  • Serve our students and other stakeholders through outstanding teaching, research, and experiential learning activities.
  • Expand access to business education by ensuring affordability, supporting student success, and adopting innovative delivery methods.
  • Promote respect for others and their contributions in order to prepare students for success in a diverse and dynamic global business environment.
  • Encourage intellectual curiosity and the pursuit of new ideas and creative solutions to business problems to serve the needs of our stakeholders and society in general.
  • Build partnerships and collaborate with alumni, industry, and the community to improve business education and practice for the benefit of our students and the development of our communities.
  • Embrace transparency, accountability, and compliance with professional standards to maintain a learning environment of mutual trust and support.

Degree Programs and Requirements

The LaPenta School of Business offers the Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA), Advanced Certificates in interdisciplinary subjects and Master of Science degrees (MS) in Public Accounting and Finance.

Graduate Business Program Educational Objectives

The LaPenta School of Business designed these graduate business programs with the following goals in mind:

Ethical Leadership: Students will identify, evaluate and address ethical issues and social responsibilities in long-term planning and everyday practice.

Strategic Thinking: Students will analyze complex business problems, develop appropriate strategies, and formulate effective solutions.

Oral Communication Skills: Students will design and deliver effective oral presentations.

Written Communication Skills: Students will produce effective written communications.

Content Knowledge: Students will master core business concepts across the disciplines.

Program Overview

The programs are designed for candidates who wish to pursue a graduate business degree on either a full or part-time basis. The complete MBA program is 36 credits, while the Masters of Science programs range from 30 to 36 credits. There is a six-year limit for the completion of a graduate business degree.

MBA students will take 36 credits and typically complete the program in twenty months on a part-time basis or twelve months if studying full-time.

Courses are offered on a trimester basis, with classes starting in late August, November, March, and in summer sessions, starting in late May and early July, respectively. Each trimester course meets one evening per week from 6:30 - 9:45 pm. Courses conducted during the summer meet twice per week .

Further procedures and policies relating to programs of the LaPenta School of Business can be found in the section, “Academic Information.” In addition, updates to information in this bulletin can be found on the Iona Web site at

MBA Core Courses

The MBA curriculum is designed to provide a broad, integrative approach to business. Students complete a well-rounded core curriculum and a set of advanced electives that can be customized to the student’s interest.  Students can choose to complete an optional concentration or advanced certificate within their elective set. 

MBA students take a total of eight core courses (24 credits):

MBA Elective Courses

MBA students are required to take 12 credits of electives.  Concentrations or certificates can be completed within these electives, but are not required. The requirements of each optional concentration are as follows:


  • Choose any four 500-level or above accounting courses.

Business Analytics

Choose any four of the following five courses:

Financial Management

  • Choose any four 500-level or above finance courses.

Information Systems

Choose two of the following courses


Choose any two other lS courses (level 600 and above)


  • Choose any four MNG or HRM 500-level or above courses.


Students must take any three MKT courses that are 500-level or above plus one course from among the following:

*Students who passed an undergraduate marketing course in any of these 4 subjects can choose any other 500-level or above MKT course as their fourth course in the concentration.

Total Requirements for MBA Degree: 36 credits

MS Degree Programs

MS degree programs offer the student the opportunity to focus their studies in a specialized area.  We offer the following MS degrees:

The Advanced Certificate Programs

The Advanced Certificate Programs provide for the opportunity for graduate studies in a multidisciplinary area at the post-baccalaureate level or as part of an MBA degree program. The available Advanced Certificates are:

* The Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (0599)  is also available in a fully online format.


The Advanced Certificate Programs are open to all holders of the Baccalaureate degree from regionally-accredited institutions who meet the acceptance criteria for the MBA degree program and the criteria for the chosen Certificate. A completed application file for Advanced Certificate candidate includes the application form and the following:

  • an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended; and
  • a current resume.

Upon successful completion of the program of study, a certificate will be awarded to the student. In lieu of accepting the chosen Certificate at that time, the student may roll over their Certificate courses into the MBA Program and receive the Certificate with the MBA degree.


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