Baruch College Zicklin School of Business logo Zicklin Logo
Personal tools
ZSB Home » Admissions » Graduate Admissions » Apply » Instructions


Summary checklist of requirements for admissions consideration.
  • Application fee
    A non-refundable fee of $125 is required. You will be prompted to pay the fee when you submit your application. Applicants who are Veterans of the United States Military Service, currently on active duty, or members of the National Guard or Reserves are exempt from paying the application fee. These applicants should contact our admissions office and submit their DD-214 form or a copy of their military ID prior to submitting the application.
  • Resume
    Upload your resume, which should include all post-college work experience.
  • Essays
    You are required to submit two essays. A third optional essay may be submitted.  Each essay has a maximum limit of 250 words.

    1. Why are you looking to pursue an MBA or MS degree at this point in your life and what do you see yourself doing professionally upon graduation? What key actions have you taken up to this point to prepare you for this career?

    2. Choose one of the following:
      • Discuss a social issue that you feel deeply about. Describe how you would contribute to the solution.
      • Describe a technology trend that will impact your target career.
      • Reach out to someone you haven’t met before for an informational interview to learn more about your target role and the steps you can take to achieve success. Discuss who you met, how you connected with them, and what insights you gained from your conversation.
    3. Optional essay.
      You may provide the Admissions Committee with any information that you would like the members to consider as they make their decision.
  • Transcripts
    Applicants are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from a foreign country. If you submit your application prior to the conferral of your bachelor's degree or equivalent, we will accept and evaluate your application. If an offer of admission is made, it will be contingent upon receiving your degree conferral prior to enrollment.

    Transcripts are required from all post-secondary institutions attended. Upload scanned copies in the online application. If offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges (except Baruch College) that are listed on your application. Official transcripts should be mailed in a university sealed envelope from the issuing institution, or sent electronically by your institution via secure services such as Scrip-Safe and National Clearinghouse. Electronic transcripts should be sent directly to
  • International Transcripts
    International education systems vary around the world and therefore our admissions committee needs to understand the comparability of international qualifications with U.S. degrees.
  • We prepare international credential evaluations for transcripts from the following countries:

    Australia India Singapore
    Canada Israel South Korea
    Caribbean countries New Zealand Taiwan
    European Union members Pakistan Turkey
    Japan Philippines Thailand
    For all other countries, you are required to obtain an international credential evaluation from one of the following pre-approved NACES organizations. Be sure you request that they send the completed evaluation along with transcripts evaluated to Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.
    • World Educational Services (
      *If you plan to use WES, you can order their “WES Basic – Course by Course” package as it is one of the fastest ways in which we will receive your academic record and will provide all the information we will need.
    • International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (
    • SpanTran Evaluation Services (
    • Education Credential Evaluators (

    *Applicants to programs that lead to New York CPA licensure: We strongly recommend that you obtain a NASBA (National Associate of State Boards of Accountancy) Advisory Evaluation instead of a NACES evaluation. The NASBA evaluation report is designed to identify any CPA required academic deficiencies in your education, and our academic counselors use this report to best advise you on your course selections leading up to the CPA exam.

    You must take either the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and submit official scores. The exam must be completed within five years of the beginning of the term for which you are applying. All sections of the exam are considered when reviewing candidates for admissions. We advise that you schedule an examination at least 15 days before the deadline.
  • Two letters of recommendation
    Submit two letters of recommendation.

    You are encouraged to provide two professional references including one from your current employer. However, recent graduates may submit one professional reference and one academic reference. If you have not yet completed your Bachelor’s degree you should provide two academic recommendations.  Recommendations are discouraged from relatives, personal friends and any staff you have supervised.

  • English language proficiency
    Applicants educated outside the United States may need to take an English Proficiency Exam.
  • You are exempt from the English Proficiency Exam if you:
    1. Completed a post-secondary degree (Bachelors/Masters/Doctorate) in the United States
    2. Completed a post-secondary degree (Bachelors/Masters/Doctorate) from one of the English speaking countries listed below.
    3. Documented proof of attendance in a U.S. school from 1st-12th grade (Elementary, Middle School, and High School are all required)
    If you don’t meet any of the above conditions, then you will need to submit scores from one of the following English Proficiency Exams: Please note: The TOEFL and IELTS are valid for 2 years.

    Countries Exempt from English Language Exam

    Antigua and Barbuda Ghana Papua New Guinea
    Australia Grenada St. Kitts and Nevis
    Bahamas Guyana Saint Lucia
    Barbados Ireland Sierra Leone
    Belize Jamaica Saint Vincent and Grenadines
    Bermuda Liberia Solomon Islands
    Botswana Marshall Island Trinidad & Tobago
    Canada Mauritius Uganda
    Dominica Micronesia United Kingdom
    Fiji New Zealand Zambia
    Gambia Nigeria Zimbabwe
International Students

Application for the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20)

International applicants seeking a student visa to study in the US will need to  complete the Request for Certificate of Eligibility and the Declaration and Certification of Finances.  Be sure to review, complete, and submit pages 1 – 5 of the application.

Supporting Financial Documentation
Original documents for each source of financial support indicated. Please refer to the "Sponsor Supporting Documents" page (p.4) of the admission application for a list of acceptable supporting documents.

Copy of Passport Identification Page
Photocopy of the identification page of your passport

NOTE: Documents (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) from institutions outside the US in a language other than English must be accompanied by official English translations.

Please be sure to visit our International Student Service Center for specific details and information for our international students.

Contact Information

Mail documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Baruch College/Zicklin School of Business
City University of New York (CUNY)
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box H-820, New York, NY 10010

Campus address:

Office of Graduate Admissions
151 East 25th Street, 8th Floor, Room 820
Telephone: 646-312-1300

cuny Logo cuny Logo
Baruch College/CUNY | Zicklin School Of Business | 646-312-1000 | Copyright © 2014
One Bernard Baruch Way, New York, NY 10010 ( 55 Lexington Avenue at East 24th Street, NYC )

FAQ | News | Events Listing | About This Website | Text Only