The admissions committee reviews all applications holistically. Each component is important. We encourage you to carefully review each section below and the following applicable webpages:
Create your online account. Once you begin your application, you may save it and return to it at a later time. After you submit your application you won’t be able to add materials through the application portal, so be sure to upload everything you can at that time.
You may only apply to one graduate program for a given semester.
If you previously applied and wish to considered for any of our graduate programs please visit the Reapplicants section on our policies page.
Zicklin accepts the GRE, GMAT, and Executive Assessment (EA)
Evening MBA, Full-Time MBA, & Online MBA
The standardized test requirement is waived for applicants to MBA programs who meet the following criteria: (1) have earned a four-year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. (2) with a final cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a four-point scale. Degrees graded on other scales are not eligible.
Applicants who meet the criteria do not need to submit a request for a waiver. The standardized test requirement will be waived when the application is received.
Standardized testing is optional for applicants to MS programs. Candidates are not required to submit a standardized test score to be considered for admission. Those who want to submit a score report may do so. This may be helpful for applicants with academic records that are significantly below the average profile.
Providing GMAT/GRE/Executive Assessment (EA) Scores
- Which test you choose to take is entirely up to you. We have no preference.
- MBA applicants are welcome to submit an application before taking the GMAT/GRE/EA, but, with the exception of candidates eligible for waivers, your application cannot be considered for admission until we receive your score.
- Test scores are valid for 5 years but we are flexible, so please let us know if you have an expired score that you would like considered.
- We only consider your highest score.
- The GRE school code is 2034.
Applicants educated outside the United States may need to take an English Proficiency Exam.
You are exempt from the English Proficiency Exam if you:
- Completed a post-secondary degree (Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctorate) in the United States.
- Completed a post-secondary degree (Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctorate) from one of the English speaking countries listed below.
- 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 English Proficiency Exam scores.
|We accept the following exams||Minimum recommended score|
|Duolingo English Test (DET)||120|
|IELTS Academic Test||7|
|PTE (Pearson Test of English)||70|
- School Code: 2034
- 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|
|Belize||Jamaica||Saint Vincent and Grenadines|
|Botswana||Marshall Island||South Africa|
|Canada||Mauritius||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Fiji||New Zealand||United Kingdom|
Unofficial Transcripts | Required for Initial Admission Decision
Please upload a scanned copy or electronic PDF of the unofficial transcript for every college you have attended to the online application. If you are ready to provide official documents electronically at this point, then you can have them sent to ZicklinGradAdmissions@baruch.cuny.edu (via a secure service such as Scrip-Safe or National ClearingHouse.)
Current seniors should wait until their last semester to apply. Applications will be considered “Incomplete” until candidates can provide an unofficial transcript with their second to last semester grades.”
- We do not require official transcripts for: (1) Degree programs completed at Baruch College or other City University of New York (CUNY) colleges from 2008 onwards, or (2) study abroad programs.
- International Applicants: If you are applying with a degree from outside the United States, please visit our International Applicants page to see whether you need to have your transcript evaluated by an outside agency.
Official Transcripts | Required for Enrollment
If you receive an offer of admission, you will then be required to provide official transcripts. The issuing institution must mail or electronically send your official transcript to Zicklin’s Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Email to: ZicklinGradAdmissions@baruch.cuny.edu (via a secure service such as Scrip-Safe or National ClearingHouse)
- Mail 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
International education systems vary around the world and therefore our admissions committee needs to understand the comparability of international qualifications with U.S. degrees. If you have a degree from another country you may need to submit an international credential evaluation, depending on the graduate program you apply for.
Three-year Bachelor’s Degrees: We generally accept three-year Bachelor’s degrees from the following countries: Australia, Bahamas (University of West Indies only), Canada, European Union members, India, Israel, and United Kingdom (excluding Scotland). A credential evaluation may still be required. Please refer to the table below.`
Required Credential Evaluations
Requirement for applicants with any degrees from any country outside the U.S.
|MS in Accountancy or MBA in Accountancy||
Applicants are required to submit an international credential evaluation from a NACES-approved agency and a NASBA International Credential Evaluation for CPA Examination and/or Licensure evaluation.
|All MS programs (with exception of MS in Accountancy)||
Applicants are required to submit an international credential evaluation from a NACES-approved agency.
|Full-Time MBA or Evening MBA in General Business and the Online MBA||
Applicants are required to submit an international credential evaluation from a NACES-approved agency if the country is not listed here: Australia; Canada; Caribbean countries; European Union members; India; Israel; Japan; New Zealand; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; South Korea; Taiwan; Thailand; United Kingdom; or Turkey.
Types of Credential Evaluations
Course-by-Course Evaluation from a NACES-approved agency
|NASBA Evaluation (Accountancy programs)
Applicants to MS or MBA in Accountancy applicants must additionally submit a NASBA (National Association of State Boards of Accountancy) Advisory International Credential Evaluation for CPA Examination and/or Licensure Evaluation. The NASBA evaluation report is designed to identify any CPA-required academic deficiencies in your education. Our academic advisors use this report to advise you on the appropriate course selections that will satisfy New York State education requirements for CPA licensure.
What We Need: We require two professional recommendations, 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. We don’t accept recommendations from friends or family.
Baruch seniors and recent graduates may be eligible to have their letters of recommendation waived, please visit our Baruch Paths to MS webpage for more information.
How To Submit It: You will be asked in the application to enter the names and contact information for the two individuals you are seeking recommendations from. You have a choice of how the recommendation is acquired—through the online portal (recommended) or sent directly.
- Online Portal – If you use the online option, recommenders will receive an email from us letting them know that you are applying to Zicklin and that you have requested a recommendation from them. Your recommender will follow a link into a secure online form, where they have the option to include any additional narrative before submitting the form.
- Direct Option – With the second option, if your recommender prefers, they can complete our online recommendation form linked here.
You are required to submit two essays. A third optional essay may be submitted.
- Essay 1 (500 word limit): 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?
- Essay 2 (250 word limit): 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.
- Optional essay: You may provide the Admissions Committee with any information that you would like the members to consider as they make their decision.
Upload your résumé, which should be fully up-to-date and include all post-college work experience. For guidance, please refer to this quick video overview by Zicklin’s Graduate Career Management Center on how to write a well-crafted résumé.
Pay the $75 non-refundable application fee by card or wire transfer.
Application Fee Waivers
Application fee is waived for U.S. Armed Forces
This fee is waived for veterans of the United States Armed Forces, currently on active duty, or members of the National Guard or Reserves. To receive the fee waiver, complete all segments of the online application, including the key military questions on the “Demographic Data” page, then submit your application without paying the application fee. On the “Demographic Data” page, you’ll select that you actively are or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and for which branch, and upload your DD-214 or a copy of your military ID in the space provided.