Admission

Admission Criteria and Procedures

Master of Business Administration and Master of Science Programs

Students who hold a bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and who have demonstrated their ability or potential to do high-quality academic work are encouraged to apply. In addition, applicants are required to meet all program prerequisites, which include the following:

MBA MSA MSF MSBA
College Math College Math College Math
College Statistics College Statistics Applied Business Statistics
Microeconomics Microeconomics
Macroeconomics Macroeconomics
Undergraduate major in Accounting (or equivalent) Financial accounting Business operations

Additionally, the MSMAS program requires an undergraduate Marketing course. The MSM program does not require any prerequisites.

The following items must be on file before an applicant may be considered for admission:

  1. A completed application for admission. Apply online.
  2. A non-refundable $65 application fee.
  3. A statement of self-evaluation of work experience and career objectives.
  4. A professional resume.
  5. An official copy of transcripts of previous college or university work. An overall undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher is recommended.
  6. Completed online recommendation forms from two references; one recommendation from a faculty member and one from a present or former employer is preferred.
  7. A score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): 500 or higher is recommended.
    • The GRE exam may be submitted in lieu of the GMAT. If submitting the GRE, the scores will be converted to a GMAT equivalent.
    • See GMAT Waiver Policy below.
    • The MSM and MSMAS programs do not require GMAT scores

Note: See additional admission criteria under each Master of Science program.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Start dates vary based on program.

The applicant should submit all items to:
Committee on Graduate Admission
Dolan School of Business, Dean's Office
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

The Committee on Graduate Admission reviews the applications and selects those who will be accepted to the program.

Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Business Analytics
  • Business Essentials
  • Business Intelligence
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Strategic Human Resources in the Global Environment

Students with an earned undergraduate degree in any field are encouraged to apply. For Business Analytics and Business Intelligence, college math, applied business statistics and business operations are required as prerequisites.

The following items must be on file with the School's Graduate Admission Committee before an applicant may be considered for admission:

  1. A completed application for admission. Apply online.
  2. A non-refundable $65 application fee.
  3. A professional resume.
  4. An official copy of undergraduate transcripts.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application materials should be sent directly to:
Committee on Graduate Admission
Dolan School of Business
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Advanced Graduate Certificate Programs (Post-Master's Degree)

  • Accounting
  • Taxation

Students who hold a master's degree, who have professional experience, and who have demonstrated their ability to do high-quality academic work are encouraged to apply.

The following items must be on file with the School's Graduate Admission Committee before an applicant may be considered for admission:

  1. A completed application for admission. Apply online.
  2. A non-refundable $65 application fee.
  3. A professional resume.
  4. An official copy of transcripts of previous undergraduate and graduate work.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application materials should be sent directly to:
Committee on Graduate Admission
Dolan School of Business
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

GMAT Exam

The Graduate Management Admission Test is a test of aptitude rather than a test of business knowledge per se. The test, offered throughout the year at local computer labs and administered by Pearson VUE, examines two areas: verbal and quantitative. A score is earned in each area and the scores are added together for a total GMAT score that ranges between 200 and 800. The actual required score for admission of an individual candidate into the program depends upon the cumulative grade point average earned in undergraduate work and an assessment of all parts of the candidate's application dossier. As detailed under admission criteria, the GMAT Exam requirement can be waived in certain circumstances. For more information on the GMAT, visit mba.com.

GMAT Waiver Policy

GMAT/GRE waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis for graduate programs which require an entrance exam. GMAT/GRE waivers must be approved by the Graduate Program Director and are not automatic for any candidate.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The GMAT/GRE exam is generally required for applicants to the MBA program. This requirement may be waived for MBA applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria: Two or more years of work experience and an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale). Candidates who already possess a master’s degree (or higher). Five or more years of work experience in a relevant field and an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale). Graduates and current seniors of undergraduate business majors in the Dolan School of Business provided their overall Fairfield GPA is at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale). MBA applicants seeking a GMAT waiver should request consideration by documenting the applicable criteria above to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Leanne De Los Santos, by email.

Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

The GMAT/GRE may be waived for applicants who have passed all parts of the Uniform CPA exam or a jurisdictional Bar examination. Additionally, alumni and students with undergraduate business majors in the Dolan School of Business may be waived from the GMAT/GRE if they meet two benchmarks: (1) their overall Fairfield GPA is at least 3.25 (2) their business major GPA, based on four or more major courses, all of which have been completed at Fairfield University, is at least 3.25. Please contact the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Leanne De Los Santos, by email to learn more.

Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA)

The GMAT/GRE may be waived for applicants whose overall undergraduate GPA is at least 3.00, who have two or more years of work experience, or who have passed all parts of the Uniform CPA exam or a jurisdictional Bar examination or another similarly advanced professional certification or a previous graduate degree. Please contact the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Leanne De Los Santos, by email to learn more.

Master of Science in Finance (MSF)

The GMAT/GRE exam is generally required for applicants to the MSF program. This requirement may be waived for MSF applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria: Graduates and current seniors of undergraduate business majors in the Dolan School of Business provided their overall Fairfield GPA is at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) Graduates and current seniors of undergraduate business majors of AACSB accredited business schools provided their overall GPA is at least a 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale). Passed Level 1 of the CFA or FRM Professional certifications related to business (e.g. CPA, CIMA, CAIA, CFP, etc.) J.D., M.D., Ph.D., or a graduate degree in a related field. Two or more years of significant or relevant work experience in business or a related field. MSF applicants seeking a GMAT waiver should request consideration by documenting the applicable criteria above to the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, Leanne De Los Santos, by email.

Mandatory Immunizations

Connecticut State law requires each full-time or matriculated student to provide proof of immunity or screening against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), meningitis and tuberculosis. Certain exemptions based on age and housing status apply. Matriculating students are defined as those enrolled in a degree seeking program. More detailed information and the required downloadable forms are available online. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Student Health Center. Although this is not required to complete an application, you must provide proof of immunity/screening prior to course registration. Please consult your private health care provider to obtain the necessary immunizations. Questions may be directed to the Student Health Center: 203-254-4000 x2241 or email.

International Students

International applicants must also provide a certificate of finances (evidence of adequate financial resources in U.S. dollars) and must submit their transcripts for course-by-course evaluations, completed by an approved evaluator (found on our website) of all academic records. All international students whose native language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by taking either TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic exams. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, or 80 on the internet based test is strongly recommended for admission to the graduate school.1 Scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher is strongly recommended for admission to the graduate school.2 Scores must be sent directly from IELTS. A PTE Academic score of 53 is recommended. Fairfield University's ETS code is 3390. TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic testing may be waived for those international students who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. International applications and supporting credentials must be submitted at least three months prior to the intended start date.

Students with Disabilities

Fairfield University is committed to providing qualified students with disabilities an equal opportunity to access the benefits, rights, and privileges of its services, programs, and activities in an accessible setting. Furthermore, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Connecticut laws, the University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified students to reduce the impact of disabilities on academic functioning or upon other major life activities. It is important to note that the University will not alter the essential elements of its courses or programs.

If a student with a disability would like to be considered for accommodation, they must identify themselves to the Office of Accessibility, located in the Academic Commons on the main floor of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, and complete the online registration process for accommodations. Instructions for how to complete the online registration process for accommodations are located on our website. This process should be done prior to the start of the academic semester and is strictly voluntary. However, if a student with a disability chooses not to self-identify and provide the necessary documentation to Accessibility, accommodations need not be provided. All information concerning disabilities is confidential and will be shared only with a student's permission. For more information regarding accommodations and the registration process, please email, or call 203-254-4000 x2615.