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Master of Business Administration

Student Handbook

Nyack College

Nyack, New York 10960

© 2013-2014 Edition

Updated 11/14/2013

Nyack College reserves the right to change any policy or academic requirements, tuition, or fees.

Nyack College admits students of any race, color, sex, age, or national and ethnic origin to all

rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the

college. Programs are operated in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all other relevant statutes and regulations.

Nyack College is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is licensed by the Educational Licensure Commission of D.C. The Master of Business Administration is a registered program that is offered in compliance with the regulations of the Department of Education of the State of New York.

The MBA Handbook is not meant to be exhaustive. To write an exhaustive listing of policies and procedures would mean rewriting the Institutional Catalog. The purpose of the handbook is to highlight the policies and procedures that most affect the MBA student throughout the program. It is to the student’s advantage to be familiar with both the Institutional Catalog and the MBA Handbook.

A copy of the Handbook is posted on the Nyack College MBA website under CURRENT


http://www.nyackcollege.edu/mba 2


Socially Relevant 1a. Students will recognize the value of economic, political, social, and organizational systems as tools for positive change.

1b. Students will apply a foundation of compassion and integrity to their chosen field of study.

1c. Students will demonstrate servant leadership as they engage the community and marketplace.

Academically Excellent 2a. Students will attain an educational foundation in arts and humanities, science, mathematics, and social science.

2b. Students will be able to communicate in oral and written form and demonstrate information and technological literacy.

2c. Students will demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and research skills across the curriculum.

Globally Engaged 3a. Students will understand the interplay of historical, cultural, and geographical realities of the global community.

3b. Students will value diversity through an understanding of worldviews, languages, cultures, and peoples.

3c. Students will engage in service opportunities within the global community.

Intentionally Diverse 4a. Students will understand the heritages and traditions of diverse peoples and cultures.

4b. Students will appreciate the need to promote biblical principles of social equality.

4c. Students will engage in interactions and relationships with those from diverse backgrounds.

Emphasizing Personal Transformation Students will grow in their faith as they pursue God’s purpose in their lives.


5b. Students will integrate their Christian worldview into learning and service.

5c. Students will apply discipleship principles to assist in the personal transformation of others.

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MBA Staff

MBA Support Staff

SBL Staff

MBA Questions/Concerns/Grievances Protocol

Holiday Office Closings



Faculty Profile


Mission Statement

MBA Program Goals

MBA Oath

IV. CURRICULUM Course Layout

Course Descriptions

Entrepreneurial Capstone Project Information

V. POLICIES Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Grade Point System

Class Attendance

Professor Evaluations

Residency Requirement


Entrepreneurial Seminar Series





Nyack College Website

Login/Password Information

Student ID’s

4 VII. LIBRARY Nyack College/ATS Libraries

Library Hours

Phone Numbers for Area Libraries



Overdue and Replacement Fees


Instructions for Using eCollege

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Dr. Gerard Becker MBA Director (646) 378-6178 Gerard.Becker@nyack.edu Mrs. Michele Ortiz MBA Program Manager (646) 378-6100, ext. 7716 Michele.Ortiz@nyack.edu

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Mr. Joseph Lee Assistant Graduate Registrar (845) 770-5769 Joseph.Lee@nyack.edu Ms. Loida Yela Director of Graduate Financial Services (646) 378-6124 loida.yela@nyack.edu Ms. Giselle Torres eCollege Online Course Website Coordinator www.nyackonline.org Giselle.Torres@nyack.edu

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For any questions, concerns or grievances please adhere to the following protocol. Failure

to do so will slow the response time:

1. Mrs. Michele Ortiz MBA Program Manager

2. Dr. Gerard Becker MBA Director

3. Ms. Giselle Torres Assistant to Dean, School of Business and Leadership

4. Dr. Anita Underwood Dean, School of Business and Leadership


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Nyack’s MBA program is designed specifically for students who wish to work full time while earning their degree. By choosing Nyack College MBA program students benefit


Rigorous Curriculum Course work prepares students for the workplace with real-world business challenges, taught by faculty with superior academic credentials and a strong background in business.

Convenient Locations The MBA program offers locations in Manhattan, Nyack and Online (beginning the fall of 2012).

Flexibility The MBA program allows you to complete your MBA coursework in as little as 16 months, with classes held in Manhattan two weekday evenings, Nyack on Saturdays, or Online (beginning the fall of 2012).


Personal Attention With an average cohort size of 15 students, the MBA program ensures you receive the personal, hands-on attention you deserve.

Community The MBA is delivered in a small cohort format providing an outstanding community experience for each student. You will develop deep relationships as you work together in teams, assist each other in completing assignments, and graduate together at the end of the program.

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Gerard Becker, MBA Director


Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University MBA, Management/Finance, Adelphi University BBA, Management/Finance, Adelphi University Background: Served as a Management consultant in the financial services, information technology and manufacturing businesses; an educator, senior business leader, and lifelong learner. Co-author of a book on management consulting, has published in many scholarly peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, transformational leadership, organizational culture and climate through systematic thinking.

Robert Bohn, Full-Time Undergraduate Business Professor


MBA, Marketing, Management Science, St John’s University B.S., Marketing, Communications, Manhattan College Background: Professor, Marketing, Brand Management & Business Administration Director, Marketing Development, Creative Services and Brand Management. Director of Marketing at a diverse group of well-established organizations including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Metro International, People Magazine, Forbes Magazine, PRIMEDIA, ESPN and Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Is a full time evening educator with New York University’s Professional Studies Program, Stern Graduate School of Business, NYU SCPS (School of Continuing and Professional Studies); NYU Masters of Direct Marketing; and NYU / Paul McGhee Undergraduate Division for Adults. Taught and currently teaching hybrid and in-class courses at Baruch College;

9 Fashion Institute of Technology, Fordham University; Manhattanville College, LIM College; Metropolitan College of New York, College of Westchester, Manhattan College;

The Mountbatten Institute; and the European School of Economics. Awarded The General Excellence Award for Teaching and NYU’s Torch Pin twice (awarded to long standing professors who have exhibited continued excellence in academic behavior).

Gordon Boronow, Assistant Professor of Business


Ph.D., Economics, State University of New York Stony Brook M.A., Economics, State University of New York Stony Brook B.S., Mathematics, Lafayette College Background: Assistant Professor in the School of Business and Leadership at Nyack College, with primary teaching responsibilities in economics and finance. Research interests are in macroeconomics, social insurance, and behavioral economics. Prior to academic career, worked in the financial services industry and became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1980. Actuarial career included stints at Equitable Life, New York City, Tillinghast, New York City, Connecticut Mutual Life, Hartford, CT and American Skandia Life Assurance Corp., Shelton, CT. Was a pioneer in both variable and universal life insurance policy design, and inventor of a patented actuarial mechanism to incorporate investment performance in the design of an immediate variable annuity. In 1991, was named President and COO of American Skandia Life, serving until 2001.

During tenure, American Skandia Life became the leading variable annuity provider to the independent broker-dealer market and assets under his management increased from $100 million to over $40 billion. In 2001, after retirement, chose to pursue an academic career.

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MBA, Finance, St John’s University B.A., Psychology, Queens College Background: Worked the last fourteen years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, developing an appreciation of the role of central banks in setting and implementing monetary policy. After a long and satisfying career in banking as a training manager, turned focus to teaching accounting and finance at several universities, and most recently teaching International Accounting at Nyack College. Experience in Sarbanes-Oxley compliance reporting, budgeting, and project management ties in well with teaching accounting and finance courses.

Cynthia Dorsey, Adjunct Professor


MBA, General Management, Nyack College B.S., Organizational Management, Nyack College Background: Currently serves as Assistant to the Pastor and the Minister of Christian Education at Union Baptist Church in New Rochelle, New York. As the Minister of Christian Education, has been instrumental in growing the teaching and training ministry of the church, and received numerous awards for outstanding commitment and faithful service, including Woman of the Year honor. Assisted with the Pastoral Care and also managed membership growth and retention at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Currently serves as a primary instructor for the OM program and adjunct professor/thesis and capstone project advisor for the MSOL and MBA graduate programs at Nyack College. Also serves as a liaison and teacher of incarcerated men at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York.

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MBA, Finance, Nyack College B. S., Organizational Management, Nyack College A.A.S., Information Technology Background: Managing Partner, Chief Information Officer at CGAtlantic Inc. Thirty-six years of experience in the information technology field, working with New York area based companies such as Bernard Chaus Inc., Chanel Inc., Swiss Bank Corporation, Burroughs Corporation, and Garan Inc. Presently works closely with clients to provide sustainable, cost effective technology solutions throughout client’s enterprise. Assessing, and re-engineering decade old processes, yielding significant commercial value and has become the corner stone of today’s demand to work smarter, faster, and better in this challenging financial landscape.

Anne Hallcom, Adjunct Professor


Ph.D., Organization and Management, Capella University MBA, University of LaVerne B.S., Iowa State University Background: Experience in healthcare and management. Career began as a licensed Medical Technologist working in private and hospital laboratories serving in a managerial capacity. Transitioning to the healthcare manufacturing arena, has held senior leadership roles in Program Management, Quality, Regulatory, and Marketing functions for a Fortune 500 corporation. Dissertation focus was transformative learning in mature organizations, studying and describing what it takes to transform an organizational culture to one that values learning and enables individuals and groups to reach their full potential.

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MBA, Marketing, Stanford University B.A., Administration, Communication Antioch College Background: Is a marketing consultant, writer and Adjunct Professor at Nyack College.

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