“Iona has a good reputation in the Tri-state area,” students tell us when explaining why they chose the MBA program at Iona’s Hagan School of Business. Convenience is another major factor: “The proximity to Stamford, New York City, and its location in Westchester County…makes it ideal for job searches,” one student writes. Familiarity with the program is a third contributing factor; many of the students in our survey attended Iona as undergraduates and “had a great experience.” For them, the only question is why they wouldn’t continue at Iona for their graduate degrees.
Hagan’s relatively small MBA programs offer a surprising number of options to students, most of whom attend part time while working at full-time jobs. A fast-track MBA hustles students through the program in as little as 13 months. Classes are offered in a traditional classroom setting, online, or in a hybrid format that mixes on-campus and online study. Concentrations in financial management, information systems, general management, human resources management, marketing, public and general accounting, public accounting, and healthcare management are all available. Students speak especially highly of the HR program; many note approvingly of the entire MBA program’s international focus, and several appreciate the “Christian influence” at this Christian Brothers-affiliated school.
Most of all, students love Hagan’s faculty, which they describe as “outstanding.” The faculty includes “some seasoned professionals with previous illustrious business careers” and teachers who “have owned companies or currently own companies, [and] who have provided a wealth of knowledge for future perspective entrepreneurs.” Professors “are always available to help the students,” “genuinely care about educating their students, and go the extra mile to help. They are accommodating, fair, and highly knowledgeable in their fields.” The “excellent” administration “will reach out to you” as well. Campus resources, including the library and “up-to-date” technology, also earn accolades.
Hagan attracts a lot of young professionals as well as a substantial number of Iona undergraduates, some of whom proceed directly from undergraduate work to the MBA program. Older students include those “returning to further develop skill sets (as a result of the economy)” who “work for a diversity of companies from small organizations to large ones like Morgan Stanley.” These older students sometimes complain that their younger classmates “do not care about education but [only] the title,” but even they concede that “there are a great number of smart, dedicated, and committed students [in the program] that make you want to be smarter.”