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Pace University Lubin School of Business

Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: September 18, 2018.

School Data

Annual Tuition: $74,753

International: 24%

Minority: 29%

Female: 39%

Male: 61%

Application Deadlines: Fall (September 2018 start): 1st of June, 2018 - International students, 1st of August, 2018 - Domestic students Spring (January 2019 start):  1st of October, 2018 - International students, 1st of December 2018 - Domestic student *Note: Tuition varies per program – anywhere between USD $50,000 and $90,000

With downtown Manhattan serving as its backdrop, the MBA program at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business is one that’s particularly known for its accounting and finance offerings. While many schools can claim the coveted AACSB accreditation, only a few can claim bragging rights to being AACSB accredited for both business and accounting. Lubin holds a spot in this elite group.

Other differentiators for Pace’s program are its location and an emphasis on applied learning. “Classes are highly focused on experiential learning and led by faculty with substantial business experience,” Melissa Grant, assistant dean in Lubin’s Office of Graduate Academic Advisement and Student Development, tells Poets&Quants.

“Given our location in the heart of the financial district, students are regularly in contact with professionals from various business industries through their classes, internships, and a plethora of special events.”

Regardless of their choice, all MBA students are required to complete seven foundational courses covering topics such as business writing, macroeconomics, managerial finance, and accounting for decision making. The taxation MBA program requires these plus two additional courses at the outset. Total credits needed to achieve completion will vary from program to program with taxation and accounting, for instance, going as high as 62 and 72 credits, respectively, and other programs as many as 58 total credits.

“The number of credits required varies based upon the student’s business undergraduate background, which is evaluated by the graduate admissions team,” Grant says.

This also means the cost to obtain a Lubin MBA degree will vary according to how many credits a student needs. In general, the school’s MBA credits are $1,267 each, signaling a price range anywhere between $50,000 and $90,000 depending on which program a student takes and how many classes their undergraduate experience dictates they’ll need to satisfy. Merit-based scholarships are available as well as graduate assistantships that offer various levels of tuition reimbursement and stipends. Nevertheless, students complete the program at their own pace, typically taking three courses per semester and finishing in two to four years.


As far as the culture is concerned, the program — which has been around for more than four decades — is hands-on and highly sociable says the school. Class sizes typically hover around 22 students.

“Despite the image of formality that a business school in the financial district may have, the culture at Lubin is incredibly relaxed, closely connected, and supremely friendly,” says Grant. “There’s also an incredible amount of personal support and guidance. We have a team of graduate academic advisors that works with each student individually from the point of admission right through graduation. We also oversee our 10 graduate student organizations, which are highly active groups that organize an array of on and off campus events each semester.”

Not only this, but the MBA program is marked by an abundance of diversity. “We are extremely diverse,” Grant says, “particularly with a significant international population; definitely over 50%. I would also venture to say we have slightly more women than men. The concentrations pursued vary, but we do have highest enrollment in the finance and accounting areas.”


Lubin seeks students who are motivated and interested in a practical-based curriculum along with the development of both fundamental business skills and professional skills such as leadership. Again, diversity is the hallmark of a Pace cohort.

“I would point out that our students do not all have business backgrounds in profession or education,” Grant says. “Our top student graduate last year — winner of our Outstanding Graduate Student award — came to us with a bachelor’s and master’s in classical piano from a music conservatory. The winner in the prior year had a degree in comparative religion. Both were women and graduated with the highest GPAs of their entire graduating class.”

There is no minimum work experience requirement, but students are expected to have taken either the GMAT or GRE exam and they must provide a resume, letters of recommendation, and undergraduate transcripts. GRE and GMAT exams can be waived if applicants earned a 3.5 GPA or higher from an accredited undergraduate program or if they already hold a business-related master’s or doctorate degree.

Contact Information

New York City Campus
One Pace Plaza
New York, New York 10038
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An experience-based business education in the business capital of the world.

The Lubin School of Business at Pace University prepares leaders for a diverse, global, technology-driven economy. In the distinct Pace tradition, Lubin combines classroom learning with hands-on experience at leading financial, corporate, industrial, technology, and healthcare enterprises—many located along our Pleasantville Campus’ bustling Metro-North corridor, or just steps away from our New York City Campus in the heart of the financial district.

■ Innovative—Programs are designed to meet the demands of current and future job markets, putting you at the forefront of industries in accounting, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, data and analytics, international business, financial risk management, taxation, social media and mobile marketing, and more.

■ Flexible—Our MBA and MS programs are available on a full-time or part-time basis, with day and evening classes. Our Fast-Track MBA can be completed in one year. Our executive education programs consist of online classes and weekend residencies.

■ Affordable—Relative to other private university business schools in the New York area, a degree from Pace is within reach. Graduate assistantships are available to subsidize tuition from 50–100%. Credit-waiver options are available, and GMAT/GRE requirements are waived for qualifying applicants.

■ Collaborative—At Pace, Lubin professors create a classroom environment where interaction is key. Students utilize the unique skill sets of their fellow classmates by collaborating on assignments that emphasize business strategy and teamwork.

■ Accessible—Pace is home to one of the largest internship programs in the New York metropolitan area. Receive academic credit for approved internships.

■ Connected—More than 73,736 Lubin alumni are currently active in their fields in finance, media and entertainment, Fortune 500 businesses, and diverse start-ups in the surrounding New York metropolitan area, and ready to advise and hire Pace students.

■ Relevant—Learn from expert faculty who are currently active in your field of study and focused on your success.

■ Experiential—Cutting-edge labs give you access to analyze real-time financial market data, develop marketing projects for real clients, and embark on business ventures. The Bloomberg Lab, featuring the powerful Bloomberg workstation, provides business and financial professionals with the tools and data they need on an all-inclusive platform. The studentrun Interactive and Direct Marketing Lab provides students with leadership roles in marketing projects for small businesses. The Entrepreneurship Lab offers students a unique space and environment to foster an entrepreneurial mindset that results in innovation, initiative, and commitment, and transforms them into successful entrepreneurs.

Five reasons to choose Pace’s Lubin School of Business:

■ Results—Pace University is ranked the #1 private college in the nation for the upward economic mobility of students by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and among the top 10% of private US colleges that provide the best return on tuition investment by PayScale.com.

■ Globally recognized and accredited—The first ACCA accreditation program at a US-based higher education institution, prestigious recognition from the CFA Institute and the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), and among fewer than 3% of schools worldwide with dual accreditation by AACSB International.

■ Fast, flexible, and affordable—MBAs completed in as little time as one year; full-time/part-time options and online programs with minimal weekend residencies. In 2017–2018, Paceissued more than $1.4 million in merit scholarships for Lubin graduate students; in addition, graduate assistantships are available to subsidize tuition by 30%–100%.

■ Connected—A network of 75,000+ Lubin alumni who are currently active in their fields and 190+ accounting graduates employed at the partner level or above in “Big Four” firms.

■ Top-rated programs—Among the top 50 accounting programs by Public Accounting Report and ranked #4 for MBA in Taxation and #7 MS in Taxation in Tax Talent’s 2018 Educational Survey Series.