Business Degrees in New York
New York is arguably one of the best states in the country for attending college, and business school is no exception. With around 130 institutions across the state offering business programs at the bachelor’s level and above, New York offers around the top number of business school options of any state.1 New York is also home to three of the nation’s eight Ivy League universities and three of the top 20 private liberal arts colleges, based on Niche’s rankings.
Business courses are an especially popular option in New York, which is home to three of the 15 schools rated as the “Best Colleges for Business in the USA” by US News & World Report. One reason for this is likely the presence of some of the top global corporations and businesses in the Empire State.
Based on data collated by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), there are at least 40 accredited business schools in New York.1 All of the schools on our list are also regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and by the AACSB, ACBSP or the IACBE.
Below you will find information on business schools, including a variety of sortable criteria to help you find your ideal institution. The tables have data on tuition (before aid), financial aid provided, admission exam median scores, and acceptance and graduation rates.
Undergraduate Business Schools in New York
The average in-state undergraduate cost of attendance before financial aid on our list is $25,302. Of non-community colleges, CUNY City College offers the most affordable tuition at $6,689, with financial assistance as high as $6,807. If you go to a community college, rates are slightly cheaper, with admission costs starting at $5,206 before aid.
The most difficult school to get into is Columbia University: its 7% acceptance rate is half that of the second toughest school, Cornell University. Not surprisingly, these two institutions have the highest tuition in New York, with Columbia University starting at $55,056 and Cornell at $50,953. Columbia does offer the highest financial aid among the schools on our list, at up to $47,950, which helps reduce overall costs considerably for those who qualify. Both Columbia and Cornell boast a graduation rate of 94% – tied for first on our list – so if you get in, at least there’s a good chance you will get your degree.
Browse the table below to see relevant statistics for undergraduate business schools in New York, including average ACT and SAT scores required and financial aid maximums. Click on any column header to sort the table based on that column. Included in the list are two-year community colleges, which are an excellent option for students looking to learn technical skills at an affordable rate while still leaving the door open for a four-year program at one of the universities listed.
|School||City||Tuition||Aid||Median SAT||Median ACT||Accept. Rate||Grad. Rate|
|Adelphi University||Garden City||$35,740||$15,651||1010-1210||22-27||70%||68%|
|Columbia University||New York||$55,056||$47,950||1410-1590||32-35||7%||94%|
|CUNY Bernard M Baruch College||New York||$6,810||$6,412||1150-1330||31%||67%|
|CUNY Bronx Community College||Bronx||$5,206||$5,855|
|CUNY Brooklyn College||Brooklyn||$6,838||$7,238||1010-1200||37%||51%|
|CUNY City College||New York||$6,689||$6,807||47%|
|CUNY Medgar Evers College||Brooklyn||$6,756||$7,083||98%||17%|
|CUNY Queensborough Community College||Bayside||$5,210||$5,603|
|Le Moyne College||Syracuse||$33,030||$20,159||67%|
|Mercy College||Dobbs Ferry||$18,392||$9,543||78%||40%|
|Mildred Elley-New York||New York||$12,165||$5,717|
|New York Institute of Technology||Utica||$35,160||$17,369||950-1180||22-27||73%||44%|
|New York University||New York||$49,062||$27,547||1250-1480||29-33||32%||85%|
|Niagara University||Niagara University||$30,950||$20,597||930-1130||21-25||83%||67%|
|Pace University-New York||New York||$42,772||$24,039||940-1160||21-27||84%||59%|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Troy||$50,797||$27,478||1280-1480||28-32||44%||83%|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester||$38,568||$18,696||1140-1330||26-31||55%||68%|
|Saint John Fisher College||Rochester||$31,880||$15,398||970-1150||22-26||65%||73%|
|St Bonaventure University||Saint Bonaventure||$32,331||$20,032||930-1163||20-27||66%||64%|
|St John’s University-New York||Queens||$39,460||$22,960||970-1180||22-28||63%||58%|
|SUNY at New Paltz||New Paltz||$7,754||$7,271||1010-1200||23-27||43%||72%|
|SUNY at Albany||Albany||$9,223||$8,502||990-1170||22-26||54%||66%|
|SUNY at Binghamton||Vestal||$9,271||$7,607||1230-1400||28-31||41%||83%|
|SUNY at Fredonia||Fredonia||$8,089||$6,342||900-1120||22-27||62%||62%|
|SUNY College at Brockport||Brockport||$7,928||$6,316||920-1120||20-25||55%||68%|
|SUNY College at Geneseo||Geneseo||$8,176||$6,052||1090-1300||25-29||67%||81%|
|SUNY College at Oswego||Oswego||$7,961||$6,812||1010-1180||22-27||55%||66%|
|SUNY College at Plattsburgh||Plattsburgh||$7,866||$7,420||990-1210||21-25||51%|
|SUNY College at Potsdam||Potsdam||$7,964||$7,727||72%||52%|
|SUNY College of Technology at Alfred||Alfred||$8,075||$8,624||830-1060||19-24||72%||56%|
|SUNY College of Technology at Canton||Canton||$7,881||$7,891||800-1030||17-22||83%||39%|
|SUNY Empire State College||Saratoga Springs||$6,985||$4,932||17%|
|SUNY Polytechnic Institute||Utica||$7,777||$6,499||990-1330||24-29||64%||44%|
|SUNY University at Buffalo||Buffalo||$9,574||$7,898||74%|
|University of Rochester||Rochester||$50,142||$29,930||85%|
|Yeshiva University||New York||$40,670||$26,558||82%|
Graduate Business Schools in New York
If you are looking to augment your bachelor’s degree with graduate study, there are 38 accredited New York graduate business schools on our list to choose from.
Based on NCES data, the average cost for a graduate business degree (before aid) in New York is $53,351.1 SUNY at New Paltz has the most affordable tuition at $21,702 (before aid), followed by SUNY at Brockport at $23,544. The schools with the highest tuition on our list are Columbia and Syracuse University, at $168,307 and $126,170 respectively. The University of Rochester is not far behind at $108,551.
There are 12 schools where at least 87% of faculty members have doctorate degrees; Niagara University has the lowest reported percentage of doctorally-trained faculty at 14%.
Most of the schools on our list also have an online business offering, a program commonly referred to as an online MBA. This option allows students to keep working while studying at their own pace. These programs have essentially the same curriculum and courses as their offline counterparts. Of particular note is Hofstra University, whose online MBA program is hailed as the best in the nation by numerous publications, including US News & World Report and the Princeton Review.
The table below contains sortable data on graduate business schools and includes tuition and financial aid figures, as well as average Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores for those admitted to each school.
|Adelphi University||Garden City||$60,040||450||73%||2.99|
|Baruch College||New York||$34,518||629||91%||0.52|
|College of Mount Saint Vincent||Bronx||$51,000|
|Columbia University||New York||$168,307||717|
|Iona College||New Rochelle||$63,154||72%||2.42|
|Le Moyne College||Syracuse||$34,134||473||81%||1.56|
|Long Island University||Brookville||$57,648||470|
|Metropolitan College of New York||New York||$56,000|
|New York Institute of Tech||Old Westbury||$39,600|
|New York University||New York||$69,086||720|
|Niagara University||Niagara University||$48,330||14%||5.64|
|Pace University||New York||$48,590||521||92%||3.84|
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Troy||$75,951||669||97%||6.05|
|Rochester Institute of Tech||Rochester||$85,918||565||81%||4.28|
|St. Bonaventure University||St. Bonaventure||$26,388||67%||2.29|
|St. John Fisher College||Rochester||$31,800||500||72%||1.78|
|St. John’s University||Queens||$43,160||548||97%||3.32|
|SUNY at Albany||Albany||$32,034||527||88%||3.39|
|SUNY at Brockport||Brockport||$23,544||89%||0.42|
|SUNY at New Paltz||New Paltz||$21,702||498||90%||2.19|
|SUNY at Oswego||Oswego||$28,820||530||82%||2.04|
|SUNY Polytechnic Institute||Utica||$31,434||73%||2.92|
|University at Buffalo||Buffalo||$35,631||583||74%||5.83|
|University of Rochester||Rochester||$108,551||680||77%||9.18|
|Wagner College||Staten Island||$60,000|
Job Outlook for Business Graduates in New York
All data in the table below is sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a unit of the United States Department of Labor. BLS data provides crucial information, such as average wage by position and expected growth, as well as other factors to help potential graduates decide on an occupation.
Based on BLS data, the highest salaries in the New York business sector in 2016 were chief executives at $219,410, which is 89% above the table average.4 Financial managers and sales managers were next at $193,470 and $196,770 respectively.4
The fastest growing occupations in New York are market research analysts and marketing specialists, with a 22% projected growth rate, and financial managers, at 18%.4
|Advertising and Promotions Managers||11-2011||5,130||$80||$166,910||5.8%|
|Public Relations Managers||11-2031||6,040||$76||$158,260||10.4%|
|Administrative Services Managers||11-3011||18,480||$62||$128,030||10.1%|
|Computer and IT Systems Managers||11-3021||26,000||$84||$175,530||11.9%|
|Compensation and Benefits Managers||11-3111||1,490||$72||$149,540||5.0%|
|Human Resources Managers||11-3121||10,100||$69||$142,720||8.9%|
|Training and Development Managers||11-3131||3,040||$67||$139,740||10.3%|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||11-9041||7,430||$75||$156,590||5.5%|
|Business Managers of Artists and Athletes||13-1011||3,050||$47||$96,810||4.9%|
|Human Resources Specialists||13-1071||31,580||$36||$75,380||7.1%|
|Labor Relations Specialists||13-1075||8,120||$39||$81,440||-7.8%|
|Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners||13-1121||9,160||$31||$64,370||10.2%|
|Compensation Job Analysis Specialists||13-1141||8,910||$35||$73,590||8.5%|
|Training and Development Specialists||13-1151||18,950||$32||$67,040||11.5%|
|Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists||13-1161||56,860||$37||$77,720||22.8%|
|Business Operations Specialists||13-1199||23,420||$45||$93,620||8.8%|
|Accountants and Auditors||13-2011||108,800||$45||$93,280||10.0%|
|Tax Examiners and Collectors||13-2081||5,270||$32||$66,450||-0.6%|
1. National Centre for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools: http://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited
2. ACBSP, Business Schools: https://www.acbsp.org/?page=accreditation
3. IACBE, Business Schools: http://iacbe.org/accreditation/
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Employment and Wage Estimates New York: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ny.htm
5. New York State Education: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/ocue/accred/home.html
6. NY Colleges: http://www.nycolleges.org/
7. US News & World Report, 2019 Best Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools