New Rochelle, New York
Iona College is a comprehensive, co-ed Catholic college, founded in 1940 by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. The overall enrollment is about 4,800 students, of whom 1,200 study at the graduate level.
Iona offers study in more than twenty graduate areas and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In the School of Arts and Science, specialized recognitions are held by the following programs: education programs are accredited by NCATE: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; public relations and journalism are accredited by ACEJMC: Accrediting Council of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; and marriage and family therapy is in candidacy for accreditation by COAMFTE: Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. Graduates of Mental Health Counseling and School Psychology are licensure-eligible. The Hagan School is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
There are approximately 1,200 students enrolled in graduate programs at Iona College. Most of these students are employed full-time and attend classes on a part-time basis in the evenings.
Some organizations that employ Iona graduates include American Express, Avon, Bristol-Meyers, Gannett Co., IBM, Lenox Hill and Sound Shore Hospitals, MasterCard, NBC, Sports Illustrated, top school districts, Verizon, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, and Xerox.
The Location and Community
Iona’s main campus is located in New Rochelle, New York, 20 miles north of Manhattan. New Rochelle is a beautiful suburb of 70,000 located on Long Island Sound and is well-served by mass transportation and highways. Iona’s Rockland Graduate Center is 3 miles from the Palisades Parkway in Pearl River. Both campuses are safe and offer plentiful parking for evening students. The location of both campuses in the NYC metropolitan area allows students to take advantage of the many cultural, internship, and employment opportunities available.
Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
Iona College offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Teaching, and Master of Business Administration. Fields of study in the School of Arts & Science include computer science, criminal justice, education (childhood; childhood with literacy, science, multicultural; adolescence with subjects; educational leadership), educational technology, English, health services administration, history, journalism, marriage and family therapy, pastoral counseling, psychology (experimental, industrial/organizational, mental health counseling, school), public relations, Spanish, teaching for career changers (early childhood and childhood, adolescence with subjects), and telecommunications. Certificate programs are available in educational technology, health services administration, long-term and post-acute care administration, marriage and family therapy, public relations, and telecommunications. From the Hagan School of Business, the M.B.A. degree is available with specializations in financial management, management, marketing, human resource management, and information and decision technology management. Certificates are available in e-commerce and international business.
Graduate programs at Iona College are taught on the main campus in New Rochelle and at Rockland Graduate Center, the College’s branch campus in Pearl River, New York. These programs are specially designed to meet the needs of part-time students, although many programs serve a student who would like to attend full-time. Classes are conveniently scheduled in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate students’ workdays. Depending on the number of credits required of a graduate program, a dedicated part-time student can expect to complete his or her degree in as little as two years. Each program is designed with a core requirement and elective courses. Internships and practicum experiences are built into many programs so students may gain hands-on experience.
Facilities & Resources
The heart of Iona’s research facilities is its two libraries, the Ryan Library and the Arrigoni Technology Center. Ryan houses nearly 1,400 periodicals and 270,000 volumes, and Arrigoni is home to research and computer laboratories. Iona belongs to three interlibrary programs that allow online access to millions of volumes. Iona College features fully wireless facilities offering students high-speed access to the Internet and possesses more than 700 networked computers and two fully networked computer labs located at Iona’s graduate center in Rockland County. Computer lab assistants are available to help students with their questions, and one lab stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All students have e-mail accounts and access to the Internet.
Expenses and Aid
The cost of graduate tuition for the academic year is $721 per credit hour.
Iona College serves graduate students through a variety of state, federal, and institutional programs that include loans, scholarships, and assistantships. Scholarships are available based on undergraduate GPA or GRE or GMAT scores. Assistantships are competitive and are available to students who can work a maximum of 20 hours per week on campus. Tuition and an hourly stipend are provided to these students. To be eligible for federal loans, students must complete the FAFSA and the Iona College loan application..
While on-campus housing is not available to graduate students, the main campus is located in the Beechmont section of New Rochelle, and apartments and rooms are available close to campus. Rents may range from $600 per month for a room in a private house or a studio apartment to $1000 or more for a one-bedroom apartment.
How to Apply / Application
Applications for Iona’s School of Arts & Science graduate programs are available by mail or can be completed online at www.iona.edu/ionagrad/admission.html. To be considered, an applicant must submit the application and required application fee, official transcripts from all colleges attended, and three letters of recommendation. Interviews (in person or by phone) and other application materials may be required by some programs. Applications should be submitted at least a month before the intended start term. Applicants to Mental Health Counseling, School of Psychology, and Marriage and Family Therapy are strongly encouraged to apply by February 1, as enrollments in those programs are limited.
Candidates for the Hagan School of Business may enter the graduate program in the fall (September), winter (November), or spring (March) trimester or in the summer session. The completed application, with fee, must be accompanied by two letters of recommendation, official transcripts from all postsecondary schools, and GMAT scores. All documents must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start of the session for which the candidate is applying.
Iona College has a vital population of international students, coming from 52 countries. Most find the proximity to New York as a great educational asset.
Who to Contact
Office of Graduate Admissions
School of Arts & Science
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10801
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Graduate Department Heads
Biology: Joseph Stabile, Associate Professor and Chair; Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center.
Computer Science: Robert Schiaffino, Associate Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Polytechnic.
Criminal Justice: Robert Castelli, Assistant Professor and Chair; M.P.A., Harvard.
Education: Patricia A. Antonacci, Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Fordham.
English: Hugh Short, Associate Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Fordham.
Health Care Programs: Vincent Maher, Professor and Chair; J.D., CUNY, Queens.
History: Joseph G. Morgan, CFC, Associate Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Georgetown.
Mass Communication: Orly Shachar, Associate Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Boston University.
Mathematics: William Gratzer, Assistant Professor and Chair; Ed.D., Columbia.
Modern Languages: Thomas Mussio, Assistant Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Michigan.
Pastoral Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy: Robert A. Burns, Assistant Professor and Chair; Ph.D., St. John’s (New York).
Psychology: Paul A. Greene, Associate Professor and Chair; Ph.D., Long Island.
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