Specialized Masters Program
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To get more information about our Masters Programs you can request information or you can attend an information session.
You can apply to the Fox School by filling out our online application. Admission materials can be sent to:
The Fox School of Business and Management
Alter Hall (006-22)
1801 Liacouras Walk, Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Application Deadlines for Specialized Masters Applicants
Spring 2012 Deadline:
Fall 2012 Deadlines:
December 10, 2011 – Early Decision
March 1, 2012 – International Applicants
May 31, 2012 – All Domestic Applicants
June 30, 2012 – Late Deadline
There is always an advantage to turning your application in early. At the Fox School we have rolling admissions, meaning the open positions for candidacy fill up with each round. Even though we do not have a pre-established quota for accepted students; we do try to establish a target amount each year. Applying early allows you to be considered among the first applicants for candidacy at the Fox School of business. In addition you have early notification, which allows you more time to prepare for your Masters Program.
For international students we strongly recommend applying at the earliest moment possible. This gives you extra time to spend on the often time-consuming process of obtaining a visa. You will also have extra time to prepare for your endeavor at Temple.
However, we want you to make sure that your application represents you and your capabilities. In your search for the right Graduate Program match for you, you are investing your time and money applying to different business schools. You should be confident in your application before applying; you do not want to send in a weak application that could put you at a disadvantage.
No. Students must meet prerequisite course requirements for each program. If a student has not taken previous coursework in the prerequisite courses, they must first enroll in the appropriate business foundation or other equivalent courses. However, we do strongly recommend that all newly admitted students use Ivy Software to prepare for the business core courses.
Because the Specialized Masters programs do not require previous professional work experience, we have over the years taken students straight from college who demonstrated strong leadership skills, quantitative skills, GMAT scores, etc. For prospective students who are applying straight from college we look at their extracurricular and community activities, academic credentials, GMAT or GRE scores, as well as any type of internship or jobs they may have had.
Re-applicants are not put at a disadvantage for reapplying to the Fox Specialized Masters Programs. When applicants reapply they are considered to have a fresh start. When reapplying applicants must submit new materials including transcripts, resume, transcripts, essays, letters of recommendation, GMAT or GRE/TOEFL scores, application fee, etc. We strongly recommend re-approaching the application by rewriting essays and updating your information. Decisions are made from the new application.
Full-time and part-time students may apply to transfer up to 20%, usually six credit hours, of coursework.
We require that students educated outside of the United States complete an undergraduate program that is equivalent to that of the U.S. As there are a number of Universities in the World that have a three-year degree program we only require that the degree received is comparable to the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
We evaluate each applicant based upon their performance on their GMAT or GRE, transcripts, professional background, and their fit into the program determined by their essays and, if necessary, an interview. One criterion is not necessarily more important than the other. In essence we are looking at the entire package that each applicant presents us with.
Your essays allow us to know you better through your influences, values, and aspirations. Each applicant must submit an essay about Leadership and on about your Goals.
Leadership: Please describe an incident from your personal experiences that typifies your definition of leadership. Specifically address ethics, diversity, collaboration and motivation.
Goals: Describe how you would expect to change over the course of the program. What personal and professional values and skills do you hope to acquire beyond the academic content? How will obtaining the degree help you achieve your career goals?
In addition there is an optional area to provide Fox with any additional information or material you would like to include, such as discussing any weaknesses or strengths that bear on your application
When writing these essays, take time to think and remember there is no right or wrong answer. The essays should be clearly laid out and as long as you feel they need to be.
Preferred recommendations are those that come from professional references such as supervisors and co-workers. Academic references are acceptable. References should come from those who know the candidate well and who can attest to the candidate’s leadership ability.
The Fox School has a Recommendation Form for references to fill out. References may submit their own recommendation rather than use our form.
After downloading the form you will complete the information on the form and send it with a reference envelope to the individual who will be providing your reference. Write your name and address on the envelope when it has been returned to you, and mail the SEALED envelope with the rest of your application materials. DO NOT OPEN THE ENVELOPE WHEN IT HAS BEEN RETURNED TO YOU. Once received, this reference will be the property of Temple University, and will not be returned.
If you are unable to ask your employer for a recommendation you may want to ask a past employer or supervisor or a person from an extracurricular project. Make sure this person is someone who is able to give us information about your leadership skills and talents.
No. We cannot waive the application fee.
With the online application you may save the application and stop as many times as you please and come back to it. All application materials do not need to be sent in all at once. You may send in the materials in intervals if you like as long as all materials are received before the deadline.
Conditional admission due to an incomplete application is usually not an option at Fox. Applications will not be considered for admission until complete. A complete application includes all of the items listed on the Application Checklist.
We do not have minimum performance standards at the Fox School. The average GMAT score for the past years is 655 for full-time and 626 for part-time. GRE scores at or about 600 in either quantitative or verbal section are usually competitive. Higher quantitative scores are usually required for the MSFE, MS in Actuarial Science and MS in Statistics Programs.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores [code 2906-02] for non-native English speakers - unless your degree is from an English language university in a country where English is the native language - with minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 100 (internet-based). TOEFL scores must have been taken within the last two years.
We will accept the IELTS test as a substitute for the TOEFL with a minimum score of 7.5.
The Fox School requires that you take the GRE, GMAT or TOEFL and leave enough time for Graduate Admissions at the Fox School to adequately consider your application. This means that international students should add in additional time to apply for a Visa and therefore take the appropriate standardized test as close to the application deadline as possible. It is strongly suggested that domestic applicants take the GMAT, GRE, TOEFL (if required) as early as possible in case you feel like you need to take it again.
The Fox School takes the highest score acquired on the GMAT or GRE. There are no limits to how many times you take the test. The GMAT must be taken within the guidelines specified above, thus, the scores may be received after the deadline as long as it is not too far after the deadline.
GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years after the test date and TOEFL scores are valid for two years. Scores sent prior to these years are no longer valid.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is administered by an organization calledETS, and is available in three formats: you may take a paper-based test, a computer-based test, or an Internet-based test. These three options are not available in all areas. For example, according to ETS, the Internet-based test is not widely available in Asia, and the paper and computer-based tests are being phased out in Europe. We encourage you to plan accordingly for these tests. Due to a large volume of test-takers, exam slots fill up very quickly.
For more information go to TOEFL.
The typical average GPA for an enrolled class is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Yes the GMAT can be waived if you possess a terminal degree. Generally that means for US applicants, a PhD, JD, MD, or DMD. For international applicants, the terminal degree must be earned as a post-bachelor’s degree.
TOEFL examination is required of all applicants who are not native speakers of English, regardless of previous language instruction. Applicants having an undergraduate degree conferred by a US university are exempt from the TOEFL requirement.
You may request a waiver of the expiration date of your old TOEFL by submitting a copy of your score report in addition to a letter to the Graduate School. Your request may or may not be granted. Your request can be e-mailed to Fox’s Graduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be admitted to graduate study, applicants must score a minimum of either 600 on the paper-based version, 250 on the computer based version (CBT), and 100 on the internet based version of the TOEFL.
To schedule to take your GMAT you can go to the official GMAT web site at www.mba.com or call at 1 (800) GMAT-NOW. At the website you can:
- Locate the nearest test center
- Download the International Test Scheduling Form
- Learn the test format and content
- Find the procedures and regulations
- Get FREE GMAT POWERPREP software
The Fox School of Business does not have a set criteria regarding work experience for their Graduate programs. The graduate students’ experiences, here at the Fox School, have ranged from no experience to several years worth of experience. Currently, the average number of years of work experience among the graduate students is approximately 4 years.
When reporting work experience we ask you not to consider graduate school as work experience. While we do recognize the importance and value of graduate academic work, we do not count academic work towards professional work experience.
There is no preference to one type of industry or company opposed to any other. We strive to create each class of students as complimentary as possible. The more diverse the professional backgrounds are the more our students learn from one another and their experiences. This allows a broader range of opinions and ideas brought to each classroom setting and experience.
Information such as this should be placed in an additional essay that should be forwarded with all other application materials to:
The Fox School of Business and Management
Alter Hall (006-22)
1801 Liacouras Walk, Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19122
From the previous year The Fox School received almost 800 applications for the Fox Specialized Masters Programs, of those that applied only 82 were admitted. The selection process will always be based on the applicant pool offerings. We strive to create a class that will compliment one another with diverse backgrounds and strengths. Because of this standard the type of diversity, whether it be candidates from different parts of the world to different industries, changes on a yearly basis.
If you would like to get in touch with a current student or speak with an alumni of the program, please contact Graduate Admissions at email@example.com.
We encourage students to only apply for the semester in which they intend to attend. Due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise we allow potential students at the Fox School to defer admissions one year from the original application semester.
Full Time Specialized Masters Programs applicants are not required to interview, however, either the applicant or the Fox School may request an interview.
A confirmation that your account has been processed and is under review will be posted to your online application. To check this, log into your application account by clicking here and review the status. It may take us up to six weeks after the deadline to post this notification.
It usually takes two weeks for an admissions decision after we determine that the application is complete. This is exclusive of the time it takes the graduate school to evaluate the applications. For international transcripts it can take up to an additional four weeks to receive an answer.
We understand the disappointment and desire to know the motivations behind decisions, but we are unable to accommodate requests for feedback due to the large response in applications we receive.
Most Specialized Masters Programs are a total of 30 credit hours, exclusive of prerequisite courses.
We leave the comparisons of the Fox School and other schools to you. For you to create a more informed decision we try to provide you with all the details of what makes the Fox Specialized Masters Programs. The Fox School offers one of the largest varieties of Masters programs in the area due to the number of business departments in the school and the diversity and academic proficiency of our faculty.
The Fox School has incorporated a dynamic, integrated curriculum utilizing cases rooted in real-world business problems. Our Top research faculty coupled with small class sizes and a cutting edge curriculum give students a strategic perspective that is necessary to succeed in today’s business world. Our faculty determines the teaching method that they believe will be the most effective learning environment. Most of the faculty use a combination of lectures, discussions, case studies, group projects and simulations.
Our Center for Student Professional Development is dedicated to the needs of Fox Graduate Students. The center provides valuable resources and assistance in focusing and preparing for post-graduate careers. We help you develop a career vision, make strategic career decisions, and build a strong foundation for continuous career and life management. Our graduates work throughout the world, in nearly every industry and function. For additional information, please visit the Career Development section of our website.
The admissions requirements are the same for both programs. However, Application Deadlines vary.
The business foundation courses are prerequisite courses and therefore can be waived by qualifying undergraduate or graduate coursework.
Courses are offered at Temple University’s Center City, Fort Washington, Ambler, and Main Campuses. Most students take their classes at the Fox School’s Graduate Business Center at Temple University’s Center City Campus (TUCC) which is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s business district. TUCC is adjacent to top companies such as ARAMARK, GlaxoSmithKline, CIGNA, Comcast.
For maps and directions to these campuses, visit www.temple.edu/maps.
Business school is a significant investment—both in time and money. However, graduates believe that their graduate education was a lifelong investment in their own personal development.
For more information please check our Tuition page.
For loan information, please visit the Department of Student Financial Services at www.temple.edu/sfs.
All international students are eligible for loans through the National Education Loan Network (Nelnet), which offers low interest rates. Detailed information about financial aid will be sent to you upon your admission to the MS Program.
Typically, if you are a domestic or permanent resident, your primary source of funding will be through federal and alternative education loans. International students use alternative loans as their primary source of funding because they are not eligible for federal loans. To learn more about your financial options go to Student Financial Services Office.
Fox has limited scholarship funding and not all programs have scholarships available to their students. Those that are awarded do so on a merit base; relying primarily on GMAT/GRE scores, undergraduate GPA and quality and length of work experience.
Usually, only full time MBA applicants are eligible to receive scholarship and student employment awards. Award recipients are selected by the Fox School Graduate Admission Committee and are notified after the admission decision is made. No additional application or form is required for consideration.
Awards can take the form of tuition scholarships, both full and partial, or student employment or a combination of scholarship and employment.
Other sources of funding could come from organizations that you belong to that have aid funds. Organizations to consider would include religious organizations, fraternal organizations, clubs, athletics, veteran groups, ethnic groups, unions, employers, rotary clubs, etc.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail. No additional application is required for first year students who wish to apply for a scholarship. The Admissions Committee makes the determination of the recipients.
The Award Notification Letter is the document generated by the Financial Aid Office detailing the loan amounts you are eligible to borrow for your studies.
Credit cards are accepted for tuition payments. For more information on payment options please go to www.temple.edu/bursar/current/makingpayments.htm.
Financial Aid Entrance Interviews are required for students who apply for government and private loans. Before a student can receive funding they must complete the entrance interview. The primary purpose of the entrance interview is to help students better understand student loans and give some general information on planning and managing personal finances. The entrance interview explores the different types of student loans, regulations, repayment options and the consequences of default.
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All international students admitted to a graduate program are required to submit a separate application for the I-20, which is required for a student visa application. The I-20 is issued by the Office of International Services. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application on-line. All supporting documents must be submitted by regular mail. The I20 application requires proof of financial support to cover your expenses at Temple. For more information on the I-20 and applying for a Visa, please visit the Office of International Services web site.
Applicants who are offered full a Teaching Assistantship or Research Assistantship by Temple are not required to show any additional financial documentation. All questions regarding the I-20 or student visas should be directed to:
Office of International Services
203B Vivacqua Hall
1700 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone Number: (215) 204-7708
Fax Number: (215) 204-6166
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