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Ambassador’s guide to the Gabelli School

Remember: Prospective freshmen can now apply to study business at Rose Hill or Lincoln Center! We are currently recruiting for Lincoln Center and Rose Hill, for the Class of 2025.


The Gabelli School’s academic program — the integrated business core — is different. Why? 

  • It is multi-disciplinary. Every area of business connects. Our students understand how.
  • Students think entrepreneurially. “Entrepreneurial” doesn’t just refer to starting a new business. An entrepreneurial thinker at a big bank, for example, comes up with ideas that no one else does.
  • Class projects replicate the real business world, where the challenges facing businesses are rarely “just an accounting problem” or “just a marketing problem.” Great solutions draw upon all business disciplines. Each year at the Gabelli School, students take on a 1-credit integrated project that helps them look at business in this holistic way. Each project is designed to complement what they are studying that year. Freshmen assess their future career options, sophomores learn to work in teams, juniors focus on data analytics, and seniors work on their leadership capabilities.
  • Classes tackle current business problems. A great example is the sophomore integrated project: Working as a team, students identify a marketing problem that a company (Delta, Kraft-Heinz, and Microsoft) is facing. They must develop a solution using knowledge they’ve acquired in every course they are taking that semester. (This is what we mean by “integrated” project.)
  • Technology is an important part of learning. For example, seniors use an advanced computer simulation to run a theoretical company, making decisions about products, pricing and corporate image and seeing the results of their decisions in the computer model.
  • Students develop communication skills. We cultivate business leaders. CEOs, CFOs and top managers need to be able to speak and write with distinction. Business students take a 13-course liberal arts core, and business classes develop these skills, too.
  • Students learn within state-of-the-art facilities, such as the trading room in Hughes Hall, which is equipped with Bloomberg terminals and a stock ticker.
  • Professors design hands-on-learning opportunities, such as the award-winning SMIF (Student Managed Investment Fund), a finance course that gives $1.5 million of the University’s real endowment to invest.
  • Students are very successful in applying what they have learned in a variety of national and international competitions and conferences. They have received recognition from the Kenneth Cole Foundation, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Quinnipiac GAME Forum, and International Business Ethics Case Competition, to give a few examples.
  • Fordham is an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and is Fair Trade Certified. In addition, the Gabelli School is one of the UN’s 24 worldwide Principles for Responsible Management “Champion” institutions.

In addition to the standard business disciplines (accounting, finance, marketing, IT, etc.) we have programs in:

  • Value investing, the investment strategy used by Warren Buffett and Mario Gabelli (Class of 1965)
  • Alternative investments: hedge funds, real estate, venture capital (not often found at the undergraduate level)
  • Entrepreneurship, featuring a small-business incubator right across the street (The Fordham Foundry) where students can apply to launch their own companies
  • Business of healthcare, which helps students develop business skills that can be used to empower doctors and patients – or apply outside the healthcare world to lead in any other business niche
  • Sports business, focused on the marketing, management and legal issues around sports
  • Sustainable business and social innovation, which is shaping ALL businesses, not just environmental ones (mention: “green” initiatives at Chase bank, Whole Foods, etc.)
  • Fintech, examining the point where finance and information systems meet.
  • Marketing analytics, which teaches students to find innovative solutions for marketing-related problems in giant pools of data.
  • Strategic branding, focused on developing, launching, and maintaining brands. Students cultivate both conceptual and visual skills.
  • Services marketing, which teaches students to market more than just consumer products. It focuses on marketing services—such as financial services, tourism, healthcare, and education—that form the backbone of the U.S. economy.
  • Process and quality analytics prepares students to manage process-quality projects that improve cost, quality, and overall performance
  • Newly added concentrations in Consulting, Business Economics, Business Law and Ethics, Consulting, and Personal Development and Leadership
  • Newly added minors in Business Economics, Marketing


A four-year sequence, designed to help students decide what they want to do with their lives, and to get there. The program includes:

  • Self-awareness (“figuring out your career plan”) and leadership development through curricular, advising, and out-of-class learning opportunities
  • Job-search skills (résumés, interview techniques, networking with Fordham alumni)
  • Pre-professional advisors (specialized, one-on-one career coaches in accounting, finance and marketing)
  • Internships (99% of all Gabelli School students complete at least one during college)
  • Developing networking skills, honed through recruiter visits to campus and on-site student visits (such as the annual Breakfast at Tiffany’s visit to Tiffany & Co.)
  • This is extra for the Gabelli School and builds upon the standard Career Services offerings


All business these days is global. We educate with that in mind.

  • The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Global Business program at Lincoln Center, where students have the opportunity to study specialized concentrations.
  • For Rose Hill students, a special secondary concentration in international business can be earned as an overlay to majors and concentrations.
  • A full-fledged satellite campus in London gives students access to the European business world in fall, spring and summer semesters. Courses transfer directly back to meet Fordham requirements.
  • Global Immersion programs — Don’t want to spend a whole semester abroad? Certain business courses take you overseas for one or two weeks, tied to a class. Recent trips include: Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain.
  • Courses here on campus have a global approach/awareness (examples to give: Global Marketing in Tokyo, Global Accounting in Greece, Global Finance in India).


The program opened its doors to freshmen in fall 2014 and will add classes each year until it covers all four years. Right now, we have freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

  • Degree is called “Bachelor of Science in Global Business”
  • A fully global curriculum: students are required to study abroad and are encouraged to take a foreign language; course content is global.
  • Three concentrations designed to prepare students for areas with job/hiring growth:
    • Digital media and technology
    • Global finance and business economics
    • Global marketing with consumer insights
  • Students live in the I.M. Pei-designed residence hall on West 62nd Street.
  • The program is small and close-knit: About 160 students join the LC program each year.



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