Franklin Pierce University was established in 1962. In the past decade, they have been recognized by Forbes multiple times among “America’s Top Colleges,” and by U.S. News and World Report in the top Regional Universities in the North category. In 2019, U.S. News and World Report also named the Online Bachelor’s Programs and Online MBA among the best in the nation. The College of Business received a new home in October 2019: historic Monadnock Hall. This newly renovated building will serve as an Innovation Hub, preparing students for global business changes. The business programs are IACBE accredited. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1, and 100% of students receive financial aid.
Undergraduate students can attain a successful business career by earning a Bachelor of Science in Business, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, Accounting, Management, or Sports and Recreation Management. Accounting students can choose a concentration in Finance or Forensic Accounting. Management students have the option to focus on Project Management. Sports and Recreation students will decide if they’d rather follow the sports or recreation path. A unique, accelerated Business Plus program is also offered. Students can earn their undergraduate degree in just three years, and then have the option to earn their graduate degree in one additional year. With this program, students can obtain their bachelor’s and master’s degree in the time it traditionally takes to earn just a bachelor’s degree. There is also a 4+1 program, for students who would rather take the full four years to complete their undergraduate degree, yet still be able to complete their master’s degree in just one additional year.
The CoB has established strong partnerships with local businesses, such as C&S Wholesale Grocers, in order to provide students with experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Students also have opportunities to get involved on campus through the Accounting Club, Student Government Association, and Pierce Activities Council. Leadership opportunities include working as a Community Assistant, serving on the Conduct Board, mentoring first-year students as a Peer Leader, or being an Orientation Spirit Leader. There are also many ways for students to give back to the community through 10 established volunteer programs, such as middle school mentoring, elderly companionship, and caring for rescue animals. Alternative Spring Break trips have consisted of building homes through Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina Relief, feeding the homeless, building handicapped ramps, and working with students through the Boys and Girls Club. The volunteer and leadership experience students gain while at Franklin Pierce will make them excellent career candidates for businesses and nonprofit organizations.
The award-winning Online Master of Business Administration degree allows students to select a concentration in Energy and Sustainability Studies, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Leadership, or Sports Management. A dual MBA/MS in Nursing is offered, as well as a Master of Science in Accounting. Students can earn a graduate certificate in Emerging Network Technology, Energy and Sustainability Studies, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, or Sports Management by taking just five online courses.