Providence College’s School of Business challenges students to find their purpose within the realm of business. This AACSB-accredited Catholic business school emphasizes a team-based approach, rather than students focusing on accomplishing everything individually.
The SoB has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, with a 96% increase in business majors and a 57% increase in MBA enrollment. This growth led to the newly constructed Ryan Center for Business Studies, which welcomed students as of 2017. This technology-rich facility features 12 Bloomberg terminals, a video conference room, satellite offices, and finance and accounting labs.
U.S. News lists the MBA program among the top in the nation, and also ranks Providence College as #1 for “Regional Universities North.” Within six months of graduation, 98% of students are employed or attending graduate school.
The Bachelor of Science program features majors in 21st-century in-demand career fields: Accountancy, Management, Finance, and Marketing. Accountancy students see favorable results on the CPA exam and are hired to work for “Big 4” accounting firms. The Management degree emphasizes globalization, and students can take their international business interests to the next level with study abroad trips or becoming fluent in a foreign language. Finance students can pursue a career track in Risk Management, Chartered Financial Analyst, or Investment/Treasury Management. Marketing students learn to not only market products and services, but themselves, which leads to high employment rates.
Graduate students can distinguish themselves in the competitive business world by earning a Master’s of Business Administration. The Part-time MBA program takes approximately two years to complete, and the full-time program can be completed in one year. There is also an accelerated 4+1 program and an Accounting Cohort. Students have the option of earning a concentration in Accountancy, Management, Marketing, Finance, or International Business or selecting a combination of electives from multiple areas. Some of the elective choices include Accounting for Government and Non-profit Organizations, Digital and Social Media in the Business Environment, Marketing Global Luxury Brands, and Portfolio Management. Professionals can also enhance their resume by earning a Business Analytics, Micro MBA for Healthcare Practitioners, Micro MBA, or Change Leadership Management Graduate Certificate.
SoB students can begin to make an impact while they are still in college by getting involved in the Benjamin Family Social Media Fellowship. This fellowship program launched in 2016 and provides students with a stipend in exchange for creating social media campaigns for Providence College SoB accounts. Approximately 95% of students complete an internship during their college experience.
The Leadership Development Program allows students to assume a leadership role with companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Citizens Bank, Dell, Edward Jones, and Fifth Third Bank. Career coaches are available through the Center for Career Education and Professional Development to help students establish and prepare for their future goals. Students can drop in for career coaching during daily time slots. A variety of career workshops, such as Creating E-Portfolios, Working Virtually, and a six-week MOS Excel training, are available each semester.