Rhode Island College’s School of Business offers a superior business education in the historic town of Providence. The campus is located one hour from Boston and three hours from New York, so company tours and field trips to Wall Street are feasible. RIC is the oldest public higher education institution in the state of Rhode Island. The SoB is accredited through the IACBE. The business school houses three distinct departments: Accounting and Computer Information Systems, Economics and Finance, and Management and Marketing. Healthcare Administration programs are also available. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1.
Major-specific courses are generally not offered until students have reached their sophomore or junior year. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in Accounting, Economics, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Management, and Marketing. Management majors will choose to follow the General Management, Human Resource Management, or Operations Management path. Classes are capped at 30 students, ensuring all students actively participate.
Graduate students can continue their educational pursuits by earning a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, Operations Management, or a Master of Professional Accountancy. Students can also increase their marketability by earning a certificate in Project Management, Supply Chain Management, or Financial Planning. The curriculum for the Project Management certificate is fully aligned with the Project Management Institute. All professional certifications consist of four four-credit hour courses for a total of 16-credit hours. The MS in Healthcare Administration is 50-credit hours.
Students who earned their bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from RIC are eligible for an accelerated program consisting of 38-40 credit hours. Operations Management students will gain industry operational skills in Project Management, Supply Chain Management, or Healthcare Administration. Accounting students planning to take the CPA exam should pursue the Financial Accounting concentration to adequately prepare. A concentration is also available in Personal Financial Planning for students wishing to work with individuals on investing or planning for retirement.
The SoB serves a robust student body population of over 1,300 undergraduate business majors. Students gain valuable work experience through once-in-a-lifetime internships with Fidelity Investments, the New England Patriots, and more than 50 other high-profile corporations. Job fairs are available year-round. In the fall, students can attend the Accounting and Business and Graduate School Fair. The spring semester includes a job fair for all majors and an internship fair. A career counselor is always available to discuss your future goals and help you with all of the difficult job-related questions you may have.
The Business Honors Program provides many enrichment activities to extend learning beyond the classroom, such as an independent research project. The business organizations on campus include the Accounting Association, American Marketing Association, Finance and Economics Club, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Sophomore and junior students seeking a change of scenery can spend a semester or year at one of the partner universities in the domestic study abroad program. Many international exchange programs are also available, such as with PUCE University in Ecuador. In January, faculty lead groups of students on short-term trips.