University of Rio Grande Emerson E. Evans School of Business

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The Emerson E. Evans School of Business at the University of Rio Grande provides academic knowledge, training, enhanced learning opportunities, and hands-on experience throughout the undergraduate business degree programs. Students grow in leadership, communication, and collaborative skills while developing an understanding of fundamental business principles, the economic environment of business, and how to utilize technology and computer programs. Every IACBE-accredited business program is student-centered and promotes a successful educational pathway that leads to a multitude of career options.  


The Sob utilizes the Rio model that combines an associates degree with a two-year stackable bachelors degree. Within this model, students choose to specialize in a specific area and will acquire professional certificates through the associates degree and a minor while earning the bachelors degree. Business students can apply for many scholarships, including the RedStorm Scholarship, which provides over 300 scholarships to Rio students due to alumni and University partnerships’ generosity. 

Undergraduate studies consist of an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Business minors available to both business and non-business majors include Banking, Information Technology, Accounting, Healthcare Administration, and Marketing. The Professional Certificates are in Banking, Marketing, Accounting, Small Business Management, Information Technology, and Healthcare Administration. 

There are numerous opportunities for business students to gain first-hand insight into international culture and business. One way is through participating in programs offered by the Madog Center for Welsh Studies at the University of Rio Grande. The University has also established a study abroad program in China, where faculty and students exchange with several different Chinese universities.  

Student Life

Every business student can complete an internship. They provide incredible real-world experience, job training, and professional contacts. Students can explore career options, enhance their resume, and even earn class credit while interning. Another experiential learning opportunity is through VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Students are trained in and help others in preparing and submitting their taxes. 

To enhance the overall educational experience, students need to get involved in activities on campus like Family Day, Multicultural Events, Concerts, Homecoming Weekend, and Rio’s Got Talent. The REAP (Rio Event & Activity Planning) team is an excellent way for students to build leadership skills and utilize their abilities in working as a team and planning events. Other student-led groups that could benefit business students include the American Marketing Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student Senate, Greek Life groups, and extracurricular organizations. 

Business students who complete innovative research projects, either on their own or with a faculty mentor, can join the rest of the University and present their creative works at the University’s Annual Research & Scholarship Exhibition. All faculty, students, and staff at Rio, families, and the local community can attend the event. 

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