Business Administration (4+1)

Designed for RWU undergraduates or students with undergraduate business degrees from AACSB-accredited institutions, this accredited Master of Business Administration 4+1 program offers a convenient and time-efficient way to earn your MBA. In just one year, you will gain the strategic thinking, problem solving and leadership skills to prepare you for the competitive business environment. The program combines classes in core business disciplines at our state-of-the-art Metro Campus in Providence with a required internship and international study to give you practical, real-world experience both at home and on the global stage.

Key Features

  • Complete in just one year - Students complete the M.B.A. program in one calendar year, including the internship and study abroad experience, allowing them to enter the workforce a year sooner than many programs.
  • Internationally accredited - The RWU Gabelli School of Business and the M.B.A. program are fully accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is a designation earned by less than five percent of business schools worldwide.
  • Required internship - A hallmark of the RWU M.B.A. is the opportunity to gain industry experience while pursuing the program with a required internship.  
  • International experience - Each spring break, students travel to a prominent international business destination to learn about culture, regional business practices, major corporations, and more. 
  • Study in Providence - The M.B.A. program is offered at our state-of-the-art Metro Campus in Providence, RI, located right in the heart of one of the busiest business hubs in the state.


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    Spring Semester (Senior Year - RWU students only): 3 Credits

    Ethical Leadership of Organizations
    (Offered at the Bristol Campus)

    Summer Term

    Roger’s Review workshop – 3-4 days in August

    Fall Semester (Graduate): 12 Credits

    Financial and Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
    Decision Analysis (3 credits)
    Managerial Economics (3 credits)
    Decisions in Marketing Management (3 credits)
    Ethical Leadership of Organizations* (3 credits) 

    Spring Semester (Graduate): 15 Credits

    Corporate Finance (3 credits)
    Global Business (3 credits)
    Strategic Management (3 credits)
    Electives (6 credits)

    Summer Semester (Graduate): 6 Credits

    Internship (3 credits)**
    International Experience (3 credits)**

    * Only required if students did not complete the Ethical Leadership of Organizations course previously.

    ** May be completed in alternative semesters, i.e. summer between senior year and MBA year; in January of MBA year; or summer after completion of MBA coursework.

    Upcoming Events

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    On-Campus Information Sessions

    Join us for an On-Campus Information Session to hear from Program Director Dr. Jay Oliver and the Office of Graduate Admission. These sessions are geared primarily toward current RWU students, but all prospective students are welcome.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    5:30 - 6:30 PM EST

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    5:30 - 6:30 PM EST

    Open Houses

    Meet us on campus in Bristol, RI, and hear about admission and financial aid, meet the faculty, tour the campus, and more.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019
    10:00am - 1:00pm

    Virtual Information Sessions

    Short on time or just want to learn more about us from the comfort of your home, school, or office? Join us for a Virtual Information Session.

    Thursday, January 3, 2018
    5:30pm - 6:30pm ET

    Thursday, January 10, 2019
    All full-time RWU graduate programs will be covered during this session.
    5:30pm - 6:30pm ET

    Requirements, Deadlines, & Financial Aid

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    Application Requirements

    Applicants to the M.B.A. program should be current RWU students with a major or minor in the Gabelli School of Business or have completed (or are completing) an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission if you have questions about your eligibility.

    To apply, applicants must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Admission:

    1. Completed application form and $50 application fee
      An application fee is not required for RWU students. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for your fee waiver code. 
    2. Letter of Intent (no more than two double-spaced pages) describing your interest in the MBA program, career goals, and how you can positively contribute to the graduate program at Roger Williams University
    3. Two(2) letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school
    4. Official transcripts from all institutions where undergraduate credit was earned. The Office of Graduate Admission will obtain transcripts on behalf of RWU students. Transcripts from other institutions must be official and sealed from the issuing institution and be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission.
    5. GMAT or GRE scores
      Students may be asked to take the GMAT or GRE in order to strengthen their case for admission. A request for a GMAT/ GRE waiver may be submitted as part of the application process. In general, applicants must possess at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA in order to be considered for this waiver. Beta Gamma Sigma members will receive automatic waivers of standardized testing requirements. The ETS School Code for Roger Williams University is 3729. 

    It is recommended that students present at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA in order to be considered for admission to the M.B.A. program.

    Each application will be reviewed using a portfolio approach - all parts of the application will be considered, inclusive of grades and trend of grades, letters of recommendation, the letter of intent, and other information that candidates for admission may wish to submit.

    Where appropriate, documents should be submitted online through the applicant portal or via email to Any official documents that must be mailed (i.e. transcripts) should be sent directly to:

    Office of Graduate Admission
    1 Old Ferry Rd.
    Bristol, RI 02809

    Have questions about the application process? Visit the How to Apply page from the Office of Graduate Admission.

    Application Deadlines

    Priority Deadline (RWU seniors for spring consideration) - December 1 

    Priority Deadline (All students for fall consideration) - April 1

    Applications will be considered after these deadlines on a space available basis. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission for more information. 

    Scholarships and Institutional Aid

    All accepted M.B.A. students will be considered for limited scholarships and grants. Scholarships will be made on the basis of academic performance in undergraduate coursework. Limited grant opportunities will be considered for students with demonstrated financial hardship. Awards will be made at the time of application or soon thereafter. 

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    Francesca Montemarano, RWU Class of 2018
    Business Administration (MBA 4+1)

    Francesca Montemarano will be among the first to graduate from RWU's accelerated 4+1 Master of Business Administration program. The career options an M.B.A. provides and the convenience of obtaining it in a single year were the deciding factors for enrolling in the program.

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