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.

Business Administration 4+1

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Key Features

  • Complete your M.B.A. in just one year following your undergraduate studies.
  • Accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a designation achieved by less than five percent of business schools worldwide.
  • Gain valuable experience in a required internship.
  • Courses designed to prepare students for an increasingly competitive business environment.
  • Learn about other cultures and global business practice through a required international experience.
  • Study at our state-of-the-art Metro Campus in Providence, RI.


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)

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)*

*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, January 5, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm

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.

Monday, December 3, 2018
7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
All full-time RWU graduate programs will be covered during this session.
5:00pm - 6:00pm ET

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



Applications to the program are due by December 1st for priority consideration for the senior spring semester for RWU undergraduates. Applications for non-RWU applicants are due by April 1st for fall entry. Students interested in the 4+1 option should be current students with a major or minor in the Gabelli School of Business or have completed (or completing) an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution.

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 mailed or delivered to the Office of Graduate Admission.

It is recommended that students present at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA in order to be considered for admission to the 4+1 program. 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. 

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.

Read more about the application process and how to submit your materials

Francesca Montemarano working on a project

Master of Business

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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