Business Administration (MBA 4+1)

Designed for RWU undergraduates or students with undergraduate business degrees from AACSB-accredited institutions, the accredited Master of Business Administration 4+1 program offers a convenient and time-efficient way to earn the MBA degree. In just one year of the MBA program, you will gain the strategic thinking, problem solving, analytical and leadership skills to enable you to excel in our competitive business environment. The program combines small, highly interactive classes in key business disciplines at our state-of-the-art Metro Campus in Providence with a required internship and international study to ensure inclusion of practical real-world experience, both at home and on the global stage. A new and innovative joint-degree program allows you to earn a Juris Doctor (JD) and MBA together in four years or less. The Juris Doctor/MBA program combines two critical areas of study that equips graduates to pursue lucrative careers in business, law or, increasingly, a combination of both.

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 credits is required to complete the MBA. This includes a mandatory internship as well as an international experience and two electives. For those accepted as RWU seniors, three graduate credits taken in the senior year under academic advisement would count toward the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree, providing that they have a free elective slot available for this purpose. Elective courses in the program will be available through the Gabelli School as well as through the other professional schools at Roger Williams University, inclusive of the School of Justice Studies and the School of Law, in topics such as leadership, public administration, intellectual property and financial regulation.

In addition to the for-credit coursework in the MBA program, students must complete a sequence of Roger’s Review during the summer between the undergraduate senior year and commencement of the MBA program. Roger’s Review is intended to provide students with a review of specific areas within business in order to fully prepare them to engage in the MBA program. The planned sequence of coverages includes basic elements of Excel, accounting, finance, and economics. The review sequence is a non-credit offering and students

will have basic tools materials in each of these areas available to them throughout the MBA program. Topics covered will include the following:

  • Excel Basics
  • Accounting Statements-Income Statement, Balance Sheet, Cash Flows
  • Basic Economics Review-National economy, fiscal and monetary policy and the Federal Reserve system
  • Basic Finance Review-Use of Time Value of Money: FV Function/PV Function

Roger’s Review will be offered over a period of several days in the late summer and combined with an MBA orientation. All students must complete the orientation and the non-credit Roger’s Review sequence in order to start the full MBA in the 2. fall. The sequence is only open to students who have been accepted to the MBA program.

Applying to the Master of Business Administration Program

Students should possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to apply. Depending on level of academic performance, students may be asked to take the GMAT or GRE in order to strengthen their case for admission. Each application will be reviewed using a portfolio approach, i.e. all parts of the application will be considered inclusive of grades and trend of grades, letters of recommendation, the personal statement and other information that candidates for admission may wish to submit. Applications are accepted for fall start only.

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

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate records
  2. Personal statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing the purpose for obtaining the MBA
  3. Two letters of recommendation attesting to academic accomplishments and potential to succeed in graduate school
  4. Completed application form accompanied by the application fee

MBA Core Required Courses

MGMT524Ethical Leadership of Organizations
ACCTG505Financial and Managerial Accounting
MGMT510Data Analytics for Business
ECON550Managerial Economics
MRKT520Decisions in Marketing Management
FNCE550Corporate Finance
IB540Global Business
MGMT599Strategic Management
BUSN569Graduate Internship
BUSN590International Experience

Increasingly, individuals are called upon to understand multiple specialized fields that are inclusive of law and business. Familiarity with business concepts is particularly important for those who seek careers in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and intellectual property, among others. Drawing on the strengths of the Roger Williams University School of Law as well as the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, RWU offers a concentrated joint degree program for students interested in pursuing a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. The dual degree program allows students to complete the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in an accelerated period of study – within four years, instead of the typical five years.

The MBA 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. With strong connections to the legal and judiciary fields in the heart of Providence, the juris doctor program offers the highest-quality JD degree with classes at the RWU School of Law on our Bristol campus.

To earn the JD/MBA degree students must complete 78 credits at the School of Law and 24 graduate credits in the Gabelli School of Business. The School of Law and the Gabelli School of Business will each accept 12 transfer credits from the other school. The effect of these credit transfers between the School of Law and the School of Business will reduce the overall time needed to complete both degrees from five years to four years or less, assuming continuous, full-time study.

How to Apply

Applicants applying for the Joint JD/MBA degree must be in good standing at the end of their first year of study in the RWU School of Law. Application should be made through the RWU Office of Graduate Admissions. Applications should be submitted sufficiently in advance of the application deadline to assure adequate processing time at both Schools. Student transcripts will be obtained from the School of Law. Applicants must apply to and earn acceptance into both programs separately. Applicants to the JD/MBA program may use their LSAT scores in place of the normally required GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) upon notifying the RWU Office of Graduate Admissions that this is their intent. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and using a portfolio approach, wherein all aspects of the application are considered by the admission committee in the Gabelli School of Business.

Transferable Course Requirements for the joint JD/MBA Degree Program:

School of Business courses that are transferable to the Law School:

ECON550     Managerial Economics (3 Credits/Fall)
MGMT510   Decision Analysis (3 Credits/Fall)
FNCE 550    Corporate Finance (3 Credits/Spring)
MGMT599   Strategic Management (3 Credits/Spring)*

Joint degree students must also take Roger’s Review in the summer prior to the full matriculation in the MBA. Roger’s Review provides a comprehensive overview of functional subjects necessary to MBA course work in fields that include accounting, finance, economics and analytics.

Up to a total of 12 credits of the below Law School courses listed below are transferable to the Business School:

LAW.781        Antitrust (2 or 3 Credits)
LAW.805        Banking Law (3 Credits)
LAW.784        Bankruptcy (3 Credits)
LAW.635        Business Organizations (3 Credits)
LAW.805        Business and Partnership Tax (3 Credits)
LAW.729        Civil Rights (3 Credits)
LSM.888        Climate Change Law and Policy (2 Credits)
LAW.637        Construction Law (2 Credits)
LAW.756        Contract Drafting and Transactional Lawyering (3 Credits)
LAW.604        Contracts I (3 Credits)
LAW.819        Employment Discrimination (3 Credits)
LAW.820        Employment Law (3 Credits)
LAW.647        Federal Income Tax (3 Credits)
LAW.720        Health Law and Policy (3 Credits)
LAW.788        Insurance Law (3 Credits)
LAW.740        Intellectual Property (3 Credits)
LAW.792        International Business Transactions (3 Credits)
LAW.770        International Law (3 Credits)
LAW.822        Labor Law (3 Credits)
LAW.793        Marine Pollution (2 Credits)
LAW.809        Mergers and Acquisitions (3 Credits)
LAW.733        Mediation (3 Credits)
LAW.736        Negotiation (3 Credits)
LSM.744        Patent Law (2 Credits)
LAW.831        Regulatory Compliance (3 credits)
LAW.653        Secured Transactions (3 Credits)
LAW.832        Securities Regulation (3 Credits)*

*Other courses may be substituted with the approval of the Dean of the Business School and the Associate Dean of the School of Law.

For a full listing of juris doctor courses, visit the RWU School of Law site.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

Applications to the program are due by December 1st for priority consideration for the senior spring semester. Students interested in the 4+1 option should be current students with a major in the Gabelli School of Business or minoring in Business at RWU to be considered.

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

  1. Completed application form. 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. Send a request to your recommenders.
  4. Official transcripts from RWU will be obtained from the Registrar’s Office by the Office of Graduate Admission at RWU. Students do not have to request transcripts.

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.

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Master of Business

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

Now starting a promising career as Associate Director of Client Services for Health & Wellness Partners in the Greater New York City area, Francesca Montemarano was 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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Quick Facts

  • Credits: 36 (plus a four-day summer review and orientation)
  • Time to Completion: One calendar year
  • Delivery Method: In-class (16 weeks)
  • Start Term: Fall (Spring start for RWU Seniors)
  • Course Load: Full-time only
  • Campus Location: Providence, RI
  • Preferred Application Deadline: November 1 of senior year