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Become Rock Solid.

Req4Info‌Our Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS) degree program is housed within the PURI School of Business. The program is designed to provide a quality educational experience for adult learners in an accelerated format.

It’s fast. Here’s how it works: Transfer in approximately 45 hours of course work. Then, you’ll join a cohort learning community of about 15 students. Your group will take one course at a time every five weeks that includes thought-provoking subjects like global diversity and organizational ethics. About 24 months later, you’ll have a B.S. in Management Studies–an accredited degree from an accredited university.

It’s collaborative. You won’t go it alone. Instead, you and your cohort group will study together, work on projects together, even teach one another. Best of all, you’ll have actual faculty members as professors. Talk to them in person all you want!

It’s affordable. This program is priced affordably, so you can finish your degree. Students will be considered full-time and will be eligible to apply for financial aid. The cost per credit hour is $420.

In addition, Rockford University offers a tuition-covered option for qualified individuals who have been out of work for at least 18 months. Eligible adult learners can enroll in the program, and this option will cover any remaining tuition after all eligible state and federal student aid is applied. Qualified applicants must be Illinois residents 25 years of age and older who have been unemployed for at least 18 months, have some transferable college credit, but have not already earned a bachelor’s degree. More information >>

It’s a true liberal arts education. Some degree completion programs focus on just getting you through the program. At Rockford University, we focus on helping you become well and truly educated for life. You’re not just getting a degree, you’re getting access to the Rockford University community—computer labs, sporting events, performing arts, fitness center, library and all.

Future Cohort Start Dates
Students can begin classes every five weeks, but cohorts begin four times per year.

  • Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Questions? Contact us today; we accept applicants year-round. If an accelerated program isn’t a fit for you, we invite you to explore our traditional undergraduate programs of study.

Additional Resources


Adult Accelerated Degree Completion--BSMS
5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 815-394-5135
Donna Harvey, BSMS Director

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

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I’ve recently advanced in my career after receiving the BSMS degree. Together, the level of studies and the caring and skilled professors helped to prepare me for the next business level. I’m excited for what the future holds!

Catherine Ellis '15

While working as a paralegal, I determined that I wanted to become an attorney. Since I did not have a bachelor’s degree, I chose the BSMS program because of the flexibility and the reputation of Rockford University. While completing the BSMS program, I received a promotion at work and built life-long friends. The BSMS program prepared me to continue my education; without it, I cannot imagine being where I am today!

Andrea Eklund '10