Students working together

The bachelor’s degree completion program at Rockford University leads to a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Studies (B.S.M.S.). The program, housed within the PURI School of Business provides a quality educational experience for working adults with some college, who want to earn a degree in management with a flexible format to advance in their careers.

Harness leadership abilities, cultivate interpersonal skills, and promote decision-making based on critical thinking all within the context of a liberal arts education. Build on your previously completed coursework to embrace a changing workplace, success in business management, and aspire to leadership.

It’s Fast.

It’s Collaborative.

  • Small classes of approximately 15 students
  • Faculty with corporate experience
  • Learn alongside fellow working adults

It’s Affordable.

  • $440 per credit hour
  • Financial aid options

It’s Convenient. 

  • Multiple start dates for your convenience approximately every 5-weeks
  • Ease of transferring community college credit to RU (including A.A.S credit!)
  • Year-round applications accepted

Rockford Ready

Are you looking to advance your career but thought you’d have a lot of additional coursework to earn your bachelor’s degree? If you answered yes, the Rockford Ready program just made it easier. If you have an A.A.S. degree in business from Rock Valley College, you can seamlessly transfer to Rockford University.

How does Rockford Ready work?

  1. Earn an RVC Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Develop basic business essentials and soft skills to interact more effectively on the job.
  2. Transfer your associate’s degree. Enhance your technical and business skills to support your career ambitions.
  3. Complete an RU Business Management Bachelor’s Degree. Aspire to leadership roles: Harness managerial abilities, cultivate interpersonal skills, and promote decision-making based on critical thinking.

Department Information

Adult and Graduate Admission
Nelson Hall - first floor
5050 E. State Street Rockford, IL 61108

Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
After hour appointments available by request


Returning to school as an adult student was scary for me. I had tried on three different occasions, but struggled due to being a caregiver for many of my family members. Now is my time. Rockford University is a great fit for me!

Kristine Winter - current student