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The Master of Business Administration, housed in the PURI School of Business, began in 1981 after studying the needs of the Rockford-area business and corporate community. With these needs in mind, Rockford University’s MBA program became a vital and integral part of both the community and the University.

Who is it for?

  • Working professionals in or aspiring to be in management
  • Employees in companies that want skilled managers and effective leaders
  • Anyone holding a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

Fact: 81% of recruiting companies are hiring MBAs to fulfill this need. *Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

New Student Registration is now open.

Don’t miss out on our exciting summer classes like Healthcare Finance & Reimbursement and Operations Management! Classes start May 26, 2020. Apply or contact us today to get started.

How does it work?

RU’s MBA consists of core coursework that helps you develop critical management skills and a deeper understanding of the business field. To complete your degree, select courses from a list of popular business electives or customize your MBA choosing electives from three in-demand concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Project Management

Choose flexibility. 

Take on-site, evening courses or fully online courses to accommodate your work, family, and personal schedule.

MBA Admission Requirements

For admission to the MBA program, students must submit the following MBA Admission Requirements:

Send all admission documents to Adult & Graduate Admission at 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61108 or via email to .

Submission of the above does not guarantee admission. You MUST be admitted prior to taking your 12th credit hour.

Program Features
  • Career Advancement – Boost your advancement potential by enhancing your business skills.
  • Customized – Gain industry-specific skills in Healthcare Administration, Finance, and Project Management.
  • Bloomberg Business Lab – Access information used by leading business, financial, and government decision makers around the globe.
  • Collaborative – Work closely with peers in small classes averaging 15 students.
  • Quality Courses – Experience a high-quality program accredited by the IACBE and taught by faculty with corporate experience.
  • Work and Study – Attend convenient, evening classes designed for the working adult with dinner included. Choose from growing fully online course options.
  • Tradition – Trust in the oldest, continuously operating MBA program in the Rockford-area.

The MBA at Rockford University is nationally accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The University is also accredited through several organizations.

Need to know more?

Join us for an upcoming virtual info session on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. One day, two webinars so you can choose what works best for you!

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

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