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Ready to take your career to the next level?
Our Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS), housed within the PURI School of Business, offers a true liberal arts education. Our Rock Solid program is designed to provide a quality educational experience for adult learners in an accelerated format.
At Rockford University, we focus on helping you become well and truly educated for life. You’re not just getting a degree; you’re preparing for the careers of today and tomorrow!
Accelerated, evening format for working adults. Our cohort-style setting emphasizes collaboration among peers from a variety of professional industries and backgrounds.
Competitively priced with financial aid opportunities.
Complete your bachelor’s degree within as little as 24 months (based upon transferable credits)
Conveniently located on the campus of Rockford University and housed in the Puri School of Business with state-of-the-art facilities, including the Bloomberg Business Lab.
You’ll get access to the Rockford University community—computer labs, sporting events, performing arts, fitness center, library and all. In addition, dinner is included with your tuition!
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For more than 50 years, Rockford University has provided opportunities for graduate study. Our graduate programs offer a sound academic tradition which can be tailored to suit individual needs.
Since 1952, the Rockford University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree has established a proud tradition as a teacher of teachers. Our MAT graduates have distinguished themselves as educational leaders throughout the nation.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree began in 1980 after extensive study of the needs of the Rockford area business and corporate community. With these needs in mind, our MBA program has become a vital and integral part of both the community and the University.
Small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty provide our graduate students with a quality learning experience.
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The MBA program at Rockford University is the only program in the area to offer students the option of taking up to four graduate classes and ALL prerequisite courses before formally enrolling in the program. Take a class and see if you like it! Note: To be eligible for financial aid you must be admitted.
The cost is surprisingly cost competitive with other MBA programs, both locally and nationally. Public and not-for-profit employees serving the Rock River Valley receive a significant discount on tuition because most not-for-profits are unable to offer the same advantage of tuition reimbursement. Part-time student grants are available for students who are paying tuition out of their own pocket. In addition, Rockford University offers deferred payment for students whose employers are reimbursing them for classes.
The benefits of earning an MBA are numerous. Rockford University MBA graduates often earn promotions and pay raises faster than if they hadn’t.
There are 5 prerequisite courses that may need to be taken if they were not needed for your bachelor’s degree. If you need to take any of these courses it is advised that you take them early in the program so they will fit in your schedule and have the correct prerequisite for a class you want to take. Prerequisites needed are: managerial and financial accounting, 300-level finance, macro and microeconomics, calculus, and statistics. These courses can be taken at Rockford University, but do not count towards your 36 MBA credit hours and must be taken prior to graduating. You may take a proficiency exam if you feel you have gained the knowledge of a particular prerequisite. The cost is $50 per exam. Contact the Graduate Studies Office at 815-226-4040 for a transcript evaluation and for information on the proficiency exam.
Classes are set up around normal daytime business hours. Classes are offered evenings once a week, early mornings twice a week and Saturday morning.
Yes you can. You can take up to four courses to gain needed knowledge. Keep in mind you will not be eligible for financial aid without being admitted to the MBA program. Our Graduate Certificate Programmay be right for you. It is comprised of five of our core MBA courses. Each class is designed to build and improve upon your basic business skills.
Have a copy of your undergraduate transcript sent to the Graduate Studies Office for an evaluation. Generally speaking, if you have had two semesters of undergraduate accounting from an accredited institution, you have met that prerequisite. One semester of undergraduate finance usually satisfies the finance prerequisite. An undergraduate calculus class typically satisfies the math prerequisite. A term of macroeconomics and a term microeconomics most often satisfies the economics prerequisite.
The program can be completed in as little as two years and as long as five years.
If you wish to get your MBA send your transcript to the Graduate Office for a transcript evaluation. Start working on the admission requirements and find out when you can register for courses. You may skip the admission requirements if you are going to take a few MBA courses to “try out our program.”
Most courses are a combination of lecture, individual and group presentations. Group projects and papers which are applied to the course material and work world.
We have a rolling admission and unless you need financial aid, you can register during open enrollment for the next available semester. Our semesters start the middle of January, the middle of May, and the middle of August.
Yes. Rockford University is accredited both by the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities (NCA) and the International Association of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
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Rockford University joins the theoretical with the applied. Our philosophy is to provide practical education with the foundation of theory so that students know how to handle current situations, but also have the tools to think and reason out new situations they will encounter throughout their careers.
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Admission to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is coordinated through the Office of Adult Accelerated and Graduate Admission. To apply for Rockford University’s MBA program, complete the online application. We won’t let the application process slow you down! You can take up to four classes before you formally complete the application process, unless you need financial aid.
When you are ready to apply to the MBA program:
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|Graduate application fee||$50|
|Tuition 2018-2019||$720 per credit hour|
|Tuition 2017-2018||$710 per credit hour|
|Non-refundable registration fee per semester||$50|
|Transfer credit fee||$20 per course|
|MBA Prerequisite Test||$50|
There is a limited amount of financial aid that Rockford University offers to its admitted graduate students. Learn more >>
The Part-Time Student Voucher Grant provides a $150 per credit hour discount, up to $900 per semester, to part-time degree-seeking or certification-seeking students in good academic standing, subject to these restrictions:
Application forms are available at Student Administrative Services (SAS) or the Office of Adult Accelerated and Graduate Admission.
Additional fees not listed here may also apply and are subject to change without notice.
Rockford University will defer your tuition payment until after you have completed the semester to allow time for your employer to reimburse you. The program is limited to reimbursable tuition costs only; registration fees and textbook costs are not eligible for deferment, even though you may receive reimbursement for these costs. Please ask for a Tuition Deferment Form at the Office of Adult Accelerated and Graduate Admission.
The Rockford University MBA program offers a $250 per credit hour scholarship to employees of public and not-for-profit organizations desiring to take courses leading to an MBA. The discount is available only to those currently receiving less than 50 percent of the cost of tuition and applies to a maximum of two courses per semester.
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We’re looking for people who want to change things for the better and want to change them now! If you’d like to become a better business person without a long-term business school commitment, our Graduate Certificate in Business Administration could be just right for you.
It’s practical. The Graduate Certificate program is a value-added feature of the PURI School of Business, providing an advanced-level business series for professionals who want stronger business skills, but aren’t necessarily thinking MBA. It’s comprised of five of our core MBA courses, each designed to build and improve upon your basic business skills. Classes are kept small to allow you to share with other students and learn from their management experiences.
The Graduate Certificate courses are: Legal Environment of Business, Management and Leadership Theory and Practice, Marketing, Organizational Communication and one MBA elective of your choice.
It’s convenient. Courses are scheduled with the needs of working professionals in mind. All are offered at least twice a year and run for 15-16 weeks in the fall and spring and for eight weeks in the summer. You could complete your Graduate Certificate in Business Administration in as little as one year.
It’s surprisingly affordable. The Graduate Certificate in Business Administration offers you a series of graduate-level business courses for less than you would expect to pay for a couple of week-long seminars.
The benefits. If you own your own business, you’ll run it more effectively. If you work for someone else, you’ll be a more valuable employee. And if you happen to fall in love with the program, all your certificate credits will apply toward earning your MBA at Rockford University.
As a business leader, you have the power to promote astonishing changes–in your business, in your community, and in your world. If that sounds exciting to you, please contact us.
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The MBA at Rockford University program of study is designed for people holding undergraduate degrees in any field. The degree program consists of 12 courses (nine required and three electives), plus up to five prerequisites designed to prepare students for the program. Students entering the program with a non-business undergraduate degree may be required to take prerequisites (depending on undergraduate course work). Normally, a student with an undergraduate degree in business or a related field will have met most, if not all, of the program prerequisite requirements. Refer to the current Rockford University catalog for more specific program details. Students may enroll in the general track of the MBA or choose a specific concentration. Any three electives in a specific field constitute a concentration.
The five prerequisites listed below must be satisfied through courses taken within the last 10 years (or by proficiency examination) before completing six credit hours of required courses in the MBA program. If you feel you would like to attempt to take the proficiency exams but feel as though you need may need to do some additional studying, there are tutorials available at www.MBAPrimer.com for purchase. Information on proficiency exams is available from the Office of Student
Administrative Services. Prerequisite course work includes:
BSAD 223 or Statistics (3-4 semester hrs.)
BSAD 501 or Calculus (3 semester hrs.)
BSAD 502 or Macro and Micro Economics (3-6 semester hrs.)
BSAD 518 or Business Finance (3 semester hrs.)
BSAD 524 or 6 Hours of undergraduate accounting
Required courses help the MBA student develop critical management skills and a deeper understanding of the business field.
BSAD 503 Managerial Economics or BSAD 504 Business & The National Economy
BSAD 510 Legal Environment of Business
BSAD 530 Managerial Accounting and Control
BSAD 540 Financial Management
BSAD 550 Management and Leadership Theory and Practice
BSAD 560 Marketing
BSAD 580 Introduction to Business Research
BSAD 590 Organizational Communication
BSAD 696 Business Planning and Strategies
Elective courses help the MBA student acquire deeper knowledge in specific areas of business, which may relate to your present or future career. Options include:
BSAD 641 Investment Management
BSAD 650 Operations Management
BSAD 651 Organizational Behavior
BSAD 652 International Business
BSAD 654 Human Resource Management
BSAD 660 Consumer Behavior
BSAD 661 Promotion Policies & Management
BSAD 665 Public and Not-for-Profit Management
BSAD 670 International Trade/Financial Management
BSAD 680 Information Systems in Organizations
BSAD 685 Contemporary Topics & Issues in Organizations
You may enroll in the general track of the MBA or choose a specific concentration. Any three electives in a specific field constitute a concentration. There are six different concentrations from which a student can choose:
Marketing (choose three from the following)
Management (choose three from the following)
Strategic (must take both BSAD 503 and BSAD 504, and choose two from the following)
Public and Not-for-Profit Concentration*
Designed for those people who are interested in working within a public or not-for-profit organization.
*In addition, students seeking the concentration in this area would need to either have two years work experience in a not-for-profit or government position or be required to take three hour internship at a not-for-profit or government agency.
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Housed in the PURI School of Business, our Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree began in 1981 after extensive study of the needs of the Rockford area business and corporate community. With these needs in mind, our MBA program has become a vital and integral part of both the community and the University. Small classes and a professional, experienced, and dedicated faculty provide our MBA graduate students with a quality learning experience.
The MBA at Rockford University is designed for virtually anyone holding a 4-year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. No particular academic background is required. The degree program consists of 12 three-hour classes (nine required and three electives), plus up to five prerequisites.
For admission to the MBA program, students must submit the following to be evaluated:
Submission of the above does not guarantee admission
**You MUST be admitted prior to taking your 12th credit hour**
**Students enrolling in 6 or more credit hours per semester must provide the required immunization records to Lang Center for Health**
The MBA program seeks to develop general managerial effectiveness for the person in, or aspiring to, middle or upper management in either a for-profit or not-for-profit organization.* The program covers a variety of functional areas such as accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. The MBA at Rockford University has a balanced, application skill-based program, which emphasizes development of management competencies, with special emphasis on oral and written communication skills instead of being highly theoretical.
* Rockford University recognizes that local not-for-profits are invaluable in spurring community growth and development. While many for-profit organizations in the area do offer tuition assistance to their employees, most not-for-profits are unable to offer the same advantage. So, the MBA program at Rockford University offers a tuition discount for public and not-for-profit employees serving the Rock River Valley.
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.
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Rockford University offers a real-time search-able schedule and catalog descriptions. You may also do a more specific search using a “Keyword” or by specifying the exact “Course” number. Begin a search >>
In addition, a class schedule is also available for download. The schedules are updated periodically, but may not reflect the most current information.
Please note that the schedule is subject to change so be sure to check for updates as they become available.
Please complete and submit the form for MAT course registration and click the submit button to send. There is a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee each semester. (This does not apply to PLS registrations).
You must notify the Office of Student Administrative Services (SAS) by the drop date to drop a course without financial penalty.
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