Business Administration

M.B.A., Ph.D.


Faculty: Professor Maling Ebrahimpour,  dean; Professors S. Chen and Rosen, associate deans.

Accounting: Professors Beckman, Blanthorne, Hazera, Jervis and Schwarzbach; Associate Professors Boyle and Jelinek; Assistant Professors Liu and Triki.

Business Law: Associate Professor Dunn.

Decision Science: Professors S. Chen, and Jarrett.

Entrepreneurial Management: Professors Beauvais, Comerford, Cooper and Creed; Associate Professors Dorado-Banacloche, and Dugal, Assistant Professors Cowan, Djurdejvic, Forster-Holt, and Heaphy.

Finance: Professors Dash and Lin; Associate Professors Goto and Lee; Assistant Professors Tsafack and Xu.

Information Systems: Professor Westin; Associate Professors Lloyd and Shin.

Marketing: Professors Della Bitta, R. Dholakia, Mazze, Rosen and Sheinin; Associate Professors Ashley andLeonard; Assistant Professors  Atlas and Xia.

Supply Chain Management: Professor Hales; Associate Professors Chen and Ozpolat; Assistant Professors  Karamemis, Schniederjans and Yalcin.


For the M.B.A.: finance, general business, management, marketing, and supply chain management.

For the Ph.D.: finance, management, management science, and marketing.


In addition to the University’s Office of Information Services, business students have access to three other computer facilities: the Bruce S. Sherman trading room, the college’s general computer facility, and a computer laboratory at the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, School of Professional and Continuing Studies (in Providence).


The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program prepares students for leadership positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. The faculty seeks to develop a global perspective while stressing the ethical and environmental responsibilities inherent in all management activities. Full-time candidates may begin the program in the fall semester only and will complete the program in one calendar year. Part-time candidates may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester. The M.B.A. program has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) since 1972.

Admission requirements:  Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE), a statement of purpose, application fee, a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts of all previous undergraduate or postbaccalaureate work are required.   The GMAT/GRE application requirement will be waived for candidates who meet one of the following criteria: URI graduate (any major) with a minimum 3.60 GPA; Hold a Masters or PhD degree (any discipline); Licensed as a Certified Public Accountant; Licensed as a Certified Financial Planner; Passed Level II of the CFA Program. Work experience is valued. Applicants for whom English is not the native language are required to score 91 or above on the TOEFL (or 6.5 on the IELTS) and to meet the University minimum on each of the four sections of the TOEFL exam; see  The GMAT or GRE score and undergraduate grade point average are not the sole criteria for admission. However, those with undergraduate grade point averages of less than B or those with less than 50th percentile scores on the GMAT or GRE have a low probability of admission. Applications from well-qualified individuals who can contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of the College of Business Administration and the University are welcome. Part-time M.B.A. applications are due June 30 for September admission, October 31 for January admission, and March 31 for summer admission. Full-time M.B.A. applications are due April 15 for early admission; final deadline of June 30 for September admission.

Program requirements: The M.B.A. program curriculum has been updated to maintain a program that is current and relevant in the workplace.

The part-time M.B.A. program requires a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 45 credits. First, students are required to take the following seven courses: ECN 590 (or MBA531X), MBA 500, 502 (or 532), 503 (or 533), 504 (or 534), 505, 565. Waiver exams are available for MBA 500, 504, and 505. MBA 500, MBA 503, and ECN 590 can be waived with permission of the program director based on successful completion of recent equivalent college-level courses at an AACSB-accredited institution. Students then must select five out of the following seven courses: MBA 510 (or 537), 530, 540, 550 (or 535), 555, 560 (or536), and 562. Finally, students are required to take three electives to complete their program of study.

The one-year full-time M.B.A. program is a nonthesis program consisting of a 45-credit integrated curriculum. Students take day classes during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer, they complete their program by participating in an internship or elective course work. Completed application packages must be received by April 15 (early decision) with a final deadline of June 30 for U.S. residents and February 15 for international applicants; applications received after that date are reviewed on a space-available basis.


The Ph.D. program in Business Administration is a research-based program. In addition to advanced course work, students work closely with faculty to conduct research on business issues of national and global importance. The program prepares students for faculty positions at research colleges and universities. The Ph.D. program is highly selective-only a small number of students are accepted each year. To be admitted you must demonstrate both academic merit and research capabilities.

Admission requirements: GMAT or GRE, a master’s degree, original online application, a statement of purpose, a resume, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts of all previous degrees are required. Applicants with diverse academic backgrounds and previous industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are admitted for the fall semester only. Due to the selectivity of the programs, new admissions to the doctoral program must be limited to a small number each year. Since applicants are evaluated by the doctoral faculty in each of the specialization areas independently, all applicants must specify a single area of specialization on the application form. Completed application packages must be received by February 1.

Applicants for whom English is not the native language will be expected to score 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based), or 91 (iBT) or above on the TOEFL and to meet the University minimum on each of the four sections of the exam; see  Students may substitute the IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) for the TOEFL. The GMAT or GRE scores and master’s grade point average are not the sole criteria for admission. However, those with master’s grade point averages of less than 3.20 on a 4.00 point scale or those who score lower than 600 on the GMAT or GRE have a low probability of admission. The average master’s grade point average for current doctoral candidates is 3.60, and their standardized scores average is 640.

Program requirements: Students must have a broad understanding of the major disciplines that comprise the study of business administration and their application to organizational settings. If you do not have this prerequisite knowledge, you may be required to complete up to 12 credits of prerequisite course work in the following areas: behavioral science applications to business administration (management or marketing), financial economics (economics or finance), statistics, and accounting. These prerequisite courses are not included for program credit. Students with previous course work in these areas are normally exempted. There are other avenues for an exemption. Students should discuss these alternatives with the doctoral program director.

The advanced course work phase entails a minimum of 32 credit hours of advanced course work beyond the master’s degree. It consists of 12 credits of doctoral research seminars in your area of specialization, six credits of research methods, and 12 credits of supporting electives. There are also two one-credit courses on teaching and research. As part of this phase, you will write a major paper of publishable quality. The paper should be under the guidance of your professors. This phase culminates in written and oral comprehensive examinations covering your area of specialization, research methods, and other areas deemed appropriate by your doctoral dissertation committee.

After passing the comprehensive examination, doctoral candidates enter the dissertation research phase and engage in significant research under the supervision of their major professor and the doctoral committee. Doctoral dissertation research is expected to make a major contribution to the state of knowledge in the candidate’s field. The dissertation defense is a final oral examination administered according to procedures established by the Graduate School.


The University of Rhode Island Colleges of Pharmacy and Business Administration offer a joint program that allows students the opportunity to develop management and administrative skills as they study for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. See Pharmaceutical Sciences in the graduate section of this catalog.


The College of Business and the Graduate School of Oceanography offer a joint degree program in which students are simultaneously enrolled in the M.B.A. and the M.O. programs and may complete both degrees within 16 months. Students take courses in business, oceanography, and economics. An internship with a business is also embedded in the curriculum.