MBA Academic Policies & Forms

Declaring a Concentration

While the core of the MBA curriculum provides breadth of knowledge, students can develop depth of knowledge in a particular area by completing an elective concentration in Finance, International Business, Management, or Marketing. Students interested in Accounting should apply for the Accounting Cohort program. Part-time students interested in Accounting must declare a concentration upon entry into the program.

MBA electives can be used to fulfill a concentration. Concentrations require the completion of at least three elective courses that are discipline specific. Please refer to the Electives and Concentrations document for more information.

To declare a concentration, students should submit the Concentration Declaration Form to by the Intent to Graduate deadline.

Concentrations can be changed prior to Graduation by emailing a request to Changes to concentrations will not be permitted after graduation.

Note: A concentration is not required to complete the MBA Program.

Waiving a Core Course

MBA Program students are eligible to waive select core courses based on previous academic work. Students with an undergraduate degree and a B or better in six courses in Accountancy, Finance, Management, or Marketing may waive the core course equivalent:

Accounting…………MBA 603

Finance………………MBA 626

Marketing…………..MBA 651

Management………MBA 676

To request a waiver for one of these core classes, students should submit a Core Class Waiver Request Form to within the first semester of attendance.

Note: All students who are waived from a core class, must replace the course with an additional elective. All students must complete the MBA Program with twelve MBA courses and must have completed all pre-requisite courses.

Transfer Credits

Graduate courses that have not been applied toward another degree may be evaluated for transfer credit by the MBA Program upon acceptance into the Program. Transfer credit must meet the following minimum criteria for review:

  • Credits must be from an AACSB-accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Credits must have been taken within five years of the date of transfer.
  • A minimum grade of “B” or equivalent score is required in each course.

Students should complete and submit the transfer credit form with relevant syllabi to Final transcript(s) should be mailed to the MBA Program Office at 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918.

A maximum of six graduate credits may be transferred.

Pre-requisite Transfer Credits/Waivers

Current students may complete pre-requisite courses at another accredited college or university. Students must receive pre- and post-approval to ensure the credits will fulfill the pre-requisite requirement(s). Students must submit the Prerequisite Waiver Form with a syllabus for the course to or to the MBA Program Office in the Ryan Center for Business Studies. Students must receive a ‘C’ or better in all pre-requisite coursework for the course to count towards the program.