MBA Academic Policies & Forms
The MBA program requires full-time work experience or the completion of an internship, including registration and completion of MBA 699 within the student’s first semester in the program full-time. The internship requirement may be waived with permission of the MBA Program Office, if the student has commensurate career experience. Students may contact the MBA Program for additional details on the process for waiving this requirement. Any student granted permission to waive the internship requirement must replace MBA 699 with an MBA elective.
MBA 699 is a three credit course that is part of the core requirements of the MBA curriculum. Students must obtain an internship placement at either a for-profit or a not-for-profit organization. Paid and unpaid internships may receive academic credit, but paid internships are preferred. The student must submit a learning agreement and obtain final approval from the MBA program office before registering in MBA 699. Students must be in an internship when registered for MBA 699.
Undergraduates who have received credit for an internship toward their undergraduate degree cannot also receive MBA graduate credit for the same internship. A student who receives a business-related full time job offer prior to starting the MBA Program can request a waiver. Requests for a waiver must be submitted to the MBA office within the first semester of study.
The Center for Career Education & Professional Development, and MBA faculty internship instructor are available to provide assistance in finding an internship.
Please note: graduate assistantships do not fulfill the internship requirement.
MBA Internship Learning Agreement:
Students should submit the internship form to the MBA instructor for approval.
- Company title
- Company description, address, and website
- Supervisor name(s) and title(s)
- Position title
- Position description
- Offer letter
- Employment dates (starting and ending, and hours working)
- Learning objectives
- Learning strategies
The hard (scanned) copy of the Learning Agreement must be signed by:
- Graduate Intern
- Site Supervisor
- Course Instructor
The Learning Agreement must be completed to the satisfaction of the instructor to be approved to meet the MBA internship requirement and to be enrolled in MBA 699.
MBA 699: Internship Registration
Students will be registered for MBA 699: Internship when the learning agreement is approved and full payment is made for the course. Payment should be made in CyberFriar (Student Services > Bursar’s Office > enter in the tuition amount> cash out) and a receipt forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org so the student can be registered. If students are paying via Financial Aid or a Graduate Assistantship, please let the MBA Office know.
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.
Concentrations can be changed prior to Graduation by emailing a request to email@example.com. 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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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.