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Internships

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 graduate advisor and MBA faculty internship advisor are available to provide assistance in finding an internship. Please note that 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 tuition cost > cash out) and the receipt sent to mba@providence.edu so the student can be registered.

  • Obtain internship
  • Submit Learning Agreement to mba@providence.edu
  • Once learning agreement is approved, make payment in CyberFriar
  • Forward receipt to mba@providence.edu 
  • Student is registered for MBA 699: Internship (3-credits)

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 mba@providence.edu by the Intent to Graduate deadline.

Concentrations can be changed prior to Graduation by emailing a request to mba@providence.edu. 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 mba@providence.edu 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.

Only one core course may be waived.

Pre-requisite Transfer Credits/Waivers

Students may still begin MBA Program courses while still needing pre-requisite courses. Pre-requisite courses may be taken while already taking PC MBA courses, as long as the pre-req does not apply towards the MBA course being taken at the same time. (For example, students cannot take MKT 205 at the same time as MBA 651 since MKT 205 is a pre-req for MBA 651.) 

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 mba@providence.edu 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.

Students may also complete pre-approved pre-requisite courses with the Providence College School of Continuing Education (SCE). View a list of when prerequisites are offered here. There is no need to submit a Prerequisite Waiver Form for courses taken with SCE. MBA students must register for SCE courses through the SCE office and will not be able to register for these courses on CyberFriar. 

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 mba@providence.edu. 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.

Program Plan Tips

When planning tentative programs of study, students should be mindful of taking undergraduate and MBA-level pre-requisite courses prior to corresponding MBA core classes. Pre-requisite courses cannot be taken at the same time as the corresponding course. 

Sample Part-Time Program Plan- needs all pre-reqs

Summer year one                    Fall year two
MKT 205                                   MBA 626
MTH 108                                   Elective 1
FIN/MTH 217

Fall year one                             Spring year two
MBA 548                                   MBA 689
MBA 533                                   Elective 2

Spring year one                       Summer year three                                    
MBA 532                                  MBA 677             
MBA 687                                  Elective 3

Summer year two                   Fall year three
MBA 603                                  MBA 676
MBA 690                                  MBA 700

Undergraduate Pre-requisites
Students may still begin MBA Program courses while still needing pre-requisite courses. Pre-requisite courses may be taken while already taking PC MBA courses, as long as the pre-req does not apply towards the MBA course being taken at the same time. (For example, students cannot take MKT 205 at the same time as MBA 651 since MKT 205 is a pre-req for MBA 651.)

ACC 203/ACC204 (MBA 548)……………………….MBA 603
ECN 101/ECN 102 (MBA 533)……………………….MBA 626
MKT 205……………………………………………………..MBA 651
MTH 108……………………………………………………..MBA 690
FIN 207/FIN 308 (MBA 532)………………………..MBA 626
FIN/MTH 217………………………………………………MBA 687

Students who require both sections of Accounting, Finance or Economics, are advised to take the following pre-req courses (note: these pre-requisite courses do not count as electives):

MBA 548 (counts as ACC 203 and 204): offered in fall
MBA 533 (counts as ECN 101 and 102): offered in fall
MBA 532 (counts as FIN 207 and 308): offered in spring

NOTE: MBA 548 and 533 are both required prior to MBA 532. 

Other undergraduate pre-requisite courses, such as MTH 108, FIN/MTH 217 or MKT 205 are typically offered each summer with the School of Continuing Education or can be taken at other institutions. Refer to Pre-requisite Transfer Credit Waivers section above.

MBA-level Pre-requisites
Required prior to MBA 690*:
MBA 687

All required prior to MBA 700: Capstone:
MBA 690*
MBA 626
MBA 651
MBA 603

*Take note to plan MBA 687 prior to 690 which is, then, needed prior to MBA 700. 

Core Course and Elective Offerings

  • Core courses are offered every semester
  • One course in each elective topic is offered per semester (i.e. one Accounting, Finance, Int’l Business, Management, and elective each term)
  • Students should plan to take one elective in fall, spring and summer or fall, winter and spring since electives will repeat the following academic year. 
  • Only electives are offered during Winter Session; core courses are not offered during winter session.

MBA 770 Special Topics Courses
MBA 770 focuses on selective emerging issues in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, or Management. Topics differ each term and can be taken multiple times provided topics are not repeated. 

The section of MBA 770: Global Ethics can be counted towards the MBA 677: Professional Ethics and Responsibility requirement. 

Independent Studies
Students who would like to take a course in a unique, specified area may choose to take an independent study. Students will create an original topic in an area they would like to research and seek an MBA instructor in the course topic area to see if the instructor is available to teach the course, one-on-one. The student and faculty member fill out an Independent Study Form together and submit this with a syllabus to mba@providence.edu. When the form is approved, the student is registered for the course. Independent studies are typically electives and 3-credits. 

Resources


MBA student resources can be viewed here.