MBA Curriculum

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Providence College MBA Program is a high-quality, management-focused program designed to create a comprehensive understanding of business organizations with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving skills, data analysis, and knowledge across a breadth of business disciplines. The curriculum was recently restructured to incorporate a deeper quantitative focus and an emphasis on data-driven, strategic decision-making.

The MBA Program offers four options: Part-Time MBA, Full-Time MBA, 4 + 1 MBA Program, and the Accounting Cohort. Each MBA Program requires 12 to 21 courses: eight prerequisite courses, nine MBA core courses, and three to four electives. For more details, see the MBA Program of Study worksheet relevant to your program

MBA Course Schedule & Academic Calendar

The PC MBA Program is dedicated to providing students with maximum flexibility by offering MBA courses throughout the year — fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters, as well as accelerated courses taught in weekend and week-long programs. Information regarding the MBA schedule can be found on CyberFriar.

Both MBA core and elective courses are offered fall, spring, and summer sessions. In addition, electives are also offered during winter session. The MBA Program offers week and weekend-long accelerated courses throughout the year and always during winter intersession.

For more details regarding academic dates, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar.

Prerequisites & Foundational Requirements

MBA Prerequisite Courses

The MBA Program requires each student to complete nine prerequisite courses. These courses provide a basic foundation for the MBA Program and are prerequisites for MBA core courses:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Managerial Finance I
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics for Business Analytics/Business Calculus
  • Statistical Analysis

A complete list of core and prerequisite courses can be found in the 4 + 1 Plan of Study, the Full-Time Plan of Study, Part-Time Plan of Study, and the Accounting Cohort Plan of Study.

These courses are not required to begin the MBA Program. However, students may complete all, some, or none of these courses before applying and beginning the program. It is recommended students apply to the MBA Program prior to taking prerequisite classes. Students who need to fulfill any of the prerequisite/foundation courses can take these courses at any accredited institution or through the PC School of Continuing Education (SCE). Students interested in taking a course with SCE as a prerequisite should contact the SCE Office at 401-865-2487 or

MBA Foundational Requirements

In addition to all undergraduate prerequisites for the MBA Program, and to ensure students succeed in the new MBA curriculum, all students must complete MBA 502: Foundations of Business, a zero-credit-hour, pass/fail course. This course should be completed by the dates noted below and is required for graduation. Delays in completion of MBA 502 may result in course withdrawal, which could postpone sequencing of courses and graduation.

MBA 502 has three requirements designed to prepare students for quantitative MBA coursework:

    Core Courses

    The MBA Core consists of 12 courses – providing students with exposure to a broad range of business topics and helping them to gain an understanding of business. The core curriculum listed below is designed to provide students an in-depth mastery of the academic discipline and functional areas needed for today’s business leaders.

    Real-World Experience Requirement

    The MBA Program requires work experience. To satisfy this requirement students may:

    • complete a 300-hour business-related internship
    • take the MBA 699: Real-World Experience: Business Internships course for credit
    • complete a PCSB real-world consulting class for credit
    • demonstrate significant prior business work experience.

    More details on these options can be viewed on the School of Business Graduate Programs Advising page. Students who do not take MBA 699 substitute it with an elective.

    MBA Core Course Waivers

    Students are able to waive select core courses based on previous academic work. Please see the Graduate Programs advising page for more information about MBA core course waivers.


    MBA students must complete between three and four electives to obtain an MBA degree. Sample electives include:

    • Accounting Frauds, Scandals and Scams
    • Accounting for Government and Non-Profits
    • Fixed Income Securities
    • Portfolio Management
    • Brand Marketing
    • International Marketing
    • Social Media in the Business Environment
    • Leadership Coaching

    Certificates & Concentrations


    Consisting of credit-bearing, graduate-level courses, the Providence College School of Business graduate certificate programs demonstrate advanced studies in specific fields without requiring you to enroll in a degree program. After completing a PCSB graduate certificate, you may apply these credits to a PC MBA, should you choose to pursue one. Students already accepted into a PC MBA program may choose to use their electives to pursue a graduate certificate in addition to their degree.

    See below for certificate requirements and click here to learn more about our three graduate certificates.

    A certificate is not required to complete the MBA.


    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. concentrations are offered in Finance and Management.

    Three electives in the same subject can be used toward a concentration. For more information about concentrations, please open the menus below to see selected electives.

    A concentration is not required to complete the MBA.

    The Providence College School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a distinction held by only 5 percent of business schools worldwide.