The Bryant University Graduate School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Taxation (MST), and Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS). The strongest areas of study are finance, management, and marketing. The most popular courses are Mastering Management Skills, Negotiation and Teamwork, and Financial Planning and Strategy.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Managing Corporate Enterprise
- Leading Effective Organizations
- Reporting and Controlling Resources
- Managing Information Systems
- Managing Financial Resources
- Marketing for Competitive Advantage
- Value Formation through Operations
- Mastering Strategic Analysis & Decision-making
Required courses for the MST include:
- Individual Income and Taxation
- Corporations and Shareholders
- Estate and Gift Taxation
- Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates
- 2 of the following courses:
- Sales, Exchanges, and Other Disposition
- Tax Practice and Procedure
- State Taxation
- Advanced Income Tax Problems
Required courses for the MSIS include:
- Information Systems Theory and Practice
- Information Systems Administration
- Analysis and Design of Information Systems
- Telecommunications Management
- Database Management and Administration
- Information Systems Project and Change Management
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending part time is 1 year; maximum, 6 years.
There are 55 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 98% hold a doctorate; there are 9 part-time faculty, of whom 17% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category IIB institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 3; average business class size is 30.
A bachelor’s degree is required. Most important admissions factors are work experience, academic accomplishments and ability, and GMAT results. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 147; 107 were accepted; 76 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2; average GMAT score was 550. Transfers are accepted.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $80, 1 letter of recommendation, a statement of objectives, and a resume. The application deadlines are July 1 for fall entry; November 1, spring; April 1, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision on a rolling basis. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is the week prior to the start of classes. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 1 year.
About 16% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $11,195 annually; maximum $18,500. The FAFSA, the school’s own financial statement, the previous year’s tax return, and financial aid transcripts for spring entrance are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $666 per credit, or $12000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $1500, for an estimated annual total of $13,500. Graduate student housing is not available. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Ten percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 90% have had an average of 7 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Rhode Island (72%). Thirty-six percent are women, 8% are minorities, and 4% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 28; ages range from 22 to 60. Twenty percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 4% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 60%, business; 12%, engineering; 12%, math and science; 10%, social sciences; 5%, technology; and 1%, economics. About 5% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 80% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 154 graduate business degrees were awarded.