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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration


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The Business Division is committed to excellence in teaching and offering high quality, innovative competency-based courses to meet the changing needs of business as well as the needs of business professionals. The Division of Business prepares students for leadership positions in small businesses, corporations, not-for-profits, and other organizations through the development of broad business knowledge, critical thinking, and decision-making skills, as well as social and ethical values. The primary advantage of the business programs offered at Rivier is flexibility of scheduling and course choice. Students are full-time working professionals who want to advance their career by obtaining a Master of Business Administration. Students can build individual specializations and balance core courses in business fundamentals (i.e. Finance, Marketing, etc.).

Business graduates are currently employed by major corporations in the Greater Nashua area (Fidelity Investments, BAE Systems, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, State Street Bank, etc.)and other venues such as health care, insurance, banking, and technology, as well as entrepreneurial ventures.

  • Academic Excellence: Graduate courses are taught by professors with solid academic credentials in their field. They are also recognized business practitioners. Courses are designed for professional adult learners and use a case-study approach so that learning is not just theory, but is readily applicable to business situations.
  • Personal Attention: Small class sizes allow faculty members to know each and every student and to be their mentors for meeting their educational and career advancement goals.
  • Program Flexibility: Course selection allows for an individualized educational experience built on core courses giving solid business fundamentals and individual electives. Core courses provide students with general competencies in a broad range of business disciplines including management, finance, marketing, operations, and strategic planning. The scheduling of courses on evenings and on weekends offers flexibility for working people who have to balance courses with job responsibilities and other personal/family obligations. Courses are offered 7-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring and summer semesters).  Students may take one or two courses during each 7-week term.  Programs are designed to accommodate individual student timelines for completion.  For example, students may complete their MBA degree in 12 months (two courses per term) or 24 months (one course per term).
  • Student Population: Rivier offers a part-time evening graduate program specifically designed for diverse populations. About 80% of the Rivier MBA students are employed full-time and doing their studies part-time. Some employers, through tuition reimbursement, may support the cost of their education.

The Degree Programs 

The Division of Business offers The Master of Business Administration Management, the Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Information Technology, The Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Marketing, a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration, and the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (M.S./CIS). These programs are designed for applicants with a successful academic record in any undergraduate specialty, not necessarily business. Because previous work in economics, management, and accounting is of particular relevance to graduate study in business administration, the programs are designed so that the non-business undergraduate major can fulfill these undergraduate prerequisites at the graduate level. The programs are supported by a state-of-the-art computer center, multi-media classrooms, and the McLean Center for Finance and Economics.

The Master of Business Administration Management degree is a program aimed at broad education in the traditional functional areas of business, as well as in the cross-disciplinary skills of leadership, problem-solving and strategic management. The M.B.A. program courses are available in both on-campus and online models. All courses within the business program will stress the importance of critical thinking skills to analyze situations, comparing and contrasting the opportunities provided by technology for the organization, utilizing effective communication techniques, and evaluating situations that present potential legal, ethical, and social sustainable issues and developing solutions for those issues.

The Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Information Technology degree program offers a strong foundation in business functions while providing concentrated study in the practicalities of managing information technology, including leading teams through virtual environments, computer security and database management systems. The M.B.A. Information Technology Management core and concentration courses are available in both on-campus and online models. All business courses within the information technology management program will stress the importance of critical thinking skills to analyze situations, comparing and contrasting the opportunities provided by technology for the organization, utilizing effective communication techniques, and evaluating situations that present potential legal, ethical, and social sustainable issues and developing solutions for those issues.

The Master of Business Administration with Concentration in Marketing degree program provides both a broad-based competency in leadership, problem-solving, strategic management as well as specialized education in the areas of digital marketing and analytics, sales management and strategic brand management. All courses within the business program will stress the importance of critical thinking skills to analyze situations, comparing and contrasting the opportunities provided by technology for the organization, utilizing effective communication techniques, and evaluating situations that present potential legal, ethical, and social sustainable issues and developing solutions for those issues.

The goal of the Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration degree program is to deliver proficiency in managing business functions with an emphasis on developing, planning, and managing health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. The program will offer the students the opportunity to learn the operational side of managing a health care facility, whether it is a small office, a clinic, or a large hospital. All courses within the healthcare administration program will stress the importance of critical thinking skills to analyze situations, comparing and contrasting the opportunities provided by technology for the organization, utilizing effective communication techniques, and evaluating situations that present potential legal, ethical, and social sustainable issues and developing solutions for those issues.

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems degree program develops individuals who will be able to function as both management and computer systems professionals. Refer to the section of the catalog entitled Computer Information Programs for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the graduate programs in business are required to follow the general guidelines for the application process presented in the Admission Process section in this catalog.

Prospective students applying to a degree program must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Submit an official transcript of an undergraduate degree awarded and any other relevant academic credits.
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from an individual with whom the applicant has studied and/or under whose immediate supervision the applicant has worked in a professional capacity; and/or from others who are in a position to offer pertinent appraisal of academic and interpersonal skills, ability, and potential.
  • Provide a “Statement of Purpose” required of international students (see application form for content).
  • Provide evidence of English proficiency if a language other than English is the native language. Please consult Admission Process Section of this catalog for details.

In addition, students meet with the director of the Business Division to design a program of study based upon the student’s academic background.(Note: Applicants to the M.S. in Computer Information Systems are asked to meet with the program director of the Computer Science Department.)

Transfer Credits

A maximum of nine transfer credits are allowed, provided they are from an accredited graduate institution, have not been previously applied toward another graduate degree, are a grade of B or better, the course(s) were completed within the past six years, and are approved by the divisional program director.

Student Learning Outcomes

After having completed the degree requirements in a specific graduate business program, the student should be prepared to:

  • apply various business administration concepts and practices to organizational functions and activities;
  • think critically and make decisions independently, as well as use interpersonal skills to operate effectively as a team member in evaluating organizational problems and selecting appropriate and defensible resolutions to these problems;
  • utilize research and communication skills for the preparation of various organizational documents such as reports, research studies, etc.;
  • be able to analyze and solve strategic problems.

Teaching Philosophy

Graduate courses integrate operational, analytical, and professional disciplines, providing a pragmatic learning experience. A variety of teaching approaches are used by highly qualified faculty with an emphasis on applying business theories and concepts to real-world situations.

 

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