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School of Management

A Member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Welcome to the School of Management (SOM) at Rhode Island College.  The College is located in historic Providence, a scenic city rich in cultural and recreational amenities, located on Narragansett Bay with easy access to beaches and the metropolitan areas of Boston and New York. The 180-acre suburban campus and state-of-the-art high-tech business school affords students superb educational opportunities. We are fully accredited and currently are in the process of seeking the added accreditation of the AACSB.  Currently over 1,100 students major in undergraduate programs in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Marketing, and Management (with concentrations in Human Resource Management, International Management, Operations Management, and General Management), and a master’s degree program in Professional Accountancy.

Business programs are grounded in a liberal arts education, and students build the knowledge and skills associated with their major upon a broad business core foundation. The programs are practical in nature and emphasize the application of theory. The understanding and use of technology is integrated throughout the curriculum, with special attention given to the development of communication and team skills as well as the cultivation of ethical and global perspectives.  The highly skilled and credentialed faculty is devoted to innovative, interactive, contemporary teaching where student learning comes first.  Classes are small, capping at 30 and averaging about 20 students; no classes are taught by teaching assistants. Each student has a faculty advisor, and no student is just a number. 

The SOM has a well-established internship program and has placed interns in over 50 leading companies ranging from Fidelity Investments to the New England Patriots.  Student organizations also provide valuable experience along with the chance to have fun and develop strong friendships.  For example, the student chapter of the American Marketing Association annually participates and competes at the national meeting, usually held in New Orleans.  Because of our strong academic programs and practical emphasis, graduates are highly competitive in the marketplace and in graduate schools.

We invite you to explore the School’s web site and to contact us personally using the links in the menu bar or by calling or visiting us in Alger Hall.  We hope you will consider joining us so that we may help you to attain your goals, and thank you for your interest in the School of Management at Rhode Island College. 

David Blanchette, Ph.D.
Dean SOM

Mission Statement

Consistent with the mission of Rhode Island College, The School of Management is committed to being a premier teaching institution in southern New England in providing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help students attain their lifelong learning and professional goals. The school develops and supports a highly qualified faculty dedicated to teaching excellence enriched through professional development, scholarly activity, and service.  We provide an ethically based, technologically sophisticated, culturally inclusive environment that nurtures contemporary and innovative learning.  Our accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, management, and marketing majors are grounded in a liberal arts foundation and deliver programs that meld theory and application.  We strive for student-centered continuous improvement and aspire to contribute meaningfully to the learning communities of the college and the region.

Page last updated: September 18, 2014