Program Requirements

The MBA Program requires a core of 31.5 credit hours of Breadth Course Requirements and 9 credit hours of elective courses. Students may also be required to take up to an additional 19.5 credit hours based on their business education, courses waived and direct business experience. A student must complete between 40.5 and 60 semester hours for an MBA, depending on how many pre-program courses are waived. Electives may be used to concentrate in the areas of entrepreneurship, global business, finance, marketing, management, computer information systems, or forensic accounting to enrich the MBA.

Breadth Course Requirements (31.5 semester hours)

PMBA-8200Managerial Decision Making3
PMBA-8210Information Technology Management3
PMBA-8220Strategic Accounting for Managers3
PMBA-8230Managerial Economics3
PMBA-8240Applied Corporate Finance3
PMBA-8250Operations and Supply Chain Management3
PMBA-8260Marketing Analysis and Decision Making3
PMBA-8270Organizational Behavior3
PMBA-8290Legal and Ethical Aspects of Management3
PMBA-8880Strategic Management (must be taken concurrently with PMBA-8880L)3
PMBA-8880LStrategic Management Lab (must be taken
concurrently with PMBA-8880)

Elective Courses (9 semester hours)

Students are required to complete 9 semester hours of electives to complete the program requirements. Up to two MAcc courses may be taken as electives by students in the MBA program as long as course prerequisites are met and the program director approves. A minimum of one elective course (3 credit hours) must be on an international business topic. However, for those students with a concentration in forensic accounting or entrepreneurship, the International elective requirement is waived.

Concentrations/General Management Options

The Breadth Course Requirements provide a distinct and consistent advanced business knowledge and skill platform for all students in the MBA program. The electives allow the student to tailor the graduate educational experience to fit individual needs. Concentrations are three-course elective (nine credit) sequences defined from a menu of electives by either the functional department (finance, computer information systems, management, marketing, or forensic accounting) or by interdisciplinary program coordinators (entrepreneurship or global business). Electives counted toward a concentration are to carry a grade of “B” or better, and students must achieve a 3.20 GPA in those electives. Students may elect to pursue a general management option in lieu of a specific concentration.

Pre-Program Requirements – Courses

(19.5 semester hours for non-business undergraduates, outdated course work, or course work that did not meet waiver standards)

PMBA-8000Executive Communications1.5
PMBA-8010Information Technology Proficiency1.5
PMBA-8020Fundamentals of Accounting3
PMBA-8030Economic Analysis3
PMBA-8040Basic Financial Principles1.5
PMBA-8050Introduction to Calculus1.5
PMBA-8051Fundamentals of Statistical Analysis3
PMBA-8052Models and Methods of Operations Management1.5
PMBA-8060Basic Marketing Principles1.5
PMBA-8070Management Theory and Application1.5


  1. All students are required to take the Executive Communications waiver exam, which is offered two times a semester. Students graded as proficient on their speaking and presentation skills will have PMBA-8000 waived, though they may choose to take the course for their professional development. Students must complete this requirement within one year of their entering semester.
  2. One of the learning objectives of the MBA and MAcc programs is to improve the writing skills of the students. This will be done both formally through a class for those not demonstrating a level proficiency expected for business professionals and informally for all students through faculty review of student-prepared course materials such as research reports, case study write-ups and papers.
  3. A solid business math and calculus foundation is a pre-condition of the MBA program. This requirement may be met through prior undergraduate course work. Admitted students may also meet this requirement while in the program by successfully completing (with a grade of “B” or better) PMBA-8050 or an equivalent calculus course. This requirement must be met before the student may start the breadth courses of the program. Calculus is required for PMBA- 8230.

Students must have a 4.0 score or higher on the Analytical Writing Section of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Section of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). This proficiency level demonstrates adequate writing skills and at this level, students will be waived from taking the required business writing course. If a student’s score is lower than 4.0, he/she must take the English Department’s course ENG-321 Work Place Writing: Business and Professional Contexts, or a similar writing course at a U.S.-accredited university at the Junior (300), Senior (400) or Graduate (500 and above) levels. The student must achieve a “C” or better in the course, demonstrating basic proficiency. Course work done outside of Rider University must be approved by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs. This requirement must be met within one year of the start of a student’s first semester in the MBA Program.

Disclaimer:  The course information provided above is from the 2014-2015 Academic Catalog and is updated annually as new editions are released.  Prior editions of the catalog are also available online.  The catalog under which the student enters serves as the official record of admission, academic, and graduation requirements.  It is the student’s individual responsibility to be aware of the current graduation requirements for his or her particular degree program.  While the University makes reasonable efforts to keep website material current and correct, this information is subject to the University's academic policy committees, relevant accreditation organizations, and (in some instances) state and federal laws and regulations.