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Ricciardi College of Business

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Dr. Elmore Alexander

Dr. Jeanean Davis-Street
Associate Dean

Professor Marian Extejt
Graduate Program Coordinator, MBA

Ms. Stephanie Jesse
Administrative Assistant, Dean’s Office

Location: Harrington Hall, Room 104

Academic Departments

Accounting and Finance
Associate Professor Mark Crowley, Chairperson
Professor Patricia Bancroft, Graduate Program Coordinator, MSA

Aviation Science
Associate Professor Michael Farley, Chairperson

Professor Martin Grossman, Chairperson

The Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business emphasizes academic rigor and learning that bridges theory and practice. The college’s outstanding faculty and programs provide BSU students with a firm foundation for professional success.

The Department of Accounting and Finance offers a highly structured curriculum that prepares students for the rigorous examinations needed for professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) or Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Bridgewater State University students frequently win statewide competitions and are often cited by the Massachusetts Society of CPAs for their excellent work.

The FAA-approved Aviation Science department is unique among public four-year institutions on the eastern seaboard of the United States and attracts numerous students from outside Massachusetts. Accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI), the flight training concentration takes a student through commercial licensing and flight instructor certification. The aviation management concentration prepares students for careers with airlines, airports, aircraft companies, government agencies and other aviation support services.

The Department of Management offers undergraduate programs that prepare students for successful careers in business and management. The undergraduate management major includes concentrations in general management, global management, information systems management, marketing and operations management. Experiential courses and internships give students the opportunity to work on projects with local companies and businesses.

In addition to undergraduate programs, the Ricciardi College of Business offers two graduate degrees: a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA). Both of these graduate degrees help prepare students to become effective business leaders in the southeast region of Massachusetts.

The Ricciardi College of Business supports Bridgewater State University in its dual mission to educate the residents of Southeastern Massachusetts and the commonwealth, and to be a resource for the region and state. The college meets its professional responsibilities to students and to the region by bringing members of the community into its classrooms, extending classroom learning into community settings, and actively engaging in scholarly and professional development.

Students with interests in research have the opportunity to work on faculty projects that are advancing the state of knowledge in their disciplines. The themes of leadership, technology and internationalization serve as integrating threads that tie together all of Bridgewater State University’s academic disciplines.

The Ricciardi College of Business is located in fully renovated, historic, Harrington Hall. Students benefit from classrooms with modern technology and access to technology labs.

Master of Business Administration

The Ricciardi College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The MBA is an internationally-recognized degree designed to prepare persons and further develop the skills required for leadership careers in business and management. An MBA is beneficial for those pursuing a managerial career in both the private sector and public sector; it develops skills necessary for small businesses as well as large, global organizations.

The Ricciardi College of Business’ MBA program is designed for working professionals who wish to develop an advanced level of competence in general management. The curriculum emphasizes business-specific knowledge, written and oral communication, decision making, strategic thinking, ethics and adaptability for success in today’s rapidly changing global environment.

Master of Science in Accountancy

The MSA program is designed to prepare working professionals for management-level careers in the field of accounting. The MSA program at Bridgewater State University is Option-One compliant with the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy, and students who successfully complete the MSA degree here will meet the 150-credit hour rule and are eligible to sit for the CPA exam. Delivered in a flexible, adaptable format, this highly focused curriculum provides graduates with the technical accounting and practical problem-solving skills necessary for advancement in an increasingly competitive field. Students in the program can expect to develop a deep understanding of the functions and techniques of accounting, while gaining a solid foundation in social, ethical and technological disciplines.

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