Norm Brodsky College of Business

The Norm Brodsky College of Business seeks to develop in students the skills needed to perform effectively in a variety of organizational settings—small business, multinational corporations, service industry, not-for-profits, family companies, government, or Wall Street—depending upon the student’s interests and goals. Each graduate degree program is designed to provide an educational experience for the whole person by combining theory and practice. Since most of the students in our degree programs are employed in professional or managerial positions, they bring a wealth of business experience to share with their peers as part of the networking and learning process.

Professional Accreditation

Rider University’s Norm Brodsky College of Business graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The initial accreditation was achieved in 1993 and reaffirmed regularly thereafter. In addition, the accounting program was further recognized for excellence with AACSB International Accounting Accreditation in 2000 and also is reaffirmed on a regular basis.

Faculty

Courses are taught in small sections, usually by full-time faculty holding doctorates. Faculty members are engaged in research in their fields, and many have relevant business experience as well. Adjunct faculty come to Rider from the ranks of executives from major corporations and thought leaders in business and service organizations. 

Graduate Degree Programs and Certificate Summary

Introduction

The Norm Brodsky College of Business  offers seven degree programs and two certificate programs that provide individuals seeking a graduate degree in business or accounting with options to fit their career goals. The various programs offer students the flexibility to balance school with on-going professional and life demands. Whether a student is a full-time professional wanting to complete the degree on a part-time basis or is looking to pursue a degree on a full-time basis, there is a program and a mode of delivery to suit every students' needs. 

The Master of Accountancy (MAcc)

The MAcc program prepares individuals for a flexible career path and, ultimately, leadership positions in the accounting profession. Those students who wish to pursue a career in public accounting will develop specialized technical competencies to meet the 150 credit-hour requirement for licensure. Accounting career paths in corporate, financial or governmental sectors are facilitated through the core curriculum and specialized elective courses. The comprehensive curriculum focuses on development of analytical and professional skills necessary for success in today’s global business environment.

Required courses emphasize an integration and synthesis of accounting theories and concepts. Course work assumes that students have established a basic foundation level of accounting at the undergraduate level. Students without an undergraduate accounting degree are required to complete preliminary courses prior to beginning the MAcc core curriculum.

Students have the option to personalize their MAcc degree by creating a skill set from a menu of MBA and MAcc electives. Students may also elect to concentrate in one of the following areas: finance, business analytics, global business, information systems, or fraud and forensic accounting.

Graduate accounting courses are offered in the evening, Monday through Thursday, in the fall, spring and summer semesters, with some courses offered in the late afternoons, and online. While most students pursue the program on a part-time basis, courses are scheduled to allow a student to fast track a degree full-time by enrolling in up to four courses each semester.

Please see the MAcc website at www.rider.edu/macc for up-to-date information on the program and faculty.

The Online Master of Accountancy (OL MAcc)

Similar to the on-campus MAcc, the Online MAcc program prepares individuals for a range of careers in the accounting profession, using the online educational format. Students may enter the Online MAcc in one of six start dates and follow a structured progression of courses that guarantees completion in 20-months.  Students who have both academic and professional backgrounds in accounting can earn the same graduate degree as our on-campus Master of Accountancy.

Required courses emphasize an integration and synthesis of accounting theories and concepts. Course work assumes that students have established a basic foundation level of accounting at the undergraduate level. Students without an undergraduate accounting degree are required to complete preliminary courses prior to beginning the MAcc core curriculum.

The OL MAcc supports students in developing their competencies and knowledge to sit for the CPA examination in all states and to meet the education credit-hour requirements for licensure. Accounting career paths in corporate, financial or governmental entities are facilitated through the core MAcc curriculum and specialized elective courses. These electives, built into the curriculum, allow students to earn a concentration in fraud and forensic accounting, business analytics or finance.

Please see the Online MAcc website at www.rider.edu/onlinemacc for up-to-date information on the program and faculty.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The MBA program prepares individuals for career advancement as business professionals, managers and leaders of organizations. Structured around contemporary business knowledge and the development of strong analytical and leadership skills, Rider has developed a forward-looking MBA program built on a long tradition of business education excellence. The curriculum provides a distinctive and effective business learning environment that emphasizes advanced business theory, interpersonal and communication skills, cross-functional integration of business theory and practice, and the ability to manage in a changing environment.

MBA program flexibility is supported by a variety of MBA and MAcc electives. MBA students have the option to pursue a general MBA that allows them to select graduate level business electives based on individual professional needs. Students also may elect to concentrate in one of the following areas: business analytics, finance, information systems, or global business. Additionally, MBA students with an undergraduate accounting education can complete a concentration in forensic accounting.

Graduate business courses are offered in the evening, Monday through Thursday, in the fall, spring and summer semesters and online. While most students pursue the program on a part-time basis, courses are scheduled to allow a student to fast track a degree full-time by enrolling in up to four courses each semester.

Students have the option to pursue a dual degree combining the MBA with one of the two Master of Science degrees within the Norm Brodsky College of Business.  Our dual degree offerings allow students to earn both degrees with fewer total credits than if earning the degrees separately.  Learn more by visiting the MBA/MS Dual Degree page in the catalog.

Please see the MBA website at www.rider.edu/mba for up-to-date information on the program and faculty.

The Online Master of Business Administration (OL MBA)

The Online MBA program prepares individuals for career advancement as business professionals, managers and leaders of organizations, offering the same high quality graduate degree as our on-campus MBA, but in a flexible, online educational format. 

Course work assumes that students have established a basic foundation level of business courses at the undergraduate level.   For those students who do not have this foundation, pre-program courses are available in an online format to satisfy this requirement before students begin the Online MBA curriculum.

The Online MBA courses may be completed  in as few as 21-months for part-time students.  An online orientation is required for all students entering the program. 

Please see the Online MBA website at www.rider.edu/onlinemba for up-to-date information on the program and faculty.

The Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

The Executive MBA program is a cohort-based program for experienced business professionals that offers courses in an accelerated program format across 14 months. Classes are held on Saturdays and selected Friday evenings so students can continue to work full-time.  Students enter the program, complete classes and graduate with the same integrated group of up to 20 students. The program consists of two parts: the first part sets expectations concerning what it means to operate at an executive level and then delivers a solid foundation in business concepts and basic leadership and team skills. The second part of the program provides advanced executive sessions on a variety of current business topics of relevance to today's executive. A personal, professional coaching program called Leadership Edge also is included in the curriculum.

In addition, there is a seminar on international business, which includes up to two weeks of travel in a key economic region of the globe. Other program highlights include: learning advanced business theory from the faculty while receiving practical insights from executives who work alongside the faculty in the classroom. 

Please see the Executive MBA website at www.rider.edu/emba for unique admission requirements, program schedules and other relevant information.

The Master of Science in Corporate Finance

The Master of Science in Corporate Finance is a focused graduate degree that prepares students for leadership roles in managerial finance in a corporate setting.  The degree is designed to utilize the strengths of Rider's AACSB accredited Accounting program and the nationally-ranked Finance program to provide students with contemporary business knowledge and practice skills that can lead to success in the corporate environment.  Students have access to key financial databases and analytical tools and will become adept at synthesizing financial and accounting data and using modeling to recommend financial strategies that will positively impact high-level business decisions. 

The MS in Corporate Finance offers students the option to begin the program in any semester; fall, spring or summer.  However, students who would like to complete the program within a year must start in the fall.  Classes are offered in-person in the evening, Monday through Thursday. The online delivery format is an option for some of the classes.  Students may pursue the program on a part-time basis, or take it full-time by enrolling in up to four courses each semester.

Students have the option to pursue a dual degree combining the Master of Science in Corporate Finance and the MBA.  Our dual degree offering allows students to earn both degrees with fewer total credits than if earning the degrees separately.  Learn more by visiting the MBA/MS Dual Degree page in the catalog.

Please see the MS in Corporate Finance website at www.rider.edu/corpfinance for up-to-date information on the program and faculty. 

The Master of Science in Information Systems

The Master of Science in Information Systems is a STEM designated degree that provides students with a strong foundation in information technology and organizational leadership and allows students to personalize the program to their career goals through electives.The mission is to graduate a new class of information and business leaders ready to rise as CTO/CIOs and other senior information management roles.The 30-credit program begins with a core foundation of management, information technology, and analytics, followed by in-depth investigations into the relationship between technology systems and high-level business strategies. The curriculum offers universal skills for students from all over the world at our convenient central New Jersey campus. Enrollees will graduate with a deep and profound understanding of information systems for businesses -- and how to execute innovative strategies in their own work.

The MS in Information Systems offers students the option to begin the program in any semester; fall, spring or summer.  However, students who would like to complete the program within a year must start in the fall or spring.  Classes are offered in-person in the evening, Monday through Thursday, with some classes taught online. Students may pursue the program on a part-time basis, or take it full-time by enrolling in up to four courses each semester.

Students have the option to pursue a dual degree combining the Master of Science in Information Systems and the MBA.  Our dual degree offering allows students to earn both degrees with fewer total credits than if earning the degrees separately.  Learn more by visiting the MBA/MS Dual Degree page in the catalog.

Please see the MS in Information Systems website at www.rider.edu/infosystems for up-to-date information on the program and faculty. 

Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate Program in Business Analytics has been developed in response to the overwhelming demand from corporations and organizations for employees with skills and knowledge of technologies, applications and processes to analyze data in order to better inform the decisions of the organization.  This skill set is applicable in all aspects of business including finance, marketing, accounting and operations. Designed with the valuable input of executives in the field of analytics, the program is endorsed by SAS Institute, the leader in business analytics software and services.  

Rider’s Graduate Certificate Program in Business Analytics allows students to follow one of two tracks:

The program, comprised of five graduate level courses, is structured so it can be completed within one year on a part-time basis.  Students can start the Certificate in any semester, with courses being taught in the evenings on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus and online.

Please see the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate Program website at www.rider.edu/businessanalytics for unique admission requirements, program schedules and other relevant information.

Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate Program in Forensic Accounting is designed to meet the needs of businesses and organizations who know they must make the detection, prevention and prosecution of financial fraud a priority. There has been a tremendous increase in demand for employees with skills and knowledge of technologies, applications and processes to analyze data in order to better inform the decisions of the organization.  This is the result of a significant increase in federal legislation and more stringent auditing standards.  Career opportunities in forensic investigation include positions in the government, public accounting, insurance, law, business and non-profit sectors. Students acquire the skills to identify, collect and examine evidence for accounting fraud and abuse

The program, comprised of four graduate level courses, may be completed in as few as two semesters.  Students can start the Certificate in any semester, with courses being taught in the evenings on Rider’s Lawrenceville campus as well as online. 

Please see the Forensic Accounting Graduate Certificate Program website at www.rider.edu/forensicacct for unique admission requirements, program schedules and other relevant information.