The College of Business

Developing innovative, informed, ethical leaders

The College of Business is a small community of big thinkers. As the state’s flagship institution for business, the College offers an exceptional learning experience at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. We emphasize experiential learning, entrepreneurial thinking, and career-readiness. A cross-disciplinary curriculum encourages students to think critically and consider different perspectives to identify problems and find innovative solutions. Our graduates are globally informed, entrepreneurial, resourceful, and socially conscious lifelong learners.

Our Campaign Goals

Expand and renovate Ballentine Hall
Support student achievement
Invest in faculty excellence
Embrace emerging technology

College of Business Points of Distinction

Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence

The College named Spachman Professor of Human Resources and Labor Relations Sean Edmund Rogers as the inaugural executive director of inclusive excellence. In this role, Professor Rogers will collaborate with the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity to address issues of diversity in recruitment and retention, student success, and curriculum development.

New Advanced Degree Programs for Working Professionals

The College of Business recently launched three new programs—an M.S. in Health Care Management, the college’s first fully online master’s program, a professional Doctorate of Business Administration, a three-year blended learning program for executives, and an M.S. in Supply Chain Management, a first-of-its-kind online degree.

Creating Career Pathways

Career Day brings CEOs, presidents, and other highly successful leaders to campus to engage directly with students. Along with a keynote address and Q&A session, more than 40 employers attend to provide pathways to distinguished careers. In addition to this annual event, the College offers year-round mentoring, internships, mock interviews, resume reviews, and more.

Giving Opportunities

Transform Ballentine Hall
A re-envisioned Ballentine Hall will feature open teaching spaces and labs across 7,000+ square feet of new space and 13,000 square feet of renovated space. Your gift to this facility could develop the Center for Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, enhance academic advising and experiential learning, establish a Business Applications Prototyping Lab, and more.
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Endowed Scholarships
Scholarships attract and retain the most talented students, regardless of their financial resources. In addition to providing need-based assistance, scholarships can enhance the academic experience and lessen debt. Create a new, named endowed scholarship to provide support for students year after year in perpetuity, or add to an existing fund that aligns with your philanthropic goals.
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Annual Scholarships
Provide near-term support for hard-working students with a pledge for immediate funding, with a commitment from one to five years.
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Endowed Chair
Building faculty talent is one of the most critical factors in student success. Our faculty increase the College’s prominence, improve our rankings, and generate crucial research. Endowed gifts are the most lasting investment you can make in faculty excellence. Endowed chairs typically begin at $3 million.
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Endowed Professorships
Permanent, named positions attract the most promising junior faculty and retain established professors. The College seeks professorships in business analytics and artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, cyber security, and textiles, fashion merchandising and design. Endowed professorships begin at $1 million.
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Endowed Graduate Fellowships
Fellowships attract the most promising and driven business scholars from around the world to study, teach, and research at URI. The funds are key to building the next generation of thought-leaders in business. Endowed graduate fellowships begin at $500,000.
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