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2016-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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School of Business

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Contact Information

Phone: 401.865.2332
Location: Ryan Center for Business Studies, Room 135

Sylvia Maxfield, Ph.D., Dean


The Providence College School of Business (PCSB) includes undergraduate programs in accountancy, finance, management, and marketing, and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Program.  Completion of the curriculum leads to a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree for undergraduate students and the M.B.A. degree for graduate students.  Minors are offered in accountancy and finance.  A certificate program with a concentration in business is offered for non-business majors.


The mission of the Providence College School of Business is to provide a values-based, business education that enables students to excel in their chosen field, and prepares them for meaningful work and life in a dynamic world.

Core Values

  1. The transformative power of business. We believe in the transformative power of business for all people, as a foundational driver of both economic development and societal progress.
  1. Academic excellence and achievement. Excellence in teaching, learning, research, and service is essential to the School of Business. Such achievement can be seen in engaged and accomplished students, and faculty who balance innovative teaching with widely recognized and impactful research.
  1. The Catholic, Dominican tradition. Our perspective is enhanced by the Catholic foundation of the college, where notions of service, ethical responsibility, and respect for the dignity of all people are fundamental.
  1. A holistic approach to leadership, informed by the liberal arts. Our graduates will be both functional experts and ethical decision-makers, leaders with the knowledge to make sound decisions and the integrity to make responsible ones.
  1. Integration and collaboration. We believe in an integrated learning model, where faculty, students, alumni, and practitioners can mutually benefit from collaboration inside and outside of the classroom.

Courses Included in the School of Business Core Curriculum

All business undergraduate majors share a common set of core courses. This allows students more flexibility to switch between business majors during their first two years and ensures that business graduates have a broad understanding of all major business disciplines.

Business Core  

* Two one-credit self-paced courses covering the Microsoft Office Suite.
**MTH 217- Introduction to Statistics or higher-level MTH Statistics can be substituted for FIN 217 for Finance Majors.
***Courses may fulfill College Core Curriculum requirements.

Effective Fall 2017

All new PCSB majors will be required to have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the completion of two semesters of academic work at PC to continue in their business major. Non-business majors interested in changing their major to business will need at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and must attend a Declaration of Major session. The PCSB will not accept change of major requests after second semester sophomore year.  Additional deadlines, policies, and procedures can be found on the School of Business website.

Effective with the class of 2021, Math requirements must be met by all business majors:

  • Students will be required to complete the ALEKS mathematics assessment* at an 80 percent proficiency by the first day of classes: and
  • Successful completion of the MTH 107 course; OR MTH 108, MTH 109, MTH 131, or MTH 132

*All PCSB students are required to demonstrate proficiency in finite mathematics. As a result, all new and incoming business students must successfully complete MTH 107 (or higher) and ALEKS.  ALEKS is an on-line math learning and assessment tool which is used to measure math proficiency and help bring students up to the expected levels on finite math topics.

Additional information can be found on the School of Business website.

Honor Societies
Alpha Mu Alpha (AMA)
Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)

Clubs & Organizations
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA)
American Marketing Association (AMA)
Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS)
Future Friar Executives Board
PC Lifestyle & Fashion
PCSB Student Mentor Program
Providence College Accounting Association
Providence College Entrepreneurship Society       
Providence College Finance Society
Providence College Women in Business

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