Economics, Business, and Accounting

College of Social Sciences, Commerce, and Education

The Puri School of Business, at Rockford University, is the leading regional academic facility featuring small classes, diverse opportunities, and experienced faculty. The University, founded in 1847, has a rich tradition of helping students explore their future. The Puri School of Business offers a variety of Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs that are specifically designed to provide you the best educational foundation for your future career in business and related fields.

Bachelor Degree

The Puri School of Business offers you an opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Arts*, or a Bachelor of Science degree in:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics

Our Business Administration Degree offers concentrations in:

  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Management, and
  • Marketing.

And our Economics Degree offers concentrations in:

  • Finance,
  • International Economics, and
  • Public Policy.

Our Bachelor of Science in Management Studies (BSMS) program is designed for working adults that would like to complete their Bachelor’s Degree. Classes meet once per week for eight weeks. Depending on the number of prior credits you have completed, the BSMS degree program can be completed in less than two years.

*Our Bachelor of Arts Degree program includes a foreign language component.

Master’s Degree

The Puri School of Business offers a Master in Business Administrations (MBA) Degree which can be completed in less than two years. Consisting of 12 three-credit classes (nine core and three electives). Our MBA program is designed for mid- and upper-level leaders that want to advance their career and personal achievements. In addition to outstanding opportunities to expand your global perspective of leadership, marketing, finance, and business law, the program offers you an opportunity to complete a concentration in:

  • Health Care Administration
  • Finance
  • Global Strategy

EBA Student Learning Outcomes

The EBA Department intends that graduates of all of its programs embody the knowledge, skills, and values of educated persons who approach the world equipped with a set of analytical tools (gained from both their major field and the liberal arts general education programs) that empowers them to apply what they’ve learned to the increasingly sophisticated problems of the contemporary world. We expect their approach to be methodical, critically analytical, socially responsible and ethical. The following learning outcomes are for each of the respective programs.


The Economics major learns about the intellectual foundations for the study of business and organizations within the context of domestic and global societies. An appreciation of theory as well as its practical application constitutes a core emphasis of their perspective.

Business Administration, BSMS, and MBA

Business students focus on the practical application of the language and foundations of the discipline preparing students to successfully plan, organize, lead, and control organizations in an ethically responsible fashion.


Program graduates in Accounting learn the language of business. As a result, they are critical to the successful analysis, control, and improvement of organizational operations.

Career Opportunities

As Economics or Business majors, students have a wide variety of career opportunities. Students in Business often choose to concentrate in one of the functional areas of finance, marketing or management, while Economics majors may concentrate in the areas of public policy or international economics as they prepare for graduate school or entry into the work force. Careers in administration, banking, law, government, sales, public administration and with international agencies are also among student employment options.

Accounting majors have a wide variety of career choices, including public accounting with national, regional or local accounting firms, or corporate or government accounting. Beginning January 1, 2001, Illinois adopted a requirement that students must have at least 150 credit hours in order to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. This requirement is consistent with about 80 percent of the states. Students who complete their 150-hour requirement at Rockford University, with seven additional hours may attain both a B.S. and MBA degree. Rockford University accounting students have done exceptionally well when taking the CPA exam.

Departmental Internship Requirement

The EBA Department requires all of its majors to complete an internship. This must be done within the framework of 398/498 courses in each of the department’s disciplines and includes internship activities conducted while attending Rockford University.