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Graduate Degrees at Rider University

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Start dates:
Spring 2017, Fall 2017
Course length:
1.5 – 2 years (approx. 4 semesters)

MS in Business Communication: Classes run during weeknights only.
MBA: Classes run during weeknights and sometimes offered on Saturday during the day.
Class schedules are subject to change each semester.

Entry requirements

See individual course details.
iBT 80, IELTS 6.5 or GPP 4 (18/ 6.0 section minimum)

Master's in Business Communication

Communication is the top-ranked skill by corporate leaders for success in all areas of business enterprise. This program gives recent graduates practical insights into the business context of communication and hands-on experience in its implementation.

Entry Requirement

  • iBT 80, IELTS 6.5 or GPP 4 (18/6.0 section minimum)
  • GPA 2.75
  • Bachelor’s degree credential evaluation (transcripts and certificate if available)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Résumé and personal statement
  • College transcript
  • GMAT/GRE not required

Learning Outcomes

Participants in the M.A. in Business Communication program will have the opportunity to learn how to:

  • Effectively manage crisis communication, internally and externally, with credibility and transparency;
  • Think and write strategically for the effective communication of business goals, by target audience;
  • Be an ethical and responsible communicator, functioning within the laws and regulations relative to workplace communication;
  • Maximize the use of compelling visuals as components of the communication process;
  • Use communication-based research and analysis to acquire critical information for business decision making;
  • Bridge gender, ethnic, religious, and other differences that affect the workplace through communication initiatives that build trust and allegiance;
  • Understand the dynamic of communication between and among businesses in a global context, and the communication challenges in a global marketplace;
  • Integrate current communication technologies including social media for effective positioning and impact;
  • Understand organizational dynamics, including leadership and team-building;
  • Manage communication for the greatest impact on organizational performance and organizational culture; 
  • Produce work that translates into the professional marketplace.

Curriculum Focus

Professional Development (18 credits)

  • Corporate & Persuasive Discourse (3 credits)
  • Legal & Ethical Issues for Professional Communicators (3 credits)
  • Business Presentation Strategies (3 credits)
  • Strategic Business Writing (3 credits)
  • Visual Communication (3 credits)
  • Information Gathering & Analysis (3 credits)

Global Insights (3 credits)

  • Communicating in Multicultural Workplaces (1.5 credits)
  • Communication in a Global Market (1.5 credits)

Leadership and Teamwork (3 credits)

  • Effective Group Communication (1.5 credits)
  • Communication and Organization Culture (1.5 credits)

Business Foundation (6 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Accounting (3 credits) or
  • Economic Analysis (3 credits)


  • Project Management (3 credits) or
  • Electronic Commerce (3 credits)

Capstone (3 credits)

  • A combination of experience and research, based on workplace visits, interactions with professionals, and creative project development.

MBA: Master’s in Business Administration

Rider’s location in central New Jersey gives it close proximity to the Route One corporate centers. The Master’s in Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business). On the Rider MBA program, students are exposed to real-world situations that they are encouraged to question and analyze.

Entry Requirement:

  • iBT 80, IELTS 6.5 or GPP 4 (18/6.0 section minimum)
  • GPA 3.0 (GPA 2.8 with strong GMAT)
  • Bachelor’s degree credential evaluation (transcripts and certificate if available)
  • GMAT: average 480 (minimum verbal must be a 10%)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Résumé and personal statement
  • College transcript


Students in the MBA program may choose electives that will enable them to follow a varied selection of courses or they may concentrate on a particular area of interest, such as:

  • Information Systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Global Business
  • Management and Human Resources
  • Corporate Accounting for Managers

Program overview

Breadth Requirements (27 credits)

  • Managerial Economics (3 credits)
  • Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • Global Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
  • Applied Corporate Finance (3 credits)
  • Marketing Analysis and Decision Making (3 credits)
  • Strategic Accounting for Managers (3 credits)
  • Technology Management (3 credits)
  • Law and Ethics (3 credits)
  • Strategic Management (3 credits)

Depth Requirements (6 credits)

  • Electives (6 credits) — 3 course concentration is possible by adding one more elective

Bachelor’s degree credential evaluation

A credential evaluation is the process that determines the equivalency of foreign degrees and/or experience with education in the US.

We can provide this service to any Kings students who require it.

Additional Master's programs at Rider

Master’s programs in the following areas are also available at Rider:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Psychology
  • Music Programs

Please contact us for more information.