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Part-time MBA program at URI to give nearby Mass. residents tuition break

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

Tuition reduction starts fall 2008

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 12, 2008 – The University of Rhode Island’s College of Business Administration will offer residents of nearby Massachusetts a tuition reduction starting in fall 2008 for its part-time master’s degree in business administration.

Business Dean Mark Higgins said Massachusetts residents in the part-time MBA program who live within 25 miles of the state will pay the in-state tuition rate, plus 25 percent.

Tuition rates have not been set yet for the fall semester, but under current rates, tuition for a three-credit course for nearby Massachusetts residents would be $1,443 through the new program. That same course offered at the current out-of-state rate would be $3,174 without the adjustment. The change will make URI’s tuition for out-of-state residents more competitive with other area colleges offering the MBA. For Rhode Island residents, URI offers the least expensive MBA programs offered at any Ocean State college accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

“We looked at the data and we were attracting very small numbers from Massachusetts even though we believe many Bay State residents work in Providence,” Higgins said. “We took this step to attract those individuals who could simply walk to our Providence campus and then make the short drive home to Attleboro, Seekonk or other nearby towns.”

“The more affordable tuition rates will make the decision easier for Massachusetts residents to enroll in Rhode Island's oldest MBA program accredited nationally by the AACSB,” said Lisa Lancellotta, URI’s MBA coordinator.

Higgins said one of the features of the URI part-time MBA program is flexibility. “We offer Saturday classes and online courses,” he said. “And if a family emergency arises, a student doesn’t jeopardize her progress by taking a semester or two off.”

Higgins added that some schools require students to move through their programs from start to finish as a single cohort. Higgins said URI does not approach its part-time MBA that way.

At any one time, URI’s part-time MBA program enrolls about 170 students. Last fall, 50 new students joined the program and 31 joined it this spring semester. The program averages about five Massachusetts residents. Residents from the following Massachusetts communities are eligible: Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Dighton, Douglas, Fall River, Millville, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Uxbridge, Westport and Wrentham.

For more information about the MBA program at URI, contact the MBA office at 401-874-5000, email mba@uri.edu or visit the website.