Foster at a Glance

Programs of Study:

  • Undergraduate: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Management and Administration, Management Information Systems, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing
  • Graduate: Master of Business Administration (MBA) Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), Master of Science in Quantitative Finance (MSQF), Graduate Certificate in Management (GCM)


  • Approximately 700 undergraduate students and 115 graduate students


  • 54 full-time faculty (More than 90 percent of faculty hold either a Ph.D. or the terminal degree in their field.)
  • Unlike many institutions, Bradley undergraduate students are always taught by professors, not graduate assistants.


  • Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Technology & Law, Finance & Quantitative Methods, Management & Leadership, Marketing

Study abroad:

  • Global Scholars Program: Short-term academic programs with Bradley faculty and students
  • Extended study abroad opportunities at a number of distinguished universities and programs


  • Five-year average for graduates who started a career, graduate school, or other postgraduate experience within six months of graduation: 94 percent
  • 80 percent pursue an internship during their studies
  • Recent graduates have joined companies such as JP Morgan, State Farm, Caterpillar, Boeing, PepsiCo, Northern Trust, Apple Computers, and Kraft.

Clubs & Organizations:

  • 20 clubs and organizations


  • AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International Business and Accounting Program Accreditations. (Undergraduate business program accredited since 1978; MBA program accreditation since 1983; undergraduate accounting program since 1984.)
  • Only 173 institutions in the world have Bradley's combination of business and accounting accreditations. AACSB-accredited schools are considered the best in the world.


  • 1920: the Department of Business Administration and Economics is organized within Bradley Polytechnic Institute, offering a two-year program of study.
  • 1946: Bradley Polytechnic Institute becomes Bradley University. Through a reorganization of the university, the School of Business is established.
  • 1994: the College of Business Administration becomes the Foster College of Business Administration honoring a generous gift from Bradley alumni Tom and Ellen Foster.