Foster at a Glance

Programs of Study:

  • Undergraduate: Accounting, Accounting - Internal Auditing Concentration, Actuarial Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management & Leadership, Management & Leadership - Human Resource Management Concentration, Management & Leadership - Legal Studies Concentration, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing - Global Supply Chain Management Concentration, Marketing - Professional Sales Concentration, Marketing - Social Media Marketing Concentration
  • Graduate: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Theresa S. Falcon Executive MBA (EMBA), Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)
  • Vision Statement - To be a nationally ranked business school recognized for our academic and professional programs, research, partnerships and the impact of our students and faculty on the growth and development of new and existing businesses worldwide. 
  • Mission Statement - We create ideas that advance business thought and practice, provide experiential learning that develops leaders who will enrich the world and serve as a valued partner for business and society.
  • Our Values  - In everything we do, we value integrity, hard work, innovation, collaboration, impact, growth, diversity and risk taking. 
  • Distinctive Competencies - Faculty who are scholar/educators, utilization of experiential learning, expertise in providing business acumen to technical professionals.


  • 750 undergraduate students and 70 graduate students


  • 49 full-time faculty (More than 80 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


  • 94% career outcome rate (five-year average)
  • For 2013-14, 100% career outcome rates for Accounting, Actuarial Science-Business, Economics, Legal Studies in Business, and Professional Selling
  • More than 70% of students pursue an internship during their studies
  • 416 companies recruited at our career fairs last year
  • 124 employers across 15 states and two countries hired our 2013-14 graduates
  • 100 Fortune 500 companies do business in Peoria
  • Recent graduates have joined companies such as Caterpillar Inc., CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Deloitte Development LLC, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company, and HON Corporation

Clubs & Organizations:


  • The Foster College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the premiere business education accrediting body.
  • Bradley is one of 1.1 percent of business schools worldwide to achieve and maintain the AACSB’s high standards for both business and accounting education.
  • Initially accredited in 1978, The Foster College of Business received its fourth reaffirmation of full accreditation from AACSB International in 2011.
  • The Foster College undergraduate business program, MBA program, and undergraduate accounting program have been accredited by AACSB International since 1978, 1983, and 1984 respectively.
  • Only 182 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.