Bradley University

Introduction
AACSB Accredited


Founded by Lydia Moss Bradley in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in the liberal and fine arts, the sciences, business, communications, education, engineering, technology and the health sciences. A residential campus of 5,700 students, Bradley is known for its excellent teaching and commitment to student success. Bradley University links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education.

Mission, Vision & Core Values

Vision Bradley University will be an institution of national distinction known for outstanding programs and for the educational experience it provides its students. Mission Inspired by founder Lydia Moss Bradley’s commitment to useful learning and ethics, Bradley University educates leaders, innovators, and contributors to the well-being of all humanity. Core Values: The Heart of the Bradley Experience

  • Excellence: Bradley is a dynamic educational community that values excellence in teaching, research, creative production, applied for the scholarship, and service that transcends the classroom with immediate benefit to students and the campus community and with enduring benefits for students and the world.
  • Leadership: The Bradley community is dedicated to the success of our students and their development into tomorrow’s leaders who will recognize the importance of teamwork toward successful outcomes.
  • Innovation: Bradley University actively seeks out the development and implementation of new research directions, programs, and partnerships to enhance the educational experience of our students thereby deepening their understanding of the world and inspiring them to benefit humankind.
  • Globalization: Bradley University is committed to providing knowledge and skills for life work that will promote the common good of humankind and lead to informed and principled participation in the global marketplace.
  • Collaborative Learning: Bradley University is dedicated to sharing knowledge across traditional boundaries. Faculty and staff build upon a strong foundation of the world’s knowledge. Our University offers exciting interdisciplinary and collaborative learning opportunities to ensure that our students receive a breadth and depth of classroom and experiential knowledge and practice. We are committed to the success of our students and to collaborative scholarship between faculty and students.
  • Community: Bradley University has a cohesive community that effectively brings together faculty, staff, students, and alumni as valued members of the Bradley family. There is a collective responsibility for the success of the University and all its constituents. Success is facilitated through the University’s respectful and caring environment.
  • Diversity: Bradley University represents a diverse learning community that acknowledges the importance of respect and understanding of all individuals.
  • Experiential Learning: As delineated in the university’s mission statement, Bradley University maintains a century’s old commitment to useful learning and ethics; this is manifested in a variety of experiential learning opportunities for students, including internships and co-op experiences, service-learning initiatives, and many additional curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Entrepreneurship: Bradley University’s distinctive combination of strong academic programs and emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary study yields positive experiences for students and faculty to succeed in entrepreneurial initiatives and opportunities.
  • Service: Along with leadership, service is one of the hallmarks of the Bradley University experience. The University is committed to serving individuals, families, and the surrounding community through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities and opportunities.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Accreditations

Accredited by 22 national accrediting agencies, including the Higher Learning Commission. A complete list of accreditations is available at the accreditation section.

Students & Campus

Quickfacts

  • 77 buildings on an 84-acre campus
  • Located in the historic West Bluff residential neighborhood
  • One mile from downtown Peoria
  • Eight miles from the Peoria International Airport

Faculty

  • More than 350 full-time faculty members
  • Full-time faculty with doctorate or terminal degrees: 85%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1

Average class size

21 students

Practical Information

Tuition and expenses

  • 2014-15 tuition: $30,500
  • 2014-15 total (tuition + $9,420 room & board + $344 fees): $40,264

Financial assistance awards
Received by more than 85% of Bradley students

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Master of Science Biochemistry

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA Peoria + 1 more

The biochemistry M.S. program is ideal for chemistry and biology majors who wish to advance their knowledge and professional careers by taking advanced work in biochemistry and related disciplines. In addition to challenging coursework, our program emphasizes a long-term mentored research project culminating in a written thesis and oral thesis defense. The program is designed to cultivate excellent laboratory skills, effective communication and students’ capacity for critical thought. We have a full faculty complement that includes two bona fide biochemists, as well as several others whose research has biochemical relevance. We have top-notch facilities and instrumentation for infrared, fluorescence, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopies; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; electrophoresis; centrifugation; PCR; electroporation; microscopy; thermal analysis; atomic absorption spectroscopy; liquid and gas chromatography; and mass spectrometry. [+]

Program Overview The biochemistry M.S. program is ideal for chemistry and biology majors who wish to advance their knowledge and professional careers by taking advanced work in biochemistry and related disciplines. In addition to challenging coursework, our program emphasizes a long-term mentored research project culminating in a written thesis and oral thesis defense. The program is designed to cultivate excellent laboratory skills, effective communication and students’ capacity for critical thought. We have a full faculty complement that includes two bona fide biochemists, as well as several others whose research has biochemical relevance. We have top-notch facilities and instrumentation for infrared, fluorescence, and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopies; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; electrophoresis; centrifugation; PCR; electroporation; microscopy; thermal analysis; atomic absorption spectroscopy; liquid and gas chromatography; and mass spectrometry. ... [-]

Master of Science in Biology (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years September 2018 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science degree to students who wish to advance their knowledge in the field, to enhance their professional careers, or to prepare for subsequent post-master's programs. The department offers graduate courses in most biological disciplines, in keeping with the philosophy that advanced work across the breadth of the field is appropriate at the master's level. In addition, since research is the cornerstone of Biology, each student is required to complete a thesis based on original research. [+]

Program Overview The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science degree to students who wish to advance their knowledge in the field, to enhance their professional careers, or to prepare for subsequent post-master's programs. The department offers graduate courses in most biological disciplines, in keeping with the philosophy that advanced work across the breadth of the field is appropriate at the master's level. In addition, since research is the cornerstone of Biology, each student is required to complete a thesis based on original research.

Program Requirements A student desiring a MS in biology must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of graduate work. A minimum of 26 hours will be in biology; the remaining hours can include cognate courses (e.g., in education, psychology, or computer science) approved by the graduate coordinator. Twelve hours must be taken at the 600 level. The student must also pass a comprehensive oral exam focusing on basic biology content, the science content of the research proposal and the science content necessary for the student to successfully complete the proposed research. The student must also complete an independent research thesis and enroll for 1 hour of Thesis Proposal Development (BIO 500) and for 6 semester hours of thesis (BIO 699). Please see the Graduate Catalog for complete program requirements.... [-]


Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 24 months September 2018 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction offers an MSCE degree program that prepares graduates for thriving engineering careers characterized by continued professional growth. Our graduates are given unique opportunities to acquire the talents and skills needed in a highly technical society facing serious uncertainties and challenges in the environment and infrastructure. Our program provides students with the broad scope necessary for a fruitful and successful career in the practice of civil engineering and construction management. [+]

Program Overview

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction offers an MSCE degree program that prepares graduates for thriving engineering careers characterized by continued professional growth. Our graduates are given unique opportunities to acquire the talents and skills needed in a highly technical society facing serious uncertainties and challenges in the environment and infrastructure. Our program provides students with the broad scope necessary for a fruitful and successful career in the practice of civil engineering and construction management.

Program Requirements The MSCE program has a minimum requirement of 30 semester hours. Students may study in one of three areas of concentration: construction management, structural, or geo-environmental/water resources. Students have an option of selecting a thesis or a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires 6 semester hours of CE 699 (Thesis). The non-thesis option requires a minimum of 6 semester hours in an area of concentration. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination during the last semester of study, students seeking the thesis option are required to make oral defense of their thesis instead.... [-]


Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 24 months September 2018 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Electrical Engineering program is structured to provide graduates with a balanced technical background in core areas of modern electrical engineering and significant experience in advanced design via a thesis or a project. The department has excellent computer and laboratory facilities to support advanced studies in key areas. Students work closely with a faculty advisor in tailoring an overall program best suited to their background and interests. Course sequences, design projects, and research are available in applied electromagnetics, communication theory, control theory, digital systems and computers, electronics and microprocessor applications, signal processing, and wireless components and systems. [+]

Program Overview

The Electrical Engineering program is structured to provide graduates with a balanced technical background in core areas of modern electrical engineering and significant experience in advanced design via a thesis or a project. The department has excellent computer and laboratory facilities to support advanced studies in key areas. Students work closely with a faculty advisor in tailoring an overall program best suited to their background and interests. Course sequences, design projects, and research are available in applied electromagnetics, communication theory, control theory, digital systems and computers, electronics and microprocessor applications, signal processing, and wireless components and systems.... [-]


Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 24 months September 2018 USA Peoria + 1 more

The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to strengthen the ability of students to solve complex technological problems in a creative way by broadening students' knowledge, providing in-depth study in an area of concentration, and complementing theoretical study with relevant and significant research and/or design. Students will concentrate in either the mechanical systems design area or in the area of energy systems/thermosciences. State-of-the-art research lab facilities and software packages are available in the areas of heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, solar energy, energy systems, computer aided design, robotics, and microprocessors. [+]

Program Overview

The Mechanical Engineering program is designed to strengthen the ability of students to solve complex technological problems in a creative way by broadening students' knowledge, providing in-depth study in an area of concentration, and complementing theoretical study with relevant and significant research and/or design. Students will concentrate in either the mechanical systems design area or in the area of energy systems/thermosciences. State-of-the-art research lab facilities and software packages are available in the areas of heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, solar energy, energy systems, computer aided design, robotics, and microprocessors.

Program Requirements A total of 30 graduate credit hours is required to complete the Mechanical Engineering program. Students who choose the course-only option will be required to complete the 30 graduate credit hours through coursework only. Students who choose one of the two research options must complete the 30 hour requirement with at least 24 graduate credit hours of coursework and up to 6 graduate credit hours of research (i.e. ME 681/ME 682 research project or ME 699 thesis).... [-]


MS in Accounting

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 USA Peoria + 1 more

Gain the skills you need to Be More, with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University: Acquire the skills and knowledge (and the 150 required hours) to achieve your CPA certification and jump-start your career progression.
Expand your accounting knowledge, explore new interests or current specializations, and develop your leadership skills to become a more valuable asset to your organization.
Be more competitive in the job market. Bradley MSA graduates are at work today in a wide range of settings—from the Big 4 and large corporations to local accounting firms, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.
Be prepared to meet professional practice challenges within public, private, and not-for-profit organizations with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University. [+]

Gain the skills you need to Be More, with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University:

Acquire the skills and knowledge (and the 150 required hours) to achieve your CPA certification and jump-start your career progression.

Expand your accounting knowledge, explore new interests or current specializations, and develop your leadership skills to become a more valuable asset to your organization.

Be more competitive in the job market. Bradley MSA graduates are at work today in a wide range of settings—from the Big 4 and large corporations to local accounting firms, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Be prepared to meet professional practice challenges within public, private, and not-for-profit organizations with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University.... [-]


Master

Masters in Industrial Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 18 months September 2018 USA Peoria + 1 more

The master’s program of industrial engineering has a mission to educate leaders and managers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to assist any organization to continuously improve its system and processes. Their training will allow them to benefit organizations by reducing operational cost while providing superior quality services and products. [+]

Program Mission

The master’s program of industrial engineering has a mission to educate leaders and managers with the knowledge and tools to enable them to assist any organization to continuously improve its system and processes. Their training will allow them to benefit organizations by reducing operational cost while providing superior quality services and products.

Role of Industrial Engineers The role of the industrial engineer is to effectively and efficiently utilize software technologies, machine tools, math and scientific concepts, and human resources in order to solve problems, provide products or services at minimal cost, and produce on time at the optimum output level to satisfy customer demands. The industrial engineering master’s program (MSIE) at Bradley is designed to broaden the career paths of our students in manufacturing fields, financial organizations, health care and service industries, entertainment enterprises, government occupations, or non-profit industries. An education at Bradley offers knowledge regarding not only increasing profits based on continuously improving the sector’s system, but also reducing waste and product defects for increasing productivity. A list of possible industrial engineering careers for master’s degree holders are outlined, but certainly not limited to, the following:... [-]


Masters in Manufacturing Engineering

Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Peoria

The master’s of manufacturing engineering program at Bradley University provides students with professional robust design and continuous improvement principles. The program gives students the ability to improve integrated systems, optimize manufacturing processes, adopt state-of-the-art materials, and produce superior quality products at minimal cost. By working closely with both constituencies and students, the department combines theoretical learning with hands-on application to keep students – and the organizations they benefit – globally competitive in today’s economy. [+]

Program Mission

The master’s of manufacturing engineering program at Bradley University provides students with professional robust design and continuous improvement principles. The program gives students the ability to improve integrated systems, optimize manufacturing processes, adopt state-of-the-art materials, and produce superior quality products at minimal cost. By working closely with both constituencies and students, the department combines theoretical learning with hands-on application to keep students – and the organizations they benefit – globally competitive in today’s economy.

Role of Manufacturing Engineers Manufacturing engineers (MfE) are the intermediaries between consumers and the production floor. As the key personnel who understand the relationship between the Voices of the Customer (VOC) and the Voices of the Products (VOP), their leadership and management skills are critical in determining optimal processes, minimal production costs, superior products and customer satisfaction. Further, MfEs enhance production by eliminating waste; establishing standardized operations; creating safe, green working environments; and providing training and development to the workforce.... [-]


MS in Computer Information Systems / MS in Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Peoria

MS in Computer Science Students are taught how to gather and analyze requirements, design, develop and test software systems, and devise new innovations and applications in computing. MS in Computer information systems Computer information systems is a discipline that focuses on information technology and a wide variety of scientific, engineering, and business applications; the mathematical requirements for computer information systems are not as rigorous as they are for computer science because there is less focus on theoretical foundations. [+]

MS in Computer Science

Students are taught how to gather and analyze requirements, design, develop and test software systems, and devise new innovations and applications in computing.

In addition to meeting all the general requirements of the Graduate School and of the department as stated above, candidates for the master’s degree in computer science must satisfy the following requirements:

At least 21 of the 33 required hours must be earned in courses labeled CS. At most, six hours may be earned in approved courses other than those labeled CS or CIS.

To satisfy the core (breadth) requirement, four courses must be taken, one from each pair given below (either by taking the course or showing evidence of the completion of an equivalent course elsewhere):... [-]