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College of Business

College of Business 

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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5646
Fax: 417-836-4407
Email: COB@MissouriState.edu

Career Preparation

The College of Business at Missouri State University seeks to acquaint students with a broad understanding of the total business environment. Business programs are designed to prepare students for managerial, professional or administrative careers in private enterprise, government and education.

Departments and Majors

School of Accountancy
Accounting is the profession that communicates the results of business operations. It’s a rapidly growing business profession and consistently provides one of the highest average starting salaries for our graduates. Primary careers in accounting include public accounting, industrial accounting, governmental accounting and teaching.
Major and Minor: accounting

Computer Information Systems
Computer Information Systems students learn to operate and program computers individually and in networks. They receive experience managing data and analyzing systems needs to provide information essential for business. The Computer Information Systems faculty provides future CIS majors the concepts and theory of information systems as well as the practical information technology (IT) skill sets required by future employers. If you are interested in computers and business, this is the appropriate major for you. The recent demand for CIS majors has resulted into two IT majors: programming/analysis and information technology service management (ITSM). For those students interested in teaching business at the high school level, the department also offers a degree in business education.
Majors and Minors: computer information systems, business education, ITSM.

Finance and General Business
Finance students can choose from a variety of career specialties. As a business financial manager, you are responsible for managing the assets, liabilities and daily cash flows of a business. Careers in investments involve security analysis, portfolio management and brokerage. Other possibilities include management of financial institutions, federal/state regulatory agencies and real estate organizations. If general business is your choice, you’ll receive a broad education in all aspects of business operations, preparing you for a variety of entry-level management positions in the public or private sector. Missouri State offers the only Risk Management and Insurance major in Missouri. Students in this field can obtain positions ranging from sales to home office management to corporate risk management.
Majors: finance (with options in finance, financial planning, and real estate), general business, risk management and insurance
Minors: finance, financial planning, general business, legal studies in business, real estate, and risk management and insurance

Capable management is essential to all organizations, private or public, in all business fields. Managers set goals, map out organizational strategies and oversee the entire effort of the enterprise. The study of Management is strongly related to the behavioral aspects of people interacting in the workplace. The creative aspects of business ownership and operation are presented in the entrepreneurship program, while the challenges of global business endeavors are studied in the international business option.
Majors: entertainment management, entrepreneurship, management (with options in human resources, production and operation, administrative management, and international business)
Minors: management, human resources management/industrial relations, international management, entrepreneurship

Every business must know how to effectively market its product or service. The marketing process includes conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of the product or service. Marketing students learn the various tasks that go into this process: environmental analysis, market measurement, product  development, packaging, pricing, credit, marketing channel development, physical distribution, advertising and customer service.
Major: marketing (with options in advertising and promotion, marketing management, marketing research, retail/merchandising, and selling), logistics and supply chain management
Minors: advertising and promotion, e-business, international marketing, logistics and supply chain management, marketing, retaining/merchandising, selling

Technology and Construction Management

Fashion and Interior Design
Fashion and Interior Design students receive an education that allows them to pursue a variety of careers related to one of the department's majors in Fashion, Interior Design, or Family and Consumer Science. Fashion majors are able to pursue options in either fashion design or fashion merchandising. Depending on the chosen option graduates may pursue careers as buyers, retail managers, designers, visual merchandisers, and business owners. Interior Design students learn the tools needed to understand a client's needs and meet them in the interior environment. Interior design students might be employed as an interior designer for a variety of different types companies or as an entrepreneur and business owner.  For those students interested in teaching at the high school level, the department also offers a degree in family and consumer sciences.
Majors: fashion merchandising and design (with options in fashion design and product development, and fashion merchandising and management), interior design, family and consumer science.
Minors: general family and consumer science studies, housing and interior design.

Technology and Construction Management
Students are prepared for leadership positions in a wide range of technology and construction enterprises. At the graduate level the department prepares Project Management Professionals for employment in both public and private sectors. All of the degrees in the department include a blend of traditional lecture courses and hands-on laboratory based courses. Graduates are well prepared to work in fields that are very technical in nature or in management roles. Construction management graduates work in a variety of residential, commercial, and civil companies as estimators, project managers, etc. Technology majors receive a wide variety of management and technical coursework that prepare them to manage change in a technical environment. Transfer students may find this degree can incorporate a number of transfer hours. Job titles are as broad as the companies in which they are employed. Facility management graduates take coursework in building systems, property development, and property management. Increasingly complex building systems, green building, and sustainability practices have impacted the demand for graduates of this program.
Majors: construction management, facility management (with options in health care, hospitility, industrial/production, and property management), technology management (requires a minor)
Minor: industrial management

Graduate Degrees
MBA (Master of Business Administration)
MAcc (Master of Accountancy)
MS-cis (Master of Computer Information Systems)
MHA (Master of Health Administration)
At the beginning of their senior year, outstanding undergraduates are eligible to be admitted to enter the accelerated MBA or MAcc graduate programs. Under this arrangement, students can enroll in up to six credits of coursework that meet requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

About the College

The College of Business is fully accredited by the AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This is significant as only approximately 25% of the more than 1,500 business programs in the United States have attained this status. In addition, it is significant to note that our accounting program at the undergraduate and graduate levels has also attained the highest level of accreditation possible from the AACSB. The accounting area is the only discipline within the college having a separate, higher level of accreditation. Only 169 schools in the country (11% of total) have attained this level of approval. Attending an accredited school provides students assurance that they are receiving the quality education needed in today’s competitive job market. Thus a degree from an accredited school can make the necessary difference when beginning your career.

David D. Glass Hall is the home of the College of Business. The 184,000-square-foot building gives the college one of the finest facilities in the Midwest. Many classrooms have tiered seating with excellent audio-visual furnishings. A student lounge is provided on the first floor, and a student study room is available on the fourth floor. Four excellent microcomputer laboratories and four computer classrooms are available for all students in the college.

Approximately 4,750 students are pursuing degrees in the College of Business. The college continues to benefit from the number of top-quality students attending Missouri State as approximately 20 percent of the students participating in the Honors College are business majors.

Students in the College of Business enjoy exciting opportunities for scholarships. Annually, approximately $200,000 is available to students in the college who may apply for any of more than 200 awards. In addition, numerous paid internship opportunities are available for business students to work for firms while gaining experience in their major field.

To ensure student success upon graduation, the College of Business offers a Business Advisement Center to assist students in course planning and registration. Upon entry to the university with a business major, every student is assigned a personal advisor. In addition, a Career Services Center is available to provide student support in preparation for the job search. More than 200 firms come on campus each year to recruit business majors for both full-time positions and internships. Not only are business graduates repeatedly sought by some of the nation’s leading companies, but they are also earning some of the highest starting salaries.

The faculty in the college number about 120, most of whom have earned doctoral degrees from graduate programs throughout the country. Business faculty are accomplished teachers and researchers who challenge students to learn and to succeed. In the College of Business, all teaching is done by the regular faculty. Graduate students are not used for instruction. Therefore, students have ample opportunity to interact with faculty who are truly teaching scholars. Faculty are encouraged to seek practical application of their disciplines in their research for the benefit of the students.