Programs of Study
The School of Business and the Graduate School offer the following degrees and programs:
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics
Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations and Technology Management
Executive M.B.A. in Nonprofit Management (see Graduate School)
Master of Business Administration (see Graduate School)
Master of Science in Finance (see Graduate School)
Master of Science in Operations and Technology Management (see Graduate School)
Additional and Specialized Programs
Minor in Business Administration
Minor in Economics
Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
Minor in Global Business
Minor in Sustainability
Entrepreneur Scholars Program
Dual B.B.A./M.B.A Program for Accounting
Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Program (See Graduate School)
Post M.B.A. Certificate Program (see Graduate School)
School of Business Undergraduate Degree Requirements
The undergraduate program in the School of Business includes five majors leading to a B.B.A. degree. The B.B.A. majors include accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and operations and technology management. It includes a general education component based on the University core curriculum. This is followed by other foundation and major courses depending upon the specific major. Minors are offered in business administration, economics, entrepreneurship and innovation management, global business and sustainability.
School of Business Learning Goals and Outcomes
Graduates of the School of Business should be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad core of business knowledge and specific knowledge and skills within a functional area of business and be able to integrate and apply this knowledge to identify, analyze, and recommend solutions to complex business problems.
- Use written and oral communication effectively.
- Use appropriate statistical and other mathematical techniques to support decision making.
- Develop the range of interpersonal skills needed in business settings.
- Make ethical and socially responsible choices in business and community leadership.
Pamplin Professional Preparation Program (P4)
Students in the Pamplin School of Business are required to engage in a series of professional development activities throughout their four years in the program. This will include vocational assessment, leader development, and professional-experiential activities. Students will complete résumé-building sessions, job shadows, mock and informational interviewing, service projects, an internship, attend an etiquette dinner, complete a portfolio, and attend other related career-development activities.
The faculty of the Pamplin School of Business encourages students to acknowledge the ethical component of teaching and learning that is an essential factor in fulfilling the University’s mission in the classroom. Students are asked to reflect upon the core value of academic integrity and make this an integral part of their work at the University. Students are also asked to sign an honors pledge and attach it to submitted course work to affirm the integrity of their scholarship to all concerned.
Common Business Requirements for B.B.A. degrees — 54-57 hours
In addition to the University core requirements, students in the five B.B.A. majors take similar non-business and business courses. The non-business courses taken in the College of Arts and Sciences assist in developing essential skills in speaking, writing, and mathematics.
The common business foundation is composed of lower and upper division courses taken by all B.B.A. majors. Lower division courses are sequenced to provide students foundational skills in leadership, software, economics, accounting, finance, and introduction to operations and technology management, as well as broader perspectives on marketing, and the legal and social responsibilities of business. Upper-division foundation courses further develop business skills in decision modeling, cross-cultural management and social responsibility, and innovation. A final course involves integrating these various foundational skills in managing overall company policy and operations.
Before declaring a major in business and taking upper-division major courses, students must complete the following:
- Mathematics requirements for all majors: Statistics (MTH 161) and Finite Mathematics (MTH 141) with a minimum grade of C in each class;
- Some approved higher level mathematics courses can be substituted for these courses.
- All students must enroll in a mathematics course every semester until the mathematics requirements are completed.
- Additional mathematics requirement for economics, finance, operations and technology management majors: Calculus (MTH 121) with a minimum grade of C.
- All of the lower-division business foundation courses (BUS 100, BUS 101, ECN 120, ECN 121, BUS 200, BUS 205, BUS 209, BUS 210, BUS 250 & BUS 255) with a minimum combined GPA of 2.0.
- Students who fulfill one social science core requirement with ECN 120 may need to complete an additional 3-credit course to fulfill the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours.
- BUS 100 — Introduction to Leadership Skills must be completed in the student’s first two semesters in the program. Students who transfer into the program after freshman year are also required to complete this course unless they have completed 60 or more college semester hours at the time of their admission into the program.
To qualify for the degree, students must complete the following:
- A minimum of 120 semester hours of study;
- All coursework with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0;
- All required major coursework with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0; and
- All Pamplin Professional Preparation Program (P4) requirements.