| Dean: Carl C. Moore (460-6419)
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies: W. Randolph Flynn (460-6418)
The Mitchell College of Business offers the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Master of Accounting and Master of Business Administration.
The foundation of the College is quality instruction in all undergraduate and graduate programs. Our instructional mission is to prepare our graduate and undergraduate students for professional careers in the fields of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and transportation through a curriculum designed for both broad exposure to each field and in-depth coverage within a specific field of choice.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
II. Intellectual Contributions
FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
TO THE MITCHELL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
A student’s counseling file must be available for evaluation on courses required for a degree in Business.
Students transferring from a junior college may have a maximum of 64 semester hours accepted toward the degree program. No junior- or senior-level courses listed in the curriculum of the Mitchell College of Business will be accepted from a junior college for degree credit.
A required course in which a “D” was earned at another institution must be repeated in the Mitchell College of Business.
RESPONSIBILITY AND ADVISING
Each student enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business must complete or be in the process of completing the following Basic Business Techniques Core before enrolling in any course of the 300 or 400 series.
All students enrolled in the College will list their major area as Business Administration until the completion of the Basic Business Techniques Core listed above. Upon entering the 300 series each student must declare a major concentration area selected from the fields of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, or General Business. The student must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better to declare a major and enter the 300 series. After declaring a major concentration area, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor from that area.
Students attending other colleges, including junior colleges, who are planning to enter the Mitchell College of Business must take at least fifty percent of the required business credit hours and at least fifty percent of all concentration hours at the University of South Alabama.
FOR SECOND MAJOR
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN THE MITCHELL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS FOR STUDENTS MAJORING IN COMMUNICATION ARTS
Students majoring in Communication may elect, with the approval of their department chair, a minor in the Mitchell College of Business. The following courses are required:
Each student should consult with a faculty adviser in Communication and with a member of the Mitchell College of Business faculty to select four Management or Marketing electives to complete the students minor field of study.
Students must select three of the following courses:
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MINOR
Students enrolled in other colleges may elect, with the approval of their department chair and associate dean, a minor in Human Resource Management. The following courses are required:
Select five (5) courses from the following (for a total of seven (7) courses).
FOR A MINOR IN ECONOMICS FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES OR THE
SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
A minimum of 21 semester hours in Economics including:
Nine semester hours of other upper-level courses numbered 301 or above.
THE BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
A minimum of 128 semester hours with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, an overall 2.0 grade-point average is required in all business courses and a 2.0 grade-point average is required for all courses counted in the concentration.
Students transferring to the University of South Alabama and enrolling in the Mitchell College of Business must take at least fifty percent of all business credit hours and at least fifty percent of all concentration hours at the University of South Alabama.
All students must petition for graduation according to University requirements explained elsewhere in this Bulletin.
Requirements for a degree in the Mitchell College of Business are detailed below. The sequence, as outlined, is intended as an example schedule only. Freshman and sophomore students may take lower division courses in any combination which meets prerequisite requirements. Each student must comply with Course Prerequisite Requirements as listed in the course description sections of this Bulletin.
II. Lower Division Requirements Related to Business
III. Business Core
Select two courses from the following:
Note: Any course counted for the international core may not be counted in the major.
IV. Business Major
V. Business Electives
Total MCOB Curriculum 128 hours
The concentration in general business is designed for students planning careers in small business management, institutional management, human resource management, or sales. Areas of concentration are pursued in the junior and senior years.
Choose eight courses from the following:
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE PROGRAM
The program requires a minimum of ten (10) courses, each carrying three (3) semester hours credit. The normal load is two courses per semester. Students are expected to make appropriate arrangements with their employers to meet classes on time, avoid absences due to out-of-town travel, and provide sufficient time to complete library and other assignments as required.
The graduate program offered in Business Administration is fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
The MBA Online delivery technology permits students to earn the same AACSB accredited MBA degree as students in our resident graduate programs. All online courses are taught by the graduate faculty of the Mitchell College of Business. Flexibility is the key to the program, and each student can complete courses via the Internet following their individual learning schedules during the semester. Students are able to interact directly with the instructor and with their classmates to obtain subject information, to work on course and team assignments, and to complete examinations via the Internet. In addition students have direct access to the University Library and advising services.
MBA-Online students are required to complete the capstone course, Business Policy and Strategy (MGT 515) in an on-campus program offered through Saturday classes each Summer. This course provides an opportunity for Online students to work in teams with resident MBA students and interact with the graduate faculty.
For more detailed information please visit the USA Online
MASTER OF ACCOUNTING DEGREE PROGRAM
1. a bachelor’s degree,
2. a minimal grade-point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate work (A=4.0), and
3. a satisfactory score on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) based on the formula: 200 x GPA + GMAT = 1000
A student who has a bachelor’s degree with less than 3.0 but greater than a 2.5 (A=4.0) or a minimum grade-point average of 2.75 on the last 64 semester hours of college work may attain Provisional Admission provided the student has a satisfactory GMAT score based on one of the following formulas:
200 x GPA + GMAT = 1000 or
200 x UDGPA (last 64 hours) + GMAT = 1050
In addition all applicants must achieve a GMAT Analytical Writing score of 3.0 or higher.
The GMAT must have been taken in the last five years. International students must submit documentary evidence showing TOEFL test scores of 525 or above or its equivalent.
The non-degree category is reserved exclusively for students with an M.B.A. degree. Students in this category must obtain permission of the Director of Graduate Studies before registering for any graduate courses in the Mitchell College of Business.
REQUIREMENTS FOR REGULAR STANDING
A Provisional Admission student will qualify for Regular Standing upon completion of a minimum of nine semester hours taken for graduate credit (500 level) toward degree requirements provided at least a “B” average is maintained in all such work attempted.
In addition, at least a “B” average is required for all work taken as a graduate student, including undergraduate and graduate level foundation courses. If the student has not met these requirements upon completing twelve semester hours of graduate credit (500 level) for degree requirements, the student will be dismissed from the MBA program.
The following regulations apply to all graduate students and encompass all work taken as a graduate student including undergraduate and graduate foundation courses and all graduate degree courses (core, elective, concentration, business and accounting).
1. Students must earn a “B” average overall. In addition a “B” average must be earned in the graduate degree courses.
2. Students who receive six (6) semester hours of “F” will be academically dismissed.
3. Students who receive any combination of nine (9) semester hours of grades of “C” or less will be academically dismissed.
Courses taken outside the Mitchell College of Business which are not an approved part of the degree program will not be included in the computation of the grade-point average.
No more than one (1) course (three (3) semester hours) from academic programs outside the Mitchell College of Business may be counted in the degree program. All such courses must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
A maximum of eight (8) semester hours of graduate credit earned in another institution may be considered for credit toward degree requirements in the graduate program. Transfer credit is approved only after completion of a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate credit (500 level) toward degree requirements at the University of South Alabama and the student has qualified for Regular Standing. Only grades of “A” or “B” may be accepted as transfer credit. Transfer credits are not used in the calculation for the grade-point average. Students transferring from other University of South Alabama graduate programs must complete a minimum of nine courses (27 semester hours) after formal admission into the Mitchell College of Business graduate programs.
FAILURE OF A COURSE
Application forms can be secured from the Director of Graduate Studies, Mitchell College of Business.
REQUIREMENT FOR DEGREES
A maximum of one-course (three semester hours) from programs outside the Mitchell College of Business may be used to satisfy the M.B.A. degree requirements. The course must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Students seeking the Master of Accounting must pass a written comprehensive examination which covers the concepts and inter-relationships within the graduate accounting course requirements. The four (4) required graduate-level accounting courses in the program must be completed before taking the written examination.
MASTER OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION UNDERGRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES
CORE COURSES (Required)
MASTER OF ACCOUNTING DEGREE PROGRAM
Students seeking the Master of Accounting degree are required to complete any of the following foundation courses as designated by the Director of Graduate Studies. In addition, students must complete a minimum of four (4) graduate business courses and four (4) graduate accounting courses and three (3) elective courses.
ACCOUNTING COURSES (12 hours)
COURSES (9 hours)
Note: ACC 452 and 461 are
required for CPA eligibility.