Dean: Carl C. Moore (460-6419)
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies: W. Randolph Flynn (460-6418)
Mitchell College of Business
Department of Accounting
Department of Economics and Finance
Department of Management
Department of Marketing and Transportation
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
As an integral component of a comprehensive, urban university, the
mission of the Mitchell College of Business is to contribute to the
personal and professional development of our students and citizens,
the economic development of the region, and the continuing success
of the University. We accomplish this mission through the delivery
of instructional programs of high quality, faculty scholarly activities,
and provision of a range of external services.
The highest responsibility of the College is the instruction of its
students and primary emphasis is placed on excellent teaching. In
so doing, the College affirms its commitment to the University focus
on excellence, lifelong learning and the education of the whole person.
The College fulfills its instructional mission through the B.S. degree
program for undergraduates and the M.B.A. and Master of Accounting
programs at the graduate level.
II. Intellectual Contributions
The College encourages and supports faculty basic and applied scholarship
as well as instructional development for the purposes of expanding
knowledge, enhancing classroom instruction, and contributing to regional
economic development. Scholarship is broadly defined to include investigative
efforts that lead to the origination, the integration, or the application
of knowledge pertinent to the various field of business. A program
of continuing scholarship is the responsibility of each faculty member.
The College is responsible for using its resources, including faculty
recruiting, to encourage, support, and reward faculty scholarship.
The College’s service mission is to engage in activities which support
and contribute to the development of the University, community and
region, and to provide a vehicle for the continuing development of
faculty and staff through interaction with the College’s numerous
constituents. This mission is accomplished through participation in
the College’s external program, and through the efforts of individual
faculty and staff.
The Business Resources Center directs the professional and management
development programs of the College. These include a variety of business
seminars and programs for professional organizations, industrial firms,
and the business community.
FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) publishes a monthly
newsletter showing trends in local business and visitor activities;
maintains a community database; publishes faculty working papers;
and undertakes applied business and economic research in cooperation
with the state and local agencies.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The University of South Alabama Small Business Development Center
is one of eleven Small Business Development Centers located in universities
around the State. Funded jointly by the Small Business Administration
and the University, the Center offers business services to business
people in a six-county area of southwest Alabama. The SBDC provides
free one-on-one counseling, and conducts workshops that address the
problems of the business community.
The University Career Services Center acts as a liaison between employers
and students. Business and professional firms of national significance
visit the campus regularly to interview prospective graduates. The
Center maintains an office in the Mitchell College of Business to
The Mitchell College of Business offers prestigious scholarships to
entering freshmen students from Alabama who are majoring in the Mitchell
College of Business. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services,
for application procedures, deadline dates and more information about
the Abraham Mitchell Business Scholarships. In addition, scholarships
for eligible students in the Mitchell College of Business are made
available by local and regional firms in Accounting, Management, Marketing,
Real Estate, Transportation, and Data Processing. (Refer to Financial
Aid section of this Bulletin for details.)
The Cooperative Education Program is available to students in the
Mitchell College of Business. This program offers qualifying students
opportunities to work part-time while attending school as a full-time
student or alternate full-time employment with course work on a rotating
semester basis. For details write the Director, Cooperative Education
Office, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002.
TO THE MITCHELL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Students may transfer from other college in the University to the
Mitchell College of Business. Degree requirements are defined by the
University Bulletin in effect for the semester of entry into the College.
A student’s counseling file must be available for evaluation on courses
required for a degree in Business.
The Office of Student Services of the Mitchell College of Business
evaluates for credit all courses transferred from other colleges and
universities. Degree credit will be given only for those courses which
meet the requirements for the degree program of the College.
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
RESPONSIBILITY AND ADVISING
Each student is responsible for meeting all requirements of the degree program. Before
registering for any course students must complete any prerequisites listed in course
descriptions listed in this Bulletin. The Office of Student Services is available to all
students for the evaluation of their degree-program record. When an exception is made in a
students program, written approval of the exception by the Associate Dean must be
placed in the student file. Failure to properly document exceptions may delay graduation.
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.
|ACC 211, 212
BUS 245, 255
ECO 215, 216
ST 210, 310
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
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
Undergraduate students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business
who plan to add a second major to their curriculum must meet all requirements
for the second major. Courses included in the business core requirements
and the first major cannot be counted toward the second major requirements.
A minimum of 15 semester hours in the second major must be taken in
addition to degree requirements.
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
Students in other colleges may elect, with the approval of
their department chair, a minor in International Business. The following courses are
Students must select three of the following
Students in other colleges may elect, with the approval of
their department chair, a minor in the Mitchell College of Business. Students are required
to take the following seven courses:
|BUS 245 or ST 210
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MINOR
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:
five (4) courses from the following (for a total of seven (7)
FOR A MINOR IN ECONOMICS FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES OR THE
SCHOOL OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
The courses designated for the minor will meet the needs of
students who desire a knowledge of economics to support major study in another field.
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
All students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business are required to take specified
Business courses and courses in other Colleges of the University. Additionally, a major
field of study must be selected in either Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, or
Marketing and Transportation. Students who attend evening classes only may select a
concentration in either General Business or Accounting. Other concentration areas are not
available in the evenings. The concentration in General Business is available only to
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.
I. General Education Requirements
|EH 101, 102 English Composition
I & II
MA 112 Precalculus Algebra
Humanities and Fine Arts
Literature (EH 215-216, 225-226, or 235-236)
CA 110 Public Speaking
History - (HY 101, 102, 235 or 236)
ECO 215 Prin of Microeconomics
ECO 216 Prin of Macroeconomics
PSY 120 General Psychology
Natural Science with lab (Select from BLY 101 or 121, BLY 102 or 122, CH
101, 103, 131, 132, 141, GEO 101, GEO 102, GY 111, 112, PH 101, 104, PH 114 or 201, PH 115
II. Lower Division Requirements
Related to Business
III. Business Core
BUS 305 (or CIS 305)
Select two courses from the following:
Note: Any course counted for
the international core may not be counted in the major.
IV. Business Major
Required and Electives 24 hours
V. Business Electives
Upper Division Electives 6 hours
Total MCOB Curriculum 128
(For Evening Program Students Only)
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
Choose eight courses from the following:
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE PROGRAM
The Master of Business Administration degree program is designed to
enable individuals to study advanced concepts of business, industry,
and government operations. This program is intended for both the active
manager or technical supervisor as well as the recent graduate who
is interested in advanced study in the field of business. The program
includes accounting, finance, quantitative methods, marketing, economics,
human behavior, and labor-management relations.
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 Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama
offers the MBA-Online, an opportunity for graduate business education
via the Internet. MBA-Online pro-vides an educational experience for
those who cannot earn their MBA in the traditional manner due to family,
career, and location constraints. The program uses state-of-the art
technology to deliver each course over the Internet. Students benefit
from using the same technology that they will use to manage business
systems well into the 21st century.
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
or contact: Dr. W. R. Flynn, Director of Graduate Studies, Mitchell College of Business,
University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002, Phone: (251)460-6418.
MASTER OF ACCOUNTING DEGREE PROGRAM
Students may earn a Master of Accounting degree in the Mitchell College
of Business. The admissions requirements, academic regulations, and
general degree requirements are the same as those required for the
Students are admitted each semester. The
Regular Admission requirements are:
1. a bachelor’s degree,
2. a minimal grade-point average of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
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.
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
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
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
Should a student fail more than one course, he or she will be dismissed. In no case will a
student be permitted to repeat a course more than one time.
All requirements for a graduate degree must be completed within five (5) calendar years
from the date of matriculation as a graduate student.
Graduate Assistantships are awarded on an annual basis and are granted for the academic
year. The stipend for the two semesters is $4,000 and waiver of tuition. Out-of-state
fees, if applicable, are also waived. Fees are paid by the student.
Application forms can be secured from the Director of
Graduate Studies, Mitchell College of Business.
REQUIREMENT FOR DEGREES
Students must satisfactorily complete Foundation courses or
their equivalent and a minimum of Ten (10) three semester-hour
graduate courses. Students seeking an M.B.A. degree must complete nine (9) Core
courses and one (1) Elective course. Students seeking the Master
of Accounting degree must complete eleven (10) business courses including not less than
six (5) advanced level accounting courses.
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.
MASTER OF BUSINESS
ADMINISTRATION UNDERGRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES
(May be taken as an undergraduate or graduate student.)
(500 level foundation courses may only be taken by graduate students.) Undergraduate
equivalents (listed in parentheses) may not be taken by graduate students.
|(ACC 211, 212)
(ECO 215, 216)
(BMS 245, 255)
One course must be selected from the following
sets of courses, provided the course prerequisite has been met.
MASTER OF ACCOUNTING DEGREE PROGRAM
Students may earn a Master of Accounting degree in the Mitchell College of Business. The
admissions requirements, academic regulations, and general degree requirements are the
same as those required for the M.B.A. degree. In addition, students earning the M.Acc.
Degree must earn a "B" average in all accounting courses.
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
business courses and four (4) graduate accounting courses and three (3) elective courses.
(May be taken as an undergraduate or graduate student.)
(500-level foundation courses may only be taken by graduate
students.) Undergraduate equivalents (listed in parentheses) may not be taken by graduate
|(ACC 211, 212)
(ECO 215, 216)
(BMS 245, 255)
COURSES (12 hours)
MGT 540 (in the final semester)
COURSES (12 hours)
COURSES (6 hours)
Select two courses from the following list:
|ACC 434: ACC
Note: ACC 452 and 461 are
required for CPA eligibility.
Persons seeking qualification to sit for the uniform CPA examination in the state of Alabama must have completed a total of 150 semester hours or 225 quarter hours of postsecondary education, including (1) a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university, and (2) evidence that he or she has satisfied any one of the following:
At least 33 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours (excluding principles of accounting courses) at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level, including minimum requirements in each of the following areas: financial accounting (9 hours) auditing (6 hours) taxation (6 hours) management accounting (3 hours) governmental and not-for-profit accounting (3 hours) additional accounting (6 hours) and at least 30 semester hours of equivalent quarter hours in business courses (other than accounting courses) at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, including at least 3 semester hours in business law, concentrating primarily on the Uniform Commercial Code.
- Awarded a graduate degree in accounting.
- Awarded a graduate degree and completed a course of instruction that includes all of the requirements specified in (1) above.
of all Business (BUS) courses