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MITCHELL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
 

Dean: Carl C. Moore (251-460-6419)
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies: W. Randolph Flynn
       (251-460-6418)

 
 
DEPARTMENTS OF INSTRUCTION
  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.
 
MISSION, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The mission of the Mitchell College of Business is to contribute to the personal and professional development of our students and others, the economic development of the region, and the continuing success of the University. We accomplish this mission through high quality educational programs, faculty scholarly activities, and external services.
 
PRIORITIES
I. Instruction
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.
 
III. Service
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.
 
BUSINESS RESOURCES CENTER
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.
 
CENTER 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.
 
SMALL 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.
 
CAREER SERVICES CENTER
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 assist students.
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
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, (251)460-6494, 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.)
 
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM
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.
 
ADMISSION TO THE MITCHELL COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Students may transfer from other colleges 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 of courses required for a degree in Business.
 
TRANSFER STUDENTS
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 of Business.
 
TRANSIENT COURSE CREDIT
Students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business must receive prior approval from the Dean’s Office before taking 300 and 400 level business courses at another institution. If the course is a concentration requirement, approval of the appropriate Department Chair is also required. Transient course approval may be granted based on one of the following conditions.
1. Students who are not residents of the area and who leave USA to return home for one or more semesters.
2. Students who move to another area prior to completing all degree requirements but who have met the residency requirements for the Mitchell College of Business.
3. Students who are scheduled to graduate and the course is not offered at USA during the final term.
Failure to obtain prior approval may result in loss of transfer credit for the course work. Transient Course Approval forms may be obtained in the Office of Student Services.
 
STUDENTS 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 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 student’s program, written approval of the exception by the Associate Dean must be placed in the student’s 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 CIS 250
BUS 245, 255 or ST 210, 310
ECO 215, 216 MA 120
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. Students 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, students 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.
 
REQUIREMENTS 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
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:
ACC 211 MGT 300
ECO 215 MKT 320
Each student should consult with a faculty adviser in Communication and with a member of the MCOB faculty to select four additional Management or Marketing electives to complete the student’s minor field of study.
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MINOR
Students in other colleges may elect, with the approval of their department chair, a minor in International Business. The following courses are required:
ACC 211 MKT 320
ECO 215 ECO  363
Students must select three of the following courses:
MKT 477, 383, 492
MGT 465
 
GENERAL BUSINESS MINOR
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:
ACC 211 BUS  245 or ST 210
ACC 212 MGT 300
ECO 215 MKT 320
FIN  315  
 
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:
MGT 300 MGT 340
MGT 351  
Select four (4) courses from the following (for a total of seven (7) courses).
MGT 450 MGT 451 MGT 452
MGT 454 MGT 455 MGT 456
MGT 460    
Check individual course prerequisites.
 
REQUIREMENTS 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:
ECO 215 ECO 216
ECO 315 ECO 316
Plus nine semester hours of other upper-level courses numbered 301 or above.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR 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 evening. The concentration in General Business is available only to evening students.
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 the current University Bulletin.
 
BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
I. General Education Requirements
EH 101, 102 English Composition I & II 6
MA 112 Precalculus Algebra 3
Humanities and Fine Arts  
     Literature (EH 215-216, 225-226, or 235-236) 6
     Fine Arts 3
CA 110  Public Speaking 3
Social Sciences  
     History (HY 101, 102, 235 or 236) 3
     ECO 215  Prin of Microeconomics 3
     ECO 216  Prin of Macroeconomics 3
     PSY 120  General Psychology 3
Natural Science with lab 8

(Select from BLY 101 or 121, BLY 102
or 122, CH 101, 103, 131, 132, 141,
GEO 101, 102, GY 111, 112,
PH 101, 104, PH 114 or 201, PH 115 or 202
)

 
General Elective 9

Total

50 hours
 
II. Lower Division Requirements Related to Business
ACC 211 3
ACC 212 3
BUS 245 3
BUS 255 3
CIS 250 3
Total
15 Hours
 
III. Business Core
FIN 315 3
MGT 300 3
MGT 310 3
MGT 305 3
MKT 320 3
MGT 325 3
MGT 485 3
International Core 6
BUS 305 (or CIS 305) 3
Total
30 Hours
 
Select two courses from the following:
ECO 330 FIN 332
MGT 334 MKT 336
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 hours
 
GENERAL BUSINESS
(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 years.
Choose eight courses from the following:
ACC 331 ECO 315 ECO 316 ECO 340
FIN 300 FIN 343 FIN 345 FIN 346
FIN 350 FIN 420 FIN 421 MGT 311
MGT 351 MGT 455 MGT 456 MKT 375
MKT 377 MKT 379    
 
THE 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 Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.
 
ONLINE MBA COURSES
The Mitchell College of Business offers several MBA-Online courses each year to provide an opportunity for graduate business education via the Internet. The MBA-Online Program offers an educational experience for those who cannot easily attend campus classes 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.
For more detailed information please visit the USA Online web site at:
http://usaonline.southalabamal.edu 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.
E-mail: rflynn@usouthal.edu
 
THE 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
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
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 (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.
 
ACADEMIC REGULATIONS
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.
 
TRANSFER CREDIT
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.
 
TIME LIMITATION
All requirements for a graduate degree must be completed within five (5) calendar years form the date of matriculation as a graduate student.
 
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS
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 up to nine hours 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. Including nine (9) Core courses and one (1) Elective course. Students seeking the Master of Accounting degree must complete ten (10) business courses including not less than five (5) advanced level accounting courses.
A maximum of one-course (3 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.)
FIN 315 MGT 300 MGT 310
MGT 325 MKT 320  
 
GRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES
(500 level foundation courses may only be taken by graduate students.) Undergraduate equivalents (listed in parentheses) may not be taken by graduate students.
ACC 500 (ACC 211, 212)
CIS 500 (CIS 250)
ECO 517 (ECO 215, 216)
MGT 545 (BUS 245, 255)
 
CORE COURSES (Required)
ACC 520 ECO 518 FIN 501
MGT 502 MGT 503 MGT 515
MGT 540 MKT 520 MKT 524
 
ELECTIVE COURSES
One course must be selected from the following sets of courses, provided the course prerequisite has been met.
 
Accounting
ACC 511 ACC 521 ACC 531
ACC 541 ACC 571  
 
Economics
ECO 520 ECO 521
 
Finance
FIN 520 FIN 532
 
Management
MGT 520 MGT 525
MGT 560  
 
Marketing
MKT 521 MKT 525
 
THE 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 MAcc 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 (4) graduate business courses and four (4) graduate accounting courses and two (2) elective courses.
 
UNDERGRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES
(May be taken as an undergraduate or graduate student.)
ACC 331 ACC 341 ACC 371 ACC 372
ACC 381 ACC 451 FIN 315 MGT 300
MGT 310 MKT 320    
 
GRADUATE FOUNDATION COURSES
(500-level foundation courses may only be taken by graduate students.) Undergraduate equivalents (listed in parentheses) may not be taken by graduate students.
ACC 500 (ACC 211, 212)
CIS 500 (CIS 250)
ECO 517 (ECO 215, 216)
MGT 545 (BUS 245, 255)
 
CORE COURSES (Required)
BUSINESS COURSES (12 hours)
ECO 518 FIN 501 MGT 540
MGT 515 (in the final semester)  
 
ACCOUNTING COURSES (12 hours)
ACC 511 ACC 521
ACC 531 ACC 541
 
ELECTIVE COURSES (6 hours)
Select two courses from the following list:
ACC 416 ACC 432 ACC 434 ACC 452
ACC 461 ACC 490 ACC 571 ACC 590
ACC 594      
 
Note: ACC 452 and 461 are required for CPA eligibility.
 
CPA Eligibility
Persons seeking qualification to sit for the uniform CPA examination in the state of Alabama must have completed a minimum 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 either one of the following:
a. 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 or 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.
b. Awarded a graduate degree in accounting or business and completed a course of instruction that includes all of the requirements specified in (a) above.
If you need any further information, see the Chair of the Department of Accounting.
 
 

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