College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi

Introduction

About the College of Business


Established as the Division of Commerce in 1947 to serve the needs of returning veterans, today the College of Business is one of five degree-granting colleges at Southern Miss with 80 faculty members spanning multiple campuses and educating more than 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students.

The College of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This organization is the premier accrediting agency for collegiate management education worldwide.

With small classes taught by full-time business professors in a friendly atmosphere, the College of Business contributes to students' personal and professional development and provides a solid foundation for an exciting career in business and related fields anywhere in the world.
 
On the undergraduate level, the college offers degrees in accounting, business administration, economics, fashion merchandising, finance, international business, marketing, management, management information systems and tourism management.

On the graduate level, the college offers the Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accountancy programs.

Vision

To become the leading agent for career development in Mississippi and along the gulf coast.

Mission

Our purpose is to provide a range of educational products, services, and resources that advances the careers of our students, faculty, and staff, and increases career opportunities in the regional business community.  We accomplish our mission by building skills, fostering intellectual contributions, and promoting business growth and entrepreneurial activity.

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Programs

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Master

Master of Professional Accountancy

Campus Full time 5 years September 2017 USA Hattiesburg

The objective of the graduate (M.P.A.) curriculum is to provide more depth and breadth in accounting and in the preparation for professional careers in both the public accounting and management accounting areas. [+]

The School of Accountancy and Information Systems within the College of Business offers the Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.) degree program. The objective of the graduate (M.P.A.) curriculum is to provide more depth and breadth in accounting and related subjects than can be accomplished in a four-year program. Enrollment in the program is limited to those students who show a high probability of success. The program leading to the MPA is essentially the culmination of a five-year program. A student who earns the bachelor's degree with a major in accounting may normally complete the MPA program with one year's additional work. A minimum of 30 hours of graduate work is required.ObjectiveThe objective of the MPA curriculum is to provide more depth and breadth in accounting and related subjects than can be accomplished in a four-year program. Emphasis is placed on the preparation for professional careers in both the public accounting and management accounting areas.Course PrerequisitesStudents with a variety of educational backgrounds may enter the MPA program. Students who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university must either transfer or take the following courses:Applied Calculus for Business (3 Hours)Principals of Economics (Micro & Macro) (6 Hours)Advanced Business Law (3 Hours)Principals of Finance (3 Hours)Managerial Statistics I & II (6 Hours)Management for Organizations (3 Hours)Legal Environment of Business (3 Hours)Global Managerial Policy and Strategy (3 Hours)Management Information Systems (3 Hours)Principals of Marketing (3 Hours)The following lower-division accounting courses are also required:Principals of Accounting (3 Hours)Accounting Processes & Systems (3 Hours)Intermediate Accounting (6 Hours)Advanced Accounting (3 Hours)Auditing (3 Hours)Cost Accounting (3 Hours)Income Tax Accounting (3 Hours)Government & Non-Profit Accounting (3 Hours) [-]

Workforce Training and Development (WTD) - Executive Format

Campus Part time September 2017 USA Hattiesburg

The emphasis of the program is how to define and design training and non-instructional interventions that can improve performance at the worker, the work process, and the organizational level [+]

EXECUTIVE FORMAT MASTER'S PROGRAM* Attend three on-campus sessions per semester supported by synchronous and asynchronous web-based learning * Thursday, Friday, Saturday on-campus schedule * Networking opportunities with training and development professionals * Opportunity for one-on-one interaction with experienced WTD faculty and industry experts This program is designed to expand instructional opportunities beyond the traditional boundaries of on-campus class delivery. WTD's Executive Format program utilizes a distance learning platform to maximize interaction and learning not only during in-person, weekend class sessions, but also between sessions via online communication among students and professors. The WTD executive format program includes:- intensive courses- online courses- project-based courses- courses that combine electronic and weekend, campus-based deliveryWTD courses are designed to provide location and time flexibility for busy professionals who are seeking to increase their knowledge, skills, and credibility in the training profession but cannot relocate for a traditional graduate program.The Workforce Training and Development (WTD) master’s program emphasizes both the research and theory framework of workforce learning and performance as well as its practical applications. The emphasis of the program is how to define and design training and non-instructional interventions that can improve performance at the worker, the work process, and the organizational level. Human performance improvement in organizations requires more than an understanding of training design and delivery. The WTD master's program provides students with the tools they need to better understand factors that affect job performance such as job expectations, task design, incentive systems, feedback systems, performance strategies and tools, job aids, and resources. Students learn to think strategically and design interventions that will positively impact workplace learning and performance.WTD PROGRAM GOALS* Attract quality students * Contribute to the body of HRD knowledge * Create HRD opportunities in technology transfer * Establish international network of training HRD professionals * Offer innovative and current Workforce Training and Development curricula The WTD master's program prepares students to- balance individual and organizational needs, - build knowledge capital within the organization, - improve human performance, and - improve financial return. Students will learn* a systematic instructional design approach that- determines the most appropriate and cost-effective delivery media, - delivers relevant skills and knowledge to participants by linking the development of instruction to measurable outcomes, and - measures the results of training interventions. * a scientific approach to enhance performance (performance technology) that- uses a systematic process of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation to resolve performance issues, considers cost-benefits and return on investment for performance solutions, - addresses all organizational factors that impact performance the worker, the work process, and the organization to increase organizational and individual effectiveness, and - values employees as the organization’s most important asset. ... [-]


MSc

Master of Science in Economic Development

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hattiesburg

Our program goal is to assist students in acquiring professional competency in the concepts, skills, working tools, and creative approaches essential to those involved in the field of economic development, [+]

The Department of Economic Development offers graduate work leading to a Master of Science in Economic Development and Doctor of Philosophy in International Development.Master’s Program The goal of the Economic Development program is to assist students in acquiring professional competency in the concepts, skills, working tools, and creative approaches essential to thoseinvolved in the field of economic development, whether at the community, state, regional, national, or international level.Admission Requirements:1. Have a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average over the last two years of the student’s undergraduate studies.2. Submit GRE scores. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) may be submitted in place of the GRE. Students whose native language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 560 or more.3. Provide three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to assess the applicant’s readiness for graduate study. The letters should be sent to the department. 4. In exceptional cases, students may be admitted conditionally. Such students must earn a 3.0 on the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework numbered 500 or above or on all coursework takenwhile completing this nine (9) hour requirement in order to qualify for regular admission.5. Students may be required to take some prerequisite courses in geography or business. 6. Submit statement of purpose and goals, portfolio and resume.Curriculum Requirements:1. Successful completion of a minimum of thirty (30) hours in graduate-level courses as follows:a. Minimum of twenty (20) hours with the prefix ED.b. Demonstrated proficiency (through coursework and/or the comprehensive exam) in economic development research, finance, and marketing, equivalent to ED 722, 724, 761, 764, 765.c. At least four (4) hours of apprenticeship (ED 791).2. Successful completion of a comprehensive written or oral examination.3. Completion of one of two curriculum options as follows:a. Thesis option1) ED 698 (3 hours)2) Acceptance of valid thesis topic3) Formation of thesis committee prior to last semester of studyb. Non-Thesis option1) ED 789 (3 hours)4. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. [-]

Master of Science in Workforce Training and Development

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2017 USA Hattiesburg

The goal of the Workforce Training and Development master’s program is to prepare students to improve human performance, balance individual and organizational needs. [+]

The College of Business and Economic Development offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Workforce Training and Development. The program emphasizes both the research and theory framework as well as the practical application of workforce learning and performance. The goal of the Workforce Training and Development master’s program is to prepare students to improve human performance, balance individual and organizational needs, build knowledge capital within the organization, and determine the return on investment of training programs. Students learn to think strategically to design and develop interventions that will positively impact workplace learning and performance. This program is designed to expand instructional opportunities beyond traditional boundaries of on-campus class delivery. The Workforce Training and Development Executive Format program utilizes a distance-learning platform to maximize interaction and learning not only during in-person, weekend-class sessions, but also between sessions via online communication among students and professors.WTD PROGRAM GOALS* Attract quality students * Contribute to the body of HRD knowledge * Create HRD opportunities in technology transfer * Establish international network of training HRD professionals * Offer innovative and current Workforce Training and Development curricula The WTD master's program prepares students to- balance individual and organizational needs, - build knowledge capital within the organization, - improve human performance, and - improve financial return. Students will learn* a systematic instructional design approach that- determines the most appropriate and cost-effective delivery media, - delivers relevant skills and knowledge to participants by linking the development of instruction to measurable outcomes, and - measures the results of training interventions. * a scientific approach to enhance performance (performance technology) that- uses a systematic process of analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation to resolve performance issues, considers cost-benefits and return on investment for performance solutions, - addresses all organizational factors that impact performance the worker, the work process, and the organization to increase organizational and individual effectiveness, and - values employees as the organization’s most important asset. CAREERS IN WORKFORCE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENTThe Master of Science Degree in Workforce Training and Development prepares students for careers in the following areas:human performance consulting human resource development instructional design organizational development performance improvement training and development training management workforce development The WTD master’s program is designed to equip students with the skills needed to systematically identify, analyze, and solve a variety of human performance problems in a variety of organizations such as business, industry, government agencies, the military, and educational institutions. [-]

Msc in Sport Management/MBA

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Hattiesburg

This dual degree will afford gifted students a unique combination of sport industry experience and business knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to assuming an executive sport business person [+]

The Dual Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science Sport Management dual degree program is a collaboration between the College of Business and the College of Health.

 

The MBA/Sport Management curriculum will be taught between the School of Human Performance and Recreation and the College of Business. This dual degree will afford gifted students a unique combination of sport industry experience and business knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to assuming an executive sport business person. A culminating internship experience with executives in professional and amateur sport organizations will give the student on-the-job training, networking opportunities and access to a career within the sport industry.... [-]