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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business Administration

Jan R. Williams, Dean
Ted P. Stank, Associate Dean, Academic Programs
Robert T. Ladd, Associate Dean, Research and Technology
Alex Miller, Associate Dean, Executive Education
Carolyn Cuddy, Executive Director, MBA Programs, Leadership and Management Development
John E. Riblett, Executive Director, Operational Excellence Programs
David Patterson, Executive Director, National Defense Business Institute
Amy Cathey, Executive Director, Full-Time MBA Program
Andrew White, Director, Aerospace MBA Program
Kate Atchley, Director, Executive MBA Program
Michael J. Stahl, Director, Physicians Executive MBA Program
Michael McIntyre, Director, Professional MBA Program
Kenneth Anderson, Director, Master of Accountancy Program
William F. Fox, Director, Center for Business and Economic Research
Matthew B. Myers, Director, Global Business Institute
C. Warren Neel, Director, Corporate Governance Center
James E. Beavers, Director, Construction Industry Resource and Policy Center


The College of Business Administration was originally the School of Commerce, dating back to 1914. Commerce was changed to Business in 1937 and gained college status in 1947. The college-wide MBA program was approved in 1966 and the doctoral program in 1971.

Graduate programs of the College of Business Administration are designed to prepare men and women to assume positions in the increasingly complex world of business and industry, teaching and research, and government.

Viewing the business firm as operating in dynamic social, political, and economic environments that demand leaders capable of dealing with innovation and rapid change, the college places central importance on development of students’ thought processes and leadership potential. Emphasis is focused on flexibility of mind, receptivity to new ideas, and capacity to adapt one’s reasoning powers. Our objective is to encourage the student to develop the ability to reason analytically and logically, and to develop a commensurate plan of action. Above all else, we strive to instill the irrepressible desire to continue to learn and grow in knowledge throughout the student’s life.

Interdisciplinary partnerships are encouraged among academic units in the college, with other university academic units and with the private sector, enhancing the process of inquiry and critical thinking which is crucial to total quality management. The College of Business Administration is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Colleges and Schools at Buisiness International and is associated with other leading graduate schools of business as a member of the Graduate Management Admission Council.

The College of Business Administration offer programs leading to five advanced degrees:
• The Doctor of Philosophy in business administration with concentrations in accounting, economics, finance, human resource development, industrial and organizational psychology, logistics, management science, marketing, organizations and strategy, and statistics.
• The Master of Arts with a major in economics.
• The Master of Science with majors in human resource management, management science, and statistics.
• The Master of Accountancy.
• The Master of Business Administration with concentrations in finance, logistics, marketing, and operations management.

A limited number of teaching and other assistantships that require from ten to twenty hours of service per week are available through the departments of the college. Remuneration includes remission of fees and tuition as well as a monthly stipend. Awards are generally made on the basis of scholarship and performance on the appropriate (GMAT or GRE) admission test. Application forms may be obtained in any of the departments. Information on college-administered fellowships is available from the appropriate department or office.

Applications must be received by March 1 for consideration of assistantships and fellowships to be awarded for the following fall term.

Facilities for research and service include the Center for Business and Economic Research and the Center for Executive Education.

Academic Standards

A graduate student in the College of Business Administration whose grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation. A student on probation will be dropped from the program unless his/her cumulative graduate grade point average is 3.0 or higher at the end of the probationary period. The probationary period is defined as the next semester’s course work as established by the degree program.

Accounting and Information Management

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Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Interdepartmental)

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Marketing and Logistics

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Statistics, Operations, and Management Science

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