College of Business
Frederick D. Niswander, Dean, 3119 Bate Building
Stanley G. Eakins, Associate Dean, 3119 Bate Building
Paul H. Schwager, Assistant Dean for Assessment, Accreditation, and Curriculum,
3203 Bate Building
MissionThe mission of the East Carolina University College of Business is to be a highly respected regional business school. The mission is achieved by preparing undergraduate and graduate students for careers in business, expanding knowledge of business disciplines through theoretical and applied research, and serving practitioners with training and applied research.
The college, which consists of five departments, offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with ten concentrations, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, the joint Doctor of Medicine and Master of Business Administration (MD/MBA) degree, and the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree. The college also offers six graduate business certificates open to students concurrently enrolled in MBA or MSA degree programs from AACSB accredited institutions or possessing an MBA and MSA degree from an AACSB accredited institution.
The college supports the business practitioner through the Division of Professional Programs, Bureau of Business Research, Small Business Institute, and applied research projects in both graduate and undergraduate classes. The college supports primary and secondary education in the state through its Center for Economic Education.
AccreditationThe College of Business undergraduate and graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) International.
Master's Programs in BusinessThe MBA and MSA degree programs are open to students with baccalaureate degrees from institutions accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) agency who present evidence of their ability to pursue graduate study. Both the MBA and MSA degree programs are structured for students with baccalaureate degrees in nonbusiness as well as business fields.
The decision is based on a combination of factors including but not limited to successful completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and a total of at least 950 points for the MBA or 1000 points for the MSA based on the formula: 200 times the cumulative GPA (4.0 system) plus the GMAT score; or at least 1000 points for the MBA or 1050 for the MSA based on the formula: 200 times upper division GPA (4.0 system) plus the GMAT score. Point totals for international students are 50 points greater.
Students processing a degree or diploma from an institution which does not use English as the language of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 20 on each section and a minimum total score of 80 for the Internet based exam, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper based exam, or a minimum score of 213 on the computer based exam is required.
A maximum of 9 semester hours (s.h.) of MBA or MSA requirements may be transferred from another AACSB accredited graduate business program or an equivalent international graduate business program with the approval of the assistant dean for assessment, accreditation, and curriculum and the dean of the Graduate School.
The MBA degree program requires between a minimum of 30 s.h. and a maximum of 60 s.h. and consists of two major components; the business core and the business breadth. Courses required to fulfill the business core requirement are ACCT 6241; ENGL 5780; FINA 6144, 6204, 6214; MGMT 6102; MIS 6143; MKTG 6162; OMGT 6123, 6213. Some or all of the business core courses may be waived if equivalent recent work of sufficient depth has been completed at a high performance level. Courses required to fulfill the business breadth requirement are ACCT 6521; FINA 6604; MGMT 6722, 6802; MKTG 6822; OMGT 6613, 6683; and sufficient electives as approved by the assistant dean for graduate programs. Electives are divided into analytical and behavioral subgroups and each student is usually required to take at least one elective from each subgroup, although a student judged weak in one of the subgroups may be required to take all three electives from that subgroup. At least 30 s.h. must be in business courses numbered 6300 or above. Upon approval by the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs, certain 5000-level courses may be substituted for business electives, reducing the total required business courses numbered 6300 or above to 21. Students may choose to use their electives to complete one of the graduate certificate programs as approved by the assistant dean for assessment, accreditation, and curriculum.
The MD/MBA degree program is structured for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Medical students and residents may complete all MBA course work in one calendar year by entering in the second session of summer school and finishing in the first session of summer school twelve months later. Practicing physicians and residents who attend part time may enter in any term.
Courses required to fulfill the MBA requirement are ACCT 6241, 6521; FINA 6144, 6204, 6604; MGMT 6102, 6722, 6802; MIS 6143; MKTG 6162, 6822; OMGT 6123 or 6683; 6213, 6613.
The MSA degree program requires between a minimum of 30 s.h. and a maximum of 45 s.h. and consists of three major components, the business core, the accounting evaluation, and the accounting breadth. Courses required to fulfill the business core requirement are ACCT 6221, 6231. One or both of the business core courses may be waived if equivalent recent work of sufficient depth has been completed at a high performance level. Courses required to fulfill the accounting evaluation requirement are ACCT 6621, 6631, 6641. Some or all of the accounting evaluation courses may be waived if equivalent recent work of sufficient depth has been completed at a high performance level. Undergraduate accounting majors must complete the following courses to fulfill the accounting breadth requirement: ACCT 6611, 6701, 6891, 6901, 6951, 6981, FINA 6604, and 9 s.h. of accounting electives numbered 6300 or greater. Undergraduate non-accounting majors must complete the following courses to fulfill the accounting breadth requirement: ACCT 6611, 6701, 6891, 6901, 6951, 6981; and 9 s.h. of accounting electives numbered 6300 or greater. At least 30 s.h. must be in accounting courses numbered 6300 or above.