Dr. Lonnie Phelps, Interim Dean
The College of Business is composed of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics ; the Department of Management, Marketing, and Business Administration ; and the Master of Business Administration Office. The College of Business also includes two service centers: the H. C. Drew Center for Business and Economic Analysis and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center. Curricula leading to the Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees, as well as the Graduate Certificate in business administration, are listed on the appropriate departmental and William J. Doré, Sr. School of Graduate Studies pages, along with specific departmental requirements.
The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), for both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The mission of the College of Business is to provide quality business education, enriched by scholarship, to ensure student success and to serve as a resource to the community.
Academic Excellence: The college supports a dynamic educational environment that encourages and enhances faculty and student academic achievement and productivity.
Student Success: The college prepares a diverse student population to succeed in personal and professional endeavors in a global business environment.
Partner, Serve, and Interact with the Community: The college serves as a resource for education, research, economic development and community service.
Personal and Professional Integrity: The college values integrity, ethical behavior, mutual respect and collegiality. These characteristics enrich interaction among constituents.
The college values the institution’s motto of “Excellence with a Personal Touch” and supports the McNeese State University mission and core values.
Admission and Retention
First-time freshmen who have declared a major offered by the College of Business are advised by professional advisors in the Department of General and Basic Studies until a minimum of 12 hours and a cumulative 2.5 GPA is earned. Regardless of major, students with less than a 2.5 GPA are advised in General and Basic Studies until 24 hours are earned; then students are advised in the College of Business. Students who have not completed developmental courses may be retained in General and Basic Studies until 30 hours are earned.
To progress through the degree plan, students must complete courses in the current catalog. Students who do not have the required prerequisites for a course may be dropped from the course at any time during the semester.
Upper-level courses (numbered 300 and above) normally have prerequisites and are designated to be taken at the junior or senior level. Courses taken at other institutions prior to the junior year or without the proper prerequisites required by the College of Business may not be automatically considered to meet McNeese requirements. Upper-level transfer courses can be validated by passing a challenge examination or, in some cases, by earning a grade of C or better in an advanced course in the same subject. Such advanced courses, when applicable, will be determined by the department head and/or dean. Business courses taken at community or junior colleges may not transfer into the College of Business as an upper-level course.
College of Business Requirements for Bachelor Degree Programs
In addition to the specific requirements established for each bachelor degree program, all College of Business students:
- Must earn a grade of C or better in ACCT 208, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, FIN 310, MATH 130, MGMT 300, and MKTG 320 (may not be used as prerequisites unless a grade of C or better has been earned);
- Must meet the requirements listed in the Academic Regulations section of the catalog;
- Must meet the requirements listed in the General Education Core Curriculum section of the catalog;
- Can earn no more than 60 credit hours (63 for accounting) in courses taught in the College of Business, excluding ECON 203, ECON 204, and BADM 275;
- Must complete the following business core courses in their programs: ACCT 208, BADM 201, BADM 218, BADM 275, ECON 203, ECON 204, FIN 310, MGMT 300, MGMT 370, MGMT 481, and MKTG 320.
H.C. Drew Center for Business and Economic Analysis
The H. C. Drew Center for Business and Economic Analysis is co-sponsored by the College of Business and the H. C. Drew Endowment for Economic Development. The center collects and disseminates economic development information and data specifically pertaining to the economy of Southwest Louisiana. The center maintains an economic development database that includes information on population, employment and unemployment, wages and salaries, cost-of-living measures, taxable sales, and other regional economic indicators. The database is used to gauge the current status of the regional economy and to identify areas of strength and weakness as well as emerging future trends. Regional economic development information is disseminated electronically as well as through community economic development conferences and specialized workshops. The center’s database and reports can be accessed at www.mcneese.edu/drewecon.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) is jointly sponsored by the College of Business, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The LSBDC program is designed to meet the management and technical assistance needs of the small business community in Southwest Louisiana. The objectives are:
- To counsel existing small businesses in improvement of performance;
- To aid potential small businesses in assessment of ideas and development of business plans; and
- To assist small businesses in strategic and tactical planning in a dynamic environment.
The center provides one-on-one counseling and conducts workshops and seminars to keep small businesses abreast of current events and changing trends in today’s world of business. Working within the College of Business, the LSBDC utilizes the faculty and student resources of McNeese State University in counseling and assistance. The center maintains a resource library with information on managing a business and assists clients with finding information from state and national resources.