Mitchell Adrian, Dean
Faculty: Adrian, Badua, Burckel, Caples, Chen, Comish, Contreras, Desai, Foshee, Guru-Gharana, McNiel, Mishra, Parayitam, Phelps, Premeaux, Rader, Rahman, Swindle, Walker, Watkins
The College of Business is nationally accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The accreditation applies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The College of Business includes two academic departments and three service centers. The academic divisions include the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics and the Department of Management, Marketing, and General Business. Service centers include the H. C. Drew Center for Economic Development Information Services, the Real Estate and Professional Development Institute, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at McNeese State University. Degrees which are offered in the College of Business are the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Finance, Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in Economics, Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Management, and Bachelor of Science in Marketing. A Master of Business Administration degree is offered, and requirements for this degree can be found in the Graduate School section of this catalog.
The H. C. Drew Center for Economic Development Information Services 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 Real Estate and Professional Development Institute is co-sponsored by the College of Business and the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. The main focus of the Institute is to develop a database of real estate market information for apartments, office buildings, retail centers, and warehouses.
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is jointly sponsored by the College of Business, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Louisiana Department of Economic Development. The purpose of the Center is to provide assistance in the development of small business enterprises.
The mission of the College of Business is to provide quality business education to ensure student success and 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.
As part of the University, the College values excellence with a personal touch.
Admission and Retention
Students planning a major in the College of Business will be admitted initially into the Basic Studies program. Acceptance of students by the College of Business from Basic Studies will be contingent upon their completion of 24 semester hours with any grade-point average or 12 semester hours with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0.
Upon completion of Basic Studies requirements, students will be advised by the College of Business faculty. English 101-102 and Mathematics 130 must be completed with a minimum grade of “C”. These courses may not be used as prerequisites unless a student has earned a grade of “C” or better. To enter the upper-division business program, students must have achieved junior standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA in courses counted toward the degree.
Failure to earn a 2.0 overall grade-point average toward the degree for two consecutive semesters will prohibit that student from taking additional courses offered by this College. The student may not register for additional business courses until a minimum cumulative GPA is achieved. Business courses previously taken may be repeated while under this restriction.
Accounting 208, Finance 310, Management 300, and Marketing 320 are entry level core courses for their respective majors. For a major in one of the above disciplines, these courses may not be used as prerequisites unless a student has earned a grade of “C” or better.
In order for students to enroll in College of Business 300- or 400-level courses, junior standing must have been achieved. Students must complete prerequisites in the current catalog. Students who do not have the required prerequisites must drop the course through their department or may be dropped from the course by their department at any time during the semester.
Upper-division courses (numbered 300 and above) normally have extensive prerequisites and are designated to be taken at the junior or senior level. If these courses are taken at other institutions prior to the junior year or without the proper prerequisites required by the College of Business, they will not be automatically considered to meet McNeese requirements. These courses, however, 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 dean. Upper-division business courses taken at community or junior colleges may not transfer into the College of Business. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours must be earned in the College of Business at McNeese.
In addition to the specific requirements established for each major field program, all College of Business students must meet the requirements listed in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog and the following requirements:
- Take no more than 60 semester hours in courses taught in the College of Business, excluding Economics 203-204 and Business Administration 275. One economics course other than Economics 203 and 204 can be counted as a social science elective.
- Take at least 9 semester hours in humanities; 6 semester hours in the social sciences; 3 semester hours in the arts; and at least 9 semester hours in the natural sciences. Course work must include both biological and physical sciences of which 6 hours must be earned in a single biological or physical science area; the remaining 3 hours must be earned in a science area other than that previously selected (a 6-hour sequence is recommended).
For the purpose of meeting these requirements, the following classifications apply:
||Foreign Languages (above the introductory level), Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, MCOM 131, Speech Communication, and Literature. Three hours must be in the sophomore or above level.
|Economics (excluding ECON 203 and 204), Geography, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Government (Political Science)
||Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physics, and Geology
||Music, Art, and Theatre
All candidates for graduation in the College of Business must meet all requirements listed in the “Graduation Requirements” section of this catalog and all specific requirements outlined by the departments. All Business majors must take the following business core courses in their programs. For specific time placement in each program see listing under each degree program.
H.C. Drew Center for Economic Development Information Services
Douglas W. McNiel, Director
The H.C. Drew Center for Economic Development Information Services 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
Donna Little, Director
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.
- To assist small businesses in strategic and tactical planning in a dynamic environment.
Counselors provide one-on-one counseling and conduct 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 far-reaching state and national resources.
MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The College of Business offers the Master of Business Administration degree which is nationally accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Practical, problem-solving and solution-oriented, the program is designed for the practicing manager and is concerned less with theoretical content than with the tools of analysis and decision-making. A blend of pragmatic and academic training, the program’s emphasis is on practical applications.
Providing a basic analytical tool kit for management is the primary aim of the MBA program. Developing cognitive and noncognitive skills in using these tools, advancing the ability to make and carry out decisions, developing a basis for dealing effectively with people, and instilling a thorough understanding of the overall economic, political, and social environment are also components of the program. The MBA program focuses on real problems and decision-making techniques designed to make it reality-based.
The MBA program provides graduate instruction for students who have an undergraduate major in business. The program also provides a master’s degree for students whose undergraduate major is in a field other than business such as engineering, nursing, computer science, agriculture, psychology, government, or some other field.
The MBA program is offered primarily in the evening to allow students employed on a full-time basis to earn their MBA with neither loss of income nor interruptions of work. A student employed on a full-time basis and taking courses on a part-time basis may take longer to complete the program.
Purpose. The purpose of the MBA program parallels the purposes of the Graduate School, the College of Business, and the University. Specifically, the MBA program endeavors to provide its students with the background, skills, and insight needed to function effectively in an administrative environment. Graduates are prepared to meet the challenges from strong and growing global forces, conflicting values, changing technology, and demographic diversity among employees and customers. MBA program graduates will have the academic training to be able to contribute to their organization and society and to grow personally and professionally.
Admission to the M.B.A. Degree Program. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for admission to the MBA program must meet the following requirements:
A minimum of 400 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT and a total of at least 950 points based on the formula: Two hundred times the overall undergraduate grade-point average + the Graduate Management Admission Test score; or at least 1000 points based on the formula: Two hundred times the upper division grade-point average + the GMAT score (last 60 hours of undergraduate).
The GMAT score must be submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service to McNeese University and the time the test was taken must be no more than five years from the date of submission.