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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

College of Business

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The College of Business is composed of the Department of Business Disciplines . 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 an Undergraduate Certificate are listed on the departmental page, along with specific departmental requirements.

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

College Mission

The mission of the College of Business is to provide quality business education, enriched by scholarship and community engagement, to ensure student success as the future workforce of Southwest Louisiana.


The vision of the College of Business is to be recognized as one of Louisiana’s top business academic programs.

Core Values

Academic Excellence:  The college supports a dynamic educational environment that encourages and enhances faculty and student academic achievement and productivity.

Partner, Serve, and Engage with the Community:  The college serves as a resource for education, research, economic development, community service, and most importantly to assist in developing tomorrow’s workforce.

Student Success:  The college prepares a diverse student population to succeed in personal and professional endeavors.

Professionalism:  The college values integrity, ethical behavior, mutual respect, and collegiality to enrich interactions among constituents.

Admission and Retention

First-time freshmen who have declared a major offered by the College of Business are advised by professional advisors in the Office of Freshman Advising  until a minimum of 12 hours and a cumulative 2.5 GPA are earned. Regardless of major, students with less than a 2.5 GPA are advised in the Office of Freshman Advising until 24 hours are earned; students are then advised in the College of Business.

To progress through the degree plan, students must complete courses in the catalog in effect when the student first registered in a College of Business program.

Transfer Students

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 associate dean 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’s degree program, all College of Business students:

  • Must earn a grade of C or better in ACCT 208, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, MATH 130, MGMT 300, MGMT 481, 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 Degree and Graduation Requirements  section of the Academic Regulations page of the catalog;
  • Must meet the requirements listed on the General Education Core Curriculum  page 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, 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

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.

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