Abilene Christian University is home to the well-established College of Business Administration and is consistently recognized as a national leader in education. In the 2020 edition, US News and World Report ranked ACU 4th for Service Learning, 9th for First-Year Experiences, 11th nationally for Learning Communities. The Princeton Review lists ACU as a “Best in the West” for 2020. ACU is also ranked among best colleges by Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and Colleges of Distinction. The highly acclaimed College of Business Administration holds accreditation through the AACSB and teaches all courses from a Christian perspective.
The CoBA undergraduate division is comprised of three departments: Accounting and Finance, Management Sciences, and Information Technology and Computing. Students can earn a BBA in Accounting, Financial Management, Information Systems, Marketing, or Management. Management students will select a track in Business Leadership, Human Resource Management, Business Process Management, or Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy. Bachelor of Science degrees are also available in Computer Science, Computer Science and Mathematics for Teaching Certification, or Digital Entertainment Technology. Computer Science students may opt to pursue a track in Computing Theory, Game Development, or Software Engineering, while Digital Entertainment Technology students may choose a track in Digital Design, Film and Media Production, or Game Development. Graduate students can earn a Master of Accountancy. This 30-credit hour degree can be completed in 12 months and prepares students to sit for the Certified Public Accountant Exam.
Students can learn career readiness skills, like managing a budget, time-management, and organization through membership or leadership in a club. Business clubs available include the ACU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, Society for Human Resource Management, and the Student Accounting Organization. Enactus members contribute to the community through service projects. The top 10% of COBA students are invited to participate in Betta Gamma Sigma. Campus-wide programs that promote leadership include the Student Government Association and the Student Panel of Undergraduate Research. Students who are interested in entering non-profit leadership careers will benefit from the Weekend Campaigns club, which participates in three to four initiatives at non-profits in Texas each semester. There are also opportunities for students to build their skills by completing an internship. Kadesh, MPulse, and Learning to Lead are leadership camps available for college students to serve as adult leaders to students in 4th grade through high school.
Online graduate students can earn a Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Management. MBA students can select a track in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Marketing, International Business, General Business, Analytics, or Healthcare Administration. This 36-credit hour MBA can be completed in approximately two years. Students will gain a well-rounded business acumen with classes such as Digital Marketing and Social Media, Business Law and Ethics, Operations and Information Technology Management, and Foundations of Analytics. The MS in Management features the same tracks, with the exception of General Business. The curriculum for this 30-credit hour program consists of courses such as Leadership and Strategic Marketing and takes approximately 20 months from start to finish.