Central Connecticut State University was established in 1849 and is the oldest publicly funded university in the state, and has the largest student body population. The School of Business is AACSB accredited and is committed to producing high-quality future business leaders for Connecticut. Degrees are offered through five academic business departments; Accounting, Finance, Management and Organization, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Over the past 10 years, financial aid has increased by 65%, making it more affordable than ever for students to achieve their educational goals.
Key features of the undergraduate business program are small class sizes taught by knowledgeable, caring professors. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing. All of the degrees allow students to customize them to meet their future career goals. Finance students can pursue an optional concentration in Personal Financial Planning. Management majors have the option to pursue a General, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, or International Business concentration.
MIS students can select a specialization in Business Analytics, Information Security and Infrastructure, Business Application Development, or Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. Accounting and Marketing students can personalize their degree with elective credits. Some of the accounting electives include Fundamentals of Corporate Taxation, Fraud Examination, and Accounting for Lean Enterprises. Marketing electives include Social Media Marketing, Special Events Marketing, and Marketing for Non-profit Organizations. The MBA program was added in 2014 and has seen rapid student enrollment since. Students in this program can select a track from among Business Analytics, Accounting, Finance, Supply Chain Analytics, or the “Central Track.” The “Central Track” gives students the opportunity to create a combination of courses that suit their specific professional goals. A Master of Science in Accounting is also offered and prepares students to sit for the CPA exam. This program consists of elective credits, which can be applied to a specialization in Business Analytics. Other Accounting electives include Global Financial Reporting and Analysis, Tax Issues in Business Decisions, and Advanced Forensic Accounting. A 12-credit hour graduate certificate in Supply Chain Analytics is also offered.
Students are able to digitally track their involvement in student organizations and attendance at special events. The business student organizations include the Accounting Society, Economics Club, Entrepreneurship Club, Finance Association, Golden Key International Honor Society, Graduate Student Association, Human Resource Management Club, Information Systems Club, International Association of Business Commuters, and the Marketing Association. The Student Activities and Leadership Development program gives students the chance to facilitate leadership workshops, plan campus-wide activities, and participate in community service projects. Weekly career workshops and guest lectures are hosted through the S.o.B., as well as annual dinners and career fairs.
Students are also encouraged to participate in the mentorship program to learn first-hand from a professional currently in the field. Corporations request CCSU business students due to their strong work ethics, and every semester there are more internship opportunities than students available to fill them. Students have interned with KPMG, Siracusa, Stanley Black & Decker, and many other companies.