Chicago State University’s College of Business offers contemporary programs in the most rapidly growing fields of business. All of these programs are fully accredited through the ACBSP. The professors are dedicated to ensuring students are successful in their academic preparation for leadership careers. The University is a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and strives to make higher education affordable by providing in-state tuition rates for all students. U.S. News and World Report recognize CSU among best Regional Universities Midwest in its 2020 rankings. In addition to supportive faculty and high-quality programs, business students have the advantage of being educated in the business hub of Chicago. Chicago companies that frequently hire CSU graduates include Walgreens, AT&T, Chicago Public Schools, and Advocate Health Care.
Undergraduate students can embark on the first step of their business journey with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Business Administration students can pursue their passions by earning a concentration in Accounting, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing. These degrees can be enhanced with a complementary minor in Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Sales, or Sales Management. Talented students who are inspired by a rigorous curriculum can partake in the Honors College. Students in this program will have opportunities to perform extensive research with published faculty members and more individualized attention from professors. Scholarships are also available for this select group.
The Master of Business Administration has been designed for seasoned business professionals and meets on Friday evenings from 6-9 PM Saturdays from 9 AM-5 PM to accommodate work schedules. Concentration options include Accounting, Educational Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare, International Business, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Non-profit Management and Leadership, and Pharmaceutical Management. Classes are offered in compressed 12-week sessions, and students can graduate after just four semesters. During the first two semesters, students will take core business courses. Students dive into their concentration courses during their third and fourth semesters, as well as complete a culminating capstone project.
COB students are actively involved on campus and build their resumes with new experiences. Some of the most popular organizations for business students include Enactus, the National Association of Black Accountants, and the Student Government Association. MBA students can join the Graduate Student Association. Female students can build leadership skills and confidence through the Women’s Resource Center. The Career Development and Experiential Resource Center offers many programs to help students achieve their goals. Students are welcome to stop by for one-on-one assistance with their resume, interview preparation, or internship search. A bi-weekly e-mail keeps students informed of local job opportunities.
The Cougar Academy features professional development programs such as office-skills training, workshops on career competencies identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and Industry Insights career panels. These programs help students gain clarity of what career path they’d like to pursue prior to attending career and internship fairs. CSU embraces diversity with special programming during Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.