The College of Charleston’s School of Business holds dual accreditation from the AACSB and has earned well-deserved accolades. One of the business school’s main goals is to ensure students can find employment opportunities upon graduation. The one-year MBA program was recognized by U.S. News and World Report in 2018 for its impressive 100% job placement rate. In 2019, Bloomberg Businessweek listed the S.o.B. among the Best Business Schools. The diverse faculty brings international experiences to the classrooms and has the largest Certified Global Business Professionals teaching staff in the world. In order to receive this certification, faculty must have lived, worked, or studied abroad.
As the business world evolves, the S.o.B. offers additional degrees to meet growing needs and stay up-to-date with the most contemporary trends. Currently, undergraduate students can major in Accounting, Business Administration, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Economics, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, International Business, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Students who select Business Administration as their major can concentrate their studies on Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Logistics and Transportation, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Real Estate, or Leadership, Change, and Social Responsibility.
Graduate students seeking rapid career advancement can earn a one-year MBA or a Master of Science in Accountancy. MBA students will choose a focus area in Finance, Hospitality Revenue Management, or Marketing. Accountancy students will select a track in either Financial Reporting/Assurance or Taxation and can add an International component to either track. This 30-credit hour degree is highly customizable, with only two required courses.
There are many specialty programs offered through the S.o.B. that provide students with a chance to take their studies internationally or gain real-world work experience, making them competitive candidates when they enter the workforce. Global Logistics and Transportation students can participate in the BMW Logistics Advantage Program. Through this program, students can earn experiential learning credits that can be applied towards covering their expenses for the 10-day study travel trip to Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. Students who are in the Honors Program are also eligible to receive a scholarship to study abroad, upon completion of five courses.
A selective group of students is chosen from within each business department to serve on the Dean’s Student Forum. Students on this forum plan special events for S.o.B. students, such as the Annual S.o.B. Tailgate, team-building activities, the holiday party, and the Vision conference. Impact X allows students to earn credit and compete for cash prizes of up to $10,000 for their business start-up, under the guidance of two industry experts. Market Process Scholars will be paired with a faculty member for five hours of mentoring per week. Scholars will also attend tours of regional organizations, the annual International Students for Liberty Conference, bi-weekly think tank conference, and many other events to gain industry exposure. Schottland Scholars is another mentoring program, featuring tours of successful organizations that strive to better the community. The Investment Program places a group of the brightest finance students in charge of managing public and private investment portfolios.