Delta State University’s College of Business and Aviation has been educating students since 1928. This business school holds global business accreditation through the ACBSP, and the undergraduate Commercial Aviation programs are accredited by the AAB International. This is the only school in the state to offer an undergraduate and graduate degree in Commercial Aviation. Classes are student-focused and feel like family, with an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. Students come from all 50 states. But to keep earning a degree affordable, there are no out of state fees. There are also 35 scholarships available for business and aviation students. DSU contributes significantly to the community, with a $175 million positive economic impact.
Classes that accommodate traditional and non-traditional students are available to students seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. BBA students major in Accountancy, Computer Information Systems, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, Marketing, Healthcare Administration, General Business, and Management. The Bachelor of Commercial Aviation offers two tracks: Flight Operations or Aviation Management.
Graduate students can earn a Master of Professional Accountancy or a Master of Business Administration. The MPAC degree is 30-credit hours and consists of 21-credit hours of core Accounting classes and nine-credit hours of electives. To fulfill elective credits, students may take additional classes in the field of Accounting, or choose to expand their knowledge with courses in Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing. The 30-credit hour MBA is comprised of an 18-credit hour business core and 12 hours towards an emphasis. Students may select a General Business, Human Resource, Health Care Administration, or Information Systems Management emphasis.
The Center for Community and Economic Development allows students to tackle real-world projects that positively impact the Delta region. For example, students may gain hands-on experience through the Breast Education and Early Detection Project, Delta Educational Opportunity Center, or the Local Government Leadership Institute. The annual International Business Symposium features CEOs and other business leaders from top corporations, such as AutoZone, Procter and Gamble, and the United Parcel Service. There is a wide range of business and aviation organizations, such as the Accounting Honor Society, Women in Aviation/Delta 22s, Delta Mu Delta, and Eta Mu Sigma. There are also volunteer opportunities for students to help local businesses thrive through the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Career Services hosts four annual career fairs to help students find internships. OkraSuits provides students with professional attire to wear to interviews and career fairs. Career coaching and professional document consultation services are also provided.
Students who are already invested in their careers may choose to pursue a convenient, online graduate degree without disrupting their work. The Master of Commercial Aviation and an Integrated Master of Business Administration are offered fully online. The 30-credit hour MCA is geared towards Aviation Management and Aviation Education. The 30-credit hour iMBA consists of nine-credit hours each of Financial Strategy and Operational Strategy and 12-credit hours towards an emphasis. Emphasis options include General Business, Human Resource, Health Care Administration, Information Systems Management, or Entertainment Industry Studies.