Florida A&M University is a top-tier Historically Black College. In fact, in 2015, U.S. News and World Report recognized FAMU as the top public HBCU in the nation. The Princeton Review also names FAMU among the “Best in the Southeast.” The School of Business and Industry is accredited through the ACBSP. The SBI is comprised of four departments: Accounting and Finance, Professional Leadership Development, Information Systems and Operations Management, and Management and Marketing. Over 90% of professors hold the highest terminal degree in their field. SBI has a strong alumni network, known as the SBI Force.
The curriculum for all programs places emphasis on leadership. Students can embark on their leadership journey by pursuing an undergraduate degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, or Economics. Business Administration students can select a major in Facilities Management. The Facilities Management program is accredited by the Facility Management Accreditation Commission. Students in this program will complete a combination of business, architecture, and construction classes in collaboration with the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology. Graduate students can continue their business studies with a Master of Business Administration degree. Students who are already enrolled in an undergraduate degree on campus will earn a joint BS/MBA after their fifth year of study. Students new to the program can earn their MBA in an accelerated one-year format. Students can use their elective courses to pursue in-depth study in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, or Information Systems. A Master of Science in Supply Chain Management is also offered. Both programs include professional development courses, designed to bridge the gap between college and career.
FAMU students work hard inside and outside of the classroom. In 2019 alone, a team of five SBI students competed in the Moguls in the Making competition and were awarded internships at Ally Financial and $5,000 scholarships each. Two SBI students also won 2nd place in the MuniMod Competition, which was a $5,000 prize. Three MBA students were selected as Hennessey Fellows and spent one week in New York for professional development. The three Hennessey Fellows won a combined total of $28,000 in grants. SBI is also hosting the 2019 Global Business Conference. The theme is “Managing Your Brand for Sustainable Success.” Internships are a required component of the Professional MBA program and highly encouraged for all undergraduate and graduate students. These lead to strong corporate partnerships within the community. In 2015, the Interdisciplinary Center for Creativity and Innovation was launched due to a gracious $1 million donation from John W. Thompson, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation. The center hosts community outreach events, such as Lemonade Day and an annual summer camp for 3rd-12th graders, as well as an annual Business Plan Competition, and serves as an incubator.
The online MBA offers a comprehensive curriculum, covering topics such as accounting/finance, supply chain, facilities management, and sports management. This 43-credit hour program can be completed in five semesters. Students will kick off their studies with a Graduate Leadership Seminar, and conclude their studies with a Strategic Management Capstone course.