Francis Marion University’s School of Business provides an incredibly personal and supportive environment of learning and professional development. With small class sizes and expert and caring faculty, business students build a solid academic foundation, ethical principles, pertinent communication, and critical thinking skills, a global perspective, and a desire to learn for a lifetime. The excellent business degree programs are AACSB accredited.
Students pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration degree can major in Business Economics; General Business; Management Information Systems; Accounting; Finance; General Management with tracks in Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, and Sports Management; and Marketing with a track in Sports Marketing. There is also a Bachelors in Computer Science or Healthcare Informatics degrees. The Masters in Business Administration graduate degree program builds upon already acquired business knowledge and prepares students to advance in their careers. The MBA offers an optional concentration in Healthcare Executive Management.
For a transformative global educational experience, business students can participate in a semester-long study abroad exchange program at one of the many partner institutions in countries like Canada, France, Ireland, England, and Germany. Although FMU offers affordability, it can be costly to obtain a degree of higher education. The School of Business provides an exceptional number of scholarship opportunities, including the Fleet Funding Business Scholar Award, Aiken Business Administration Scholarship, The Citizens Bank Scholarship, and the ACS Technologies Scholarship.
A student needs to receive part of their education outside of the classroom. They need to experience learning, apply what they are learning, make connections with their peers and the professional business world, have fun, and utilize every moment to help discover and prepare for their desired career. An excellent way to accomplish this is through participation in one of the many student organizations and clubs. Business students benefit from joining groups like the Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, Accounting Club, Finance Club, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity, College Democrats, Project Dance, and Arts Anonymous.
Professional development workshops like Dress for Success and Career Connections, help students understand, learn, see, and experience what it takes to be a business professional. An excellent hands-on experience that is highly encouraged for every student is to pursue an internship. Internships provide real-world application and networking opportunities, compensation, and will sometimes turn into part-time or full-time employment. Another essential part of the developmental process is for students to participate in activities and events that serve the community. The University arranges many opportunities for students to collaborate and connect with the community, including the Fred R. Sheheen Non-Profit Leadership Institute and the Local Government Leadership Institute.
The MBA is designed to be completed in the hybrid format with both online coursework and in-person classes and sessions.