Governors State University celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. This fairly young college is quite impressive. The College of Business is accredited through the AACSB, the gold standard of business schools, and shows a commitment to student interaction by keeping class sizes small. Professors are leaders in the industry who have published in professional journals, such as The Accounting Review, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Journal of Finance, Production and Operations Management, and Harvard Business Review.
Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Business and Applied Science, Economics, Manufacturing Management, or a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Business Administration students can select a concentration in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Management Information Systems, or Management.
The competitive Masters of Business Administration was revised in 2017 to focus on the growing demands of the industry. The curriculum now includes two semesters of professional development, and classes emphasize strategic thinking, globalization, and risk analyses. Students can personalize their degree with a concentration in Business Analytics, Finance, Leadership, Supply Chain Management, or take a combination of courses that fit their career goals. Master of Science degrees are offered in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Students in the Supply Chain Management program have a classroom and fellowships specifically for them, through the $100,000 gift from CN Railroad. The Center for Global Supply Chain and International Business also provides hands-on experience through computerized simulations and tools for supply chain mapping, GIS mapping, and data analyses.
Each year approximately 600 undergraduate students and 150 graduate students are enrolled in the College of Business. There are many valuable ways for students to expand their business knowledge and network, from clubs and organizations to local and international trips. The annual Businessweek is a week-long event featuring guest speakers, presentations by faculty, the COB Alumni Hall of Fame, and a business fair. Students can also compete in the International Business Case Competition through the Center for International Business Research and Education. Recently, a marketing student claimed 3rd place and was awarded $500 through this challenging competition.
Students can also develop leadership skills and earn a co-curricular certificate for actively participating in the Leadership Institute, an organization based on the nationally recognized Five Practices of Exemplary Student Leadership by Kouzes and Posner. Other business organizations include the American Advertising Federation, CEO Leadership Certificate Program, Emerging Leaders, Supply Chain Student Club, Human Resource Management Club, International Business Club, Student Leadership Institute, the University Park Speaks Up Toastmasters Club, and many others.
Students can learn from the comfort of their home with the online Bachelor of Arts in Business and Applied Science, Master of Business Administration, or MBA in Supply Chain Management. Online students have the option of also enrolling in classes on-campus, so they can get the best of both worlds. Students can earn either of the online MBA degrees in approximately 18 months. Graduates of this program are employed with companies such as Coca-Cola, GC America, JB Hunt, and MB Financial Bank.