The Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University values learning, initiative, engagement, ethical behavior, accountability, and the pursuit of excellence. It carries the AACSB accreditation for its business and accounting programs. For the past 50 years, Seidman has created an environment of support, innovative learning methods, business competence, community, high ideals, creativity, and collaborative efforts. Graduates can be confident in making informed decisions, acquiring a healthy global perspective, and having experienced a holistic educational journey.
Undergraduate students can major in Human Resource Management, Accounting, General Business, Economics, Finance, General Management, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Business Economics with an emphasis option in Real Estate, Management with an emphasis option in Management Information Systems, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Marketing with emphasis options in Sales and Distribution & Logistics. Those who desire to advance in their career or are changing careers can find an exceptional education within the graduate degree programs. The Professional MBA is a cohort-based program in a hybrid format with two classes a week, one during an evening and one online. The Executive MBA is cohort-based and designed for busy professionals. The Masters in Accounting offers an emphasis in Audit or Taxation, can be individualized to fit what the student needs, and can be completed full-time or part-time.
Attending college can be costly, and Seidman has several business scholarships available, including the Accounting Alumni Scholarship, J.C. Huizenga Business Scholarship, and the Business Study Abroad Scholarship. Graduate students can work with faculty and receive financial help with tuition in return through Graduate Assistantships. A study abroad trip to places like Ghana, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Taiwan, Greece, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Belize, Ecuador, or Guatemala can provide an incredible life-changing experience with a gained global perspective that is highly valued by employers.
Business student organizations include the American Marketing Association, Delta Sigma Pi, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, Economics Club, Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute of Management Accountants, Professional Sales Association, Investment Portfolio Organization, Women in Business, and the Society for Human Resource Management. These groups allow students to develop leadership skills, professional knowledge and build lasting relationships. The TRACKS Professional Development Program finds events for students that aid in strategic career development, leadership, ethics, integrity, communication and professional skills, and global and diverse perspectives.
Seidman highly regards community collaboration and has built strong relationships with local businesses, which opens up unique opportunities to work on projects and gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience. Internships help build an impressive resume. They help give students ways to apply what they have been learning immediately, explore potential career paths, create networking moments, and help students gain self-confidence and awareness of what the business world is all about. The CoB’s Outreach Centers provide resources to local, regional, and state businesses that need assistance with starting, identifying problems, problem-solving, finding new ventures, and strategizing to increase profits and success. These centers address business ethics, entrepreneurship & innovation, family-owned businesses, small business development, and global trade.