Harding University offers students a vibrant Christian community of educators and peers in the beautiful foothills of the Ozarks. The school has received numerous accolades and is listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration has continuously been accredited by the prestigious ACBSP since 1991. Several scholarships are available specifically for business students. Graduates are highly sought out by over 200 companies each year, and assume roles within their chosen professions with Dell, Wal-Mart, Ford Motor Co., Dillard’s Inc., and Make-a-wish Foundation.
Professors are ready to instill functional business skills through undergraduate programs in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing. Minors are also available in Economics, Global Economic Development, Health Care Management, Management Information Systems, and Professional Sales.
Students who are interested in traveling and competing for scholarships should join the American Marketing Association Case Team, Financial Management Association Case Team, Project Management Triathlon Team, Small Business Management Team, or the Society for the Advancement of Management Case team. Spots of these teams are highly competitive. Students can also be inducted into the Delta Mu Delta business honor society, or join the Accounting Society, American Marketing Association, Association for Information Systems, Financial Planning Association, International Business Society, or the Society for the Advancement of Management. The Center for Professional Excellence links students to internships and mentorships. Students can also have a professional headshot taken by a university photographer for their career profile.
Other special events throughout the school year include the annual Faith and Business Symposium, COBA Cookout, Leadership Seminar, and Celebration Awards Dinner. The Waldron Center for Entrepreneurship and Family Business opened in 2016. This center connects students with community business owners, so they can work collaboratively on building a business from the ground up. Students will gain the skills needed to one day run their own business or contribute to their family’s business. Wal-Mart CFO, Brett Briggs, leads an ASI distinguished lecture series. Other guest speakers have included author Stephen M.R. Covey and NFL veteran Benjamin Watson.
The Graduate School of Business offers flexible, online graduate degrees and certificates to meet whatever goals students are aiming to accomplish. A Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems are available, as well as a joint BBA/MBA or dual BBA/MSIS.
The MBA degree has a focus on Management and Business Ethics, and MSIS students pick a concentration in either Data Analytics or Information Assurance and Security. Students are invited to participate in some live events, but these are also recorded so they can be conveniently viewed online. These programs can be completed in as few as 12 months, or students may take up to seven years. Graduate certificates are 12-credit hours, and options include Data Analytics and Information Assurance and Security. Students can also develop job skills by taking free classes offered on the Udacity Platform, covering topics such as How to Build a Startup, Introduction to Programming, or Introduction to Python Programming.