The AACSB-accredited College of Business at James Madison University values integrity, community, intellectual growth, engagement, innovation, collaboration, and excellence. Through advanced curricula, highly qualified faculty, and a plethora of service opportunities, the College of Business has created a full community of learning for every student.
From its beginning in 1972, the College of Business now enrolls over 5,000 students each year. It is currently housed in Showker Hall and will soon, sometime in 2021, be located in the 210,000-square-foot Learning Complex that is both brand new and renovated. This building will help empower business students towards excellence through all that it has to offer, including relaxing study spaces; atriums; high-tech classrooms; state-of-the-art facilities; and the Innovation, Collaboration, and Entrepreneurship Lab.
A vital part of a successful education is the quality of faculty members. The College of Business has many renowned professors like Paul Copley, professor of Accounting, who was recently published in The CPA Journal. Undergraduate students can receive a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. They can also pursue a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Finance. Graduate students can study for a Master in Accounting or a Master of Business Administration in Executive Leadership, Information Security, or Innovation. Many scholarship opportunities exist for qualifying business students, including the Abt Memorial Scholarship Endowment in the College of Business, Murray & Sandra Lane Accounting Scholarship, McDonald Bradley Scholarship for Leadership, and the Madison Business Scholarship. Students who desire to gain crucial international experience can take part in faculty-led trips to England, Spain, or Italy; exchange programs at universities in Morocco, Australia, Egypt, South Korea, Sweden, or the United Arab Emirates; or can participate in international internships in places like Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, or Spain.
A variety of programs, centers, and opportunities are available to students to enhance their educational experience. The Academic Success Center focuses on ways to assist students in achieving their goals both in college and afterward through various resources, information, learning activities, and advisement. To both accompany and intensify the overall learning experience, the Office of Professional Development and Engagement provides MadisonBiz Residential Learning Communities, the Career KickStart Conference, the Shape Your Future series, Etiquette Dinners, Career Treks, Career Mentor Program, and internship and externship opportunities. Some of the centers that exist to help students grow in hands-on activities and in providing services to the community are the Center for Entrepreneurship, Institute of Certified Professional Managers, Small Business Development Center, Center for Global Engagement, and the Center for Professional Sales.
The College of Business provides the advantage of obtaining the Master of Business Administration degree entirely online. This option benefits those who are unable to attend classes in person. The online MBA offers concentrations in Executive Leadership, Information Security, and Innovation.