McNeese State University has mastered the art of offering excellence with a touch of personal attention to all of its students. U.S. News and World Report names McNeese one of the best regional universities in the south, and McNeese is also highly recognized for its great value. Over 20 scholarships are awarded to students at the College of Business annually, from Louisiana corporations such as State Farm, AT&T, and from individual donors. The College of Business is AACSB accredited, a distinction held by just 5% of business schools. The CoB is divided into two distinct departments; The Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, and The Department of Management, Marketing, and Business Administration.
Degrees offered to undergraduate students include a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, and General Business Administration. Management majors can also add a concentration in Human Resource Management, and General Business Administration students can select a Construction Management or Business Education concentration. A brand-new minor in Entrepreneurship is also offered specifically for Accounting majors. All programs can be started any semester, and students have the option to enroll part-time or full-time.
The Master of Business Administration courses are offered in the evening, so students can continue working their full-time job while earning an advanced degree. This 33-credit hour program can be completed in just 18 months. Students can apply for a graduate assistantship, which will provide not only valuable work experience but also a salary and reduced tuition rates. Personalized attention is provided to all students through small class sizes. In fact, the Dean will meet individually with each student twice per semester to ensure they are on the right path to their future career goals. Faculty also engages students in research projects, and research has been published and presented at conferences.
Students can add leadership experience to their resume through participation in one of the many business organizations, such as the National Society for Leadership and Success, C-E-O, or the Student Government Association. The annual small business pitch competition is a chance for entrepreneurial-minded students to test the waters with their business visions. The COB has partnered with many local companies, giving students opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience through an internship or service-learning project. Graduate students can also attend the Business After Hours networking events or be paired with a Lake Charles professional through the mentorship program. There are employment opportunities for MBA students through the Center for Business and Economic Analysis, as well as opportunities for students to provide assistance to small businesses through the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.
The online Master of Business Administration offers the same relevant, high-quality courses as the on-campus program. This flexible degree can be completed in 18 months, or at the students’ own pace. A graduate certificate in Business Administration is also offered, for professionals seeking to advance their career in a shorter length of time. These classes can later be applied towards the MBA for students wishing to add the prestigious MBA to their credentials.