The Jennings A. Jones College of Business continues to evolve to meet the current needs of students. This thriving dually accredited business and accounting AACSB school offered its very first business course in 1939. In 2015, Middle Tennessee became the first university in the state to offer the specialized Dale Carnegie Seminar. Students learn the essential soft skills needed to succeed in the 21st century, with sessions such as Enhance Relationships and Motivate Others, Unleash Our Full Potential, and Disagree Agreeably. Jones College offers state-of-the-art facilities, including a Sales Lab, Financial Analysis Center, and Executive Education Center.
Jones CoB is comprised of five departments; Accounting, Economics and Finance, Information Systems and Analytics, Management, and Marketing. Undergraduate students select a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, Commerce, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Supply Chain, Marketing, Professional Selling, Real Estate, or Risk Management and Insurance. The wide variety of majors caters to students’ diverse interests. Graduate students can earn a master’s degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Education, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, or Management. Students who choose to pursue an MBA can add an optional concentration in Concrete Management. IS students can customize their degree with a concentration in Business Intelligence and Analytics, Information and Security Assurance, or IT Project Management. Management options include Social Innovation and Not-for-Profit, Organizational Leadership, or Supply Chain Management. A Ph.D. in Economics is also available.
The Career Development Center hosts several events each semester, such as Meet the Firms, career fairs, and networking nights. Students can also earn recognition for completing the IGNITE professional development program. In order to be recognized, students must complete activities totaling 100 points. For example, attending a workshop on Networking via LinkedIn is worth 10 points, competing in the Sales Career Showcase or job shadowing is 15 points, holding a leadership role will earn you 20 points, and completing an internship is 25 points. Mentoring, study abroad, and student organizations are other ways for students to get plugged in. Students can develop their leadership skills through membership in 20 business organizations, including the Institute of Internal Auditors, Investment Club, Real Estate Club, Collegiate DECA, Blue Raider Finance Club, or the Student Center for Public Trust.
Students can earn an Online Flex MBA without ever stepping foot on campus. The optional Health Care Management concentration is also 100% online, or students may complete the Music Business concentration offered in a hybrid format. The MBA curriculum without a concentration consists of 36 hours and can be completed in two years. In contrast, students with a concentration will be required to take 45-credit hours and typically graduate in about 2.5 years. Students can view pre-recorded lectures on their own time, communicate with their peers through real-time classroom discussions, and may schedule web conferences with their professors. Students will actively engage in presentations, persuasive essays, and teamwork assignments. Online students have access to career services, such as individualized career advising, resume and cover letter support, job search assistance, networking events, and career fairs.