Niagara University’s College of Business Administration offers a premier private business education second to none. The staff and students are what sets apart this elite AACSB accredited C.o.B.A. The associate professor of accounting, Dr. Lei Han, was recognized by the University with the Innovation in Teaching Award in August 2019. Faculty focus on offering students a unique experience, by following a “learning by doing” approach. In May 2019, two students were awarded scholarships from the National Grocers Association Foundation. Alumni currently work for companies, such as Royal Caribbean Cruises and Deloitte.
Undergraduate students receive a strong business foundation, rooted in Catholic principles. Bachelor degrees are offered in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing. Within these majors, students can gain specialized knowledge through a concentration or minor. Accounting students can earn a Fraud Minor, and a minor in Fraud Examination and Economic Crime can be paired with any major. Management students can select a concentration in Human Resources, International, or Supply Chain, and Marketing students have the option of adding a concentration in Food and Consumer Packaged Goods.
Graduate programs include the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Finance. The MBA can be completed in as few as 12 months, with convenient course offerings in the evenings and in accelerated five-week Saturday sessions. MBA concentration options are offered in 11 emerging career fields, such as Professional Accountancy, Global Business and Supply Chain, International Management, and Strategic Marketing. Within Strategic Marketing, students pursue the Social Media and Digital Marketing Track or the Digital Analytics Track. Students earning an MS in Finance also have the ability to graduate within one year. Finance students will select a track in Corporate Finance or Investments, upon completion of the seven required core courses.
Many unique opportunities exist for business students, ranging from internships to managing investment funds, and even study abroad adventures throughout Europe and Asia. Students give back to the community through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. There are also eight active business organizations, such as Business Organizational Development Leadership, Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization, and NU Finance. The NU Finance Club participates in field trips to Wall Street District. Career Services supports students with a variety of professional services, leading to 92% of students completing an internship throughout the duration of their college experience.
There are several ways for graduate students to get compensated for their hard work outside of the classroom. Graduate assistantships consist of 20 hours per week in an office or department on campus, such as the MBA office, Graduate Studies, Career Services, or Marketing Office, in exchange for a $6,000 stipend and tuition waiver for nine-credit hours per semester. A full-tuition scholarship is also awarded to one MBA student who commits to serving the needs of the business department. Graduate students can also be awarded a $2,000 scholarship for completing 200 hours of faculty-assisted research.
Students have the flexibility of completing the MBA fully online if they are unable to make it to weekly classes.