Named after Gladys A. Kelce, the AACSB-accredited Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University aims to be a “foundation for life-long learning.” They pride themselves on offering an affordable, high-quality, well-rounded educational experience. Through relatively small classes, student-focused teaching, and top-notch instruction, the faculty are dedicated to living and teaching the values of the College of Business. Some of these values are academic honesty, ethical decision making, respect, accountability, encouragement, commitment, engagement, teamwork, academic freedom, responsibility, and transparency. They aspire to create a diverse learning environment, community outreach opportunities, train students to make a global impact, and encourage personal relationships. This ethos helps set students up for great success in both the business world and in life. More than 1,000 students are enrolled and working towards degree completion.
The Kelce College of Business offers local, statewide, and detailed national data reports through The Pittsburg Micropolitan Area Economic Report and Data, including quarterly, monthly, and annual reports depending on the topic. The topics covered are banking statistics, bankruptcy statistics, building permits, credit union statistics, jobs data by industry, labor force statistics, local business highlights, population statistics, and demographic information. The College of Business is also home to The American Economist academic journal and the Journal of Managerial Issues, both recognized globally.
Undergraduate degrees are available in Accounting, Business Economics, Computer Information Systems, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Professional Accountancy, which has an option to obtain your Bachelors and Masters in Accountancy in just five years. They can also study the Master of Business Administration with four areas of concentration, including Accounting, General Administration, Human Resource Development, and International Business.
The Kelce College of Business desires to help students reach their business goals and achieve the best education possible. They provide scholarships specific to each degree program and for qualifying business students. Among the many other scholarships available, is the Standen Family Endowed Scholarship, the Celltron College of Business Scholarship preferably given to a female, and the Clyde E. Starkey Scholarship Award Trust Fund ideally given to a male.
What better way for students to gain practical experience and apply what they are learning than to be part of the many clubs and organizations the business school has to offer. These include Beta Alpha Psi – Lamda Gamma Chapter, Beta Gamma Sigma, Computer Information Systems Student Association, Economics Club, Enactus, Finance Club, Marketing Association, Master of Business Administration Association, and Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics Honor Society).
For students who need to acquire a degree while working, fulfilling family obligations, or who do not live in the area, the Kelce College of Business offers a fully online MBA program with the same concentration options as the traditional MBA. Students can also choose the hybrid option where they split time between online and in-person study.