The AACSB-accredited School of Business at South Carolina State University values integrity, leadership, teamwork, customer satisfaction, community outreach, and performance. Throughout the process of developing successful business professionals, the SoB provides an inclusive environment that promotes innovation, high-quality teaching, effective leadership, student engagement, diversity, and continuous faculty research.
Undergraduate students can earn a Bachelors in Agribusiness, Accounting, Business Economics, Management, or Marketing. The Management major offers specialized tracks in Retail Management, Management Information Systems, Human Resource Management, and Financial Management. At the graduate level, students can obtain a Masters in Business Administration with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management, Agribusiness, or General MBA. To help open up even more opportunities in the pursuit of a career, students can choose to minor in Human Resource Management, International Business, or Innovation & Entrepreneurship or obtain a Certificate in Ag Innovation & Entrepreneurship. There are many scholarships available to help ease the financial burden of pursuing higher education. These include the Alumni Association, General University, Presidential, SC State University Achievers, Magic Johnson, Wells Fargo, AgFirst, and School of Business Scholarships. Students who wish to pursue the numerous opportunities to study abroad or participate in the International Exchange Student Program can access scholarships for that as well.
Student life encompasses the full life experience students receive while attending the university in areas like academia, extra-curricular and social activities, community outreach, relationships, networking with professionals, and experiential learning opportunities. An excellent way for a student to impact all of these areas is through the many business student organizations. These groups include the Agribusiness Club, Alpha Kappa Psi, Business Student Council, Beta Gamma Sigma, the Society for Human Resource Management, Economics Club, Beta Alpha Psi, and National Association of Black Accountants (NABA).
Another great resource provided by the SoB is the Leadership and Professional Development Program. In this program, students have the benefit of hearing and learning from business leaders in the Executive Speaker Series, attending skills development seminars, and participating in real-world, hands-on experiences. There is also the Executive-In-Residence Program, where a currently employed or retired business executive assimilates into classrooms, hallways, seminars, and offices to offer in-person insight, wisdom, and personal experiences. The Annual Business Week is filled with executive speakers, competitions, fairs, expos, luncheons, and events focused on showcasing, promoting, and enjoying the business program. Another great resource that educates students and the community is the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub. It provides resources to assist anyone at the university or in the community who desires to be or is currently an entrepreneur. Students may also help at the Small Business Development Center, which provides resources to small business owners.
The SoB has created the MBA in Healthcare Management hybrid program in which students complete coursework online, on-campus in the evenings and Saturdays, and at some other physical locations interacting through videoconferencing software.