The School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville “believes in the concept of adding value.” Adding value to the curriculum, the classroom, the students, and the university, to in turn bring value to many business organizations in the community and worldwide. They focus on development, innovation, collaboration, research, globalization, diversity, creativity, critical thinking, and outreach. They place importance on building connections and relationships with local businesses and entrepreneurs. The priority placed on creating a top-notch curriculum helps prepare students with the competitive edge needed to succeed in the rapidly evolving and innovative business environment. The School of Business receives its accreditation from the AACSB.
Undergraduate students can study for a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Specializations include Computer Information Systems, International Business, Finance, Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Marketing. In the Master of Science in Accountancy program, graduate students can specialize in Business Analytics or Taxation. The Master of Business Administration has specialization options which include Business Analytics, Management, Management Information Systems, and Project Management. Graduate students can also pursue the Master of Marketing Research degree. Also housed within the School of Business is the Department of Computer Management & Information Systems, which has the Master of Science in Computer Management & Information Systems degree with specializations in Business Analytics and Project Management.
The School of Business has an incredible network of upwards of 26,000 alumni. They are successful business owners, business leaders in companies like Boeing, Edward Jones, and The Federal Reserve, and even elected into the U.S. House of Representatives. Being so close to the city of St. Louis gives the School of Business students the convenience of having large, reputable businesses and companies nearby for an internship, co-op, and potential job opportunities. The Career Development Center can help connect students with these companies. International experience is also a commodity to boost the resume and open up more opportunities for employment. The International Program offers educational experiences in many countries, including England, Italy, Hungary, and China. The Business Magazine, created by the School of Business, helps keep students up-to-date on current business trends, developments within the school, and the changes and evolution of the world of business. Another asset is the different programs used to connect with, assist, outreach, and impact the community and the world. A few ways the School of Business fulfills this is through the Small Business Development Center, the International Trade Center, and the Office of Regional Economic Analysis. Another way is through the School of Business Executive Education programs which train in the development of professionals through workshops and events.
The Master of Business Administration is available in a 100% online format with the same concentrations available as the on-campus counterpart.