Striving to become the leading business school in the state of Texas, the AACSB-accredited College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi finds significance in excellence, integrity, sustainability, leadership, and inclusion. With a focus on higher learning and innovation, the curriculum not only provides strong business education, but also places importance on students engaging with peers, faculty, the community, and local businesses.
Amongst the notable faculty experts are two business professors, Dr. Katherine Taken Smith, and Dr. Lawrence Murphy Smith. They wrote a paper which was awarded, by the 2019 American Accounting Association, the Best Public Interest Paper research award.
Undergraduate students have the options of majoring in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Management Information Systems, General Business, Management, or Marketing. For graduate students, there is the Masters of Accountancy, the on-campus Master of Business Administration, and the five-year Engineering MBA. The Engineering MBA allows for Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering students to earn an MBA in the fifth year.
To provide the financial assistance needed to pursue these degrees, the College of Business has the Jessie Frances Neal Scholarship for first-year students and the Lichtenstein Scholarships for MBA and Masters of Accountancy students. There are a plethora of scholarships for undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students.
Many societies and organizations exist to enhance the business educational experience including The Society for Human Resource Management, Student Economic Association, Student Accounting Society, Society for Advancement of Management, Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and the Student Finance Association. For international experiences, there are study abroad trips for two weeks to places like China, and entire semesters to countries like Germany, Spain, Mexico, and France.
In preparation to transition into careers, the Texas A&M University Career Service Department assists students with career preparedness through practicing interviews, improving resumes, and recruiting events such as the Business Etiquette Dinner and the College of Business Internship and Employment Fair. Internships are available to give real-world training and experience. A great way to motivate students to create, innovate, and design new concepts are through the Buc Days Ideas Challenge competition. Here, students can put to the test what they have learned and grow through an entrepreneurial experience.
The College of Business provides outreach by offering free business consulting services to the local community. Another way is through the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center. The center provides low-cost customizable office space, conference rooms, training rooms, lab facilities, administrative assistance, and is a resource for specialized equipment that can be the key to the success of a small start-up company. It also provides education, training, network & community access, and numerous services including business planning, marketing consultation, logo and graphics design, and business formation assistance, to name a few. Housed with the College of Business is the South Texas Economic Development Center. This center focuses on the economic development of the local community and its businesses.
The Business School offers an online MBA and an online Master of Accountancy. The MBA includes optional concentrations of Healthcare Administration, Finance, Accounting, and Data Analytics.