The University of North Alabama’s College of Business is prestigiously accredited by the AACSB, and the B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems and the B.S. in Computer Science degrees are accredited by ABET. The MBA program is the largest in the state of Alabama, and the student pass rate on the CPA exam is the highest in the state. UNA College of Business is comprised of four distinct academic departments; Accounting and Business Law, Computer Science and Information Systems, Economics and Finance, and Management and Marketing. Alumni of the highly respected College of Business are highly sought out by leading corporations and have successful careers with NASA, Hexagon, Parallon, Ernst and Young, and State Farm.
Among the many excellent programs offered through the COB is the Bachelor of Business Administration. Students in this program can major in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, or Marketing. Minors are offered in Entrepreneurship, Quantitative Methods, and Real Estate and Insurance. Bachelor of Science degrees are available in Computer Science or Information Technology. All students will complete a culminating capstone project supporting a local business. Graduate students seeking an MBA have three different routes to choose from; the Executive MBA, International Business MBA, and the Part-time MBA. Students in the MBA program can designate a concentration in Accounting, Information Systems, ERP Systems Using SAP, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, or Finance. Earning an MBA from UNA is very affordable. Students in Suzhou, China can earn the same Executive MBA through a partnership with Pepsons Education Consulting. Taipei, Taiwan students have an opportunity to attend IUC Global Corporation. A graduate certificate is also available in Project Management.
The diverse and growing student body population of the College of Business currently consists of 2,000 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students, an increase of 36% since 2014. Beyond the classroom, students can get involved in 12 business student organizations. There are also many experiential learning opportunities readily available through the Institute for Innovation and Economic Development, Small Business Development Center, and Steele Center for Professional Selling. The Generator is a student incubator, which provides assistance for students interested in starting their own business. Students have also completed internships at 66 job sites over the past year, and have studied abroad on four different continents. Innovation is encouraged on campus, and there are many opportunities for students to shine. Each year students unleash the creativity through the Shoals Idea Audition, a contest to pitch new business ideas. Smart Start is a fast-paced two-day event where students create their own businesses. The Shoals Shark Competition focuses on digital technology.
Students can earn a flexible Bachelor of Business Administration or Master of Business Administration fully online. The curriculum for the online MBA is made up of 30 hours of comprehensive business management courses. The online MBA program is ranked 41st Globally by CEO Magazine and is very affordable. Student support services include an online writing center, academic advising, and career planning.