The AACSB-accredited Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia educates over 4,800 students each year. Inspired by its namesake and benefactor, who is an intelligent, hard-working, and incredibly successful entrepreneur who has significantly impacted the economy of the region, the College of Business strives to develop influential global leaders. Through excellence in academia, expert teaching, innovative programs, and a largely supportive environment, students grow in responsibility, commitment, competence, honesty, ethical principles, and professionalism.
Undergraduate students can acquire a two-year Associates degree in Business Administration or Computer Science. The Bachelors in Business Administration degree offers majors in Marketing, Information Systems, Accounting, Management, and Finance. Other bachelor degrees are in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Technology Management, and Paralegal Studies. For graduate students, there is a Masters in Accountancy and Business Administration. The Cottrell MBA classes meet in the evenings part-time to cater to the schedules of working professionals. Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Cybersecurity, and Technology Leadership are optional electives within the MBA program or can be completed as graduate certificates. Having earned the NSA’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, the University takes great pride in providing unique cyber-related degrees for Cottrell business students through the Center for Cyber Operations Education.
The University awards $2 million in scholarships to over 1,500 students from over 300 types of scholarships. Cottrell students can apply for these scholarships or pursue the vast amount of private and external scholarships available. Study abroad scholarships help students take advantage of the incredible opportunity to travel and study in a different country and gain priceless international business exposure. They can spend five weeks in Italy learning about Italian businesses and culture or spring break in London, obtaining insights into English literature, lifestyle, and business practices.
Getting involved, engaging in leadership activities, and connecting with peers, faculty, staff, and professionals are all part of the overall educational process, and best prepare students to succeed. A great way to do this is through student business events and organizations like Beta Alpha Psi, Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team, Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, Programming Competition Team, American Marketing Association, Cottrell Scholars, ENACTUS, Paralegal Club, and Student Advisory Council.
BBA students are required to fully utilize the professional development program: Personal Roadmap to Ongoing Success (PROS). Throughout their degree path, students will explore majors, attend career seminars, hear from and connect with local business leaders, network, and complete internships, mock interviews, and on-site visits to shadow executives in different industries. The Cottrell Speaker Series has hosted leaders from companies like Coca-Cola, Atlanta Falcons, FedEx, Twitter, and Delta Airlines.
The BB&T Center for Ethical Leadership allows students to experience learning through the resources it provides, including research, professional development, and ethical leadership education programs for kids, students, the University, and the surrounding community. The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation helps to ignite, guide, and support the entrepreneurial spirit among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and throughout the local region.