The Kate Tiedemann College of Business holds the double distinction of being fully accredited in Business and Accounting from the prestigious AACSB. Class sizes are kept small, and students are taught by professors who are passionate experts in the business. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the C.o.B. #1 in Faculty Credentials and Training in Florida and #3 in the country. Adjunct professor, Noel Mark Noel, is a published author of a book titled Currencies and Cultures, which explores the impact and evolution of currency on different societies. The Lynn Pippenger Hall is the state-of-the-art business building. The building features three innovative learning labs: the Wealth Management Center for Finance students, Consumer Insight Lab for Marketing students, and Active Learning Lab for Entrepreneurship students.
Students will be pushed to new heights through undergraduate degrees in Accountancy, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Information Systems Management, Management, and Marketing. Minors are available in Healthcare Administration, International Business, and Legal Studies. Experiential learning is emphasized, and students participate in meaningful work, such as assisting local businesses with marketing designs, helping low-income families with their taxes, managing $500,000 through the Student Investment Fund, and turn business plans into a reality in the Entrepreneurship Suite.
Graduate students can take their career to the next level by earning a Master of Business Administration or Master of Accountancy degree. Students in the MBA program will establish a focus track in Business Analytics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Analytics, Information Systems Management, International Business, Management, or Marketing Strategy. With this flexible program, students can move from part-time to full-time status semester by semester. The MAcc offers tracks in General Accounting, Tax Accounting, or Forensic Accounting. Graduate certificates are offered in Leadership Management, Sustainability in Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics. Each of these certificates is only nine credit hours and can be completed in one semester.
Kate Tiedemann is home to approximately 1,700 business students. Business students can rub elbows with business executives in the area through the Data Analytics Executive Roundtable hosted in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation. Students also partnered with the Suncoast Sierra Club in renewable energy efforts. Featured leaders visit each semester to share their knowledge and inspire students. Junior and senior business students can polish their professional skills through the Professional Development Program. This unique program requires students to attend five career appointments, covering career readiness, personal branding, interpersonal communication, thought-leadership, and experiential learning. Students must also complete three extra-curricular challenges related to the areas of Know, Do, and Be. Students who successfully attain these requirements will be awarded a certificate and recognized at graduation. Alumni also remain active and compete in National Startup Business Challenges.
The online MBA was ranked 3rd in the state of Florida in 2017 by U.S. News and World Report. This program allows maximum flexibility, and students can also choose to take classes on campus for networking opportunities. The MAcc program also is offered fully online or in a hybrid format.