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AACSB, Higher Learning Commission

The AACSB-accredited College of Business at Winona State University strives to provide an excellent and engaging educational experience that develops strong, confident, and successful global business leaders. The academic process is filled with experiential learning opportunities, innovative programs, alumni support, business community influence, and faculty members who encourage, mentor, and fully support each student to reach their goals. The CoB aims to graduate students who have acquired skills in effective communication, responsible decision-making, business fundamentals, teamwork, and critical thinking.   


Undergraduate students receive an education full of business and the liberal arts. They can major in Finance, Accounting, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Business Administration, Economics, or Management Information Systems. There is the option to deepen knowledge in a specific area by pursuing a minor in Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Management Information Systems, International Business, Accounting, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, or Professional Selling.

The College of Business has its own set of scholarships available to its students. First-year students can apply for the $1500 Renewable Scholarship or the Candy Co. Scholarship. Older students can benefit from the Nissen College of Business Scholarship, the Wells Fargo Bank Scholarship, or the Accounting Faculty & Staff Scholarship.

Spending time learning about different aspects of business and culture in another country can be life-changing, life fulfilling, and a highly beneficial aspect of the educational journey. Business students can spend a semester with international students studying business in countries like Denmark, Belgium, and Spain. They can also spend a short time with their professors learning in countries like China, France, and Scotland.

Student Life

The business programs are designed to provide the right amount of real-world scenarios and hands-on experiences both inside and outside the classroom. There are in-class projects, top-of-the-line technological resources, and executive guest speakers. Students can visit companies and tour their facilities and learn how the professional world functions. Many internships are also available to give students professional experience.  

The Winona business-related student organizations are Delta Sigma Pi, the Accounting Association, Beta Gamma Sigma, the American Marketing Association, Economics Student Organization, Pi Sigma Epsilon, Entrepreneurship Club, Management Information Systems Association, Financial Management Association, and the Society for Human Resources Management. These groups allow students to experience learning, enhance skills, and participate in co-curricular activities and events. There is also the opportunity to research with faculty members, and some of the current research topics are corporate value statements, successful recruiting, ethical business culture, effects of investment policy, and price dispersion in competitive markets.

The Strauss Center for Sales Excellence is an excellent resource for students interested in the sales industry. It provides curriculum, relationships with professionals in sales, and real-life experiences. Winona’s sales students currently have a “100% placement rate” upon graduation.

Online Programs

Students who have already acquired the first two years can complete the rest of their undergraduate degrees through the entirely online Business Administration degree program. There is also an AACSB-accredited, 100% online Masters in Professional Accounting with optional in-person meetings.

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