Marcelo Eduardo, Dean
Michele Ricker, Assistant Dean
Advisor and Coordinator,
Accelerated Degree Program (2009)
Administrative Assistant to Dean
What is now the School of Business began in 1946 when an instructor was given permission to teach non-credit typing and shorthand courses in the basement of Chrestman Hall. The success in the non-credit courses inspired the institution to appoint a full-time business professor and add several business courses. By 1955, the business department had four full-time faculty members and a major. In the fall of 1959, the institution combined the Department of Business and the Department of Economics into the Division of Business and Economics. After consolidation, the division had 200 majors and five full-time faculty members.
In the early 1960s, the division added accounting courses to its curriculum. Also the division began offering evening courses. Students responded favorably to the additional courses and the evening offerings, and the division began experiencing double-digit growth. In 1964, the institution constructed Self Hall. Most of the building was dedicated to the Division of Business. In 1967, the Division of Business added the Master of Business Administration targeted at metropolitan-area professionals seeking an evening graduate program. The program was an immediate success.
The Division of Business continued growing, and in 1975, the Division became the School of Business. All of this was due to the tremendous dedication of Dr. D. Gray Miley.
Mission and Goals
The Mississippi College School of Business Mission is to provide a quality business education in a Christian environment. The School of Business is committed to:
- Academic quality through effective teaching and relevant programs
- Faculty scholarship through contributions to practice, learning and pedagogy, and discipline-based research
- A Christian based environment through ethical awareness, exposure to biblical principles and supportive and collegial faculty.
Mississippi College, through its School of Business, is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degrees:
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.).
The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).
The School of Business Administration is housed in Self Hall on the Mississippi College campus. This building was made possible by a grant of funds from the Self Foundation of Marks, Mississippi. The building has the office space, classrooms, seminar rooms, laboratories and equipment necessary to provide the implementation of quality educational programs.
The School of Business Administration offers programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.B.A.) in Business Administration. Within this degree, majors are available in Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, and Finance.
Also, the School of Business has jointly with the School of Education a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Transfer Student Requirement
At least 50 percent of transfer student’s 300-400-level business courses required for their business degree must be taken at Mississippi College.
Double Majors in Business
Students wishing to earn two business majors within their BSBA can do so by completing the requirements for one degree and one major (130 hours) plus completing the requirements for their second major (21 or 24 hours depending on the major). The minimum number of hours required for a double major in business is 151 or 154 hours.
The School of Business offers minors in Business Administration, Marketing, Accounting, and International Business. Business majors may choose a minor in any of these areas in which they do not major.
The School of Business at Mississippi College recommends that students utilize their elective courses to study in Europe during the summer through its membership in a consortium. The center in Vienna, Austria, offers a three-week course (3 hours credit) in international business followed by the five-week courses offered in London, England, with an international emphasis in accounting, economics, finance, insurance, management, and marketing (3 to 6 hours credit). The schedule is structured to encourage study in both Vienna and London although students may choose either.
Information and applications can be obtained in the Business School Administration Office in Self Hall, Telephone: 601.925.3214.
The purpose of a certificate program is to provide an area of concentration in the School of Business for individuals with a bachelor’s degree. Persons wishing to change their career or acquire additional skills may be interested in this type of program. Upon completion, a certificate will be awarded and recorded on the transcript. A certificate program is offered in accounting.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
The M.B.A. program consists of thirty semester hours of graduate work and is offered at night. The program was designed for persons who are working and wish to continue their education at night.
In addition to the traditional M.B.A. described above, an M.B.A. with an Accounting Concentration is offered for students with an interest in advanced work in the field of accounting. Those planning to take the C.P.A. exam may complete the required courses and hours with this program. An MBA with a Finance concentration is also offered for students with an interest in advanced work in the field of Finance. An MBA with a Management Information Systems concentration is offered with an interest in advanced work in the field of Management Information System.
A joint J.D./M.B.A. is offered as an option for Mississippi College School of Law students. It has been designed especially for a person who wishes to complete both degrees while attending law school.
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
The School of Business Administration and the School of Education offer a joint program leading to a Master of Education degree with a major in Business Education. Education and general business courses required to earn this degree are offered in both the day and evening schedules. Business education courses are offered primarily during the summer session and in the evenings. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)