Supporting the University's statement of purpose, the mission of the Abbott
Turner College of Business (ATCOB) is to prepare our undergraduate and graduate
students with business knowledge, management skills, and technological
competence so that they may become business professionals who add value to the
marketplace. Positioned in a diverse, dynamic, and globally oriented business
community, we achieve our mission in the following ways:
- Our students receive personalized
- We select, support, and develop highly
qualified faculty who continuously strive to achieve teaching excellence.
- Our faculty engage in instructional and
applied scholarly activities that reinforce and enhance innovative teaching
and student learning.
- We provide a rigorous and practical
curriculum responsive to the needs of our stakeholders.
- To promote linkages with our culturally
diverse service area, we continue to develop greater cultural and
- We examine the ethical and social
responsibilities of business.
- We demonstrate the interdependence of
commerce and technology.
- Through partnerships with community and
business leaders and analysis of business issues, we apply the concepts we
teach to further our stakeholders' interests.
By adhering to our mission we intend the Abbott
Turner College of Business to be an integral component of economic development
in our service area.
The Abbott Turner College of Business offers the Bachelor of Business
Administration (BBA). The major areas of specialization are accounting,
information systems, finance, management, and
marketing. Students who wish to
pursue a broader course of study may select general business as a major area.
The outcomes expected for the BBA are:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the functional areas
of business (courses required in Areas F and G).
- Demonstrate knowledge in a major field of
specialization (courses required in Area H).
- Demonstrate oral and written communication
- Demonstrate critical thinking and
- Demonstrate knowledge of ethical,
international and diversity issues.
Assessment of these outcomes for each student is
- Satisfactory classroom performance as
determined by the course instructor for classes taken at the ATCOB.
- Individual student performance during the
junior year of study using the faculty approved assessment instruments that
test business core and major area knowledge.
General BBA Degree Program Notes
- At least one-half of the 69 business credit
hours required for the BBA must be earned in the ATCOB.
- At least one-half of the Area H major hours
required must be satisfactorily completed in the ATCOB.
- Courses taught at the 1000 or 2000 level at
any institution may not be substituted for 3000 or 4000 level courses taught
by the ATCOB unless validated by the ATCOB Dean's office.
Students may take additional courses to achieve a minor concentration in a field
outside of their major. For BBA majors, the "Area I" electives may be
utilized to complete a minor in another business discipline. The program
coordinator in each discipline area has an approved list of courses required to
complete a minor. The two non-business electives in Area I may be used toward
the completion of a non-business minor. (For minors outside the ATCOB, see the
"Undergraduate Minors" section of this catalog.) Courses applied to a
minor must be in addition to the BBA core and major core course requirements.
University System Business Transfer Credit
The following courses satisfy the Area F business core for University System of
Georgia transfer credit to other member institutions:
- ACCT 2101 and ACCT 2102, Principles of
Accounting 1 & 2
- BUSA 2106, The Environment of Business
- CISM 2105, Introduction to Computer
- ECON 2105 and ECON 2106, Principles of
Economics 1 & 2
The specific credit for work done at other institutions that will apply toward
the BBA is determined by the Office of the Dean of the Abbott Turner College of
Business. Transfer students should go to the ATCOB Student Services Center to
have credits evaluated to determine which credits will be accepted for the BBA.
Allowance of transfer credit by the Office of the Registrar does not mean that
all credit will be accepted toward a BBA degree.
Students Holding a Baccalaureate Degree
Students who wish to work towards a BBA degree and have previously earned a
bachelor's degree in a non-business discipline should contact the dean's office
to determine individual requirements. The Abbott Turner College of Business is
located in Jordan Hall. The dean's office is located in room 332; the associate
dean (director of graduate programs) is located in room 328; and the assistant
dean (director of undergraduate programs) is located in room 302.
Purpose and Philosophy
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a general-purpose management
degree that prepares individuals for administrative positions in business,
industry, or government. The program accommodates students who have business and
non-business baccalaureate degrees. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides
the student with a broad understanding of management and its role in a global
society. Emphasis is placed upon economics, human behavior, organizations,
accounting, communication skills, operations, marketing, finance, management
information systems, and their impacts on managerial decision making. The
program focuses on the practical application of these tools, techniques, and
concepts. Teamwork, the international context of business, and the ethical
dimensions of managerial decisions are stressed throughout the program.
An applicant seeking admission to the MBA program must submit the following:
- An application for the MBA program
- An official baccalaureate degree transcript
from an accredited institution
- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
- A 500-word essay explaining why the student
wants to complete an MBA degree at CSU
- A current resume.
Only scores from the GMAT taken within the past
five years are accepted. A minimum score of 430 on the GMAT is required before
an application will be considered. Students must also meet one of the following
guidelines for regular admissions to the MBA program:
- � (200 x Overall Undergraduate Grade Point
Average) + GMAT score >= 1000
- (200 x Grade point average for last two years
of undergraduate credit) + GMAT score >= 1050
(Note: The grade point average used in this
admission formula is based on a 4 point scale.)
Applicants whose native language is not English
are required to submit evidence of English language proficiency from the TOEFL
MBA students are admitted to the program in either the regular or provisional
classification. Regular students have satisfied all program admission
requirements but may have to remove background deficiencies (typically by
completion of all or part of the Basic Core courses listed below). Students who
are not admitted to the regular classification may be admitted on a provisional
basis. The MBA Committee will review all materials submitted by the student to
determine if provisional status will be granted. Only a limited number of
provisional students will be admitted to the program and must show high promise
of success in graduate studies. Provisional students must complete the first
nine semester hours of graduate study earning a minimum grade point average of
3.0 to continue in the program.
The MBA is a professional degree and therefore has no language or thesis
requirement; however, case studies, field studies, research projects, and formal
papers are required in specific courses. The curriculum is segmented into two
cores: the Basic Core (prerequisite courses) and the Advance Core (MBA).
Individuals with a business baccalaureate degree normally can obtain the MBA by
completing the Advanced Core. Students not possessing baccalaureate degrees in
business will be required to take Advanced Core plus any prerequisites listed in
the Basic Core but not satisfied in the applicant's undergraduate program of
study. Only students enrolled in the MBA program are permitted to take
designated MBA courses.
Basic Core - courses provide an adequate background for students who have
earned non-business baccalaureate degrees. At the time of entry, the College of
Business' MBA Committee will determine the courses, if any, the student must
Students in the MBA program are expected to have a working knowledge of computer
skills and computer applications as well as math skills to include a first
course in calculus. Students having background deficiencies in these areas are
expected to remove them by taking the appropriate undergraduate courses.
Students should meet with the Director of the MBA program or Chair of the MBA
Committee to review their preparation in these areas.
Advanced Core - is required of all MBA students and is designed to
provide the student with the analytical techniques and managerial concepts to
assume positions of administrative responsibility. These are exclusively
graduate courses and are open only to MBA students.
Upon completion of the Basic Core, full-time students are able to complete the
program in one year (three semesters). Most graduate students will require at
least five semesters to complete the Advanced Core. The MBA program is a
year-round program. All MBA students will be expected to take courses in at
least one summer session and possibly one May term to complete the Advanced
The MBA program offers a concentration in accounting specifically designed for
those with an undergraduate degree in accounting who wish to meet the five-year
requirement to sit for the CPA exam.
Transfer Credit - A maximum of nine hours with a minimum grade of B in
each course may be accepted for transfer. Exceptions to this policy must be
approved by the MBA Committee. Transfer credit will not be utilized in computing
the student's grade point average.
Application for Graduation - Approval of an application for the MBA
degree is contingent upon the successful completion of an approved program with
a grade point average of at least 3.0 on all MBA courses. This requirement also
applies to courses taken at the 6000 level as part of a concentration in
accounting. All courses used to remove background deficiencies must be completed
satisfactorily with a grade of C or better. Applications for degree conferral
must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar one semester prior to
completion of degree requirements. Students have a maximum of six years from
first quarter enrollment to complete all MBA degree requirements.