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2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

College of Business

Dean: Michael D. Hartline; Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research: Kathleen A. McCullough; Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Accreditation: J. Dennis Cradit

The College of Business is one of a select group of business programs in the country fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation includes all undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs in business and separate accreditation of the bachelor’s and master’s programs in accounting.

Since its beginning in 1950, the College of Business has developed into a major unit that provides quality business education for students employed in regional and national organizations. The faculty and programs of the college are committed to educating and developing future business leaders and executives. This commitment to quality is reflected in three essential areas: a talented and dedicated faculty, an outstanding student body, and a close relationship with the business community. Over the years, the College of Business has been successful in building a very capable and motivated business faculty. Faculty members throughout the several business disciplines are very productive researchers and effective teachers. These faculty members also maintain important contacts with the business community through various types of service and applied research activities.

As a result of capable and dedicated faculty, the College of Business has been able to attract highly qualified students. Business students have strong analytical and communicative aptitudes and have a spirit of enterprise and creativity. The interaction of these types of students with highly qualified business faculty, coupled with well-designed business program options, creates a stimulating learning environment.

Lastly, the achievements of the College of Business have been recognized by the business community in the form of development funds for scholarships, endowed chairs, professorships, teaching and research grants, and other program activities.

Programs Offered

The College of Business offers curricula leading to the degrees of Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science (MS) in Risk Management-Insurance, Master of Science (MS) in Management Information Systems, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration. The College of Law and the College of Business offer a joint-degree program leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. The College of Social Work and the College of Business offer a joint-degree program leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is offered in three formats: 1) part-time evening, on-campus; 2) part-time, online; and 3) full-time, on-campus. The part-time evening on-campus program and part-time online program can be completed in twenty-eight months by taking two evening or online courses each semester. The full-time, on-campus program can be completed in one year (three semesters) starting in the summer (early May) semester. The MBA program incorporates nine core courses aimed at strengthening managerial skills and four electives to tailor the MBA curriculum to suit specific careers. Other opportunities are available to students with undergraduate degrees in accounting and management information systems.

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) program is designed to allow the student to major in either Assurance and Advisory Services, Generalist, or Taxation. This program provides students with greater breadth and depth in accounting education than can be accomplished in the baccalaureate program. Although the MAcc program is designed as a full-time program, students may choose to complete their coursework on a part-time basis.

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is a one year, lock-step, full-time, on-campus program that emphasizes the applied aspects of finance.

The college also offers an Internet-based Master of Science in Management Information Systems program. The program is designed so that a typical student can complete the degree in twenty-four months by taking two online courses each semester.

The Master of Science in Risk Management-Insurance program is available entirely via the Internet and is designed for working professionals. This program can be completed in twenty-four months by taking two online courses each semester.

The objective of the doctoral program in business is to prepare students for careers in university teaching and research, as well as for selected administrative and research positions in industry and government. Students receive the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration degree and concentrate in accounting, finance, management information systems, marketing, organizational behavior and human resources, risk management and insurance, or strategy.

More specific information on all our graduate programs is available on the College of Business Web site at http://www.business.fsu.edu/academics/graduate-programs.

Institutes and Centers

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship (JMI) in the College of Business at Florida State University serves to help entrepreneurs with currently existing businesses in the state of Florida to succeed. The JMI offers many avenues of assistance—from educational conferences to direct connections with our knowledgeable staff. As the prospect of operating a business in the future becomes more and more complex, the JMI will be a continual source of education aimed at keeping entrepreneurs informed and prepared to meet the challenge of coming trends.

The Marketing Institute (formerly the Florida Institute for Marketing Alternative Transportation) was created to provide valuable market research and education/training programs to professionals in the transportation, sports, hospitalities, and professional service industries. Operated by a talented team of faculty, staff, and students, the Marketing Institute seeks to identify consumer attitudes and behavior that impact their purchase of products and services.

The Center for Human Resource Management in the College of Business at Florida State University provides a forum for human resource professionals to enter into high level discussions with academics and colleagues on critical issues. The HR Center also provides a vehicle for professional networking and provides a connection to, and support for, Florida State University, a major research oriented university. In addition to the main focus, the HR Center provides technical assistance, education and training programs, and published research to its executive and general membership.

The BB&T Center for Free Enterprise is a joint program of free enterprise between the College of Business and the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, established by a generous gift from BB&T. Within the College of Business’ Department of Finance, a professorship has been created to develop and promote a free-enterprise curriculum along with a new “Free Enterprise and Ethics” course, which will become part of a certificate program in Free Enterprise and Ethics.

The Center for Real Estate Education and Research serves to enhance the teaching, research, and service mission of the Real Estate Program at FSU. It organizes the annual Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference as well as other forums in which executives and scholars exchange ideas and share their insights with our students, alumni, and friends. The Center supports research for public and private interests, while maintaining a policy of political non-advocacy.

The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center supports the state’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic storms. The specific functions of the Center are to coordinate and disseminate research efforts that are expected to have an immediate impact on policy and practices related to catastrophic storm preparedness; coordinate and disseminate information related to catastrophic storm risk management, including but not limited to research and information that would benefit businesses, consumers, and public policy makers; facilitate Florida’s preparedness and responsiveness to catastrophic storms and collaborate with other public and private institutions; create and promote studies that enhance the educational options available to risk management and insurance students; publish and disseminate findings; and organize and sponsor conferences, symposia, and workshops to educate consumers and policymakers.

The Gene Taylor/Bank of America Center for Banking and Financial Studies was created and named in honor of one of Bank of America’s top executives. The Center functions to encourage excellence in research, education, and service activities related to banking and financial services and serves as liaison between the Finance Department, other departments in the College of Business, related programs and centers elsewhere on campus, centers at other universities, the banking and financial services professional community, governmental agencies, and the public at large. The Center operates as the administrative umbrella under which all banking and financial services related research, outreach, and service initiatives in the College of Business are conducted. The Center funds financial databases, research grants, faculty travel, guest speakers, and other research and classroom related items.

The Center for Insurance Research was established to support and enhance the research mission of the Florida State University Risk Management and Insurance Program in the College of Business. In response to the increasing importance of insurance and risk management in the U.S. and global markets, the Center is embarking on an ambitious redesign with a strong emphasis on research which will help shape business decisions and public policy in the insurance industry.

The Sales Institute is dedicated to preparing students by providing world-class sales education and training. Housed under the College of Business, we believe that Individual Attention and International Acclaim is the standard by which we operate and educate. By utilizing the most current sales training technologies developed through continuous research, we facilitate each student’s evolution from student to successful sales professional. Equal to our education mission, is the mission to contribute to the economic development of the state of Florida by conducting research in the areas of sales and sales management and by sharing results of that research through publications, conference presentations, and both public and private sales and sales management seminars.

The Carl Desantis Center for Executive Management Education focuses on enhancing the managerial skills and knowledge of managers who have a strong potential to advance to the executive level of their organizations.

The Center for Veteran Outreach serves veterans pursuing an education in business through recruitment, support, and advocacy. In an effort to recruit veterans to the College of Business, we actively reach out to those transitioning out of the military, as well as those that have already transitioned, to make them aware of the opportunities here at the FSU College of Business. Once enrolled at either the undergraduate or graduate level, in-residence or online, we provide support with resumé assistance, veteran scholarships, and by providing a private study/meeting area. Finally, we advocate for our veteran students by assisting with job placement, voicing their concerns in higher education, and by sponsoring veteran transition programs such as the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program and research.

The College of Business Ethics Roundtable explores and clarifies the relationship of ethics to business decisions for students, faculty and staff, through programs and communications to improve the quality of business education and business decision making.

The Center for Global Supply Chain Management is a center of excellence in the supply chain management field and a preferred provider of talent, disseminator of best practice research and developer of innovative curricula that meets the needs of world class organizations.

The Institute for Applied Business Research conducts a wide range of marketing research and offers developmental support services to professionals in the public transportation, tourism and sports.

The International Center for Hospitality Research and Development serves as a key provider to international industry professionals of research on a wide array of topics, including tourism marketing, visitors, lodging and service management, food safety, operations policy analysis and training.

Facilities

The Charles A. Rovetta Business Building is ideally located near the center of campus adjacent to Strozier Library and the Oglesby Union. It contains modern classrooms, faculty and staff offices, and numerous support facilities. The College of Business Technology Center houses state-of-the-art computer laboratories and training rooms. It provides students access to the latest technology used in business. The College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office and Graduate Programs Office provide students with a wide variety of advising services.

The Dedman School of Hospitality is located in the University Center Building B, which provides for the specialized academic/training objectives established by the school. In addition to classrooms, this state-of-the-art facility provides hospitality students with teaching kitchens, a technology center, a publication resource center, and a placement center. The building also contains an affiliated professionally managed city club that provides hospitality students with real-world food and beverage experience in elegant surroundings.

Scholarships/Awards

Both master’s and doctoral students are eligible to apply for numerous fellowships and assistantships provided at the University level. In addition, the College of Business provides substantial financial assistance to doctoral students. The College of Business assistantships/fellowships are awarded to doctoral students whose application materials reflect high academic and professional performance, potential, maturity, and a strong ability to teach and communicate with students.

Requirements

Admission Requirements

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (preferred) or the GRE are a requirement for admission to all graduate programs in the College of Business. Applicants that meet certain specified criteria may be eligible to request a waiver of the entrance exam. For students whose native language is not English, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. In addition, international students receiving funding as teaching assistants must successfully complete the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The TOEFL and the TSE are also offered in a combined exam known as the iBTOEFL (Internet-based TOEFL).

Admission to all graduate programs in business is based upon the following factors: upper division grade point average (GPA) in previous university-level courses; verbal, quantitative, and total scores on the GMAT (or GRE); TOEFL or IELTS score, if applicable; letters of recommendation that speak specifically to the ability of applicants to successfully complete the graduate program to which they are applying; relevant work experience; and a personal statement of goals. For those students applying to the Master of Accounting program, the undergraduate upper-division accounting GPA is also considered.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program: Thirty-nine semester hours are required for the full-time, part-time, and online programs. A one-hour Professional Development course is required each term for the full-time program. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in business are expected to have a general knowledge of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, calculus, and management principles through prior work experience and/or coursework. For full-time students, the three-semester program begins in the Summer term (early May) and the application deadline is March 1st. The part-time and online programs begin in the Fall (late August), Spring (early January), and Summer (early May) terms. The application deadline is June 1st for Fall, October 1st for Spring and March 1st for Summer. All materials, including a GMAT score, must be received in our office by the application deadline.

Master of Science (MS in RMI) in Risk Management-Insurance Program is an online, corporate program designed for the insurance professional and requires completion of thirty-three semester hours of graduate level coursework. The MS in RM begins only in the Summer term. It is offered on a distance-learning basis, via the Internet, to allow the working professional to obtain the degree. Deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 1st. The program begins only in the Summer term.

Master of Science (MS in MIS) in Management Information Systems Program: The management information systems major requires completion of thirty-three semester hours. This program is offered only in an online format. Applicants must have at least three years of IT-related work experience, as well as the following prerequisite knowledge or skills; working knowledge of at least two programming languages such as C, C++, Java, Visual Basic, etc.; proficiency in at least one programming language at a level comparable to an entry-level professional programmer in that language; and knowledge of basic statistical concepts (descriptive statistics, regression and hypothesis testing). Students can enter the MS in MIS program in the Summer (early May), the Fall (late August) or Spring (early January) terms. Deadlines for receipt of all application materials are: March 1st for the Summer term, June 1st for the Fall term, and October 1st for the Spring term.

Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program: This is a thirty-three semester hour program that allows admission any term. Deadlines for receipt of all application materials are: Fall term (deadline June 1st), Spring term (deadline October 1st), or Summer term (deadline March 1st). The MAcc program is designed as a full-time, daytime program; however, students may attend on a part-time basis under certain circumstances. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting may enter a two-year program designed to ensure completion of appropriate prerequisites.

Master of Science in Finance (MSF) Program: All students start in the Summer (Second six weeks, Summer “C” session; third week of June) semester and complete the program the following Spring semester. The program consists of thirty-two semester hours and includes a blend of theory, empirical analysis, and applications. Deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 1st.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration Program: Admission is only for the Fall term in order to be eligible for financial aid and to provide an optimum program schedule (some programs admit every other Fall term). The application deadline for domestic and international students is March 1st. For priority review of applicants seeking financial support, application materials should be submitted by January 15th.

Individuals interested in the graduate programs offered by the College of Business should contact: The Graduate Office, College of Business, P.O. Box 3061110, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 32306-1110, or via email at gradprograms@business.fsu.edu. Enrollment in graduate business courses is severely limited by both space and accreditation standards.

Readmission Requirements

Graduate students who have withdrawn, who have not been enrolled for two consecutive semesters, or who have been academically dismissed are required to meet the graduation and retention requirements of the Graduate Bulletin that is in effect at the time of their readmission. Students who left on dismissal must first resolve that with the academic dean before a readmission decision can be made.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

The MBA program prepares promising students for successful careers in business and management. It provides high-quality business and management education with a professional, career-long perspective by developing the student’s capacities and skills for decision making, leadership, and communications. The program also develops in students a spirit of enterprise, confidence, creativity, and attitude which is needed for advancement to positions of increasing responsibilities.

The MBA curriculum at Florida State University emphasizes the application of various business and management concepts to the decision-making process. The curriculum also exposes the student to the various functions of business and management, recognizing that the career of a successful manager will span multiple functions. This exposure not only provides students with an understanding of the interrelationships among various business and management operations and decisions, but it also provides a sound foundation for growth and development through subsequent experience and education after graduation.

All applicants to the MBA program, whether on a full-time or part-time basis, are expected to have a general knowledge of economics, finance, accounting, statistics, calculus, and management principles through prior work experience and/or coursework. In addition, applicants should have at least two years full-time work experience in a professional or supervisory position.

The part-time, evening and online MBA programs are structured for students who hold full-time positions and will require seven semesters to complete. The full-time program is completed within twelve calendar months (three semesters). Coursework usually is scheduled during the day.

The thirty-nine semester hour part-time program includes nine standard core courses taught by a variety of departments within the College of Business. The remaining four courses are electives.

Full-time MBA students are also required to complete a one-hour Professional Development course each term; the full-time MBA program is a thirty-nine hour program, which includes nine standard core courses, three electives, and the one-hour Professional Development course each term.

Electives also may be chosen from other areas in the College of Business with approval of the academic dean for graduate programs. With the approval of the academic dean for graduate programs, other opportunities are available to students with undergraduate degrees in accounting and management information systems.

Master of Science (MS in rmi) in Risk Management-insurance Program

The Master of Science in risk management program is an online, corporate program designed for the insurance professional. It requires completion of thirty-three semester hours of graduate level coursework and is offered on a distance-learning basis, entirely via the Internet, to allow the working professional to obtain the degree. The focus is on property and liability insurance. All eleven courses which comprise the program can be completed in twenty-four months and taken from anywhere in the world. Quality and convenience are paramount. The curriculum recognizes that industry professionals are not involved solely with insurance issues – they must face difficult financial, ethical, legal, and global concerns as well. The program structure, therefore, hones a student’s ability to analyze these issues from different perspectives, fosters critical thinking, and engenders the discipline needed to become a successful manager.

Master of Science (MS in mis) in Management Information Systems Program

The management information systems major requires completion of thirty-three semester hours. All MS in MIS applicants must have two to three years of IT or MIS-related work experience. The MS in MIS program is primarily designed for students who want to manage in technology oriented environments. All students complete a set of MIS core classes that cover topics such as project management, management of technology, knowledge management and business intelligence, electronic business, and social and organizational issues related to information systems. It is offered on a distance-learning basis (entirely via the Internet) to allow working professionals to obtain the degree.

Master of Accounting (MAcc) Program

The objective of the curriculum leading to the Master of Accounting degree is to provide students with greater breadth and depth in accounting education than can be accomplished in the baccalaureate program. Because of the increasingly complex nature of the accounting and controllership functions, as well as the growing responsibilities of the accountant, graduate study beyond the baccalaureate degree is desirable for a career in accounting.

The Master of Accounting degree consists of thirty-three semester hours (plus undergraduate foundation work if required). Students select a concentration in either Assurance and Advisory Services, Generalist, or Taxation.

The usual prerequisite for admission to the Master of Accounting curriculum is an undergraduate degree in business with a major in accounting. Applicants who present other undergraduate degrees will be required to complete foundation work in accounting and business administration prior to enrolling in graduate courses. The general graduate admissions policies of the College of Business also apply.

Master of Science (MSF) in Finance Program

Courses consist of a blend of theory, empirical analysis and applications. Throughout the program, there is heavy emphasis on the applied aspects of finance. Students are frequently involved in analysis and modeling efforts that resemble what they are likely to confront in their careers. Relevant theory and empirical analysis that underlie real-world decision making are also emphasized, as understanding such material is essential to truly grasp the decision-making process utilized in finance.

Prerequisites include Financial Accounting, a beginning course in Financial Management (FIN 3403 or its equivalent), Investments (FIN 4504 or its equivalent), and Problems in Financial Management (FIN 4424 or its equivalent).

Juris Doctor (JD)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

The College of Law and the College of Business offer a joint-degree program leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Applicants to the program must fulfill the normal entrance requirements of both colleges. Admission into the joint program must be made prior to the end of the first year of law school. After students have been admitted to the colleges of Law and Business, they must have their curriculum approved by the joint committee responsible for the administration of the program.

Further information may be obtained from: The Graduate Office, College of Business, P.O. Box 3061110, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1110, or via email at gradprograms@business.fsu.edu. Students interested in the JD/MBA should also contact the Director of Admissions, College of Law, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1610; admissions@law.fsu.edu.

Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Business Administration (MBA) program

The College of Social Work and the College of Business offer a joint-degree program leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Program applicants must fulfill the normal entrance requirements of both colleges. The joint graduate degree is designed for students in both programs who wish to expand their understanding of the connection between these two fields of study and to gain expertise working in social-services agencies.

Further information may be obtained from: The Graduate Office, College of Business, P.O. Box 3061110, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1110, or via email at gradprograms@business.fsu.edu. Students interested in the MSW/MBA degree should also contact the Director of Admissions, College of Social Work, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2570, msw@csw.fsu.edu.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration Program

The purpose of the doctoral program is to prepare candidates for careers in university teaching and research, as well as for administrative and research positions in business, government, and philanthropic organizations.

The doctoral curriculum emphasizes scientific study of decision making in an administrative context and the development of research abilities. The major thrusts of the business administration curriculum are professional discipline and theoretical research, which lead to further development of the discipline and to scholarly problem solving.

Program of Study

Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy in business administration degree must satisfy the graduate faculty of the college that they have achieved:

  1. a mastery of a primary area of concentration;
  2. a high degree of proficiency in a support area;
  3. a competency in the use of analytical and research tools.

Students will plan their program in consultation with a major professor and an advisory committee. The primary area of study must be selected from either accounting, finance, management information systems, organizational behavior and human resources, strategy, marketing, or risk management and insurance. A support area may be selected from a nonbusiness discipline or from another business discipline.

A minimum of one year of teaching and/or research is required of all candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy in business administration degree.

Preliminary Examinations

Comprehensive written examinations are given over the primary and support areas upon completion of all coursework. An oral examination may be given over the student’s primary and support areas once written examinations have been completed. The entire examination process will normally take place within the scope of a single semester. While the analytical and research tools area does not include a comprehensive examination, students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each of the courses in the area. All incomplete grades must be removed prior to taking the doctoral primary and support exams and enrolling for dissertation hours.

Dissertation

Each doctoral candidate will undertake research on a subject approved by the dissertation committee. The student must demonstrate critical judgment in performing the investigation, and the finished dissertation must be a scholarly study that advances knowledge in the discipline. After completion of the dissertation, a final oral examination covering the candidate’s research is required. Students must register for dissertation credit each term during which they are in the dissertation phase of their program. A minimum of twenty-four semester hours of dissertation credit must be earned. Students are not permitted to enroll for and receive dissertation credit until they have passed all of their doctoral preliminary examinations.