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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

College of Business

Interim Dean: Michael D. Hartline; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research: Kathleen A. McCullough; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Dennis Cradit


It is the mission of the College of Business to be a thought leader in business research and to teach students innovative ways to leverage risk management, entrepreneurial expertise, and the spectrum of business disciplines to create ethical, sustainable solutions.

General Information

The College of Business houses six business departments: the Department of Accounting; the Department of Business Analytics, Information Systems and Supply Chain; the Department of Finance; the Department of Management; the Department of Marketing; and the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate, and Legal Studies.

Since its founding in 1950, the College of Business has provided quality business education to over 60,000 alumni who hold positions in regional, national, and international organizations. The College, through its faculty, curricula, and programs, is committed to educating and developing its students for careers as future business executives and leaders.

Over the years the College of Business has been successful in building a very capable and motivated faculty. Faculty members 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 its capable and dedicated faculty, the College of Business has been able to attract highly qualified students. These students have strong analytical and communicative aptitudes and have a spirit of enterprise and creativity. The interaction of these students with highly qualified faculty, coupled with well-designed program options, creates a stimulating learning environment.

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 following degrees: Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (MAcc), Master of Science in Finance (MSF), Master of Science (MS) in Management, Management Information Systems, or Risk Management, 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's in Social Work (MSW) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. All of these business programs are fully accredited by AACSB-International, including separate accreditation of the programs in accounting.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree choose from the following degree programs:

  1. bachelor's in accounting
  2. bachelor's in finance
  3. bachelor's in management with a major in management or human resource management
  4. bachelor's in management information systems
  5. bachelor's in marketing with a major in marketing, professional sales, or retail management
  6. bachelor's in real estate
  7. bachelor's in risk management/insurance

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an accelerated, thirty-nine semester hour program. The program is offered on a full-time and part-time basis. The full-time program begins once each year in the Summer term. The part-time MBA program is offered on campus or online and begins each semester. An online MBA with a major in Hospitality Management is also offered. Students are encouraged to have at least two years of work experience prior to entering the MBA program.

Students in the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program may major in either assurance services, accounting information systems, corporate accounting, or tax accounting. This program provides students with greater breadth and depth in accounting education than can be accomplished in the baccalaureate program. Students are admitted each semester.

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program begins each Summer and focuses on advanced, practical applications in finance. Most students in the program have an undergraduate degree in finance, but students with undergraduate degrees in related fields are also considered for admission.

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems program prepares students for careers in information systems analysis and design. The program is designed for students with a background in business who are looking to enhance their information systems development skills and/or change careers to management information systems. The program is taught online.

The Master of Science in Risk Management is taught online. It is designed for professionals who wish to study part-time to advance and enhance their careers in the risk management/insurance industry.

The objective of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Administration is to prepare students for careers in university teaching and research. Students receive the Doctor of Philosophy in business administration and concentrate in one of the following areas: accounting, finance, management information systems, marketing, organizational behavior and human resources, risk management and insurance, or strategy.

Certificate and Minor Programs

The Minor in Business Analytics is a twelve-hour course of study for business students. Students completing the program become analytically savvy graduates, who will be adept at working in interdisciplinary teams in any organization to solve complex business problems. The curriculum will provide students with skills in the fields of data mining, business intelligence and analysis, building on the diverse skills and knowledge gained in their major business program.

The Minor in Entrepreneurship is a twelve-hour course of study for business and non-business major students. Students completing the program are knowledgeable about how to initiate and manage new ventures, sources of funding and business planning. The curriculum will provide students with the tools and confidence to consider starting and building their own businesses.

The Minor in Free Enterprise and Ethics is a twelve-hour course of study which helps students develop an awareness of ethical choices viewed from a variety of economic, societal, civic, legal, and personal value system perspectives, as they relate to business practice in a free enterprise economy. It provides business students experience grappling with the kinds of realistic decisions they will encounter as practitioners.

The Minor in General Business is available to students in non-business programs. Students interested in completing a minor in general business should contact the College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office for additional information. This information is also available at Course availability for students interested in a minor in general business is limited.

The Minor in Hospitality Management offers a twelve-hour course of study for business students and non-business students. Hospitality and tourism is a top industry in the State of Florida, and students can increase their career opportunities and earnings potential by adding the Minor in Hospitality Management to their resumés.

Institutes and Centers

The BB&T Center for Free Enterprise supports initiatives that offer students various perspectives on free enterprise and ethics.

The Carl DeSantis Center for Executive Management Education sponsors numerous outreach programs that strengthen the relationship between College of Business faculty and the business community.

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 Center for Human Resource Management facilitates networking among HR professionals and FSU faculty and students, and establishes and transfers best practices that support the advancement of human resource management.

The Center for Insurance Education Research engages in meaningful and timely research projects designed to assist the industry, regulators, academics and consumers in understanding the insurance business and provides solutions to current insurance issues

The Center for Real Estate fosters interaction among students, faculty, and the real-estate community through forums in which executives and world-class scholars exchange ideas and share their insights with students.

The Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center is funded by the State of Florida to support the state's ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from catastrophic storms.

The Gene Taylor/Bank of America Center for Banking and Financial Studies encourages excellence in education through research and service activities related to banking and finance.

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.

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship (JMI) provides services to small businesses throughout Florida and provides students with opportunities to consult with and learn from successful entrepreneurs.

The Sales Institute is dedicated to providing world-class sales education and training utilizing the most updated sales training technologies developed through continuous research.


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.



The College of Business has one Frances Eppes professor, several eminent scholar chairs, and numerous endowed professorships. These prestigious faculty positions are occupied by outstanding scholars, who not only conduct research, but teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Student Awards and Honors

A number of organizations are available to students in the College of Business. These organizations include service clubs as well as honor societies and business fraternities. The most prestigious honor society in business is Beta Gamma Sigma. This national honor society for business students was founded in 1913. The Florida State University chapter was established in 1962. Election to membership is the highest honor one can achieve in academics in the business area. Membership is available to both undergraduate and graduate students and is based upon outstanding academic achievement.


The College of Business offers numerous scholarships, and financial aid is available for both undergraduate and graduate students. At the undergraduate level, the funding sources for the scholarships include the College of Business, specific individuals and firms, and various state and national industry associations. The amount and selection criteria of each award vary according to the program the award supports and the funding source. In addition to scholarships, the College of Business and the University provide numerous opportunities for part-time work as student assistants.

At the graduate level, the College of Business provides a number of fellowships to master's and doctoral students. Graduate research and teaching assistantships are also provided to master's and doctoral students.


All of the undergraduate programs in the College of Business are designated as limited access programs. To pursue any major in the College of Business, students must meet the admission requirements for the limited access program they wish to pursue.

Students should complete the prerequisite courses required for admission during their first three to four semesters of college work. Students attending Florida state and community colleges should complete the prerequisite courses required for admission while fulfilling general education requirements leading to the Associate in Arts (AA) degree.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the AACSB accredited undergraduate business programs is based on availability of faculty and space in the business departments. For each admission cycle (academic year), a minimum grade point average (GPA) is established by the College of Business that limits enrollment to a number of students consistent with the available faculty and space. The AACSB accredited undergraduate business programs include the following majors: accounting, finance, human resource management, management, management information systems, marketing, professional sales, real estate, retail management, and risk management/insurance.

To be eligible for admission to one of the business majors above, each student must complete the following requirements:

  1. Must have completed at least fifty-two acceptable semester hours;
  2. Must have compiled the required GPA (based on all attempted coursework at the college level) that is in effect for the term in which application is made. The required GPA may change each year; information regarding the current required GPA is available at; and
  3. Must have completed the following courses with a grade of "C–" or better in each course (or an equivalent course): ACG 2021, ACG 2071, CGS 2100 or CGS 2518, ECO 2013, ECO 2023, MAC 2233, and STA 2023.

To be considered for admission into one of the limited-access business majors, students must complete all admission requirements no later than their 5th mapping term, as determined by the College of Business.

Academic Policies

  1. Students are required to meet graduation requirements specified in the University General Bulletin in effect at the time they are admitted to one of the limited access programs in the College of Business, or subsequent General Bulletins including the General Bulletin in effect at the time they graduate, provided they graduate within a period of six years from the date of first entry.
  2. Changes to this General Bulletin that have been formally approved prior to Fall 2017, but not in sufficient time to meet publication deadlines, will still be effective Fall 2017. Students can receive information on these changes in the undergraduate programs office of the College of Business.
  3. All students must complete an official pre-graduation check in the undergraduate programs office of the College of Business during the semester they will earn one hundred semester hours or the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to graduate.
  4. All students must apply for graduation through the myFSU portal during the second or third week of the semester in which they plan to graduate.
  5. In all AACSB accredited undergraduate business programs, a minimum of thirty semester hours of the general business and major area requirements must be completed at Florida State University. Transfer of upper-level business courses must be from business colleges at other senior institutions, must carry prerequisites similar to those of the courses they are replacing, and must be approved by the College of Business. In evaluating this transfer credit, emphasis will be given to courses taken at other AACSB accredited business programs.
  6. In the hospitality management program, transfer of hospitality courses from other institutions must be approved by the Dedman School of Hospitality.
  7. Students are not allowed duplicate credit hours for courses repeated in which they have made a "D-" or better.
  8. The only courses offered by the business departments that may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis are those courses restricted to S/U grades only.

The Program in Interdisciplinary Computing

The College of Business supports the Program in Interdisciplinary Computing (PIC) with representation on the PIC Steering Committee. PIC is a non-degree granting program established to develop, support, and promote computing and information technology courses that empower FSU students to innovate and lead in their respective fields. Courses listed with PIC cover a wide range of computer skills with each course focusing on the application of those skills to the student's discipline. See for more information about PIC and a list of current PIC courses.