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College of Business and Management
Betsy Pierce, Acting
Curtiss Hall 320
The Bachelor of Business Administration program is accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency and service organization for business schools.
The College of Business and Management provides students a premier business education by integrating academic and experiential learning while challenging students to improve their capacity as professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and global environment.
We are committed to:
- Delivering relevant, interactive, and experiential business education with high academic standards.
- Mentoring and providing students with personal attention.
- Continuously improving faculty intellectual capital through the production of applied and pedagogical research.
- Promoting and developing an understanding of the effective management of ethical issues, social responsibility, and diversity.
- Serving as a regional resource for economic development.
The College of Business and Management offers programs leading to master’s and bachelor’s degrees, in particular, the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), the Bachelor of Professional Accountancy (B.P.A.) and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). The B.A. degree is available only with a major in economics. The B.B.A. program offered by the College allows students to major in accounting, economics, finance, management, supply chain management, marketing, international business and general business. Also, the College provides an array of minors in business and economics that frequently are elected by students with majors outside the college - for example, pre-law, computer science and many others.
Freshmen and Sophomores who intend to major or minor in any business program are encouraged to first enroll in the 200-level business core courses, the business cognate courses and declare their intended majors and minors with the Registrar’s Office.
Students who are interested but undecided whether to declare a business major or minor should seek the advice of a business faculty member. These students should consider enrolling in MGT 121, Introduction to Business.
Objectives of the Four-Year Programs
The College of Business and Management recognizes that students pursuing four-year degrees in business and economics at SVSU have two major objectives for their academic training at SVSU. First, they intend to achieve specialized skills adequate to qualify them for entry-level positions in a variety of private and public enterprises. Generally, the specialized content of majors offered by the College makes this objective possible. But the College also recognizes that students have a broader objective. During their four-year experience at SVSU, business and economics students plan to lay a broad foundation of knowledge, and they plan to sharpen their communication skills with the expectation that these efforts will enrich their lives generally and prepare them for leadership roles in our society. As a result of the total SVSU experience - including careful selection of coursework outside of the College and participation in cultural and other campus events and activities - students expect to gain a better appreciation of the arts, literature and the sciences; they expect to have a better sense of history and the workings of the social, political and legal institutions that form their environment; they expect to be able to speak, listen, write and read more effectively; and they expect to have a more global perspective of their total environment.
Requirements for Admission
Students must apply and be accepted into the College of Business and Management prior to enrollment in 300- 400 level courses. Application forms are available through the Office of the Dean of the College of Business and Management. Admission decisions ordinarily are made within one week and applicants are notified by mail of the actions taken by the admissions committee.
The following criteria must be successfully completed prior to filing an admission application with the College of Business and Management:
- All Basic Skills requirements
- Three of four business cognate courses (see below)
- Four of five 200-level business core courses (see below)
- Demonstrated competency in writing and mathematics. Ordinarily, satisfactory evidence of these two competencies will be demonstrated by successful completion (grade of “C” or better) of ENGL 111 and ENGL 212 (for writing) and MATH 120B (for mathematics). Applicants seeking to waive these courses by examination must contact the Academic Advisement Center.
- A minimum 2.25 cumulative grade point average is required for admission.
The College of Business and Management welcomes transfer students. Courses from accredited four-year institutions are accepted as equivalent to Saginaw Valley State University if the grades are “C” or better. Transfer students must complete at least 50 percent of the business credits, which normally is interpreted as approximately 30 credits, at SVSU. Reasonable exceptions to this rule will be approved by the Dean of the College of Business and Management in consultation with the appropriate department chairperson. Students holding appropriate associate degrees or courses from community colleges are admitted in the same manner as SVSU students, except that writing and quantitative tests may be required. Transfer students should contact the Office of Admissions to obtain admission to SVSU before applying to the College of Business and Management.