VisionThe SIUE School of Business will be a nationally recognized premier metropolitan business school that develops highly skilled and innovative graduates who enhance businesses organizations and communities.MissionOur mission in the SIUE School of Business is to engage in high-quality instruction, research, and professional activities to prepare current and future business professionals and to improve business practice. These efforts add value: for students, by enhancing their career prospects; for organizations, by developing business professionals who meet their needs and stimulate innovation; and for business disciplines, by producing and disseminating timely and relevant scholarship.
The School of Business offers a wide variety of academic programs. You can pursue a major in Accounting, Business Administration, Business Economics and Finance, Computer Management Information Systems. If you select Business Administration, you can also pursue a specialization in Economics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Finance, Computer Management Information Systems and Management. There is also a minor available in Business Administration for non-business majors.
In order prepare SIUE students to meet the challenges of today’s business environment, the following courses have been added to the curriculum:GBA 301 (Business Transitions I)MGMT 330 (Understanding the Business Environment)MGMT 331 (Managing Group Projects)GBA 402 (Business Transitions II)Students admitted to the School of Business starting in Fall 2012 must complete the new program requirements. Business Transitions ProgramThe required Business Transitions program (GBA 301 and GBA 402) provides students with opportunities to complement their formal education with co-curricular educational experiences wherein they gather additional knowledge, skills and integrative experiences. GBA 301 and GBA 402 are required individualized learning courses designed to assist students with the transition into the School of Business and for developing knowledge and skills related to career planning including resume development and initial job search strategies. Students will be introduced to the concepts of individual responsibility and ethical behavior, social responsibility of organizations and global perspectives on business. Students will use the School and University resources dedicated to assisting them with the transition to a professional business environment and development of professional skills related to job search, professional networking, and interviewing as well as social etiquette. Students also learn how to research educational opportunities beyond college. Business students will also choose from a variety of seminars, events, and activities each semester which develop their business knowledge, perspective and interpersonal skills as well as assist in recognizing and experiencing integration of business knowledge and skills.
“Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process that includes an external review of a school’s ability to provide quality programs. It is helpful in many aspects, from ensuring that students are learning relevant material to allowing a school access to funding. Accreditation reviews include self-evaluations, peer-reviews, committee-reviews, and the development of in-depth strategic plans. They also include reviews of a school’s mission, faculty qualifications, and curricula.” (www.aacsb.edu)
Online learning technologiesSpace for students to practice presentations and hold project team meetingsCommunication technology for students to interact with faculty and teammates regardless of locationOffice of the Executive-in-Residence mentoring/coaching program allowing students and faculty to network with business professionals. Office space for student organizations.Development of a greater sense of community among business studentsSchool of Business ELITE—Emerging Leaders Improving Through Experience is a group of School of Business student leaders who serve as a liaison between students, faculty, alumni, and others affiliated with the School of Business. The organization engages in many projects in service to the School of Business.Beta Gamma Sigma, the National Scholastic Business Honorary, is the second oldest scholastic honorary in the United States. The organization recognizes the outstanding scholastic achievement of Business majors. Only Schools and Colleges of Business that are accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business may house Beta Gamma Sigma chapters. At SIUE, invitations to join are issued to juniors in good standing with grade point averages (GPA) of at least 3.80 and seniors with GPA’s of at least 3.65. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is a lifetime honor.The Organization of Minority Business Students (OMBUS) provides a forum for students who have similar interests and enhances opportunities for minorities in the School of Business. OMBUS promotes the professional development of minority students in the Business School and provides opportunities for members of minority groups to enter the business profession. This organization also provides a support system to business school students by organizing study groups and tutoring programs.Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO) Members of CEO learn about helpful resources for entrepreneurial research, local entrepreneurial successes, the start-up process, opportunities available to young entrepreneurs, networks of young entrepreneurs, opportunities to participate in entrepreneurship competitions, sources for small business assistance, business skills, small business management, and more! The primary goal of our chapter of CEO is to support students as they move along the path toward business creation. For more information please go to http://www.siueceo.orgDelta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.Delta Sigma Pi was founded in 1907 at New York University; School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance by Harold Valentine Jacobs, Alexander Frank Makay, Alfred Moysello and Henry Albert Tienken. Today, coast to coast, there are 270 chapters and over 230,000 members that support the goals and ideals of the Fraternity. International Business Association is open to any student and seeks to enhance student awareness of international business by promoting social and professional relationships between U.S. students, international students and companies. ACCOUNTING MAJORSThe Accounting Club is an SIUE student organization open to all accounting majors. It meets monthly and serves as precursor club for the national accounting honor society.Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is the national honorary accounting society. SIUE hosts a student chapter of BAP for the top accounting majors. It holds monthly meetings and hosts technical and informational professional presentations by various companies. Involvement fosters relationships with fellow accounting majors as well as the networking opportunities with faculty and future employers.VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an excellent way for accounting majors to gain real-life tax experience and cultivate community involvement.COMPUTER MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJORS AITP - The Association of Information Technology Professionals is a student group fostered by the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. AITP offers its members endless opportunities for professional and personal growth, helping them successfully achieve career objectives and meet the challenges of the Information Systems profession.ECONOMICS AND FINANCE MAJORSThe Economics and Finance Club is open to all students interested in economics and/or finance. One of the major activities of the club will be overseeing the School of Business Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF). Students will have the opportunity to design a portfolio for the SMIF and then buy and sell stocks over the course of the year to achieve investment goals. Omicron Delta Epsilon is the national honor society for economics majors. It is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. The objectives are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics. Involvement fosters closer academic, professional, and social relationships with the faculty and fellow ODE members. MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MAJORSThe Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the leading voice of the human resource profession. SHRM provides education and information services, conferences and seminars, government and media representation, online services and publications to more than 165,000 professional and student members throughout the world. The Society, is a founding member of the North American Human Resource Management Association (NAHRMA) as well as founding member of the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA). MARKETING MAJORSAmerican Marketing Association (AMA). SIUE hosts a student chapter of this national association. The mission of the AMA is to expose students to the environment of marketing and sales professions. Through the AMA, students have an opportunity to make contact with professional working in their field. The chapter activities include hosting guest speakers from the field of marketing, attending the St. Louis Student AMA Conference, visits to local companies and attending the National Student AMA conference.MARKETING RESEARCH MAJORSMaster of Marketing Research Student Association (MMRSA)- Provides graduate students in the Master of Marketing Research Program the opportunity to participate in the organizing, planning, and directing of an organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the art and science of marketing research. The MMRSA strives to improve MMR students marketability in today's competitive job market via guest speakers and specialized workshops on emerging topics and trends in the marketing research industry. Additionally, the MMRSA provides an informal venue for MMR students to interact socially.
How do I become a business major? Although the minimum grade point average to apply to the School of Business is a 2.25, this does not guarantee your admission. In fact since we began the application process in 2006, admitted students have averaged a 3.0 GPA. Of course, GPA is not the only factor considered for admission, but it is a primary factor. The admission committee looks at your grades from all schools you have attended, both transfer and SIUE. This past history is viewed as a strong indicator of your potential to succeed in the challenging courses that make up the upper level business requirements. Other factors considered may include a written essay, work experience, co-curricular activities, leadership experience, etc…There is a process by which students are selected to join the School of Business and major in a business program. We look at this in two distinct steps. The first step is to declare pre-business status. To be eligible for pre-business status, you must complete four specific skills courses from the general education requirements. You must also earn at least a 2.25 SIUE GPA to enter pre-business status. Once you have completed the required skills courses with a grade of C or higher and have earned a 2.25 GPA, you should meet with your advisor to be coded into the pre-business status. Students who are in pre-business status meet with a business advisor for academic planning and information.
Step two of this process is to submit a formal application to the School of Business. This is usually done sometime in the sophomore year and before students reach the point of taking 300-level business courses. Students complete an application and faculty from the School of Business will choose students from the group who have applied by the deadline. Application opportunities occur twice each year, in March and October. Eligibility to apply is based on GPA and the completion of the 9 business prerequisites. Please review the blue sheet which we provided for detailed information. The admission process is competitive and not all students who apply get into the School of Business. We usually receive around 300 applications and approve around 250 students to enter the School of Business. Students do not have to be in pre-business status to apply for admission to the School of Business.These courses provide the skills necessary for success in upper level business courses as well as the foundation for solid communication skills that will carry the student into the workforce. Eng 101 and 102 give students a solid start to college level writing skills, Spc 105 teaches public speaking to prepare students for the many instances when they will have to give presentations during their academic career, and CMIS 108 prepares students to use critical business software like powerpoint, access, excel and word. Econ 111 and 112 provide an overview of macro and micro economics and Acct 200 addresses financial accounting skills, all of which are key foundation elements for many other areas of business. Math skills are highly important for any business major. Math 120 (college algebra) and MS 250 ( business mathematical methods) prepare students for the type of math they will encounter in other business courses. While providing an excellent foundation for your advanced business coursework, these classes also meet university general education requirements. These classes are seen as a good indicators of success in the business program, so your grades in these classes are also used in the competitive admissions process. Make sure you give these courses extra attention.
If you are sitting here today and you are not sure of your major, please know that it is okay to be undecided at this point and it is okay to change your major. 80% of students will change their major at least once and most students will change their major three times over the course of their college career. As we mentioned earlier, most of the pre-business classes will fit well within our general education program and into many other academic programs. We strongly urge you to focus on classes related to your prospective majors early in your college career. Obtain the curriculum sheets for the programs you are considering and take courses which might apply to both programs to afford a little more time for you to make your decision. BUT, be aware that there may also be some critical sequences which must be started in your first year of college. For example, mathematics and economics are critical to begin in your first year if you want to become a business student. Many of the courses in the sophomore year rely on the courses which you take in your first year. The curriculum guide is a good source of information for these sequences. Finally, as you are making your decision about which major to enter, be sure you work closely with your academic advisors and use the services of the Career Development Center to make your decision. Do not wait until your Junior or Senior year to decide your major….
What goals do you need to meet each year to stay on track to graduate in four years with a business degree? As a Freshman, it is important to start your skill-building or pre-business courses as soon as possible. As I said before, many of these pre-business classes fit within our general education program so they also fit within a variety of majors if you should later change your mind. Your advisor has been preparing for your arrival for quite a few weeks and when you get your recommended courses in the next session, you will most likely find that you will be taking Eng 101 or a writing course to prepare you for Eng 101, a math class as determined by your advisor, Macroeconomics, a freshman seminar (stand alone or a linked section) and skills courses such as classes in logic, speech and computers. Please recognize that this is a general list – your advisor will have your specific courses based on your ACT scores, high school course pattern and any dual credit or advanced placement credit.Get involved in at least one campus activity as soon as possible. Research indicates that college students who are involved in their campus community perform better academically and more quickly establish independence and responsible behavior.
Welcome to SIUESchool of BusinessBusiness Student ServicesFounders Hall Room 3301(618) 650-3840
What We Offer Bachelor’s Degree Programs• 4 degrees and 9 specializations Master’s Degree Programs• 4 degrees and 2 specializations AACSB Accreditation in All Programs Student Resources and Services for allMajors and Interests
Why Business @ SIUE?Multiple Disciplines Offered Accounting Business Administration• Specializations Include:Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, GeneralBusiness, Human Resource Management, InternationalBusiness, Management, Management InformationSystems, Marketing Business Economics and Finance Computer Management Information Systems Minor in Business Administration
Why Business @ SIUE?Highly Specialized Business Curriculum Primary Goal for Students to Be a Success, Not Onlyat SIUE, but After SIUE• Strong academic performance• Strong written and spoken communication skills• Formal business presentations to teachindividual/group work skills• Analytical reasoning• Data/Information acquisition• Professionalism, personal ethics, and honesty• Campus Involvement• Local, national, and global environment awareness
Why Business @ SIUE?What is AACSB? Association to Advance CollegiateSchools of Business International Continuous Accreditation in BusinessSince 1975, Accounting Since 1987 Less Than 5%* of Business SchoolsWorldwide Have Earned ThisPrestigious Recognition (*Source: www.aacsb.edu) Named One of the Princeton Review’sBest 296 Business Schools (2013)
Why Business @ SIUE?Variety of Student Services Cougar Business Resource Center• Group meeting/conference rooms to support project management and leadershipskills• Communication technology to interact with faculty and teammates regardless oflocation• Executive-in-Residence mentoring/coaching program Student Organizations• 15 organizations within the School of Business• Professional, Honorary, and Interests• Opportunities for professional development International Programs• International educational opportunities through student and facultyexchanges, study abroad, travel study courses, and service learning experiences Academic Advising and Career Counseling
How to Become a Business Major Highly Competitive Admission Process• Very important to build a strong foundation earlyin your academic career Declare “Pre-business” Status• Complete:‒ English 101‒ Math 120 (or Higher)‒ Economics 111 or 112• Cumulative GPA > 2.25• Advised in Business Student Services
How to Become a Business Major Submit a Formal Application• Semester prior to enrolling in 300-level business courses• Prerequisite courses required prior to admission‒ English 101‒ English 102‒ Speech Communication 101‒ Computer Management Information Systems 108‒ Economics 111‒ Economics 112‒ Accounting 200‒ Math 120 (or Higher)‒ Management Science 250• These courses also meet Lincoln Program requirements• Grade of “C” or better required in all prerequisite courses
How to Become a Business Major Formal Application Process• Admission occurs twice a year: spring andsummer/fall• All 9 prerequisites complete or in progress• Cumulative GPA = 2.25 or higher• Grade of “C” or better in all 9 prerequisite courses• Fixed deadlines: October 1 and March 1• Application, Supplemental Information, Essay
What if I am Still Deciding on My Major? Don’t Most Courses You Take in Your First Year FitWell with the SIUE Lincoln Program Focus on Classes Related to Any ProspectiveMajors Early in Your College Career Resources for Choosing a Major:• Academic Advisor• Career Development Center
What’s Next? Meet with Academic Advisor• Focus on foundation courses• Begin pre-business requirements Get Involved on Campus• Do something!• Don’t let it stop with the serviceproject Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions• Know your resources
THANK YOU!We appreciate your interest in theSchool of Business and we wish youmuch success at SIUE.