Supporting the University's statement of purpose, the mission of the
Abbott Turner College of Business
(ATCOB) is to provide management education to our region, with
an emphasis on undergraduate instruction. As a teaching institution, we
offer accessible programs, including an evening MBA. We serve a student
population of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, varying levels of
academic preparation, and a wide range of career experience and
objectives. We prepare our students to apply their business knowledge,
management skills, and technological competence to add value to local
and regional firms, which are our students� primary employers. Our
commitment to teaching and continuous improvement is demonstrated, in
part, by our encouragement and support of applied research and
instructional development. Faculty service activities support our
teaching mission and commitment to community development.
Accomplishing our Mission:
- We provide
a student-oriented learning environment.
- We select,
support, and develop faculty who strive to achieve teaching
faculty emphasize applied and instructional scholarly activities that
enhance teaching and student learning.
curriculum provides skills and knowledge in the foundation areas of
- We promote
an understanding of the diverse cultural and international environment
of business decision making.
- We examine
the ethical and social responsibilities of business.
curriculum develops oral and written communication skills.
demonstrate the interdependence of commerce and technology.
our partnership with the business community, we apply the concepts we
teach to serve our stakeholders� interests.
Turner College of Business offers the Bachelor of Business
Administration (BBA). The major areas of specialization are
Turner College of Business is located in the Center for Technology and
BBA OUTCOMES: Students who receive the BBA will be able to demonstrate:
knowledge of the foundation areas of business (courses required in
Areas F and G).
proficiency in critical thinking and decision-making skills.
proficiency in oral and written communication skills.
awareness of ethical, global, and diversity issues in business.
ability to use computer technology within the context of business.
knowledge in a major field of specialization (courses in Area H).
BBA Degree Program Notes
least one-half of the 69 business credit hours required for the
BBA must be earned in the ATCOB.
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.
recommended math sequence for ATCOB business students is MATH
1111 (College Algebra) which is normally taken in Area A and
MATH 1125 (Applied Calculus) which is normally taken in Area D.
Students with a satisfactory AP calculus score from high school
may select MATH 1125 or MATH 1131 for Area A and MATH 1131 or
1132 for Area D. Since BUSA 3111 (Business Statistics) has MATH
1125 as the prerequisite, students who did not take MATH 1125
(or MATH 1131/1132) in either Area A or Area D must take MATH
1125 as an Area I elective.
Non-business majors may take a limited number of business courses
provided they have satisfied the specific course prerequisites.
Non-business majors may obtain no more than 25% of their total degree
hours in business courses.
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. An
approved list of courses required to complete a minor is available in
the ATCOB Student Services Center. 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 Information Systems
ECON 2105 and ECON 2106, Principles of Economics 1 & 2
The Office of the Dean of the Abbott Turner College of Business
determines the specific credit for work completed at other institutions
that will apply toward the BBA. 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 ATCOB Student Services Center to determine individual requirements.
Internship opportunities may be available to business students who meet
the prerequisites. Placement in internships is restricted and cannot
include an individual�s current employment assignment. Approval of the
Department Chair and a substantial written proposal are required. An
average of nine hours work per week is required. Credit for internships
may be applied only as a business elective (Marketing, Management,
Finance, CISM, and General Business students see the BUSA 4698 course
description; Accounting students see the ACCT 4698 course description).
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
An application for the MBA program;
An official baccalaureate degree transcript from an
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results;
At least two, with no more than three letters of
recommendation from professional sources such as current or
former employers, faculty, and business associates. Please
use the recommendation form provided at http://mba.colstate.edu;
A current resume.
from the GMAT taken within the past five years are accepted. A minimum
score of 450 on the GMAT is required before an application will be
considered for regular admission. Students must also meet one of the
following guidelines for regular admission 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
grade point average used in this admissions formula is based on a
whose native language is not English are required to submit evidence of
English language proficiency from the TOEFL exam.
MBA students are admitted to the program in either the regular or
provisional classification. Regular students have satisfied all program
admission requirements. Students who are not admitted to the regular
classification may be admitted on a provisional basis. Applicants with a
minimum GMAT score of 430 or other professional/graduate degrees may be
considered for provisional admission. The Graduate 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
Advanced Core (MBA courses). 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 the Advanced Core plus any prerequisites listed in the
Basic Core that haven�t been satisfied in the applicant's undergraduate
program of study. Students enrolled in other graduate programs may be
allowed to enroll in MBA courses, provided that they have met the
prerequisites or their equivalents and have been approved by the
Director of the MBA program in consultation with the Graduate Committee.
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 Basic
Core courses, if any, the student must complete.
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 to review their preparation in these areas.
Advanced Core - required of all MBA students and 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 which includes summer
Transfer Credit - A maximum of six hours with a minimum grade of
B in each course may be accepted for transfer. Exceptions to this policy
must be approved by the Graduate Committee. Transfer credit will not be
used 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. 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 the first term
of enrollment to complete all MBA degree requirements.