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About the College of Business

Founded in 1950, the Florida State University College of Business is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet its reputation for excellence has helped it become one of the largest. Consistently ranked as a top business school by U.S. News & World Report, several of its programs rank among the nation’s Top 10. Florida State University is ranked one of the most efficient national universities by U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes and Kiplinger rank Florida State one of the best values by combining outstanding education with economic value.

The College of Business is proud of its international reputation, as well as the individual attention our faculty members give students who hail from around the world. Our faculty members are recognized worldwide and serve as visiting professors and lecturers at other prestigious institutions. The college takes pride in its alumni, who are respected corporate leaders and entrepreneurs making their mark on the global marketplace.

In addition to its rigorous curriculum and strong classroom experience, the college provides students with opportunities outside the classroom through student and professional organizations, corporate trips, competitions and industry-specific career fairs. Students have the opportunity to earn professional designations while still in school.

Vision

To be a preeminent College of Business in the areas of teaching, research and service.

Mission

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.

Core Values
  • We Choose Integrity
  • We Choose Innovation
  • We Choose Excellence
  • We Choose Respect
  • We Choose Leadership
Accreditation

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. AACSB accreditation is the most widely sought benchmark of quality worldwide. Fewer than 5 percent of business schools earn this achievement. The college’s accounting program also secured an additional specialized AACSB accreditation only held by 182 institutions worldwide.

Program Rankings & Recognitions
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of ‘‘America’s Best Colleges’’ ranks the College of Business undergraduate program No. 41 among public institutions in the nation.
  • The College of Business online graduate programs ranks No. 9 overall (No. 6 among public schools) on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list. The ranking reflects the combined strength of the college’s online Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) and Master of Science in Risk Management and Insurance (MS-RMI). FSU’s online Master of Business Administration (MBA) now ranks No. 16 (No. 14 for public schools) on the magazine’s online MBA rankings list.
  • According to BestCollege.com, the college’s Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program ranks No. 8 among both public and private universities (2015).
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks the Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance No. 5 among public institutions and No. 7 in the nation (2017).
  • The Real Estate program is ranked No. 6 among public institutions and No. 11 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (2017).
  • According to The Financial Engineer, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is ranked #22 among public universities and #42 among all institutions (2016).
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Florida State University the No. 2 most efficient high-quality university in the country for 2015.
  • FSU is ranked No. 16 in 2015 for Best Value University among large colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance "Best Values in Public Colleges." (Florida State also was the No. 22 best value among public colleges for in-state students and No. 19 for out-of-state students.)
Faculty Rankings & Recognitions
  • C.F. Sirmans, Distinguished Research Fellow and Francis J. Nardozza Scholar, and G. Stacy Sirmans, J. Harold and Barbara M. Chastain Eminent Scholar in Real Estate, are ranked No. 1 and No. 20 respectively in research productivity. Globally, the real estate faculty members are ranked No. 2 in research appearing in three core real estate journals.
  • A recent study identified four of Florida State’s RMI faculty members as the most prolific authors in leading risk management journals during the most recent 10 years: No.1, Kathleen McCullough; No.2, Cassandra Cole; No.7, Patricia Born; and No.19, Randy Dumm.
  • James Ang, Bank of America Eminent Scholar and Professor of Finance, is ranked the 14th most prolific author in the 26 core finance journals and No. 30 in the seven leading finance journals.
  • David Peterson, Wachovia Professor of Business Administration, is ranked the 20th most prolific author in the 26 core finance journals and No. 95 in the seven leading finance journals.
  • Under the leadership of Charlie Hofacker, Carl DeSantis Professor of Business Administration, Florida State University is ranked third in the nation for the number of Internet-related research articles published in top marketing journals. Joe Cronin and Mike Brady wrote the most downloaded articles of all time in the Journal of Retailing. Marketing faculty members are editors or associate editors of six top scholarly marketing journals, and are ranked #8 among public universities and #11 overall for publishing in the discipline’s flagship and premier journal, the Journal of Marketing. (2016)
  • The college’s Department of Management faculty members have considerable impact on scholarship worldwide. Publications have cited Gerald Ferris' work more than 24,000 times, followed by Pam Perrewé (10,000 plus) and Wayne Hochwarter (8,000 plus).
Faculty

The 123-member full-time faculty members include one Francis Eppes Professor, eight eminent scholars, one university named professor and 31 endowed named professors.

Enrollment (Fall 2015)

Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,789
Graduate Enrollment: 536
Total Enrollment: 6,325

Academic Degrees

Bachelor Degrees (eight degrees with 10 majors)

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Professional Sales
  • Real Estate
  • Retail Management
  • Risk Management/Insurance

Master Degrees (six degrees)

  • Accounting (MAcc) – on campus
  • Business Administration (MBA) –  on campus or online, full time or part time
  • Finance (MSF) – on campus
  • Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) – online
  • Marketing (MSM) – on campus
  • Risk Management and Insurance (MS-RMI) – online

Ph.D. in Business Administration (one degree with seven majors)

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Strategy

Undergraduate Minors & Certificate

  • Minor in Business Analytics
  • Minor in Free Enterprise and Ethics
  • Minor in General Business

Independent Programs

The Entrepreneurship program within the College of Business is an independent program with its own admission and degree requirements. The College of Business Entrepreneurship program accepted its last class of entrepreneurship students for fall 2016, which will graduate from the college in spring 2018 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in business administration with a major in entrepreneurship. The new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship will accept its first class of students for the 2017-2018 academic year. These students will be the first class to graduate from the new Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship with a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in entrepreneurship. A minor in entrepreneurship is also offered and accessible to the entire campus through the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship.

The Dedman School of Hospitality is an independent program with its own admission and degree requirements. The College of Business accepted its last class of hospitality students in fall 2016, and these students will graduate from the College of Business in spring 2018 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in hospitality management with a major in hospitality management or global club management. The Dedman School of Hospitality accepts its first class of students in spring 2017. These students will graduate from the Dedman School of Hospitality. The Dedman School also offers a minor in hospitality management. 

International Coursework

Business coursework is offered in the U.K., France, Spain, China, Japan, Central and South America and Australia.

Career Center Statistics (2015)

Of the college’s graduating seniors, 95% (1137 graduating seniors) were seeking employment after graduation with 82% (237 graduating seniors) of the remaining graduates seeking to continue their education. Below is the percentage of job offers for graduating seniors by major. 

Major

Job Offers

Accounting

82%

Business Administration

77%

Entrepreneurship*

80%

Finance

78%

Hospitality Management*

85%

Human Resource Management

88%

Management

73%

Management Information Systems

81%

Marketing

80%

PGA Golf Management*

92%

Professional Sales

86%

Real Estate

83%

Retail Management

100%

Risk Management/Insurance

89%

*=Entrepreneurship and hospitality are independent programs.
 
Student Demographics Summary (2015-2016)
Undergraduate Enrollment

Accounting

550

Business Administration

58

Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Information Systems*

161

Finance

941

Hospitality*

396

Management

342

Marketing

702

Risk Management & Insurance

179

*=Entrepreneurship and hospitality are independent programs.
Master's Enrollment

Accounting

73

MBA Online/Part Time

207

MBA Full Time

43

Management Information Systems

31

Finance

32

Management

9

Marketing

40

Risk Management & Insurance

35

Ph.D. Enrollment

Business Administration

55

Graduation & Retention Rate

Graduation and retention rate reported using the 6th year for first time in college students in their given cohort.

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Number of Students

1,030

1,194

1,201

993

1,003

6th year retention rate

75%

77.6%

80.4%

82.1%

84.8%

6th year graduation rate

73.6%

76.5%

79.9%

81.1%

83.7%

6th year attrition rate

25%

22.4%

19.6%

17.9%

 

CPA License Passage Rate
  • 2014 MAcc graduates:  80.0% overall pass rate (82.2% first-time pass rate)
  • 2015 MAcc graduates:  85.6% overall pass rate (86.2% first-time pass rate)
Alumni
The College of Business alumni network extends around the world and into almost every industry. Our 60,000+ alumni form an active and powerful global community that fosters lifelong professional and personal connections.
 
Additional Information

View our Fast Facts (PDF).
View our 2017-2021 Strategic Plan (PDF).




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