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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.

Mission
We create life-changing intellectual and educational opportunities for our students and faculty, leveraging relationships among the university, alumni and the business community to help build a better society through the creation of ethical, sustainable business solutions.
Vision

We seek to be recognized as a leader among public business schools, expanding the boundaries of business knowledge and providing exceptional educational experiences for our students.

We Value:

Engagement & Impact

  • Within our academic disciplines
  • With our students and their careers
  • Within the business and university communities
  • With our alumni

Integrity

  • In our leadership
  • In our fiscal obligations
  • In our teaching and scholarship
  • Among our students

Excellence

  • In our scholarship
  • In our teaching
  • In our service
  • In our relationships

Community

  • In our respect and support of each other
  • In our support of the greater university community
  • In our connection to the FSU alumni network
  • In our impact on society at large
Accreditation

AACSBThe 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 worldwide achieve this accreditation. The college’s Accounting program also secured an additional specialized AACSB accreditation held by only 186 institutions worldwide.

Program Rankings & Recognitions
  • U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” ranks the College of Business undergraduate program No. 27 nationally among public institutions and No. 45 among public and private universities (overall).
  • The College of Business online graduate programs rank No. 6 among public and private universities on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list. The ranking – No. 5 among public schools – 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) ranks No. 16 overall, No. 14 among public schools, on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings for “Best Online MBA Programs.” It also ranks No. 11 overall, No. 10 among public schools, on the magazine’s “Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans.”
  • The College of Business’ Part-time MBA program ranks No. 25 among public schools, No 44 overall, on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Part-Time MBA Programs.”
  • U.S. News & World Report (2018) ranks the Dr. William T. Hold/The National Alliance Program in Risk Management and Insurance No. 4 among public institutions and No. 6 overall. Best’s Review also ranks the program as one of the nation’s four Top Performers for 2018, citing its exceptional reviews from corporate recruiters and extensive praise from industry professionals.
  • The college’s Real Estate program is ranked No. 6 among public institutions nationwide, No. 11 overall, by U.S. News & World Report (2018).
  • The Public Accounting Report (PAR) ranks the undergraduate accounting program No. 26 among publics and No. 34 overall and ranks the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program No. 25 among publics and No. 31 overall.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best College Values” (2017) ranks Florida State as No. 4 best value among public colleges for out-of-state students. FSU ranks No. 14 best value among public colleges for in-state students.
  • According to The Financial Engineer, the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is ranked No. 20 among public universities and No. 38 among all institutions (2018).
Faculty Rankings & Recognitions
  • A recent study identified three 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; and No.7, Patricia Born.
  • Globally, the real estate faculty members rank No. 2 in research appearing in three core real estate journals. G. Stacy Sirmans, J. Harold & Barbara Chastain Eminent Scholar in Real Estate, ranks No. 20 in research productivity.
  • The Department of Marketing is consistently ranked in the Top 15 for publishing in six top marketing journals and its faculty are area editors for nine top journals and editing special issues for seven other journals. J. Joseph Cronin, Kerr Eminent Scholar in Marketing and Service Innovation, and Michael K. Brady, department chair and Carl DeSantis Professor, have been cited more than 55,000 times for their research articles.
  • William Christiansen, BB&T Associate Professor of Finance and department chair, has garnered numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious University Distinguished Teaching Award, a student-generated honor given to one FSU faculty member each year.
  • The college’s Department of Management faculty members have considerable impact on scholarship worldwide. Chad Van Iddekinge, Bank of America Professor of Management, ranks No. 1 in the world for his prolific scholarship in human resource management. Publications have cited the work of Gerald Ferris, Francis Eppes Professor of Management, more than 33,000 times; followed by Pamela Perrewé, Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor and Haywood & Betty Taylor Eminent Scholar in Business Administration, more than 13,000 times; and Wayne Hochwarter, Jim Moran Professor of Management, more than 10,000 times.
Faculty

The 108 full-time faculty members include one Francis Eppes Professor, eight eminent scholars, one university named professor and 34 endowed named professors.

Enrollment (Fall 2017)

Undergraduate Enrollment: 5,694
Graduate Enrollment: 652
Total Enrollment: 6,346

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

Combined Degrees

  • BS Accounting/Master of Accounting (BS/MAcc)
  • BS Real Estate/Master of Science in Finance (BS-RE/MSF)
 

Master Degrees (six degrees)

  • Accounting (MAcc) – on campus
  • Business Administration (MBA) –  on campus or online, full time or part time
  • Business Analytics (MS-BA) – on campus
  • Finance (MSF) – on campus
  • Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) – online
  • 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

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

Business coursework is offered in Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Panama, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Career Center Statistics (2017)

Of the college’s graduating seniors, 95% (1,513 graduating seniors) were seeking employment after graduation with 85% (202 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

86%

Business Administration

78%

Entrepreneurship*

83%

Finance

81%

Human Resource Management

91%

Management

76%

Management Information Systems

86%

Marketing

74%

Professional Sales

93%

Real Estate

81%

Retail Management

67%

Risk Management/Insurance

93%

*The entrepreneurship major at FSU became part of the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, an independent academic unit, on January 1, 2017. 
 
Student Demographics Summary (Fall 2017)
Undergraduate Upper Division Enrollment

Accounting

391

Finance

1,040

Human Resource Management

51

Management

307

Management Information Systems

130

Marketing

596

Professional Sales

132

Real Estate

102

Retail Management

28

Risk Management & Insurance

192

Undergraduate Lower Division Enrollment

Business-Intent

2,231

Panama City Campus Programs

Accounting (B.S.)

28

Master's Enrollment

Accounting (MAcc)

66

MBA - Full Time

44

MBA - Part Time

299

Finance (MSF)

24

Marketing (MSM)

14

Management Information Systems (MS-MIS)

47

Risk Management & Insurance (MS-RMI)

69

Ph.D. Enrollment

Accounting Major

8

Finance Major

12

Management Information Systems Major

2

Marketing Major

8

Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Major

7

Risk Management/Insurance Major

2

Strategy Major

6

Graduation & Retention Rate

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

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

6th year retention rate

77.6%

80.6%

82.0%

84.8%

84.1%

6th year graduation rate

76.5%

80.1%

81.2%

83.8%

83.7%

6th year attrition rate

22.4%

19.4%

18.0%

15.2%

15.9%

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)
  • 2016 MAcc graduates:  84% overall pass rate (84% first-time pass rate)
Alumni
The College of Business alumni network extends around the world and into almost every industry. Our 70,000+ 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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