Mitchell College of Business

Admission to the Mitchell College of Business

Students may transfer from other colleges in the University to the Mitchell College of Business. Students transferring into the Mitchell College of Business with fewer than 45 hours will be required to take BUS 150, Introduction to Business. Students transferring into the College with 46-60 hours are highly encouraged to take BUS 150. Degree requirements are defined by the University Bulletin in effect for the semester of entry into the College.

College Requirements

Student classifications in MCOB are Pre-Business, Business Administration, and Declared Major. Freshmen who are admitted in the Pre-Business Classification will be restricted to enrollment in General Education classes, which can include ECO 215, ECO 216, CIS 150, CIS 250, BUS 101, and BUS 150. In order to advance to the Business Administration classification, students admitted in the Pre-Business classification must successfully complete any developmental studies requirements and MA 112 with a GPA of 2.0 or higher before enrolling in MCOB courses.

Students enrolling in the College, who are eligible to enroll in MA 112, are assigned to Business Administration as their major until they have completed EH 101, EH 102, MA 120, and the 200-level Basic Business Techniques Core listed below with a minimum grade of C in each course and have a 2.0 USA GPA. After fulfilling these requirements, students must declare a major selected from the fields of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, International Business, Supply Chain Management, or General Business. In Economics and Finance, Management, and Marketing, a concentration must also be declared. Students must have completed or be in the process of completing eighteen (18) hours of the 200 Business Techniques Core before enrolling in the Upper Division Business Core. MCOB students should officially declare a major before taking major courses or business electives.

After declaring a major, students will be advised by a faculty advisor from that area.

Students attending other colleges, including community colleges, who are planning to enter the Mitchell College of Business must take at least 50% of the required business credit hours and at least six (6) out of nine (9) major courses at the University of South Alabama. Transfer credit will only be awarded for upper division major courses taken at AACSB accredited institutions.

Each student is responsible for meeting all requirements of the degree program. Before registering for any course, students must complete any prerequisites listed in course descriptions in this Bulletin. The Office of Student Services is available to all students for the evaluation of their degree-program records. When an exception is made in a student's program, written approval of the exception by the Associate Dean must be placed in the student's file. Failure to properly document exceptions may delay graduation.

Requirements for a Second Major in Business, Dual Major Across Colleges, and Minors in Business

Undergraduate students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business who plan to add a second major to their curriculum must meet all requirements for the second major. Courses included in the first major cannot be counted toward the second major requirements. Students not enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business who are interested in a dual major in business or a minor in business must meet with the Director of the MCOB Office of Student Services for information and course planning.

All Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree

All students enrolled in the Mitchell College of Business are required to take specified business courses and courses in other colleges of the University. Additionally, a major field of study must be selected in Accounting, Economics and Finance, Management, Marketing, International Business, General Business, or Supply Chain Management.

General Business is the only major with all upper division business courses available online. The 300 and 400 level courses necessary to complete the General Business major are delivered on-line at least one time each academic year. The tentative schedule for on-line delivery is available from the MCOB Office of Student Services.

To graduate, students must complete a minimum of 122 semester hours with an overall institution grade-point average of 2.0 (38 hours of general education requirements and 84 hours of business courses). In addition, a grade of at least C is required in each of the Basic Business Techniques courses, a 2.0 GPA is required in the 300-level business core courses, and a 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted in the Major.

All students enrolling in the Mitchell College of Business must complete at least fifty percent of all business credit hours and at least six of the nine courses counted toward the major at the University of South Alabama.

All students must petition for graduation according to University requirements explained elsewhere in this Bulletin.


Minors in the Mitchell College of Business

The Mitchell College of Business offers minors for both business and non-business students. Business students, except General Business majors, may elect minors in Accounting, Data Analytics, Economics, Finance, I/O Psychology, Management, Marketing, and Real Estate. Because of the general nature of the General Business degree, General Business majors are not eligible for business minors. Students in other colleges may elect, with the approval of their department chair, a minor in the Mitchell College of Business. Minors for non- business majors are offered in Data Analytics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Business, I/O Psychology, General Management, Marketing and Real Estate. A 2.0 is required for the courses applied toward the minor. Students must complete at least 50% of the courses counted towards the minor at the University of South Alabama. With the exception of psychology classes needed for the I/O Psychology mi nor, only courses taken at an AACSB accredited institution may count towards a business minor. Except as otherwise noted in the Bulletin, courses used for the business minor may not also count as major courses.   Courses used for a first business minor may not be used for a second business minor. Specific course requirements for each minor may be found in the individual departments’ bulletin information.