College of Business Administration

Message from the Dean

 

 

Dean WomerWelcome to our website! Here are some things you may not know about us:

University of Missouri - St. Louis is the largest university in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and the UMSL College of Business Administration is the region's largest AACSB accredited business school. Only three other colleges in the St. Louis metropolitan area have earned AACSB accreditation. The UMSL College of Business Administration is also listed as one of "The Best 300 Business Schools" in The Princeton Review's 2011 edition. Only six other colleges in the state of Missouri were awarded this distinction.

The first Thursday of each month we bring Breakfast and Business to friends and alumni of the College. This program offers the opportunity for students and business people to network and the learning about an exciting business topic.

The UMSL Information Systems faculty is ranked number seven in the US for faculty productivity.

The UMSL program in International Business is ranked #15 in the US by U S News and World Reports. It has been ranked in the top 20 for the past nine years.

Academic Analytics, which measures faculty research in 27 separate areas ranked the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program 36th .

A recent survey published in the Journal of Finance ranked the finance program of University of Missouri-St. Louis in the top 12% nationally.

Eighteen high school students from around the metropolitan St. Louis area participated in the 2011 Xtreme IT! summer academy. The students get hands on experience with some tools and see how companies are using technology to be smarter businesses.

UMSL's VITA program has been offered for more than 40 years through the College of Business Administration and prepares returns for senior citizens and low-income individuals.

The Student Investment Trust has won the St. Louis Collegiate Investment Challenge competition and a $10,000 cash prize for the second time in five years.

Each year the College of Business Administration awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to business students.

Each year UMSL graduates classes of IMBA students in partnership with six universities around the world.

UMSL is the only university in the US with a Fortune 200 corporate headquarters on its campus. This has been a source of numerous internships and class visits. Our PMBA program dedicated to ESI young executives started classes September 2008.

Our faculty and students were involved with over 40 research and consulting projects with St. Louis business firms in the past year. These offer students the opportunity to practice just those skills that have been identified as critical for the growth of the St Louis business environment.

The St. Louis workforce contains more UMSL graduates than those of any other University. Our alumni network is second to none in St. Louis.

UMSL and the College of Business Administration are number one in helping Community College students complete their degrees. Our graduates include a higher percentage of transfer students than any other university in the United States.

Over 20 student organizations offer opportunities to reach out to the community; the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, VITA, has been serving low income and elderly St. Louis residents for over 30 years.

Our faculty earn major awards. Dr. Hung-gay Fung was listed as one of the most prolific authors in finance over the last 50 years. Professor David Ronen was recognized as an Edelman Laureate by the Institute for Operations Research & the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Professor Mary Lacity was honored with the Gateway Innovator 2008 award. Dr. Janet Murray was listed as the most prolific female researcher in International Business in the world.

The College offers a BSBA degree in Business in conjunction with St Louis Community College at its new Wildwood Campus.

The College of Business Administration operates the largest student internship program in the St. Louis region in partnership with all of the major accounting firms and companies like Express Scripts, UPS, Boeing, Edward Jones, Anheuser-Busch, Sigma Aldrich and others.

State Farm regularly visits our campus to offer mentoring and job search skills to our students and the Executive Leadership Institute offers many other opportunities for students to interact with business professionals.

The College of Business Administration offers the only board-registered financial planning program in the region, and serves both students and practitioners.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is the area's only public research university. In the College of Business Administration, the Center for Transportation Studies and the Center for Business and Industrial Studies involve students in the research with St Louis Business firms, non-profit organizations and government.

We are among the 10 percent of the Business schools in the country to carry AACSB accreditation for both our Business and Accounting programs.

We offer a broad range of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels - from Financial Planning to Logistics and Supply Chain Management, from Bachelor's degrees to graduate certificates, to Masters degrees, to the Ph.D. - our offerings are among the broadest in the region.

Our faculty provides you with the best of both worlds - they are engaged in cutting-edge research in their disciplines, AND they are engaged in consulting and collaborations with some of the biggest corporations and not-for-profits in the St. Louis region. This expertise benefits the student because faculty expertise is brought into the classroom every day.

In short, the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Business Administration provides an unbeatable combination of quality and value, the College of Business Administration that offers the best learning experience to accelerate professional careers!

Sincerely,

Keith Womer, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Logistics and Operations Management