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UMSL means Excellence and Innovation

Welcome to the first step in your professional success. We offer degrees in accounting, business administration, and information systems. Emphasis areas within Business Administration include: finance, international business, management, marketing, and supply chain & analytics. UMSL Business is the best value and a dynamic place to begin your college journey!

Our AACSB accreditation places us among the top two percent of business schools worldwide with dual accreditation in both business and accounting, and we are ranked in the top three percent of business schools in the United States by Princeton Review.

UMSL professional academic advisors are excited about partnering with you to build a personalized plan to support your career aspirations. Review our degrees offerings below and remember that our programs are dynamic, evolving to meet the ever changing needs of the St. Louis area market.

We look forward to working with you and trust you will choose UMSL Business!



Our Students: “We are proud of our talented and diverse student body that continues to serve in paid internships each year numbering over 100, to earn positions at great firms and organizations upon graduation, and to pass the CPA Exam each year at rates above the national averages.” Dr. Stephen R. (Steve) Moehrle, Chairman and Professor - UMSL Accounting

Accountants measure and analyze business activity and then organize data and information into reports and communicate the information to decision makers. The successful accounting professional needs a thorough grasp of accounting rules and excellent quantitative skills to prepare financial statements and analyze the financial and operating data that decision makers use in marketing, finance, personnel administration and other business activities. Further, accounting professionals must possess excellent written and oral communication skills so that their information is effectively communicated to managers, colleagues, clients and capital market participants.

To reiterate:  Accountants determine the financial position and results of operations of organizations (businesses, not-for-profits, etc.) and report the information to external groups (stakeholders, governments, etc.)

Consider the following minors: Information Systems, Finance, Criminal Justice, and Cybersecurity

UMSL Accounting Department

Bulletin Information – College of Business Administration, Accounting

Accounting Graduation Plan

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When I was in college, I dreaded group projects. I thought they were the worst. Then I got into the real world and realized everything in life is a group project. It’s funny to look back on it now, but it’s really true. I think that was good preparation for me. I learned managerial skills of how to balance different personalities and keep harmony amongst everyone while still allowing people to be innovative and provide challenging ideas.” Tammy Hawkins, BSBA-2005 (Click here to read more about Tammy’s story)

For those undecided regarding a specific emphasis area, a general business degree option is available. Students must complete a minimum of 18 hours of upper division approved business electives (see comprehensive list of business courses in the Emphasis Area link below).

Bulletin Information – College of Business Administration

General Business Graduation Plan

Emphasis Area

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Our program is designed to accelerate professional development and provide students with superior credentials to qualify them for skilled positions in a highly competitive job market.” Gaiyan Zhang, Ph.D., Chair of Department of Finance and Legal Studies – UMSL Professor of Finance

Finance is a multi-disciplinary field that combines various concepts from management, economics, and accounting with financial techniques to make sound business decisions and solve problems.  There are many business situations in both large and small companies that require knowledge of the latest financial practices and tools.  Generally, these applications involve investing (using funds) or financing (raising funds).  As a result, the field is comprised of a number of areas including corporate finance, investments, financial institutions and services (banking, insurance, real estate) and personal financial planning. 

To reiterate: The Finance field focuses on the decision-making process of entities (companies, individuals, etc.) regarding their assets, including how to invest them. 

Consider the following minors: Information Systems, Accounting, International Business, and Economics

UMSL Finance and Legal Studies Department

Certified Financial Planner Certification Exam Information

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Finance Graduation Plan

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Our undergraduate International Business program has been ranked in the top 25 nationally by US News and World Report's annual ranking of the best universities for fifteen consecutive years.

Dr. Joseph Rottman, Director, International Business Institute

Department Chair, Global Leadership and Management

The world is moving away from an economic system in which national markets are distinct, isolated entities towards a system in which national markets are becoming increasingly integrated. The study of international business focuses on understanding the forces behind this globalization of markets and production as well as the constraints on its attainment. The international manager must be able to apply basic business concepts to the diverse global marketplace. The international marketplace requires a manager to have a solid foundation in finance, marketing, accounting, supply chain, and management as well as the ability to adapt these fundamental concepts to unique situations.

To reiterate:  The International Business field enhances the knowledge students receive from other areas in business so they can view business problems and solutions from a global perspective.

Consider the following minors: Languages, Anthropology, and Sociology

Second major emphasis: Finance, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management

UMSL International Business Institute

Global Leadership and Management Department

Bulletin Information – College of Business Administration, International Business

International Business Graduation Plan

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“Successful managers must scan the competitive landscape in all its complexity to creatively capitalize on opportunities and mitigate threats. That process involves working with and through people, so managers must also exhibit skillful and compassionate leadership. That leadership must be informed by thoughtful analysis, intimate knowledge of the business, and a clear and compelling vision for its future.”

Dr. Brandon Ofem, Global Leadership and Management, UMSL Assistant Professor

The study of management and organizational behavior focuses on the behavior of individuals and groups in an organizational setting.  The business environment today demands graduates who can effectively work with and lead others.  The management and organizational behavior emphasis stresses the qualitative approaches to business.  The major areas of focus are:  the theory and functions of management, the management of human resources, the development of strategic policies in an organization, organizational design and conflict resolution, entrepreneurship and international management. 

To reiterate: Do you ask yourself why some managers are more effective than others?  Learn the theories behind what you already observe in your place of employment.

Consider the following minors: Psychology, International Business, Communication, Non-Profit Administration, and Political Science

UMSL Global Leadership and Management Department

Bulletin Information – College of Business Administration, Management (scroll down)

Management Graduation Plan

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“[Dr. Perry Drake] teaches us and pushes us to get out and network. This [Midwest Digital Marketing Conference] is such a big deal, and he’s really showing us the importance of taking advantage of opportunities like this to make those connections.” Nicholas Sylvia, current BSBA-Marketing (Click here to read more about Nicholas’s story)

Marketing is an important part of any business or organization and can enhance growth, increase profits, and help achieve the organization’s goals. Furthermore, marketing plays an important role in our society by enhancing our quality of life. Marketing involves the activities needed to facilitate an exchange. This covers selling products, services or ideas to both consumers and business buyers. Digital and Social Media Marketing is fast becoming a central element of today’s business. Many non-profit institutions are now enthusiastic users of marketing concepts; thus marketing majors find such untraditional areas as hospitals, churches, museums, universities and retirement homes often offer excellent entry-level opportunities for marketing majors in addition to such traditional firms as manufacturing and retail concerns.

To reiterate: The marketing field involves understanding consumers (individuals or companies) through research and the best way to interest them in purchasing your product, service or experience.

Consider the following minors: Digital Marketing, Information Systems, Media Studies, and Certificate in Advertising

UMSL Marketing Department

Bulleting Information – College of Business Administration, Marketing (scroll down)

Marketing Graduation Plan

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The professors that I had at UMSL are just so engaging and actually follow through on things. They check up on students and make sure that you’re ready to go once you graduate. The amount of attention I received really blew me away.” Jeff Russ, BSBA Supply Chain Management - 2017 - Supply Chain and Analytics (Click here to read more about Jeff’s story)

Supply chain management and analytics (SCMA) covers a wide range of topics, including supply chain management, business analytic s, logistics, production and service operations management, lean production, quality, forecasting, statistics, management science and operations research! The mission of Supply Chain Management is to produce the appropriate goods or services of the right quality and quantity and to distribute them to the right place, at the right time, thereby making the greatest contribution to the organization. This encompasses the design, implementation and management of systems for efficient acquisition and deployment of personnel, physical facilities, inventories, finished goods and related information or services. SCMA analysts must be proficient in the use of analytical models and information systems and must communicate effectively.

To reiterate: The supply chain management and analytics involves analyzing organizations, often using analytical models, so they can operate more efficiently. 

Consider the following minors: Information Systems, Transportation Studies, and International Business

UMSL Supply Chain and Analytics Department

Bulleting Information – College of Business Administration, Supply Chain Management (scroll down)

Supply Chain Management Graduation Plan

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UM-St. Louis allowed me to work at an internship and take classes at the same time.” Matt Morehead, BS Information Systems, 2007 (Click here to read more about Matt’s story)

Information Systems (IS) are of vital importance organizations and IS professionals fill key roles such as systems analysts and designers, database administrators, network administrators, cybersecurity officers, web designers, project managers, software testers and technical writers.  They think strategically about selecting, deploying and utilizing IS for organizational efficiency and competitive advantage.  UMSL’s IS program provides students with a foundation in both the functional areas of business and in computing technologies.  This unique blend enables graduates to appreciate the strategic role of technology, formulate a vision for IS and communicate that vision to stakeholders.  Students are prepared to pursue both technical and managerial careers incorporating leading edge technologies in public and private organizations.

To reiterate: IS field prepares you to select, deploy and utilize IS for organizational efficiency and competitive advantage.  You learn how to answer the question “what problem are you solving?” by using information technology.

Consider the following minors: Accounting, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Digital Marketing, and Supply Chain Management

UMSL Information Systems Department

Bulletin Information – College of Business Administration, Information Systems

Cybersecurity Programs Information

Information Systems Graduation Plan

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