Jackie Rees Ulmer (she/her), Dean
Jim Strode (he/him), Director of Undergraduate Programs & Assessment
Mel Culp (she/her), Assistant Dean of Career and Student Success
To schedule an appointment with an advisor from the CoB Career and Student Success Center, call 740.593.2042.
Vision - Who do we want to be?
We are Bobcats! Agile professionals who are disciplined risk takers, life-long learners, and curious global citizens. We are Ohio University’s College of Business — the educational choice for tomorrow’s leaders.
Mission - Why do we exist?
We inspire innovators who strategically create value. We motivate leaders who serve with grit and determination. We nurture self-aware citizens who better the world of business.
- We serve students first, so they serve.
- We teach principled leadership.
- We embrace diversity of thought and community.
- We offer individualized paths to success.
- We foster relationships that last.
- We deliver on our promises.
The College of Business has been an accredited member of the AACSB—The Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business—since 1950. The School of Accountancy received separate AACSB accounting accreditation in 1995.
The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree is available with the following majors:
The Bachelor of Sport Management (B.S.M.) degree is available with the following major:
Business Analytics (B.B.A.) (requires double major)
Business Economics (B.B.A.)
Business Prelaw Major (B.B.A.)
International Business (B.B.A.)
Management Information Systems (B.B.A.)
Strategic Leadership and Management (B.B.A.)
Sport Management (B.S.M.)
The Bachelor of Science in Business (B.S.B.) degree is available with the following major:
You can change your major or add a second business major through the CoB Office of Student Services in Copeland Hall 214.
Ohio University baccalaureate candidates may complete any of the following College of Business minors:
Business Minor (not available to B.B.A. candidates)
Business Analytics Minor
Sport Management Minor
Ohio University baccalaureate candidates may complete any of the following business related certificates:
Banking and Financial Services Certificate
Business Cybersecurity Management Certificate
Business Ethics and Social Responsibility Certificate
Consumer Research Certificate
Entrepreneurship Certificate (not available to B.B.A. candidates)
Festivals, Events, and Entertainment Management Certificate
Financial Programming Certificate
Human Resource Management Certificate
International Business Certificate
Sales Certificate (only available for Schey Sales Centre students)
Strategic Leadership Certificate
Supply Chain Management Certificate
Requirements for these minors and certificate programs are listed within the College of Business section of the undergraduate catalog.
College of Business students may also choose to complete a minor offered by another academic college within the University
Due to accreditation standards, students outside the college are allowed to complete only 30 hours of business coursework.
College-Level Requirements for the College of Business
As a candidate for the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree, you must complete the University’s General Education requirement for graduation and fulfill a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for all hours attempted, as well as cumulatively across all business and economics courses. You must also maintain a 2.2 minimum GPA for courses in your major and earn a grade of C- or better in each required course in the major. Courses included in the 120 hour minimum for the B.B.A. must be completed so at least 52 semester hours are earned in areas of business, and at least 30 semester hours are earned in nonbusiness areas.
Core Business Curriculum
The following core business courses are taken individually: ACCT 1010 , ACCT 1020 , BA 2000 , BUSL 2550 , FIN 3000 , MGT 3200 , MGT 4800J , QBA 1720 , QBA 2720 .
Three courses are grouped to form the integrated “Copeland Core”” which includes: BA 1000 , BA 1100 , and either UC 1500 or UC 1900 .
Four core business courses are grouped to form the integrated “Business Cluster” which includes: BA 2500 , MGT 2100 , MIS 2020 , and MKT 2400 .
Selected General Education Requirements
In addition to meeting all Ohio University BRICKS General Education requirements, B.B.A. candidates are required to take coursework to meet the following targeted areas. Some of these courses will also meet BRICKS general education requirements.
ECON 1030 and ECON 1040
Cultural Perspectives courses prepare you for active participation in multicultural business contexts in the US and globally. Through these courses, you will learn cultural self-awareness, cultural frameworks, empathy, communications, curiosity, and openness. B.B.A candidates are required to complete a minimum of six total credit hours of coursework designated as:
- BRICKS Intercultural Explorations and/or
- BRICKS Diversity & Practice
Students who complete one of the following International Experience programs will fulfill the Cultural Perspectives requirement:
Note: The Cultural Perspectives requirement is waived for international students on a F1 visa.
Eithical Perspectives courses prepare you to make difficult decisions when ethical considerations are involved and when the answers are not straightforward. Through these courses, you will learn to recognize and evaluate ethical issues and use ethical self-awareness, perspectives, and concepts to make ethical decisions. B.B.A candidates are required to complete a minimum of four total credit hours of coursework designated as BRICKS Ethics & Reasoning.
Five to nine courses. Varies by major.
Recommended Course Sequence for B.B.A. Candidates
ACCT 1010 - Foundations of Accounting
BA 1500 - Introduction to Business Communication and Professional Skills
ECON 1030 - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 1040 - Principles of Macroeconomics
ENG 1510 - Writing and Rhetoric I (or International students take ENG 1610 - Freshman Composition: Writing and Rhetoric )
MATH 1350 - Survey of Calculus
Plus electives from the targeted categories.
ACCT 1020 - Decision Making with Accounting
BA 2000 - Career Management Strategies
FIN 3000 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
BUSL 2550 - The Legal Environment of Business
QBA 2720 - Business Analytics
MKT 3580 - Foundations of Professional Sales
Plus electives from targeted categories.
Business Cluster (12) includes the following four courses:
BA 2500 - Strategic Business Communication
MGT 2100 - Introduction to Management and Organization
MIS 2020 - Business Information Systems
MKT 2400 - Introduction to Marketing Management
Plus electives from targeted categories.
MGT 3200 - Operations Management
Plus major courses and electives from targeted categories.
MGT 4800J - Business Strategy
Plus major courses and remaining electives
The following business courses are taken individually: ACCT 1010 , BA 2000 , BUSL 2550 , FIN 3000 , QBA 1720 , QBA 2720 .
Three business courses are grouped to form the integrated “Copeland Core” which includes: BA 1000 , BA 1100 , and either UC 1500 or UC 1900 .
Four business courses are grouped to form the integrated “Business Cluster” which includes: BA 2500 , MGT 2100 , MIS 2020 , and MKT 2400 .
Foundation and General Education Courses
In addition to meeting all Ohio University BRICKS General Education requirements, B.S.M. candidates are required to take coursework to meet the following targeted areas. Some of these courses will also meet BRICKS general education requirements.
ENG 1510 or ENG 1610 (for non-native English speakers only)
ECON 1030 and ECON 1040
See the Sport Management Major program page
Gaining Academic Progress Workshops for CoB Freshmen
CoB Freshmen (B.B.A. and B.S.M.) candidates who earn a fall semester GPA of less than 2.5 will be required to attend a “Gaining Academic Progress (GAP) Workshop” and participate in a “Next-Semester Advising Intervention” as described below:
- Gaining Academic Progress (GAP) Workshop: CoB freshmen who earn a first semester GPA of less than 2.5 will be required to attend a GAP Workshop, which is offered during the earliest weeks of each semester by the Allen Student Advising Center. Failure to attend one of these workshops will result in a “hold” being placed on your academic records, which will make you unable to register for future classes. CoB freshmen who need to attend a GAP Workshop will be emailed with scheduling instructions soon after fall grades are received. It is the student’s responsibility to follow the directions for scheduling the workshop.
- Next-Semester Advising Intervention (NSAI): CoB freshmen who earn a first semester GPA of less than 2.5 will be required to meet with an academic advisor from the Career and Student Success Center (CSSC) prior to the first day of the next semester to discuss a strategy for improving academic performance. Repeating selected courses will probably be advised. It is strongly recommended that these meetings be arranged as soon as possible after grades are posted to allow plenty of time to reschedule courses. Failure to meet for this purpose with an academic advisor from the CoB Office of Student Services by the first day of the following semester will have two results:
- A note will be placed in the student’s academic file that will remove any possibility of future academic appeals;
- A hold will be placed on the student’s academic records, which will make students unable to register for future classes;.
Students will be notified by email if they need to schedule a “Next-Semester Advising Intervention”. On-campus interventions are strongly recommended, but the meeting may also be conducted by telephone. NSAI appointments can be arranged by calling the CoB Office of Student Services at 740.593.2042.
Minimum GPA Policy For First Year Students
At the end of their second consecutive semester, first year B.B.A. and B.S.M. candidates who have earned a cumulative GPA that is below 2.0 will be allowed one additional semester to raise their cumulative GPA to at least the 2.0 minimum. Failure to raise the cumulative GPA to at least the 2.0 minimum in the additional semester will result in being dropped from the College of Business.
To avoid this undesirable circumstance, the College of Business requires every first-year business major to participate in the following academic support activities if their fall semester GPA is below 2.5:
- Next-Semester Advising Intervention (NSAI)
During winter break, CoB first-year students who earn a fall semester GPA of less than 2.5 will be required to speak with an academic advisor to discuss a strategy for improving their academic performance. This conversation can occur in person or by telephone.
- Gaining Academic Progress (GAP) Workshop
Early in spring term, CoB first-year students who earned a fall semester GPA of less than 2.5 will be required to attend a “GAP Workshop” where they will work with an advisor to create a strategy for their own academic success.
Students who are required to leave Ohio University as result of this policy may apply for re-admission to the College of Business and Ohio University when they can demonstrate that that they have been able to be academically successful as a full-time student in a college/university setting.
Ohio University Probation and Dismissal Policy
At the close of the semester, the academic record of each enrolled undergraduate student (regardless of student enrollment status) will be reviewed to verify the accumulative GPA. At the time of the review, if you do not have the required 2.0 minimum accumulative GPA, you will be placed on academic probation. To be removed from probation, your accumulative GPA must reach at least a 2.0.
Students with fewer than 90 credit hours earned: If you have fewer than 90 semester credit hours earned and are not removed from probation, you will continue on probation or be academically dismissed. To continue on probation, you must have either 1) semester GPA at least 2.0 or 2) a cumulative GPA equal to or greater than the minimum GPA defined by your hours earned:
Total Hours Earned
Minimum Ccumulative GPA to Continue on Probation
||0 — 29.99
||30.00 — 59.99
||60.00 — 89.99
If you are on probation and fail both of the criteria described above, you will be academically dismissed.
Students with 90 or more semester credit hours earned: If you are on probation in a given semester and you have 90 or more semester credit hours earned at the end of that semester, you must achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA to avoid academic dismissal.
Retaking a Core Business Course (for B.B.A. candidates)
You will be limited to three attempts (two retakes) at the College’s core courses. If you have made three unsuccessful attempts at a required core course, you will be notified that you have been dropped from the College.
Core courses include ACCT 1010 , ACCT 1020 , BA 1100 , BUSL 2550 , FIN 3000 , MGT 2100 , MGT 3200 , MGT 4800J , MIS 2020 , MKT 2400 , QBA 1720 , and QBA 2720 .
Retaking a Course in the Business Cluster (for B.B.A. and B.S.M. candidates)
BA 2500 , MGT 2100 , MIS 2020 , and MKT 2400 must be taken in a 12-credit cluster during the late sophomore/early junior year (see recommended course sequence). Students failing one course in the cluster will be required to retake the course in a stand-alone or other equivalent form. Students failing more than one course in the cluster will be required to retake the entire cluster.
If you need to retake a core course that is part of a cluster, go to the CSSC in Copeland Hall 214 to obtain permission to get into the appropriate course(s).
Freshman Enrollment Policy
Freshmen will be admitted to the College on a selective basis. Successful candidates are generally in the top 20 percent of their high school classes, with a strong college preparatory curriculum. They are expected to have above-average GPA (3.0 or higher) and also have demonstrated leadership potential through participation in extracurricular activities or work experience. Members of groups that are historically underrepresented in business will receive special consideration.
Students indicating an interest in the B.B.A. or B.S.M. degree who do not meet the requirements for direct admission (as described above), will be admitted to the University College as “Intending Business” and will be admitted to the College of Business program only after completing the requirements for transfer described in the following “Transfer” section (below).
Any student considering transfer to the College of Business is strongly encouraged to contact the CSSC as early as possible. A student must be enrolled in the College before their senior year to allow for the College’s 32-hour residency requirement. A student must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree and major courses at Ohio University.
College of Business Transfer Policy
Transfer and Admission Policy for Current Ohio University Students
Transferring or Enrolling After One Semester
- Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 2.75 with at least 15 Ohio University semester hours.
- You must have successfully completed the following with a grade of no less than “C”.
Transferring or Enrolling After Two or More Semesters:
- Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 2.50 on at least 24 Ohio University semester hours.
- You must have successfully completed the following with a grade of no less than “C”.
- You must complete the on-line transfer application that includes submission of a 250-500 word academic-quality personal statement that describes how your life choices and circumstances suggest that a career in business is right for you. Additional details about the personal statement will appear in the on-line application. Writing quality will be considered.
**or grade of “S” (satisfactory) if course is completed at OHIO in spring or summer 2019-2020
- Your cumulative GPA must be no less than 2.20 and during each of your two most recent semesters you earned a minimum 3.0 GPA;
- During each of the last two previous semesters you completed at least fifteen credit hours of coursework that included at least two of the following courses: ACCT 1010 , ACCT 1020 , BUSL 2000 (subs for BUSL 2550 ), ECON 1030 , ECON 1040 , MATH 1350 or MATH 2301 , any 3XXX or 4XXX level business course.
- You must have successfully completed ENG 1510 with a grade of no less than “C”**
- You must have successfully completed ECON 1030 or ECON 1040 with a grade of no less than “C”
- You complete the on-line transfer application that includes submission of a 250-500 word academic-quality personal statement that describes your experience with professional development, tenacity, leadership, teamwork, and time management. Quality of the writing will be strongly considered.
NOTE: Please note that this option is likely to extend your time to graduation beyond four years.
Additional Transfer Requirements for International Students
International students are required to have completed at least 12 hours of Ohio University coursework.
In addition to the requirements listed above, international students must also provide evidence that they meet the College of Business English proficiency requirements by completing ONE of the following:
- A paper-based TOEFL score of at least 525 (5+ on composition).
- A grade of no less than “A-” in OPIE D970 “OPIE 8-Hour Bridge A”
- A grade of no less than “C” in OPIE D970 ” and a grade of no less than “B-” in OPIE 980 “OPIE 8-Hour Bridge B”
After Transferring into the College of Business
Once admitted to the College of Business, you will need to participate each semester in an assigned advising activity to get your registration-hold lifted. Failure to do so could very well extend your time to graduation. Watch your OHIO e-mail for details.
- All students must enroll in the COPELAND CORE that includes: BA 1000 , BA 1100 , BA 2000 , and UC 1500 . The Copeland Core is to be completed in the student’s first semester as a business student.
NOTE: If your application for CoB admission is successful, you will need to adjust your next-semester schedule after admission and prior to the first day of the term to include the “Copeland Core” courses. Scheduling information for these courses will be communicated in your OHIO e-mail from the CoB Career and Student Success Center within seven days of the approval of your application.
NOTE: As courses from the “Copeland Core” will be among the prerequisites for the “Business Cluster”, students will not be able to take the Business Cluster during their first semester in the College of Business.
- You must be enrolled in the college before your senior year to allow for the CoB 30 credit-hour residency requirement. You must earn at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at Ohio University. The College of Business reserves the right to limit transfer admission as necessary to meet enrollment limits.
To Apply for Admission to the College of Business
Current Ohio University students may use the on-line application to apply for “next-semester” admission to the College of Business according to the following deadlines
- FALL and SPRING – Apply from the third week of each semester until the first day of the following term.
- SUMMER - The on-line application is open all summer until the first day of fall semester.
NOTE: Applications are not reviewed until semester grades are finalized. Students will be notified via their OHIO email address with specific instructions on registration updates that may be necessary to register for Copeland Core. The COB Advising Team will be available for assistance.
For Students Transferring from Outside Ohio University
Admission to the College of Business from an educational institution outside of Ohio University is selective. Application is made through Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade pont average of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) from the transferring institution. In addition to the above, international students must provide documentation that confirms they have achieved the university English Proficiency requirements outlined at https://www.ohio.edu/admissions/international/apply#English%20Proficiency. The College of Business limits transfer credit for required business courses to those courses it offers. Other transfer credit will be evaluated as business or non-business electives. Ohio University requires that at least 50% of coursework for a major, minor, or certificate must be completed at Ohio University.
Business Honors Program - The Copeland Scholars
The Copeland Scholars Program at Ohio University is specially designed for academic-achievement-oriented students with a unique, demanding, engaged, and applied learning experience. Join us at freshmen level for four academically rewarding years with in-depth learning, real-world experience, and much more. As part of the Copeland Scholars Program, you belong to a highly selective group of students who have access to smaller classes, scholarship opportunities, mentorship opportunities, real-life consulting projects, and one-on-one interaction with top business faculty. For additional information, contact Shea Burden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Business offers a variety of selective programs for students who thrive on challenges, want to develop leadership skills, and are prepared to change the future of business. Each selective program offers experiential learning opportunities and focuses on career-readiness core competencies and learning. Admission requirements for selective programs vary by program. For more information, please refer to College of Business Selective Programs website.
Honorary and Professional Organizations
The College of Business provides educational development opportunities for its students through its honorary and professional student organizations. The College of Business currently offers more than thirty unique student organizations, including honor societies, business fraternities, major-focused student groups, interest-focused student groups, and multicultural student groups. Students are encouraged to join one or more student organization. For more information, please refer to College of Business Student Orgs and Clubs website. New organizations are formed regularly.
Internships and Career Management
College of Business students are expected to be actively involved in their own professional development during each year at Ohio University. Students are expected to complete professional development milestones through select coursework and engagement with the College of Business Career & Student Success Center. Students are provided with coaching, tools, and resources to develop knowledge, professionalism, and experiences to reach career goals.
At least one internship is required for all College of Business majors. Options include internship courses taken after prior approval of an internship, the College of Business Global Consulting Program, and the College of Business Ohio International Consulting Program, or MGT 3730 (for Entrepreneurship students). Multiple internships are encouraged.
The CSSC works in partnership with the Center for Advising, Career and Experiential Learning (ACE) to assist students in securing practical experience during their college careers. College of Business faculty and staff members encourage organizations to interview students on campus and work in partnership with the CSSC to refer resumes to interested employers and participate in on-campus recruiting events. Many companies seeking interns or offering full-time positions partner with the college. Company representatives offer professional development seminars and workshops, and participate in class projects and student organization programs.
The CoB Center for International Business offers several international experience opportunities for students in the College of Business:
- The Global Consulting Program offers programs in multiple locations. Students in these programs earn nine credit hours from various courses in business. Highlights include consulting projects with firms located in numerous international locales and the opportunity to experience local cultures.
- The OHIO International Consulting Program provides students with significant hands-on experience that enables them to integrate theoretical and practical training in the process of analyzing and solving a significant business problem.
Other international experiences are also available through the following Ohio University Offices:
The Executive Advisory Board of the College of Business, the formal external arm of the college, serves as a representative of the business community at large. The board is a group of professionals, managers, and executives who review and advise the college on activities necessary to accomplish college missions, from the perspective of the business community. The board meets with the dean, faculty, and students twice a year to give advice on college programs. Members are often on campus to speak to student organizations or classes and to participate in special college programs. The board is extremely helpful to the college’s continuing efforts to maintain excellence in education for future business leaders.
The Society of Alumni and Friends of the College of Business, made up of graduates, friends, and former students of the college, functions as the alumni relations arm of the college. Since 1982, this society has provided innovative and meaningful alumni involvement in sponsorship, planning and support, alumni awards, recruitment, etc. The 12-member board of directors of the society formally meets on the Athens campus twice a year and initiates yearly alumni receptions in many other cities.