College of Business

Academics

Majors & Degrees

Every organization relies on business principles for success. With a solid business education you'll have the practical skills to excel in a variety of positions in the industry of your choice.

Not sure which major is right for you? Visit the Office of Professional & Career Development, and we can help you find the right fit for your future.

With an accounting degree, you’ll learn to speak the “language of business.” Accounting majors who make good grades and follow the advice of their faculty and academic advisors enjoy a 100% job placement rate and receive the most competitive starting salaries of any major.

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Are you interested in aviation, but prefer to keep both feet on the ground? The aviation management program prepares you for employment with airline and corporate aviation organizations, government agencies, and consulting firms.

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The business administration major provides a solid foundation in business fundamentals while allowing you to customize a plan of study best suited to your interests and career aspirations. It is the most flexible of degree options in the college.

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Corporations are harnessing the power of big data to gain advantages in the competitive environment of the information age.  As they seek to analyze more data using more sophisticated tools, corporations are having trouble finding the right people with the right skills to make sense of the data.  With a business analytics degree, you’ll learn how to transform data into information by analyzing it, detecting patterns and predicting possible outcomes. By developing these skills, you will be well positioned to succeed in a variety of settings and lead businesses to desired results.  With a business analytics major, students will learn to gather and organize data, retrieve and process it, analyze and present it using quantitative methods, use predictive models to project future outcomes and use the resulting information to help make business decisions.

Additionally, students will gain analytical expertise in one of several business domains of their choice, including marketing, finance, supply chain, human resource management, or information technology.

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If you ever ran a successful lemonade stand, babysitting service or lawn mowing business as a child or, if you worked at the family restaurant after school and on weekends, then chances are the entrepreneurship and family business program is for you.

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Finance is the art and science of managing money. And a degree in finance prepares you for the high-powered world of investment and portfolio management, corporate finance, investment banking and international finance.

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Human resource management is the perfect blend of working with people and being an active participant in the business world. If a corporate environment appeals to you but crunching and analyzing numbers does not, consider human resource management.

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Do you enjoy technology and computer systems but don’t think life as a techie is for you? As an information systems management major, you learn how to use technology to gather data, solve problems and make complex decisions in a business environment.

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These days, every large company operates internationally and even the smallest U.S. firms look to the global marketplace. In this environment, you’ll have tremendous opportunity with an international business degree.

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The management major prepares you for supervisory positions in almost every setting possible. The program emphasizes project management, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. Managers enjoy a high level of responsibility and visibility.

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With a marketing degree you’ll learn to help businesses make strategic decisions about their products, prices, advertising, retailing and public relations; and you’ll develop the creative and communication skills you’ll need for an executive position.

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With a professional flight management degree, you will not only be prepared for a career as a professional pilot but you will also gain the business acumen required to excel in leadership and supervisory positions beyond the cockpit.

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For more than 40 years, Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business has been directly involved in supply chain education and industry support. Our program is ranked among the top 20 SCM programs in the most recent Gartner Research study. The goals are straightforward: educate tomorrow’s SCM leaders, produce pragmatic research, and assist companies in their drive for supply chain success.

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Whether you're a recent graduate or a practicing professional, a master's degree will focus and enhance your business skills and improve your footing on the corporate ladder. If research and scholarship appeal, look at a Ph.D.

If you want to gain additional technical skills, stronger research and communication skills, and the opportunity to pass the Uniform CPA exam on the first attempt, the Auburn University Master of Accountancy (MAcc) is the program for you. With a MAcc degree, you have higher pass rates on the CPA exam and a better chance at promotion once hired.

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With both on-campus and distance options, Auburn’s MBA provides a broad business skill set and the opportunity to choose from 7 specialization options. The available business concentrations are finance, marketing, management, information systems, supply chain, business analytics and human resource management.

An international experience as well as a leadership development trip is part of the curriculum in the full time, on campus program. Students in the on campus program also receive personalized career development and resources through the Office of Professional and Career Development.

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The Master of Science in Finance program provides specialized instruction for students who anticipate a career in finance or plan to pursue further graduate work. The College offers thesis and non-thesis options for this degree. The MS program in finance is a strong choice for students planning a career in finance or additional graduate study in business. The program’s in-depth instruction in the major areas of finance prepares students for professional positions in the field.

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One of the most flexible programs of any major university, Auburn’s Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) enables you to develop greater technical expertise while customizing the program to meet your individual career goals.

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The Ph.D. in Business with a Concentration in Finance was established for students entering in 2014.  To have an optimal size class of cohorts, the program will accept candidates only in even numbered years. The concentration in Finance will receive significant funding from a $40 million gift by Mr. Raymond J. Harbert `82, Chairman and CEO of Harbert Management Corporation.  The degree prepares students for research and teaching primarily in the areas of Investments, Corporate Finance, and Financial Institutions and Markets.

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Ph.D. in Business with a Concentration in Information Systems prepares you to conduct high quality research on business processes, contribute new knowledge to the operation of business organizations and compete for faculty positions at leading universities.

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Established at Auburn in 1989, the Ph.D. in Management with an Organization Studies, Strategy and Change (OSSC) concentration prepares you to conduct high quality research on business processes, contribute new knowledge to the operation of business organizations and compete for faculty positions at leading universities.

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The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business’ online programs blend traditional instruction with modern technology to extend educational opportunities beyond campus. Students can improve their educational credentials from their home or work site while also balancing career or family obligations. The programs are fully accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Online students receive the same quality of instruction and assignments as campus participants. Although most online programs are available only to U.S. residents or military serving overseas with either an APO or FPO box, the MSIS online program is available to acceptable applicants who can meet the proctoring guidelines.

About the B.S.B.A. in Accountancy - Online

Our traditional on-campus accounting classes are videotaped and online students watch their lectures via streaming video either live or at a time convenient to their work schedules. Therefore, online students receive the same instruction, follow the same syllabi and academic calendar, and receive the same AACSB accredited degree as their on-campus peers. The online option is identical to the on-campus option regarding rigor, standards, and student accountability. 

 

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Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Accountancy, you should meet regional accreditation standards (SACS, etc.) for teaching accounting at the collegiate level, expand opportunities at your current employer or organization, meet the 150-hour requirement to sit for the Uniform CPA examination, and matriculate to the Master of Accountancy program with only four courses remaining.

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The Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management is a 12 hour (4 3-hour courses) non-degree seeking program that offers an opportunity to grow professionally.  This program allows students to select four courses to fit their needs.  Concentrations can be formed to strengthen skills in database development and administration, security and information assurance, systems analysis and design, business analysis, big data and business analytics, and many more.  Up to six hours taken in the certificate program may be transferred into the MSIS program if desired.

Like our online MSIS degree option, the courses are recorded on campus and available for viewing at your convenience as soon as two hours following the conclusion of class on campus.  You can stay at home and continue to work but gain college credit.

For more information about the certificate program, contact Dr. Dianne Hall, Graduate Programs Officer, at halldia@auburn.edu.

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The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business offers online undergraduate accounting courses enabling second degree candidates to meet requirements for the Uniform CPA examination or to pursue prerequisites for the Master of Accountancy Program.

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The online Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program is designed for the working professional and mirrors the full-time on-campus option. Students receive the same instruction, assignments and exams as their on-campus peers and ultimately the same AACSB International accredited degree, a Master of Accountancy. Also, the Auburn MAcc Program Uniform CPA exam pass rates are among the top pass rates in the country.

The Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business is ranked among the top graduate online programs in the U.S. according to U.S. News and World Report's 2014 Best Online Business Program rankings.

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This digital-based off-campus program is designed for the working professional and mirrors the full time MBA program. Students receive the same instruction, assignments and tests as on-campus students.

The Auburn University College of Business placed #12 in the US News and World Report 2014 Best Online Business Program rankings.

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Students receive the same instruction, assignments and tests as on-campus MS Finance students.  This off-site option allows for scheduling flexibility and may be of special interest to the student already working.

NOTE: this option is only open to students currently living in the United States or are in the U.S. military (and may be posted around the world).

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One of the most flexible programs of any major university, Auburn’s Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) enables you to develop greater technical expertise while customizing the program to meet your individual career goals.

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Auburn's internationally-ranked executive programs accommodate the schedules of working professionals and are designed to give the executive the up-to-date knowledge that expand the managerial skill set and further a career.

Auburn’s 21-month Executive MBA focuses on working professionals with at least 8 years’ experience. The program combines distance study with on-campus residencies to give executives the skills necessary to advance their careers.

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For professionals with three years’ experience, the program delivers an education that enhances leadership skills and professional knowledge. The curriculum focuses on sustainable and responsible development and provides students with access to industry leadership, nationally and internationally.

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13th among MBA programs (Modern Health Care) the PEMBA is an advanced degree for physicians who seek to improve the management of their practice or move into positions of leadership. The 21 month program includes five on-campus residencies as well as one domestic and one international study trip.

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A business minor demonstrates a breadth of skills and interests, and can improve either your employment potential or enhance your application to graduate school.

The accounting minor gives students an enhanced technical competency.  With two required courses and three electives, the minor can be tailored to complement the student’s major course of study. 

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The objective of the aviation management minor is to give students in other majors an overview of the aviation industry. The program allows students of any major the opportunity to broaden their horizons the field of aviation and transportation.

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With a business analytics minor, students will complement their major area with knowledge of how to manage and process data, analyze and present data using quantitative methods, predict future outcomes using predictive models, and use the resulting information to help make business decisions.

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Students in non-Business majors may earn a minor in Business by completing certain core classes in the College of Business. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in these courses to earn the minor.  The only courses that can be transferred from another institution are the ECON requirement and/or the ACCT requirement.

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(16 semester hours) An interdisciplinary program with the College of Business and the College of Engineering, this minor prepares students for work in technology-intensive firms where new product development requires a combination of business and technical skills. This minor is offered to top students competitively selected from the College of Business and the College of Engineering. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or greater.

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(15 semester hours) With this minor students gain a broader knowledge of the finance area and its applications. The minor can focus on one area corporate finance, investments, financial institution management, real estate, insurance or multinational finance, or combine a range of course areas.

 

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The Information Assurance minor provides an interdisciplinary education to students seeking careers in technology and information-intensive fields related to Accounting, Information Systems, and Finance. Students learn to manage risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information –an increasingly valuable subject in today’s business world.

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The Information Systems minor is a 15 hour program designed to provide students a broad understanding of information systems management. Students learn the basics of telecommunication, business computer applications, database management, and analysis and design of a business system. The Information Systems minor is a perfect complement to any business degree in today's information-rich society.

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The International Business minor is the perfect complement for students wishing to live and work abroad. It provides students with a better understanding of international economics, international marketing and multinational finance. Additionally, students may choose to further explore management, marketing, supply chain management or finance.

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The marketing minor allows students to expand their knowledge of basic marketing principles: consumer behavior brand management, advertising, professional selling, market research, and many more.

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Students can obtain their pilot ratings by taking the following course work and obtaining a minor in Professional Flight Operations.

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(15 semester hours) With this minor students gain a basic knowledge of supply chain operations and develop strategies for continuous improvement of the performance of a supply chain. This program, which can be tailored to accompany any major, provides a valuable skill set applicable to any industry.

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