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A Successful Future

Real return on investment

Constant innovation is our hallmark. More than 250 companies visit our campus each year. Our job placement rate is about 90 percent during the past decade. BusinessWeek ranks us third on the public schools list and fourth out of all undergraduate business schools in the U.S. for return on investment. What do our business students expect? Academic rigor, team projects, class presentations, priority on information technology, a supportive infrastructure. And a successful future.

  1. Photo: Amy McPherson

    Creating a world-class team

    Marriott executive Amy McPherson ('83) defines success

    As president and managing director of European lodging for Marriott International Inc., Amy McPherson ('83) is responsible for growth of a division that includes the United Kingdom, Ireland and continental Europe. The skills she learned at JMU's College of Business …Read more

  2. Photo: Biometrics team presents their business plan in COB 300

    You're hired

    COB's 12-credit class prepares future entrepreneurs and business leaders

    Years before Donald Trump created The Apprentice and made "You're fired!" part of the pop-culture lexicon, professors in JMU's College of Business were already using some of the show's concepts in an academic setting. COB 300, a 12-credit class, has a practical centerpiece that requires student teams to build a business from the ground up… Read more

  3. Photo: BusinessWeek says JMU's business school prepares graduates for success in the real world

    High return on investment

    BusinessWeek: JMU Graduates and Their Employers See High ROI

    While layoffs, salary freezes and unemployment statistics dominate today's business headlines, James Madison University's College of Business is being recognized by one publication for continuing to prepare its graduates for success in the workplace. Read more

  4. Photo: Five JMU business students and the Friendly City Food Coop collaborate on communication

    Perfect match

    Students learning the art of interpersonal skills

    Take one local business needing talented and dedicated volunteers, add in students working on a class project in effective communication, and you get one step closer to a sustainable, democratically controlled grocery store. That's the story of the collaboration between five JMU business students and … Read more

  5. Photo: Center for Ethical Business Leadership

    Beyond the immediate

    Center builds future leaders with sound ethics

    In a world plagued with news of unethical business conduct, professor Bob Kolodinsky is making a difference. As director of JMU's Gilliam Center for Ethical Business Leadership, Kolodinsky is raising student awareness … Read more

  6. Photo: JMU students participate in Disney College Program

    Making Madison magic

    Taking care of business at Disney's theme park

    Elizabeth Kibler ('10), a JMU business management major, was one of seven JMU students working at Walt Disney World as part of the Disney College Program for a spring semester. For Elizabeth it was an opportunity to apply business concepts in an actual workplace setting … Read more

  7. Three alumnae moms love advertising and The Martin Agency's atmosphere

    Living better

    Three alumnae moms love agency's atmosphere

    Working for the No. 3 ad agency in the country and enjoying a family friendly atmosphere are just two of the many benefits for a JMU alumnae trio. Kristen Cavallo ('91), Katherine Wintsch ('99) and Elizabeth Anderson Paul ('03) are all working moms and some of the most award-winning … Read more

  8. Andrew Gause's ('02) martial arts programs at Mountain Kim Martial Arts are award-winning and life-changing

    Marketing meets martial arts

    Fifth-degree black belt celebrates 20 years in tae kwon do

    While a JMU freshman, Andrew Gause ('02) considered the academic paths he could pursue to reach his long-term career goal of owning his own martial arts studio. Gause decided on a B.B.A. in marketing, "marketing seemed like a natural fit," he says … Read more

  9. Photo: BusinessWeek says JMU's business school prepares graduates for success in the real world

    High return on investment

    BusinessWeek: JMU Graduates and Their Employers See High ROI

    While layoffs, salary freezes and unemployment statistics dominate today's business headlines, James Madison University's College of Business is being recognized by one publication for continuing to prepare its graduates for success in the workplace. Read more