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College of Business Frequently Asked Questions

 Is the College of Business accredited? What does that mean?

Our College, including majors in Accounting, Economics, Computer Information Systems, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing are accredited by AACSB International. It is one of 840 accredited business schools worldwide, and ensures a high level of quality in scholarship and instruction. In addition, the School of Accounting holds a separate AACSB accreditation. More information is available at www.aacsb.edu.

 Do you accept AP credit or dual enrollment credit?

AP credit is accepted with a score of 4 or 5. BBA core courses that accept AP credit are Calculus, Statistics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. Dual enrollment credit may be accepted by providing the course syllabus to the department head for review. Credit for dual enrollment courses requires an official transcript from the college or university that provided the course. Transcripts should be mailed to the University Registrar.

 Does a student applying to JMU apply directly to the College of Business? Does choice of major affect a student’s chances of admission?

Students interested in a CoB major are encouraged to declare a major in the College of Business, but can do so once they are here if they wish. For BBA programs, progression of the major past the sophomore year requires completion of the lower level BBA core and acceptance into COB 300. However, freshmen and sophomores are treated as business majors (e.g. finance, management, etc.) before they are formally accepted. Choice of major does not impact a student’s admission to the University.

 What is COB 300?

COB 300 is a 12 credit-hour core course that integrates finance, management, marketing and operation. During the semester, students are placed into cross-disciplinary teams and are tasked with integrating material from the four classes and developing a viable business plan. A distinguishing factor of an education at the College of Business, it helps ensure success, not only in the program, but in the student’s career.

 What percentage of applications are accepted into COB 300?

100% of applicants who successfully complete the BBA core, are in good academic standing overall, and earn a 2.7 in the core are accepted. Students are limited to two attempts in each of the core classes.

Historically, about 89% of students who complete the core successfully earn the required GPA.

 Is the BBA the only undergraduate degree offered in the College of Business?

No, the College of Business offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Finance.

 Who teaches the classes in the College?

All professors in the College are academically qualified (PhD) or professionally qualified (have a master’s degree and significant business experience), as determined by the AACSB. There are no teaching assistants.

 What are the opportunities for internships? What does the college do to help students connect with employers?

Internships are highly encouraged even though most COB departments do not offer academic credit.

The University Career Center employs an internship advisor and hosts a job and internship fair each semester. The College has a University Career Center liaison who holds regular office hours and programming in the College of Business. It also maintains Handshake, an online career management tool where recruiters post open positions.

The Office of Professional Development and Engagement and academic departments provide advice to students on where to seek internships, and review student resumes and LinkedIn profiles upon request. Most internships for business majors are paid, but UCC does offer scholarships for students who wish to engage in meaningful unpaid internships in the summer.

 What does your job placement look like in my area (city and state)?

Most graduates of the College of Business find employment in the metropolitan Washington area. However, companies recruit for offices throughout the mid-Atlantic, including New York City, Baltimore, Richmond, and Philadelphia. Because many of the companies that recruit at JMU are large international employers, it is not difficult for graduates to relocate to the area of their choosing. By 3 months after graduation, over 90% of graduates are employed or in graduate school.

 What scholarships are available?

All students admitted in the early action pool are automatically considered for the Madison Award for Academic Excellence. Those merit awards do not require the demonstration of financial need, and range from 50% of in-state tuition and fees to 75% of in-state tuition and fees, and are renewable for four years as long as the student maintains a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. These awards are highly competitive with offers being made to approximately 1% of early action-admitted students. The Madison Award is also granted to students who are finalists for the Dingledine Bluestone Scholarship, and prospective students meeting the qualifications are encouraged to apply through JMU’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. The deadline for that application is November 1.

Each year, there are several JMU Foundation scholarships offered to incoming freshmen, most of which require demonstrated financial need. Students who have committed to JMU may apply in the spring, and information is provided in the JMU Scholarships Hub on the Financial Aid website.

 Do students have trouble enrolling in classes they need to make timely degree completion?

The college makes every effort to assist students with course registration to meet progression standards in a timely manner. Factors that affect timely progression include: withdrawing from classes, repeating courses, changing majors, averaging below 15 hours a semester, academic standing (probation), etc. In building class schedules, students need to be flexible to take 8:00am classes, to accept any instructor, and not prioritize social obligations over academic work.

 Will I work with a business advisor?

All incoming business freshmen will be assigned an advisor associated with the College of Business – either a business faculty or a professional business advisor. Students are assigned professional advisors in their major in the spring of their freshman year.

 Is it possible to graduate “on time” with a major and minor? How about two majors?

Yes, it is possible. It depends on incoming credit, combination of major/minor, and summer opportunities.

 What is the student-to-faculty ratio for business courses?

The student/faculty ratio in the College is 28:1

 What study abroad opportunities exist? How competitive is the Antwerp program?

The College of Business currently offers 5 summer study abroad programs in CIS, Business Law, and Global Supply Chain Management.  The Semester in Antwerp, in which students complete the COB 300 courses, is offered in Spring, Summer, and Fall.  The Summer and Fall Semesters in Antwerp are the most competitive, with about a 50% acceptance rate and average GPA of 3.3.  Many CoB students also participate in study abroad programs outside the College of Business, including Semesters in Florence, London, and Salamanca, and more than 80 summer programs.  All International Business majors are required to complete a study abroad or internship abroad in the language of their area of concentration.

 How easy is it to change majors?

It all depends on the student’s previous major, classification, and new major. In the CoB, it is fairly easy for students to change between BBA majors until COB 300 is completed. You can find more information on our Academic Success Center student resources page..

 Do you have a business learning community?

MadisonBiz is the first-year learning community for business majors. Approximately 20 freshmen each year participate in the program. Members of the community live together in a common residence hall on East Campus and take a one-credit hour course in the fall semester in which they explore different majors and careers in business and get a jump-start on professional development. Activities extend into the spring with a student-planned alternative weekend break and book club. Interested students apply for MadisonBiz when they complete their housing application.

 Where can I go if I have more questions about the College of Business?

Please contact Associate Dean Molly Brown at brownmg@jmu.edu or (540) 568-1697.

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