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At the College of Business, you won’t just gather in classrooms to analyze and discuss things you’ve read in a textbook. You’ll learn by doing. By engaging in powerful, impactful educational experiences, you will apply what you have learned in different settings to gain knowledge, build lifelong friendships, engage with alumni and mentors, cultivate your personal growth and much more.

Study Abroad

For many students, the time spent studying abroad is one of the most significant periods in their academic studies. Long afterward they continue to discover that the immersive experience of another culture pays dividends throughout their lives as they navigate new social and global career environments.

The Antwerp, Belgium study abroad opportunity for students who have been accepted into COB 300 not only satisfies the COB 300 requirement, it allows you to blend classroom theory with excursions to vital European businesses and historic sites, providing cultural experiences that broaden and enrich your understanding of European business practices.

In addition, each year brings new business-major specific study abroad opportunities, with past trips traveling to countries such as Panama, Columbia, France, Prague and the UK.

Mentorship, Internships and Externships

Not all learning happens in a classroom, and not all of your experiences will come from being on campus. That’s why we have the Office of Professional Development and Engagement (OPDE). They’re here to help with preparation, programs and information on mentorship, internships and externships.

The OPDE created a Career Mentor Network LinkedIn group that connects knowledgeable College of Business alumni with motivated students for mentorship that can extend far beyond simply understanding your career options. Anyone can network on LinkedIn, but this COB-only group uses mentorship to supplement your classroom learning with skills to navigate your transition into the working world.

The programs and resources of the OPDE are here to help you land that important internship or externship—or both. From resume building workshops to job and internship feeds, you’ll have all the tools you need to stand out from the crowd. 

Resources: The Gaglioti Markets Laboratory

The Gaglioti Capital Markets Lab was established in 2011 through a generous gift from Enrico Gaglioti (’94), and features computers at every seat with access to important financial industry software applications such as SAS, Analytic Solver and Crystal Ball.

Bloomberg terminals keep students and faculty connected to up-to-the-minute and relevant data for the finance world that is vital to their research and learning. They also allow the opportunity for students to become certified on the Bloomberg terminals and gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Consulting: Madison Investment Fund

The Madison Investment Fund is a student-lead equity investment fund that manages a six-figure portion of the James Madison University endowment. The Fund focuses on providing students with a real-world, professional forum to learn the fundamentals of investments and basics of financial theory while fulfilling the fiduciary duties associated with diligent portfolio management.


Competitions offer more than just the end prize. 

They make academic material come to life as students work in teams to analyze and evaluate outcomes, develop innovative solutions to real-world business problems and present their ideas to industry professionals. 

A prestigious annual event for all majors is the Rainey-Shepard-Kushel Business Plan Competition, the final rite of passage for a select group of student-teams from the required COB 300 integrated business core courseThe competition resembles a venture capital fair, as aspiring entrepreneurs pitch ideas to potential investors with more than $25,000 in scholarships and prizes riding on the outcome. Over the event's 20-plus years of existence, founder Don Rainey ('82), Russell "Rusty" Shepard ('86), Rick Kushel ('87) and a host of other JMU alumni and business professionals have provided ongoing financial support and have also given generously of their time and expertise as competition judges.

Finance major-specific competitions include:

CFA® Investment Research Challenge

The CFA® Investment Research Challenge is an opportunity for a team of four to five students to compete in an annual financial analysis competition. The first round is sponsored by the CFA® Virginia Society, and the competing teams are from public and private universities in Virginia. Each student team creates a financial analysis report including economic, industry and company analyses concluding with a buy or sell recommendation. The second round is an oral presentation of the report before practitioner judges in the region. The winners of the regional competitions go on to the North American competition and ultimately compete at the international level.

Community Bank Case Study Competition

JMU finance and management majors may participate in the Community Bank Case Study Competition sponsored by the Conference of State Banking Supervisors. Students prepare a 25-page interdisciplinary case study that evaluates bank leadership succession planning and produce a 10-minute video about the financial performance and HR management strategies of a local community bank. Winning student teams may get their work published in an academic journal or have an opportunity to attend the annual CSBS-Federal Reserve Community Banking Research Conference, or gain an academic scholarship.

CFA® is a registered trademark owned by CFA Institute.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

As a future business leader, you’ll need to know how to gather and analyze data to help make the best possible decisions for your company. Our Research Experience for Undergraduates program will help you learn the process of conducting independent research in the business disciplines. 

As an undergraduate research assistant, you’ll make valuable connections with JMU faculty as you collaborate on research topics of mutual interest, learning a wide range of research skills such as reviewing literature, developing surveys, collecting and cleaning data, and analyzing results. These experiences may also give you a competitive edge in applying for graduate school.

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