Mission

The College of Business Administration’s mission is to provide cutting edge research- and practice-based programs that prepare students to enter the workforce and succeed locally and globally across a wide range of business professions. In achieving this mission, we offer quality, value, access, and innovation to our student body. The College benefits from its location in Missouri’s largest metropolitan area. The majority of our graduates continue to live and work in the St. Louis region, and our College plays a key role in educating the workforce of the region. In conclusion, we are dedicated to strengthening the region by transforming the lives of our students and making an impact on our corporate and civic partners.



 

Vision

The College will continue to be the leader in the pursuit of excellence in global oriented business education in order to provide the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs for the regions.  We will continue to provide quality, value, access, and innovation.





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Rankings



Among America's
TOP 25
International Business Programs

U.S. News and World Report


Ranked #1
Best Online Business school in Missouri


College Consensus, 2019


Among the 
TOP 25
"Best for Vets" Programs


Military Times




Ranked in the
TOP 3%
of Business schools in the nation

The Princeton Review


Accredited by the
AACSB
in Business and Accounting

aacsb.edu


Nearly 100%
job placement in
student's desired field





The #17
Finance program in the U.S.
for Financial Planning


WealthManagement.com


State-leading
Accounting program
for pass rate and score on the CPA Exam


Accountingedu.org


Designated a
Center of Excellence for
Cybersecurity Education


U.S. Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agence




Among the world's
Top 25
Doctoral Business programs

CEO Magazine, 2018 and 2019 (theceomagazine.com)


The #15
Supply Chain and logistics
program in the U.S.


Great Value Colleges, 2019 (collegeconsensus.com)


Ranked #23
Best Online Business school in the U.S.


College Consensus, 2019



 

CoBA Life



 

 Assurance of Learning Goals


Core Courses:

Accounting 2400

Students are expected to recognize and understand:
· The relationships between the financial statements
· The Accounting Equation
· The need for and application of Accrual versus Cash basis of reporting
· The Balance sheet structure and examples of Elements (assets, liabilities, equity)
· The Income Statement structure, examples of Elements (revenues, expenses)
· Statement of Cash Flows Structure and 3 types of activities


Accounting 2410

Students are expected to recognize and understand:
· The basic cost terminology: product, period, fixed, variable
· The idea of a break-even point/ Contribution Margin
· The idea of standard costing and an introduction to variance analysis
· Decision Making using Relevant vs. Irrelevant Information
· Time Value of Money concepts
· Capital Budgeting


Bachelor of Science in Accounting

 

Obtain key competencies of the accounting profession:
· Business process, analysis and decision making
· Recording, analysis and interpretation of accounting data
· International Financial Reporting Standards
· Corporate governance, internal controls and security
· Application of tax laws for businesses and individuals


Professional skills experiences:
· Professional discussions and public speaking
· Business writing
· Working in groups
· Using technology for information management
· Professional role played by accountants
· Ethical and regulatory issues for accountants

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Functional Business Knowledge:  Students will have understanding of functional areas (e.g., accounting, management, marketing, supply chain, finance, and information systems) of the business enterprise knowledge.

Decision Making Skills: Students will arrive at reasoned conclusions and make informed decisions in assessing current and predicted business situations by apply business concepts.

Global Orientation:  Students will understand the complexities of the cultural, economic, regulatory, and social environments as they impact business in a global economy.

Ethical Orientation: Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize the underlying ethical and legal implications inherent in business situations

Business Communications Skills: Students will deliver effective written and oral business communications.

Problem Solving/Quantitative Skills:  Student will perform quantitative analysis and use the results to make business decisions

Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology

Problem Recognition:  Students will able to recognize and diagnose challenges confronting the management of information systems

Legal/ethical: Students will understand ethical, legal, privacy, and compliance issues relating to information systems 

Foundational Knowledge: Students will understand principles and concepts related to business intelligence, cybersecurity, and enterprise systems 

Systems Design and Analysis: Students will be able to analyze and design information systems 

Data Management: Students will be able to synthesize data for managerial decisions

Master of Accounting


Obtain key competencies of the accounting profession:
· Business process, analysis and decision making
· Recording, analysis and interpretation of accounting data
· Corporate governance, internal controls and security
· Risk assessment and assurance
· Application of tax laws for businesses and individuals

Professional skills experiences:
· Professional discussions and public speaking
· Business writing
· Working in groups
· Using research databases
· Using technology for information management

Recognize political, economic, social and international issues relevant to the accounting profession:
· Professional role played by accountants
· Ethical and regulatory issues for accountants

Master of Business Administration

General Business Knowledge: Students will demonstrate knowledge of core Business Content.

Strategic Decision Making:  Students will demonstrate the ability to apply concepts to arrive at sound business Decision Making.

Quantitative and Analytical Skills.  Students will demonstrate quantitative skills in the areas of statistical and financial analysis.

Business Communications Skills.  Students will demonstrate Verbal/Written skills.

Ethical Orientation.  Students will demonstrate the ability to recognize the underlying ethical and legal implications inherent in business situations.

Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology

Leadership & Strategy:  Students will understand information systems leadership principles and strategy.

Technological Innovations: Students will recommend managerial practices to develop and deploy technological innovations that produce business advantages. 

Systems Analysis and Design: Students will demonstrate a deep understanding and application of systems analysis and design.

Best Practice Implementation: Students will employ current best practices in software development, cybersecurity, business intelligence, and database management in the systems development life cycle.

Technical Expertise: Students will demonstrate mastery of specialized technical expertise as well as broad business domain knowledge.

Doctor of Business Administration

Quantitative Research Methods: Students will develop comprehension of advanced statistical methods as well as data collection methods.

Qualitative Research Methods:  Students will be able to conduct qualitative data collection and analysis techniques.

Literature Review:  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to construct a scholarly literature review of across various disciplines.

Independent and high-quality research:  Students will be competent in constructing conceptual and empirical research.

Doctor of Philosophy

Domain Knowledge:  Students will master specific knowledge in logistics and supply chain management discipline.

Synthesis of knowledge:  Students will synthesize knowledge of related areas: economics, information systems, and/or marketing.

Research methods:  Students will successfully employ different qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Analysis Skills:  Students will demonstrate competence in applying advanced analytical techniques.

Research Skills: Students will be able to conduct independent research.

Teaching Skills:  Students will develop an understanding of pedagogical and classroom skills.



Students Outside TJ 

Student Statistics


Student Enrollments, Emphasis Areas, and Graduations
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Undergraduate 34,802 35,386 34,498 34,010 35,339
Graduate 7,483 7,363 7,596 7,340 7,456
Total 42,285 42,749 42,094 41,350 42,795
Accounting 616 560 530 537 478
Finance and Legal Studies 351 331 337 310 287
Information Systems and Technology 241 273 241 293 292
International Business 166 165 165 154 96
Supply Chain & Analytics 107 106 115 122 119
Marketing 277 298 275 259 227
Global Leadership & Management 358 315 313 308 314
General Business 445 415 381 383 514
Bachelors 507 516 524 523 534
Masters 185 169 174 226 206
Doctors 0 8 3 1 1
Grad Certificate 16 20 29 43 48
Total Graduates 708 713 730 794 789
Retention Rates: Bachelor of Science - Accounting
2014 2015 2016 2017
Freshmen 90% 95% 100% 100%
Transfer 94% 92% 93% 92%
University Average 77% 74% 78% 71%
Freshmen 80% 84% 83% 89%
Transfer 75% 90% 88% 84%
University Average 77% 74% 78% 71%
Retention Rates: Bachelor of Science - Business Administration
2014 2015 2016 2017
Freshmen 91% 93% 92% 89%
Transfer 90% 93% 92% 91%
University Average 77% 74% 78% 71%
Freshmen 85% 78% 73% 67%
Transfer 79% 85% 82% 83%
University Average 77% 74% 78% 71%
Retention Rates: Bachelor of Science - Information Systems
2014 2015 2016 2017
Freshmen 100% 100% 100% 100%
Transfer 91% 95% 90% 93%
University Average 77% 74% 78% 71%
Freshmen 100% 100% 100% 100%
Transfer 73% 89% 86% 78%
University Average 77% 74% 78% 71%
Success Rate
Percentage of respondents who reported employment directly or somewhat related to major/career goals and continuing education
Professional Comprehensive Survey Response Rate
All CoBA Undergraduates 85% 99% 15%
BS in Accounting 100% 100% 14%
BS in Information Systems 71% 71% 15%
Finance BSBA 77% 77% 14%
International Business BSBA 50% 50% 9%
Logistics & Operations Management BSBA 100% 100% 21%
Marketing BSBA 80% 90% 15%
Management BSBA 80% 100% 10%
No Emphasis Area BSBA 100% 100% 15%
AACSB
UMSL is the only public university in the region to carry dual AACSB accreditations for its business and accounting programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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