Overview

Visionary thinking makes businesses, communities and countries thrive while driving society’s progress. Fostering an atmosphere for creative thinking, and preparing students for the opportunities and careers that don’t yet exist, requires a visionary approach to business education. The College of Business’ (COB) relevant, innovative programming keeps students on pace with the breathtaking changes in our global environment. Students develop their own visionary thinking and are primed for a world of unlimited potential.

The COB provides a thorough and important grounding for enterprising futures in accounting, finance, general business administration, management and marketing. Business students also broaden their knowledge of cultures, and their impact on the global economy, through studies across several academic disciplines. An adaptable, creative and highly motivated faculty and administration are dedicated to providing innovative global programming locally.

The College’s programs are a driving force and the inspiration for the innovation so critical to today’s businesses success and yet-to-be-discovered enterprises. COB graduates meet the demands of the local, national and international business community through meaningful internships. They are highly educated and competent graduates ready to assume the challenges of tomorrow.

COB Commitment to Jobs

It is estimated that by 2025, at least one-third of jobs in the United States will be positions that do not exist today. So, how do we prepare a workforce and leadership for this new economy?

The College of Business is committed to giving its students the tools they will need to keep pace with the rapid changes ahead shapes our College of Business curriculum. While we can’t yet know what new technologies and specific skill sets will be in greatest demand over the next decades, we do know that critical thinking, problem-solving, cross-cultural communication, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team will be crucial to individual success and the success of our community and our nation. Helping our students to acquire and polish these competencies guides our evolving business program.

The undergraduate curriculum in the College of Business offers bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in business.

All are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). A sampling of companies that have hired College of Business graduates includes:

  • Bank of America
  • Cherry, Bakaert, and Holland, CPA
  • City of Sarasota
  • Deloitte, CPA
  • Doctors Hospital
  • Ernst & Young, CPA
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Manatee County Government
  • Microsoft
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, CPA
  • Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
  • Herald-Tribune Media Group
  • Verizon
  • Wells Fargo