Inclusion & Diversity

The College of Business at Mississippi State University is soundly committed to foster a sense of community that is welcoming to and respectful of all individuals. We are dedicated to increasing student, faculty and staff awareness of diversity and the opportunities available to them on the MSU campus. Likewise, it is our duty to prepare our students for careers in an international and increasingly diverse workforce. We strive for inclusion and diversity where all voices, viewpoints and backgrounds are valued and supported.

COB Inclusion & Diversity Fellows

The College of Business Inclusion and Diversity Fellows program encourages students to further their commitment to creating inclusive environments while celebrating diversity. This program considers the time you devote to topics related to inclusion and diversity to be an investment in our College, our campus, and your future. Earn credit for attending events, participating in organizations, studies abroad, and even certain courses. Participate in the program for four semesters and earn:

  • Inclusion and Diversity Fellow designation
  • Certificate on completion
  • Special graduation cords given during a reception prior to graduation

Becoming a College of Business Inclusion and Diversity Fellow allows you to learn about the diverse cultures represented at Mississippi State and about yourself. It helps you recognize what you can do to improve the world and to take action that creates a more inclusive environment for all. It also serves as verifiable proof that you are committed to inclusion and diversity, a topic that is rapidly gaining importance with the potential employers that are most appealing to you. To learn more about how you can benefit from this program, contact Dr. Mike Breazeale.

College of Business Organizations

To learn more about the COB Organizations, contact the organization advisors or chapter president:

Accounting Advocates Program
Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance
American Marketing Association
Association for Information Technology Professionals
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Gamma Sigma
COB Ambassadors
COB Inclusion & Diversity Fellows (Diversity Dawgs)
Economics Club
The Entrepreneurship Network
Financial Management Association
Gamma Iota Sigma
International Business Society
MBA Association
Mu Kappa Tau
Omicron Delta Epsilon—Association of Economics Scholars
PGM Club

MSU Campus Resources

Scholarship/Funding Opportunities

MSU offers a wide array of scholarships and opportunities for financial aid. Information can be found through the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.  Additional scholarship opportunities can be found through the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center or the Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Individuals seeking a PhD in business may find scholarship opportunities through the KPMG PhD Project.

Ongoing COB Programs 

ASAP. Accelerating Students into the Accounting Profession is a fun-filled and interactive three-day camp designed for rising high school seniors of all demographics to create an interest in accounting and provide an overview of the various career opportunities within the accounting profession. Participants have the opportunity to get some hands on experience, working with other students and industry professionals to get a preview of their college experience.

Dress Your Best Closet. The College of Business has a professional wardrobe closet for both men and women business students. Open only to College of Business students, professional clothing is on loan for career fairs, job interviews, and class presentations. Contact Catherine Williams in the Dean’s Office for more information.

Career Chats. Each fall, the College of Business hosts the annual two-day event Career Chats to connect our students with business alumni from various industries. We invite our business graduates to speak to students in the classroom about real world experiences, their career paths, and career tips on getting a job in the field. This is an opportunity for our students to hear true success stories and receive resourceful, first-hand knowledge of what’s happening in the business community and how to apply it to preparing for the workforce. Contact Erin Novorot in the Dean's Office for more information.

Mocktails. Mocktails is an annual networking reception hosted by the College of Business every spring in conjunction with our two-day Career Chats event. Mocktails is designed just for students to help improve networking skills. Students attend the mock cocktail reception to learn how to interact with professionals and improve their communication skills. This is an exclusive event just for accounting and business students. During Mocktails, students mingle with real business professionals and learn how to be confident while shaking hands, joining small talk discussions, and enhancing your business etiquette skills. Dress is business casual and light refreshments are served.Contact Erin Novorot in the Dean's Office for more information.