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Message from Dean Sharon Oswald

Dean Sharon Oswald

As we move into the second century of the College of Business at Mississippi State University, we are experiencing strong enrollment increases on the Starkville campus as well as national recognition of several of our programs. As the oldest college of business in the State of Mississippi and among the oldest in the SEC, the College of Business boasts more than 33,000 alumni from all 50 states and 142 countries. Throughout the years, our strong team of dedicated faculty and staff have been committed to providing our students with the finest educational experience and best possible placement opportunities.

For the second consecutive year, the Distance MBA program has been ranked in the top 25 distance MBA programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report coming in at 18th among Best Online Graduate MBA programs, and 19th among Best Online Business Programs for Veterans this year. Additionally, Military Times ranks the Distance MBA program 26th nationally for military-friendly business programs.

The Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy continues to reach new heights, as they are now ranked 3rd in the nation for both undergraduate and graduate accounting programs (with 15 or fewer full-time faculty) in the latest Commerce Clearing House Public Accounting Report. MSU’s accounting programs are also among the nation’s best regardless of faculty size. The master’s accounting program is ranked 28th, while the undergraduate program is ranked 31st overall.

Under the direction of Seth Pounds, MSU’s Risk Management & Insurance program has nearly tripled in size in the past year and the student chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma took home top honors at the national convention this year. The Supply Chain program has also experience significant growth. Assistant Professor Frank Adams keeps student and alumni engaged through various roundtable meetings and social media, discussing significant developments in the supply chain world. The student DECA program in the Division of Business at Meridian has become an award-winning chapter under the leadership of Dr. Natasha Randle and Dr. Yingge Qu.

The highlight of the year was the grand opening of our new state-of-the-art Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach in McCool Hall. This center is home to more than 125 student-run businesses, earning millions in revenue, and impacting our state’s economy in new and creative ways. A unique feature of the center is the rotating Executive in Residence program where proven managers and business executives give an hour of their time to mentor our budding entrepreneurs.

We are looking toward phase two of the entrepreneurship focus which will be the construction of a cutting-edge business behavioral research lab. In addition to providing a space for students and faculty to conduct applied research, the lab will also offer an area for intensive market testing and branding of products to bring these ideas to life.

We will soon be rolling out an exciting redesign of our COB website in 2017, complete with a quick and easy way for you to keep us up to date with what is going on in your world! Your news could even be featured in the next Dividends Magazine, the annual publication for MSU’s College of Business!

We encourage you to look further at our website and learn about the many opportunities afforded to you in the College of Business. From traditional programs in accounting, finance, economics, marketing and management, to more specialized programs in business information systems, insurance and international business, MSU’s College of Business has an undergraduate program to meet your needs. At the graduate level, we have master’s programs in accountancy and taxation, management information systems and economics, as well as MBA and Distance MBA programs. The College of Business and the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy are fully accredited by AACSB International, a global organization devoted to the advancement of business education. But what ultimately defines us is our ability to place our students in the best jobs. We are proud of our outstanding network of alumni who give back to our college each year not only through monetary contributions, but also through involvement with our students both inside and outside the classroom.

Come visit us in the College of Business at Mississippi State University. We are 100 years strong and raising the bar for the next 100 years. Hail State!


Sharon Oswald