As an accredited professional school, we are dedicated to educating students to become more effective and efficient managers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors that operate in our complex and dynamic environment. Although each program has unique learning goals and objectives, all the degree programs emphasize communication and quantitative skills, context and external environments, critical thinking and integrative problem solving, and a working knowledge of the pertinent academic disciplines.
The demanding programs in the School build upon the general education curriculum that prospective business and public administration students complete in the freshman and sophomore years. The knowledge and skills acquired in these broadly based programs are enhanced as the student enters the upper level professional programs within the School of Business and Public Administration.
The School recognizes that its student clientele requires a holistic understanding of business, economics, and public administration and must be able to easily relate one functional area to another. They must be able to draw upon skills learned in a variety of specialties for purposes of analysis and decision making.
Consequently, the undergraduate curricula is constructed on a strong core that places an emphasis on the development of analytical and management skills.
The School has active chapters of Beta Gamma Sigma, the top national academic honorary for business majors; Pi Alpha Alpha, the top national honorary for Public Affairs and Administration; and Omicron Delta Epsilon, the leading honorary society in Economics. Students also participate in activities hosted by the University Accounting Association (UAA), Financial Management Association (FMA), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). BPA students participate in intercollegiate competitions in business ethics, human resource management, personal financial planning, and professional sales through these organizations as well as other venues.