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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

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Stanley G. Eakins, Professor and Dean
Paul H. Schwager, Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Scott Dellana, Professor and Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation



The mission of East Carolina University’s College of Business is to provide an engaging learning environment to the leaders of today and tomorrow while expanding business knowledge and serving our communities. The foundation of our mission is the integration of four critical elements: Think, Value, Communicate, Lead.

The college, which consists of five departments and a school, offers the bachelor of science in business administration (BSBA) degree with ten concentrations, bachelor of science in hospitality management, the master of business administration (MBA)  degree, the accelerated hospitality management and master of business administration program (BS/MBA), dual doctor of medicine and master of business administration (MD/MBA)  program, the master of science in accounting (MSA)  degree, and the master of science in sustainable tourism . The college also offers ten graduate business certificates open to students concurrently enrolled in MBA or MSA degree programs from AACSB accredited institutions or possessing an MBA and MSA degree from an AACSB accredited institution.

The college supports the business practitioner through the Division of Professional Programs, Bureau of Business Research, Small Business Institute, and applied research projects in both graduate and undergraduate classes.


The College of Business undergraduate and graduate business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) International.

Master’s Programs in Business

The MBA and MSA degree programs are open to students with baccalaureate degrees from institutions accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) agency who present evidence of their ability to pursue graduate study. Both the MBA and MSA degree programs are structured for students with baccalaureate degrees in nonbusiness as well as business fields.

The decision is based on a combination of factors including but not limited to successful completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Students processing a degree or diploma from an institution which does not use English as the language of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 20 on each section and a minimum total score of 80 for the Internet based exam, or a minimum score of 550 on the paper based exam, or a minimum score of 213 on the computer based exam is required.

A maximum of 9 semester hours (s.h.) of MBA or MSA requirements may be transferred from another AACSB accredited graduate business program or an equivalent international graduate business program with the approval of the director of graduate programs and the dean of the Graduate School.

The foundation courses in the MBA program and business core and accounting evaluation courses in the MSA program are not included in the six year time limit for degree completion.

Master of Science Program in Sustainable Tourism

The MS in sustainable tourism degree is designed for individuals interested in the tourism profession with a focus on sustainability as it applies to economic success, social and cultural vitality, environmental conservation, and long term health. The program prepares students for managerial or regulatory positions in the profession and for relevant PhD program and requires a minimum of 34 (thesis) to 37 (nonthesis) semester hours.




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