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Sam Houston State University’s College of Business Administration aspires to be recognized among the best regional colleges of business administration in the nation. It is committed to developing capable, confident, and ethical graduates equipped for a lifetime of productive contribution to business and society.
The mission of the College of Business Administration is to provide an excellent education to a diverse student body through traditional and unique business programs primarily at the undergraduate level. The College provides students with the opportunity to develop the skill necessary to achieve successful business careers in a global environment, to become productive and ethically committed citizens, to be prepared for advanced studies, and to pursue life-long learning. Through a continuously improving curriculum, excellent teaching, utilization of technology, and scholarly productivity, the college responds to changing student needs and provides service to its constituencies. This mission is accomplished with talented, diverse, and dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators working together with business, educational, government and community leaders.
COBA Core Purpose
To prepare students for a lifetime of learning, for adapting to change and for productive service grounded in the disciplines of business.
- Value of the Individual
- Supports the pursuit of individual goals and objectives
- Builds student success
- Embraces diversity among the faculty, staff and student body
- Demands ethical behavior, integrity and high standards
- Expects openness and fair-dealing with all stakeholders
- Provides a quality education environment
- Nurtures intellectual development
- Maintains relevant curricula and teaching pedagogy
- Emphasizes individual accountability
- Promotes personal initiative
- Values dependability
- Cultivates a spirit of cooperation and collegiality
- Maintains trust, collaboration and respect of others
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The College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International) and has a nationally recognized chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma. Currently there are only 464 schools of business in the United States and 570 worldwide that are accredited members of AACSB International.
Sam Houston State University was accredited in March of 2005 as the 17th Professional Golfers’ Association of America PGA Golf Management university in the country and the first in the state of Texas. The Professional Golfers’ Association of America PGA Golf Management program at Sam Houston State University is designed to produce members of the PGA of America. Successful completion of the 5-year program will reward the student with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in General Business Administration with a minor in PGA Golf Management, resulting in Class “A” membership within the PGA of America.
The College of Business Administration, as part of a six university consortium, offers BBA degrees in accounting, general business administration, banking and financial institutions and management and the MBA at The University Center in The Woodlands, Texas.
The College offers the only accredited bachelor and Executive Master of Business Administration in Banking and Financial Institutions in the nation. The EMBA program is a two-year cohort program involving both online and residence coursework.
Each year the College of Business Administration conducts a career fair that offers students the opportunity to interact with approximately 50 employers from all types of business and not-for-profit organizations.
- Alpha Kappa Psi
- Beta Gamma Sigma
- COBA Ambassadors
- MBA Student Association
- National Black MBA Association
- Phi Chi Theta
- Association of IT Professionals
- Banking and Finance Club
- Beta Alpha Psi
- International Business Society
- National Association of Black Accountants
- Omicron Delta Epsilon
- Society for Human Resource Management
Additional student organizations exist within specific majors and/or departments. Please see the appropriate major/department for more details.
A student may earn a maximum of six hours in approved, supervised educational work experience in internships. Internship applications are available from the sponsoring academic department. In order to receive academic credit, a student must meet the eligibility conditions, obtain prior approval from the Department Chair of his/her major, and meet the guidelines established by the College of Business Administration for monitoring the quality of the learning experience.
Sam Houston State University offers the unique opportunity for students to earn college credit in Puebla, Mexico each year during Summer I Session. Founded in 1531, Puebla now ranks as the fourth largest city in Mexico. The rich culture of Puebla is a blend of colonial architecture and traditional art forms with a modern business and industrial center. Classes will be taught by COBA and other SHSU faculty members on the beautiful campus at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Students will have many opportunities to interact with the local community. Field trips to major businesses, museums, and archeological sites are planned. For lodging and meals, students have two choices: to stay at a hotel in downtown Puebla or to live with a family. Hotel accommodations are at the elegant Holiday Inn, once a 19th-century home. A limited number of scholarships are available to partially cover the cost. Interested students may contact the Department of Economics and International Business or the Office of International Programs for additional information.
Sam Houston State University offers academic scholarship opportunities for beginning freshmen who excel in areas of academic achievement and leadership. There are additional competitive scholarship opportunities for current SHSU and transfer undergraduate students. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships using the ScholarX program on the Financial Aid website. The ScholarX program is a single application that will allow the student to apply for most scholarships available on campus whether at the departmental, college, or university-level.
Numerous scholarships are available on a competitive basis for currently enrolled students in the College of Business Administration. Applications are accepted through ScholarX between October 1 and February 15 for incoming students and between January 2 and February 15 for returning students. Deadlines may change so students are encouraged to check the website for current information. Scholarship recipients are announced in April for the following academic year.
Scholarships vary from year to year and typically include:
- Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship
- James B. and Elsie M. Bexley Scholarship
- Dr. Elliot T. Bowers Assistance Scholarships
- Charles R. Carlow Endowed Scholarship
- Edward James Crawford Scholarship
- J. N. and Vennie Crawford Business Administration Scholarship
- Ray Gordon Dollar Sr. Scholarship
- Farm Credit Bank Scholarship
- Douglas C. Fletcher, Sr. Scholarship
- James E. Gilmore Endowed Scholarship
- James Gilmore COBA Excellence Scholarship
- Rayford Lacey Hardy and Margie Crawford Hardy Endowed Scholarship
- Jessica Lee Hays Memorial Scholarship
- Johnson-Brown-Perkins Scholarship
- Charles W. Jones Endowed Scholarship
- Gibson D. Lewis Scholarship
- Joe M. “Butch” MacKenzie Scholarship
- Ron Mafrige Endowment for COBA Scholarship in Honor of R. Dean Lewis
- G. Scott and Mary S. McCarley Endowed Scholarship
- Tommy Metcalf Scholarship
- Jean D. Neal Scholarship
- Wesley L. Oakes Scholarship
- Frank and Mary McAdams Payne Banking Scholarship
- Kailas and Becky Rao Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Bobby K. Marks
- Kailas and Becky Rao Scholarship in Honor of Dr. Jean Neal
- Ed and Genevieve Sandhop Endowed Scholarship
- Ed G. Sandhop Scholarship
- Smith-Hutson Scholarship
- Billy and Kathy Smith COBA Scholarship
- Clay and Margaret Smith Scholarship
- J. Roy Wells Scholarship
- Neva and Wesley West Scholarship
- Wood-Yager Scholarship