University of Charleston

School of Business and Leadership

The School of Business and Leadership offers a wide range of programs to help you succeed in the business world.

Why UC for Business?

 

The School of Business and Leadership offers career-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed to provide students a broad education, encompassing the knowledge base, analytical thought processes, ethical grounding, technology, and communication skills, and professional preparation necessary to meet the challenges of today’s fast-changing business world.

 

The University of Charleston’s School of Business & Leadership has been approved for membership in the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ACBSP is a leading global accreditation body for business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels worldwide and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 

 

Become a Leader in Your Field

The School of Business is distinguished by how it takes advantage of its location near Charleston’s business district to engage its students as partners in the learning process with top-level executives from national, regional, and local firms. Students prepare for professional careers by building extensive business networks that include CEOs, CFOs, and other officers from diverse industries who serve regularly as speakers, mentors, and experiential placement supervisors.

 

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The School of Business & Leadership works with two groups that provide: (1) an advisory role to the Dean and Program Leaders, (2) Industry Connections with external partnerships to engage students and faculty, and (3) assistance with acquiring critical financial resources.

 

Business Advisory Committee

Current Business Advisory Committee Members for School of Business & Leadership

  • Clinton Arnold, ’11, Executive Pastor, Abundant Life Ministries
  • Margi Bush, ’06, President, Wisdom Tree Coaching
  • Rachel Coffman, ’11, Vice President, TSG Consulting LLC
  • Dr. Glenn Crotty (Committee Chair), Executive Vice President and COO, CAMC
  • John DeRito, CPA, ’71, Executive Vice President, City National Bank
  • Kent George, JD, Chief Executive Officer, Robinson & McElwee
  • Timothy Gibbons, CPA, Director, Brown Edwards
  • Matt Kingery, JD, Counsel, Lewis Glasser PLLC
  • Joseph Kusimo, Pastor, Kusimo International Group LLC
  • Timothy Miller, JD, Shareholder, Babst Calland
  • Bob Pepper, President, Operation and Leadership Strategies, Inc.
  • Barry Pearson, ’18, Group Manager of Administration, Toyota Motor Manufacturing WV, Inc.
  • Ashley Rine, Plant Manager, The Chemours Company
  • Daniele Waltz, JD, Attorney, Jackson Kelly
  • Don Wilson, CLTC, Managing Partner, Capitol Insurance Group

Financial Planning Advisory Committee

Current Financial Planning Advisory Committee Members for School of Business & Leadership.

  • Marc D. Arnold, CFP®, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Michael Black, Committee Chair, Partner, Jarrell Black & Co
  • Lynn Clarke, JD, Special Counsel, Bowles Rice, LLP
  • Virginia Copley, CFP®, Senior VP, Wealth Advisor Regional Director, BB&T
  • Christopher Erlewine, CFP®, CRPC®, Arnett Carbis Toothman Wealth Advisors
  • David Lanham, ’64, CFP®, AIF®, Co-Founder & Managing Director, LOC Investment Advisers
  • Brian Lescar, CFP®, AAMS®, VP/Portfolio Manager, United Bank
  • Wes Richardson, CFP®, CLU®, Managing Partner, Northwestern Mutual
  • Shoba Sampath, ’86, CFP®, CLU®, AXA Advisors
  • Jason Thompson, ’86, ’92, MBA, Senior VP & Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Rick Wolford, AAMS®, CWA, First VP and Branch Manager, Hilliard Lyons

All undergraduate business majors are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one cooperative employment or internship work experience while at the University; internship experiences are required in the curriculum for majors in business analytics, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, management, sport analytics, sport business, and sport media. Internship experiences improve the marketability of graduates, often leading directly to offers of employment. Current students are enjoying placements with regional and national firms. The University’s Center for Career Development (CCD) assists students when searching for internships or cooperative employment. Students should consult with their faculty advisor and the CCD for assistance.

The School of Business and Leadership offers a variety of degree and non-degree coursework that prepares students for professional certification exams, including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Lean Six Sigma (Yellow, Green and Black Belts), Cybersecurity certifications (Certified Incident Handler, Certified Ethical Hacker, and Security Analyst), and more. The School also has the expertise to offer customized leadership and organizational development programs to help organizations fill gaps in employee training as organizations grow and change. Some non-degree workshops and seminars may also allow participants to earn continuing education credits.

SBL Mission Statement

The School of Business and Leadership educates and inspires individuals for a lifetime of learning, leadership, stewardship and value creation in business, government and society.

SBL Vision Statement

The School of Business and Leadership is a nationally recognized center of excellence that prepares graduates to lead courageously and ethically while creating extraordinary value in a rapidly changing global environment.

The University of Charleston and SBL Core Values

We affirm and adopt the University’s Core Values for the School of Business & Leadership.

We Are Student Focused

  • We enable our students’ success.
  • We celebrate their accomplishments.
  • We champion and endorse our diversity.
  • We live our mission.

 

We Have Integrity

  • We promote trust and transparency.
  • We respect and applaud the work of our colleagues.
  • We are responsible for our actions and encourage collaboration.
  • We develop character.

 

We Provide Quality

  • We are committed to quality service.
  • We strive for excellence in all we do.
  • We promote a culture that inspires innovation.
  • We cultivate leaders.

 

SBL Guiding Principles

The School of Business & Leadership recognizes and embraces the importance of relationshipsdynamic capabilities, and stewardship to bring our values to life and achieve organizational excellence. Our guiding principles provide a foundation for our daily actions and work.

  • We believe leaders unite us in our student-focus through relationships;therefore, we listen to understand before we act and seek to create win-win’s by synthesizing different voices.
  • We believe inquiry, growth and innovation sustain quality in a rapidly changing world; therefore, we develop dynamic capabilitiesfor scanning, creativity, and learning within and across boundaries.
  • We believe our integrity calls us to be good stewardsof human, intellectual, social, fiscal and physical resources; therefore, we promote a culture that fosters responsible planning, development, and accountability for our students, faculty, co-workers, and other stakeholders.

The Academic Programs at the University of Charleston are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The School of Business & Leadership is a member of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) and is currently a candidate for this specialized business accreditation.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a specialized accreditation association that reviews the quality and integrity of business degree programs.  ACBSP accredits accounting, business, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degree levels worldwide.

  • ACBSP offers an accreditation process uniquely focused on teaching excellence and student outcomes. Because the council believes ACBSP success is driven by the success of its members, ACBSP officers and members align those programs and the accreditation process to meet the individual needs of each member.
  • ACBSP promotes continuous improvement and recognizes excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world.
  • ACBSP acknowledges the importance of scholarly research and inquiry and believes that such activities facilitate improved teaching. ACBSP encourages faculty involvement within the contemporary business world to enhance the quality of classroom instruction and to contribute to student learning.
  • Additional information about ACBSP can be found at https://acbsp.org

UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP PROGRAM PERFORMANCE
FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

GRADUATES, RETENTION AND PLACEMENT RATES 2016-2020

Graduates by Program

Fall, Spring, and Summer Graduates for each Academic Year

 ProgramGoal2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
BS degree with major in Accounting (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with a Major in Accounting)ACCT1814231818
BS degree with major in Business Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with Majors in Management, Digital Marketing, Financial Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics)BusAdm3429373736
BS degree with major in Sport Business/Sport Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with majors in Sport Business, Sport Analytics, and Sport Media)SPBU1091048
Master of Business AdministrationMBA3035253631
BS with Major in Organizational LeadershipBSOL210173189227260
MS with Major in Strategic LeadershipMSSL1007180107127
Doctor of Executive LeadershipDEL284122463
BS with Major in CybersecurityCYBER.BS100045
MS with Major in CybersecurityCYBER.MS17041020

Retention

Fall to Fall

 ProgramGoal2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
BS degree with major in Accounting (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with a Major in Accounting)ACCT80%81%72%75%89%
BS degree with major in Business Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with Majors in Management, Digital Marketing, Financial Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics)BusAdm75%68%76%62%75%
BS degree with major in Sport Business/Sport Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with majors in Sport Business, Sport Analytics, and Sport Media)SPBU70%59%54%53%66%
Master of Business AdministrationMBA90%98%86%90%91%
BS with Major in Organizational LeadershipBSOL75%62%72%69%75%
MS with Major in Strategic LeadershipMSSL85%79%86%77%85%
Doctor of Executive LeadershipDEL90%93%83%82%84%
BS with Major in CybersecurityCYBER.BS70%N/A50%63%75%
MS with Major in CybersecurityCYBER.MS90%N/A89%63%76%

Placement

In Job Field or Graduate School 6 Months After Graduation

 ProgramGoal2017*2018**20192020
BS degree with major in Accounting (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with a Major in Accounting)ACCT85%100%100%50%100%
BS degree with major in Business Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with Majors in Management, Digital Marketing, Financial Planning, Entrepreneurship, and Business Analytics)BusAdm85%75%80%100%50%
BS degree with major in Sport Business/Sport Administration (Changed in 2019FA to BSBA degree that includes a common 45-credit BSBA core with majors in Sport Business, Sport Analytics, and Sport Media)SPBU85%100%100%N/AN/A
Master of Business AdministrationMBA85%100%50%100%60%
BS with Major in Organizational LeadershipBSOL85%100%96%98%97%
MS with Major in Strategic LeadershipMSSL85%100%100%100%87%
Doctor of Executive LeadershipDEL85%100%N/A100%75%
BS with Major in CybersecurityCYBER.BS85%N/AN/A100%100%
MS with Major in CybersecurityCYBER.MS85%N/AN/A100%100%

*Survey data for 2016 Fall and 2017 Summer is missing. Therefore, 2016-2017 Placement Rate Data only includes 2017 Spring.
**Survey data for 2017 Fall and 2017 Summer is missing. Therefore, 2017-2018 Placement Rate Data only includes 2018 Spring and 2018 Summer.

John Barnett
John Barnette, Ed.D.

Professor, Associate Dean, Executive Director of Leadership & Professional Development Programs