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Student Resources

Student Resources

Admission and Retention

Students planning a major in the College of Business will be admitted initially into the Basic Studies program. Acceptance of students by the College of Business from Basic Studies will be contingent upon their completion of 24 semester hours with any grade-point average or 12 semester hours with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5.
Upon completion of Basic Studies requirements, students will be advised by the College of Business faculty. English 101-102 and Mathematics 130 must be completed with a minimum grade of "C". These courses may not be used as prerequisites unless a student has earned a grade of "C" or better. To enter the upper-division business program, students must have achieved junior standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA in courses counted toward the degree.

Failure to earn a 2.0 overall grade-point average toward the degree for two consecutive semesters will prohibit that student from taking additional courses offered by this College. The student may not register for additional business courses until a minimum cumulative GPA is achieved. Business courses previously taken may be repeated while under this restriction.

Accounting 208, Finance 310, Management 300, and Marketing 320 are entry level core courses for their respective majors. For a major in one of the above disciplines, these courses may not be used as prerequisites unless a student has earned a grade of "C" or better.

In order for students to enroll in College of Business 300- or 400-level courses, junior standing must have been achieved. Students must complete prerequisites in the current catalog. Students who do not have the required prerequisites must drop the course through their department or may be dropped from the course by their department at any time during the semester.

Transfer Students

Upper-division courses (numbered 300 and above) normally have extensive prerequisites and are designated to be taken at the junior or senior level. If these courses are taken at other institutions prior to the junior year or without the proper prerequisites required by the College of Business, they will not be automatically considered to meet McNeese requirements. These courses, however, can be validated by passing a challenge examination or, in some cases, by earning a grade of "C" or better in an advanced course in the same subject. Such advanced courses, when applicable, will be determined by the department head and dean. Upper-division business courses taken at community or junior colleges may not transfer into the College of Business. At least 50 percent of the business credit hours must be earned in the College of Business at McNeese.

College-Wide Requirements

College-Wide Requirements
Field of Study Branches
Humanities Foreign Languages (above the introductory level), Philosophy, Religious Studies, History, MCOM 131, Communication, and Literature. Three hours must be in the sophomore or above level.
Social Sciences Economics (excluding ECON 203 and 204), Geography, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and Government (Political Science)
Natural Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physics, and Geology
Arts Music, Art, and Theatre

In addition to the specific requirements established for each major field program, all College of Business students must meet the requirements listed in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog and the following requirements:

  1. Take no more than 60 semester hours (63 for Accounting) in courses taught in the College of Business, excluding Economics 203-204 and Business Administration 275. One economics course other than Economics 203 and 204 can be counted as a social science elective.
  2. Take at least 9 semester hours in humanities; 6 semester hours in the social sciences; 3 semester hours in the arts; and at least 9 semester hours in the natural sciences. Course work must include both biological and physical sciences of which 6 hours must be earned in a single biological or physical science area; the remaining 3 hours must be earned in a science area other than that previously selected (a 6-hour sequence is recommended).

All candidates for graduation in the College of Business must meet all requirements listed in and all specific requirements outlined by the departments. All Business majors must take the following business core courses in their programs. For specific time placement in each program see listing under each degree program.

  • ACCT 208
  • BADM 201
  • BADM 275
  • ECON 203-204
  • FIN 310
  • MGMT 300
  • MGMT 370
  • MGMT 481
  • MKTG 320

Student Organizations

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for students and professionals.  The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field.  This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities.  This national fraternity encourages scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement through research and practice; the association also promotes a closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and furthers a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture to improve the civic and commercial welfare of the community.
Delta Sigma Pi was founded in 1907 at New York University, School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance.  Today, more than 250 chapters and over 200,000 members support the goals and ideals of the fraternity.

Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Professionals - Students who are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team skills, or who are simply looking for an organization to meet and network with others at the local, state, or national levels will choose Phi Beta Lambda.  This national organization has over a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields.  The association has four divisions:

  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students;
  • FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students;
  • Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for university students; and
  • Professional Division for business people, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators and parents who support the goals of the association.
The International Business Club provides an opportunity for students from the College of Business to share common interests and participate in a variety of activities.  The club sponsors speakers who have international business experience; it offers access to field trips to companies with international activities, and offers opportunities for students to build their networks with current students and graduates with international business interests.

The Student Investment Team is an active, student-managed organization that is dedicated to the pursuit of three primary goals:

  • Provide a forum for students in the college of Business to discuss and learn about investing
  • Manage the assets of the Student Investment Fund
  • Facilitate investment management related career searches
The underlying principle of the Team is an emphasis on developing independent, creative, and differentiated approaches to investing.  The McNeese Student Investment Team further promotes McNeese as an institution that provides practical experience for its students in yet another academic and real-life field.  Activities include market research, regular portfolio meetings, hosting distinguished guest speakers, and visiting with investors.

The American Marketing Association, one of the largest professional associations for marketers has 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing.  For over six decades the AMA has been the leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession.  The principle roles of the AMA are:

  • Improving - Advancing marketing competencies, practice and thought leadership
  • Promoting - Being an advocate for marketing and promoting its importance, efficacy and ethics
  • Supporting - Being an essential resource for marketing information, education/training and relationships
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world's largest professional association devoted to human resource management. Founded in 1948, SHRM represents more than 225,000 individual members in over 125 countries, and has a network of more than 575 affiliated professional chapters in the United States, as well as offices in China and India.  The SHRM Student Program was created in 1965 to promote mutually beneficial interaction between HRM students and practitioners. Since the first chapter was chartered nearly 40 years ago, the national student program has experienced tremendous growth. The program now includes over 430 affiliated student chapters and nearly 11,000 student members. The McNeese student chapter of SHRM is supported by the local and the national professional chapters, and offers professional development opportunities for students each semester.

Study Abroad


Learn by Doing - Internships

The McNeese College of Business offers outstanding internship opportunities at the local, state, national and even international levels.  Internships provide you with a career-related experience prior to graduation and an opportunity to network and build professional references for the future.  Internships serve as a springboard into full-time employment opportunities.  Interns earn academic credit toward a degree while developing skills and knowledge that provide a competitive advantage in the job market.  

Scholarships & Awards (file .doc)