Jun Zhao, Dean
Faculty in the College of Business
Undergraduate Programs Overview
The College of Business’ primary mission is to offer an accessible, high quality education to a diverse student body primarily from the Chicago area, actively engage in research, and provide service to the community. We empower our students with the knowledge, skills and ethical perspectives needed to succeed in a technologically sophisticated global society.
In support of its mission, it is the goal of the College of Business to meet the diverse educational needs of students and society by providing:
- flexible instructional and scheduling alternatives;
- contemporary business and educational technologies and instruction that imparts current practice;
- content that is consistent with the needs and standards of business, industry, government, and community organizations that employ our graduates;
- strong theoretical foundations in knowledge of the field, with development and application of practical skills,
- supported by liberal learning;
- instruction, that is challenging, engaging, and rewarding; and
- valuable knowledge obtained through research and scholarship.
Students will graduate with a robust liberal arts foundation; the critical professional knowledge, skills, competencies, and values for successful career progression; and individual enterprise in business, nonprofit, and government organizations.
We encourage and assist our students in creating opportunities for lifelong advancement through lifelong learning. We recognize scholarship, research, and creative endeavors as inherently valuable and enriching activities. We encourage our faculty and students to engage in these activities.
Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to make meaningful contributions as citizens, professionals, and scholars to the university community, the region and the state, and their respective disciplines.
All of the college’s business programs are fully accredited by the the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Students are responsible for communicating with academic advisors, regularly checking GSU email for announcements concerning scheduling, policies, job and financial aid opportunities, and collegial activities.
Degree Requirements for Undergraduate Programs
The university degree requirements for undergraduate programs are listed in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
The university and the College of Business acknowledge the transferability of the statewide Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum. In addition, certain courses required to meet specific collegial degree requirements may be recognized as transferable from two-year and other colleges under the IAI. To determine the transferability of specific courses, students should consult their transfer advisor, the College of Business Academic Advising Office, or the IAI transfer website www.itransfer.org.
In addition to university degree requirements, the College of Business has the following collegial degree requirements for its bachelor’s degree programs:
- All students must have a signed study plan completed in the College of Business Academic Advising Office during the first term of enrollment in the degree program.
- A minimum of 30 credit-hours must be completed in course work at Governors State University.
- Only credits earned with a grade of “C” or better in transfer course work can be applied toward degree requirements.
- The total number of credits applied toward degree requirements earned in independent studies, internships, and practica cannot exceed six hours, unless approved by the dean.
- A student who has enrolled in the same course two times without receiving a passing grade must receive permission from the Dean of the College of Business to register for that class a third time.
- Students in the College of Business must complete all required courses (i.e., core courses, concentration courses, and selective courses) with a grade of “C” or better to be eligible for graduation.
- All electives which may be applied to a degree must be approved by the Dean of the College of Business or designee.
- A maximum of six credit-hours of graduate course work earned in the last term of an undergraduate program, and before official acceptance in the graduate program, may be applied toward graduate program requirements, with permission of the division chairperson and the Dean of the College of Business.
- All students in business degree programs will be required to take a standardized assessment test as part of their capstone course to complete the degree. A fee of $30 will be charged at the time of registration for the course.
Requirements for specific degree programs are listed below under Programs Offered.
Minors Available through the College of Business
Undergraduate minors are available to all students. For students enrolled in programs outside the College of Business, these minors are particularly appropriate, especially for those whose career goals include management in addition to their chosen field of study.
Students majoring in Business Administration, who must choose a concentration as a requirement of the degree program, may also choose a second concentration from among the Business Administration concentration offerings, or a minor outside of Business Administration (i.e., accounting). Students in other undergraduate programs in the College of Business may choose any minor outside of their major field of study.
Requirements for a Minor
Students must meet all university requirements for a minor.
In addition, students must:
- complete a study plan with the Academic Advising Office;
- complete all courses required for the minor with a grade of “C” or better;
- complete at least nine hours of the course work required for the minor at Governors State University; and
- submit transfer course documentation to the Academic Advising Office for approval before the first week of the semester of intended graduation.
Note: Prerequisite courses may also be required to complete a business minor. Please consult the course descriptions, the website, or a CB advisor for more detailed course information for each business minor.
Graduate Programs Overview
The College of Business presents strong theoretical and pragmatic programs at the graduate level which prepare students for careers in business, government, and industry. The majors are designed with the understanding that students enrolled in the college are pursuing management degrees for careers in the public or private sector. Accordingly, the college offers rigorous programs of study which challenge students and provide them with the preparation to assume positions of leadership and responsibility. To this end, the college emphasizes clearly defined instructional methods and curricula that reflect the growing sophistication of modern management techniques. To prepare leaders for the 21st century, graduate majors are designed to accommodate those with undergraduate degrees in business, as well as those with undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, sciences, engineering, education, and other disciplines.
All of the college’s business programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Students are responsible for communicating with academic advisors, regularly checking GSU email, website and myGSU portal for announcements concerning scheduling, policies, job and financial aid opportunities, and collegial activities. All official university communication will be made via GSU email accounts.
Degree Requirements for Graduate Programs
The university degree requirements for graduate programs are listed in the Master’s Degree Requirements section of this catalog.
In addition to university degree requirement for graduate programs the College of Business has the following requirements for Master Degree Programs:
- All students must have a signed study plan complete in the College of Business Academic Advising Office during the initial semester of enrollment in the degree program.
- Students must earn an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in all course work required for the degree with no more than two grades of “C” and no grades of “D” or “F”.
- Only credits earned with a grade of “B” or higher will be considered for transfer credit.
- Transfer credits earned more than five years before the request to transfer will not be accepted toward meeting degree requirements.
- Transfer credits can be applied toward required courses only with the permission of the Dean.
- Credits for experiential learning will not be accepted toward meeting degree requirements unless approved by the Dean.
- A readmitted student may not apply credits earned more than five years before readmission to degree requirements, unless approved by the Dean.
- The total number of credits applied toward degree requirements earned in independent studies, internships, and practica cannot exceed six hours, unless approved by the Dean. A maximum of three hours in internships can be counted toward this total.
- A student who has received a grade of “D” or “F” in a course may only repeat the course with permission of the dean. If a passing grade is not then attained, the student may be dropped from the program.
- A maximum of six credit-hours of graduate course work earned in the last term of an undergraduate program and before official acceptance in the graduate program may be applied toward graduation requirements, with permission of the division chair and the dean.
Student Course Load: Graduate students may not take more than 12 hours per term without obtaining permission from the Dean of the College of Business or designee.