Manderson Graduate School of Business

Manderson students have access to one of the most advanced and extensive ranges of curriculum and experience available, owing both to state-of-the-art facilities and rigorous, world-class faculty. An enormous variety of interdisciplinary activities and research opportunities can enrich this experience by giving students the best that academia has to offer.

The Manderson Graduate School of Business is the graduate division of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. The mission of the College is to excel in the creation, dissemination, and application of business knowledge. The faculty of the Manderson Graduate School of Business offer six graduate degrees: the master of business administration (MBA), master of accountancy (MMA), master of tax accounting (MTA), master of arts (MA), master of science (MS), and doctor of philosophy (PhD). There are eight specialized master's from which to choose.

The masters’ degrees may serve as terminal professional degrees; that is, they are designed primarily for people who plan professional careers in business, government, or nonprofit organizations. They may also function as preparatory programs for doctoral-level work.

The doctor of philosophy program prepares graduates for careers as college or university professors or as professional researchers. The PhD requires an extensive, in-depth knowledge of the major field of study, a supporting minor field of study, and a specialized knowledge of statistical and quantitative techniques necessary for the advancement of knowledge in business and economics. A doctoral dissertation is required.

Graduate students in business are expected to exhibit a high level of integrity and professionalism in all aspects of their programs, including relationships with other students and faculty. Students who are deemed by their program director or faculty not to exhibit these characteristics or who are deemed not to be making satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements may be terminated from their degree programs.

Programs offered through the Manderson Graduate School of Business are accredited by the AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Master's Degrees in Business

Admission Requirements

Master's degrees offered through the Manderson Graduate School of Business reflect a diverse range of missions and objectives. Enrollment in all master's programs is limited and competitive. Admissions are supervised by committees of the graduate faculty in each of the academic programs. The minimum admission requirements are:

  1. admission to the Graduate School of The University of Alabama,
  2. an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and
  3. completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree.

A particular master's program may establish higher standards and/or specific prerequisites for admission. Further information about the requirements for admission to master's programs is included in the section of this catalog pertaining to each specific master's degree and major field or curriculum. Also, students are encouraged to visit the Manderson Graduate School web site and the Graduate Catalog's section on admission criteria for current information about degree programs.

Degree Requirements

Graduate students must meet all the degree requirements of The University of Alabama Graduate School pertaining to the master's degree. Exceptions to the requirements for the master's degree may be made only with the approval of the faculty coordinator of the specific degree program, or the director of graduate studies, and the dean of the Graduate School.

Second Degree Requirements

A student may concurrently pursue two master's degree programs when such a combination is consistent with the student's career and educational objectives. A maximum of six semester hours of eligible credits earned toward one master's degree may be applied to the requirements for a second master's degree. Accordingly, a student who is interested in combined programs is advised to meet with the faculty coordinator of each degree program before enrolling, since careful planning is required to achieve a successful combination of two degrees.

Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) Degree Programs

The MA and MS degrees are specialized master's degrees designed to prepare students for professional positions in business, management, and related fields, and to serve as preparation for study toward a doctoral degree. The MA degree is offered in economics and management and the MS degree is offered in finance, marketing, operations management and applied statistics. Program missions and prerequisites vary by field and are described in the following sections pertaining to each curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Additional information is in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog and may be outlined in the individual program descriptions in this catalog.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

MA and MS Degree Requirements

The master of arts and the master of science degree with a major field of specialization is granted upon the completion of at least 30 semester hours of graduate work in accordance with the requirements of the University of Alabama Graduate School under Plan II.
 
A maximum of 6 hours of 400-level coursework may be accepted for an MA or MS degree program, but only if a form for Approval of 400-Level Course Work for Master's Credit is approved by the Graduate School prior to the semester in which the 400-level coursework will be taken. The remaining courses must be selected from those numbered 500 or above.

Master's Degrees

The primary purpose of master’s degree programs is to provide students with subject matter at an advanced level in their fields of study.  Master’s degrees are designed to assist students either to continue their graduate studies or to meet the goals of their professions.  In most cases, master’s programs also help students become familiar with methods of independent investigation.

Program Requirements

Two plans are offered for the master's degree:

Plan I.  Candidates for the master's degree under Plan I must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in coursework plus earn a minimum of 6 additional hours of thesis research hours, for a total of 30 hours.

Plan II.  Candidates for the master's degree under Plan II must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework credit and pass the comprehensive examination or complete a culminating or “capstone experience” as described under the Comprehensive Examinations section below.

Both plans require a minimum of 18 semester hours in the major subject.  With the approval of the major department, the remainder of the coursework may be completed in either the major or a related field.

In some divisions and in many departments of the University, candidates are required to do their work under Plan I. Candidates working under Plan II may be required to participate successfully in seminar or problem courses that will give them an acquaintance with the methods of research and an appreciation of the place and function of original investigation in the field.

Residency Requirements

A student's program at the master's level must provide sufficient association with the resident faculty to permit individual evaluation of the student's capabilities and achievements.

Graduate Credit

A student must be admitted to the Graduate School and must register as a graduate student in order to receive graduate credit. Approval for graduate registration must be obtained from program advisors prior to registration.

Graduate Credit for Noncredit Experiences

All course credit used toward a UA graduate degree must be taught at the graduate level.  No graduate credit may be earned by correspondence study or for experiential learning not conducted under the direct supervision of graduate faculty of The University of Alabama.  The UA does not offer graduate credit for noncredit workshops, seminars, continuing education experiences, professional development, internships, work/life experience, and so forth.  

Transfer of Credit

Courses of full graduate-level credit earned in a regionally accredited institution where a student was enrolled in the graduate school may be submitted for review for inclusion in a master's degree program.  Evaluation of credit for transfer will not be made until after the student has enrolled in the Graduate School of The University of Alabama.  Acceptance of credit requires the approval of the student's advisory committee and the dean of the Graduate School.  Credit will not be accepted for transfer from any institution at which the student failed to achieve a "B" average on all graduate work attempted.  Only courses in which a student earned a "B" grade or better may be transferred.

In some cases, foreign educational credentials may not meet the Graduate School's criteria for transfer of credit. It may be necessary for students in this situation to secure an evaluation of their credentials from World Education Services Inc. (WES), an external foreign credential evaluation service. Additional information on their services can be found at their website. 

A student initiates at the Graduate School’s website a Request for Transfer of Graduate Credit earned at another institution. It is also the student's responsibility to assure that the Graduate School receives an official transcript of the credit requested for transfer, well in advance of the final semester. 

With the approval of the student's department and the dean of the Graduate School, the greater of 12 hours or 25 percent of the required coursework for a master's degree may be transferred from another institution. All credit toward the master's degree, including transfer credit, must have been earned during the six years (18 fall, spring, and summer semesters) immediately preceding the date on which the master’s degree is to be awarded.  Revalidation (recertification) of graduate credits that will be more than 18 semesters old at the time of UA master's program completion is not an option.

Please note that some departments allow fewer than 12 hours of graduate transfer credit.  Be sure to check with your department's graduate coordinator regarding your department's transfer policy.

400-Level Courses

A maximum of 6 semester hours of 400-level course credit may be accepted for a master's degree program, but only if a form for Approval of 400-Level Course Work for Master's Credit is approved by the Graduate School prior to the semester in which the 400-level coursework will be taken.

Time Limit

All requirements for the master's degree must be completed during the six years (18 fall, spring, and summer semesters) immediately preceding the date on which the degree is to be awarded.  There is no provision for an extension of the time limit beyond 6 years for master's students.

Admission to Candidacy

During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Graduate Council eliminated the master’s candidacy requirement.  Departments may monitor master’s candidacy if they wish, but the Graduate School does not monitor it and will not accept master’s candidacy forms.  Doctoral candidacy is not affected and remains an important doctoral program requirement.

Thesis

A thesis evidencing research capacity, independent thought, and the ability to interpret materials is required of all master's degree candidates who pursue Plan I. The subject chosen must be in the major field and must be approved by the graduate committee of the major department or school and by the head of the student's major department or division.

The final oral thesis defense is the culminating experience in the master’s program. As such, all members of the thesis committee are expected to attend and participate in real time. Virtual attendance via interactive video or teleconference is permitted for off-campus external committee members, but Tuscaloosa campus faculty should attend in person unless extraordinary circumstances dictate the need for virtual attendance.  

Article Style vs. Journal Format

Article Style.

At the doctoral level, "article-style dissertations" are unified works that include several distinct but related studies of research or creative activity, each of which is of publishable quality.  The University does not permit an "article-style thesis" to be presented for a master's degree.

Journal Format.

A "journal-format thesis" is acceptable. Such a thesis follows the format of a particular journal in which the student and advisor want the thesis to be published. To prepare  a journal-format thesis, the student uses the journal's "information for authors" or similarly titled guidelines in conjunction with the Graduate School's Student Guide to Preparing Electronic Theses and Dissertations.

A thesis committee must consist of at least three members appointed by the dean of the Graduate School. A form for Appointment or Change of Master's Thesis Committee is used to request that the graduate dean appoint a thesis committee. The request normally is made as soon as the successful defense of the thesis proposal has been completed. All members of a thesis committee must be members of the Graduate Faculty. The Committee Chair must be a full or associate member of the Graduate Faculty. One member must be from outside the student's major department. If the outside member is not a full or associate member of the UA Graduate Faculty (e.g., a highly qualified person from another university, a business or industry), the graduate dean needs to appoint that member by approving Temporary Graduate Faculty status for the specific purpose of serving on the student's thesis committee. Unless there are extraordinary circumstances meriting approval by the graduate dean before the final oral defense of the thesis, all members of the thesis committee must attend the defense.

The candidate must give members of the examining committee a minimum of two weeks to read the thesis before the date of the final oral examination. A final oral examination is required of all students completing a thesis.  All members of the thesis committee must be members of the UA graduate faculty and must attend the final oral examination unless there are extraordinary circumstances warranting the graduate dean's approval of the absence prior to the defense meeting.

As of August 15, 2009, all theses are submitted electronically rather than on paper.  See the graduate school's homepage for a link to information on Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) for details.

Theses must comply with the regulations set out in A Student Guide to Preparing Electronic Theses and Dissertations, available on the Graduate School's website. Approval of the thesis by the graduate dean is necessary before graduation.

The thesis should be completed, if possible, while the student is in residence at the University. To request permission to complete a thesis in absentia, the student must, before leaving the University, submit a satisfactory outline of the thesis, as well as evidence that adequate facilities are available where the work will be done, to the head of the student's major department.

Protection of Human Subjects for Research

Scientific research involving human subjects has produced substantial benefits for society, but it also can pose troubling ethical questions. The mission of the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Protection of Human Subjects is to ensure that research involving human subjects is conducted ethically. University and federal policies require that review and approval to use human subjects in research precede the research. In the case of thesis research that involves the use of human subjects in any way, the principal investigator is responsible for contacting the college Human Research Review Committee to obtain approval for the planned research. 

Comprehensive Examinations

In addition to the regular course examinations, a final comprehensive examination representing a "culminating" or "capstone" experience for a degree is required of all candidates for the master's degree (except for those candidates pursuing the master of accountancy, the master of business administration, the master of library and information studies, the master of social work, and the master of tax accounting). The comprehensive examination is a culminating experience in which the student is expected to integrate prior learning. Each department, with approval of the Graduate Council, determines the most appropriate format. The various exams may consist of one or more of the following: 

  • a written and/or oral examination based on the content of the degree program;

  • a thesis and final oral defense;

  • a course requiring interpretation and integration of information from previous courses;

  • a research paper, a "policy and practice" paper, or equivalent experience;

  • a public performance or exhibition along with a contextualizing paper; and/or

  • a practicum or internship.

If the comprehensive exam requirement is met with option 1 and/or 2 above, then the examining committee for comprehensive examinations must consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty from that department and appointed by the dean of the Graduate School. The examination must be given at least six weeks before the date of graduation (two weeks before for Plan II) and reported promptly to the dean of the Graduate School on appropriate forms. A final report, on the Master's/EdS Examination Form is on the Graduate School website.  The form should be submitted when all examinations are completed. A student may take the final oral or written examination only twice.  Failing the examination twice results in dismissal from the degree program and the Graduate School.

Application for Graduation

Each candidate for a master's degree must apply for graduation through myBama no later than the registration period for the semester or the first session of the summer term in which requirements for the degree are to be completed. 

Second Master's Degree

Six (6) semester hours of eligible credit from one master's degree at The University of Alabama may be applied to the requirements for a second master's degree, but only if the department of the second master’s agrees to the courses in the plan of study. Any hours from the previous master’s degree must have been earned during the six years (18 fall, spring, and summer semesters) immediately preceding the date on which the second degree is to be awarded. ***Please note that if a student double counts six hours between two master’s degrees, no hours may double count toward any additional master’s degrees.


Doctoral Programs in Business

The doctor of philosophy degree is awarded for scholarly attainment and represents the highest degree in business administration that the University may bestow upon a student. Doctoral programs in business are designed principally for those who wish to prepare for careers in university teaching or for research positions in business and government.

The faculty of the Manderson Graduate School of Business offer the PhD degree in seven business fields: accounting, applied statistics, economics, finance, management, operations management, and marketing. The doctoral program in operations management offers an interdisciplinary concentration in management information systems.

Dual degree programs in Law and Economics

The University of Alabama School of Law and the Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies offer the opportunity to obtain the dual juris doctor (JD)/doctor in philosophy (PhD) degree in the field of economics. In order to be accepted in the JD/PhD program, a student must apply for admission to, and be accepted into, the PhD program in economics and the JD. For additional information about these doctoral programs and access to specific program policies and guidelines visit Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration web site.
 
Doctoral programs in business are built upon the premise that a student should possess an extensive, in-depth knowledge of one major field of study and one supporting or minor field of study, as well as knowledge of statistical and quantitative methods of analysis necessary to conduct research and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in business. Special emphasis is placed on the fact that the degree is not granted as a result of the student's having taken a given number of courses or having earned a given number of credit hours.
 
These factors, while obviously important, will vary for different students: consequently, there is no total number of courses or hours that satisfies degree requirements uniformly for all students. Instead, the requirements should be thought of primarily from the standpoint of the student's ability to satisfy the graduate faculty that he or she has a thorough grasp of the fields selected. In all cases, however, students must meet the minimum requirements stipulated by the Graduate School and by the Manderson Graduate School of Business.
 
In addition to the course requirements, each student must show evidence of research competence by writing a dissertation and must satisfy the language/research tool requirement of his or her major field. The dissertation, as the culmination of each student's scholarly efforts, should be a significant contribution to the field of knowledge in business.

Admission to PhD Degree Programs

Admission to doctoral programs in business is open to qualified individuals who hold undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from accredited colleges and universities. Individuals seeking admission to a doctoral program should follow the application procedure established by the Graduate School of The University of Alabama. Applications for admission are carefully evaluated by selected members of the graduate faculty of the specific field to which the student is seeking admission.

See the Admission Criteria section of this catalog for more information.

Degree Requirements

Student program committee

For registration for the first semester or summer session in residence, each student will be advised by the graduate coordinator or department head of the major field. The graduate coordinator guides the student in course selection and counsels the student regarding other aspects of the program.

Plan of Study

The PhD Plan of Study is available at the Graduate School website. All doctoral students must have a completed Plan of Study approved by the Graduate School no later than the semester during which the student will complete 30 semester hours of UA and/or transfer credit toward the doctoral degree.  Otherwise, a “hold” may be placed on future registrations.  An amended Plan of Study (if needed) must be submitted to the Graduate School when the student submits the form for Admission to Candidacy for Doctoral Degree.

Scholastic requirements

If a student's cumulative grade average falls below "B," or if the student earns a "D" or "F" in a graduate course, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Residency requirements

The minimum period (following the bachelor's degree) for earning the PhD will vary dependent on the discipline. The program is full-time and a student is expected to maintain continuous residence at The University of Alabama.  Additional information on doctoral residency is in the Doctoral Degrees section of this catalog.

Major field requirements

The student must choose a major field from one of the following programs: accountancy, applied statistics, economics, finance, management, marketing, or operations management. The major field may include cognate courses offered by divisions of the University outside or within the Manderson Graduate School of Business. The student must take at least seven graduate-level courses in the major field to prepare for the comprehensive examination.

Minor field requirements

One minor field of study must be selected from within the Manderson Graduate School of Business or in a discipline outside the School that is closely related to the student's major field of study. To satisfy the minor-field requirement, the student must meet the standards set by the program area granting the minor. In general, this means that the student must demonstrate a thorough grasp of the philosophy, methodology, and literature dealing with the minor field. The student must take a minimum of four graduate courses to satisfy the minor-field requirement. Some minor fields require a written comprehensive examination. For applied statistics, the minor-field requirement is replaced by the interdisciplinary field courses.

Quantitative methods requirements

Each student is required to complete two courses in statistical methods equivalent to the content of ST 550 Stat Methods In Res I and ST 551 Stat Methods In Res II, and two additional courses involving more advanced quantitative and/or statistical methods. These two elective courses are in addition to courses selected to satisfy the major or minor field requirements. A student who selects statistics as the major or minor field may satisfy the quantitative-methods requirement by completing at least four courses involving quantitative methods in addition to those selected to satisfy the minor field requirements in statistics.

Language/research tool requirements

There is no University-wide or College-wide language/research tool requirement for the PhD degree. Each program offering the degree may set its own requirements. In cases where the program has established a language/research tool requirement, candidates must complete the language/research tool requirement before taking the preliminary examination. Each student should contact the doctoral program coordinator in his or her major field for more information concerning language/research tool requirements.

Comprehensive and preliminary examinations

Each student is required to pass a  comprehensive examination in the major field, and, if required, a comprehensive examination in the minor field(s). The examinations primarily aim to determine the student's ability to show relationships among the various segments of knowledge within the major and minor fields of study. The written examination in the major field is scheduled for each student by the department head or program director. Examinations in the minor field (if required) may be taken at any time scheduled by the respective programs.

Some disciplines may also require a preliminary or qualifying examination in which the student must demonstrate competency in the major field in order to continue in the program.  Such examinations will normally be administered after the first year in the program and will be scheduled by the department head or program coordinator.

In accordance with University policy, a student may attempt each examination no more than two times. However, each student should consult his or her program's policies for the written comprehensive examination because programs may vary in approach and requirements.

Dissertation committee

The dissertation committee is appointed by the department head or the graduate coordinator in the student's major field, in consultation with the faculty and the student. The dean of the Graduate School must approve the committee upon submission of the form for Appointment/Change of Doctoral Dissertation Committee.  The committee consists of a minimum of five members of the graduate faculty; no fewer than two members must be from outside the student's major field and at least one member must be from outside the student's academic department. Each member of the committee must possess a terminal degree. Exceptions must be approved by the dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration and by the dean of the Graduate School. The director of the dissertation is the chairperson of the committee.

Program areas may impose additional procedures for approval of dissertation proposals. The dissertation committee is responsible for admission of the student to candidacy, supervision of the dissertation, and administration of the final oral examination.

Admission to candidacy

Students are certified by the dean of the Graduate School for Admission to Candidacy for the PhD degree after they have met the following requirements:

  1. Completed the program of approved coursework
  2. Demonstrated in comprehensive examinations their competence in
    1. the major field and
    2. each minor field requiring an examination
  3. Satisfactorily fulfilled the language/research tool requirement, if any
  4. Passed the preliminary examination, if required
  5. Established an approved dissertation committee
  6. Received approval of the dissertation proposal from the dissertation committee

Dissertation requirements

A dissertation showing power of independent research and literary skill must be prepared on a topic in the major field. The subject of the dissertation must be approved by the student's dissertation committee. A student who completes the coursework but fails to complete the dissertation within five years after being admitted to candidacy will be required to retake the written examinations and the preliminary oral examination. All candidates are expected to register for dissertation supervision each semester and summer session until the dissertation is completed.

Final oral examination

When the dissertation has been completed the candidate will be given a final oral examination by the committee. This examination is primarily concerned with the research work of the candidate as embodied in the dissertation and the field in which the dissertation lies, but it may extend over the whole primary field of study. The final oral examination is governed by the rules of the Graduate School of The University of Alabama. All faculty members of the Manderson Graduate School of Business are invited to attend final oral examinations. The candidate will present a copy of the final draft of the dissertation to each committee member at least two weeks in advance of the final oral examination.

Time limit for completion of the PhD

A student entering the PhD program must complete all requirements for the PhD degree within seven years of the date of admission in the graduate program. If a student is suspended from the PhD program for exceeding the time limits for completion of the program, the individual may petition the department chair and the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration's PhD Programs Committee.

Extension of time and/or additional requirements for readmission to the program must be recommended to the Graduate School of The University of Alabama by the student's departmental graduate faculty and the dean of the college.  A maximum one-semester extension may be granted in those rare instances in which the student presents documentation of compelling circumstances beyond the student's control that made it impossible to complete the degree within 21 semesters after admission.  See Time Limits Extension Request (Doctoral Only) for the steps in the University's policy and conditions needed for the dean of the UA Graduate School to consider a one-semester extension.

Additional information on the doctoral time limit and all other requirements is in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

An applicant for graduate study must meet both the general requirements of The University of Alabama Graduate School (Admission Criteria) and the standards set by the program to which the student is seeking admission (see Manderson's programs for details). Successful applicants are admitted to a specific program of study as stated on the application. A student who wishes to pursue a new degree or change the major field of study is required to submit a new application.

Facilities

The Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration complex consists of three buildings located in the central University campus. Mary Hewell Alston Hall, which was completed in 1991, houses faculty and administrative offices, seminar rooms, and four technologically innovative classrooms. The Angelo Bruno Business Library and Sloan Y. Bashinsky Sr. Computer Center was occupied in January 1994. This integrated business information center includes the expanded business library, three hands-on computer classrooms, and open computer labs for undergraduate and graduate students. Bidgood Hall, the traditional home of the College, reopened in January 1994 after extensive renovations. This building now houses 28 multimedia classrooms and two classrooms equipped to telecast and receive distance learning classes. The business complex is equipped with a wireless network allowing full Internet access from laptops and other equipped devices. Bidgood Hall also houses the offices of the Manderson Graduate School of Business, office space and group study facilities for graduate students, and the research centers affiliated with the College.

Angelo Bruno Business Library

The Angelo Bruno Business Library serves the business information needs of The University of Alabama and in particular the students and faculty of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration (C&BA) and the Manderson Graduate School of Business. The library serves over 400,000 visitors each year, which represents repeated use by C&BA students, faculty, staff, and others from the University community and beyond. The 64,000 square-foot facility is conveniently located on Stadium Drive within the C&BA complex and also houses the College's Sloan Y. Bashinsky Sr. Computer Center. Combining business library services and business computer laboratory services in the same facility provides seamless access to information services for business students.

The Bruno Library's resources comprise a wide variety of online computer databases and over 190,000 volumes, including hundreds of business periodicals in electronic or print formats. The Library is a fully networked environment offering enhanced access to electronic information sources. A wireless network facilitates students' use of their laptop computers for accessing many business library databases from anywhere in the library and the C&BA complex. Library faculty and staff offer users specialized information assistance and services and individual and class instruction in library research and effective use of library databases. Special features include an electronic library instruction classroom and a variety of seating and study accommodations, including group study rooms for team assignments. The Bruno website provides convenient access to library resources, including specially licensed business databases, the library catalog, and the World Wide Web.

The Bruno Library's databases, books, journals, and special collections offer excellent support of the C&BA teaching and research fields in business, economics, finance, accounting, information systems, and statistics. Full-text access to business-related periodicals and newspapers is available through such databases as ABI/Inform, Business Source Premier, Factiva.com, and LexisNexis. Extensive worldwide data on publicly traded securities of all kinds is available from Bloomberg Financial Markets and News. Other resources provide coverage of important topics such as company financial data, industry profiles, international business, and tax regulations and cases. The Bruno Library's extensive collection of historical corporate annual reports has received national recognition.

The Angelo Bruno Business Library provides convenient access to information resources through technologically advanced as well as traditional means. User service is a major emphasis. Our goals are to tailor our collections and services to meet the needs of C&BA undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and to deliver the best possible mix of traditional and technologically advanced library services.

Technology Group

The Technology Group was established in 1984 to provide computing facilities for the College of Business Administration students and faculty. The C&BA network connects over 400 lab and desktop computers to the campus network and the Internet. Our network file servers provide access to dozens of powerful applications specific to the various disciplines of the College. There are 7 professional staff and 40 student employees available to provide technical assistance to our faculty, staff, and student users.

The Bashinsky Lab, completed in 1994, offers a 20-seat collaborative multimedia facility, two 40-workstation multimedia classrooms, a 60-workstation open lab and a 20-workstation graduate lab. The E-Commerce Lab in Bidgood Hall was completed in 2001 and provides 16 group workstations. A Special Projects Lab was also completed in 2001. This lab provides students working on class projects with 10 workstations, an LCD projector, and a conference table.

There are 27 multimedia classrooms within the College featuring high-resolution projectors, PA system, wireless microphones, DVD, VHS, and access to all network resources. Training is available to faculty and staff on the usage of these classrooms.

The Technology Group provides support for faculty, staff, and student e-mail accounts, Web accounts, ftp, and personal network storage. They also support color laser network printing, college-wide wireless computing, and remote access for faculty and staff. Faculty can also obtain support for Web and presentation development, imaging, and video services.

Detailed information on the services offered by the Technology Group is available at the website of the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

Research & Outreach

Alabama Center for Economic Development

Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research

Alabama Center for Real Estate

Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute

Alabama International Trade Center

Alabama Productivity Center

Alabama Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Center for Business and Economic Research

Culverhouse LIFT

Statistics Research and Consulting Laboratory

General Business Administration Courses

GBA
515
Hours
3
Effective Negotiations

This course will employ negotiations exercises, expert guest speakers and additional readings to help students master negotiation skills.

GBA
525
Hours
3
Business Policy

An integrative study of the manager's role as chief strategy maker and chief strategy implementer, using case analysis and management simulation techniques.

GBA
526
Hours
3
Competitive Strategy

Examines conceptual tools for the in-depth analysis of industries and competitors; how to build and defend competitive advantages and how to formulate a successful competitive strategy. Usually offered spring semester.

GBA
527
Hours
3
Strategy Implementation

An examination of the tasks of strategic leadership and the action alternatives for matching internal organizational conditions to the requirements of strategy execution. Usually offered spring semester.

GBA
571
UH
Hours
1.5
STEM Business Honors VII

This course is the seventh in a series of eight STEM Business Honors courses that students take in the STEM Path to the MBA. It is intended to be taken in the fall semester of the students' senior year. It will focus on a year-long (two semester) project.

Prerequisite(s): GBA 371 and GBA 372
University Honors
GBA
572
Hours
1.5
STEM Business Honors VIII

This course is the last in a series of eight STEM Business Honors courses that students take in the STEM Path to the MBA. It is intended to be taken in the spring semester of the students' senior year. It will focus on a year-long (two semester) project.

Prerequisite(s): GBA 371, GBA 372, and GBA 571
GBA
591
Hours
1-3
Independent Study

Open to all graduate students on an elective basis. This course offers students an opportunity to pursue a course of study that they design according to their own interests. Students may also work on a faculty-directed research project and receive credit.

GBA
592
Hours
3
Managerial Internship

Open to all graduate students on an elective basis. Through the cooperation of participating organizations, students are exposed to actual management situations and are given an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to practical decision problems.

GBA
596
Hours
1-3
Capstone Project

The course requires the student to apply his/her knowledge of the field of General Business to recognize operational problems in the field. Further, the student must provide evidence of his/her abilities to communicate understanding of the problem, describe the analysis performed and organize this material effectively for both a written report and corresponding oral presentation.

Health Care Management Courses

HCM
570
Hours
3
Introduction to Health Systems

This course provides a basic overview of health insurance, financing, delivery and payment in the US health system compared with other health care systems.

HCM
573
Hours
3
Advanced Issues in Health Care Management

This course examines current policy and social issues in health care management. Students develop the analytical skills needed by decision makers of health care organizations.

HCM
576
Hours
3
Advanced Principles of Long-Term Care

This course examines basic and advanced concepts of long term care organizations and management, with an emphasis on understanding the current delivery system and the unique challenges faced by practitioners, as well as the needs of long term care stakeholders.

HCM
577
Hours
3
Advanced Ambulatory Care Management

This course examines basic and advanced concepts of ambulatory care organization and management, with an emphasis on the competencies needed to operate an ambulatory practice, as well as the skills needed to manage relationships with ambulatory care stakeholders.

HCM
596
Hours
1-3
Capstone Project

This course requires the student to apply his/her knowledge of the field of Healthcare Management to recognize operational problems in the field. Further, the student must provide evidence of his/her abilities to communicate understanding of the problem, describe the analysis performed and organize this material effectively for both a written report and corresponding oral presentation.

International Business Administration Courses

Students who are interested in international business may select a concentration in economics or marketing. International courses are offered in marketing, economics, finance, legal studies, and accounting. It is strongly recommended that interested business students develop a working knowledge of a language other than English. Opportunities for dissertation research in international business are available in economics, management, and marketing.

IBA
550
Hours
1-3
Global Business

A seminar emphasizing the environmental factors affecting international business operations, and studying different economic, social, cultural, legal, and other environmental conditions and their influence on both the formulation and execution of business policy of firms engaged in multinational business.

IBA
555
Hours
3
Global Market Management

The object of this course is to investigate the effects of cultural similarities and differences on marketing practices worldwide. Also examined are the effects of market idiosyncrasies on globally oriented products, promotion, pricing, and distribution strategies.

IBA
560
Hours
3
Advanced Import/Export Strategy

This course will provide a detailed overview of marketing, management, and logistics issues relative to setting up and operating an import/export firm or engaging in these activities in an existing firm.

IBA
596
Hours
1-3
Capstone Project

This course requires the student to apply his/her knowledge of the field of International Business Administration to recognize operational problems in the field. Further, the student must provide evidence of his/her abilities to communicate understanding of the problem, describe the analysis performed and organize this material effectively for both a written report and corresponding oral presentation.

IBA
597
Hours
3
Special Topics: Independent Study

This course offers faculty a chance to present topics of interest to themselves and to students with interests in international business.

Other International Course Offerings

EC
530
Hours
3
International Trade

Analysis and policy implications relating to the international movement of goods, resources, and financial assets.

FI
531
Hours
3
International Finance

An examination of the foreign exchange market, exchange rate determination, international financial institutions, and the management of the risks associated with international business.