Business 4+1 – Evening College

Bachelor of Science | Master of Business


The Business Program is committed to preparing students for careers in business, government, and industry and to provide them with strong fundamentals that would allow them to pursue graduate studies. In the Business Program, students receive exceptional training in business and leadership, combined with a broad liberal arts education. This valuable combination places our business graduates very marketable.

Our faculty members are skilled experts in areas such as management, accounting, marketing, economics, small business, international business, and information systems. A dedicated Advisory Board consisting of business leaders provides guidance to the program. Our classes routinely feature guest business lecturers who are CEOs, corporate officers, and presidents of regional, national, and international firms.

The “4 + 1” program allow students to earn a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master in Business Administration in five years**. They must complete all B.S. requirements substituting four graduate courses for their undergraduate version. Under certain conditions, students may be directly admitted into the MBA program (see details below).


Graduates from the business program have secured positions in Fortune 500 companies and major industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Many business graduates go on to pursue their Masters degrees at some of the nation’s finest business schools, a task made easier by the training and education gained during their undergraduate years at Columbia College.

Our students benefit from the B.E.A. Club, a student organization that brings students together for business education and social activities. Students also benefit from the Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence at Columbia College, a nationally-recognized program noted for its innovative approach to the promotion of leadership skills in young women.

Our strengths include:

  • Focus on individual student learning
  • Dedicated faculty
  • Cross-cultural interaction between faculty and students
  • Experiential learning through internship placements, classroom exercises, and site visits.

B.S. in Business Administration

Core Courses (27 semester hours, graduate courses are indicated in bold):

  • BUS 202 Principles of Management (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 203 Principles of Marketing (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 261 Principles of Accounting I (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 262 Principles of Accounting II (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 311 Business Law and Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 350 Computer Applications in Business (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 571 Business Finance (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 555 Research Methods in Business (3 s.h.)
  • GB 301 Global Business Enterprise (3 s.h.)

Elective major Courses (15 semester hours):

(Students will choose 15 semester hours of Business or Global Business courses numbered 300 or higher. To pursue the MBA, the courses must include):

  • BUS 544 Business Strategy (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 572 Managing Human Capital (3 s.h.)

Specified Electives:

(These courses may be used to satisfy general education requirements, or requirements for a minor or a second major.)

  • ECON 201 Principles of Economics I, Macroeconomics (3 s.h.)
  • ECON 202 Principles of Economics II, Microeconomics (3 s.h.)
  • MATH 107 Business Calculus (3 s.h.)
  • MATH 140 Elementary Statistics (3 s.h.)


M.A. in Business Administration

Course completed as part of the B.S. in Business Administration* (12 semester hours):

  • BUS 571 Business Finance (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 572 Managing Human Capital (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 544 Business Strategy (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 555 Business Research (3 s.h.)

MBA Core Courses (9 semester hours):

  • Quantitative Methods and Decision Making (3 s.h.)
  • Marketing Management (3 s.h.)
  • Managerial/Cost Accounting (3 s.h.)

MBA Electives (select 9 semester hours selected from the following):

  • Income Taxation (3 s.h.)
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management (3 s.h.)
  • Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
  • Management Information Systems (3 s.h.)
  • Business Analytics (3 s.h.)

* A student who is not enrolled in the BS in Business Administration at Columbia College may be admitted to the MBA program if she/he holds a bachelor degree and has satisfied the core business prerequisites (BUS 202, BUS 203, BUS 261, BUS 262, ECON 201 and ECON 202).  She/he may satisfy the double listed courses requirement in one of the following ways:

  1. She/he has the equivalent undergraduate courses plus 3 years of professional experience, OR
  2. She/he has the equivalent undergraduate courses and meets with a business faculty to evaluate whether their course content is equivalent to Columbia College graduate content, OR
  3. She/he takes the courses at Columbia College.

**Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Bachelor of Science | Master of Business