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Carson College of Business

business.wsu.edu
Todd Hall 570
509-335-3596

CARSON COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Dean and Professor, L. Hunter; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research and Professor, D. Compeau; Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, T. Tripp; Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Programs, C. Oliver; Assistant Dean for International Programs, J. Cassleman.

The Carson College of Business (CCB) prepares students for innovative and impactful careers in business by effectively applying core business competencies, encouraging ethical and professional behavior, employing a global perspective, enhancing abilities to make data-driven decisions, leading teams, and communicating persuasively. The Carson College of Business reaches students across the state of Washington (and beyond) by offering its programs at the Everett, Global, Pullman, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver campuses.

The Carson College of Business is among two percent of business schools worldwide to achieve accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world’s premier business education accrediting body, at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. The Carson College of Business's undergraduate and graduate business programs are consistently ranked  among the top business programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. For current rankings of Carson College programs, visit our website:

 https://business.wsu.edu/about-carson/rankings-facts/.

Faculty across disciplines produce scholarly and applied research at the main campus in Pullman as well as campuses in Everett, Vancouver, and the Tri-Cities. In addition to these campus and a thriving Global campus, international activities include partnerships and/or programs in Chile, China, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, and Thailand. For more information and news about the college, its students, and programs, visit business.wsu.edu.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

The Carson College of Business offers eight majors under this degree: Accounting, Business Administration (Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses only), Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management 

The Carson College of Business offers three majors under this degree:  Hospitality Business Management, Senior Living Management, and Wine and Beverage Business Management. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management, graduates will have the knowledge to be able to:

  • Act ethically and professionally.
  • Make theory-based and data-driven decisions.
  • Identify, assess, and initiate opportunities to create value.
  • Gain a global business perspective and be sensitive to and respectful of cultural differences.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing.
  • Lead a team and act as an effective team member

Admission to the Major and Minor

Given high demand for business courses and strict accreditation requirements, acceptance into the Business Administration (BA) and Hospitality Business Management (HBM) degree majors is competitive and course enrollments are limited. A student must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for a CCB major:

  1. Complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher:
    1. B A 100 Introduction to Business
    2. HBM 101 Professional Development
    3. B A 102 Exploring Careers in Business
    4. MATH 201 Mathematics for Business & Economics (MATH 202 or ALEKS score of 80% or higher is an acceptable substitute. MATH 106 will be accepted as an alternative to MATH 201 for transfer students.)
    5. ECONS 101 Microeconomics, OR ECONS 102 Macroeconomics
  2. Complete the Carson Career Amplifier Program Year 1
  3. Have a WSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 and not be on academic probation
  4. Complete at least 27 credit hours

Students will be placed in rank order based on GPA and other performance criteria. The top students then are admitted to the major based on the number of spots available that semester.

To be eligible for admission to a CCB minor, a student must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Be admitted to a major
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 and not be on academic probation

Students will be placed in rank order based on cumulative GPA and other performance criteria. The top students then are admitted based on the number of spots available that semester.

Students must apply to be admitted to the major/minor during the term they anticipate completing the above requirements.  On the Pullman campus, early application during the first half of the semester is encouraged to avoid delays in course enrollment. 

https://business.wsu.edu/undergraduate/certify/majors-requirements

In order to remain a major in the Carson College of Business, students must maintain a minimum of 2.50 business GPA. Students who do not meet this requirements are subject to Academic Rule 53.  

Carson College Core Business Requirements

The following Core Business classes are designed to provide business majors with a solid foundation in business, strengthen their professional skills, and meet the learning outcomes listed above.

  • B A 100 Intro to Business
  • HBM 101 Professional Development
  • B A 102 Exploring Careers in Business
  • B A 201 Ethics, B A 202  Teams, B A 203  Innovation; or B A 211 Ethics, Teams, Innovation
  • B A 204  Decision Analysis, B A 205  Spreadsheets, B A 206 Data Visualization; or B A 212 Decision Analysis, Spreadsheets, Data Visualization
  • ACCTG 230 Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCTG 231 Intro to Managerial Accounting
  • B LAW 210 Law & the Legal Environment of Business
  • MGTOP 215 Business Statistics
  • MIS 250 Managing Information Technology
  • I BUS 380 International Business
  • MGTOP 340 Operations Management; or HBM 494 Service Operations Management (HBM/WBBM majors only)
  • FIN 325 Intro to Financial Management
  • MKTG 360 Marketing

International Experience Requirement (IER)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the IER, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate differences in the external environmental factors that affect global business
  • Identify the specific elements of the cultural environment that affect global business decisions
  • Evaluate the implications of the external environmental factors on global business decisions
  • Incorporate global economic, political and cultural factors when making global business recommendations

Students can satisfy the IER requirements by completing one of the following:

  1. Study abroad for 6 or more credit hours. Two smaller study abroad programs may be cumulated to meet the entire 6 credit-hour requirement. International students in the Carson College of Business (not including WSU Global students) will meet their study abroad requirement through their study in the United States.
  2. Complete a major or minor in a foreign language.
  3. Students that demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (e.g., STAMP test) will be deemed to have met the Carson College of Business International Experience Requirement. [Honors College students that meet their demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language will also be deemed to have met the Carson College of Business IER.]
  4. Complete a minimum of one year of international experience in any of the following areas: military service, Peace Corps, Volunteer work with an organization, missionary work, or other.  Documentation must be submitted to the student's academic advisor for approval.
  5. Complete two of the following:
    1. The Global Leadership Certificate or other certificate with a major international component (e.g. The East Asia Program) as approved by the administrative head of the International Business Institute or Department of Marketing and International Business.
    2. A brief study abroad program of at least 3 credit hours.
    3. An “international non-business course”. Approved courses include: AMDT 413; ANTH 301, 306, 307, 309, 312, 316, 317, 320, 330, 350, 370, 405, 417, 418, 450, 469; ARCH 428; ASIA 302, 315, 373, 374, 477, 479; BIOLOGY 401; CES 301, 325, 372, 377, 379, 380, 401, 405, 421, 426, 470; COMSOC 321; CRM J 405; CROP SCI 360; ECONS 427, 428, 430, 433, 453; ENGLISH 373, 410, 457; FINE ART 331; FOR LANG 410; H D 350, 403; HISTORY 331, 373, 374, 436, 464, 466, 473, 477, 479, 491, 492, 494, 495; HUMANITY 350; PHIL 314, 315; POL S 314, 424, 427, 435; RUSSIAN 410; SOC 331, 332, 375, 415; SOE 300, 312, 390, 412; SOIL SCI 360; TCH LRN 480, 487; WOMEN ST 316, 332, 340, 406.
    4. An approved 300-400-level “international business or economics course”. Approved courses include: ACCTG 420; ECONS 327; FIN 481; I BUS 415, 416, 435, 453, 470, 482, 496; MIS 441.
    5. At least 3 credits in a foreign language. Approved courses include: CHINESE 101, 102, 203; FRENCH 101, 102, 203; GERMAN 101, 102, 203; ITALIAN 101, 102; JAPANESE 101, 102, 203; LATIN 101, 102; RUSSIAN 101, 102, 203; SPANISH 101, 102, 203. Sign Language is not an approved foreign language to satisfy this requirement.  Students who wish to request alternative foreign language courses to be used to satisfy this requirement must work through their academic advisor to prepare a formal request for approval to the International Business Institute. 
    6. An international internship approved by the Department of Marketing and International Business (maximum of 3 credit hours).
    7. An accepted petition to the Department of Marketing and International Business to allow the use of extensive international travel experiences at the collegiate or corporate level for up to 3 credit hours towards the International Experience Requirement. Although petitions must be approved prior to the international travel, exceptional cases can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Normally such an experience will be at least three months in duration.
    8. A University course research project with an international business research focus that is a significant part of the course learning component, and that constitutes 40% or more of the class. The petition for allowing a project work to count towards the International Experience Requirement should be signed off by the course instructor, and the final approval will be made by the Department of Marketing and International Business for Pullman based students, and an IBUS Fellow or Area Director for urban campus students. *
    9. Participate as finalists in an international or global case competition (e.g., Global Case Competition conducted by WSU International Programs). The determination of whether a case competition can be counted towards the International Experience Requirement will be made through a petition to the Department of Marketing and International Business. Although only final round participants can be considered, exceptional cases that did not make it to the final round can also be considered on a case-by-case basis by the International Business Institute or Department of Marketing and International Business, which will make the final approval.

* Students also need to obtain pre-approval from course instructor prior to start of project work on the petition form that is available with advisors at the respective campus locations.

Carson Career Amplifier Program

The Carson Career Amplifier Program (CCAP) engages students in co-curricular activities and programs that provide students with the opportunity to develop professional skills and experiences that employers are seeking. In addition to required coursework, earning a degree in the Carson College of Business requires students to complete several categories of co-curricular requirements each year. Categories are based on a subset of the National Association of College and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies and include:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Career Management

The CCAP program helps students to develop the professional skills needed to become business leaders of tomorrow. With a focus on professionalism, networking, and engagement, students will select from a menu of online and in-person activities that satisfy each requirement.  Each year, CCAP requirements become progressively more involved; from learning about student success strategies in the freshman year, to participating in an internship or study abroad as a junior or senior.  Details about requirements for satisfying annual milestones can be found on the Carson College website.

Students can expect to spend a minimum of 7-10 co-curricular hours each year, depending on how students choose to satisfy each requirement.  However, as students become involved in leadership activities and high impact learning experiences, the amount of co-curricular hours will increase. For example, over the course of one academic year, a student attending weekly club meetings could spend about 26 hours in club meetings, a summer internship could total 300-400 hours, and a 6-week faculty led study abroad program averages about 250 hours.

Examples of activities that could be used to satisfy competencies:

Communication: • Networking events • Professional development seminars on resume/cover letter development and interview preparation • Mock interviews • Jobs or volunteer work that involve public speaking;

Leadership: • Increasing commitment/involvement in clubs and organizations resulting in the opportunity to take on leadership roles. Includes business clubs, student government, current work, Greek & Residence Hall leadership, community organizations, roles such as Resident Assistant (RA) and Research Assistant. • Structured leadership programs/trainings • Increasing leadership responsibilities within current employment;

Professionalism: • Activities that increase student understanding of professional standards expected in higher education (in and outside the classroom) • Activities that increase student understanding of professional standards expected by employers (internships, relevant work experiences, business consulting projects) • Opportunities that allow students to strengthen and demonstrate their professionalism and work ethic;

Career Management:  • Assessing oneself (strengths/weaknesses, interests/dislikes, abilities, values) • Learning about majors, internships, careers/employers, professional development opportunities in order to make informed decisions • Setting major/career goals based on analyzing oneself and career opportunities • Identifying areas within one’s skillset that need to be developed/strengthened • Pursuing activities that strengthen areas needing growth & development.

Options used to satisfy competency will be based on the availability of events/activities at each campus and Global Campus students will have the ability to satisfy requirements through events/activities in their surrounding community and current employment site. If an activity/event is not on the list, students, advisors, and faculty will have the ability to propose additional events/activities that align with the goals for a competency. Each year (based on credit hours) will be tracked as milestones in the myWSU system. Completion of the first year of the CCAP is required for admission into the College. Subsequent years will be tracked annually.  Completion of the CCAP for all 4 years is required for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the University requirements for graduation listed in the Summary of Academic Policies section of the WSU Catalog, to graduate with a CCB degree, students must also meet the Carson College of Business requirements listed below, and the major requirements (described in the departmental section of this catalog). 

Carson College of Business Requirements:

  • Completion of admission to the major requirements listed above.
  • Completion of requirements listed in the Schedule of Studies.
  • Completion of the International Experience Requirement (listed above).
  • Completion of the Carson Career Amplifier Program (requirements for each of the 4 years) (see above).
  • Completion of at least two ‘Writing in the Major’ [M] courses for each major.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all CCB courses (counting only WSU business courses taught by CCB including HBM courses). Economic Sciences courses or other courses outside the college are not included (with the exception of ECONS 327 which is cross-listed with a CCB course).
  • At least nine 300-400-level business courses must be WSU courses*.

* A WSU course is a course that does not require evaluation for transfer credit.

Additional Information and Requirements

Enrollment in most 300-400-level business courses is restricted to students who have met these requirements and have been admitted to the BA or HBM degree major. Students admitted to non-business majors may enroll in restricted 300-400-level business courses with permission of the department chair as space is available. 

The chair of the department and/or the senior associate dean of the college must approve in writing any business courses to be satisfied by transfer, correspondence, independent study, or other credit. Additional transfer, correspondence, and independent study credit (within University limits on these credits) may count toward the 120 hours required for the degree and/or satisfy requirements other than major courses.

Only general elective courses that are not University Common Requirements (UCORE), not core/major requirements, and not offered by the CCB may be taken pass, fail.

An honors senior project is required for Honors students.

Double Majors in Business

Students may pursue two business majors (double major) by completing at least 15 additional credits (18 credits for accounting) from courses specifically required by the second major and distinct from those used to satisfy the first major, including two Writing in the Major [M] courses per major.  Courses used to fulfill the primary major cannot be used to fulfill the requirements of the second major.  A double major with Hospitality Business Management and Wine Business Management is not permitted.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree outside of the College of Business may obtain a second degree of Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration or Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management by completing the following additional requirements:

  • Complete the admission to the major requirements listed above and apply to be admitted.
  • Complete all college and major requirements, including two Writing in the Major [M] courses per major, and the International Experience Requirements listed above.
  • Complete a minimum of 150 credit hours.

Students seeking a second degree with a business major must apply to be admitted to the Carson College  before they can enroll in 300-400-level business courses (see Admission to the Major and Minor requirements above). Students should consult the Carson Center for Student Success for specific degree requirements.

Transfer Students

Students planning to transfer to Washington State University should follow, as closely as possible, the University and College requirements listed above. It should also be noted that courses taken at community colleges are not accepted as transferable equivalents to 300-400-level courses at WSU. Transfer students are strongly advised to use the WSU Transfer Clearinghouse website to see how credits will transfer to WSU and to refer to the Carson Center for Student Success website for additional transfer information specific to Business.

 


MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION


https://onlinemba.wsu.edu/mba/
Commons Hall 101 
509-335-7617 Pullman Campus
877-960-2029 Online 

Faculty: J. Bravo, C. Chi, J. Cullen , S. Fotopoulos, D. Gursoy, R. Hernandez,  J. Hu, R. Jenefsky, B. John Mariadoss, J. Johnson, M. Jordan, J. Kallberg, H. Kim, T. Kokta, V. Kolde, B. Marlowe, D. Muehling, D. Paul, M. Petersen, F. Peterson, A. Prera, M. Reyes, R. Sanchez, S. Silverman, P. Skilton, U. Umesh, B. Wong-On-Wing. 

The MBA program in the Carson College of Business features nationally prominent faculty with additional layers of faculty support that encourage frequent and personal interaction among faculty and students. The MBA program focuses on student mastery of knowledge and application in today’s business environment. The CCB offers two MBA programs within the MBA degree:  the online MBA (OMBA) and the online executive MBA (EMBA).

Information about application deadlines is available on our website. 

OMBA PROGRAM

The OMBA curriculum is divided into three sections:  Foundation, Core, and Electives.

OMBA Foundation: 

OMBA candidates begin with a foundation in business before taking core coursework. The foundation coursework includes the courses listed below.  Previous coursework in business may permit the waiving of some or all of these foundation courses based on course equivalency evaluations. 

  • ACCTG 550 
  • B A 500 
  • B A 501 
  • B A 502 
  • B A 503 
  • B A 504 
  • ECONS 555 

(Note that for any course with a non-B A prefix, its course description is listed under the department that offers the course.)  Students who complete the foundation curriculum at WSU with the required GPA are eligible to receive a certificate in General Business Administration. See the certificate requirements for specific information. 

MBA PROGRAM Curriculum (36 Credits)  

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for the MBA degree. 

Core Curriculum (27 credits) 

  • ACCTG 533 
  • B A 514 
  • FIN 526 
  • MIS 580 
  • MKTG 506 
  • MGMT 590 
  • MGMT 593 
  • B A 579 (4 credits) 
  • B A 599 (1 credit) 
  • B A 600 (1 credit) 
  • Electives (9 credits): Students may choose to take an array of electives or to concentrate in a specific area. Approved courses include BA 595, 597, FIN 521, 527, 528, 581, HBM 535, 581, 582, I BUS 580, 582, 600, MKTG 507, 561, 565, 577.  Not all courses or concentrations are available at all times. 

EMBA PROGRAM (42 credits)

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for the Executive MBA degree. Foundation courses are not required for the Executive MBA. 

  • ACCTG 533 
  • B A 514 
  • FIN 526 
  • I BUS 580 
  • I BUS 600, MGTOP 587, B A 595 or 597 
  • MIS 572 
  • MIS 580 
  • MKTG 506 
  • MGMT 588 
  • MGMT 590 
  • MGMT 593 
  • MGTOP 581 
  • B A 579 (6 credits) 
  • B A 599 (1 credit) 
  • B A 600 (1 credit)  

CERTIFICATES

The Carson College of Business offers certificates for graduate, professional, and MBA students concentrating in specific areas. Admissions to the elective certificates is the same as admission to the MBA program. Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits (except for the General Business certificate which requires seven courses) and earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA with no grades below C in the concentration to earn a certificate. The elective series in the OMBA may be used to earn a certificate. 

Certificate in Finance: 

FIN 521, FIN 527, FIN 528, FIN 581

Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism: 

HBM 535, HBM 581, HBM 582 

Certificate in International Business: 

FIN 581, I BUS 580, I BUS 582, I BUS 600

Certificate in Marketing: 

I BUS 582, MKTG 507, MKTG 561, MKTG 565, MKTG 577

Certificate in General Business Administration: 

ACCTG 550, B A 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, ECONS 555 (Students with previous coursework in statistics and/or economics may not be required to complete B A 500 and/or ECONS 555.)




Schedules of Studies

Honors students complete the Honors College requirements which replace the UCORE requirements.


Business Administration, Vancouver and Tri-Cities Campuses Only (120 Credits)

The following major is available only to students on the Vancouver and Tri-Cities campuses. The Pullman, Everett, and Global campuses do not offer this major.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Business Administration, students are required to complete all admission and graduation requirements listed in the Carson College of Business (CCB) section of the catalog and the coursework included in the sample 4-year plan listed below.

First Year
First TermCredits
B A 1003
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] 13
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]3
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] or 105 [WRTG]3
MATH 20123
Second TermCredits
B A 1021
Biological Sciences [BSCI] or Physical Sciences [PSCI] (with lab)14
ECONS 101 or 1023
HBM 1011
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
MATH 202 [QUAN]33
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 1
Apply for Admission into the Major
Second Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 2303
B A 201, 202, and 203, or B A 2113
Humanities [HUM]3
MIS 2503
Social Science or Humanities Elective43
Consider studying abroad this summer5
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 2313
B A 204, 205, and 206, or B A 2123
B LAW 2103
COM 102 [COMM], H D 205 [COMM], or MKTG 279 [COMM]3 or 4
MGTOP 21564
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 2
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
Diversity [DIVR]3
ENGLISH 402 or 4033
I BUS 3803
MKTG 3603
300-400-level Business or ECONS Elective73
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 3383
Arts [ARTS]3
FIN 325 3
MGMT 401 3
MGTOP 3403
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
FIN 425 [M]3
400-level Business Electives76
International Experience Requirement or Electives53
Social Science or Humanities Elective83
Second TermCredits
MGMT 491 [CAPS] or ENTRP 492 [CAPS]3
MKTG 495 [M]3
300-400-level Business or ECONS Elective73
International Experience Requirement or Electives55
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 4

Footnotes
1For a total of 7 credits—one Biological Sciences [BSCI] and one Physical Sciences [PSCI] course, including one lab course.
2MATH 201 will be waived with an Aleks score of 80% or higher or the completion of MATH 202 or equivalent. MATH 106 will be accepted as an alternative to MATH 201 for transfer students.
3Alternative to MATH 202 is MATH 140 or 171.
4Social Science or Humanities Electives (6 credits): Any courses with the [SSCI] or [HUM] designation, or courses in ANTH, ASIA, CES, CRM J, DTC, ECONS, ENGLISH (excluding ENGLISH 402 or 403), FINE ART, FOR LANG, HISTORY, HONORS 270, 280, 370, 380, H D, HUMANITY, PHIL, POL S, PSYCH, SOC, and WOMEN ST not used to fulfill other (including UCORE) requirements.
5All students must complete the International Experience Requirement. Options for completing the requirement can be found in the Carson College of Business Academic Unit section of the catalog under Business (Pullman, Tri-Cities) or Business Administration (Vancouver). Students should consult with their advisor to determine the best option.
6MATH/STAT 212 will be accepted as alternative to MGTOP 215 for transfer students.
7300-400-level Business or ECONS elective (11 credits). Must include at least 6 credits of 400-level business courses. May not include courses from the CCB core, the set of required business administration courses, or any 498 Internship or 499 Special Topics courses.
8Social Science or Humanities Electives (6 credits) Any courses in ANTH, CRM J, DTC, ECONS, ENGLISH (excluding ENGLISH 402 or 403), FINE ART, FOR LANG, HISTORY, HONORS 270, 280, 370, 380, H D, POL S, PSYCH, SOC, and WOMEN ST not used to fulfill other (including UCORE) requirements.


Minors

Business Administration

Please see the Carson College of Business section of this Catalog for additional instructions.  To be admitted into the Business Administration minor, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Complete 27 credits.
  2. WSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 and not on academic probation

The minor in business administration requires a minimum of 18 credits of coursework, including:

  • ACCTG 230
  • 9 credits of upper-division College of Business courses (excluding 498 and 499 courses).
  • 6 credits of College of Business courses at any level.
  • Students must maintain an overall GPA of at least a 2.50 in the business administration minor courses.  
  • A minimum of 9 credits of upper-division coursework must be taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses. 
  • Up to 6 credits may be transferred from another institution. 

To be admitted into this minor, students must meet with a business advisor and declare their interest. Students must ensure that they meet all course prerequisites before enrolling in any College of Business courses.



Certificates

Certificate of Behavioral Business Research

The certificate of Behavioral Business Research is open to all Carson College of Business majors. This program prepares students for new and emerging research techniques in business behavior research. To complete the certificate, students must complete 15 credits consisting of three core courses and two additional electives with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Required core courses include MKTG 360, 368, and 487. Fulfillment of elective emphasis courses requires completion of  MKTG 407 and 467; or 6 credits from MIS 374, 400, 420, 426; or as approved by advisor.


Professional Sales Certificate (Vancouver and Pullman Campuses Only)

The Professional Sales Certificate Program at WSU is open to all majors.  This program prepares students for multiple forms of persuasive communication, creating and delivering value to business customers and effectively managing sales operations.  To complete the certificate, students must complete 15 credits consisting of three required courses and two additional electives with a 2.5 GPA or better. Required core courses include MKTG 360, 379, and 478. Two additional electives should be drawn from  MKTG 450, 479, 480, ENTRP 490, HBM 480, and MGMT 485.



Courses

The online catalog includes the most recent changes to courses and degree requirements that have been approved by the Faculty Senate, including changes that are not yet effective. Courses showing two entries of the same number indicate that the course information is changing. The most recently approved version is shown first, followed by the older version, in gray, with its last-effective term preceding the course title. Courses shown in gray with only one entry of the course number are being discontinued. Course offerings by term can be accessed by clicking on the term links when viewing a specific campus catalog.


Business Administration (B_A)

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100 Introduction to Business 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 103, 106, 140, 171, 172, 182, 201, 202, or concurrent enrollment allowed, or ALEKS score of 40% or higher. Overview of business activities and disciplinary functions found in modern for-profit organizations; introduction to each of Carson College of Business learning goals. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

102 Exploring Careers in Business 1 Course Prerequisite: B A 100; MATH 106, 140, 171, 172, 182, 201, 202, or concurrent enrollment allowed. Conduct research to better understand business expectations; use career assessments to clarify major and career goals; develop action plan; write application for admission into a Carson College of Business major. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

201 Ethics for Business 1 Course Prerequisite: B A 100; B A 102; HBM 101; admitted to a major or minor in Carson College of Business. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 211. Introduction to business ethics; overview of ethics value foundations; focus on preparing students to make business decisions ethically. Credit not granted for both B A 201 and 211. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

202 Teams 1 Course Prerequisite: B A 100; B A 102; HBM 101; admitted to a major or minor in Carson College of Business. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 211. Team and group dynamics, including factors and behaviors that impede or increase team performance; leadership roles in teams. Credit not granted for both B A 202 and 211. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

203 Innovation 1 Course Prerequisite: B A 100; B A 102; HBM 101; admitted to a major or minor in Carson College of Business. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 211. Process of innovation inside organizations; factors and behaviors that promote innovation creation and implementation. Credit not granted for both B A 203 and 211. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

204 Spreadsheets 1 Course Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 212. Introduction to spreadsheets; basics for using spreadsheets for data analysis and to support decision-making. (Formerly B A 205.) Credit not granted for both BA 204 and 212. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

205 Data Visualization 1 Course Prerequisite: Course Prerequisite: B A 204 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 212. Principles and techniques of representing data visually in graphs, charts, and diagrams; communicating data-based results effectively; skeptical interpretation of visually represented findings when making decisions. (Formerly B A 206.) Credit not granted for both B A 205 and 212. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

206 Decision Analysis 1 Course Prerequisite: B A 204 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 212. Introduction to techniques for making informed and logical decisions in a business context. (Formerly B A 204.) Credit not granted for both B A 206 and 212. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

211 Ethics, Teams, and Innovation 3 Course Prerequisite: B A 100; B A 102; HBM 101; admitted to a major or minor in the College of Business. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 201, 202, or 203. Introduction to business ethics; overview of ethics value foundations; focus on preparing students to make business decisions ethically; team and group dynamics, including factors and behaviors that impede or increase team performance; leadership roles in teams; process of innovation inside organizations; factors and behaviors that promote innovation creation and implementation. Credit not granted for B A 211 if credit is already earned in either B A 201, 202, or 203.

212 Spreadsheets, Data Visualization, and Decision Analysis 3 Course Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Enrollment not allowed if credit already earned for B A 204, 205, or 206. Introduction to basics for using spreadsheets for data analysis and to support decision-making; principles and techniques of representing data visually in graphs, charts, and diagrams; communicating data-based results effectively; skeptical interpretation of visually represented findings when making decisions; techniques for making informed and logical decisions in a business context; introduction to spreadsheets. Credit not granted for B A 212 if credit is already earned in either B A 204, 205, or 206.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: By department permission. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. S, F grading.

500 Data Analysis for Managers V 1-3 Course Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program. Descriptive statistics, probability, common, discrete, and continuous distribution functions, sampling and estimation, and statistical inference. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

501 Foundations in Marketing V 2-3 Foundation topics in marketing for MBA students.

502 Foundations in Operations Management V 2-3 Foundation topics in operations management for MBA students.

503 Foundations in Business Law V 2-3 Foundation topics in business law for MBA students.

504 Foundations in Finance V 2-3 Foundation topics in finance for MBA students.

514 Business Analytics: Transforming Data into Decisions 3 Course Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program and completion of MBA Prerequisites, including: B_A 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, ACCTG 550 and ECONS 555. Advanced decision-making concepts utilizing relevant datasets for data-driven problem-solving and formulating decision analyses to evaluate and recommend management action.

520 Resources, Stakeholders and Competitive Advantage 3 Course Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program. Creating competitive advantage using resources provided by key stakeholders.

579 MBA Capstone V 1-3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program. Analyze, evaluate, and recommend management actions for a specific strategic business project (for an existing organization or new venture).

595 Applying Design Thinking to Career and Life 3 Course Prerequisite: Admission to the Online MBA program. Applying the principles of design thinking to life and career decisions; will reflect on the meaning of work and life and how to build (one of the many options that lead to) one's best life. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

596 Doctoral Topics 3 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 15 hours. Course Prerequisite: Admission to PhD programs in business. Advanced topics in business research and theory.

597 Emerging Trends in Business 3 Course Prerequisite: Admission to the Online MBA program. Evaluation of the emerging trends and forces that continually shape and reshape the business environment; topics will focus on emerging issues pertinent to technology, market dynamics (preferences, behaviors, ethnographics and demographics), business practices, and the legislative/regulatory environment among other topics. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

598 Research and Professional Development 1 May be repeated for credit; cumulative maximum 6 hours. Course Prerequisite: Admission to PhD programs in business. Ph.D.-level professional development colloquium designed to improve research, teaching, and presentation skills and to provide professional socialization. S, F grading.

599 Strategic Planning for Personal and Program Success 1 Course Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program. Background and framework for successfully transitioning into the role of a working professional MBA student, including personal assessments and planning, case methods, and ethics training; designed to ensure successful outcomes of MBA students and leaders. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer.

600 Beyond the MBA: Applications of Principles, Theory, and Practice 1 Course Prerequisite: Completion of 27 MBA credits and completion of MBA Prerequisites, including: B_A 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, ACCTG 550 and ECONS 555. Leveraging the MBA for lifetime success; framework and tools for successfully synthesizing and applying the MBA in the global workplace, as a manager and a leader. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, F grading.

702 Master's Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admission to the MBA program and completion of MBA Prerequisites, including: B_A 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, ACCTG 550 and ECONS 555. Independent research in special problems, directed study, and/or examination credit for students in a non-thesis master's degree program. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 702 credit. S, U grading.

800 Doctoral Research, Dissertation, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Course Prerequisite: Admitted to the Business Administration PhD program. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their doctoral research, dissertation and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 800 credit. S, U grading.

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