M. Bryan School of Business and Economics
401 Bryan Building
James K. Weeks, Professor and Dean of the School
Donald L. McCrickard, Associate Professor and Associate Dean
The mission of the Bryan School is to integrate high quality teaching, research, and public service to prepare business professionals who can perform successfully in the global economy and thereby contribute to the economic and social well being of the Triad region and the state of North Carolina.
The Bryan School of Business and Economics is organized into four academic departments, each of which offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The Department of Economics also offers a liberal-arts-oriented program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Business Administration
- Information Systems and Operations Management
The School's Advising and Internship Center supplements and complements faculty advising. The Director of the Center, with a professional staff, coordinates orientation, registration for the School and administers admission and retention of majors in the School.
The School's Internship Program integrates academic study with career-related work for eligible juniors majoring in the Bryan School. A variety of internship plans are available to meet students' needs.
Additionally the School supports three professional centers. The Center for Applied Research sponsors and conducts studies of particular relevance to economic and business developments in North Carolina, the southeast, and the nation. It publishes monographs and occasional papers. The Center for Economic Education, affiliated with the North Carolina Council for Economic Education, works to improve understanding of economic affairs, primarily in collaboration with state and local school systems. The Center for Global Business Education and Research promotes international business competency and literacy among students, fosters and disseminates research on global business issues, and creates outreach programs for the Triad business community.
Undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Bryan School of Business and Economics are accredited by The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, and in the case of programs leading to certification to teach, by the National Council of Accreditation in Teacher Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Programs within the Bryan School of Business and Economics prepare students for careers in business, teaching, and government, or for graduate study. These programs combine the essentials of a professional education and the breadth of general education. A minimum of 50 percent of the degree program requirements must be taken in general education and liberal arts studies outside the School. In a 122-semester-hour degree program, at least 61 hours must be taken outside the Bryan School of Business and Economics. In addition, at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be earned at UNCG.
The essential components of a professional education in business and economics (Bachelor of Science degrees) include a common body of knowledge for breadth and opportunities for advanced work for depth in the various business and economics disciplines. The common body of knowledge requirements for Bachelor of Science majors within the Bryan School of Business and Economics include
- ACC 201, 202
- ECO 201, 202, 250
- FIN 315
- ISM 110, 280, 360
- MGT 309, 312, 330 (331 for Accounting majors), 491
- MKT 320.
Noncredit courses, workshops, and special lectures and seminars by distinguished persons of national prominence promote continuing education for a diverse public.
Collaboration with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (located in Greensboro) permits UNCG students to take courses not offered on the home campus - for example, Agricultural Economics or Agribusiness.
Admission to the Bryan School
A student must be admitted to the Bryan School of Business and Economics and to a major or minor program of study to enroll in selected advanced level courses. Admission to the Bryan School and to the program of study is a two-step process. First, students declare an intent to pursue a specific program of study (major or minor) in the Bryan School. For prospective students, this declaration will be based on their admission to the University and the declared majors indicated on their application forms. Currently enrolled students may declare their intentions to pursue programs of study in the Bryan School by completing appropriate forms in the Bryan School Advising and Internship Center. Second, a student must be admitted to a specific program of study in the Bryan School.
Criteria for Admission to Programs of Study
in the Bryan School of Business and Economics
Admission to a program of study requires successful completion of the following foundation level courses either at UNCG or in acceptable transfer credit.
- ACC 201, 202; ECO 201, 202, 250; ISM 110; and MAT 120 or 191
Economics BA program:
- ECO 201, 202, 250; ISM 110; and MAT 120 or 191
Business Minor program:
- ACC 201 and ECO 201
All programs in the School have a GPA admission requirement equal to or higher than the University GPA requirement for graduation. In addition, the major programs of study may have additional admission requirements based on academic performance in selected foundation course work in that program. The stated requirements for admission are minimum requirements. Admission to the School may be denied in cases where additional enrollments would threaten the academic quality of classes or programs.
Admission to a program of study should normally be sought by the second semester of the sophomore year. Students may enroll in no more than 30 semester hours in the Bryan School without being admitted to a major program in the School.
Holders of baccalaureate degrees who wish to work toward a second bachelor's degree should apply for admission immediately upon enrolling in the University and consult carefully with an advisor regarding requirements for completing the second degree. The Bryan School of Business and Economics cannot, at this time, accommodate persons who seek only to complete a series of courses in one field (such as Accounting or Management Information Systems). Those who enroll as candidates for second undergraduate degrees are expected to respect all course prerequisites and show evidence of orderly progress toward the second degree.
Criteria for Continuing
in the Bryan School of Business and Economics
Students who have been admitted to the Bryan School of Business and Economics must be in good academic standing at UNCG, must maintain at least the GPA required for program admission, and must meet the continuation requirements of their programs of study.
International Business Studies
The major in International Business Studies is an interdisciplinary program which meets the requirements of the Bryan School, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the International Studies program. This major provides broad-based study in international business including the common body of business and economics courses plus foreign language training and international studies courses. For additional information please see International Business Studies program.
Since most of the courses in the major are taken during the junior and senior years, transfer students often complete their programs without extending their total stay beyond the usual four years. As a general guide, courses taught mainly to freshmen and sophomores here will usually, but not always, be accepted in transfer from accredited two-year colleges. Courses numbered 300 and above generally will not be accepted in transfer credit from two-year institutions. However, credit for any course may be obtained by examination, and passing grades on CLEP examinations may be used to establish credit in a few courses.
Suggested Academic Workload Guidelines
The faculty of the Bryan School of Business and Economics recognizes that many Bryan School students hold jobs to support college expenses. The faculty wishes to emphasize that academic excellence and scholastic achievement usually require a significant investment of time in study, research, and out-of-class projects. To provide guidance to students in planning their academic and work schedules, the faculty of the Bryan School have endorsed the following recommendations:
- In general, students should plan to devote between 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class. Thus, students with a 15-hour course load should schedule between 30-45 hours weekly for completing outside- of-class reading, study, and homework assignments.
- Students who are employed more than 5-10 hours each week should consider reducing their course loads (credit hours), depending upon their study habits, learning abilities and course work requirements.
Scholarships and Fellowships
Procedures and requirements for applying for undergraduate scholarships are described in Part 3.
The Business Minor, consisting of 21 semester hours, is available for majors outside the Bryan School of Business and Economics who are in good standing in the University. The minor complements a variety of professional, and arts and sciences fields. To earn a Business Minor, a student must meet the following requirements in the order listed:
- Complete ACC 201 or 202 and ECO 101 or 201 with a grade of C- or better.
- Apply for admission to the minor program in the Bryan School Advising and Internship Center, Room 232, Bryan Building. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required.
- Consult with an advisor in the Bryan School Advising and Internship Center to select 15 semester hours of electives.
A grade of C- or better must be achieved in each course utilized for the minor.
The Bryan School supports and encourages students to participate in the University Honors Program. Details regarding participation in the program are included in each departmental section.
Master of Business Administration Program
Master of Business Administration Program Committee:
McEnally (Chair), Allen, Ehrhardt, Gargeya, McCrickard, Neufield, Rathburn, Schaub, Tullar
Business Administration Major
Degree offered Master of Business Administration, MBA
Please refer to the Graduate School Bulletin for a complete description of the MBA Program and for a listing of MBA courses.