Richards College of Business
Faye S. McIntyre, Dean
B. Bergiel, R. Best, B. Bird, D. Boldt, J. Burton, R. Colley, S. Dutt, T. Gainey, L. Gustafson, C. Haynes, J. Haynes, C. Hodges, M. Kassis, F. McIntyre, K. Moffeit, F. Parsa, S. Seay, W. Schaniel, S. Talpade, D. Turner, J. Yoder, M. Zachary
A. Austin, J. Anderson, E. Bergiel, J.Deng, S. Hazari, J. Murphy, H. Patron, B. Prince, W. Smith, J. Wei, M. Yu
K. Green, S. Hall, M. Halonen-Rollins, L. Liu, D. Nickell, J. Pridmore, M. Sinkey, J. Upson, S. Velez-Castrillon
Lecturer and Director of Business Education:
Web MBA Faculty:
T. Cairnery, C. Campbell, B. Caster, R. Cheramie, K. Elder, E. Leeds, C. Lowery, W. Miller, T. Reisewitz, G. Roberts, D. Sams, E. Walker, H. Woodard, J. Yang, J. Zhang
The mission of the Richards College of Business is to educate and prepare students for positions of responsibility in business and society.
The RCOB provides quality business and professional education in a personal environment, built upon a common body of knowledge by focusing on three strategic goals:
- Student Development
Admit quality local, regional, national, and international students and provide them with an education containing the skills and knowledge gained from traditional and experiential learning in internal and external campus settings to prepare them to be effective and ethical professionals.
- Academic Professional Growth
Recruit and retain quality faculty and provide sufficient resources to support dynamic and up-to-date bachelor and master level curricula, to conduct research, and to provide service to all stakeholders within and outside of campus.
- Administration and Infrastructure Support
Recruit and retain quality administrative management and staff personnel to manage, develop and support infrastructure and those activities that build internal and external partnerships while working in an ever-changing environment.
The Richards College of Business offers graduate programs in business administration, business education (working with the College of Education), and professional accounting.
These programs are administered through four departments: (1) Accounting and Finance, (2) Economics, (3) Management, and (4) Marketing and Real Estate.
The faculty members are committed to professional development through intellectual activities. The primary means by which instructors can enhance and update the content of their present courses and design new ones is through research and other professional development activities. Intellectual activities are also essential to enhance the status of the Institution among accredited member schools, potential employers, and other publics.
Service to the Institution and to the professional community supports the activities necessary to accomplish the mission. This involvement promotes the design of a superior curriculum, placement of graduates, discovery of new ideas for intellectual activities and classroom instruction, and the procurement of external funding for College activities.
Note: All Richards College of Business students must see their advisors and get their schedules approved before attempting to register.
Criteria for Admissions and Continued Enrollment in Graduate Business Programs
Initial and continued enrollment in any graduate program within the Richards College of Business is not only determined by academic criteria. Honest, ethical, professional behavior must be demonstrated at all times during the admissions process and throughout one’s tenure as a student in the program. Students may therefore be denied enrollment or removed from any graduate program for engaging in dishonest, unethical, unprofessional behavior in a class, or in any interaction with University of West Georgia faculty, staff, or students.
The graduate programs in the Richards College of Business rely on a competitive admission process. Applicants must complete an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. Many graduate courses require undergraduate prerequisites. Applicants must have a grade of "C" or better in all undergraduate prerequisites courses. Undergraduate courses do not count toward a Graduate GPA.
Additionally, the applicant is subject to program specific criteria. Once a student has met the criteria for their selected graduate program, the Richards College of Business relies on the Program Graduate Admissions Committee to review all aspects of the student’s file to determine whether or not the applicant has provided evidence that he or she will likely succeed in the graduate program. If the committee finds that the student has provided evidence to support his or her likely success in the program, the student is admitted. If not, the student is permitted to provide further evidence to support his or her likely success in the program, the student is admitted. If not, the student is permitted to provide further evidence of preparation and request the committee again review his or her file for admission. Applicants are encouraged to work closely with the Richards College of Business Graduate Programs Office throughout the admission process.
Applicants with a native language other than English must submit minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or minimum IELTS scores. Please contact the Richards College of Business Graduate Programs Office for further details.
Each of the Richards College of Business graduate programs may have differing and specific criteria for admission and continued enrollment. Each applicant should carefully review the applicable criteria for their selected program.