May 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business and Economic Development


We create excellence in the use of core business concepts, build knowledge through scholarship, promote progress in our people and contribute to the economic development of our communities.


We inspire positive change as we cultivate talent and connect with organizations.

Graduate Degree Programs

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is available online and on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses. The Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) is available on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campuses. The MBA and MPA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The following dual degree program is offered in collaboration with the College of Nursing and Health Professions; Masters of Public Health MBA/MPH. The College of Business offers the MBA/Master of Science in Sport Management (MSM). The MS in Economic Development is available on the Hattiesburg campus. The MS in Sport Management is available online and on the Hattiesburg campus.

Graduate assistantships are available for all College of Business and Economic Development graduate degrees. Students with good undergraduate records are encouraged to apply at the time they request admission, with a deadline of March 15.

Dual Degree in Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Sport Management

The MBA/MSM dual degree will afford gifted students a unique combination of sport industry experience and business knowledge, skills, and abilities relative to assuming an executive sport business position. A culminating internship experience with executives in professional and amateur sport organizations will give the student on-the-job training, networking opportunities and access to a career within the sport industry.

Students must meet requirements and prerequisites in BOTH programs in order to qualify for admission into this dual program. Upon completion of the program, the student will receive two graduate degrees: MBA and MS Sport Management. The GMAT or GRE is required for admission into this program.

Course Requirements (69 hour minimum) - ACC 611, ED 620, FIN 611, MGT 600, MGT 611, MGT 650, MGT 660, MKT 600, SM 612, SM 630, SM 642, SM 605, SM 676, SM 682, SM 700, SM 715, plus nine hours of advisor approved electives in the MBA program, and 9 hours in the MS of Sport Management program (18 hours).

Career Opportunities

Employment for the dual Master in Sport Management and Master of Business Administration graduate will be found in areas such as intercollegiate sports, professional sports, amateur sports, Olympics, event management, facilities management, sport fund raising, sport marketing, sports public relations, and corporate sports.