Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Michael E. Stephens College of Business

Interim Dean: Professor Richardson

Interim Chair: Associate Professor Garrity

Professors Mechitov (Michael J. and Donna H. Grainger Endowed Chair in Business and Accounting); Associate Professors Motii, Richardson; Assistant Professors Jasemi, Montgomery, Travis, Yang; Instructor Smith; Clinical Professor Moussalli 

College and Department Information

Dr. Lynn Richardson, Interim Dean
Morgan Hall 
(205) 665-6542

Dr. Carolyn Garrity, Interim Chair and MBA Program Coordinator
Morgan Hall 
(205) 665-6534


Our mission is to produce graduates who use effective communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills to become well-rounded contributors to the global business landscape. We accomplish this mission by creating a tailored, hands-on education, combining theory and experiential learning with collaborative interdisciplinary teaching informed by the production of impactful scholarship.


The MESCOB offers both an online and in-person MBA. Courses for the online MBA program are asynchronous. The in-person program course are synchronous but includes an option to attend class remotely. The in-person program meets on the Jefferson State Community College-Shelby campus.

The College also offers various teaching-field courses in support of the Master of Education in Secondary Education with certification in Business-Marketing education.

Students who have taken courses as an undergraduate may not receive graduate credit for those courses, with the exception of internships, directed reading, and special topics. For information on the M.Ed. programs, refer to the appropriate section under Department of Teaching, Leadership, & Technology.

Undergraduate Accounting Majors Seeking a Dual Degree

Accounting Majors seeking a Dual Degree Path

The Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy prescribes requirements for candidates to 1) sit for the Uniform CPA Examination and 2) to obtain a CPA certificate (license), as follows:

1) to sit for the CPA Examination, candidates must have completed a total of 120 semester hours of postsecondary education, including a baccalaureate degree at a college or university accredited by a regional accreditation board such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities, with a concentration in accounting or the substantial equivalent as determined by the Board.

2) to be issued an Alabama CPA certificate, candidates must have completed a total of 150 semester hours of postsecondary education that must include a total of 33 semester hours in accounting (excluding introductory courses) at the upper division undergraduate and/or graduate level.

A student may obtain an undergraduate accounting degree with 120 credit hours and an MBA degree with 30 graduate credit hours. A student who declares the graduate path towards fulfillment of the Board’s post-secondary education 150-hours requirement may opt to complete two dual-listed courses (AC 425, AC 427 or AC 428) to fulfill the MBA requirement for AC 522 (Accounting for Decision-Making), and the second may be used to fulfill the MBA requirement for another course as approved by the MBA Director.

Students electing the dual degree path who have a cumulative overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher are not required to take the GMAT exam, or GRE.

Master of Business Administration (MBA Program)

M.B.A. Program    

Courses in Business

Courses of Instruction