Welcome to the University of Central Florida College of Business.
Business has never been so broad and provided as many opportunities as it does today. For the most enterprising and entrepreneurial people, there are opportunities in large companies, small enterprises and in their own endeavors, locally and globally.
The challenges for business schools at the university level are to prepare students to thrive in an ever-changing economic and business landscape and to adapt to the opportunities at every milestone in their career.
The University of Central Florida College of Business is creating the right environment, employing the best faculty and facilitating innovative programs to meet the challenge for the next generation.
UCF College of Business is leading the charge into the next generation of business and education. Our objective is clear…to help our students and faculty “Get to the ONE.”
For students we strive to be the place where they can achieve their academic objectives to be the ONE:
- Who gets the job
- Who starts a business
- Who makes a contribution
- Who mentors others
- Who makes the sale
Students that graduate from UCF College of Business will be great communicators and collaborators; risk takers; able to understand, source and make good decisions using real time data; and problem solvers. Our team – faculty, staff, friends, and alumni — is working hard to provide the right resources and environment to ensure that we deliver on four promises to our students.
- Challenging experiences
- Entrepreneurial Culture
- Thought Leadership
- Unique Place of Opportunity
Likewise, we strive to provide an environment and culture so our faculty members can be the ONE:
- Who discovers a new method
- Who becomes editor
- Who publishes groundbreaking research
- Who inspires students
- Who is THE thought leader in their discipline
Faculty are the most important part of a college delivering on its promises of excellence and opportunity, and we host more than 140 from around the world. Many of our faculty are the thought leader within their discipline and bring groundbreaking thought and research to the classroom.
Every day we strive to provide our students with numerous opportunities to engage with faculty, meet with employers and talk to alumni who are willing to help them find their path and success beyond graduation.
While core business curriculum remains unchanged, the world of business is changing the same way students learn and receive information.
The College of Business’s mission and vision are in place to strengthen the college and ultimately, the Central Florida community by focusing on critical factors in higher education: students, faculty, programs and facilities. As such, the college aspires to:
- Offer the benefits of a large, metropolitan research university while providing individual attention and maintaining a sense of community for our students and faculty.
- Create a state-of-the-art educational facility that cultivates a learning environment that promotes collaboration, engagement, risk taking and data-driven decision making.
- Provide increased opportunities for student engagement and one-on-one learning.
- Cultivate an ecosystem which develops entrepreneurs from all backgrounds and skill sets.
- Raise the academic profile of the college by recruiting research faculty in key disciplines and by incorporating top industry executives into programming.
- Elevate the career prospects of students as well as the perceptions of graduates in the community, by ensuring students are career-ready upon graduation by providing experiential learning and developmental feedback.
The mission of the College of Business at the University of Central Florida is to offer high-quality academic programs designed to give students a competitive advantage in the world of business now and in the future. As such, the college will establish partnerships with some of the nation’s most innovative leaders to model new best practices that harness evolving technology and ensure students are well prepared to enter the market place.
To continue the transformation into a next-generation business school through the development of a unique college culture; one that promotes engagement, risk-taking, cross-disciplinary collaboration and data-driven decision making.
Programs and Centers
In addition to accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing department, the UCF College of Business houses specialized programs including:
- Institute for Economic Competitiveness
- Business in Ethics
- Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate
- Professional Selling Program
- DeVos Sport Business Management Program
- Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
All of our undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB International. This represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of business school programs worldwide have earned this accreditation, which requires strict adherence to rigorous standards of excellence.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- College of Business – 1975
- Dixon School of Accounting – 1991
The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. View the list of all university accreditations.
Faculty – Thought Leadership
Marshall Schminke, Ph.D., speaks about ethical work cultures at the Dean’s Speaker Series, held in Downtown Orlando.
Whether in the classroom, or delivering a talk at the Dean’s Speaker Series, faculty members are engaged in the latest research and program development to bring the next generation of business leaders to market. In addition, UCF alumni are leading businesses and charting new courses for businesses worldwide.
The UCF College of Business provides access to provocative thought leaders:
Students and the business community benefit from the thought leaders associated with the UCF College of Business. More than 140 faculty members provide leadership in the classroom and industry with research and academic support. In addition, the college has more than 70,000 graduates that are working throughout the world, many of whom lead major organizations, or are building their own unique business. Our faculty, staff and alumni contribute to a wonderful tapestry of thought leadership and leading authorities in all aspects of business.
In 2014, the college launched the Dean’s Speaker Series as a way to introduce many of our thought leaders to the business community. Some of the topics and faculty members include:
Robin Roberts, Ph.D., Pegasus Professor in the School of Accounting, gave business leaders an inside look at how the demands of conflicting stakeholders impact the ability for companies to be consistent in what they say and the importance of an organization’s messaging being internally consistent.
Why Fairness Matters
Maureen Ambrose, Ph.D., from the Department of Management, discussed the impact of fairness on employees, customers and profitability. Her research is contributing to how company leaders better manage the expectations and rewards offered to employees and how to best manage resources to build a stronger culture.
Developing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Cameron Ford, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Management, discussed his work directing the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Blackstone LaunchPad. Dr. Ford is on the forefront of creating a framework where students throughout the university can engage in programs and activities to develop the skills and abilities of an entrepreneur, take control of their career and better manage the most important things in life.
Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness, gave an overview of the national and local economic outlook for the year ahead. His work is instrumental in helping develop the economic development initiatives for Central Florida. His presentation is in heavy demand throughout the year as he is a frequent contributor to business media outlets and publications nationwide.
The Big Data Economy
Amit Joshi, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Marketing, discussed the use of data analytics for better business decision-making. His program provides business leaders with the fundamental building blocks of how to source, sort and use the avalanche of information to help sharpen the business plan and make better decisions.
Protecting Your Brand in the Social Media Economy
Carolyn Massiah, Ph.D., lecturer in the Department of Marketing, provided insights into how to improve social media marketing communication. Through the information she provided, business, government and community leaders gained insight into the impact social media has on stakeholder’s decisions and how to best address these issue in the structure of marketing and communications.