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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mike Cottrell College of Business

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The Mike Cottrell College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business and computer science. The college offers the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc) at the graduate level, as well as several bachelors and associates degree programs. Information about the M.B.A. and M.Acc is available in the Graduate Academic Catalog and online.

Undergraduate degrees in the Mike Cottrell College of Business (MCCB) include the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree with majors in accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing. In addition to the B.B.A. degree, the MCCB offers the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Technology Management, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Computer Science, and the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. The MCCB offers the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with an advising pathway in Business Administration and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with an advising pathway in Computer Science. The MCCB also offers ten minors, including minors in Economics, Entrepreneurship, FinTech, Machine Learning, Mobile App Development, Cybersecurity, Information Assurance and Security (IAS), Computer Science, and Computer Information Systems. The Minor in Business Administration is available for non-business majors.


The Mike Cottrell College of Business leads in the exploration, creation, and dissemination of knowledge. We empower students to become innovative and ethical business and technology professionals. We create value for individuals, organizations, and communities.

Selecting a Program and Major

Degrees, majors and concentrations are campus specific for the Mike Cottrell College of Business.  The MCCB offers the Bachelors of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) and the Bachelors of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Technology Management on the Dahlonega and Gainesville campuses.  The B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Cybersecurity are four-year programs available only on the Dahlonega campus. The Associates of Arts (A.A.) and Associates of Science (A.S.) degrees are offered on the Gainesville campus. The A.A. degree also is available on the Oconee campus. The A.A. and A.S. degrees prepare students to transition to B.B.A., B.S., or B.A. four-year degrees. Students may apply to the B.B.A. or the B.S. program as a freshman, or can start in the A.A. or A.S. program at UNG and apply for an internal transfer to one of the four-year programs.

The B.B.A. degree and the B.A.S. in Technology Management are four-year business degrees that share many courses. The B.B.A. degree is appropriate for the student seeking a traditional college degree with a major in accounting, finance, information systems, management, or marketing. The B.A.S. in Technology Management is appropriate for students who have earned a career associates degree (A.A.S. or A.A.T.), and who want to complete a four-year applied business degree.


Faculty and staff in the MCCB advise students based on their degree program, major, and campus. The advisor assigned to the student assists the student with planning and sequencing coursework to ensure degree completion in a timely manner.  The assigned advisor also may provide career advice. Students seeking a minor in business should contact the College of Business staff advisor on their home campus for assistance.

In addition to faculty and staff advisors, the College of Business maintains a website with advising information for all degree programs. The site includes information for current students, including curriculum information, forms, and answers for many frequently asked questions.

Enrollment Eligibility

Most courses taught within the College of Business are limited to students meeting additional criteria beyond admission to UNG and selection of major. The specific additional criteria depend on the level and subject of the course, as well as when the student was admitted to UNG.

All courses taught within the MCCB require that students earn a grade of C or higher in any stated prerequisite. This includes all courses with subject identifiers of ACCT, BUSA, CSCI, CIS, ECON, ENTR, FINC, MGMT, and MKTG.

Almost all 3000 and 4000 level courses designated as ACCT, BUSA, CIS, FINC, MGMT, or MKTG are limited to students who have designated in a major in the B.B.A. or B.A.S. in Technology Management degree, and who meet the Admission to Upper Division requirements for the Mike Cottrell College of Business. Students enrolled in non-business programs that require a specific advanced business course that has been approved by the MCCB will need to seek an override for the course once they have met all of the admission course requirements included in their degree program. The courses exempt from the Admission to Upper Division requirement are ACCT 3310 Intermediate Accounting I, BUSA 3108 Business and Managerial Communication, CIS 3130 Business Information Systems, FINC 3440 Principles of Finance, MGMT 3661 Fundamentals of Management, MKTG 3700 Principles of Marketing, and courses with the ECON, ENTR, and FTA prefixes. These courses are open to any student who has met the stated prerequisites with a grade of C or higher before enrolling.

Admission to Upper Division

Students admitted to UNG before Fall 2016 will continue to use the prerequisites listed in the 2015/16 Undergraduate Bulletin. Effective for students admitted to UNG Fall 2016 or later, enrollment in most 3000 and 4000 level ACCT, BUSA, CIS, ECON, FINC, MGMT, and MKTG courses in the Mike Cottrell College of Business will be restricted beyond prerequisites. Bachelor’s degree-seeking students may declare a business major (Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Technology Management) at any point, but must successfully meet the following admission requirements before enrolling in any restricted advanced 3000/4000 level course:

  • Earned a grade of C or higher in each of the following:
    • ACCT 2101, ACCT 2102, ECON 2105, ECON 2106
    • Math requirement (MATH 2040 for B.B.A. or MATH 1401 for B.A.S. in Technology Management)
    • B.B.A. students must complete the PROS Acknowledgment Quiz, which is available online
  • Meet at least one of the following GPA requirements:
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher based on at least 40 semester hours
    • GPA of 2.75 or higher based on the ACCT, ECON, and MATH courses required for admission

PROS: Professional Roadmap to On-going Success

Students admitted to the Mike Cottrell College of Business B.B.A. program for fall 2015 or later are required to complete the Professional Roadmap to Ongoing Success (PROS) program 90 days before graduation with a B.B.A. degree. PROS provides students with the opportunity to explore career options, investigate business majors available through the Mike Cottrell College of Business, prepare for internship and post-graduation job interviews, and build their professional network. The PROS program involves a 4-step process and each step should be completed during the preferred timeframe (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years). Students must complete all requirements of the PROS program 90 days before graduation with a B.B.A. degree.

B.B.A. Graduation Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements specified under Academic Regulations for all degrees, B.B.A. degree-seeking students must:

  • Meet residency requirements related to the degree
  • Meet residency requirements related to the major
  • Earn a C or higher in all Area F and beyond required courses
  • Complete the PROS program as specified by the Mike Cottrell College of Business

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