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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business Administration

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The College of Business Administration (COBA) offers a four-year professional program that combines general education with broad based business programs. This program is predicated on the philosophy that the best education for business leaders is one which combines professional studies and studies in the liberal arts.

The emphasis on the liberal arts is most significant during the freshman and sophomore years. Building on the liberal arts foundation, students are exposed to the functional areas of business and business tools to develop a clear understanding of how organizations work. Major areas of study provide students with the opportunity for in depth study in the selected major.

The College of Business Administration offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) with majors in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Global Logistics and International Business, Management, and Marketing. The College also offers an online BBA in Management where students can complete all the junior and senior level requirements completely online. Additionally, the College of Business Administration offers a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Vision Statement

Building on the rich history of Savannah State University, the College of Business Administration will be a premier, student-centered college in our region, where students can maximize their options and fulfill their potential in an environment that embraces diversity. The College will create an efficient, service oriented culture that is responsive to the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community.

Mission Statement

The College of Business Administration contributes to its community through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional engagement. Faculty and students are involved in intellectual contributions and professional engagement that impact business practices and management education. In an environment that embraces diversity and accountability and fosters integrity and respect, the college provides high quality business programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels that prepare students for successful careers.

Guiding Values

The following “Guiding Values” were formulated as part of COBA’s strategic planning process and adopted by COBA faculty members:

  • Integrity We believe that students’ academic performance rises with high faculty expectations and mentoring.
  • Diversity We believe that the college’s increasingly diverse learning environment is beneficial to the future of our students.
  • Accountability We believe that applied experiences enhance student responsibility and personal growth.
  • Respect We believe that integration and reinforcement of ethical and leadership values are essential throughout the students’ COBA-experience.
  • Excellence We believe that mastery of business, communication, and interpersonal skills is critical to developing professional and successful students.


The College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Academic Regulations

  • At least 25% - or 30 semester hours, excluding institutional Additional Requirements - must be taken in residence in order for a student to earn a (B.B.A.) degree from Savannah State.
  • To graduate, business majors must complete, with a grade of “C” or better in each of the following courses:ENGL 1101 ENGL 1102 , MATH 1111 , the prerequisite foundation course(s) for their major, BUSA 4126 , and all courses in the students’ designated Major.
  • Class Restriction: students must be Juniors (60+ earned hours) to enroll in upper division business courses as well as satisfying any course-specific prerequisites.
  • “42-hour rule” - Business students may enroll in upper division business classes, provided all course-specific prerequisites have been satisfied, if they have 1) a minimum of 42 earned hours and 2) have completed the business Area F. Students meeting these requirements should contact COBA Student Services for registration of the upper division courses.

Transfer Students

The Dean of the College of Business Administration determines eligibility for transfer of credit for business course work, which will apply toward business degrees.

Business courses taken at University System of Georgia universities and senior colleges with AACSB accreditation will transfer if the prerequisites at Savannah State have been satisfied.

Business courses completed at the lower division level at other institutions will not be awarded transfer credit if these courses are offered at the junior and senior levels at Savannah State University.

Transient Students

SSU business students may take courses as a transient student at another college/university. COBA Student Services works with students to make sure they are enrolling in an eligible school and taking the correct courses. Students may transfer up to 3 classes in the major area of specialization.

Transient Letters should be submitted to Savannah State University’s Registrar office no less than 3 weeks prior to the Admissions deadline of the transient school. Forms are submitted online.

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