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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The mission of our AACSB International accredited College of Business at Minnesota State University, Mankato,MSU Video is to educate undergraduate and MBA students in the region and beyond to be successful and responsible business professionals. Undergraduate business degree programs at MSU follow a two-plus-two format in which students enter the College of Business and declare their major in the third year of study. In the first and second years, prospective business students begin building the foundation for further business study through coursework in math, english, computer science and cultural diversity studies. In the second year, they complete prerequisites in accounting, economics, management and business and law. Third-year students select a major from any of the College of Business’s four departments: Accounting and Business Law; Finance; Management (including General Management, Human Resource Management, and Management Information Systems); Marketing and International Business. The I.T. Initiative, the MSU Honors Program, the Mentoring Program, Internship opportunities, student clubs, scholarship opportunities, study abroad programs, and career placement resources enhance students’ learning.

Personal Attention

Prospective College of Business (COB) students are encouraged to visit the MSU campus and the COB. You will have the opportunity to meet with a representative from our Advising Center and you may also be able to meet with one of our faculty members teaching in the area of your interest.

Exceptional Information Technology

In the fall of 2000, the college implemented a college-wide laptop program. This initiative is designed to provide students with industry applications of wireless laptop information technology that makes them better prepared and more marketable to prospective employers. All college classes are taught in state-of-the-art classrooms. For more information on the College of Business I.T. Initiative, visit our Web site at:

Community Connections

Minnesota State has a long tradition of fostering active learning, research, and student involvement. More than 125 companies recruit on campus. MSU is located in the scenic Minnesota River Valley. Its ties to the area reach back more than 130 years to the University’s founding in 1868. Greater Mankato has grown to be a community of more than 50,000 in which MSU figures prominently as the city’s second largest employer.

Strong Internship Programs

College of Business interns apply what they’ve learned in real-world situations and build experience that improves their resumes. They strengthen their professional networks, learn the unwritten rules and etiquette of their chosen fields, and confirm whether they have chosen the correct career path as they engage in the numerous opportunities available to them. These students also increase their competitiveness in the entry-level job helping to ensure their educational investment results in an enriching career path.

Employers can also benefit from hiring a College of Business intern. Our interns use a mixture of learned business, technical, and soft skills to assist companies with their current workload, add new perspectives and deepen their potential future talent pools.

College of Business students and employers should access the College of Business Internship Resource Center for more information on engaging in internships.

Club and Activities

Students are encouraged early on to join and actively participate in one of the eight student organizations in the College of Business. These organizations provide an excellent opportunity to meet other business students while also developing leadership skills. They include: the Accounting Club, the Marketing Club, the Management Club, the Finance Club, the International Business Organization (IBO), Student Senate, the Entrepreneurship Club, and Delta Sigma Pi. Each of these clubs has a faculty advisor. The presidents from each of these clubs are members of the Council of Student Business Organizations (COSBO).