Welcome to the College of Business at Governors State University!

As the Dean of College of Business at Governors State University, I am delighted to welcome you to join our diverse community as students, alumni, business partners, and friends, as we continue on our journey to achieve the goals set out in the Vision 2020. We welcome your participation in our effort to build the COB as one of the choice schools for business education in the Chicago region and beyond.

COB faculty and staff are highly talented scholars and professionals who are dedicated to Academic Excellence. Our diverse and global faculty bring to the classroom wealth of knowledge and practical expertise, and provide mentorship to students to help them grow professionally. They conduct cutting- edge research, publish on high quality academic journals, and provide services to their profession and the community. Our advisors and other staff members work closely with students to ensure they are on the right path to achieve academic success, and provide resources and support whenever needed help along the journey.

We believe in continuous improvement and innovation. In the College of Business, this means we are always improving our curriculum and programs to maintain the rigor and competitiveness. During 2016-2017 academic year, we completed a comprehensive revision of our MBA program, with inputs  from industry stakeholders, recent alumni, and faculty and staff. We are excited to launch the newly designed  MBA curriculum in Fall 2017, which features two seminar series of professional development, core curriculum emphasizing strategic thinking, global competency, and risk analysis, in addition to comprehensive functional knowledge of a traditional MBA program. Students are allowed to choose one of five specialization options: Business Analytics, Finance, Leadership, Supply Chain Management, and Custom. The MBA program can be complete fully online, on-ground, or hybrid.

We also offer MS in Accounting and MS in Management Information System, both preparing our students for highly specialized professional careers. The MS in Accounting program prepares students for CPA exam, and it’s in compliance with Illinois Board of Examiners’ guidelines.

At the undergraduate level, we offer five programs: BA in Business Administration, BA in Business and Applied Science, BA in Economics, BA in Manufacturing Management, and BS in Accounting. Each of these degree programs provide well rounded curriculum including general education, business core, and specialized knowledge and skills to prepare our students for successful careers in business and economics.

All our undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the top accreditation for business schools around the world, and only less than 5% of business schools around the world has achieved this distinction.

At COB, we truly believe the value of practical and hands-on learning as an integral part of student success. We offer annual student trips to emerging markets, and provide opportunities for students to experience other cultures and learn about different business environments in the global market. We cultivate strong corporate partnerships and encourage our students to seek out internship opportunities. We also encourage students to participate in student organizations and clubs, and develop leadership skills in these student organizations.  

Whether you are a potential student, employer, or other supporter, I invite you to visit our website and our beautiful campus in University Park to learn the many exciting things that are happening to our College and the University. I am confident that you will find the College of Business at Governors State University is a great place to fulfill your educational and professional development needs.

Sincerely,

Jun Zhao, DBA
Dean, College of Business