College of Charleston School of Business

Our undergraduate and graduate programs prepare socially responsible students for opportunities in the borderless business world.

College of Charleston’s School of Business offers five undergraduate programs, an honors program, an M.S. in Accountancy and a fulltime, one-year MBA. Approximately 1600 undergraduate and graduate students attend from around the world including places as far away as China, Vietnam, Germany and Brazil. The faculty has research expertise in areas such as global logistics, hospitality and tourism, political economics, financial investment, bankruptcy, business intelligence, and sustainable business practices. Visit to learn more about our undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty and Centers of Excellence.

ThisWayToCPA CofC Finalists 2019

We are proud to announce two of our accounting majors – Mikaela Fodor and Kelsey Patrick – have been chosen as finalists in the American Institute of CPA's This Way to CPA Video Competition! All contestants were tasked with making a short video explaining why he or she wants to become a certified public accountant. Their video submissions are up for final public voting until this Friday, November 15 at 2:59 p.m. EST. Watch their full videos and start voting for your fellow Cougars ➡️

We are proud to announce three of our accounting majors – Mikaela Fodor, Madison Munsell and Kelsey Patrick – have been chosen as finalists in the American I...

Drum roll please… We’ve hit 1,000 LinkedIn followers!

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far. We can’t wait to keep growing and sharing all of the exciting news, awards and projects that come out of the School of Business with the rest of the LinkedIn community. If you haven’t spotted us on LinkedIn yet, click here:

Fall Alumni Weekend is coming up fast, but we can’t wait any longer to announce which School of Business alumni will be receiving awards this year! Meet this year’s award winners: Marcia Howie Snyder ’93 and Gregory D. Padgett ’79.

Marcia Howie Snyder is more than just an alum; she’s been working for the College of Charleston since 1997! Currently, Snyder manages the entire accreditation operations for the School of Business, which directly impacts the quality of the courses taught. This year Snyder will be receiving the Howard F. Rudd Jr. Business Person of the Year Award.

Gregory D. Padgett is one devoted graduate. He is the past chair for the College of Charleston Board of Trustees, College of Charleston Foundation and a past Cougar Club Board member. He also was a member of the College’s Presidential Search Committee. Currently, Padgett serves on the College of Charleston School of Business Board of Governors. Padgett will be receiving the Alumni Award of Honor.

To read about all of the honorees, click here:

ONE HOUR LEFT! Get your tickets to The Art of the Pitch in the next 60 minutes and secure your spot at tonight's Charleston Young Professionals event featuring the Lowcountry's leading personal brand and marketing experts.

One hour left to get your tickets to The Art of the Pitch — tonight at the College of Charleston! Register here:

Say hello to this year’s members of the School of Business Investment Program!

Over the course of the year, the Investment Program will help these hard working students develop skills that will not only prepare them for a career, but give them a competitive advantage in the job market. The program provides analytical asset valuation, portfolio management and group collaboration.

Stay tuned for content on the program’s annual NYC trip!

The College of Charleston Carter Real Estate Center is excited to host a Real Estate masterclass featuring Brian Beatty '06 and Reid Reynolds '18 of the The Brian Beatty Real Estate Team!

Brian and Reid will talk about how they went from being young, ready-to-work Carter Real Estate graduates to top-producing Real Estate agents. Register for this *FREE* Fall Alumni Weekend event! ➡️

Our Student Success Center has been decked out in spooky attire, just in time for Halloween! Come in to talk to advisors, get scholarship info, and check out the 'Student Success Cemetary'! 🦇👻

Flashback Friday!

Click the link here: to watch the video we created when President Hsu was first welcomed to our campus back in March. Today, he was formally inaugurated! Congratulations, President Hsu! We can’t wait for the positive impact you’re sure to make on our campus.

We had a very successful open house aboard the Spirit of South Carolina last week! Many excited students stopped by the Charleston Maritime Center to meet the crew, take a tour of the ship, and learn about some of the ship care duties they’d have while living at sea. Interested in participating in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Contact program director, Brumby McLeod, Ph.D., at [email protected] TODAY!

What better way to celebrate United Nations Day than with a friendly pitch competition? 😎 (And yes, there is prize money!)⁣

This Thursday, our ImpactX program will be holding a pitch contest open to all CofC honors students. The contest will take place in the ImpactX room (located on the first floor of the Beatty Center) on Thursday, October 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ⁣

Each pitch will be no longer than a minute. Contestants will pitch a solution to three Sustainable Development Goals – zero hunger, quality education, or sustainable cities and communities – or, about their own ideas they feel passionate about! Don’t forget to dress business casual. Enjoy some pics from last semester’s ImpactX Demo Day event!

We’re always striving to be our best here at the School of Business, which is why we’re renovating and updating parts of the Beatty Center! One of our coolest new projects is adding a 3-D prototyping lab into the Tides Lab. Enjoy a sneak peak of the lab’s design, a photo of where we currently are in the building process!⚡️

2 Meeting Street hotels, including Charleston's 1st 'flatiron' building get design OK

A member of our Board of Governors, Sunju Patel, was recently mentioned in The Post and Courier after securing city approval for some exciting future projects here in Charleston! The Charleston-based Montford Group. has close ties to the School of Business. Patel is the CEO and founder, while b-school alumna Jessica Reid serves as partner and chief operating officer. The company will be building two new hotels in the area – including the first "flatiron" building in the city. We’re excited to see their vision come to life!

To read more about Patel and his company’s plans for Charleston, click here: The wedge-shaped structure is planned for a triangular lot where Meeting Street meets Morrison Drive, well north of the city's tourist district.

Once again, our monthly SB Professional Headshot Day is coming up! The event will take place on October 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Beatty Center. 📸 This time, students will be taking their headshots in front of the windows instead of using a backdrop.

According to @Thumbtack, the average cost nationwide for a professional headshot can range from $65-$215. We all know headshots are pretty costly… That’s why we’re offering them for free! Open to all School of Business majors and minors.

We have some exciting news!

For the ninth year in a row, Condé Nast Traveler has named Charleston most popular city in the country. Keep your eyes peeled for the November edition of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, which will feature our beautiful city.

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I Want Your Job: Brand Strategist for Amazon Echo

Win Platt 11’ is killing the dream job game.

Platt, who graduated from the School of Business with an international business degree, is now employed as a brand strategist for Amazon Echo. His job consists of both strategic and creative duties, such as naming new products, helping create package designs and more. Win, we’re awfully jealous of your exciting job!

To read more about Win, click here: College of Charleston alumnus Win Platt ’11 is a making a name for Amazon Echo as a brand strategist for the technology giant.

Congrats to Professor Wayne Smith and Professor Robert Pitts for winning two Emerald Literati Awards, and for winning best paper at the Academy of Management. The award-winning chapter, "Willingness-to-Pay vs. Actual Behaviour: Sustainable Procurement at Festivals' published in Advances in Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research” was revered as one of the most exceptional pieces of work the editorial selection team had seen throughout 2018. In 2019, the paper has been selected again for another Literati Award, this time for the Outstanding Author Contribution in the 2019 Emerald Literati Award. Great job! #LiteratiAwards.

CofC’s Presidential Speaker Series kickoff is just around the corner and we are very excited! This Tuesday, Oct. 8, we’ll be hosting Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. Sorrell is one very accomplished college president. After turning his school’s football field into an organic farm, Fortune Magazine added Sorrell to its list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2018. The president has spoken at TEDx and has been named one of America’s 10 Most Innovative College Presidents.

You don’t want to miss this event! To register, click here:

Internship Spotlight: FDIC Student Trainee Examiner

Kudos to finance major Nina Hayes for her highlight in The College Today! 👏

Hayes spent her summer interning at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, also known as the FDIC. During her time there, she specifically worked as a student trainee examiner. To get the full story, click here: Nina Hayes, a finance major at the College of Charleston, is spending her summer working as a student trainee examiner at the FDIC.

Congratulations to marketing major Leah Martin ‘22 for being one of seven College of Charleston student recipients to win a scholarship from the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation this year! The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation is a public charity established to help Charleston-area students with physical disabilities reach their educational goals. This year, the foundation turned 20 years of age! To learn more about the GKF Foundation, click here:

Equal opportunities, pay equity, labor rights, duties, career paths and more. Henrike von Platen from the Fair Pay Innovation Lab has much to share on all the above! #FPI #equalopportunity #careerpath #fairpay

Did you know there’s a co-ed fraternity for business and economics students right here on campus? 😎

Last week, our Phi Chi Theta (PCT) chapter recruited 24 new members to its ever-growing group! Members of PCT will develop and practice professional leadership skills, network with other chapter members locally and nationally, give back to the community and more!


Introducing IN YOUR BUSINESS, our new video series that goes beyond the traditional student spotlight. In our first episode we are featuring Georgeś Mahama, a sophomore at the B-School! He’s already a CTO and co-founder of his own startup business, plus he’s managed to travel abroad all within less than two years of attending The College. Impressive!

College of Charleston Alums Feel Right at Home at Wayfair

Hey, business students! Thinking about your first career after graduating?
Here’s the path a few of our B-School alums took at Wayfair once they stepped into the working world: Six College of Charleston alumni help sell a 'zillion things' on the home-furnishing site Wayfair.

School of Business alum and NBA player Joe Chealey ‘18 is a true leader.

This summer, Joe operated his own basketball summer program, The Joe Chealey Summer Camp, where 110 campers ages 6 to 14 participated in honing their basketball skills. Located in our very own TD Arena, Joe also brought with him a team of other exceptionally talented basketball players and coaches to help facilitate the camp! 🏀

When Joe isn’t operating his own LLC or working with kids, he’s playing for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. Keep working hard, Joe!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on during our ImpactX class! Today, the cohort did preliminary elevator pitches for their startup businesses. ⁣

An elevator pitch is a 1 minute (or less) pitch that briefly summarizes your business concept or product idea and could be shared during an elevator ride. Here at the B-School, it’s rare you’ll find a student who hasn’t given an elevator pitch at least once in their college career! ⁣

🤫 We won’t tell you what kind of businesses our ImpactX students are currently creating, but just know that they are purposed to make a difference and a profit! Find out how at Demo Day in December when the cohort gives their final startup pitches! @ Beatty Center for the School of Business

Calling all adventure seekers! 🗣

We’ve got just the thing for CofC students who have a knack for the water and study abroad interests! "Adventure at Sea: Where History Lives" is a NEW study abroad program where 16 lucky students will embark on a semester-long excursion aboard the Spirit of South Carolina. They’ll spend time in the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas before sailing back to Charleston in late April. The program will feature courses in sailing, economics, entrepreneurship and Caribbean culture to name a few!

The deadline to apply is October 14th. 🗓 For more info, click here:

Do you know what your passion is?

Alexandra Shuman knew with certainty that food was hers. The food industry, however, was not. She knew she wanted to find an innovative way to make food the center of her life without dealing with the brutality of the food industry. After graduating from the College of Charleston School of Business MBA in 2018, Alexandra started her own confectionery business called Nomadic Kitchen, where she creates small-batch gourmet marshmallows along with other sugary items!

Keep it up, Alexandra! Click here to visit Alexandra’s website:

Our Student Success Center has been featured by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)! Assistant Director Cory Werkheiser explains why Gen Z and Gen Alpha’s high levels of social media use are catalyzing our career services center to change their ways of providing services to the newer generations. To read the full article, click here:

Recession Talk on this Money Monday

Our very own Frank Hefner, Ph.D., Economics professor and director of the Office of Economic Analysis, was recently featured on FOX24’s educational segment known as Money Monday! Hefner educated us on what a recession is, what it means for us and what recession myths look like. To watch the full video, click here: Frank Hefner, Professor of Economics and Director of Economic Analysis at the College of Charleston, brings clarification and relief to the idea of a possible recession.

The Center for Public Choice & Market Process is kicking off their Free Market Speaker Series this Wednesday with Anne Bradley, Ph.D.

Dr. Anne Bradley opens our Free Market Speaker Series this Wed, Sept 11th at 6 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium. Join us!! #freeadmission #allwelcome #AnneBradley

Say hello to this year’s School of Business Student Ambassadors! They are trained and ready to assist with any School of Business events, programs, VIP visitors, etc. Keep an eye out for any one of these students greeting guests at events and being great representatives of the B-School.

See if a friend? Tag them!

Hey B-School! How are everyone’s classes going so far? As a little recap of how our first week of the semester went, we’ve decided to post some pics of our first day of classes pancake breakfast! Undergrads, MBA students and even faculty members stopped by to enjoy a #BreakfastOfChampions meal together. Good luck with the rest of your semester, y'all!

College of Charleston Named Top School By The Princeton Review

"Good academic advising, a strong focus on writing skills and interdisciplinary studies, and a reputable business program are just some of the school’s many perks." For the 16th year in a row, The Princeton Review has recognized the College of Charleston as a top school in the United States.

An alumnus making a difference!

Bryan Eastman ’99 is President of custom home building company Stokesman Luxury Homes in Atlanta. In his free time, Mr. Eastman is a Volunteer Pilot for Angel Flight Soars, Inc., where he invests his own pilot time, plane, and money to provide transportation for patients in need of medical treatment far from home. While at the College, he studied business administration and joined Sigma Phi Epsilon. Mr. Eastman is also a Past President of the Atlanta CofC Club.
#Since1770 #KnowThyself #CofCMeansBusiness #AlumniSpotlight
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