2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business

Director: Stephen Ludwig

Assistant Director: Benjamin Blackford

Faculty: Casey Abington, Lisa Bishop, Terry Coalter, Ben Collier, Michelle Erickson, Araceli Hernandez, Allison Hoffmann, David Johnson, Brenda Jones, Alfred B. Kelly, Cindy Kenkel, Chi Lo Lim,  Janet Marta, Doni Mollus, Jeff Nickerson, Michael Northup, Doug Russell, Tiebing Shi, Hilmi Songur, Malinda Tobin, Deborah Toomey, James Walker, Tekle Wanorie, Rahnl Wood

Mission Statement 

The mission of the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business is to actively engage students, faculty and the business community in developing experience, knowledge and skills relevant for success in diverse local and global environments.

The faculty in the School advances knowledge through a balance of teaching, scholarly activity, and service.  The faculty provides students with relevant and quality educational experiences for lifelong learning.  The School of Business places great importance on developing each student's ability to think critically, to advance intellectually, and to communicate effectively.  Students majoring in one of the disciplines offered by the School will have numerous opportunities and avenues to prepare them for ethical participation in the global arena of business and/or organizational life.

Important objectives of the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business are:

  1. To provide professional assistance to public and private organizations throughout our region.
  2. To engage in applied research activities with a particular emphasis on meeting the needs of public and private organizations within our region. Applied research is emphasized because of the needs of the State, the environment in which the college exists, the interests of the faculty and the mission of the University.


Northwest Missouri State University, through its Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business, is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for the offering of the following degree programs: (1) at the graduate level, for the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree; (2) at the undergraduate level, for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with majors in Accounting, Business Economics, Finance, Management Information Systems, Business Technology, Business Education, Business Management, International Business and Marketing. The B.S. in Education degrees in Agricultural Education and Business Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Degree Programs

The School of Business offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. All majors must complete at least 60% of the comprehensive major from Northwest. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all Common Professional Component courses and in all major courses. Students may select from the following comprehensive majors offered by the School of Business: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Business Management, Data Sciences and Informatics, International Business, Marketing, or Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management. Majors in Management Information Systems, Business Technology, and Business Education are offered by the School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Each major is designed to prepare students for their professional career choice by providing them with the critical thinking capabilities and communication skills required for success in today’s business world. The variety of majors permits the student a wide range of choices. These alternatives vary from the opportunities of entrepreneurship to the challenges of corporate positions. In addition, the focus of the major may be domestic or international in orientation. Thus, students will have numerous opportunities and avenues which will prepare them for participation in the world of business.

In addition, the School of Business offers interdisciplinary minors in Accounting Information Systems, Agricultural Finance, and Sport Management. Minors in Economics or General Business are available to students who major in another discipline, permitting students to gain exposure to the principles and fundamental concepts of business while pursuing a non-business major. 

Business Transfer Requirements

Any community college student or student from another baccalaureate degree-granting institution planning to transfer to Northwest Missouri State University and major in one of the business programs should place heavy emphasis on liberal arts courses during the first two years of study.  However, many of these students will wish to include some business courses in their programs and should select those courses from the following:

  • College Algebra (3 semester hours)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours)
  • Computers and Information Technology (3 semester hours)
  • Principles of Accounting (3 semester hours)
  • Managerial Communication (3 semester hours)
  • Macroeconomics (3 semester hours)
  • Microeconomics (3 semester hours)
  • Business Law (3 semester hours)
  • Fundamentals of Business Finance (3 semester hours)
  • Principles of Management (3 semester hours)
  • Principles of Marketing (3 semester hours)

Any business course taken at another regionally-accredited institution deemed equivalent to a Northwest business course will transfer providing that at least 60 percent of the comprehensive major is completed at Northwest.  Students minoring in general business must also complete 60 percent of those requirements at Northwest.

Special articulation agreements have been made with community colleges for the transfer of associate of applied science degrees.  Further information may be requested from the Office of Admissions.