2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business

Director: Benjamin Blackford

Assistant Director: Chi Lo Lim

Faculty: Casey Abington, Shandy Beck, Lisa Bishop, Shih-Hsien Chuang, Tolina Fufa, Araceli Hernandez, Brenda Jones, Laura Kauzlarich, Cindy Kenkel, Stephen Ludwig, Jeff Nickerson, Renee Oyotode-Adebile, Adrienne Reynolds, Doug Russell, Jason Satchell, Tiebing Shi, Malinda Tobin, Deborah Toomey, James Walker, Tekle Wanorie, Sangok Yoo

Mission Statement 

The Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business’s mission is to guide and educate our students to become critical thinkers and effective communicators prepared to thrive as ethical, socially responsible business and civic leaders in a diverse global environment. We are committed to creating and disseminating relevant theoretical and practical business knowledge that leads to student, faculty, and community success. Our faculty actively engage and encourage our students through the use of experiential and applied learning that fosters collaboration and respect for diversity.


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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 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, Business Management, Business Technology, Finance, International Business, Marketing, and Management Information Systems. 

Degree Programs

The School of Business offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. All majors must complete at least 60 percent of the comprehensive major from Northwest. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all Common Professional Componentand major courses. Students may select from the following majors offered by the School of Business: Accounting-Public Accounting Track or Managerial Accounting Track, Business Economics, Business Management, Economics, Finance-Corporate Finance, Financial Computing, Financial Management, or Financial Services, International Business, Marketing, or Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management. 

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. 

In addition, the School of Business offers an interdisciplinary major in Data Science and Informatics. Business Track 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 who has selected one of the business majors should place heavy emphasis on liberal arts courses during the first two years of study.  However, students may wish to include some business courses in their programs and should select 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)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (3 semester hours)
  • Principles of 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, provided 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 are available with community colleges for the transfer of associate of applied science degrees.  Further information may be requested from the Office of Admissions.