School of Business

Getting Down to Business: Five Years of IACBE Accreditation

This year, Mount Saint Mary College celebrates the fifth anniversary of International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) accreditation of its business programs. The Mount’s prestigious business courses have only increased in popularity since then, with more than 15 percent of current students choosing to study a business-related major. The past five years have also seen new degree programs; events aimed at connecting students with dozens of regional, national, and international businesses; and hundreds of successful alumni making a difference.

The IACBE accreditation helped elevate the Mount’s Business program to the next level of excellence. Originally known as the Division of Business, the program was honored for its outstanding performance in 2014 and became the School of Business, allowing students to enjoy the prestige and reputation that come with the program’s enhanced title. 

Custom fit

Students who pursue a degree in Business Management and Administration have the option to select from three concentrations – Finance, Marketing, and Sports Management – to individualize their degree. Additionally, students enrolled in the MBA program can add a concentration in Health Care Management, designed to prepare students for managerial positions in hospitals, clinics, and other health care settings. These degree enhancements allow students to cultivate specialized skills in a particular area and stand out to employers upon graduation.

Right: Dorothy Tighe '18 declared the Sports Management concentration to pursue her interest in becoming an athletic director. School of Business concentrations help students to personalize their degrees to reflect their uniqueinterests and career aspirations.

The School of Business also recently added a 5-year Business Management and Administration BS/MBA combination to its offerings, joining the established 5-year Accounting BS/MBA degree. Through these specialized programs, students obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in just five years, which allows them to save money, graduate early, and launch their careers at a faster pace.

Completing both degrees at the same institution is invaluable, according to 5-year Accounting BS/MBA major Blake Keenan. “Instead of going into grad school having to adjust to new teaching styles, you already know half of the professors and their specific teaching style,” he said.

Mount students can also take advantage of the Pre-Law advising track offered through the School of Business, meant to provide students with the necessary skills for law school.

Learning outside the box

School of Business students enjoy taking trips to meet with business leaders in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond. In the past five years, business students have learned about operations at the Hudson Valley Renegades and Yankee Stadium, visited Mount alumni at the Stock Exchange, and received a sneak peek at the latest IBM technology at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center. And if the Mount’s School of Business isn’t visiting a local business, it’s bringing that real-world experience directly to campus: The program hosts guest lectures and panel discussions by business leaders throughout the year aimed at showcasing the unique applications of a Mount business degree.

Mount business students also enjoy a plethora of internship opportunities. They have interned at IBM, Merrill Lynch, the Office of the U.S. Secret Service, the Boy Scouts of America, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern Mutual, the NYPD Office of the Inspector General, and more.

All of these experiences help prepare the ideal business candidate, explains Scott Russell, assistant professor of sports management: Students can take advantage of “the diversity of opportunities available in course-work, majors and concentrations, and the wide variety of outstanding internships that provide meaningful experience with leaders in fields ranging from sports and entertainment to Wall Street,” he explained.

Mount students visited Yankee stadium in 2017 to learn about business operations at the iconic site.

Carrying on the legacy

The School of Business has graduated hundreds of successful alumni since earning IACBE accreditation. In the Hudson Valley and beyond, recent Mount School of Business graduates are making a difference – graduates like Jeremias Ramos’14 MBA ’15, who works at Citrin Cooperman as a business and tax consultant in addition to his duties as the editor in chief of The Daily CPA; and Peter Greco ’16, who after interning with Salisbury Bank and Trust Company while in school, was promoted to trust operations assistant after graduation.

Mount Business alumni are effecting change around the world – Leanne O’Reilly ’14, who graduated with a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing, recently used her marketing skills in Australia for Good Business Matters, a start-up in Melbourne.

O’Reilly credits her time at the Mount as the launchpad for her international career: “The Mount gave me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone and pursue a career that I love. With the internship and club experience along with the immense guidance and support of the professors, I felt ready for the real world upon graduation. The Mount was truly able to provide me with the tools that I needed for a successful career.”

Some things never change

One thing that has remained the same for the Mount’s School of Business is its family-like atmosphere and dedicated, caring professors.

“Everyone in the program is there to help you,” noted Jessica Tobar, a senior Accounting major. The professors will “push you to accomplish your goal,” she said.

Henry Schof ’15 echoed Tobar’s sentiment: “I have acquired a vast understanding of the investment industry, specifically in global wealth management, through the Mount’s Business program,” said the Business Management and Administration graduate. “The faculty works diligently in preparing students for life after college, providing them with relevant information second to none.”

The next five years

Where will the School of Business be in five years? Be part of the future. Learn more about the School of Business by contacting our Admissions Office at admissions@msmc.edu or 1-888-YES-MSMC.