M.J. Neeley School of Business

The M.J. Neeley School of Business offers a program of study to prepare its students to contribute to the professional business world and the larger community. The Neeley School emphasizes a unified program of basic studies—humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, economics and business. The concept of a balanced curriculum extends to the business studies. Although students may concentrate in a particular field of business, they all study the principles of accounting, business information systems, finance, entrepreneurial management, supply and value chain management, and marketing.

A quality curriculum in business fundamentals is of the utmost importance to the Neeley School. The curriculum is developed and implemented by a faculty recognized as scholars and leaders in their respective fields. Regular input is provided by Neeley School corporate partners through advisory groups and frequent classroom visits by executives.

Additionally, the Neeley School seeks to provide its students with the distinctive competencies needed to compete and lead in the business world: effective communication skills, the ability to utilize business technology, an understanding of the global nature of business and a sense of the value of making ethical business decisions.

The M.J. Neeley School of Business is fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Faculty

The men and women on the faculty represent an array of cultural backgrounds and bring to students a rich variety of academic training, teaching experience, research, consulting, scholarly publication, and business and community service. Several faculty members have authored widely used texts in the field of business.

Teaching is of primary importance; the most senior professors teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Personal contact with students is encouraged through classes of moderate size. Through the use of audio and visual aids, conferences, business case analysis, software applications and organizational studies, instructional theory is merged with practical and relevant situations.

Research is an important faculty activity. It enables faculty to stay in the forefront of their respective fields. Research activities feed back into the classroom to ensure that today's students will be prepared for the world as it is when they graduate and as it changes over their careers. Faculty research results have been published in many of the leading academic journals.

One of the real strengths of the Neeley School is its relationship with the business community. Numerous local, regional, national and international organizations make up a vast network of corporate partners that are committed to accomplishing the goals of the Neeley School. The Neeley School enjoys many benefits as a result of its corporate relationships, including internship opportunities, part-time and permanent job opportunities, scholarship support, classroom speakers and mentors.

Perhaps the most visible members of this network are the Neeley School's International Board of Visitors. This distinguished group of executives from across the globe provides valuable feedback and program support, serving as a vital link between the Neeley School and other corporate constituents.

International Initiatives

The globalization of today's business environment dictates that learning experiences can no longer be compartmentalized into "international" and "domestic" arenas. Consistent with this philosophy, the Neeley School incorporates a global perspective throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Whether the students are studying money and banking or sales management, they are challenged to consider the topic with an international perspective.

To achieve this goal, the Neeley School has developed several partnerships with universities in Mexico, France, Germany, Chile, Korea and China. Through these partnerships, faculty members from each institution are invited to participate in exchange opportunities, serving as guest lecturers in their area of expertise. New programs are in development that will offer students and faculty short-term reciprocal exchanges with partner institutions during the academic year.

The Neeley School believes that creating globally minded business leaders goes far beyond mastering the international perspective of business topics. True appreciation of the global environment requires cultural empathy, knowledge of a variety of languages, and political and geographical awareness. To this end, the Neeley School offers the international emphasis certification program. Through this program, dedicated students can earn the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in the major of their choice with an additional "international emphasis" designation on their transcript.

In order for students to think globally, they must become physically global. There is no substitute for experience. The Neeley School supports the many study-abroad opportunities available to TCU students, yet goes one step further. Intensive field seminars such as Business-in-Europe (three weeks), Business-in-China and Management in Mexico are coordinated by the Neeley Student Resource Center and the Neeley School International Programs Office. The goal of these partnerships is to expose Neeley School business students to the realities of the corporate environment in other countries. Onsite tours and one-on-one interaction with executives from companies are included in these programs. These tours and interactions enable the programs to move beyond traditional "classroom-based" exchanges. Students are required to use local transportation and tour historic sites. Hundreds of Neeley School students and dozens of Neeley School faculty have had the opportunity to experience these unique study abroad programs.





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