2019-2020 Samford University Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 20, 2021  
2019-2020 Samford University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Business

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Alan Blankley, Chair, Professor
Lowell S. Broom, Professor
Aundrea Kay Guess, Professor
Cynthia F. Lohrke, Professor
James P. Reburn, Professor
William H. Belski, Associate Professor
Michelle R. Newberry, Instructor
Cameron C. Pearce, Instructor

Economics, Finance, and Quantitative Analysis


Steven T. Jones, Chair, John W. Gay Professor of Banking and Finance
J. Howard Finch, Professor, Finance
J. Michael Hardin, Professor, Quantitative Analysis
Jennings B. Marshall, Professor, Economics
Sara Helms McCarty, Professor, Economics
Jeremy P. Thornton, Professor, Economics, Dwight Moody Beeson Chair in Business
William (Art) Carden, Associate Professor, Economics
Rustin (Rusty) Yerkes, Associate Professor, Finance
Joy A. Buchanan, Assistant Professor, Quantitative Analysis and Economics
Anna-Leigh Stone Hankins, Assistant Professor, Finance
Kevin Pan, Assistant Professor, Quantitative Analysis

Entrepreneurship, Management, and Marketing


Darin W. White, Chair, Professor, Marketing
Archie Lockamy III, Professor, Management, Margaret Gage Bush Professor of Business
Charles M. Carson IV, Professor, Management, Brock Family Chair of Entrepreneurship
Betsy B. Holloway, Professor, Marketing
David L. Loudon, Professor, Marketing
Robert W. Service, Professor, Management
Matthew J. Mazzei, Associate Professor, Management
Barbara H. Cartledge, Assistant Professor, Business
C. Clifton Eason, Assistant Professor, Marketing
Larron C. Harper, Assistant Professor, Business
Reginald J. Harris, Assistant Professor, Management
Alice G. Holloway, Instructor, Marketing

Graduate Programs and Requirements

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.)
          Accountancy (M.Acc.)  

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
          Business (M.B.A.) 
          Business w/a Concentration in Entrepreneurship & Innovation (M.B.A.) 
          Business w/a Concentration in Finance (M.B.A.) 
          Business w/a Concentration in Marketing (M.B.A.)  

Joint Degree (Undergraduate+Graduate)
Professional Accountancy Program (B.S.B.A./M.Acc.)  

Joint Degrees
Master of Accountancy/Juris Doctor (M.Acc./J.D.)
Master of Business Administration/Juris Doctor (M.B.A./J.D.)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Accountancy (M.B.A./M.Acc.)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Divinity (M.B.A./M.Div.)
Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Environmental Management (M.B.A./M.S.E.M.)

Coordinated Degree
Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Pharmacy (M.B.A./Pharm.D.)

Graduate Business Minor  

The Brock School of Business offers the master of accountancy (M.Acc.) and the master of business administration (M.B.A.), with the latter offering optional concentrations in entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, and marketing. A graduate business minor is also available.

The business school also offers a special joint degree, leading to a B.S.B.A. in accounting initially, but ultimately to a master of accountancy. This program is only available to students enrolled as undergraduates pursuing a B.S.B.A. in accounting at Samford and is designed to allow students to earn both a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting and master of accountancy degree upon completion of 150 credits.

At the graduate level, several joint degree are available: a master of accountancy or a master of business administration combined with a juris doctor (J.D.), and a master of business administration combined with a master of accountancy, master of divinity (M.Div.), or master of science in environmental management (M.S.E.M.). A coordinated degree is also offered combining the master of business administration with the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.). Interested students should contact the schools of law, divinity, pharmacy, or the college of arts and sciences for more information on these joint or coordinated degree programs.


Academic ability is evaluated on the basis of undergraduate and graduate academic records, scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE), recommendations, and academic recognition. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to enrolling in the program.

The candidate will be considered for admission to the Brock School of Business graduate program(s) upon submission of the following required materials:

  1. Completion of online application and online payment of application fee.
  2. Receipt of official transcript(s) showing a completed undergraduate degree.
  3. Receipt of official GMAT or GRE score from testing agency.
  4. Résumé.

For international application requirements and checklist, please visit http://www.samford.edu/business/.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are informed of the application decision by email. Once a student is admitted to the program, he/she has an individual advising session and orientation with a graduate program advisor.

Visit http://www.samford.edu/business/ for the online application link.

Transfer Credit

Graduate students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 9 graduate credits for the MBA and up to 6 credits for the M.Acc. from an accredited college or university. The student must have earned a B (3.00) or better in the course in order for credits to be eligible. Credits earned 10 years from date of application are ineligible for transfer. Transfer credits will be evaluated for applicability to the graduate program.


M.B.A. Course Exemptions: Exemption from ACCT 511 , ECON 512 , and FINC 514  may be awarded if a student has taken an equivalent accounting, economics, statistics, or finance course at a regionally accredited institution and earned a C- or better.

M.Acc. Course Exemptions: Exemptions from ACCT 510 , ACCT 515 , and ACCT 540  may be awarded if the student took an equivalent undergraduate course at an AACSB institution. Exempted courses do not count towards the 24 required graduate accounting credits.

Transient Credit

A graduate student may take up to 6 graduate credits at another AACSB accredited institution as a transient student. Professional accountancy majors may take up to 3 graduate credits as a transient student. These credits count toward the maximum of 9 or 6 allowed transfer credits. A student must be in good academic standing with a 3.00 GPA or higher. A student must earn a B (3.00) or better in the course to be eligible for transfer. The transient grades are not included in the Samford GPA.

Progression Policies

Students must maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher throughout their tenure in the program. If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 GPA, then the student will be placed on academic probation. The student must improve his/her GPA in the next semester. If the student fails to raise his/her GPA in the next semester, the student will be terminated from the program.

The status of good standing is required for transient work, adding a concentration, and graduation.

The minimum grade in a graduate class is a C-. If a student earns a D, he/she must repeat the course in the next term offering.

If a student earns an F in any M.B.A. or M.Acc. course (except ACCT 511 , ECON 512 , and FINC 514 ), then the student will be terminated from the program.

Coordinated Degree Program

Brock School of Business M.B.A. students may also apply for the doctor of pharmacy degree offered by Samford University. M.B.A. students must apply and meet the admission criteria of the coordinated program. In addition, students must adhere to the academic policies and standards of the coordinated program. Selected coordinated program courses can count towards the M.B.A. electives. For more information regarding the coordinated programs, please contact the assistant director of academic programs in the Brock School of Business.


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