COB Programs of Study

A major in accounting from UCA prepares graduates for any entry-level job in accounting: public, industry, government, or not-for-profit. UCA’s accounting students are introduced to our vast network of accounting partners and alumni, and graduates are eligible to sit for the CPA exam in Arkansas and many other certifying exams.

A Master of Accountancy from UCA prepares accountants for future leadership roles by focusing on research, communications, and authoritative literature in accounting, auditing, and tax. The MAcc provides an additional 30 hours of coursework needed for CPA certification. MAcc students can take electives in taxation or business or obtain a certificate in data analytics.

ACCOUNTING (Technical Certificate)
The Technical Certificate in Accounting prepares students for an accounting career in a corporation, industry, private business, government office, or nonprofit organization. The 24-hour program (8 classes) can be completed in 4 semesters. This certificate may be completed as a stand-alone credential, along with a bachelor’s degree, or to prepare for entry into the Master of Accountancy program.

The Cybersecurity Management degree is designed to prepare students to work as technical experts in assessing, preventing, and overseeing cyber threats. It focuses attention on managing and leading an organization’s cybersecurity posture, from handling vulnerabilities, assessing risk, training, application of global and US standards, attack response and recovery. It is technical in nature and includes significant hardware and software security instruction, including cryptography, forensics, and network/internet security. The degree also focuses on understanding the political, ethical, and strategic management of systems and individuals, including legal ramifications.

DATA ANALYTICS (Graduate Certificate)
Data analytics is one of the fastest growing fields in business organizations today.  As companies collect more and more data from all manner of sources, managing and using it for competitive advantage has become increasingly important.  It is critical that organizational data be leveraged to provide an accurate understanding of where the company has been, is now, and where it should head in the future.  As a discipline, data analytics examines collecting and maintaining data, as well as the three-part understanding in using the data: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.

Economics is at the core of modern industry, connecting the production and distribution of products to the welfare of the company or persons involved. In order for businesses to succeed, there needs to be someone with the ability to problem solve, make decisions, and guide systems.

UCA’s Finance undergraduate degree is set up to propel a student into a successful career.  Even though financial careers are vast and vary, graduates must be able to work alongside others on a project or job in order to be successful. With this in mind, UCA provides students with the knowledge and skills to problem solve, effectively communicate, and work with a team to accomplish goals. Graduates with a Finance degree from UCA will find themselves well equipped to assist businesses and households in their financial decisions.

If you are unsure which area of business might be the best fit for you, or you would like a broad business background, General Business is for you. This is one of the few degrees in the College of Business that is totally online! It may also be completed in a traditional, in-class format.  The General Business major is the College of Business interdisciplinary major.  This major is designed for students who desire a breadth of knowledge in various disciplines, rather than taking courses in only one discipline, as would be required of traditional business majors (e.g., Accounting, Finance, MIS, etc.).

Human resources professionals oversee all aspects of managing people in organizations, including leadership, compensation, benefits, training, selection, teams, culture, and performance management, with the purpose of aligning employee behaviors with firm strategy. Students pursuing this emphasis or minor will develop a strong understanding of historical HR content while also positioning graduates for the changing nature of the HR world and the expectations that surround managing, leading, and empowering employees at work. Students will be encouraged to pursue HR internships and be involved with the student organization, HR Club.

The BS-Information Systems major is the most technical major in the MIS department. It requires a minor in Computer Science plus a variety of courses in both business and MIS. It is a true combination of business, MIS, and computer science. Majors are prepared to serve in any technology role in an organization, from pure developers (programmers) to more managerial-type roles. The flexibility in a graduate’s choice of employment and the overwhelming need of such graduates make this an exceptional choice of majors.

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship major at the University of Central Arkansas will provide students with the creative knowledge and practical experience you need to become a successful business owner or valued asset in corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizations across a variety of fields. Creativity is the ultimate asset in business and a company’s catalyst for growth. Innovation and Entrepreneurship majors learn how to implement ideas, launch businesses, and develop game-changing innovations.

The Insurance and Risk Management major at the University of Central Arkansas is one of the fastest growing programs in the country. As Arkansas’ only Insurance and Risk Management degree, this program serves as a valuable resource for the regions’ insurance and financial services. UCA’s program integrates economic theory and financial principles with insurance and risk management to prepare students for a variety of careers in the insurance and financial services industry.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) is a growing area of importance in corporations as the global trade and transportation increases. LSCM involves the coordination of purchasing, manufacturing, storage, and transportation of goods around the world. Students learn how to manage the flow and storage of goods and services. These details include how they move from the source of raw materials, through the supply chain, and land in the hands of the consumer. From the most expensive goods to affordable items, anywhere products are made, there must be a logistics and supply chain manager. A logistics and supply chain manager collaborates with suppliers and customers to uncover new solutions, with the goal of meeting the customer’s expectations for timely delivery, while reducing costs of those expectations.

Management knowledge, skills, and abilities are required in all businesses and organizations. A degree in Management will shape you into a well-rounded individual with business and leadership savvy and greatly enhance your career opportunities. Strategic thinking, leadership, and efficient communication are necessary traits of a manager. A manager does not think of their own success, but the overall success of the company and those working within it. Knowing how to lead a team and guiding them to reach goals is a difficult role, but a required responsibility of a manager. Even at an entry-level position, understanding the concepts and theories of management will benefit your future in your job.

Management Information Systems combines the business profession with modern computer technology. MIS graduates are prepared to work in many capacities, depending on desire and the courses chosen. Graduates work as developers (programmers), database or network administrators, analysts of all kinds, security experts, project managers, and other roles that combine business with technology. The MIS major is flexible in that graduates may pursue a wide variety of different career paths. This program can be completed fully online!

Every business and nonprofit organization needs creative and competent people to promote their message. The market is saturated with images, slogans, and advertisements, so now more than ever, companies are in need of people to set their product apart from the rest. Marketers must be able to effectively communicate the vision of the company and connect it with the consumer.

The MBA provides students broad exposure in management through coursework in all business disciplines. The degree is designed to meet the needs of highly committed individuals seeking career advancement and further knowledge and skills. The program requires 30 credit hours beyond the prerequisites. Students benefit from faculty who are leaders in their field and are committed to student learning.