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College of Business and Economic Development

College of Business and Economic Development

Preparing for the Future of Work 

The world of work is constantly changing. Advancements such as automation, artificial intelligence, regulatory changes, and remote work arrangements, will result in the elimination of some jobs, the creation of new jobs, and changes to almost all jobs. As a result, business students not only need foundational business knowledge, they must also develop the skills and abilities needed to excel in an ever evolving business environment - the ability to adapt, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, utilize digital technology, and collaborate and lead across demographic and geographic boundaries.

With a degree from the College of Business and Economic Development, you will be prepared to adapt and thrive in the future of work. Our programs prepare you to be successful in the business world by offering leading-edge coursework as we partner with thriving businesses, allowing students to obtain experiences to better prepare them for what is to come after graduation. Whether you are learning online, in-person or in a hybrid format, you will acquire skills and competencies necessary to be a leader in the classroom and the workplace.

The College of Business and Economic Development is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As an AACSB-accredited school, we maintain the highest standard for business schools in the world.

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Southern Miss Business Rankings

#44 Best Online Bachelor's Program in Business, 2023 U.S. News & World Report
#83 Best Online MBA Program for Veterans, 2023 U.S. News & World Report
#8 Best Online MBA Program in the South, 2022 Fortune Education
#28 Best Online MBA Program, 2022 Fortune Education

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College of Business and Economic Development

3103 Scianna Hall
118 College Dr. #5021
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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College of Business and Economic Development

North Academic Building
730 East Beach Blvd. 
Long Beach, MS 39560

Gulf Park Campus

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Our Programs

Whether you are pursuing your undergraduate or graduate degree from any of our five schools, (Accountancy, Finance, Leadership, Management, or Marketing), our engaged faculty and unique opportunities will set you above all others.


The Hatchery serves as a hub to help align and connect the wealth of entrepreneurship-related resources, knowledge, and vision at The University of Southern Mississippi. 

By facilitating entrepreneurial experiences, The Hatchery helps increase student opportunities to make their skillsets more relevant, dynamic, adaptable, marketable, and consequentially more valuable in today’s rapidly changing labor market.

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Academic Services assists students with questions related to academics, including academic advising regarding course selections and the path to graduation, probation/suspension counseling, and other concerns affecting enrollment in business courses.  Academic advisors can also help student navigate all the diverse services the university has to offer, including financial, career, and personal counseling needs. 


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Our Research

$3.2 million

in external funding awarded in 2018 for Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiatives

17 faculty

received competitive internal research grants and/or college research awards in 2018

626 faculty intellectual contributions

for the 5-year period 2013-2018

What sets us apart:

  • Faculty publications have been featured in premier/significant and A* refereed journals.
  • Student research mentorship occurs through the University's Honors College and undergraduate research symposium.
  • Faculty are active in garnering grant funding and forming industry partnerships to enhance the relevancy of our research and promote active learning experiences for our students.

We promote a balanced portfolio of teaching and scholarship. Our faculty pride themselves in researching unique and creative topics that have an impact on business and industry. Faculty also devote time to mentoring the next generation of scholars among our students.