Dean’s Greeting

judy wiles

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Harrison College of Business, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website and to briefly introduce you to our exciting programs.  A degree in business provides a strong foundation for a variety of professions or further graduate study.  Undergraduate students can select from majors in Accounting, Business Administration (general business), Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Hospitality Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing.  Graduate programs include the Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Masters of Science in Management (MSM) and Masters of Science in Healthcare Management.  

The BSBA degree, the MBA degree and the MSM degree in the Harrison College of Business are accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting body for business schools.  We are also one of only four institutions in the U.S. to be accredited by the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) which demonstrates our “deep” internationalization of all facets of our business program.  Princeton Review consistently rates our MBA program in its list of “Best Business Schools” in the country. 

Our Student-Centered Learning Environment is designed to promote quality interactions between students and faculty and students with other students.  We are housed in Dempster Hall, a building that has a corporate atmosphere and high-tech features.  Five computer labs are loaded with the latest business software.  Ample common areas allow students to collaborate on group projects or study in groups or individually. Our online courses and online degree programs regularly undergo reviews for quality to enhance the learning experience.

We offer a number of Engaging Experiential Learning Activities to provide meaningful and relevant experiences for our students working in teams or as individuals.  Students can do one or more of the following:

  • Complete a marketing research project for an actual business client
  • Develop an integrated marketing communications campaign for a business client
  • Create a theme for a dinner and manage the event
  • Engage with software training modules to obtain Microsoft Office Certification
  • Manage a financial portfolio
  • Participate in an internship for credit in the major
  • Enter one of our competitions:  Southeast Innovation Challenge, The Southeast Business Plan Competition; International Case Competition
  • Participate in one of our student organization’s programs or district/national competitions  
  • Manage a business at Catapult Creative House

Students can experience Phenomenal Study Abroad Experiences developed by the Harrison College of Business.  We have short-term programs during winter break, spring break or summer; or students can spend an entire semester or year abroad.  Many semester abroad experiences allow students to pay Southeast tuition and apply for a grant for travel costs.

Entrepreneurship Experiences Abound at Southeast.  We offer a major in entrepreneurship, a number of minors in specialized areas of entrepreneurship, and competitions related to innovation and start-ups.  The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship provides considerable support for special entrepreneurial activities for students and faculty throughout the university.  Catapult Creative House is our latest innovation in the world of entrepreneurship and creativity.  Located a few blocks from campus on Broadway, Catapult provides students from a diversity of majors the opportunity to launch a product, showcase art, provide services to clients and manage a business.  Stop by Catapult for coffee and check out what students can do in this space. 

Our students benefit from Strong Business Connections forged between the Harrison College of Business with Corporate Partners and business/professional communities in southeast Missouri and St. Louis.  Harrison College of Business students are regularly able to interact with business executives, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and practitioners from a variety of fields.

All are welcome to contact us for further information or arrange for a tour. 


Dr. Judy Wiles, Interim Dean

Donald L. Harrison College of Business


Dempster Hall 241
Harrison College of Business
One University Plaza, MS 5800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701