APSU’s College of Business will soon offer four different degree options for students to choose from, giving them specialized training in different areas of the business world and embracing their specific interests.

Beginning in Fall 2016, students will be able to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in accounting, marketing, finance or management.

Management majors will have the option to take a concentration in international management or general business, while finance majors will have the option to take a concentration in economics.

The expansion is a change from APSU having only one business degree option, a Bachelor of Business Administration, with seven different concentrations: accounting, finance, economics, management, international management, general business and marketing.

Changing from one degree option to four is a large step for the College of Business in gaining accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Currently, the College of Business is unaccredited but has been working to become an accredited college for several years now.

Gaining accreditation means the degrees the College of Business gives to students will become more respected and accepted throughout the job market.

Course credits earned at APSU will transfer more easily once the COB gains its accreditation.

Adding more degree options will not only help the college become accredited, but will also put it on more level footing with other Tennessee Board of Regents schools, such as University of Memphis and Tennessee State University.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business will send a Peer Review Team in February to review the College of Business’ new programs and decide if the college is moving in the right direction to become accredited.