Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

Return to: Colleges and Institutes 

Ray Eldridge, Dean
Allison Duke, Senior Associate Dean
Suzanne Sager, Associate Dean, Professional Development and Engagement
Jacob Arthur, Assistant Dean, Center for Data Analytics
Rebecca Burcham, Chair, Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing
Jeff Jewell, Chair, Accounting, Finance and Economics
Jeff Cohu, Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Nina Morel, Executive Director, Coaching and Leadership Development
Bonnie BrownDirector of Accreditation
Perry Moore, Director, MAcc Program and Director of Assessment
Lesley Tomaszewski, Director of Healthcare Programs and Director of MBA Programs

Mission - The College of Business will develop business leaders who embrace the values and virtues of Jesus.

Values and Virtues - Purposeful, Bold, Credible, Creative, Serving

Vision - To become a leader in Christian business education.

For over 100 years the Lipscomb College of Business has pursued one mission: educate learners to do what is right and live the words of Psalms 78:72, “And David shepherded them with ‘integrity of heart;’ with ‘skillful hands’ he led them.” Our purpose is to prepare students to work, live, and lead with strong business competence and character.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the College of Business. Lipscomb’s Undergraduate Program was recently recognized as one of the 10 undergraduate Business Schools to watch nationally and has been ranked as the #1 business program in Tennessee by Poets and Quants for six years in a row.  The undergraduate program was also nationally ranked for the first time by US News & World Report.

The College’s accounting program has many accolades to include #1 in Tennessee and #47 in the country by College FactualChristian Universities Online ranked our accounting program as #1 in Tennessee and #2 in the nation. 

The college is AACSB accredited. With this accreditation, Lipscomb joins an elite group of business schools internationally with less than 6 percent - only 963 institutions across 60 countries - earning this prestigious accreditation. AACSB accreditation covers these degrees:  B.B.A., M.Acc., M.B.A., and M.H.A.

In addition, the College of Business has the rare distinction of being dual accredited as we also are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs  Separately, the accounting program was one of the first four programs worldwide accredited for accounting by this global accreditation.

Lipscomb offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree for its business majors. The B.B.A. degree integrates leadership, teamwork, decision-making, technology, communication skills, ethics and a global emphasis into our academic programs. Hands-on practical applications can be achieved through our Business as Mission Fellows, internships, pitch competitions, Financial Trading Lab, business consulting, alumni engagement, formal mentoring, executive-in-residences, business clubs and global travel. Lipscomb also offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree for data analytics and data science majors.

Our outstanding business faculty brings both practical business experience as well as a depth of scholarship and knowledge into the classroom. The faculty of the College of Business is committed to fostering relationships with the business community and encouraging exchanges among students and businesses.

The College of Business is comprised of the Pfeffer Graduate School of Business, the School of Data Analytics & Technology, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the Center for Business as Mission. The College’s own Career Connection Office provides career assistance and professional development for current students and alumni at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Bachelor of Business Administration

General Education

The general education requirements for the B.B.A. degree are shown under general education requirements in the Academic Program section of the catalog.

  1. EC 2403  must be taken to fulfill the social science requirement.
  2. The mathematics requirement will be satisfied with MA 2183  

Business Core (52 hours*) and Other Required Courses for B.B.A. Degree

All majors in the B.B.A. degree must complete the following courses:
Accounting AC 2503, AC 2513  
Select three hours from the following courses: BA 3403   or AC 3553  (Accounting majors must complete AC 3553)
Business Administration BA 2503 ,  BA 3703, BA 3803, BA 4303 BA 4503BA 4813  
Select three hours from the following courses: Business Administration BA 3603, Accounting AC 4803, Finance FI 3603  ,  FI 4803, Management MG 4803, or Marketing MK 4803  
Economics EC 2403, EC 2413  
Entrepreneurship ENT 2503  
Finance FI 3503  
Management MG 3503, MG 3613
Marketing MK 3503  
Operations and Supply Chain Management OSCM 3503  
Mathematics MA 2183  
Connect to a Successful Career BA 2601  
* There are 52 hours in the business core. Economics EC 2403 and Mathematics MA 2183   are also included in this list but are part of the general education requirements.


Each student earning a BBA selects a major (Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Accounting or Finance) of 21 hours. 


Students pursuing the B.B.A. typically have 6 or more hours of general electives in order to complete the required 126 credit hours to graduate. The College of Business encourages students to use these hours in areas such as:

  1. Minor - Based on their interests, students may use their open electives to pursue any of the minors offered by Lipscomb University.
  2. Foreign language - As globalization increasingly affects businesses, students are strongly encouraged to consider studying foreign languages.
  3. Computing and informatics - Information technology is a key enabler in the business world. Courses in the School of Computing and Informatics can be extremely valuable to business students.
  4. Psychology and sociology - Students in management may find advanced study in psychology and sociology to be a valuable addition to their major coursework.

Business As Mission

A recurring theme throughout the undergraduate BBA program is “Business As Mission.” BAM is real, sustainable, and profitable business. This exciting new way of thinking about the intersection of business and mission is a means of advancing the Kingdom of God by leveraging the strengths of entrepreneurship, economics, and commerce for the common good of others. It is a way to bless lives, develop sustainable solutions, and break poverty cycles. The College has a Center for Business as Mission that serves as a resource for students who seek to make a kingdom impact through entrepreneurship and within business. The center offers the opportunity to be a BAM Fellow and obtain a minor.


Another recurring theme throughout the undergraduate BBA program is entrepreneurship.  All students are introduced to the concept and the Center for Entrepreneurship offers a major and minor along with pitch competitions and co-curricular activities.  Students experience what it means to start their own businesses before graduation. In fact, upon graduation, an entrepreneurship student has a finely tuned business plan ready to execute, and that has survived student/faculty critique based on the experience of entrepreneurial faculty professionals who have been down the same road. 

Undergraduate Experience


  • Effective in the Fall, 2018 term, students pursuing a degree outside the College of Business may not apply more than 31 hours in the areas of accounting, business administration, economics, finance, management, or marketing toward their degree requirements.
  • The College of Business will not accept transfer credit from two-year institutions for upper-division business courses (3000 or 4000 level) unless we have a specific articulation agreement with the two-year institution. 
  • At least 12 hours in a student’s major department and which apply to the major requirements must be taken at Lipscomb.
  • Excluding credits transferred via Tennessee Pathways, based on AACSB accreditation requirements, students must complete 51% or more of their credits towards a business major with credits earned at Lipscomb University.
  • At least 9 hours in a student’s minor department and which apply to the minor requirements must be taken at Lipscomb.
  • At least 26 hours in a student’s business core courses and which apply to the degree requirements must be taken at Lipscomb.
  • A business major whose minor is also in business must have at least 12 hours in the minor that are different from hours satisfying the major requirements.
Off-site learning experiences (internships, etc.) are required in many courses of study at Lipscomb. Successful completion of these experiential courses is required for graduation. Students should be aware that many experiential sites require satisfactory documentation of personal identification in the form of driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, drug screening and background checks. Students should make sure that they are aware of and can meet all documentation requirements well in advance of the timeframe for admission into the respective program and placement into these sites. Failure to provide required documentation for successful entry into these experiential courses will result in failure to complete the desired program of study.

Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics

Go to information for Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics.

Program of Study Requirements

Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing

Go to information for Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing.

Program of Study Requirements

School of Data Analytics and Technology

Go to information for School of Data Analytics and Technology.

Program of Study Requirements