Our students are inspired and engaged to become successful business professionals.
The School of Business provides a quality education with dedicated and accessible faculty who are involved and invested in their students' success. The School of Business at EIU is accredited by AACSB International, a mark of distinction that proves our commitment to continued excellence.
Our faculty members are respected researchers and enthusiastic teachers who bring the results of their research into the classroom, and encourage students to go beyond what is expected of them.
Our programs support integrative learning experiences, encouraging students to make connections among their academic, personal, and professional experiences. Students should explore opportunities to study abroad, complete an internship, become an honors student, or get involved with one of our award-winning student organizations.
The College to Career program encourages students to consciously enhance their professional competencies as they progress through each year of college. By graduation, students have developed the confidence and skills to make a successful transition to a career for which they have prepared. The skills and competencies they develop serve as the foundation for continued career growth and professional development after graduation.
The School of Business also provides numerous tools for students to achieve academic success. Each semester, students can attend walk-in tutoring sessions to receive help from their peers. The Supplemental Instruction Program provides regular, out-of-class instruction in targeted courses, aimed to help students get the practice they need with sometimes difficult to understand content.
Accounting is the art and practice of measuring, interpreting, and communicating information about financial activity. The skill set that students acquire in the study of accounting at Eastern Illinois University is both powerful and flexible, providing students with a wide variety of employment options upon graduation. Click here for more information on this program.
Finance is a challenging business field that centers on the critical management decisions faced by all organizations. By majoring in finance, students gain the knowledge and skills related to the key areas of financial decision-making. Click here for more information on this program.
All organizations - businesses, nonprofit groups, and government agencies - need people who can manage resources effectively and efficiently. The Management major prepares students to lead and coordinate people, activities, and systems to achieve organizational goals through focusing on the critical functions of managers: planning, organizing, controlling, and directing. Click here for more information on this program.
All businesses and organizations depend on information systems to organize and maintain the data needed for decision-making. The Management Information Systems (MIS) major prepares students to design, develop, and manage information systems within organizations. Click here for more information on this program.
Marketing is an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders. Click here for more information on this program.
The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) in Business Administration is a unique business program available for students that have taken freshman and sophomore level and general education degree courses at a community college or other university campus. We offer Business Administration BSB degree completion (junior/senior level classes) online or at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. Click here for more information on this program.
Our program prepares students for employment in positions of leadership in small and large businesses, industry, government, and non-profit organizations in a contemporary global environment. The program emphasizes the application of analytical tools and related skills that are essential for making informed business decisions.Face-to-face MBA in Charleston and Champaign MBA Online
Dr. Coker teaches several marketing courses at EIU: Retail Management, Promotion Management, Social Media Marketing, and Principles of Marketing. She has mentored both undergraduate and MBA students on research. She works to enhance business students’ professional development in her role as Faculty Advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma and for the MBA Association at the School of Business. In addition to her passion for teaching, Dr. Coker remains active in research, publishing research on the social aspects of consumption surrounding branding and promotions.
Chao Wen is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems in the School of Business at Eastern Illinois University. He received his Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of North Texas. Dr. Wen obtained his M.Sc. with a concentration in Supply Chain Management and B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China.
Mark Bayer is an Assistant Professor of Management at Eastern Illinois University. His research focuses on group cognition and collective creativity. He holds a doctorate degree in Organization Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Before earning his PhD, he spent over 15 years in the aerospace industry as a flight test engineer and engineering manager.
"Make good relationships with the students in your classes as well as your professors. Having strong mentors and partners in my education has really helped me discover where I want to land after graduation, and given me greater confidence in myself and in my ability to achieve these goals."Emily Reedy, Management Information Systems (2016)
"Any job that you have during school will help prepare you for jobs after you graduate; even a job in food services gives you cash handling experience. I’ve realized that it isn’t the job you have that’s a measure of success it’s the skills that you acquire from it because each job is a stepping stone to the next level.”Christina Patterson, Marketing (2015)
"Students should use all the available resources their school has to offer to help them prepare and get an internship. They should also build a professional resume and make great use of career services because they are so helpful. Lastly, it is always great to research different companies to see what each are about and what they have to offer. Confidence is key during the whole process of looking for an internship that best fits your profession."Tshawnda Kitchen, Accounting (2015)
"As I branch out and begin my career here at State Farm, with the recent memories of projects, 8am classes, barely any sleep, and seemingly limitless amount of homework in mind, I can assure you that it is all worth it. Just keep pushing!””DeShawn Wilbern, Accounting (2015)