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The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business


The nationally accredited W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business at Bluefield State College offers a variety of career-focused programs. Students in the four-year Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program complete the General Studies curriculum required of all BSC students, the Business Core component, an 18-hour major, and a 12-hour minor. Areas from which a major may be selected include Accounting, Management, and Marketing, while the minor may be chosen from Accounting, Management, or Marketing. Almost all of the courses comprising the baccalaureate Business Administration degree program can be completed either purely online or through video livestreaming.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy program is designed for those students seeking an intensive concentration in accounting. Students planning to sit for the West Virginia Certified Public Accountant examination must complete 150 hours of college study. The B.S. Accountancy program, as detailed in the college catalog, provides students with all of the specific courses required to be eligible for the CPA exam. Students majoring in Accounting as part of the B.S. Business Administration program must take BUSN 302 – Business Law for Professional Accountants as an elective and ACCT 431 – Auditing Principles and either ACCT 432 – Advanced Auditing or ACCT 424 – Accounting Information Systems among their 300/400 level accounting electives in order to satisfy the CPA examination requirements.

The B.S. in Health Services Management program combines specialized health services-related classes with foundational business courses to prepare students to enter into or advance within the field of health services administration. Students in this program must take 30 hours of Health Services Management coursework, including a 300-hour summer internship between the junior and senior years. HSMT students must also complete the College’s General Studies requirements and the business core courses.

For the B.S. in Business Administration and B.S. in Accountancy programs, students are required to take a major field test in business prior to graduating.


The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business received national accreditation of its Business Administration and Accountancy programs on July 1, 2001, by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Suite 420, Overland Park, Kansas 66213, telephone (913) 339-9356. 


Mission Statement for The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business

The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business is dedicated to preparing students to succeed in an ever-changing business environment. We will provide the knowledge and technical skills required today, while developing critical thinking and adaptation capabilities needed for the future. We seek to continuously improve our practices, methods, and delivery systems utilized in accomplishing this mission.

Vision Statement for The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business

The vision of the BSC W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business is to become the preeminent teaching-focused business school in southern West Virginia, offering high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs in various high-demand fields of study.

Message from the Dean

Dear Student,

For decades the nationally accredited W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business at Bluefield State College has provided high-quality, career-centered business programs to citizens within our region. The School of Business faculty and staff commend you for taking advantage of the tremendous educational opportunities that await you.

I extend a warm welcome to both new and returning students. Always remember that the School of Business faculty and staff are fully committed to assisting you in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to ask for any assistance you might need. We are here to help educate you and to guide you so that you can attain your personal and professional goals.

As a School of Business student, you can benefit greatly from the variety of career-focused degree programs we offer. We provide experienced, dedicated and highly-credentialed faculty, personalized academic advising and cutting edge technology. We also offer a warm, student-centered environment that you simply don’t find on most college campuses. While you are here, make the most of the opportunities afforded you. Meet other students. Get involved in campus life. Visit with the faculty and seek their counsel. Challenge yourself to do more than you ever thought possible. Above all else, make a difference - now and in the future.

Best Regards,

Dr. John Snead, Interim Dean
W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business
Bluefield State College