Kelce College of Business

High Quality, High Value Education


The Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State is among the nation's leading business schools for quality, high standards, and value.

With a mission of offering a well-rounded, world-class education that engages students and prepares them for a future in the business world, the Gladys A. Kelce College of Business stands out as one of the premier business colleges in the country. 

The Kelce College of Business is:

  • Accredited by the AACSB
  • Annually ranked among the Best Business Schools in the country by the Princeton Review
  • Ranked among the top 5 Family Friendly business schools in the country.                  

Global Reach


The Kelce College of Business is preparing students to enter an increasingly global marketplace. Many of our programs are tailored to educate students on a national and international scale.

Business and International Business Education ProgramThe Pittsburg State University International Business major is a multi-disciplinary major, incorporating a variety of disciplines across a variety of colleges and departments within the Pittsburg State University community. The major is designed to give students a core body of knowledge and basic skills necessary to live and work successfully in the increasingly interconnected world.

Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a Major in International Business - The goal of the International Business major is to provide high-quality, in-depth education in international affairs, to cultivate foreign language and inter-cultural communications skills, to provide opportunities for study abroad, to enhance students’ vocational skills in an increasingly interconnected world, and to provide an intellectual climate that cultivates curiosity, tolerance and an eagerness to learn about the world.

Minor in International Business Students with a major in other colleges may wish to minor in international business. The minor in international business may be used to satisfy the minor requirement for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Study Abroad - Pittsburg State offers a wide variety of opportunities for the true international experience through its Study Abroad program. Students can participate in faculty-led and/or exchange programs. 

  • Accreditation
  • Rankings and Recognitions
  • Admission to the Kelce College of Business
  • Study Abroad
  • Student Recognition
  • Academic Advising Center
  • Student Organizations
  • Scholarship Information
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Code of Ethics

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All degree programs in the Kelce College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB-accredited schools have the highest-quality faculty, deliver relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

AACSB Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees have earned AACSB Accreditation. AACSB-accredited schools produce graduates that are highly skilled and more desirable to employers than other non-accredited schools.

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AACSB-accredited schools have the highest-quality faculty, deliver relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools. Learn more as to why AACSB accreditation matters to students.

 

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Pittsburg State University is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services company features the school in the 2018 edition of its "Best Business Schools." The Princeton Review has also recognized the PSU Kelce College of Business as the #3 Most Family Friendly based on student assessment of: how happy married students are, how many students have children, how helpful the business school is to students with children, and how much the school does for spouses of students. 

 

 

 

 

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The business college at Pittsburg State University was named one of the top business colleges in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine, a leading publication for and about entrepreneurs. In its April issue, the magazine listed the MBA programs most highly rated by their students in six areas key to a successful career in business.  Read the Press Release.

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In 2018, the Accounting Degree Review ranked the Kelce College #6 in the nation for programs offering degrees with forensic accounting.  Accounting majors may choose to earn a minor in Fraud Examination.  This innovative interdisciplinary minor is composed of a curriculum that is patterned after the requirements for the nationally recognized Certificate in Fraud Examination.  Additionally, accounting students may choose to earn a minor or certificate in internal auditing.  The college is one of only 50 schools worldwide offering a curriculum sanctioned by the Institute of Internal Auditors

Students desiring admission into the Kelce College of Business must meet the following admission requirements in addition to those of the university.  The Kelce College of Business will admit students who meet the following requirements:

Students desiring admission into the Kelce College of Business must meet the following requirements: 

  • Complete 30 semester hours applicable to the degree.
  • Achieve at least a 2.25 overall cumulative grade point average for Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing majors.
  • Achieve at least a 2.50 overall cumulative grade point average for Accounting and CIS majors. 

Complete the following courses with a grade no lower than a C

  • English Composition, ENGL 101 or Honors English composition, ENGL 140– 3 hours
  • Introduction to Research Writing, ENGL 299 or Honors English Composition, ENGL 190 – 3 hours
  • Speech Communications, COMM 207 – 3 hours
  • Elementary Statistics, MATH 143 – 3 hours
  • Computer Information Systems, CIS 130 – 3 hours
  • College Algebra, MATH 110, 113 or higher level Math- 3 hours
  • Financial Accounting, ACCTG 201 – 3 hours

Study Abroad

To prepare for today’s global marketplace, all majors in the Kelce College of Business are encouraged to participate in one of the many Study Abroad opportunities available through our relationships with other institutions of higher learning around the world. Study Abroad programs can be pursued anytime during a program of study and can be relatively short or long in duration. Students should visit with their advisor about how to best incorporate an international experience into their individual plans.

Several programs led by Kelce faculty members are offered each summer. These programs are available to all Pittsburg State University students but are specifically designed to enhance the business curriculum. For more information about these programs, please see the brochures below or contact the faculty sponsor:

In addition to the programs offered through the Kelce College, a large number of Study Abroad and international travel programs are available through the university. Information is provided below about some of the opportunities that are most appropriate for each business major.

For more information about any of these programs or any other opportunities, please contact the Office of International Programs located in 118 Whitesitt Hall.

At Kelce College of Business, students are encouraged to be engaged in the learning process and their future careers in business. In addition to awards based on high quality classroom work, we recognize students who show innovative thinking and get involved, leaving behind a memorable impact on the college, student organizations, and the community. Here you will find the best and brightest students at Kelce and get a glimpse at what they are doing to improve their educational experience at Pittsburg State University.

Annual Awards Ceremony

Each spring, Kelce College of Business hosted its annual awards ceremony where students are awarded for their academic achievement and success.

2018 Annual Awards Ceremony

Past Award Ceremonies

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

2017 Beta Gamma Sigma Class 

Beta Gamma Sigma 2017

 

 

The purpose of the Kelce College of Business (COB) is to provide students with academic guidance as they strive to meet COB admission requirements and plan an educational course to meet career goals.

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The Kelce College of Business has many opportunities for students to participate in student run organizations and extra curricular activities. There are several organizations designed to get students involved and allow them put their classroom knowledge to effective use while gaining experience in the process.

All current and prospective students may apply for scholarships on-line at the PSU Office of Financial Assistance. Completed applications are due by February 1 each year. Learn more...

Click on the links below to learn about scholarships in the following degree program areas.

Accounting and Computer Information Systems

Economics, Finance and Banking

Management and Marketing

Graduate Assistantship opportunities may be available within the college, in each department, or university-wide. Graduate Assistantships are limited and granted on a competitive basis. To apply for a GA position in Kelce, check for vacancies at Gorillas4Hire.

Code of Ethics of the Students

  • Refrain from class disturbances.
  • Arrive on time and remain until dismissed at all class sessions and to notify instructors in advance of anticipated absences, late arrivals, or early departures when ever possible.
  • Turn off cell phones or other electronic devices while in class, unless permission to use them has been granted.
  • Prepare for and participate in all classes.
  • Treat fellow students, staff, faculty and administrators with respect.
  • Prepare assignments and exams honestly.
  • Avoid plagiarism or unacknowledged appropriation of another’s work in any academic work.
  • Refrain from giving or receiving inappropriate assistance.
  • Dress appropriately, avoiding clothing that is revealing, provocative, or includes offensive language or visuals. Dress as a professional when appropriate at ceremonies and interviews.
  • Respect University property and use resources in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • Be fair and constructive in the evaluation of faculty.
  • Obey the policies, regulations, and laws of the United States of America, The State of Kansas, The Kansas Board of Regents, Pittsburg State University and the Gladys A. Kelce College Of Business.

Code of Ethics of the Faculty

  • TO be dedicated to providing a high quality learning experience for students.
  • TO create a learning environment that will enhance academic honesty among students.
  • TO encourage students to make ethical decisions.
  • TO respect students as individuals and fairly assess their academic achievements.
  • TO avoid the use of any student research for private gain without authorization of the student.
  • TO refrain from discriminating against a student based upon gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, disability, political belief or age.
  • TO conduct scholarly activities with intellectual honesty.
  • TO obey the policies, regulations, and laws of the United States of America, the State of Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents and Pittsburg State University.

Code of Ethics of the Administration

  • TO be dedicated to providing a high quality learning experience for students.
  • TO be dedicated to providing a teaching environment that is supportive.
  • TO interpret accurately and in a fair manner all policies and administrative regulations as they relate to faculty and staff.
  • TO maintain the confidentiality of privileged information.
  • TO maintain professional relationships with those that administrators supervise, free from intimidation and disparagement.
  • TO refrain from making professional decisions based upon personal gain or favors.
  • TO refrain from discriminating against anyone based only upon sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, disability, political belief or age.
  • TO improve professional administrative knowledge.
  • TO obey the policies, regulations, and laws of the United States of America, The State of Kansas, The Kansas Board of Regents and Pittsburg State University.
  • TO assist and extend professional courtesy to all colleagues.
  • TO engage in conduct both during service to the university and in private life that would provide a professional role model.

Violation may affect performance appraisal and continuation of position decisions.

About Kelce College of Business


  • Dean's Welcome
  • Mission, Vision & Guiding Values
  • Board of Advisors
  • Info for Faculty

Dr. Paul Grimes

Paul GrimesA native of the region, Dr. Grimes earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in economics from Pittsburg State University. He received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University in 1984. Dr. Grimes' academic specializations are in the areas of labor economics, economic education, and the economics of public policy. Dr. Grimes is the author of more than seventy scholarly research articles, notes, and other publications. He has received more than one million dollars in grants and contracts for his research and outreach activities over the course of his career from funders such as the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Education. Dr. Grimes was previously recognized for his scholarship by being named a Visiting Fellow by Princeton University and a Senior Evaluation Scholar by the National Council on Economic Education. In 2005, he was honored by the National Association of Economic Educators with the Henry H. Villard Research Award for his career contributions to economic education research. The Southern Economic Association presented Dr. Grimes with the Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award in 2010.

Dr. Grimes is also a coauthor of Economics of Social Issues, an introductory college economics textbook published by McGraw-Hill, and Editor-in-Chief of The American Economist, the academic journal published by Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics.

Prior to his appointment as Dean of the Kelce College of Business in 2011, Dr. Grimes served more than twenty years as a faculty member and college administrator for Mississippi State University.

Vision

The Gladys A. Kelce College of Business will be the premier regional public business college in Pittsburg State University’s primary service area.

Mission

The Kelce College of Business prepares future business professionals within a student-focused environment by empowering students from diverse backgrounds to succeed within the global business community. We provide a foundation for life-long learning and a spirit of engagement by delivering affordable, high-value undergraduate and graduate business education programs. We accomplish this through small classes, committed faculty, scholarship, and community outreach.

Guiding Values

  • We believe in the pursuit of learning, teaching, scholarship, and public service activities conducted with honesty and high ethical standards.
  • We believe in fostering a college environment that enables people to succeed. 
  • We believe in working together as a learning community based on mutual respect, trust, and academic freedom.
  • We believe in continuous improvement and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and community engagement.
  • We believe in cultivating a diverse and multicultural learning environment.
  • We believe in responsibility, accountability, and transparency in all of our academic and operational procedures.

board of advisors

  

Supervisory Benefits Advisor
U.S. Department of Labor
Name
Title
Company
Doug Ball
CFO/Vice President for Administration
Pittsburg State University
Jeff Beasley
Vice President Customer Care
Westar Energy
Paul R. Bergant
Retired Executive Vice President
J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
Ken Brock
President
K.W. Brock Directories, Inc.
Terry L. Calloway
Territory Manager
Novacoast
Susan Cook
Tad Dunham
President & CEO
University Bank
Doug Eaton
HR Consulting
Tommy Elms
Regional Director
LPL Financial
Mike Foster
Director of Information Services
William Penn University 
Nancy E. George
Chief Risk Officer
Girard National Bank
Vince Horton
President
Tank Connection 
John Ison
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Brandee Johnson
Owner and President
LimeLight Marketing
Daniel F. Kjergaard
Lead Managing Director 
MHM, LLC
John Lowe
Board Member
Phillips 66
Charles R.H. Myers
Vice President and CFO
Collins Investment, Inc.
Jeff Ney
Partner
PSC Group, LLC
Mark Paden
Board of Directors 
National American Insurance Company
Randy Piccini
Vice President, Accounting & Administration 
CDL Electric Co. Inc.
Terry Puett
Vice President-Correspondent Banking 
Bankers Bank of Kansas
Jerry Ross
H. Lee Scott
Board of Directors
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Cheryl Sullivan
Director, Financial Planning & Analysis
NGL & Petchem Services, The Williams Companies
Steven Thompson
President
ETCO-Specialty Products
Rachel Vanzant
Director of Financial Reporting 
NPC International, Inc.