Walter F. and Virginia Johnson School of Business
Welcome to the Walter F. and Virginia Johnson School of Business (JSOB) at McMurry University. Our faculty of nine full-time professors and five part-time instructors/associate professors are proud of the atmosphere for learning that we provide. The McMurry campus community is like an extended family that respects other members, looks out for their needs, and promotes their welfare.
The McMurry business school curriculum is different from other area business programs. JSOB offers a collapsed-core curriculum, reducing your principles level coursework from 13 courses to five. This curriculum opens up eight additional classes you may take at the upper-division level, offering students the opportunity to add courses on topics that excite them personally. Take up to four certificate programs to enhance your expertise in areas of your choosing, which will appear on your transcripts. Alternatively, you may also choose to add an additional major or minor. The core curriculum provides essential knowledge while exposing students to a diverse intellectual foundation.
We hope that you will assimilate your talents into our community. Please get involved in the school by participating in the Garrison and other lecture series, partaking in student clubs, attending campus events, and joining campus religious and social organizations.
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|Paul M. Mason, Ph.D.|
Dean and Professor of Economics
Walter F. and Virginia Johnson School of Business
1 McMurry University #398
Abilene, TX 79697
Areas of Study
McMurry offers competitive business degree programs that prepare students for success in their careers.
Business Administration Minor
Computer Information Systems Minor
International Business Minor
The Johnson School of Business offers certificates that provide an opportunity for students to concentrate their coursework on specific areas of interest. While developed with business students in mind, students of any major may enroll for as many as desired.
• Any degree-seeking McMurry student is eligible to participate.
• Certificates can be earned separate from a McMurry degree.
• Students must meet all prerequisites necessary for courses required in the certificate.
• At least half of certificate coursework must be completed at McMurry.
• Certificate curricula include at least four courses, earning a minimum of 12 credit hours.
• Unless specified otherwise, students must earn a grade of C or higher in all certificate courses.
• Students seeking one or more certificates must declare their intention by noting it on the Degree Audit Request form in the Registrar’s Office. For May and August graduation, the deadline is on or before September 1; for December graduation, the deadline is February 1.
• Complete 90 credit hours toward their undergraduate degree.
• Acquire the specific skills necessary to successfully participate in the corporate internship position.
• Maintain good academic standing.
• Meet any requirements of the individual employer, such as a minimum GPA, specific coursework completed or classification as an upperclassman.
Students should expect to initiate their internship planning a year in advance by identifying their specific educational needs and business goals and then scheduling a meeting with their academic advisor or director of business internships for their discipline.
Academic credit can be earned for any of the business concentrations. Students work with the director of business internships in their discipline to complete a learning contract that documents their plan of study. Once enrolled in a course in the appropriate concentration, students are required to intern for a minimum of 120 hours to obtain credit. Required forms are available through the Johnson School of Business office or by contacting the director of business internship. To learn more, contact Dr. Paul Mason.
• Courses are project based. Curriculum is created with research and data from which students learn. Students involved in research learn experimental design, data collection and results analysis.
• Students join in faculty research. This can take the form of weekly participation in a research project or summer study conducted on campus or in other research centers. Students are frequently invited to present their research at professional meetings.
• Students complete a capstone experience. These senior-level projects confirm that students have the working knowledge and skills to design, conduct, analyze and present information. The capstone experience, the final requirement for the business degree, can take the form of an internship, research and data collection, a written assignment or oral presentations in senior classes, or in a strategic management simulation.
The Law School Admission Counsel recommends a broad liberal arts curriculum as the preferred training for a legal career. Admission committees want to see law school applicants who can think, write and speak well; have an understanding of the human experience; and rise to intellectual challenges by choosing rigorous academic coursework. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Fabrizio.
CareersAn undergraduate education in business is an excellent foundation for your career or for advanced study.
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Planning Government
- Graduate School
- Investment Banking
- Market Research Analysis
- Media Buying
- Retail Management
- Social Media Management
- Systems Analysis
- Systems Management
Join the Ranks of Accomplished AlumniYou’ll find McMurry business graduates leading the way in a wide range of fields. Here are professions McMurry alumni are working in today:
- Business Administrator
- Certified Public Accountant
- Computer and IT specialist
- Economics Professor
- Finance Specialist
- Human Resources Manager
- Independent Business Owners
- Insurance Expert
- International Banker
- Investment Banker
- Money Manager
- Project Manager
- Real Estate Professional
- Tax Auditor
Faculty and Staff
The Johnson School of Business Advisory Board offers advice, sponsors educational projects, provides assistance, recruits students and funds activities that benefit McMurry business students and faculty. The advisory board works to:
- Promote the Johnson School of Business and improve the quality of education received by students.
- Enhance programs and projects in business and entrepreneurship.
- Increase the flow of innovative ideas to the administration and faculty by business owners, alumni and the community.
- Involve supporters of the Johnson School of Business in shaping the future of McMurry’s business programs and studies.
- Promote and coordinate recognition of business alumni who have demonstrated outstanding success and leadership in their professions.
- Participate in revenue generation for specific projects, needs, scholarships and more for the Johnson School of Business.