College of Business Administration

John A Williams, Dean

Mission Statement: The Mission of the College of Business Administration is to deliver a quality business education to our international, regional, and local communities through teaching, research, service to our stakeholders, and the effective use of technology. We will facilitate economic development and entrepreneurial activity, and adhere to the core values of continuous improvement, high ethical standards, and diversity in the educational environment.

The College of Business Administration offers the following four-year undergraduate programs of study: Accounting; Business Administration; Finance; Healthcare Management; Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration; Management and Marketing.

Theoretical and case study methods are employed to develop problem-solving and decision-making abilities which lead to the intellectual growth of business students preparing for positions of responsibility in the community. In order to produce this quality of graduate, the College has the specific objectives of:

  1. creating and maintaining curricula which provide a common body of knowledge in the field of business administration as well as a broad liberal arts and science background;
  2. instructing in a manner to instill lasting concepts and thinking ability;
  3. encouraging faculty research and development to maintain instructional relevancy to the present and future; and
  4. maintaining a continuing service to the civic and business community of the greater New Orleans metropolitan area.


The following undergraduate and graduate programs in business and accounting offered by the College of Business Administration, University of New Orleans, are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International):

Business, Bachelor of Science Degree

Business and Accounting, Bachelor of Science Degree

Master’s Degree

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Tax Accounting
  • Master of Science in Health Care Management
  • Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Doctoral Degree

  • Ph.D. in Financial Economics

Minors in Business

The following minors in the College of Business Administration are available to all students:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Business Studies
  • Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism
  • Information Systems Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Requirements for these minors may be found under each major program description in the College of Business Administration section.

The following minor in the College of Business Administration is available to non-business administration students only:

  • Business Administration

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree 

Students must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours and at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the business degree at the University of New Orleans.

Students transferring from another University are required to take at least 50% of the hours in their Major area in the College of Business Administration at UNO.

Students are also held responsible for knowing degree requirements, for enrolling in courses that fit their degree programs, and for taking courses in the proper sequence to ensure orderly progression of work. Each student is held responsible for notifying the college office of graduation plans at the beginning of the semester proceeding the student’s final semester. At that point, a degree audit is prepared which outlines the student’s current scholastic position and indicates the course requirements remaining for the degree.

Students in the College of Business Administration are strongly encouraged to complete English 1158 with a C or better and Mathematics 1115 at the earliest possible time in their college career. Several required sophomore-level courses have these courses as prerequisites.

In addition to the general degree requirements (listed below), each student must complete the college degree requirements as follows.

General Education Course Requirements

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Mathematics 1115 or 1125, 2785 6
Science 9
Must include six hours of one science and three hours of another. One of the sciences must be biology and the other must be chemistry, earth and environmental sciences, or physics.
English and Literature 9
English 1157, and 1158 or 1159 or its equivalent with a grade of C or better, plus three additional hours in literature1. Writing courses and courses in grammar will not meet the literature requirement.
Arts  3
Must be selected from fine arts, film- or theater- or dance-related course, or music.  
Humanities1  6
Social Sciences 3

A student may use  as electives no more than three hours credit taken in health and physical education courses, six hours taken in military science courses, six hours taken in religion, or a maximum of six hours combined credit in these three areas.

  1. Any literature course used to fulfill the literature requirement listed under English shall not count toward the humanities requirement.

Business Administration Course Requirements

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Accounting 2100, 2130 (or 3121 & 3122 for accounting and finance majors) 6 (9)
Business Administration 2780 3
Business Administration 30101 3
Economics 1203, 1204 6
Finance 3300 3
Management 2790, 3401, 3402, 44802 12
Marketing 3501 3
Quantitative Methods–Business & Economics QMBE 2786, 27873 4
  1. HRT majors take Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism 3016
  2. HRT majors take Management 3467 in lieu of Management 3402 and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism 4000 in lieu of Management 4480
  3. HRT majors are not required to take QMBE 2786 or 2787

A maximum of six credit hours from any of four 1000-level courses: Business Administration 1000, or Economics 1000, or Economics 1273, or Finance 1330, may be used for credit toward a degree in the College of Business Administration unless a particular curriculum has restrictions which supersede this regulation.

Additionally, completion of the prescribed course of study in one of the following programs is required for the Bachelor of Science degree. All majors in the College of Business Administration must demonstrate their possession of global awareness. A 2.0 average must be earned in all courses taken at UNO in the student’s Major as a requirement for graduation.

Division of Business and Economic Research

Since 1963, the Division of Business and Economic Research (DBER) has provided a wide range of research-related services to businesses, government agencies, media, nonprofit organizations, and concerned individuals. DBER has been a member of the Association of University Business & Economic Research (AUBER) since 1975.

The DBER publishes the Metropolitan Report: Economic Indicators for the New Orleans Area, a quarterly publication containing analysis of recent trends and the short term outlook for the New Orleans metropolitan area. Since Hurricane Katrina, these economic indicators are published in a highly anticipated anniversary edition.

The DBER provides statistical information from local, state, and federal governments and private sector sources. For information not covered within the DBER’s vast data collection, a well-informed referral service is offered.

The DBER provides customized research services to organizations to facilitate strategic planning/problem solving. Principally known for its economic analysis and forecasts, the DBER also conducts: Economic Impact Analysis, Event Studies, Customer Profiles, Survey Design and Analysis, Customer Satisfaction Surveys, Industry/Market Analysis, Workforce Analysis, and Gambling Research.

The DBER, in collaboration with the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism, comprises the Hospitality Research Center (HRC) at the University of New Orleans. The HRC is the Premier center for hospitality and tourism research in the nation and a Center of Excellence at the University of New Orleans. Research projects include: Visitor Profiles, Tourism Indicators and Forecast, Impact of Festivals on the Economy, Industry Salary Surveys, Convention Studies, Perception Studies, Convention Bookings Studies and Louisiana Tourism Conversion studies.

Hospitality Research Center 

Approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Hospitality Research Center (HRC) at the University of New Orleans is a collaborative effort of the Division of Business and Economic Research (DBER) and the Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration (HRT). The HRC is the Premier center for hospitality and tourism research in the nation and a Center of Excellence at the University of New Orleans. The HRC is consistently recognized for research productivity in the hospitality field. The function of the Hospitality Research Center is to provide a variety of research services to hospitality and tourism organizations for local, state and out-of-state clients.  Research projects include:  Visitor Profiles, Tourism Indicators and Forecast, Impact of Festivals on the Economy, Industry Salary Surveys, Convention Studies, Perception Studies, Convention Bookings Studies, Louisiana Tourism Conversion Studies and Sporting Event Studies.

Institute for Economic Development and Real Estate Research

The institute for Economic Development and Real Estate Research combines the resources of the Center for Economic and Community Development and Real Estate Research Center to provide technical assistance and applied research for public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout its service area.

Center for Economic Development 

The Center for Economic Development was established in 1978 as a joint effort of the state and federal government to work cooperatively with local agencies and non-profit organizations to create an environment which encourages economic diversification and growth. The Center has been engaged in a wide variety of research and technical assistance programs involving resources from within the College of Business Administration as well as other colleges and community service units at UNO.

The Center’s website is

Real Estate Research Center 

The Real Estate Research Center was established to serve the real estate community as well as the general public. The three main areas of services offered by the Center are professional real estate education, primary real estate market data and contracted research.

The mission of professional real estate education is accomplished through continuing education courses and conferences, including the Annual Economic Outlook and Real Estate Forecast Seminar and Economic Development and Real Estate Outlook for the Northshore.

Market data has been published in the Metropolitan New Orleans Real Estate Market Analysis since 1978 and Northshore Real Estate Market Analysis since 2008 annually. It covers real estate market trends for apartments, office, retail, warehouse and industrial properties. The report also describes current trends for single-family and condominium housing by parish and Multiple Listing System (MLS) neighborhood. This analysis of the real estate market is distributed at the local, state and national levels.

The Center’s website is