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Frequently Asked Questions | Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies | University of Central Missouri


1. What is the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies (HCBPS)?

The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies is one of four academic colleges at the University of Central Missouri. The HCBPS is comprised of two schools. Programs in the School of Business Administration include Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Hospitality Management, Management, and Public Relations. Programs in the School of Professional Studies include Aviation, Criminal Justice, Crisis and Disaster Management, Communication Disorders, Social Work, and Military Science and Leadership.

2. Who is the Harmon college named after?

The Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies is named after the late Adrian and Margaret Harmon. Mr. and Mrs. Harmon were long-time business leaders and residents in the Warrensburg community. In 1995, their gift of $2 million established the Harmon College with the desire to invest in high-quality education and development of young business leaders.

3. How many credits are needed to graduate?

The actual number depends on your specific program, but generally programs in the Harmon College require 120-123 credit hours to complete. View the undergraduate catalog, for specific information regarding the number of credit hours required to complete each major offered at UCM.

4. How long will it take to graduate?

This may vary by program, but generally students can graduate in four years by taking 14-16 credit hours per semester. Incoming students who successfully average 15 credit hours per semester have the opportunity to earn a 15-to-Finish Scholarship their senior year.

5. Are the programs in the Harmon College accredited?

Yes. The Harmon College business programs are currently accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an accreditation earned by less than 5 percent of the world's business schools. In addition, many of the programs within the HCBPS including Accounting, Aviation, Computer Information Systems, Public Relations, Social Work, and Speech Language Pathology hold individual accreditation status.

6. What benefit does school/program accreditation offer students?

Accreditation offers students and parents assurance that the program has been evaluated and has met or exceeded acceptable standards for the profession. Schools and programs that are accredited agree to uphold standards of quality and quality improvement.

7. Is an internship required for degrees offered through the HCBPS?

Some programs, such as Hotel and Restaurant Administration and Hospitality Management, require an internship. Other programs, such as Communication Disorders and Social Work, require a practicum.

Regardless of whether they are required, internships offer two valuable functions for students. First, internships provide students with hands-on training and the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world situations. Second, an internship can be used to fulfill elective requirements. To earn course credit, the internship must first be approved by the Harmon College internship office.

8. Is it necessary to get involved in student organizations?

The Harmon College offers numerous opportunities for students to get involved with their peers outside of the classroom. Each academic department within the college sponsors one or more student organizations to enhance the educational experience of students. Student organizations within the Harmon College facilitate networking with other students and are a source for future job opportunities.

9. How large are classes in the Harmon College?

The average class size at UCM is 24 students. Class sizes can range between 20 and 65 students depending on the class.

10. The class I want is full. How can I get in?

Individual faculty cannot add students to a course. Students that would like to enroll in a course that is "full" should speak with the chair of the department overseeing the course. The department chair will then consult with the faculty member to try and accommodate the request. However, enrollment into a course that is already full is not guaranteed. Students can also add themselves to a course waitlist. Specific information about how to get on a class waitlist.

11. When do I start taking my courses specific to my degree program?

This will vary by program. View the four-year academic guide for each major offered at UCM.

12. What is the difference between "declaring" a major and being admitted into a degree program?

Declaring a major simply means you intend to pursue a certain degree or major. Admission into a program occurs when you have completed the appropriate application material. Only after you have been “admitted” into the program will you be able to register for 3000-level (upper division) courses.

All Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majors, as well as the Social Work and Speech Language Pathology programs have separate admission processes and standards.

13. Does the Harmon College offer any scholarships for students?

The HCBPS offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

14. How many hours does it take to be a full-time student?

During the Fall and Spring semesters, to be considered full-time, students must take a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours, although it is recommended that students average 14-16 hours to graduate on time.
Full-time status during the summer semesters require students to be enrolled in at least nine (9) credit hours.
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