University of Central Missouri’s (UCM) Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies takes experiential learning to the next level. Not all business students have opportunities to dive into hands-on projects with the breadth and depth of those in the Harmon College, but here, launching a startup and managing a $600,000 investment portfolio while utilizing Bloomberg Terminals are part of a typical business student’s day.
Students are drawn to the wide range of business degrees offered through the Harmon College. Specializations for undergraduate and graduate business students include computer information systems (an ABET-accredited program), accountancy, finance, marketing, hospitality, management, international business and much more.
Across all programs, hands-on learning is key. “Our goal is to help our students learn by doing. It’s a two-phase approach. We want our students to understand theory—but also to know how to do things. So we offer resources in all our programs for experiential learning,” explained Dean of Harmon College, Dr. Roger Best.
With a campus near Kansas City and another in a Kansas City suburb, UCM strives to create a sense of community between students, faculty, and local residents. Students appreciate the low cost of living in the area, as well as the notably affordable tuition rates for both graduate and undergraduate programs.
UCM students come from 61 different countries and there is a thriving International Student Organization. International students are actively engaged in intramural sports, theater, and professional campus clubs such as the Student Finance Association.
UCM hopes to increase the number of Latin American students on campus, and is interested in institution-wide partnerships between the Harmon College and Latin American universities, such as a joint-degree MBA.
“We would like to have more Latin American students, not just to provide them with what we consider quality education from a US perspective, but also to enrich our own classes and students. We would like our students to engage with students from around the world to enhance our global education at UCM,” Dr. Best concluded.