About Coles

Mission / History

The mission of the Coles College of Business (CCB) is to be the highest-value provider of business programs and talent in its markets. CCB will be highly respected in the academic and business communities by achieving national prominence in selected areas and benefiting business practice.

CCB will achieve its mission by continuing its responsive offerings of affordable, quality business degrees and customized executive education. Effective, committed teaching and integrated career preparation will result in outstanding graduates and graduation rates, supporting sustained regional economic growth. CCB will reinforce these efforts with entrepreneurial business engagement and with quality research focusing on relevant business issues and communicating findings in ways that impact management practice.

Message from the Dean

Dr. Kathy SchwaigWelcome to the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, an engaged and diverse community of scholars and practitioners committed to producing quality graduates, delivering an innovative education, and fostering community and business engagement.

At Coles, we not only teach business, we engage in it. We’ve heard what businesses want in employees and what they need to move their companies forward. The result: curriculum and teaching that pushes our students to aspire for more than just a degree -- to aspire to lead and contribute from the moment they graduate.

Through initiatives like the Hughes Leadership and Career Program, our undergraduate students learn relevant professional skills that make them career ready upon graduation.  Our nationally ranked MBA programs give business professionals the additional acumen they need to step forward and gain a top-level view of their industry.

As a college of business, our responsibility stretches beyond our students to our local and regional economy. We know Georgia businesses are aspiring for more, and that desire to continually move forward is in our DNA, too. We help spark economic growth by solving problems and creating innovation through our research and collaboration.

Whether you’re a prospective student, alumnus, or member of the business community, I invite you to explore Coles College of Business and learn how we can help you aspire for, and reach, more.

Kathy Schwaig, PhD
Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of
Entrepreneurial Management and
Professor of Information Systems

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