UNCP School of Business

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The School of Business building on the main campus of UNCP

The UNCP School of Business is located within the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. All undergraduate and graduate degree programs are fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).[1]

UNCP School of Business building north side entrance

Undergraduate degrees are the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) and the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA). Some programs are offered entirely online. A Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is offered on campus as well as in a completely online format.


The UNCP School of Business received AACSB re-accreditation in 2018 and in 2023.[2][3]

The School of Business on the main campus of UNCP has been transformed with a new dedicated facility.[4]

Undergraduate degrees[edit]

The UNCP School of Business offers two undergraduate degrees:[5]

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) - with concentrations available in:
International business
  • The school of business offers a Certificate in Entrepreneurship
  • For non-business administration students the following minors are offered:[5]
Business administration
Quantitative finance
  • The Passport to Success Program is a requirement for all business students to prepare for after college and be ready for their life-long learning and careers.

Graduate degrees[edit]

A Masters of Business Administration (MBA) is offered by the UNCP School of Business as either a full-time day program or as a part-time evening program. An accelerated online MBA program is also available. Admitted to the MBA program requires the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).


The UNCP School of Business has thirty full-time faculty positions and 27 adjunct faculty. Adjuncts allow the three departments to offer more courses and bring a practitioner perspective to the students' education.[citation needed] The school's faculty is organized into three departments. As of April 2023, the leadership team and full-time faculty includes:[6]

Mohamed Djerdjouri - Dean
Edwin Cliff Mensah - Associate Dean and Professor
John E. "Jack" Spillan - Director of MBA Program
Accounting and finance department:
Victor Bahhouth
Rebecca Gonzalez-Ehnes
Dena D. Breece
Marcus Burger
Scott Cohen
Junyong Kim
Abdullah Noman
Mohammad Rahman
Christopher Solano
William Stewart Thomas
Todd White
Economics and decision sciences department:
Mohammad Ashraf
Lydia Gan
Zhixin "Richard" Kang
Bishwa Koirala
Edwin "Cliff" Mensah
Daniel J. Parisian
Xinyan Shi
Management, marketing, and international business department:
Gaye Acikdilli
Suzanne Altobello
Nick Arena
William "Rick" Crandall
Sheila Harris
Melissa Mann
Si Ahn Mehng
John E. "Jack" Spillan
Chaunhui "Charles" Xiong
Christopher Ziemnowicz

Endowed professorships[edit]

  • Thomas Family Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship[7]
  • William Henry Belk Endowed Chair of Management[8]

Special activities[edit]

Part of the SIFE display in the lobby

Special activities in the School of Business at UNCP include:

Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship[edit]

Thomas Center at COMtech

The Entrepreneurship Center is funded with a gift from Pembroke native and Los Angeles commercial real-estate developer Jim Thomas and his family's foundation.[9] Thomas was born in Pembroke, North Carolina and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He maintains close ties to his home community. Located off-campus in COMtech near the UNCP Regional Center for Economic, Community, and Professional Development, the Thomas Center is designed to assist small businesses in the region. It applies the talents of UNCP's faculty to the business community and serves as a training ground for students. The center also has student interns from different majors.[10]


UNCP School of Business is a partner in the scholarly journal, the International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management (IJSSM) published by Inderscience.[11]

Office of Economic and Business Research[edit]

The Office of Economic and Business Research (EBR) is intended to provide data to assist in regional economic progress. The target audience includes local area businesses and new firms that are relocating to the region. Publication include "The Economic and Social Impacts of The University" demonstrating the positive economic and social impact of UNCP on the region and state.


  1. ^ "AACSB Accredited - The University of North Carolina at Pembroke". aacsb.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
  2. ^ "UNCP Business program wins re-accreditation". The Robesonian. February 17, 2018. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Locklear, Mark (February 14, 2023). "UNCP School of Business earns AACSB accreditation extension". Robesonian. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
  4. ^ "UNC Pembroke receives $7 million for School of Business". uncp.edu. November 2, 2017. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Students". uncp.edu. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "School of Business Faculty and Staff". uncp.edu. Retrieved April 9, 2023.
  7. ^ [tps://www.uncp.edu/news/gift-pembroke-native-jim-thomas-will-create-endowed-chair-entrepreneurship "Gift from Pembroke native Jim Thomas will create endowed chair for entrepreneurship"]. uncp.edu. May 17, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "The Distinguished Professorship Endowment Trust Fund". northcarolina.edu. November 8, 2002. p. 13. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Thomas Entrepreneurship Center dedicated at summit" March 2007, retrieved on May 11, 2008.
  10. ^ Bigelow, Scott. "Entrepreneurship Center dedication is March 26", The Robesonian Online edition, retrieved on November 4, 2007.
  11. ^ Publisher's information page, retrieved on November 4, 2007.

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