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Graduate Programs and Research

Welcome to the new Graduate Programs and Research office within the Gordon Ford College of Business. As the Associate Dean of GPR there are two sets of resources about which you may be interested:

  1. Our master programs in Accountancy, Applied Economics, and the MBA and/or
  2. Resources and policies for college faculty, students, and staff supporting research and intellectual contributions.

The Gordon Ford College is fully accredited with AACSB and its high quality graduate programs have earned recognition for their excellence.

Please follow the "Graduate Programs" links to our MAcc, MAE, and MBA degrees for information on those programs.

Please follow the "Research and Intellectual Contributions" links for information helpful to researchers.

The concept of "constant improvement" drives our college and our GPR office. Please let us know about your suggestions and additions to improve this website. We hope that you will find information here that will answer questions and enable your aspirations.

Graduate Certificates

The Gordon Ford College of Business offers two stand-alone certificates to allow value to be added to existing undergraduate degrees.

Business Core Competencies

Those with undergraduate or advanced degrees in any field can add a solid business element to their credentials with this stand-alone certificate. If you later want to earn an MBA, and meet MBA admission requirements, you can use the courses within the certificate as part of your MBA program. The Certificate does not coordinate with the Professional MBA or the Full-Time MBA programs. However, it does coordinate with the Online MBA.

Business Sustainability

Students with undergraduate or advanced degrees who want to study environmental and societal issues as related to business and add  a “green” component to the resume will benefit from this stand-alone certificate. If you later want to earn an MBA, and meet MBA admission requirements, you can also use this certificate as nine hours in the elective category as part of the MBA.

Dr. Bob Hatfield

Bob Hatfield, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research
Professor of Management
443A Grise Hall; 270-745-6581


The Gordon Ford College of Business is a top business school with dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting programs


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 Last Modified 12/5/18