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Welcome to the College of Business and Public Affairs


The mission of the College of Business and Public Affairs (COBPA) at Alabama A&M University is to provide relevant business and social science education to future professionals and leaders ready to make a positive community impact. The AAMU College of Business and Public Affairs builds on its historic mission of providing education for African-Americans to an expanded mission of educating a student body that is diverse in terms of ethnicity, national origin, and socio-economic background.

Consistent with the University’s history and contemporary mission, the college concentrates on instruction while seeking to combine the classic goal of intellectual development with the land-grant tradition of service. The college utilizes effective teaching, advising, applied scholarship, and community involvement to produce graduates who will become leaders, managers, entrepreneurs, and productive employees in the private and public sectors. Applied and interactive educational experiences are emphasized in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. While the College of Business and Public Affairs and the University are committed to graduate education, the college emphasizes undergraduate education as its primary responsibility. In addition to the coverage of basic business principles, all programs develop students’ computer, communications, interpersonal relations, and leadership skills, thereby, preparing graduates for success in local, state, national, and global business environments.

Opportunities are provided for all students to gain leadership skills through involvement with student organizations and to gain practical experiences through experiential learning opportunities (ELO) and internships in cooperation with business, government and non-government organizations. Students are exposed to diversity and international perspectives. Faculty members are highly caring of their students and 90% of the full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees. They are committed to excellence in teaching and are engaged in scholarly activities. They are also active in institutional, professional, and community service.

The College of Business and Public Affairs, will achieve its mission by focusing on the following strategic priority areas: 

​​​​​​​​​​Experiential Learning: Graduates with competencies and ability to apply conceptual knowledge to relevant, real-world business and social problems. 

Continuous Improvement & Accreditation: An organizational culture that recognizes and leverages changes in our people, processes, and technology to increase the effectiveness of the college, acknowledged through the attainment of AACSB accreditation. 

​​Faculty Recruitment & Development: A team of exceptionally qualified faculty committed and capable of advancing the vision, mission, values, and goals of the college. 
Community Outreach & Service: An anchor institution with significant societal, cultural, and economic impact leading to community well-being. 

The College of Business and Public Affairs is organized into three (3) departments, each headed by a department chair. The departments are (1) Accounting and Finance; (2) Management, Marketing, and Logistics; and (3) Social SciencesThe college has three outreach centers: the Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Economic Development (CEIED), the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Support Services, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The centers provide management counseling and conducts training workshops free of charge. The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) primarily serves the North East Alabama Region.