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Poole College of Management

2150 Nelson Hall
Box 8614
Raleigh, NC 27695-8614
Phone: (919) 515-5565
fax: (919) 515-5564
Please visit the Poole College of Management's website for additional information about our programs. 

The Poole College of Management’s curricula provide students with the knowledge and skills required to launch successful careers in today's dynamic global business community. Poole graduates are prepared to pursue positions with large corporations, small firms, and start-ups, nonprofits, government agencies, or even to start their own businesses. Many choose to pursue advanced studies in professional accounting, economics, law and business administration either upon graduation or after acquiring a few years of professional experience.

The college’s academic programs provide a wide range of options that enable students to build on their existing interests and strengths, as well as to explore new directions. Students may study accounting, information technology, financial management, supply chain management, marketing, economic analysis, human resource management, entrepreneurship, and more. Communication skills, data analysis skills, and computer literacy are integrated into the curriculum, along with project-based, hands-on learning that provides valuable real-world experience.

Students acquire a strong liberal arts background through general education courses and electives that they choose from the many options available through NC State’s historically strong academic programs in science, technology, engineering, humanities and social science. Dual degree and interdisciplinary programs are also available, and students are encouraged to participate in study abroad, internships, and campus leadership opportunities during their time in the college.

NC State University is accredited by AACSB International--the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Accreditation brings the Poole College of Management into the select ranks of the best business and management schools in the world.

Poole College of Management faculty bring years of professional experience along with solid academic training into our classrooms.  Many are active in corporate consulting and serve on the boards of directors of major corporations.  A large number of the college’s faculty are members of NC State University’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers, and many others have been honored for their teaching, research, and service. The faculty is organized into four academic departments:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Economics 
  • Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Degree Programs

The Poole College of Management offers the following undergraduate degree programs:

  • B.S. in Accounting
  • B.S. in Business Administration
  • B.A. in Economics
  • B.S. in Economics

New freshmen enter the college as "Management First Year" students; during their second semester, students declare the degree program they choose to pursue. Transfer students matriculate directly into their chosen degree program.

The Accounting program provides a general business foundation with a depth of specialization in accounting issues and skills. Students develop interpersonal, teamwork and problem-solving skills, and learn how to apply technology in the accounting field. The curriculum includes financial and managerial accounting, taxation, business law and ethics, auditing and accounting information systems. Five concentrations are offered: financial analysis, information systems, managerial accounting, internal auditing, and government/nonprofit accounting.  Outstanding students completing the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program may choose to apply directly to the Master of Accounting (MAC) program, earning the graduate degree with just one additional year of coursework. Successful completion of the graduate program qualifies students to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.

The Business Administration curriculum focuses on integrating knowledge of all the core business functions through a strategic management lens, coupled with depth of expertise in one concentration area of specialization.  All students take foundation courses in finance, marketing, human resource management, entrepreneurship, business law, supply chain/operations management, information systems and strategic management, and select a concentration area of focus from one of the following: entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, information technology, marketing, and operations/supply chain management. The curriculum emphasizes computer skills and the application of information technology, teamwork, problem-solving and ethical and critical thinking for decision making in a global strategic context.

The Economics program provides a broad education in the liberal arts with a specialization in economic theory and application. Students can select the Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree, which provides more liberal arts courses, or the Bachelor of Science in Economics, with a greater focus on business, mathematics, statistics, and science. The economics programs are flexible, and with thoughtful advance planning, students can easily pursue an economics degree along with a minor or even a second major in another academic area.

For those interested in advanced studies, the college also offers graduate degrees: Master of Accounting, Master of Economics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Global Innovation Management, Master of Global Luxury Management and Doctorate in Economics.

Dual Degree International Programs

The Poole College of Management is committed to offering a variety of international opportunities for our students.  From specialized Poole-sponsored summer international programs to semester and full-year study abroad programs, to unique dual-degree options, Poole students are offered a world of choice in international study.

Hamilton Scholars is a dual degree program offered collaboratively by the Poole College of Management and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS). In four years, students can complete two degrees: one from the Poole College of Management in either Accounting, Business Administration or Economics and the second from CHASS in International Studies. The Hamilton Scholars program includes extracurricular activities and requires at least one study abroad experience.  Graduates of the program are prepared to function successfully in cross-cultural corporate settings.

The International Business Dual Degree (IBDD) Program provides an even richer opportunity for international immersion and study. In this program, students spend their first two years studying at NC State University, then the next two years studying at one of our partner universities in China, France, Germany, Italy or Spain. Students complete two internships: one in each country. In addition, students take most of the courses at the partner University in the native language. Upon completion of the four-year program, students earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from NC State University and a bachelor’s degree in International Business/Management from the partner institution.  Graduates of the IBDD Program are bi-lingual; have at least 9 months work experience; have lived, studied, and worked in two countries and are highly sought after for international positions, both domestic and abroad.

For more information on Poole international dual degree programs, visit the Poole College of Management's website.

Academic Minors

Students enrolled in other majors at NC State may choose to minor in accounting, business administration, or economics. Visit the "Academics - Minors" page on the Poole College of Management's website for additional information.

Curriculum and Degree Requirements

The Poole College of Management requires that Accounting and Business Management majors earn at least 30 credit hours while officially enrolled as a degree candidate in either the Accounting or Business Management curriculum. Students in the Economics majors (B.A. and B.S.) must earn at least 1/2 of their required economic credits while enrolled in the Economics curriculum.  Students must be admitted to the degree program at the beginning of the semester to qualify as being enrolled as a degree candidate during the semester.

Student Organizations

Numerous student organizations are housed in the Poole College to provide undergraduate students a wide range of exposure to business in practice.  Students are encouraged to become active in the clubs and organizations aligned with their chosen major and/or concentration in order to develop networking skills and professional contacts.  Student organizations are also a valuable source of service and professional development experiences and provide undergraduates a wide range of leadership development opportunities. Visit the Poole College of Management's website for additional information.

Student Services

The Poole College of Management is committed to providing the support services to enable our students to succeed.  Our team of full-time professional advisors provides comprehensive academic advising services to undergraduate students from freshman through senior year; our international programs staff supports student exploration of appropriate global experiences during their academic career; our career development staff is dedicated to helping students pursue internships during their academic program and career positions upon graduation.  


Through the generous support of alumni, friends and corporate partners, the Poole College of Management offers a limited number of highly competitive scholarships to our current and incoming students, in addition to any available university-wide awards.  Please visit the Poole College of Management's website for additional information and a list of additional resources for possible financial support.  Students are encouraged to contact the University’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for more information and assistance in planning the financing of their college costs.

Admission to the Poole College of Management

Admission to the Poole College of Management is quite competitive.  To learn more about admission requirements and how to apply to the Poole College of Management, see the Poole College admission page.


Annette L. Ranft, Stephen P. Zelnak Chair

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

Tamah Morant

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research

Steve Allen

Director of Advising

Brad Wingo

Director of Career and Internship Development

Brian Newton

Director of Curriculum and Scheduling

Jason DeRousie

Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Tayah Butler

Director of Global Programs

Robert Sandruck

Director of Recruiting and Enrollment

Bonnie Yarboro