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College of Business

The College of Business embraces its legacy and will lead in becoming a national leader in Christian business education. The college distinguishes itself through our commitment to developing future business leaders who embrace the values and virtues of Jesus, which include bold, purposeful, creative, credible and serving.

Ray Eldridge

Ray Eldridge, Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Management

Students are immersed in best in class academic programs, with an emphasis on the convergence of business acumen, technology, purpose and with a committed community of professors who invest themselves into the lives and futures of each student.  Students are challenged outside the classroom by walking alongside some of the most marginalized in the world, loving them, leading and teaching the business skills necessary to start businesses enterprises that they can build their lives upon. Student learning continues with practical applications, internships, work experiences, and engagement with business leaders.

Fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, one of the two largest business accrediting bodies in the world, Lipscomb University’s College of Business is recognized throughout the region and the nation as an outstanding source of highly skilled and highly trustworthy business leaders.

The college has consistently earned a top position nationally as a business college and a #1 undergraduate program and #2 part-time MBA in the state.  While we’re proud of that, as a college that is built differently through providing a transformative student experience, we’re even more proud as we see our graduates leave us to change the world ... improving lives and competent, displaying the character that all businesses depend upon.

Ray Eldridge
Dean

Priorities

Engagement

Facilities to meet the speed of business: A New Business Center

Innovation

Scholarships: Our goal is simple: to become a leading Christian College of Business. To reach this goal, we must attract the brightest candidates by offering them scholarships that help them reach both their personal and professional goals. We must also attract even more outstanding faculty to be part of our team and to be a leading force in blazing a new path for all we plan to accomplish in business. This is where we need your help.

Impact

Business as Mission (BAM): At Lipscomb, social enterprises, mission trips and service projects are interwoven into our culture and curriculum. You see, we believe in “business as mission,” or BAM for short. Launched in 2015, the Center for Business as Mission is designed to provide mentoring, education and hands-on experience for you to live at the intersection of faith, career, culture and entrepreneurial thinking. The Center for Entrepreneurship also intervenes with an environment in which business creativity is shaped by solid business knowledge. Interested in aligning your passion to help the greater good through business? We’ll show you the way.

About the College/Vision

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” Psalms 78:72. This verse sets out the College of Business’s two distinctives.  First and foremost, this is a business school with the responsibility of equipping our students with quality business skills that will ensure they are employable. However, skills development is only part of our mission.  

Because of Lipscomb University’s heritage and commitment to being purposefully, graciously, and courageously Christian, students are surrounded by an education that puts a value on business being a force of good in the world.

For the past three years, the College was ranked nationally by Bloomberg/Businessweek’s and Poets and Quants “Best Business Schools” rankings.  The undergraduate program is ranked #1 in the state and in the top 60 in the nation, and the part-time MBA is ranked #2 in Tennessee and in the top 50 in the nation.

The rankings continue to show the breadth of quality with: #1 Accounting program in TN, #47 in the nation; #1 Christian accounting program in TN, #2 in the nation; #1 bachelors in human resources, #26 in the nation; #2 international business degree in TN, #36 in the nation and a top 50 marketing program in the nation; and a top 25 “Best for Vets” business school.

The College of Business has received ACBSP Business Accreditation and was fourth in the nation to receive ACBSP Accounting specialization accreditation.  It is also the only business school in the state to have been awarded both level one and level two Baldrige based quality awards from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

However, skills development is only part of our mission.  Because of Lipscomb University’s heritage and commitment to being purposefully, graciously, and courageously Christian, students are surrounded by an education in the values and virtues of Jesus.  The College of business puts a value on business being a force of good in the world.