Coggin College of Business Overview

Dean' s Message

Welcome to the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. We are well- known for strong undergraduate and masters programs complemented by transformational learning opportunities. In 2013, we were named an outstanding business college by the Princeton Review for the 7th year in a row.

Our faculty are accomplished researchers, well-known in their areas of expertise and beyond. Our bachelor’s degree programs in accounting, economics, finance, financial services, international business, logistics, management and marketing are vibrant and growing. In fact, two of our programs (International Business and Transportation & Logistics) have flagship designation. This an indication of outstanding program quality, national recognition and a global talent pool of faculty and students. Our graduate programs include an MBA, Global MBA, Global Entrepreneurship MBA, and Masters in Accounting. Of course, we have AACSB accreditation in business and in accounting for our undergraduate and graduate programs. AACSB accreditation is the international gold standard for quality academic programs in business management.

Some of the transformational learning opportunities that we offer are internships (arranged by our in-house Career Management Center), study abroad in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, and state of the art business computing technology. Our Logistics Lab has cutting edge optimization software and our Financial Trading Lab is equipped with the best trading simulation software. For hands on learning experience with investing, our students manage the Osprey Fund and compete with the finest minds in the business. Capitalizing on our location in the thriving Jacksonville metropolitan area, we have partnerships with national accounting firms, financial institutions, insurance companies, transportation companies and medical services providers, among others. Much of this interaction is via an active and engaged Business Advisory Council and a Business Associates Council.

Our business centers, which supplement academic research and support the community with business and economic data include the Bank of America Institute, Center for International Business Studies, Institute for Management Development and Organizational Quality, Local Economic Indicators Project, the Paper Institute, the Research Center in Economic and Geographic Information Systems, Center for Sustainable Business Practices and the Small Business Development Center.

I urge you to explore beyond our website and visit us at the Coggin College. We will be delighted to meet you and show you what we have to offer.

Ajay Samant, Ph.D.

Dean & Professor of Finance
Coggin College of Business
University of North Florida


The Coggin College of Business is fully accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Further, the Accounting programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have received separate accreditation by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB is the premier accrediting agency for business schools internationally with only 620 business schools holding this distinction and only 177 accounting programs holding this distinction.

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To educate and develop business professionals through accredited degree programs by having both students and faculty engaged in scholarly activities for the discovery and application of knowledge.

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The Coggin College of Business aspires to be the institution of first choice for business education, serving North Florida with top-qualilty faculty excelling in teaching and scholarship, and sharing with students their passion for life-long discovery and community service.

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Coggin College staff, students, and faculty work together in a learning community characterized by civility, mutual respect, and open, honest communication.

The distinctiveness of our learning community is exemplified by the values that we consider most important. Specifically, we value:

  • faculty-student interaction of the highest quality;
  • global perspective, as an essential aspect of relevant business education; and
  • commitment to enthusiasm for continuous learning.

Our faculty and staff embrace these values and encourage our students to do the same. As our students observe professional interactions among faculty, staff and their peers, they are provided with behavioral models to emulate.

Our goal is to live and share these values so that students learning in the Coggin College, which could be limited to receiving information, instead becomes transformational learning. That is, it results in a positive shift in the way students think, view themselves, and view the world around them.

This transformational learning takes place in our classrooms and in experiential learning opportunities such as study abroad; internships; participation in student organizations; involvement in research projects with our faculty; and professional interactions with our staff.

We expect that students who are engaged in the Coggin College learning community will obtain high-quality positions upon graduation and have successful careers as business professionals. As alumni, they become the “Brand” of the Coggin College.

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Wall Street Journal Partnership

Each student enrolling in one or more Coggin College of Business courses numbered 3000 or higher is assessed a fee each semester. In return, each student is able to pick up a copy of The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) from locations within the College. Moreover, each student will receive access to all of the WSJ’s online editions (e.g., European, Asian), as well as Barron’s online and the WSJ Employment Edition. Additional information is available at

 Jacksonville Business Journal Partnership

 UNF's Coggin College of Business is proud to have partnered with the Jacksonville Business Journal.  Every Coggin College of Business Student has online access to the Jacksonville Business Journal. This publication puts the students finger on the pulse of the local business community with access to: Exclusive Job Prospecting, Comprehensive Curriculum Supplement, Quick Research, User-Friendly pages that are also Eco-Friendly (online). Additional Information is available at

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