University of North Texas College of Business

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University of North Texas
College of Business
Established 68 years ago[1]
Type Public Business school
Dean Finley Graves, PhD
Academic staff
   72 (tenured)[2]
   18 (tenure track)[2]
Undergraduates 4,646[2]
Postgraduates 819 (including doctorates)[2]
Location Denton, Texas
Campus Urban
Affiliations University of North Texas

The University of North Texas College of Business is a constituent college of the University of North Texas in Denton. It is organized in five academic departments — (i) Accounting, (ii) Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Law (FIREL), (iii) Information Technology & Decision Sciences, (iv) Management, and (v) Marketing & Logistics. The College also has six interdisciplinary centers — (a) the Center for NAFTA Studies, (b) the Information Systems Research Center, (c) the Institute of Petroleum Accounting, (d) the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship (e) the Professional Leadership Program, and (f) the Center for Logistics Education & Research. The College awards Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Research centers & professional institute[edit]

The college is host to three research centers, one applied academics center, and one institute:

  1. Center for Decision and Information Technologies is a partnership among UNT, industry, and other universities that focus on information technology management, education, and research
  2. Institute of Petroleum Accounting, founded 34 years ago, serves aspiring and active professionals in the energy sector, with deep expertise in the upstream stage
  3. Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship, in its fifteenth year, draws upon multidisciplinary academic research and applied entrepreneurship to help the next generation form innovative enterprises and creative solutions for social problems
  4. Center for Logistics Education and Research partners with industry to innovate and structure advanced logistics and supply chains in Texas and around the globe
  5. Professional Development Institute is an educational enterprise founded forty-one years ago within the College of Business and, in December 1982, restructured as a non-profit, tax exempt Texas corporation. A component of its mission is to provide continuing education required for professional certifications such as the CPA. PDI draws upon scholars and adjunct industry practitioners to provide training in subjects that include petroleum accounting, professional accounting, insurance, information systems, finance, and management. As an example of PDI's reach in the past, in 1983, it sponsored 436 programs in 93 cities in 31 states and six countries.[3] Beyond PDI's micro and marco economic impact, its inherent benefits are multidimensional: industry professionals benefit from the expertise of professors; professors benefit by staying close to field professionals; North Texas students benefit from the amplified visibility of the College of Business to over one-half million industry professionals (as of 2010). PDI was the impetus for erecting a Sheraton hotel and conference center in 1985 through a lease on the site of the university's golf course clubhouse. The university took over the lease from Radisson and demolished the structure in 2009 to make way for a new, larger conference center. As of 2010, CPE courses — which historically have accounted for much of PDI's enrollment — have been offered online with growing popularity.

Graduate School[edit]

North Texas offers 12 MBA, 7 Master of Science, and 3 joint MBA/MS programs:


  1. MBA Business Studies — FLEX
  2. MBA Business Studies — Real Estate
  3. MBA Business Studies — Library & Information Technology
  4. MBA Decision Sciences
  5. MBA Finance
  6. MBA Health Services Management
  7. MBA Information Technology
  8. MBA Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  9. MBA Marketing
  10. MBA Operation & Supply Chain Management
  11. MBA Organizational Behavior & Human Resources
  12. MBA Strategic Management

Master of Science

  1. MS Accounting — Auditing
  2. MS Accounting — Entrepreneurship
  3. MS Accounting — Information Systems
  4. MS Accounting — Managerial
  5. MS Finance
  6. MS Information Technology & Decision Sciences
  7. MS Taxation

Joint MBA/Master of Science

  1. Hospitality Management
  2. Industrial, Technical, Merchandising and Fabric Analytics
  3. Engineering Technology


The college was founded in 1946 as the School of Business Administration. O. J. Curry served as dean from its inception to 1969.[4] The name change, from School of Business Administration to College of Business Administration was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board October 1971.[5]


College of Business
    Enrollment, Fall 2012[2]
Undergrad Post
Doctorate Total
Finance, Real Estate, Insurance & Law 332 7 29 12 380
Marketing & Logistics 387 6 10 403
Management 198 207
Business Computer Information Sciences 145 2 22 11 180
Accounting 417 21 194 4 636
General Business 140 145
Business Administration 388 388
Undetermined 3,027 38 3,126
Total 4,646 103 633 83 5,465
1946–1969 Othel Jackson Curry, PhD (1904–1994), who before coming to North Texas had been a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and its Wharton School of Finance, was named in 1945 as director of the newly formed School of Business. Business education at North Texas began in 1942. Curry had earned a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1941.
1969–1971 Clifford Edwin Hutton, PhD (1928–2004) had formerly served on the faculty at the University of Tulsa. Hutton resigned September 1, 1971, to accept a position as Vice President Student Affairs at the University of Tulsa. He had earned a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1961.
1971–1973 Barry Goodwin King, PhD (born 1935) stepped-in as acting dean while North Texas conducted a search. He is a scholar in accounting, with particular expertise in internal auditing and control. He had been the director of graduate business studies for North Texas. He holds a PhD in accounting from Ohio State University.
1973–1983 Marvin Harold Berkeley, PhD, (1922–2009) was a business management practitioner with applied and research expertise in organizational performance. After stepping down as dean, he continued to teach at the college. He founded UNT's Chief Executives Round Table and served as its director from 1983 to 1993. Berkeley had earned a PhD in psychology from Washington University in 1952.
1999–2004 Jared Earl Hazelton, PhD, while serving as dean, created four outreach centers, including the Murphy Enterprise Center, the Center for Logistics Education and Research, the Center for Financial Services, and the NAFTA Studies Center. The College during his tenure also raised $12 million. His academic expertise was in finance markets and public policy.[6] Hazelton earned a PhD in economics from Rice University in 1965.
2005–2007 Kathleen Bell Cooper, PhD (born 1945), had served as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2001 to 2004. She was appointed dean of the college in October 2005, a position she held until August 2007. She has significant academic and applied expertise in the energy sector, particularly in tax policy and international trade. She had served as the Chief Economist of ExxonMobil Corporation. In 2006, while serving as dean of the college, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Williams Companies, where she currently is chairman of audit committee and member of the finance committee. She earned a PhD in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She had attended UNT as a freshman during the 1963–1964 school year.
2008–current Oliver Finley Graves, PhD, joined the UNT faculty in 2002 and served as chair of the college's Accounting Department from that time until January 2007 when he was appointed Senior Associate Dean. Among his professional and multinational academic positions, he served as chair of the Department of German and Russian while on the faculty at the University of Alabama, where he also earned a PhD in accounting. He is Fulbright Scholar to the University of Freiburg, Breisgau, Germany.

National & international recognition[edit]

Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Accounting Tax

  • BYU Accounting Research Rankings, for papers published in tax by PhD candidates:[8]
6 years
12 Years
20 Years
     Tax All Categories 9 22 38
     Tax Archival 8 16 24
     Tax Experimental 10 25 39

Online graduate business programs

  • U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Online Education Programs ranked North Texas 20th in the nation among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs.[9]


The College of Business is accredited in business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In 1961, its undergraduate business program received AACSB accreditation. In the spring of 1964, the Master of Business program received AACSB accreditation. At that time, about seventy-five MBA programs in the country and one other in the state — The University of Texas at Austin — was accredited by the AACSB.

Also at that time (1964), the College of Business was second in the state and the southwest, next to the University of Texas at Austin, and 11th in the nation, with the University of Southern California, in number of bachelor degrees conferred.[10]

The College of Business began its first PhD program forty-nine years ago — in the fall of 1965.[10]


  1. ^ UNT College of Business, Department of Accounting Reaccredited, UNT News Service, February 18, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f g UNT Fact Book — 2012–2013, Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, University of North Texas
  3. ^ New Sheraton Complex in Denton to House PDI, Dallas Morning News, January 8, 1984, pg. 4K
  4. ^ NTSU School Announces Fund Drive for Chair, Dallas Morning News, February 11, 1970, Sec. A, pg 20
  5. ^ College Adds Four Degrees to Program, Dallas Morning News, October 22, 1970, Sec. A, pg. 8
  6. ^ UNT Business Dean Will Return to Faculty, Dallas Morning News, April 30, 2004
  7. ^ Alan C. McKinnon, Starry-Eyed: Journal Rankings and the Future of Logistics Research, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Volume 43 issue 1, 2013
  8. ^ Accounting Research Rankings
  9. ^ Best Online Graduate Business Programs, U.S. News & World Report, January 2013
  10. ^ a b M.B.A. Gets Top Rating, The North Texan, Vol. 17, No. 4, August 1966