Terry College of Business

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Brooks Hall is home to the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia
Terry College of Business
Type Public
Established 1912[1]
Dean Benjamin C. Ayers [2]
Academic staff
136 (full-time)
33 (part-time)[2]
Students 3,346[2]
Undergraduates 2,764[2]
Postgraduates 514[2]
Location Athens, Georgia, US
Website terry.uga.edu

The C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business is located at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. The Terry College is the flagship business school in the state of Georgia and one of 17 schools and colleges at the oldest state-chartered public university in the country.[1]

All programs are accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Terry College MBA Program is often recognized as a top graduate business program. The Terry MBA is offered as a full-time degree on campus in Athens, as an MBA for working professionals in Gwinnett County and in the Buckhead district of Atlanta, and as an Executive MBA in Buckhead. According to U.S. News & World Report (2015), the Terry MBA's ranking is 23rd among U.S. public institutions.


Terry College Deans
Years Dean
1920–1945 Robert Preston Brooks
1945–1947 Alvin B. Biscoe
1947–1948 Robert T. Segrest (Interim)
1948–1962 James E. Gates
1962–1968 J. Whitney Bunting
1968 Robert T. Segrest (Interim)
1968–1982 W.C. Flewellen Jr.
1982–1996 Albert W. Niemi Jr.
1996–1998 James Don Edwards (Interim)
1998–2007 P. George Benson
2007 Robert E. Hoyt (Interim)
2007–2012 Robert T. Sumichrast
2013–2014 Charles B. Knapp (Interim)
2014–present Benjamin C. Ayers

"Next to farming, more men enter business than any other occupation; yet there is not an institution [in the] South...that offers a course for such students."[3]

- Joseph Stewart on the need of business education at the University of Georgia in his Annual Report to Chancellor Walter B. Hill (1904)

The Terry College was founded as "the School of Commerce" in 1912 by the state’s Board of Regents, making it the first business school in the South.[1] The early years of the school were "fragile" as the program struggled to acquire faculty and funding to serve the several students who had declared their intention to pursue the new Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree.[3] The first such degree was awarded in 1915 to Willis Brazeal Sparks.[3]

The school became known as the College of Business Administration from 1940 until 1991, when it was renamed the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, honoring the late Herman Terry, and his wife, Mary Virginia, who as benefactors have endowed faculty chairs, research fellowships, scholarships, and funded facility upgrades.[4]

Degrees offered[edit]

In Athens, the Terry College offers an undergraduate program, four master's degrees (the Full-Time MBA, the Master of Accountancy, the Master of Marketing Research and the Master of Economics) and eight doctoral degree tracks. It offers two online degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration completion degree in general business and a Master of Internet Technology degree. The Terry College also offers Executive MBA and Professional MBA programs at the Terry Executive Education Center in Atlanta. [5]

Terry MBA's on an International Business program trip to China

Full-Time MBA[edit]

The Terry Full-Time MBA Program is currently only offered at the Athens campus. The full-time program is offered to any student regardless of previous bachelor's degree majors. Terry's Full-Time MBA Program is four semesters long, fall and spring semesters only. Students take core curriculum classes in their first year of the MBA Program, including leadership, ethics, accounting, economics, business law, MIS, finance, etc. Students are also allowed to take one elective course in the second semester of their first year. The second year is focused entirely upon elective courses to round out the business experience and fundamental business curriculum. MBA students are encouraged to complete an Internship in their Summer semester between their first and second year.

Admissions for the Incoming Class for 2013 are as follows:

  • GPA - 3.31 mean
  • GMAT - 645 mean
  • TOEFL (International Only) - 106 avg
  • WORK EXPERIENCE - 4.6 years mean

(Terry requires at least 2 years of work experience prior to applying to the Full-Time MBA Program)

The MBA Career Management Center offers assistance with internships, job placement, career coaching and networking events.



Former Viacom executive Jimmy Barge meets with students following his Terry Leadership Speaker Series presentation, January 2010

The Institute for Leadership Advancement (ILA) in the Terry College of Business was established in 2001. ILA provides students with self-assessments, coaching/mentoring, action learning and feedback focused on the development of greater emotional competence. Two undergraduate leadership programs form the centerpiece of ILA programming: The Leonard Leadership Scholars Program (for Terry College majors) and the Leadership Fellows Program (for students in any UGA major). Completion of either program earns the student a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership.[6]

ILA hosts the Terry Leadership Speaker Series, which brings well-known leaders from a variety of organizations to the Terry College of Business. In these student-oriented forums, leaders are asked to discuss their leadership styles and experiences.

Music Business[edit]

The Music Business Certificate Program was launched in January 2006 as a response to the growing music and entertainment industry in the state of Georgia. In starting the program, former director Bruce Burch often said Atlanta is now recognized as the "fourth music center" in the country behind New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and is growing rapidly as a hotbed for music and film production.[7] Since August 2010, the program has been under the leadership of Athens-based musician and producer/engineer David Barbe. [8]

Students can earn an interdisciplinary certificate in music business by receiving a hands-on education about subjects like music and business fundamentals, copyright issues, creative content, artist management and production and technology. Music and entertainment industry executives are brought in from across the country to speak to classes, providing not only "real world" perspective, but also networking opportunities. Only 100 students are annually enrolled in the program.

Actuarial Science[edit]

The Actuarial Science Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for an actuarial career. Actuaries apply mathematical models to assess the financial cost of uncertainty. There is a high demand for actuaries across all industries. This certificate program is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at UGA. [9]

Legal Studies[edit]

This certificate program prepares students for the complex legal environment of business and helps to gauge your interest in pursuing law school. This certificate requires the completion of 15 course hours with a minimum grade of C (2.00) in those courses. A number of pre-requisite courses are necessary before this program may be underaken.[10]


Terry Entrepreneurship is housed in the department of MIS and focuses on the four key tasks of entrepreneurship: opportunity identification, resource acquisition and deployment, goal setting and strategy formulation, and implementation. This highly active concentration hosts a multitude of seminars and events on and off the UGA campus, including "UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur Competition" and "UGA Startups."

UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur was dubbed the "American Idol" of business plan competitions. Both a competition and a seminar series lasting the full academic year, UGA's Next Top Entrepreneur is open to all UGA students. Competitors participate in a series of interactive seminars and individual coaching sessions focused on starting a business. The first year of competition (2008–09) resulted in eight businesses being launched, $212,000 of actual revenue, and a round of angel funding.

The UGA Startups series was designed for entrepreneurs to have access to some of the most seasoned entrepreneurs in the Southeast. Topics include innovation, funding, opportunity analysis, business communications, purchasing businesses, franchising, and much more. UGA Startups events are held at the Terry Executive Education Center.

Executive Programs[edit]

Terry Executive Programs offer business professionals value-added education with certification and development programs in areas such as Financial Planning Certification, Human Resources Leadership, Project Management, and Business Analysis.

Selig Center for Economic Growth[edit]

Dedicated in December 1990, the Selig Center improves upon its predecessor, the Division of Research, which was established in the late 1940s.[11]

UGA President Emeritus Charles B. Knapp delivers the economic forecast for 2014 to regional business leaders at the Georgia Economic Outlook Series.

Through its range of projects — major economic impact studies, economic forecasts, publications, information services, and data products — the center’s efforts help to guide business decisions and public policy directions. In doing so, the Selig Center has become the Terry College of Business’s most visible public service unit.

Georgia Economic Outlook Series[edit]

Each year the Terry College hosts the Georgia Economic Outlook series in 12 cities throughout the state. The series provides more than 3,000 business and government leaders the foundation to make informed decisions based on economic data from the Selig Center for Economic Growth.[12]


Business school rankings
Bloomberg Businessweek[13] 52
U.S. News & World Report[14] 48
U.S. undergraduate
Bloomberg Businessweek[15] 48
U.S. News & World Report[16] 21

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Risk Management and Insurance[edit]

No. 1 by U.S. News & World Report

Real Estate[edit]

No. 4 by U.S. News & World Report

Management Information Systems (MIS)[edit]

No. 12 by U.S. News & World Report


No. 10 by Public Accounting Report and No. 12 by U.S. News & World Report

Graduate Programs[edit]

Accounting (Master's)[edit]

No. 9 by Public Accounting Report

Economics (Ph.D.)[edit]

No. 55 by U.S. News & World Report



The Terry College of Business is located on the historic North Campus of the University of Georgia and comprises three buildings: Brooks Hall, Sanford Hall, and Caldwell Hall.

Brooks Hall, designed by prominent Atlanta architect Neel Reid, was built in 1928. It was known as the Commerce-Journalism Building before being renamed in 1974 for Robert Preston Brooks, the college’s first dean. Brooks Hall houses the dean’s office, a 300-seat auditorium and about 260 faculty and staff offices. The original structure was seriously damaged by fire in 1995 and restored a year later.[1]

A 306,000-square-foot business campus is currently being constructed in Athens.

Funded through private gifts and dedicated in 1997, Sanford Hall has a student lounge and 13 seminar rooms and classrooms with seating capacity ranging from 10 to 330. It also houses the Institute for Leadership Advancement. The building accommodates wireless computer access.[1]

Caldwell Hall was built in 1981. The classroom technology in the seven-story building has been upgraded to match Sanford Hall.[1]

The University of Georgia is currently constructing a Business Campus to house the entirety of the Terry College of Business. [17] The 306,000-square-foot campus will provide needed additional adaptable space and technology for teaching and teamwork. Phase I, known as Correll Hall, opened for classes in Fall 2015. It houses classrooms for graduate programs, a graduate commons, a business innovation lab, and multiple project team rooms. Phase II of Terry's Business Learning Community is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and will feature two large auditoriums, 12 classrooms, a trading room, a behavioral lab and an undergraduate commons with a south-facing veranda. Phase III of Terry's Business Learning Community is scheduled to be completed in 2019 and will be the last two buildings in the new Terry Business Learning Community. It will house 10 classrooms, staff offices, and conference rooms.

Terry College of Business's Terry Executive Education Center in Atlanta, GA


The Terry College of Business has three satellite campuses located in Gwinnett, Griffin, and Atlanta, Georgia.

The Terry College’s “home away from home” in Atlanta is the Terry Executive Education Center located in the Buckhead area.[1]

The Executive and Professional MBA programs are offered at the center in addition to non-degree programs such as the executive program for Financial Planning Certification. The center also acts as a focal point and meeting place for Terry students, alumni, faculty and staff to interact with Atlanta’s business community. Designed and constructed with an eye toward maximizing each student’s educational experience, the center features tiered executive classrooms, conference rooms, break-out meeting spaces and interview suites. Also included is office space for faculty and staff.[1]

The University of Georgia’s degree programs in Gwinnett, including the Terry Professional MBA program, are located in the Intellicenter Building in Lawrenceville.

UGA’s Griffin campus, located 40 miles (64 km) south of Atlanta, was established as the Georgia Experiment Station in 1888 and is the site of Terry’s newest Bachelor of Business Administration program.[1]

Prominent Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "A Peek at the Past: 1912-2002, Celebrating the First State-Chartered Business School, 90 Years in Business". Terry Magazine. Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. Fall 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Terry College Fast Facts". University of Georgia. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Howard R. Smith. "We Did it Our Way: The University of Georgia College of Business Administration". University of Georgia. 
  4. ^ "Terry College Fast Facts". University of Georgia. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  5. ^ "Degree Programs, Terry College of Business". University of Georgia. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  6. ^ http://www.terry.uga.edu/academics/certificates/leadership-certificate
  7. ^ http://onlineathens.com/stories/091606/living_20060916010.shtml
  8. ^ http://www.terry.uga.edu/news/releases/dropping-interim-title-david-barbe-is-appointed-director-of-ugas-music-busi
  9. ^ http://www.terry.uga.edu/academics/certificates/actuarial-science
  10. ^ http://www.terry.uga.edu/academics/certificates/legal-studies
  11. ^ http://www.terry.uga.edu/about/centers-institutes/selig
  12. ^ http://www.terry.uga.edu/events/economic-outlook
  13. ^ "Best Business Schools 2016". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016-11-16. 
  14. ^ "2018 Best Business Schools Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2017-03-13. 
  15. ^ "The Complete Ranking: Best Undergraduate Business Schools". Bloomberg Businessweek. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-09. 
  16. ^ "2017 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. 2016-09-12. 
  17. ^ http://building.terry.uga.edu/construction/

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