Explore the Nielsen College of Business

The Hans A. Nielsen College of Business is committed to preparing students to be responsible and successful business leaders who reflect Charleston Southern University’s dedication to academic excellence and Christian principles. Both our undergraduate and graduate students receive a high-quality business education that will enhance their career prospects and job performance. The faculty of the College are learned practitioners committed to teaching business principals based on the intersection of Christ, community, and commerce. 

Students in the Nielsen College of Business receive excellent teaching and professorial mentoring, plus experiential learning opportunities. They become career-ready leaders through hands-on learning experiences that include international travel, internships, and professor-led consultancies. Located in one of the fastest growing areas of the United States, Charleston is home to the third largest seaport on the east coast; large corporations like Boeing, Mercedes Vans, Volvo; and businesses in all industrial sectors. Its history as an incubator for entrepreneurs and financiers provide many opportunities for students to develop the skills necessary to succeed in business. 

The Center for Personal Financial Management, founded in 2019, continues to expand its impact by espousing biblically-based financial practices to students, faculty, staff, and the community. Training students in managing their personal finances, educating the financial planners of the future, and reaching the stakeholders across the Lowcountry are at the heart of the Center’s activities.

The mission of the Nielsen College of Business is to honor God by preparing individuals for success in life through programs that integrate best business practices and timeless biblical principles.

The Nielsen College of Business consists of nine undergraduate degree programs.

The Nielsen College of Business consists of three graduate degree programs, with many emphases.

Public Statement of IACBE Accreditation:

A Member with Accredited Programs has successfully completed the IACBE accreditation process, achieving IACBE specialized accreditation for one or more business-related programs, and has affirmed its continued commitment to excellence in business education. The specialized accreditation granted by the IACBE is specific to the programs granted accreditation –this does not include any accreditation/approval of the overall institution or any of its business units.

The Hans A. Nielsen College of Business has received specialized accreditation for its business program(s) through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE member status page.

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The internship program allows students to get supervised work experience and the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the business world. Internships allow students to earn academic credit and explore career choices. Internship experiences add to students’ resumes and can often lead to employment after graduation. Because of CSU’s location, students have access to internships in a broad array of industries, companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society recognizing scholarship and achievement in business and promoting personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service. The Business School invites qualified juniors, seniors and second year MBA students to become members. Sigma Beta Delta is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Learn more on important topics such as the biblical view of money, stewardship, budgeting, debt management, investing, charitable giving and wealth management.

The Center provides a four-pronged approach to meeting the needs of our campus:

  1. Freshman seminar modules and Buc$ense
  2. Personal financial management courses
  3. Peer-to-peer counseling for students
  4. Financial literacy promotion at churches and schools by CSU students


Richard R. Tinervin
Chair of BOA
Principal, Tinervin Advisors
Charleston, SC

Jon W. Bechtel
Private Enterprise
Nashville, TN

Harry Carter, PhD
Provost Emeritus, Georgia Southern University
Professor Emeritus, The Citadel
Raleigh, NC

Herbert L. Drayton, III
President and CEO, Vertical Holdings, LLC
Charleston, SC

Troy Hall, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer, South Carolina Federal Credit Union
Charleston, SC

Elizabeth Hogue, Esq.
Summerville, SC

Laura M. Knotts
Co-founder, LaunchPath Innovation
Charleston, SC

Roger S. Nielsen
President, Abbey Color
Philadelphia, PA

For undergraduate scholarship opportunities, click here.

For graduate scholarship opportunities, click here.

His Way at Work Global CEO, Christ Patton – 4/8/21

CSU Chapel with Peter Freissle – 3/24/21