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SBI students chat with director Tom Heuer during a weekly pizza lunch.

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More about studying business at Miami

Ranked the 8th top business school among public institutions by BusinessWeek, Miami’s Farmer School of Business is highly regarded for its commitment to teaching, experiential learning and leadership development. The business school offers eight undergraduate majors:

  • Accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Management and Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary Business Management
  • Information Systems
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management

With a vast network of alumni and professional connections, the Farmer School of Business helps students expand their own networks to find internships and jobs. Sustainability is a priority at FSB as well – the building is Miami’s first to be LEED certified.

Farmer School of Business
Miami's Farmer School of Business is one of the country's top business schools.

Each summer nonbusiness majors have the opportunity to participate in the Summer Business Institute (SBI), a program that gives them a six-week immersion into the business world. A wide range of experienced business faculty gives students background in such topics as accounting, entrepreneurship, marketing and more.

Expanding Horizons

The SBI isn’t just sitting in a lecture room, though. Director Tom Heuer said the goal is to show students that business can be key in a multitude of careers.

“The program helps them visualize how they will apply their majors,” Heuer explained.

And less time in the classroom means more time for hands-on activities, from field trips to major Cincinnati-area companies, to learning about proper business lunch etiquette, to working one-on-one with faculty members. All these experiences build up to one thing: helping students see where business exists in their everyday lives.

“It’s really a global focus with less time in the classroom,” said Heuer.

Maria Cronley, interim associate dean at the Farmer School of Business and a marketing professor who teaches one of the SBI courses, thinks the program exemplifies the kind of education Miami provides.

“SBI really epitomizes what we want at Miami. We want that great liberal education, and we want students to take their talents and skills to really move the world forward and make it a better place."

Business Benefits for All

Teamwork is a major component of the SBI, and the program culminates in a group project where students present product design ideas to faculty members and Procter & Gamble associates.

Senior and sport leadership and management major Andrew Gardner said preparing the final project helped wrap up the concepts from the program and demonstrate how business is applied.

“Designing a product, you have to market it, and you have to figure out the finances. It’s really broadened my horizons, and I’ve had a lot of fun doing it,” he said.

Obtaining a competitive edge from the SBI for any career was appealing to junior Erika Gromosky, also a sport leadership and management major.

“Any industry that you go into is going to have some aspect of business,” she said. “For example, running a sports team is a business, especially the transactions of people and contracts and the money involved.”

Professional writing major Max Burnside, a senior, sees one invaluable facet of the program in its faculty.

“Talking with faculty about my business venture ideas, it’s been incredible to get their guidance and background knowledge.”

Burnside said another draw for him was the opportunity to experience Miami’s highly acclaimed business school firsthand.

“I know a lot of students in the Farmer School who love their majors and their classes, so I wanted to get a basic understanding of that business environment.”

So, whether for love and honor or just love of learning, the SBI program continues to draw students each year and instill in them the knowledge to make a career out of their passions.

Written by Jessica Barga (Miami ’15), student intern, University Communications and Marketing

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SBI students enjoy a weekly pizza lunch while they chat with associate professor Steven Elliott.

SBI students enjoy a weekly pizza lunch while they chat with associate professor Steven Elliott.

Faculty scholar and associate professor Megan Gerhardt discusses the day's events with SBI students.

Faculty scholar and associate professor Megan Gerhardt discusses the day's events with SBI students.

SBI director Tom Heuer hosts a weekly brown-bag lunch for discussion with students.

SBI director Tom Heuer hosts a weekly brown-bag lunch for discussion with students.

Students in the SBI have opportunities to interact with each other and faculty.

Students in the SBI have opportunities to interact with each other and faculty.

Faculty scholar and associate professor Megan Gerhardt takes time to speak with some students at lunch.

Faculty scholar and associate professor Megan Gerhardt takes time to speak with some students at lunch.

An SBI student and professor Maria Cronley chat during a class break.

An SBI student and professor Maria Cronley chat during a class break.

Students interact in their leadership and management class.

Students interact in their leadership and management class.

More about studying business at Miami

Ranked the 8th top business school among public institutions by BusinessWeek, Miami’s Farmer School of Business is highly regarded for its commitment to teaching, experiential learning and leadership development. The business school offers eight undergraduate majors:

  • Accountancy
  • Marketing
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • Management and Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary Business Management
  • Information Systems
  • Supply Chain and Operations Management

With a vast network of alumni and professional connections, the Farmer School of Business helps students expand their own networks to find internships and jobs. Sustainability is a priority at FSB as well – the building is Miami’s first to be LEED certified.

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  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

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    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

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    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

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    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

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    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency