Welcome to the Division of Business at Xavier University of Louisiana


XULA Business offers dynamic and exciting programs for undergraduate students with 4 majors, 5 minors and a certificate in Entrepreneurship.  Our majors all include a core background in business with a specialization in one of four areas, accounting, finance, management or sales and marketing.  Minors are offered in Business Administration, Accounting, Financial Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Sales and Marketing.  XULA Business is a small but strong program, preparing our graduates well to take leadership roles in corporate America as well as at nonprofits, small business and entrepreneurial projects. 

Why XULA Business?

  • All academic programs offered by the Division of Business are professionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP,; ACBSP accreditation is based on a continuous improvement model. We invite you to review our performance measures and our most recent Quality Assurance (QA) report by visiting the following link. Public Information
  • Our students intern with and get hired by top companies such as 3M, Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, Oracle, Ford Motor Co., J.P. Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs – just to name a few!  Many of these internships lead to job offers well before graduation.
  • As a top HBCU business program, XULA Business students compete in multiple national and regional competitions among students from top business schools all over the US (and sometimes win!). Our graduating seniors consistently outperform graduating seniors from other accredited schools on the Peregrine, a nationally benchmarked business test.
  • One of the hallmarks of the XULA Business program is our blazer ceremony, (see video here) when our students symbolize their entry into the professional world by swearing in to their professional code of ethics and the XULA Business I.C.A.R.E. Code of Conduct and receiving a Division of Business blazer.
  • The division houses the Entrepreneurship Institute, a resource for all students who want to start their own business and we have a strong Business Advisory Council (BAC). Our BAC consists of corporate executives from companies, such as, Procter & Gamble, 3M, and Entergy, while others are entrepreneurs and have their own businesses.

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The Entrepreneurship Institute creates a culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship at Xavier University of Louisiana.   We collaborate across disciplines to achieve the mission of Xavier University of Louisiana which is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society. 

We believe that the entrepreneurial spirit is the key driver of sustainable business growth and that the true ethos of entrepreneurship is in full alignment with the Xavier, mission in empowering all people to contribute to our society in positive, humane, and lasting ways.

Our Core Aims are to:

  • Provide a key educational resource in teaching and mentoring our students in entrepreneurship.
  • Develop entrepreneurial programs that empower our students to actively learn the core transferable skills of entrepreneurship and make real business contributions.
  • Serve as an entrepreneurial hub for the entire Xavier community providing key network connections, advice, and coaching.
  • Become a nationally recognized center of excellence in research, teaching, and entrepreneurship initiatives.

Xavier University now offers an Entrepreneurship Certificate 

Entrepreneurship drives the US economy. This program will provide you with the knowledge and necessary skills to operate a successful small business. 


The Xavier/Tulane Joint Graduate Programs

Xavier-Tulane Joint MBA & Graduate Programs – The Division of Business has three joint programs with Tulane University's Freeman School of Business. These programs are the: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accounting (MACCT), and Master of Finance (MFIN). Students are admitted to these programs while they are attending Xavier and may be provided assistance with tuition. The MBA program requires students to have at least two years of work experience prior to starting their graduate work. Graduate studies can begin immediately upon completion of the undergraduate degree in the MACCT and MFIN programs. Those interested in the program should consult the Chair of the Business Division for further details."


Students may earn up to six credit hours for professional work experience in business, industry, or government related to the student’s academic program.  Students must complete two internship reports in the middle and at the end of the internship. The class is graded on a pass/fail basis.  Prerequisites:  Business division major, completion of 62 degree credit hours and 2.0 or above grade point average, or permission of division chair.


The internship is intended to provide students with the pre-professional business experience needed to make them more attractive and better prepared for entry, retention, and advancement in the business world and/or in graduate programs. It will provide students with an opportunity to test interest and abilities on the job and relate theories and concepts learned in courses to business practice. The internship experience assists in developing self-confidence, motivation, leadership, maturity, and career goals.  Email for more information on internship opportunities.


Student Organizations

National Association of Black Accountants

Since 1969, the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. has been the leader in expanding the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance.

Xavier Enactus

Xavier Enactus is a student organization that is part of Enactus, a global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries. The goal of Xavier Enactus is to improve peoples’ lives using entrepreneurial principles.  This goal is accomplished by undertaking projects that help students to acquire and improve project management and presentation skills. Projects have addressed food justice and food insecurity, adolescent education, and minority business development.  

Information on Enactus is at, and information on the Enactus team at Xavier is available by emailing

American Marketing Association

The American Marketing Association, one of the largest professional associations for marketers, has 38,000 members worldwide in every area of marketing. For over six decades the AMA has been the leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession.

Performance Ready Reading 

The Division of Business is proud of its Performance Ready Reading (PRR) program!! Originally, an off-shoot of Xavier's Quality Enhancement Plan, the PRR aims to promote professional and student success through its three main objectives

  • Introduce students to contemporary and critical business knowledge that is aligned with the DOB's mission and values
  • Incorporate the practical aspects of organizations into the theoretical models of business education
  • Integrate business ideas and applications across diverse functional areas

The cornerstone of PRR is a popular press text that is chosen semi-annually. This text is then used by DOB faculty across courses and levels, to ensure that students are provided multiple opportunities to interact with the material as well as review it from multiple perspectives. Further, the Division holds an annual presentation competition to showcase students' knowledge and aptitude.

Recommended reading from PRR:

Bennis, Warren., (2009) "On Becoming a Leader" The leadership classic Revised and Updated. ISBN 9780465014088  Burlingham, Bo, (2005) "Small Giants Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big".                                       ISBN 9781591841494
Collins, Jim., (2001) "Good to Great". ISBN 0-06-662099-6 Gladwell, Malcolm., (2008) "Outliers the Story of Success". ISBN 9780316017923
Tunguz, Tomasz & Bein, Frank (2016) "Winning with Data Transform your Culture, Empower your People, and Shape your Future". ISBN 9781119257233

Division of  Business Newsletters

Here you can find links to all of our newsletters from past to current.


For more information about the Division of Business, contact Tonia Simmons-Doakes -Administrative Specialist  at

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