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We Mean Business.
The College of Business and Professional Studies offers students the opportunity to pursue an exciting and financially rewarding career, with degree programs in accounting, business administration, culinary arts, legal studies, and professional studies. Students take classes on a beautifully landscaped historical campus with 22 of its buildings listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Small classes, personalized advising, and internship opportunities, coupled with day, evening, and online class offerings culminate in individualized learning experiences that work for you.


Options to suit your needs

StudentThe W's College of Business and Professional Studies offers many exciting degree opportunities. Choose from a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, General Business, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing), a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts, or a Bachelor of Science (or Arts) in Legal Studies. In addition, students meeting admissions guidelines and holding an A.A.S. degree may transfer up to 43 hours of career / technical credit into a Bachelor Applied Science in Business Administration degree (with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, General Business, Human Resource Management, Legal Administration, and Management Information Systems).

Nationally Accredited

ACBSP AccreditedOur Bachelor of Science programs in business are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which ensures that our programs adhere to strict academic standards for excellence. Our Culinary Arts Institute offers one of the few baccalaureate opportunities in the discipline.  Our legal studies program is one of only two ABA approved programs in the state of Mississippi.


“The W’s Culinary Arts Institute has a 20-year history of providing high-quality learning opportunities for aspiring culinary professionals. We are incredibly fortunate to have found someone in Chef Alexei who is so ideally suited to continue this tradition,” said Scott Tollison, dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies. “She brings a unique blend of leadership, industry experience and demonstrated instructional excellence. I cannot wait to see these characteristics brought to bear on behalf of our students.”

Since 2011, Harrison has been an instructor for The W’s bachelor of applied science in culinary arts at Hinds Community College in Jackson. She brings more than 10 years of culinary instructional experience alongside the knowledge of student recruitment and program development. Harrison is active in facilitating and judging Distributive Education Clubs of America and SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels.

Harrison was announced as director for the Culinary Arts Institute at the university’s annual fall convocation and started as director Aug. 1.

“It is an honor to have been chosen as the newest director of The W’s Culinary Arts Institute. We are entering our 20th year of culinary excellence in education, not only for the state of Mississippi but nationwide,” said Harrison.

Harrison holds a master of science in hotel, restaurant and meeting management from the University of Alabama. She earned her bachelor’s degree in culinary arts from The W in 2003.

Aug. 30, 2017
Contact: Tyler Wheat
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