The John L. Grove College of Business, established in 1971, is one of the premier business schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast). Over the last four decades, we have established a tradition of excellence. In 1981, we became the first school in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education and the ninth college overall in Pennsylvania to become internationally accredited by the most prestigious business accrediting agency in the world, AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Today, we are one of only 26 business schools in Pennsylvania and one of approximately 850 worldwide to have earned AACSB International accreditation. 

John L. Grove College of Business
Programs of Distinction 

  • Grove College of Business named as one of the best business schools in the nation in its 2017 edition of its annual “The Best 294 Business Schools.” 
  • Grove College of Business tied for 115th in US News & World Report online MBA ranking. 
  • Grove College of Business was ranked 191 out of all AACSB International accredited part-time MBA Programs in the 2017 U.S. News and World Report Business School Rankings.     
  • Beta Gamma Sigma – BGS officers have been very active and have achieved/initiated the following: 
    • Named 2016-2017 Highest Honors Chapter
    • Breakfast Seminar Series
    • Tapping Ceremony
    • Movie Night
    • Phon a thon 
  • Grove College of Business is a member of the SAP America University Alliance Program (SAP UAP) and offers a set of courses that allows College of Business students to earn the SAP Recognition Award Certificate.  Students who have completed the three following classes with a grade of C or better will receive the SAP Student Recognition Award certificate. Each of the classes includes significant ERP content and SAP ERP hands-on experience.
    • MIS242-Design & Development of User Information Systems
    • SCM380-Data Mining for Supply Chain Management
    • SCM410-Distribution Systems in Supply Chains

The classes are open to all majors. Eligible students should contact the instructors who teach the listed classes to apply for the certificate. 

  • Foundation of Business Administration Course. Grove College of Business provides a Foundations of Business Administration two-credit course for all business majors.  This course provides a platform for understanding the functional areas in business and how they work in concert for the benefit of the organization.  Students will gain meaningful information and tools so that they may make informed choices with respect to their educational experiences and pursuit of a career in business.  This course helps to provide a foundation for understanding the professional and academic expectations and the educational opportunities provided by the Grove College of Business. 
  • The Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation. Created in 2016, the Charles H. Diller Jr. Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation’s mission is to actively foster and instill entrepreneurial leadership thought and innovation among Shippensburg University students. The Center is dedicated to serving as the leading hub of education, research, planning, technology transfer, and community engagement. Through these efforts, The Center aims to tirelessly work to serve as an agent of transformation to positively impact student, communities, institutions and society locally and globally. The Center wishes to prepare and inspire all members of the Shippensburg University students for innovative leadership and actively support and encourage the translation of knowledge.  
  • The John L. Grove College of Business offers an Investment Management Program class where students manage a real money security portfolio to obtain practical investing experience.  Students establish investment philosophy, investment objectives and policies, identify investment strategies, and present recommendations for buying and selling investment securities toward the goal of constructing and managing a real portfolio worth in excess of $150,000.  The IMP class exceeded the $100,000 goal in the Wisman Fund and for the first time in 2015 and again in 2016 were able to award $1,000 scholarships to four business students in the Grove College of Business.  State-of-the-art stock trading room named for benefactor Brad E. Hollinger.  Equipped with Bloomberg Terminal to enable students to receive Bloomberg certification. (put with the IMP Program) 
  • STEPS – Student Transfer Engagement Partnership and Support.  Successful transfer students are paired with prospective and confirmed new transfer students to aid them in their transition to Shippensburg University and the Grove College of Business.  The group meets several times a semester for networking and other events to encourage engagement outside of the classroom.  STEPS encourages partnership between students and the college to improve processes for the transfer and Non-Traditional student populations. 
  • The Grove College of Business Internship Program (BIP), established in 1972, continues to be one of the premiere internship programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Our BIP enables hundreds of our business students ever year to gain practical professional experience which enhances their education and prepares them for full-time employment opportunities upon graduation. 
  • Our annual Grove College of Business Employment Profile has consistently validated the success of our business graduates for more than a quarter of a century.  In our most recent survey of business graduates, approximately 40% had a job before graduation and over 90% secured employment within 6 months of earning their degree.  In addition, 93.5% of our business graduates felt that our business program prepared them well for their careers and over 98% were satisfied with their overall educational experience at Shippensburg University. 
  • Shippensburg University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is part of the Pennsylvania Network of Small Business Development Centers, serves the technical assistance needs of entrepreneurs and small business owners in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York Counties.  Our SBDC continues to impact the economic development of our region by effectively serving the needs of current and prospective entrepreneurs throughout our four county area. 
  • VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Each year students and faculty provide assistance to working families in the community in preparing their Federal, State and Local tax returns. Last year we had 10 student volunteers who were able to help 73 working families and brought back $73,014 to the community. 
  • CPA Exam Performance. Students taking the CPA exam for the first time have been consistently high performers and Shippensburg has ranked in the top 40 of first time exam takers for the 266 mid-sized programs in the nation. The rankings have been 37th in 2013, 18th in 2014, and 32nd in 2015. 
  • Supply Chain Management Major 
    • 1st program in PASSHE started more than 10 years ago
    • Number of majors has tripled from 50 to 150 in last 8 years
    • Near perfect placement of students with above average starting salaries and excellent career progression…
    • Supports local distribution and manufacturing industry in Pennsylvania
    • Supply Chain Management Advisory Council offers material support of major, mentorships, connections to local industry
    • Program linked with Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals networking dinners and facility tours. 
  • Personal Financial Planning major is official approved by the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) Board of Standards.  If you take all the courses in our program you can take the CFP examination and earn this professional certification.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity that will enhance their career.  Forthcoming program Chartered Financial Analyst expected to be implemented Fall 2017. 
  • Entrepreneurship major 
    • The only full major in Entrepreneurship major offered in PASSHE
    • Association with the Charles H. Diller Center for Entrepreneurship Leadership and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship minor 
    • Gives non-business majors the opportunity gain the skills needed to start their own business
    • Can also be pursued by business majors. 
  • International Management Concentration 
    • The only major/concentration in the BSBA program that requires foreign language proficiency 
  • The MBA curriculum revision has added breadth and flexibility to the core with the addition of MBA 570 Marketing Management and MBA 548 IT Management and Innovation. In addition, new concentrations in Finance and Healthcare Management have been implemented to give our students even more options to develop specialized knowledge and skills. Proposals for new concentrations in business analytics and global business are under development and will be submitted for approval during the spring 2017 semester. 
  • In association with the Alumni Relations Office and the Career and Community Engagement Center developed and piloted a Job Shadow program targeting First Year students and sophomore to provide an opportunity to explore first hand occupations that interest them. 
  • In collaboration with the Career and Community Engagement Center, the John L Grove College of Business is developing the Raider Ready Career Program which is a professional development program designed to actively engage students in the seven essential career readiness competencies (as determined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers): Professionalism/Work Ethics, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Oral/Written Communications, Information technology Application, Leadership and Career Management. Examples of events sponsored by the John L Grove College of Business that students are encouraged to attend to achieve career readiness and improve professional development are Public Accounting Night and Etiquette Dinners.

The John L. Grove College of Business, established in 1971, is one of the premier business schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Since 1981, our college has been internationally accredited by the most prestigious business-accrediting agency, AACSB International. Timeline of the history of the College of Business

The Princeton Review 

2018 The Best 267 Business Schools
2017 The Best 294 Business Schools
2016 The Best 295 Business Schools
2015 The Best 296 Business Schools
2014 The Best 295 Business Schools
2013 The Best 294 Business Schools 

U.S. News & World Report


2018 Best Undergraduate Business Programs
2017 Best Undergraduate Business Programs
2016 Best Undergraduate Business Programs
2015 Best Undergraduate Business Programs
2014 Best Undergraduate Business Programs
2013 Best Undergraduate Business Programs


2018 Best Online MBA Programs
2017 Best Online MBA Programs
2016 Best Online MBA Programs
2015 Best Online MBA Programs 

Top Management Degrees

Top 25 Business Schools in Pennsylvania 2017