College of Business & Mass Communication

Welcome to the College of Business & Mass Communication at Brenau University.
We are an innovative, leading edge liberal arts based university, offering men and women the opportunity to enhance their lives through high quality, professionally based degree programs. Our history of embracing change, and leading higher education goes back well over 100 years, back to 1878 when visionary leaders established one of the first Women’s Colleges in the Southeast.

Learn more about the CBMC including our values, mission and the results of external assessment by clicking here.

Today, our degree programs deliver what organizations want: critical thinkers, who can build strong network connections, make good decisions, and develop innovative ideas and strategies.

Oxford Center

Our latest example of innovation is our unique partnership with the Oxford Center for Entrepreneurs. The Oxford @ Brenau MBA program is designed for entrepreneurs – people actively developing their businesses who see value in earning an MBA as a piece of the overall puzzle…they become full members of the Oxford Center, meaning they can participate in all of the seminars, networking events, and also find mentors to move their ideas – and businesses forward.

Today’s businesses are looking for Brenau graduates. Graduates like:

  • • Emmie Howard, BA (WC) in Business, founder and CEO of Southern Proper, Atlanta.
  • • James Stephens, MBA, Director, Logistics at the White House Communications Agency
  • • Gale Allen, MBA, Deputy Chief Scientist at NASA, Washington D. C.
  • • Samantha Dawkins, BA (WC), Manager of Branding, Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas
  • • Shawn K., MBA, Senior Vice-President at HSBC in Chicago.
  • • Maria Ebrahimji, BA (WC) in Mass Communication, former Producer with CNN, Atlanta.
  • • Abu Khan, VP/General Manager at WOW!

Graduate Emmie Howard

Graduate, Emmie Howard










Join 1000’s of graduates globally who have transformed their careers and lives while earning a degree at Brenau.

As a student at Brenau, you have 3 options:

Women’s College – Fall and Spring start dates.  Our 135-year-old legacy school delivers a superior education in a safe, secure, and friendly environment. You will work closely with faculty and staff to make the transition as a successful professional, possessing the skills and confidence to lead. Our undergraduate degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, and Mass Communication (PR/Journalism/ + Entertainment + Digital Technology* provide you with the foundation you need to accelerate your career – whether its your first big step, or if you are transitioning from the military, or another path. Our NEW FOCUS is on Entertainment led by platinum award-winning songwriter Bruce Burch(*Mass Communication and the Entertainment concentration are only offered in Gainesville).

Adult and Graduate Studies – Cohort’s starting year round. If you are a busy, working adult, Brenau offers professionally focused undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certification programs in flexible, convenient formats that meet your goals and fit your schedule. Brenau has more than 40 years of experience in delivering programs for adults. As a Brenau student, you can schedule your classes in a format that is convenient to you. Many of our programs can be completed 100% online.

Graduate, Abu Kahn

Graduate, Abu Kahn

Our undergraduate degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, Human Resources, and Organizational Leadership provide you with the foundation you need to accelerate your career – whether its your first big step, or if you are transitioning from the military, or another path.

Our portfolio of graduate degree programs is designed to help you succeed. Our MBA has 11 different concentrations in high demand fields including:

  • Corporate Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship (Oxford @ Brenau)
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance (with CPCU designation)
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Project Management (We are a PMI Registered Education Provider)
  • Public Accounting

We also offer a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership for leaders of non-profits and business organizations.

Adult learners and part-time students can choose to join a cohort at one of our regional campuses in North Atlanta, South Atlanta, Augusta, Kings Bay/Jacksonville area, and Gainesville, or they can opt for the ultimate flexibility by joining an online cohort.

A Full Time MBA – August start date. 

For  full-time and international (I-20) students, our undergraduate degree programs and MBA are delivered at our Gainesville, Georgia campus next to the beautiful Lake Lanier, and the Georgia Mountains region. We are about 1 hour north of downtown Atlanta, and about 80 minutes from the airport. The program starts 1 time per year in late August.

We offer the full-time MBA with a concentration in Management. (Students MAY be eligible to pursue other concentrations offered typically online, depending on availability and advising).

For International undergraduate candidates we recommend the BA in Business Administration or Accounting.

You should choose your University carefully. Because our focus is on helping you learn how to succeed in your career, we emphasize teaching excellence. Our faculty is comprised of experienced educators and professionals - you learn business through people who know how to do business. And it shows: external assessments show that Brenau graduates perform 8% higher on average on a national exam measuring common professional competencies than students graduating from peer institutions and in the true measure of performance, our alumni are successful entrepreneurs and business, government and military leaders globally.

Choose smart. Choose a University with a proven history of educating extraordinary people. Choose Brenau.

If I can be of further help, please contact me at wlightfoot @ or 770.538.4700.


Bill Lightfoot, Ph.D.

W. S. Lightfoot, Ph. D. Dean, College of Business & Mass Communication

The School of Business Administration

The Department of Mass Communication

General inquiries:, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions:, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100