Graduate students at the College of Business and Analytics are given the opportunity to expand upon their previous education and develop their knowledge to advance in their chosen career, whether in a management capacity in a company or by contributing to research and instruction at a university. All of our programs are accredited by the AACSB International. Please see our graduate program options below to contact an advisor and learn more about your area of interest.
Dr. Amaka Anaza
Coordinator, Ph.D. in Business Admin. with Marketing concentration
Rehn Hall, 229A
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Nwamaka (Amaka) Anaza, joined the faculty at SIU College of Business in 2015. However, she first became a Saluki while earning her bachelor’s in paralegal studies with a minor in history and then continued on at SIU to earn her MBA. She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2010.
Anaza chose a career in higher education as a result of her passion for enlightening minds and creating a positive change in the lives of students. She returned to SIU knowing from first-hand experience that she joined a world-class business program where students receive nothing short of an excellent education and practical training. ...read full profile >>
Director of M.B.A. Programs
Rehn Hall, 138A
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Xiaoxin Wang Beardsley, Director of M.B.A. Programs, finance program coordinator and Hamilton Family Faculty Fellow, joined SIU in 2003. She teaches Portfolio Theory and Management (FIN 433) and International Finance (FIN 464/BA582).
Beardsley said she chose to pursue a career in higher education for several reasons, “I love to see how research in the financial markets enhances people’s understanding on investment, helps them to develop a successful career path and secure personal financial freedom.” She especially enjoys SIU because of her esteemed colleagues in the College of Business and Analytics.
A native of northeastern China, Beardsley was born and raised in the city of Anshan in Liaoning Province. She earned a BS in Finance from Tsinghua University in Beijing, a MA in Economics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University....read full profile >>
Coordinator of Assessment and Online Graduate Programs
Rehn Hall, 133
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Nicholas G. Hoffman, Coordinator of Assessment and Online Graduate Programs for the College of Business and Analytics. Nicholas hails from Rockford, Illinois. Nicholas joined SIU in 2006, eventually joining the College of Business and Analytics’ Online M.B.A. program in 2012. His responsibilities have expanded to encompass ensuring a positive experience for online graduate students from admission to graduation.
Nicholas earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and psychology, as well as his master’s degree and doctoral training in applied psychology with an emphasis in program assessment and evaluation. He brings his expertise in program evaluation, assessment, and development to help guide the process of continuous improvement of student learning towards fulfillment of the CoBA mission.
Coordinator, M.S. in Business Analytics
Jim Nelson, Ph.D., joined SIU in 2005 after more than ten years of industry experience and more than fifteen years of teaching and research experience. He earned a bachelor of science in computer science from California Polytechnic State University and worked as an “operating system pathologist” at IBM Santa Teresa Labs and then as a project manager at a California software startup. He went back to school at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in information systems.
As director of the Pontikes Center for Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence he coordinates the development and implementation of analytics courses in the online M.B.A., residential M.B.A. and undergraduate business programs. He serves as the point of contact for the Pontikes Center Board of Advisors consisting of executives responsible for analytics efforts in major companies across the Midwest. He has coined the term “hunch mining” to address the area of cognitive analytics. ...read full profile >>
Dr. Marcus Odom
Director, M.Acc. Program
Rehn Hall, 226A
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Dr. Odom is a professor of accountancy and Deloitte and Touche Faculty Fellow. Professor Odom is an enthusiastic and engaging instructor.
Odom teaches undergraduate and graduate accounting information systems, internal auditing, fraud auditing, cost, and managerial accounting. Dr. Odom served as Director of the School of Accountancy from 2004 until 2014.
"The people I work with at the College are brilliant, cheerful and always willing to go the extra mile," said Odom.
Odom came to SIU in 1998 from The University of Southwestern Louisiana. He has also taught at Oklahoma State University and Central Texas College. ...read full profile >>
Dr. Ed O'Donnell
Coordinator, Ph.D. in Business Admin. with Accounting concentration
Rehn Hall, 228A
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Ed O'Donnell didn't know what to expect when he came to the Southern Illinois University College of Business and Analytics, but he was quickly impressed with the students he encountered, "When presented with a new problem, our students' first reaction is to attack the challenge and try to conquer the problem rather than resist an unfamiliar challenge and complain that nobody had shown them how to deal with this kind of problem." This exemplifies O'Donnell's ability to recognize the qualities in his students.
O'Donnell joined the School of Accountancy faculty at the SIU College of Business and Analytics in the Fall of 2009. He teaches courses in financial statement auditing, information systems assurance, auditor risk assessment, and experimental accounting research methods. O'Donnell's area of expertise also includes enterprise risk management, accounting information systems, and information technology governance. Read Dr. O'Donnell's full profile >>
Coordinator, Ph.D. in Business Admin. with Finance concentration
Rehn Hall, 134A
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Professor Mark A. Peterson chose SIU for “its geographical location and its people,” he said. “Our students, many of whom are from the region, share the same values that my family and I have.”
Peterson joined the SIU faculty in 1997. He researches investments, in general, and market microstructure in particular. Market microstructure deals with the subject of trading in financial assets. Current research projects include an analysis of how short selling regulation affects trading of stocks and the benefits of using investment bankers in raising equity capital.
From 1996 to 1999, Peterson was a visiting economist at the Office of Economic Analysis, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Read Dr. Peterson's full profile >>