College of Business

Undergraduate Programs

Student Professional Development Program

Getting a Competitive Edge

The Student Professional Development Program (SPDP) gives business students a competitive edge in obtaining internships and securing desired employment. 

By combining theory with practice, our non-credit workshops help students personally and professionally develop. By applying themselves in the program workshops, business students will develop a balanced portfolio which reflects their academic, professional and career readiness. SPDP can be a student’s unique resource in gaining competitive advantage over other qualified job candidates. 

We achieve this by focusing workshops on personal development, industry and career knowledge, organizational leadership panels, networking, and professional image enhancement.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: The SPDP workshops are a graduation requirement for all College of Business Administration majors. Students must complete all workshops prior to fulfilling Immersion Experience requirement for the College of Business Administration.  All six workshops must be complete prior to applying for graduation.

EARN POINTS TOWARDS SPDP by taking part in the college's BizPassport to Success.  Click Here for Information Regarding BizPassport


SPDP Orientation - Free

Want to learn more about the SPDP and Immersion Experience graduation requirements. Get your questions answered during our SPDP Orientation.

Simply email Selina Kieschnick at to sign up for SPDP Orientation.


Instructions regarding payment for online courses 1-4 will be shared during the orientation.

Parents support your student's career development

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite)  Attend Free SPDP orientation  

$18.75 workshop fee CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Get a clear sense of who you are, what you want to achieve, what skills and experience you have to leverage and what will truly make you happy, then you can make it happen! Self-paced professional development and career-readiness courses are developed externally by subject matter experts as a combined effort between Bloomberg/Business Week, Peregrine Academic Services and Your Success Now (YSM).

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite: Course 1) 

$18.75 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

You can have all the potential and talent in the world, but packaging what you have to offer strategically maximizes your opportunities. Give yourself the best shot.

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite: Course 1 and Course 2) 

$18.75 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

We’re all in sales. We all have to sell ourselves every day. Especially when you’re looking for internships, jobs, consulting projects or even launching a startup.

ONLINE COURSE (prerequisite: Course 1, Course 2 and Course 3) 

$18.75 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Elevating your strategy will make you aim higher, expect more from yourself and achieve more in return. Take your big, new plans and put them into action. Results await!

In-person Workshop (prerequisite: None) 

$15.00 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Tuesday, February 6, 2024 • 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. • MSUB Ballroom A

Students learn the dynamics of interacting during an interview and the do's and don'ts of dining in a professional environment.

In Person Workshop (prerequisite: SPDP Online Courses 1-4) 

$10.00 workshop fee  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thursday, March 21, 2024 • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. • BUSA107

In this workshop students learn the mechanics of a successful job campaign, to include perfecting the cover letter & résumé, targeting specific employment opportunities, interviewing and follow-up. This workshop includes an interactive session with a panel of leaders from a diverse mix of business organizations. Students are strongly encouraged to present themselves in a professional manner. Business professional attire is recommended.

For all questions or inquiries regarding SPDP, please contact Selina Kieschnick.

Selina Kieschnick
voice: 361 593-3301