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Business Administration

At McDaniel College, you can find the perfect recipe for success in business through a major in Business Administration. With guidance and mentorship from knowledgeable faculty, you can develop strategies adapted to your interests and gain real-world experience with internships and pre-law studies. Studying Business Administration at McDaniel College will help equip you with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of business.

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Why McDaniel for Business Administration?

As a McDaniel Business Administration major, you’ll have access to a team of professors and a whole catalog of courses and extracurricular opportunities that will help you answer these questions. And after four years of focus and exploration, you’ll be prepared to enter the business world with confidence and a sense of purpose — whether you want to start your own company, work in a well-established one, or head off to continue your studies by pursuing a master’s degree in business or a related field.

Students pursuing a degree in Business Administration are encouraged to select one of these five focus areas, composed of specific courses to hone your expertise.

Pathways to Success: McDaniel Graduates Pursuing Advanced Degrees

Named a 2023-24 Business College of Distinction, McDaniel Business graduates are ready for both graduate school and employment opportunities. McDaniel Business graduates go on to find success in many fields and industries of all stripes: in banking, insurance, manufacturing; or on to professional careers in law, business, accounting, and economics; or in government work at different types of agencies and departments (like the IRS, NSA, or the Department of Labor).

Globalization and the intricacies of modern business operations require effective communication and apt problem-solving strategies. McDaniel College’s programs keep their future leaders adaptable as they grow alongside their industry.” - Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction

Where are they now?

Graduates of the McDaniel Business Program work at:
  • T. Rowe Price
  • Amazon
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Wells Fargo Financial
  • Scientific Games Corporation
  • Verizon Communications, Inc.

Graduate School Partnerships

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McDaniel College BA/MS Pathways M.S. in Data Analytics from McDaniel College Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Programs

McDaniel offers 5-year programs resulting in a Master of Science in Data Analytics in the following degree programs: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, and Marketing.

McDaniel undergraduate students who decide to pursue these new degree options would apply in their junior year and would complete two graduate courses during their senior year.

Graduate School Partnership Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 Program Provides Option to earn Joint Degree

Through a collaboration with Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, McDaniel students have the opportunity to earn a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree from both institutions.

Photo courtesy of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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Graduate School Partnership Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business Preferred Admission to Four Master’s Degree Programs

McDaniel College and Duquesne University have formed a new partnership that gives McDaniel undergraduate students in the Economics and Business Administration department, as well as eligible alumni, preferred admission to four master’s degree programs at Duquesne’s Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Photo courtesy of Duquesne University Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

Distinctive Courses

ECO 1104 - Economic Issues and Policy

Exploration of the contributions made by economic theory towards understanding and solving major policy issues of our times. The principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics are studied and applied to such timely topics as the environment, health care, international trade, the minimum wage, and a variety of similarly critical issues. Student interest will play a role in topic selection.

BUA 2216 - Small Business Management

An introduction to the management of a small business. The course begins by addressing macro issues, such as social responsibility, ethics, and strategic planning. The course then provides an in depth examination of the essential facets of managing a small enterprise, such as the business plan, accounting records and financial statements, small business finance, the legal environment, marketing, pricing, promotion, human resources, and operations management.

COM 3220 - Intercultural Communication

This course presents an overview of current issues in communicating across cultures. The course examines how people from various ethnic, gender, generational, racial, cultural, national and religious backgrounds exchange meaning. Study will focus on many of the cultural variables in communication as well as how those variables work holistically within cultural systems. Topics include how the interaction between language,
thinking patterns and culture affect communication, the nature of culture, issues of power, verbal and nonverbal codes.

BUA 4100 - Business Strategy and Policy

A capstone seminar course for Accounting Economics and Business Administration majors that relies on the case method to provide a challenging environment in which to apply knowledge acquired in the major toward developing strategies for business success. Basic building blocks such as accounting, economics, finance, and marketing, et al are integrated in an individual as well as a team approach to problem solving, policy analysis, and strategic management.

Business Administration Program Requirements

Special Opportunities

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PUT YOUR IDEAS TO THE TEST Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge, part of the Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, invites students from any major to develop and pitch business plans for an innovative solution to a real world problem. On the evening of the competition, pitches are judged by a panel of real-life entrepreneurs and students get the chance to win start-up cash for their business ideas.

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Pre-Law Advising

Many McDaniel College undergraduates aspire to a career in law or civil service that makes law school a natural next step. Our close proximity to Washington D.C. provides dynamic and distinctive law-related internships, and our superior pre-law advising program ensures that you're ready for the next step. 

McDaniel College is committed to helping you pursue a legal career in three key ways: deciding if law school is the right choice for you, getting into law school,and gaining the skills to succeed in law school.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment — a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students — provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

Interviewing Day

Interviewing Day in the Economics and Business Administration department is a chance to get valuable facetime with regional employers. Many are even McDaniel alumni who landed their current jobs at Interviewing Day when they were students on the Hill. If that's not enough, faculty and staff will help you prep your resume, cover letter, and techniques to navigate networking and interviewing — so you can become successful.

Alumni Spotlight Mike McKelvin '88 A Dedicated Entrepreneur

As a student on the Hill, Mike McKelvin had no plans to return to Carroll County after graduation, but it turns out that staying local was the best decision for his family-owned businesses. With smart planning and community support, McKelvin has persevered through crises to operate successful businesses, including 1623 Brewing Company, the fifth largest brewery in Maryland.

Julia Wainwright at JP Morgan Chase on Wall Street

The View from the Top of the Hill Alumna secures spot on Wall Street two years after graduation Outstanding Outcomes

When Julia Wainwright arrived on Wall Street little more than two years after graduating from McDaniel, one of the first to congratulate her was her mentor, Rich Klitzberg ’63.

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