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Business Administration

Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and one of the most successful (and controversial) businesspeople in the world said, “If you're trying to create a company, it's like baking a cake. You have to have all the ingredients in the right proportion.” But what are those ingredients? And what’s the recipe for success in the world of business?

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As a McDaniel Business 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.

Futures Of All Types

McDaniel Business graduates go on to 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).

Future Career Paths

McDaniel Business graduates are ready for both graduate school and employment opportunities. Students have recently found employment at companies like:

  • T. Rowe Price
  • Amazon
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Wells Fargo Financial
  • Scientific Games Corporation
  • Verizon Communications, Inc.

Distinctive Courses

BUA 2211 - Entrepreneurship

Learn how to make your mark a you study entrepreneurship, the process of combining resources to produce new goods or services. Critical success factors and common failures will be highlighted. The creation of an effective business plan in emphasized. Several case studies and classroom discussions with successful small business owners and entrepreneurs will supplement the required texts and lecture contents.

BUA 3307 - Investments

How does money make money? We’ll explore that question in this study of personal investments: an understanding of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and derivatives; the mechanisms of the security markets; participation in the markets; sources and uses of investment information; market and company analysis; yield, valuation, and ratios; and portfolio management.

BUA 2216 - Small Business Management

Ready to start and run your own business? You’re in the right place. 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.

ENC 1111 - Make It, Market It, Sell It

This is it.  Unbutton your creativity and get footloose in this course where you’ll create a brand, market the products you’ll make, and the products we’ll supply you. In other words, we’ll negotiate the danger zone that is web entrepreneurship. In this class, you’ll get a theme or a business idea to market online (e.g., we might supply you with an old dated product like the LaserBeam Wristwatch or movies featuring songs by Kenny Loggins).  You’ll put into practice theory from art and rhetoric on persuasion and communication as we help you make a product, a web presence, and negotiate the various aspects of small online side businesses. You’ll vlog, blog, tweet, post, design, promote, and advertise, and possibly, make money.

Special Opportunities

Our thoughtful course sequences, hands-on advising, and extracurricular opportunities will keep you engaged throughout your time as a McDaniel Business student.

McDaniel student Rachael Fox, an Environmental Studies major, and her Fox Boots earned the top prize at the fourth Innovation Challenge finals.

Innovation Challenge

Every year, students are invited to compete in the Innovation Challenge, a contest where students pitch their ideas for businesses to a group of judges—it’s our own version of Shark Tank! The top prize is $10,000.

Grad students in classroom.

Business Administration - Economics Dual Major with Specialization in Financial Economics

A track for students who want to combine their passions of Business and Economics and graduate with a double major.

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.

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.

The 4+1 program includes a bachelor’s degree from McDaniel and a master of science degree in either Finance or Marketing from Carey Business School, which has campuses in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Students in the program have the opportunity to enhance their graduate degrees with STEM concentrations in financial econometrics and marketing analytics.

McDaniel undergraduate students wish to enter the program would apply in their junior year and complete two graduate courses during their senior year. After completing their bachelor’s degree in any undergraduate major from McDaniel, students begin to earn the remaining 32 credits of the required 36 credits of graduate-level coursework Johns Hopkins. They would do the work online or at a Carey Business School campus.

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.

Senior Capstone Business, Accounting, Economics

Business and Economics major, Carly Weetman, and Economics and Accounting major, Andrew Roberts talk about their senior capstone — their study on how the move from a Communist economy to a more privatized one affected the Tiehua artwork industry in China, as the culmination of their training at McDaniel.

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.

News for Business Administration

  • McDaniel and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School unveil joint degree program

    McDaniel College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School have announced a collaboration to offer a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program, starting in fall 2021. The new 4+1 program will include a bachelor’s degree from McDaniel and a master of science degree in either Finance or Marketing from Carey Business School, which has campuses in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

  • Class of 2019: Morgan Collinson

    Morgan Collinson completed two internships and studied abroad at McDaniel's branch campus in Budapest. The Accounting Economics and Business Administration major earned her first internship during Interviewing Day, a Business Administration department program that brings about 25 companies to campus to do quick 20-minute interviews with multiple students in a three-hour period.