School of Business
For the last 125 years, thousands of graduates have left these halls to serve as competent professionals across the nation and around the world. Today, the School of Business continues to provide a challenging, professional environment where students gain a competitive advantage and translate business savvy into lives of service.
Why Study Business at WWU?
- Learn from award-winning faculty who care about your individual dreams and successes.
- Enjoy a personal learning experience in small classes that foster teamwork skills and project-based learning.
- Benefit from a practical, hands-on approach that includes required internships and many real-world projects.
- Feel confident in the quality of your program—the degrees in business administration (BBA/BS/BA) are accredited by ACBSP, an international leader in mission-based accreditation with a focus on teaching excellence in business.
- Have the assurance you are learning exceptionally well. We have scored above the 90th percentile for six years straight on the Major Field Test in Business, which is taken by tens of thousands of students at hundreds of business schools nation wide. Percentiles were 97th in 2017 and 96th in 2015 and 2016.
- Join over 95 percent of your classmates who are placed in careers or graduate schools within twelve months of graduation.
- Commit to a values-driven professional career and lifestyle -- see our mission & honor code.
- Learn from notable business, community, and thought leaders in our colloquium lecture series.
Our degrees cover most of the top 10, in-demand business specialties (per a recent NACE survey). With seven degrees, five concentrations, an associate degree, and five minors, the School of Business offers a program that should fit practically every business interest. In addition, certificates in project management, business analytics, and market research methods are offered.
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Arts, Major in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science, Major in Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science, Major in International Development
- Bachelor of Science, Major in Information Systems
- Bachelor of Science, Major in Automotive Management
- Bachelor of Science, Aviation Management
- Project Management
- Market Research Methods
- Business Analytics
Every business major completes an internship as a graduation requirement. This practical, hands-on work experience strengthens resumes and confirms career interests, and often leads to full-time jobs. Most internships are paid, usually $13-$20 per hour, and many also pay travel/lodging. Students can also earn up to four units of academic credit. A majority of internships are completed in the summer but some local internships occur during the school year.
Internships are available in accounting, finance, management, marketing, law, and general business operations at a variety of organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, local small businesses, hospitals, federal/state governments, and other nonprofits. Recent internship placements include Disney, 21st Century Fox, Nike, Key Technology, Baker Boyer Bank, Washington State Legislature, U.S. Senate . . . and at a variety of other businesses and nonprofits.
According to the 2018 NACE Job Outlook, nine of the top 10 in-demand entry-level positions in 2018 were for business majors. Over 95% of WWU business majors are placed in jobs or graduate schools within 12 months of graduation.
Students graduating from the WWU School of Business get excellent jobs in many fields:
- Investment advising, retirement planning, financial executive, banking, insurance, real estate (finance concentration)
- Entrepreneur start-ups, small-business owners (entrepreneurship and small business concentration)
- Advertising, public relations, marketing management, sales (marketing concentration)
- CPA, fraud investigator, wealth manager, tax consultant, auditor (accounting concentration)
- International disaster relief, development specialist (international development major)
- Computer support, network administration, database management, web design (information systems major)
- Auto shop serive and management (automotive management major)
- Pilot and aviation service manager (aviation management major)
Graduates have been employed in a variety of organizations, such as:
- Investment Banker, JP Morgan Chase, New York
- VP of Finance, Starbucks Headquarters, Seattle
- Finance Director, Walt Disney Company
- Senior Manager, Corporate Financial Planning, Walmart Headquarters
- Executive Director, UBS Investment Bank, New York
- President/CEO, Bank of Idaho
- CEO, Boeing Company, Parts Division, Seattle
- Chief Financial Officer, Washington Hospital
- Director of Online Marketing, One Planet Ops.com
- VP of Finance, Walla Walla Community College
- Staff Editor, Entertainment Weekly, New York
- Sales Management, Twitter
- Director of Operations, Olo.com, Seattle
- Analyst, Columbia Sportswear Co.
- Chief Judge, Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. III
- Vice President of Financial Counseling, Goldman Sachs/Ayco
- VP of Communications, Seattle Symphony
- Product Manager, Fitbit
- Founder/President, Campground Automation Systems
- CEO/Founder, Pocketinet Communications
- Director of Business Management, Microsoft
- Vice President, Watertower Group, Venture Capital
- President/CEO, Adventist Health System
- President & CEO, Risk Underwriting, Inc., New York
- Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Portland OR
- Assistant Vice President, Baker Boyer Bank
- General Manager, KEEH/104.9 Spokane
- Fashion Manager, Forever 21, Los Angeles
- Financial Analyst, Tripwire.com, Portland OR
- Senior Portfolio Manager, Russell Investments, Seattle
- Senior Executive, Life Care Centers of America
- Chief Financial Officer, Ryonet Corp., Vancouver, WA
- Senior Counsel, Morrison & Foerster Attorneys, Los Angeles
- Financial Advisor, Cetera Networks
- President/CEO, Florida Hospital
- Director of Operations, Providence Alaska Foundation
- President/CEO, Loma Linda University Medical Center
- Partner, KPMG, Seattle WA
- Vice President, Thompson & Associates, Planned Giving Consultants
- CFO, Aquameta, Software Development, Seattle
- Honorary Consulate, Republic of Philippines in Palau; Executive VP, Surangel & Sons
- Founder/Chairman, Generations Senior Housing
- Attorney, Tamaki Law
- Chief Financial Officer, Manchester Memorial Hospital
- Director of Projects, Maranatha Volunteers International
- Corporate Director of Financial Performance, Adventist Health
- Business Operations Manager, Boeing, Seattle
- Attorney, Social Security Administration
- Chief Financial Officer, Centura Health
- VP of Marketing, Key Technology
- Legislative Director, U.S. House of Representatives
- Manager, Commercial Real Estate, Wilson Group
- President/CEO, Shady Grove Medical Center
Our alumni have been accepted into many graduate programs, including:
- UW Foster School of Business
- MIT Sloan School of Management
- UCLA Anderson School of Management
- Harvard Law School
- Claremont Graduate University, Drucker School of Management
- Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business
- University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
- Dartmouth Tuck School of Business
- University of Oregon
- Thomas Jefferson School of Law
- UC Davis Graduate School of Management
- University of Minnesota Carson School of Management
- Washington State University
- Gonzaga University
- IMD Business School
- University of Rochester, Simon Business School
- Oxford University
- Pepperdine University
- Northwestern University
- Loma Linda University
Business student at WWU have many opportunities to be involved in extra-curricular activities.
The Business Club continues to be the most popular club on campus. On average, the Club includes one third of the total undergraduate population.
The Business Club organizes events like:
- Pizza feeds, barbeques, and exclusive restaurant meals
- Worm Ranch burritos during Review Week (worms not included)
- Tours of well-known businesses in the Northwest
- Guest speakers in successful business and entrepreneurial activities
- Ski and white-water rafting trips to top Northwest destinations
- High-stake mid-night bowling competitions and Go-Kart racing
For more information about Business Club activities, contact the sponsor, Andrew Dressler.
The Associate Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU) also provides a rich array of opportunities for social and professional activities. Many of the officers of ASWWU are business students who practice their leadership skills running an organization with over 100 employees and a half-million-dollar budget.
Other extracurricular opportunities
Pitch it: Every fall, WWU students participate in a community contest for the best entrepreneurial project idea and plan.
CoLab Scrum: Students work in teams to plan the design, marketing, and distribution of products in an innovative competition.
Colloquiums: In our guest lecture series, business, community, and thought leaders share their expertise and stories from the real world.
"I never knew much about the SDA community but my experience at the university has been overwhelmingly positive and I am happy to have experienced it."
Inspiring professor really knows his stuff
"The teachers here are amazing, the students are friendly, and there is definitely a positive atmosphere on campus. One of my favorite professors brings his real life experiences into the classroom, and he really knows his stuff. He also consistently has a worship thought at the start of class, and makes sure to encourage students not to lose sight of God. He truly inspires me. I have never regretted coming here. I am surrounded by hundreds of students with a similar value system to mine, and who are very friendly and easy to get to know. WWU has an atmosphere that other colleges just cannot match."
Lots of opportunities for involvement
"I considered several colleges and universities before selecting Walla Walla University. I wanted to go to a Christian college and I believe God called me to WWU. My experience here has been fantastic. I really appreciate the many opportunities for us to be involved on campus and to serve our community. I’ve learned a great deal about myself here. I definitely feel I chose the right school and the right major."
Challenging but enjoyable
"I wanted to write and thank the School of Business as a whole for a challenging but enjoyable experience. I have learned and changed quite a bit during my time at WWU. The personal touch that WWU offers was the reason for much of my success. Thank you for giving me the key to doors that that were otherwise locked to me. I now have unlimited possibilities open to me."
Impressed by School of Business efforts—even after graduation
"Teachers really cared about their students. I never felt they were too busy. I am just really impressed by the time and effort the School of Business has put into keeping in touch with me after graduating.
I felt appreciated
What I learned has stayed with me and helped tremendously in my career. I feel like I was appreciated as a student there, not just another face.
Individual attention is valuable
The School of Business is committed to preparing its students with a hands-on approach that sharpens the logical and analytical skills that are so valuable in today's workplace. One of the strongest aspects of the program is the small class size. This allows students to gain individual attention from dedicated professors who have a genuine interest in helping you achieve your goals.
The School of Business made me a better person
I wish more people knew about the School of Business. It is a great program, with great teachers who really care about their students. They treat us as if we are important, and they try to figure out what learning style each student needs. I felt that when I graduated, I was a better person because of the School of Business, and that I was well prepared to enter the working world in the business profession.
School of Business set me up for success
Upon graduation from the School of Business, I began a career in public accounting. After working for two of the largest accounting firms in the world, I can honestly say that my teachers in the School of Business enabled me to develop a solid understanding in my field of study. I continue to advocate the School of Business to others because I know how valuable it has been for me.
How to choose a quality business program
(and how the WWU School of Business measures up)
High scores on nationalized business exams, such as the MFT
WWU business seniors have scored above the 90th percentile on the Major Field Test in Business for six years in a row. The MFT is a comprehensive exam covering all core areas of business. Each year, the MFT is taken by tens of thousands of students at hundreds of business schools across the nation. WWU scored in the 97th percentile in 2017 and the 96th percentiles in 2016 and 2015. Read more about how WWU business majors consistently outperform the competition >
Internships and real-world projects
100% of WWU business majors complete an internship. Our connections to exclusive internships give students a competitive advantage. In addition, all business majors complete real-world, team-based projects providing consulting services to local businesses and nonprofits (e.g. develop a strategic business plan, perform market research, conduct an ad campaign.) Find internships through the Student Development Center >
Placement in jobs or graduate schools
Over 95% of WWU business graduates are placed in careers or graduate schools within 12 months of graduation. See where our alums end up >
Accreditation endorsement of quality
The business administration degrees (BBA/BA/BS) at WWU are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a leader in international business accreditation with a focus on teaching excellence. Students can have the confidence their degrees are widely recognized and meet international standards of quality. Learn more about ACBSP accreditation >
Collaborative, state-of the art facility
Our students train in Bowers Hall—a completely renovated and dedicated home to the School of Business with innovation classrooms, enhanced digital learning capabilities, and numerous group working spaces.
Personalized learning experience
Students don't get lost in the crowd at WWU. With small class sizes, business majors enjoy lively discussions and project-based learning in an environment that is hard to duplicate at larger schools.
Award winning professors who run their own businesses
The business faculty have earned over a dozen national and institutional awards in teaching, advising, research, and community service. In addition, a majority of business teachers operate their own businesses, so they know what they're talking about. Meet our faculty >
Cross-campus collaborations and connections
Business students make connections across campus through the CoLab innovation/design competition (like Shark Tank) and through the Business Club—the largest and most active club on campus.
Commitment to integrity
Business majors at WWU pledge to uphold an honor code that reflects a values-driven life of professional service to others. Read the honor code >
And, on top of all that, WWU students enjoy a rich and vibrant array of social and spiritual activities in a campus community that students rave about.
Learn more about what life is like at Walla Walla University >