Our seven degrees and five concentrations cover the top in-demand business specialties. In addition, our minors and certificates provide further areas of study.
Areas of Study
Accounting (BBA): Learn about financial reports & budgets, tax planning, fraud investigation & auditing, and financial software; meets the accounting content for the CPA Exam in most states.
Requirements for BBA Core & Accounting Concentration | Accounting Planning Guide
Management (BBA): Learn about how to lead and manage people, projects, and organizations, both domestically & internationally.
Requirements for BBA Core & Mangement Concentration | Management Planning Guide
Marketing (BBA): Learn about digital advertising, consumer behavior, market research, sales, public relations, and international marketing.
Requirements for BBA Core & Marketing Concentration | Marketing Planning Guide
Global Development (Minor): Learn about global cultures & business practices.
Global Developement Minor Requirements
Economics (Minor): Learn about incentives & disincentives for growth, production, welfare, and other vital issues affecting society and the world.
Economics Minor Requirements
Information Systems (BS): Learn how to develop/maintain databases & networks and use technology to become more effective & efficient.
Information System Requirements | Information System Planning Guide
General Business Major with a Non-Business Minor or Second Major (BA): In addition to a business core, the BA degree includes a non-business major/minor, which is an especially good fit if you want to study languages at one of 9 sister schools in Europe, Asia, or S. America.
BA Requirements | BA Planning Guide
General Business Major with Flexible Electives (BS): The flexible BS degree allows for a whole year of free electives, which is ideal for pre-professional programs (e.g. pre-med, pre-dent) with significant prerequisites, or for anyone who wants a self-defined concentration, minor, or just a lot of free electives.
BS Requirements | BS Planning Guide
Automotive Management (BS): On top of technical automotive content, learn how to manage personnel, customer relationships, and the finances of an automotive business.
Automotive Management Requirements | Automotive Management Planning Guide
Bachelor Degrees (4-years)
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
The BBA degree provides strong business and technical content. It requires a concentration in one of five areas, aligning with career interests, as follows: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management, and Marketing.
Business Administration Major (BA)
Broadly-based and flexible, the BA degree requires a major or minor in an non-business area. Because several quarters of foreign languages are required, this degree works well for students who want to study abroad in one of our 11 sister schools in Europe, the Middle-East, South America, and Asia. This degree is also ideal for students seeking pre-graduate studies, such as pre-law.
Business Administration Major (BS)
This flexible degree is designed for students who want a wide selection of electives or who want to form a self-designed concentration or emphasis. It is particularly ideal for students pursuing graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or any other programs with significant prerequisites.
Information Systems Major (BS)
This degree, jointly offered by the School of Business and Computer Science Department, is designed for students who want to use information technology to make organizations more effective and efficient. Along with information systems content, having a business background is helpful in developing and maintaining business information systems, databases, and networks.
Automotive Management Major (BS)
This degree, jointly offered by the School of Business and the Department of Technology, is designed for students who want careers in automotive service management. On top of the technical automotive content, the program covers how to manage personnel, customer relationships, and the finances of a business.
Aviation Management Major (BS)
This degree, jointly offered by the School of Business and Department of Technology, is designed for students who want to work in aviation management. Supplementing the technical aviation content and licensing, the program covers how to manage people and organizations in preparation for becoming a well-rounded aviation professional.
Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration Degree (2-years)
This two-year business degree can be completed as an incremental step towards a four-year business degree. A variety of job opportunities exist for graduates, including bookkeeping, purchasing, inventory management, billing, sales, and small business management.
AS Degree Requirements | AS Planning Guide
Completing a minor is a great way for non-business majors to add some business credibility to their academic preparation. After all, every organization needs people with business skills.
- Bookkeeping - Be prepared to keep the books and process payroll for small business and nonprofits.
- Social Media and Digital Marketing - Learn how to use social media and conduct digital marketing campaigns. The 21-credit certificate includes courses in web design, social media, and marketing. Sponsored by the Department of Communications & Languages and the School of Business.
- X+Data Certificate - Learn skills in data analytics so that good decisions can be made.
- Community Impact Certificate - Become actively involved in humanitarian service learning by completing real-world projects.
Careers and Placement for Business Graduates
According to a recent NACE Job Outlook, over half of the top 10 majors in demand were in business. Over 97% of WWU business majors are placed in jobs or graduate schools within 12 months of graduation.
Graduates get excellent jobs in many fields:
- Accounting: Fraud investigator, financial planner, tax consultant, auditor, corporate accountant, budget manager, public accountant (CPA)
- Entrepreneurship: Cutting-edge start-up, innovative venture, small-business owner and/or manager
- Finance: Investment advisor, retirement planner, financial manager, banker, insurance or real estate professional
- Marketing: Advertising, public relations, marketing management, sales, consumer behavior, market research
- Global Development: Disaster relief, development specialist, NGO manager, country director
- Information Systems: Computer support, network administration, database management, web maintenance
- Automotive management: shop service manager or technician
- Aviation Management: Pilot or aviation service manager
Graduates have been employed in a variety of organizations, such as:
- Investment Banker, JP Morgan Chase, New York
- CFO, 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
- CFO, 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
- VP of Financial Counseling, Goldman Sachs/Ayco
- VP of Communications, Seattle Symphony
- Product Manager, Google/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
- CFO, Ryonet Corp., Vancouver, WA
- Senior Counsel, Morrison & Foerster Attorneys, Los Angeles
- Financial Advisor, Cetera Networks
- President/CEO, Florida Hospital
- President, Providence Alaska Foundation
- President/CEO, Loma Linda University Medical Center
- Partner, KPMG, Seattle WA
- Partner, Deloitte, Ohio
- 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
- CFO, 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
- CFO, AdventHealth
- VP of Marketing, Key Technology
- Legislative Director, U.S. House of Representatives
- Manager, Commercial Real Estate, Wilson Group
- President/CEO, Shady Grove Medical Center
Alums 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