From the Dean
The College of Business Administration is dedicated to building self-aware leaders with character. Leadership is the application of knowledge to inspire and influence and accomplish an objective. Knowledge is both curriculum based and non-curriculum based; our curriculum has four levels of learning where we teach our students to analyze, decide, integrate and lead. To solve complex dynamic problems we need to have the quantitative analysis skills to analyze problems and provide data-driven solutions. Those data-driven solutions need to be steeped in critical thinking to provide decisions that are thoughtful and consider all stakeholders. Integration is critical. How decisions become integrated into the fabric of the organization and communicated to all members of the team determines whether the decision is adopted and implemented. The final step is building individuals to lead with humility, fairness and a sense of humor.
“Leadership begins with self-leadership, and self-leadership begins with knowing oneself.” (Chris Lowney, Heroic Leadership, 2003, Chicago: Loyola Press, 2003, p.98.) While the curriculum-based learning provides a conceptual understanding of multifaceted issues, business leaders must be self-aware to lead; self-awareness is cultivated in the many non-curriculum-based student opportunities. To become self-aware it is critically important to seek out opportunities that take you out of your role as a student: be a volunteer to build compassion; spend time abroad to get world perspective; engage a mentor to recognize another’s point of view; enter a case competition to understand team dynamics; among many, many others. Self-aware, experience-based problem solvers require us all to understand how we as individuals impact a decision and how that decision impacts others.
Character is the combination of qualities that distinguishes one individual from another. A Jesuit-based business education is distinctive in how we convey the intellectual and moral qualities of honesty, courage and integrity. Business decisions must not be solely based in the financial viability of an investment – informed decision-makers provide solutions that are socially just and environmentally sustainable as well.
Again, I welcome you to the College of Business Administration and challenge you to take advantage of the many curriculum-based and non-curriculum-based opportunities to become self-aware leaders with character. I look forward to the journey ahead!
Timothy P. Hanley
Acting Keyes Dean of the College of Business Administration
College Mission Statement
It is our mission to deliver a Jesuit business education rooted in cura personalis which fosters a hunger for integrated knowledge, develops a spirit of intellectual curiosity and innovation and instills a commitment among our students to make a meaningful impact on the world around them through professional excellence, servant leadership and purposeful personal development.
Undergraduate Program Description
Undergraduate business education at Marquette University develops students with world-class business expertise, provides them with a variety of personal and professional experiences to raise self-awareness, and encourages the development of the highest degree of character and integrity. Those who combine business expertise, self-awareness and character are more insightful and able to solve the complex and challenging problems in today's world. We strive to prepare individuals who can explore and understand how a global concern works, can drive results, collaborate with and inspire others. In short, we develop individuals who are leaders, not just contributors, in their organizations and communities.
The College of Business Administration emphasizes all three of the aspects of fostering leaders: character, perspective and self-awareness, and the knowledge and skills that are fundamental to business expertise. The focus on character, perspective and self-awareness is grounded in the liberal and Jesuit traditions of Marquette University. Our college core curriculum augments the Marquette University core curriculum, built on the premise that an effective business leader needs to have a deep understanding of the religious, cultural, social, political, economic, global, scientific and technical environments in which individuals and organizations exist. This foundation helps our students in two important ways: first by developing a sense of character based on their own internal value system and second by enabling them to place business decisions in a larger context through understanding the impact of those decisions more broadly on society. It is our firm belief that a liberal education is a necessary part of professional education and our curriculum is structured on this premise.
Additionally, we foster the knowledge and skills necessary for business expertise throughout an undergraduate student’s course of study. Early on in a student’s career our curriculum provides each student with an introduction to the various aspects germane to all organizations such as finance, marketing, information systems and supply chain management. It also stresses development of a clear understanding of the dynamics of the firm, the economy, basic managerial and organizational concepts and relationships, the interaction between a firm and its environment and an overall view of strategy and policymaking within an organization. As students complete this portion of the curriculum, they are offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills and knowledge in a variety of undergraduate majors and minors, such as accounting, economics, innovation and entrepreneurship, human resources or international business. This prepares graduates for entry-level positions where they can provide immediate impact to businesses and other organizations.
Finally, the College of Business Administration provides experiences to help students grow personally and professionally as they discover an awareness of self and others. The curriculum stresses teamwork, communication, collaboration and global and cultural awareness as part of personal and professional skill building that also include quantitative analysis, critical thinking and ethical reasoning. Other opportunities to enhance self-awareness can be found as part of the International Business Program, the Business Career Center workshops and Mentor Program and through various student organization and networking events. The development of the skills and awareness of self helps prepare graduates to understand to be leaders they need to be lifelong learners and to continue to develop in the current era of a rapidly changing business and work environment.
Graduate Program Description
Marquette graduate business programs prepare students with the knowledge to succeed, the principles to lead and the confidence to connect what’s good for business with what’s good for people. Please see the individual program pages for detailed information about Graduate School of Management degree and certificate offerings.
Undergraduate College Programs
- Accelerating Ingenuity in Markets, Major
- Accounting, BS
- Business Administration, BS
- Business Administration, Minor
- Business Analytics, Major
- Business Economics, BS
- Finance, BS
- Human Resources, BS
- Human Resources, Minor
- Information Systems, BS
- Information Systems, Minor
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship, BS
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Minor
- International Business, Major
- Marketing, BS
- Marketing, Minor
- Operations and Supply Chain Management, BS
- Operations and Supply Chain Management, Minor
- Professional Selling, Minor
- Real Estate, BS
- Sports Management, Minor
Graduate School of Management Programs
- Accounting Analytics, Certificate
- Accounting Analytics, MSAA
- Accounting, MSA
- Business Administration, MBA
- Business and Managerial Analytics, Certificate
- Corporate Communication, MA
- Economics, MSAE
- Executive Master of Business Administration, MBA
- Finance, MSF
- Leadership, Certificate
- Management, MIM
- Sports Leadership, Certificate
- Supply Chain Management, MS
Undergraduate College Policies
Students in the College of Business Administration are expected to comply with the academic requirements and policies listed in the university section of this bulletin. Amplifications and additions to the university requirements are detailed herein and govern only those students enrolled in the College of Business Administration. Procedures developed to enforce university and college regulations are available for review in the college office.
Graduate School of Management Policies
- Academic Programs Overview - Graduate School of Management
- Academic Review
- Accelerated Degree Program (ADP)
- Assistanships and Fellowships
- Certificate Concurrent Enrollment
- Confidentiality of Proprietary Information
- Continuous Enrollment
- Courses and Prerequisites
- Cross-listed Courses
- Dual/Joint Programs of Study
- Graduate Credit
- Independent Study Courses
- Intellectual Property
- Inter-University Visitation
- Law Student Consent to Take a GSM Course
- Temporary Withdrawal from a Graduate Program
- Time Limitations
- Undergradaute Students in Graduate Courses
College of Business Administration Resources
The following resources are available to College of Business Administration students.
Business Internship Program
The College of Business Administration offers qualified students the opportunity to participate in an applied experiential internship program, which combines practical experience with the college core curriculum. The program, offered in cooperation with public, private, non-profit and professional organizations includes actual experience in a carefully supervised program of productive work with a clearly defined educational objective.
Full-time degree students in the college, who have achieved sophomore standing and an cumulative grade point average of 2.500 (Exceptions: ACCO - 3.000 cumulative GPA and additional course completion requirements; FINA and REAL - 2.500 cumulative GPA plus 2.670 in major course work), are eligible to apply for the 3-credit internship course sequence. Credit is granted based on hours worked, the relatedness of the experience to business and completion of internship assignments. A 1-credit internship is available for students who accept unpaid internships and/or international students.
Students interested in the 1986/2986, 3986/4986, 3987 and 4989 Internship for Credit courses must be enrolled in the College of Business Administration, with the exception of ECON majors from the College of Arts & Sciences who should reach out to the Business Career Center regarding consent for an Internship for Credit course.
When at work interns are subject to the rules of the company and are under its direct supervision. Wages, if any, are paid directly to students. The university does not employ these students. To earn credit, registration for each work period is required of all interns, and credit is established and graded through enrollment in the appropriate course in a subsequent school period. For additional details about internship requirements, prerequisites and assignments, contact the Business Career Center.
Exceptions can be reviewed for Curricular Practical Training eligible international students enrolled with a major in the College of Business Administration.
HURE and ENTP minors may pursue internship credit as a course for the minor. With the exception of earning a major in business, eligibility criteria for HURE and ENTP minors is identical.
A maximum of 10 credits of internship credit can be earned. Two 3-credit internships, a maximum of one in any discipline, may be applied to the bachelor of science in business administration degree requirements. With approval of a winter Accounting internship, a student may be eligible to earn 6 credits of Accounting internship credits; 3 of which can go towards business administration degree requirements, and 3 which will not fulfill any degree requirements. Any 1-credit internship does not fulfill any business core or business major requirements.
A maximum of 7 credits of internship credit can be earned. Two 3-credit internships, a maximum of one in any discipline, may be applied to the bachelor of science in business administration degree requirements. Any 1-credit internship does not fulfill any business core or business major requirements.
Full-time Internships/Co-op Experiences in Fall or Spring
Students pursuing a full-time internship during a fall or spring term may apply for an internship course (3987) that identifies a student's enrollment status as full-time enrolled. During the term of 3987 enrollment, there is no tuition cost and students may not enroll in additional MU credit-bearing courses. Contact the Business Career Center for additional information.
The College of Business Administration participates in the Pre-law Scholars program. More detailed information can be found in the university Resources & Opportunities section of this bulletin.
Students in the Army Military Science program (AROTC) and the Naval Science program (NROTC) may enroll in any of the curricula offered by the College of Business Administration. In doing so, more credit hours than normally required for graduation may be necessary. Also, military and naval science courses fulfill the college's non-business elective credit requirement. More detailed information can be found in the university Reserve Officers' Training Corps Programs section of this bulletin.
The College of Business Administration supports student organizations intended to cultivate academic, professional, career and social interests of business students and related majors. The president of each business student organization serves as an advisory council to the dean, meeting several times each term. To inquire about business student organizations activities and membership, ask your adviser or the dean's office.
Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma, founded in 1929, is the international honor society for students enrolled in business schools accredited by the AACSB—International (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business).
The Marquette chapter's purpose is "to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students of business and administration, to promote the advancement of education in the art and science of business, and to foster integrity in the conduct of business operations." Induction to Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor conferred by the College of Business Administration.
Omicron Delta Epsilon
Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international honor society in economics serving to recognize scholastic attainment and honoring outstanding achievement in economics. The society is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. The Marquette chapter was founded in 1981.
Students in the College of Business Administration are eligible to join the following professional fraternities on campus: Psi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, national accounting fraternity, and Delta Sigma Pi, the international professional commerce fraternity and Alpha Kappi Psi, a business fraternity.
The college hosts many student organizations in which students in the College of Business Administration are eligible to participate. This list includes, but is not exhaustive: Commercial Banking Club, Commercial Real Estate Club, Financial Management Association, Go-Getters, Human Resources Management Organization, Information Technology Student Organization (ITSO), International Business Student Association, Marketing Club, Marquette Economics Association, Operations and Supply Chain Management Student Chapter, Project Management Institute, Sales Program, Women in Business.