School of Business

Degrees and Certificates

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Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA

BBA students can choose from these emphasis areas:


The four principal areas of employment are in public practice (CPA), industrial concerns, public practice, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. Public accountants provide advice primarily in three areas: income tax, auditing and management services. Industrial accountants assemble and interpret meaningful and relevant business information to interested parties within their employer’s firm. Governmental accountants perform services similar to those by industrial and public accountants for local, state and national governmental agencies.


The economics curriculum is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the principles and institutions governing economic decisions made by households, businesses, and governments. Economics is also one of the best pre-law options for students.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The entrepreneurship and innovation concentration exposes students to innovative curriculum and experiential learning that is not simply limited to start-up businesses, but helps students be more creative and innovative in whatever endeavors they undertake. By taking the required courses, students will imitate the entrepreneurial process, beginning with idea generations, developing marketing and financial plans for start-up ventures, and have the opportunity to launch their idea in the capstone course Entrepreneurship Clinic.


The finance curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in corporate financial management, commercial banking, security analysis, government services, insurance, real estate, and other finance fields and for graduate study.

General Business

The major in general business allows you the flexibility to design a 24 hour upper-division program using courses from several or all major areas in the School of Business based on your own interests and needs.

International Business

The international business concentration is designed to equip graduates with skills suitable for employment at international and global enterprises. A student would understand advantages and challenges of doing business globally, understand different cultures, and be able to per­form business tasks in a different cultural and professional environment.


Management courses in the fields of organization theory, human relationships, administrative communication and related behavioral areas provide students with pertinent background for management careers in business and non-business organizations.


The marketing curriculum involves analysis of the ways business firms and other types of organization plan, organize, administer and control their resources to achieve marketing objectives.

Undergraduate Program Core Competencies

To implement the mission of the School, the faculty has adopted the following undergraduate program core competencies as broad instructional goals of the BBA program:

Business Knowledge: Students will be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge of business constructs across all the basic, functional areas of business and economics.

Written and Oral Communication Abilities: Students will be able to write with clarity, verbalize concisely, and clearly present ideas.

Problem-Solving Abilities: Students will be able to define and analyze diverse problems; and organize and interpret information in order to draw and support conclusions.

Ethical Decision-Making Abilities: Students will be able to differentiate between ethical and unethical behavior and integrate ethical understanding and societal responsibility into decision-making.

Global Awareness: Students will understand the impact of participation in the global economy on business conduct and performance as well as the effects of business actions on that economy.

Technology Abilities: Students will be able to apply technology in order to solve business problems and explain how technology supports the strategic goals of organizations.

Bachelor of Arts, BA

Economics, BA

A bachelor of arts degree in economics from Washburn combines a broad general education with a strong foundation in economics. You will achieve this by taking course from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business. More information.

Master of Business Administration, MBA

Whether your undergraduate degree is in the arts, business, economics, nursing, science, or social work, the Washburn MBA program will work for you. Most students have work experience and are working full-time while earning their degree, but neither is required for admission.  More information.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Communication Skills: Students completing the MBA program will be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills: Students completing the MBA program will be able to use analytical techniques and information technology to solve business problems.
  • Functional Knowledge: Students completing the MBA program will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles in business disciplines and the ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines.
  • Global Perspective: Students completing the MBA program will understand the impact of globalization on the business environment.
  • Ethical Awareness: Students completing the MBA program will be aware of ethical issues and responsibilities in business environments.
  • Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills: Students completing the MBA program will be able to work effectively in teams toward the achievement of a common goal.

The MBA Program is composed of three distinct parts: an orientation, a curriculum, and a closure experience. Each of these three parts is explained in detail below. In addition student portfolios are used as an assessment of learning methodology for the MBA Program and as a requirement for the MBA degree.

Need more information?
Contact Dr. Bob Boncella, MBA Director


Our pre-MBA curriculum is designed to prepare the non-business major with core business methods and practices required for admission to the University’s AACSB International accredited MBA program. Completion of the pre-MBA curriculum also satisfies the requirements for the business minor. More information.

Program structure
The pre-MBA curriculum consists of 14 three-hour courses, for a total of 42 credit hours.

Master of Accountancy, MAcc

Washburn’s MAcc Program prepares students to enter or advance careers in public accounting, corporate accounting, management accounting, and governmental accounting, as well as corporate finance, financial analysis, and law enforcement. There are two educational tracks that meet qualifying professional certification requirements while offering the student the path to a graduate level degree.  More Information.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MAcc program a student will be able to:

  • Prepare analytical review of complex business and accounting topics from both theory and practice.
  • Write clearly, effectively, and efficiently in an accounting context.
  • Orally communicate ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of relevant technology and be able to apply technology to resolve accounting issues.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional behavior, regulatory standard setting mechanisms, and ethical responsibilities relevant to clients, markets and society as a whole.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical topics commonly covered on professional certification examinations such as the CPA, CMA, and CIA examinations.

Assessment process for the above outcomes will be course-imbedded within the graduate accounting courses.

Need More Information?
Contact Dr. Kanalis Ockree, MAcc Director

Dual Degree Programs: JD-MBA; JD-MAcc

Juris Doctor-Master of Business Administration, JD-MBA

Washburn University has developed a dual degree program to encourage students to obtain Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration degrees during their course of study at Washburn.

On its own the JD program at the Washburn University School of Law requires 90 credit hours. The MBA degree at the Washburn University School of Business requires 30 credit hours of upper-level courses. Additional foundation courses may be required by some students. More information.

Juris Doctor-Master of Accountancy, JD-MAcc

Recognizing that legal and business studies complement each other and that real-world problems often require solutions from both legal and business perspectives, Washburn University has developed a dual degree program to encourage students to obtain J.D. and MAcc degrees during their course of study at Washburn.

On its own, the J.D. program at the Washburn University School of Law requires 90 credit hours; the Master of Accountancy program requires 30 master's level credit hours (see sidebar). Thus, pursued separately, the two degrees would require 120 credit hours. Under the dual degree program, certain courses are accepted for credit by both schools: six credit hours of business-related law school courses may count toward the MAcc, and six credit hours of business school courses in the MAcc may count toward the J.D. Students can therefore obtain both degrees with a total of 108 credit hours. More information.



The business minor is designed to provide the non-business student with an understanding of the essentials of business methods and practices. Students in communication, mass media, computer information systems and other areas find that the business minor helps them to understand the business content that they will face as they begin their careers.

Students must successfully complete a total of 21 hours as specified below.

Required Courses:

  • AC224 Financial Accounting
  • EC200 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC201 Principles of Macroeconomics 

One of the following:

  • BU342 Organization and Management
  • BU345 Human Resources
  • BU346 Organizational Behavior


  • Six additional upper division hours from accounting, business, or economics
  • Three additional hours from accounting, business, or economics at the upper division or at the 200 level lower division

(EC200 and 201 count as part of the university's general education program.)

Business, with Entrepreneurship Certificate

The business minor and the entrepreneurship certificate can be earned at the same time by using entrepreneurship courses as electives within the business minor. This combination will enable students who want to start their own venture, operate a family business, or become a champion of change within a large corporate organization. The program exposes students to various business disciplines and how to create a detailed business plan for a start-up venture. Innovation and creativity are explored to understand how ideas can be brought to reality and commercialized. Students will also have the opportunity to launch their ventures in the capstone clinic class. The additional courses in accounting, economics, and management form a well-rounded business foundation to supplement entrepreneurship courses.

A grade of C or better must be earned in each course used to satisfy the requirements for the minor and for the Entrepreneurship Certificate. Half of the hours used to meet the requirements of the minor and of the Certificate must be earned at Washburn University.

Required Courses:

  • EC200 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AC224 Financial Accounting
  • BU260 Business Plan Development
  • BU343 Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity
  • BU370 Entrepreneurship Clinic

One of the following:

  • BU342 Organization & Management
  • BU345 Human Resources Management
  • BU346 Organizational Behavior

One of the following:

  • BU101 Introduction to Business
  • BU115 Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Law
  • BU315 Legal Environment of Business

International Business

Globalization and international business have become the norm in today’s world. Many businesses, large and small, are involved in international business either directly or indirectly. Because of this dramatic shift to globalism in the business world, a great demand for graduates with an academic background in international business has developed.

This background includes not only course work in business with an international flavor, but also courses dealing with the differences and similarities among people. You will obtain this knowledge by taking a course of study that includes a foreign language and understanding of different cultures in addition to business courses.

The international business minor has three components: required business and economics courses, required language courses and a recommended international experience. More information.


The minor in economics can be earned by candidates for any bachelor’s degree offered by Washburn University. The economics faculty has approved the following requirements for the optional minor:

  1. Economics 200 and 201
  2. Nine hours of economics courses numbered 300 or above
  3. An approved course in statistics

Entrepreneurship Certificate


The Entrepreneurship Certificate can be valuable for any student on campus. It is designed for the student who seeks to be an entrepreneur in start-up ventures, operate a family business or work as an entrepreneurial change agent within a corporate setting. Companies want to hire graduates with initiative and who show entrepreneurial characteristics. Students who display entrepreneurial attributes will add more value to their companies, eventually start their own business, and make a big contribution to the overall economy.

Required Courses: *

  • BU101 - Introduction to Business
  • BU260 - Business Plan Development
  • BU343 - Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity
  • BU370 - Entrepreneurship Clinic

*Business students may substitute BU406 International Business and Entrepreneurship Experience for any class. BU406 can be used as a business elective in the BBA degree.

Program Structure:

The Certificate Program in Entrepreneurship is designed primarily for students pursuing a bachelor or master degree offered by Washburn University.


Merit-based scholarship assistance may be available to students in the certificate program.

For further information, please contact David Price in the School of Business.

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Kansas Insurance Certificate

Kansas Insurance Certificate

The Kansas Insurance Certificate provides academic preparation for students who want to pursue a career in the insurance industry.

Specific Requirements:

The program requires four (4) three-credit-hour courses for business or non-business students. A grade of C or better must be earned in each course and at least six hours must be earned at Washburn University.

Required classes for the Kansas Insurance Certificate:

Level 1

  • BU374 Principles of Risk and Insurance

Level 2

  • BU378 Life and Health Insurance

And one additional course offered online at another Kansas Regents University

  • FINAN661 Financial Planning (Kansas State University)
  • FIN680 Retirement and Employment Benefit Planning (Fort Hays State University)
  • Property and Casualty Insurance (University of Kansas Edwards Campus)

Level 3

  • BU499 Internship (Insurance - Related)
  • or an additional Level 2 course
  • or BU366 Sales

Apply for certificate