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The business major is a professional program designed for students who want a solid foundation in all functional aspects of business. Students who have an interest in exploring economics or marketing in greater depth may elect to earn a minor in these areas. Business administration provides students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in ever-changing business settings. Faculty go beyond the training of technicians to develop students who can work and communicate productively as members of organizations and communities in which they work and live.

Business administration involves a common curriculum to develop the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success in the business world. Each student individualizes their experience by picking one or more concentration(s) to further develop areas of interest.


The accounting concentration provides knowledge beyond the foundational core accounting requirements to enhance the skill sets and professional value of business students.

Students interested in a traditional accounting degree should visit the accounting major page.
Whether you aspire to run an existing entrepreneurial company or start your own business, DC's undergraduate concentration in entrepreneurship will help you develop the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career journey. In the service tradition of Defiance College, significant emphasis is placed on the emerging pathway of social entrepreneurship.
This concentration will be added fall 2019.

The finance concentration will prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide leadership in making sound financial decisions for organizations large or small, for profit or not-for-profit. Finance students will be prepared to evaluate the capital decisions that position firms for growth and success.
The management concentration prepares students for the challenging task of directing people and activities in today's private, public, and not-for-profit organizations. Those who study this field at DC are grounded in the theories, concepts, practices, and ethical concerns of contemporary management and emerging trends.
Preparing students for promising careers in areas such as brand and product management, digital marketing, marketing research, marketing communications, social media, and sales, DC's marketing concentration provides students with skills necessary to succeed in complex economic, political, ethical, and cultural contexts.


Defiance College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • International Accreditation Council for Business EducationAssociate of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration

This accreditation offers the following benefits: enhanced reputation, international perspectives, continuous improvement, best practices, accountability, and evidence of quality business core.

IACBE Assessment Results Defiance College | Public Notification of IACBE Accredited Program | Strategic Plan Business Department


Central Mutual Insurance
Chase Brass and Copper Company
ConAgra Foods
Dana Holding Corporation
Ernst and Young
Farmers and Merchants Bank 
German Mutual Insurance
Huntington Bank
Ohio Auditor of State
Ohio Gas Company
Quicken Loans
Sauder Woodworking, Co.
Shultz Huber and Associates, Inc.
State Bank and Trust
Steyer and Co.
U.S. Food and Administration
US Department of Defense
Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Colleges of Distinction: Business Program

Hayden Clingaman
Herbert Willett Assistantship in Business Administration: Hayden Clingaman
Jonathan Brown
George Isaac Business Scholarship: Jonathan Brown
Jude Neary
Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce: Jude Neary


Brett Decker, Ed.D.
Nady El-Zayaty, Ph.D.
William Sholl, M.B.A.