Dayton School of Business Department Overview
Currently the Dayton School of Business (DSB) offers residential undergraduate students majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Marketing, and Sport Management, as well as minors in Business, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Sport Management. The DSB offers non-traditional, degree completion programs in Business Management, and a Master of Business Administration Business of Administration (MBA) degree in the Graduate program.
The Asbury +1 MBA, sometimes known as 4+1 MBA, degree from Asbury is designed to give students from all areas of study the opportunity to obtain advanced standing in the MBA program. Undergraduate students accepted into Asbury’s Undergrad+1 MBA program have the opportunity to take MBA courses during their undergraduate program. Eligible students must have 90+credit hours and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Up to 9 credit hours can be included within Traditional Undergraduate tuition. After completing their bachelor’s degree from Asbury, Undergrad+1 students can earn their MBA in as little as one additional year. For undergraduate program stipulations please see the “Undergraduate Students taking Graduate Level Courses Guidelines” > Registering to Repeat, Audit, Exchange & Other Class Procedures for Undergraduates.
The Accounting major at the Dayton School of Business is focused on preparing students for careers in public, private and not-for-profit accounting, as well as for graduate studies and accounting certifications such as the CPA and CMA. We focus on teaching students the necessary technical and critical thinking skills and an understanding of the broadness of business while developing an ability to work well with people. The field of accounting provides a vast number of job opportunities within all types of organizations from public accounting firms to businesses to churches and other service organizations. To most effectively prepare for the different areas of accounting and the opportunity to impact the kingdom through our work, our accounting major challenges accounting students to consider the technical skills that they are learning through a Biblical lens. Ultimately, we desire that accounting students are technically sound in their knowledge of accounting, able to collaborate effectively with others, and to experience Christ through their work at Asbury so they are best equipped for their future endeavors.
Asbury requires 124 semester hours for a bachelor’s degree. Students interested in an accounting major should be aware that in all licensing jurisdictions except the Virgin Islands, the Society of Certified Public Accountants requires 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam. Our recommendation is that the student seeking to become a CPA complete the undergraduate accounting major from Asbury and obtain the additional hours needed to sit for the CPA exam in a graduate program such as the Asbury +1 MBA.
Versatile, Impactful, and Practical. The breadth of opportunity in the marketplace for Business Administration majors allows students to pursue careers in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit industries. The course of study in business administration pursued in the Christian environment of Asbury University offers students an education which will enhance and enrich both their personal and professional lives. Practical application of content allows students to go beyond simply attaining knowledge and moves them toward the ability to execute decisions and implement effective management strategies. Interactive and Comprehensive. Core Business Administration classes typically range in size from 12-25 students, welcoming collaborative discussions with professors and peers. Rooted in a liberal arts foundation, the Business Administration major builds a structure of understanding that spans small to multinational organizations, from logistics to people management, and examines the individual, team, and organizational levels.
The Business Administration major curriculum engages students in both domestic and international strategies, the management of human resource capital, how both small and large organizations can thrive, and how we as humans interact and manage other humans to be the best for the company, employees, and community.
Students interested in pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities in a startup venture or nonprofit organization can minor in entrepreneurship. The minor requires the completion of 21 credit hours. Coursework includes finance and venture creation, entrepreneurship/market research, management of innovation, innovation and product management, and social entrepreneurship. Students also have the opportunity to pursue hands on experience through various business plan competitions and internships with startup companies.
The Finance major at the Dayton School of Business emphasizes preparing students for careers in the corporate and investment banking sectors, as well as for graduate studies. We focus on teaching students the necessary technical and critical thinking skills along with a strong foundation and understanding of business while developing an ability to work well with people.
Career opportunities in the field of Finance include corporate finance, investor relations, venture capital, commercial and investment banking, financial analysis and planning, and treasury management. To most effectively prepare for the different areas of finance and the opportunity to impact the kingdom through our work, our finance major challenges students to consider the technical skills that they are learning through a Biblical lens. Ultimately, we desire that our finance students are technically sound in their knowledge of financial accounting, markets and analysis, able to collaborate effectively with others, and to experience Christ through their work at Asbury so they are best equipped for their future endeavors. The Dayton School of Business Finance major requires students to complete 36 hours of the business core, accompanied by 21 credit hours of Finance courses. Many students will also enter Asbury’s Undergrad+1 MBA program in their senior year of standing.
The Marketing major at the Dayton School of Business is focused on preparing students for careers in the critical marketing function in corporate, entrepreneurial and not-for profit enterprises and ministries. In addition to the courses common to all DSB majors, there are four courses that provide grounding in the fundamentals of marketing. Students choose an additional 3 elective courses, allowing them to customize the major to fit their particular area of interest. The DSB marketing major can help prepare students for a variety of career opportunities including jobs in Product Management, Brand Management, Sales, Advertising, and Marketing Research. Students desiring to be prepared for effective ministry – whether in business or in Christian organizations – will find this major’s focus on effective persuasive communication to be helpful as they prepare to be used for the expansion of God’s kingdom.
The Sport Management program at the Dayton School of Business is designed to provide the opportunity to develop expertise in business management with an orientation toward the world of sport. People given the opportunity for responsibility in the management of sport programs and facilities must become familiar with the various aspects of sport activities in addition to becoming professional business leaders. The major addresses the emphasis on Christian service in the growing area of world sport business. Opportunities for employment would include a variety of sport organizations involving management in University and professional sport organizations, sport governing bodies, events and facility management, sales, sport marketing, sporting goods industry, sport media, parks and recreation departments, promotion, and fund raising.
Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and education specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Asbury University.
The Dayton School of Business is a member of The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
2020-21 Academic Catalog