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It's rare for people to stay in the same job for their entire working life. At Marietta College, you will develop a solid foundation of highly marketable communication and analytical skills that will serve you well regardless of the path your career takes. Couple that with the focused education that you will receive in our Department of Business & Economics and you will be ready for any challenge in the future.

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Ashley Klopfenstein '20

Ashley Klopfenstein ’20 was leaning toward a career in finance when a chance encounter with Marietta alumni reshaped her thinking and now she's a rising star with Plante Moran.

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Business Programs At Marietta

Our Department of Business & Economics is pleased to offer undergraduate degrees in eleven majors — Accounting, Public Accounting, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Land & Energy Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Management, and Supply Chain Management — that are all based in the liberal arts. Our professors are experts in their fields and their hands-on instruction will prepare you for a career in business, government, or non-profit organizations.

Individual Business Degree Programs

Accounting

It’s more than learning how to crunch numbers and create spreadsheets. Accounting and Public Accounting majors at Marietta College forge lasting relationships with professors who challenge students to work outside their comfort zones and be active participants in their education. These close relationships with professors, plus the experience gained through independent and faculty-led research, internships with industry leaders and networking connections made through the College’s 25,000-plus alumni are what Marietta’s Accounting and Public Accounting majors expect.

Marietta’s program is led by talented and respected certified public accountants who are dedicated to teaching. You can choose to focus on either the 120-hour Accounting major or the 150-hour Public Accounting major, which qualifies you to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination in most states immediately following graduation. The 150-hour degree program can be completed within four years if courses are taken in the summer, but most students complete the requirements in 4 1/2 years. Marietta offers an attractive tuition-free grant for the last semester of coursework in the 150-degree program.

Earning an Accounting or Public Accounting degree from Marietta opens doors to careers in auditing, tax accounting, cost accounting, managerial accounting, public accounting, and government and corporate work. These degrees produce results — over the last six years, more than 80 percent of students have secured full-time employment before or within three months of graduation. One hundred percent of the students who have applied to graduate school have been accepted. 

The bottom line is that if you decide to major in Accounting and Public Accounting at Marietta, you will have a multitude of options and opportunities.

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Economics

Our Economics majors do not want to be pointed and pushed in one direction — they want the panoramic view of the relationship between business and the economy. A Marietta College Economics degree will you OPTIONS.

You will learn from talented faculty who teach the theoretical side of economics and the mathematical and statistical techniques you will need to be successful in the field. The Business & Economics Department offers an internship program that helps enrich students’ educational experiences by exposing them to the business environment.

During your four years at Marietta, you will join other Economics majors to conduct serious research projects — either individually or with fellow students or faculty mentors. This research is presented at professional conferences and on campus every year during All Scholars Day.

As you prepare to graduate it will be apparent that you will possess the ability to apply abstract principles to practical matters — and this skillset will make you highly sought after by employers and graduate programs. 

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Finance

Success in the world of finance takes hard work, skill and plenty of experience. It takes a PIONEER.

Marietta College Finance majors graduate with an edge over their competition — their education blends an in-depth study of this field with a strong liberal arts base. Our faculty — who are industry-tested and highly regarded in their fields of study — will help you develop the technical skills and abilities needed to identify investors’ needs and to analyze investments and corporate finance. Our majors gain a broad understanding of every element of business, including economics, accounting and statistical analysis.

Majors have access to Marietta College’s Student Investment Fund, which provides each student with real-world, hands-on experience in security analysis and portfolio construction through the management of an actual investment portfolio. Class participants are collectively in charge of the investment decisions and the overall portfolio composition of the fund. Security selection is based on the value investing philosophy.

As a Finance major, you will develop the quantitative skills required to understand the market and the ability to communicate effectively with clients. Our graduates are driven to succeed and possess the skillsets that employers and graduate programs seek out.

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International Business

International Business majors at Marietta College thrive on the challenge of blazing new trails — especially when that adventure involves learning about new cultures. You will benefit from this interdisciplinary program because it combines aspects of economics, management, accounting and modern languages. The program will also prepare you for success in the global marketplace.

Every International Business major completes an Education Abroad experience. Students share what they learned while studying abroad during a formal presentation on campus, and also have the opportunity to share those experiences and other research projects with their peers, faculty, staff and the community during Marietta College’s annual All Scholars Day.

Over the course of your four years as an International Business major, you will hone your problem-solving skills, build strong communication skills in English and a second language, conduct research, and have an education abroad experience — making you a strong candidate ready to enter the competitive business world and graduate school.

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Land and Energy Management

It’s a big world, and pioneers love to explore. Marietta College’s Land & Energy Management major offers you the freedom to thrive in an industry that values the qualities that a liberal arts education provides.

Land & Energy Management builds on the strength of a rigorous business core that is also infused with other disciplines such as geology, environmental science, communication and writing, and mathematics and computing. With such a broad and in-depth skillset, Marietta’s graduates stand out in the industry. You will also be prepared to enter professions involved in land and mineral rights acquisition for fossil fuel and renewable energy resource development, along with other commercial development activities. Land & Energy Management majors may also choose to pursue Energy Systems Studies and Energy Systems Engineering minors to complement this major.

This distinct program — which is only one of 13 in the nation accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen — will prepare you for a career with oil & gas exploration and extraction companies, state and federal government agencies, utility company development and conservation programs, financial institutions, and law firms.

With the AAPL accreditation, Marietta College students who complete the program earn three credit years toward the five-year work experiences required to sit for the Registered Professional Landman Certification Exam. This accreditation also qualifies our students for exclusive scholarships.

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Management

The most important asset that a business has is its people. Students in Marietta College’s Management program learn how to effectively manage and lead others, as well as study core concepts of the business world.

Talented faculty in the Department of Business and Economics provide a challenging and engaging curriculum that helps students gain a broad knowledge of best business practices and a skillset that will make them stand out in today’s fast-paced business environment. The in-depth program will give you an understanding of job design and production planning, strategy formulation and execution, operational planning, human resource development, and team building and utilization.

Professors will encourage you to pursue serious research projects and they often involve their students in industry research. Faculty mentors will also help you develop networking circles by including you in national conferences and undergraduate business case competitions against other colleges and universities.

At Marietta, students pursue serious research projects — and that research is celebrated each spring during the campus-wide All Scholars Day, when work is presented to the campus community. These presentations include capstone projects and internship reflections, and they also reinforce professional communication skills — an invaluable tool in the eyes of every employer.

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Marketing

Creative, business-minded, competitive — those are the traits that make for great marketing professionals. Marietta College’s Marketing program will prepare you for success in this dynamic and growing industry by blending business and marketing coursework with hands-on experiential learning opportunities.

Professors, who have gained success as professional marketing consultants and business leaders, work closely with students to understand the various aspects of marketing and how those concepts are applied in markets worldwide. Majors also add a concentration in communication, media studies or graphic design to help build specific skill sets that will benefit them on their chosen career paths.

Marietta’s contemporary liberal arts education will prepare you to be critical and flexible thinker who can adapt to changing trends, as well as influence new ones. This program will prepare you for a broad range of careers in corporate marketing and sales, product and brand management, marketing communications, consumer insights research, digital/social media management, pricing analyst, event coordination and management, and as content specialists.

By completing numerous real-world projects that involve working with existing companies and non-profit organizations, Marietta’s Marketing majors develop relationships in the industry and gain professional experience, which boosts their own marketability in the job market and for entrance to graduate schools.

As a Marietta College Marketing student, you will have plenty of options because you will be prepared.

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Public Accounting

It’s more than learning how to crunch numbers and create spreadsheets. Accounting and Public Accounting majors at Marietta College forge lasting relationships with professors who challenge students to work outside their comfort zones and be active participants in their education. These close relationships with professors, plus the experience gained through independent and faculty-led research, internships with industry leaders and networking connections made through the College’s 25,000-plus alumni are what Marietta’s Accounting and Public Accounting majors expect.

Marietta’s program is led by talented and respected certified public accountants who are dedicated to teaching. You can choose to focus on either the 120-hour Accounting major or the 150-hour Public Accounting major, which qualifies you to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination in most states immediately following graduation. The 150-hour degree program can be completed within four years if courses are taken in the summer, but most students complete the requirements in 4 1/2 years. Marietta offers an attractive tuition-free grant for the last semester of coursework in the 150-degree program.

Earning an Accounting or Public Accounting degree from Marietta opens doors to careers in auditing, tax accounting, cost accounting, managerial accounting, public accounting, and government and corporate work. These degrees produce results — over the last six years, more than 80 percent of students have secured full-time employment before or within three months of graduation. One hundred percent of the students who have applied to graduate school have been accepted. 

The bottom line is that if you decide to major in Accounting and Public Accounting at Marietta, you will have a multitude of options and opportunities.

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Learn More about Public Accounting

Sport Management

It takes more than having a love of sports to make it in the sport management industry — it requires a passion for doing hands-on work and an internal drive to succeed. Marietta College’s Sport Management major prepares students — both athletes and non-athletes alike — for careers in sports marketing, sports sales, event management, facility management, coaching, general manager, licensing and branding, and the emerging field of game presentation and fan engagement at all levels of sport, including high school, collegiate and professional sports in both sport organizations and in affiliated corporations.

In every course, you will complete industry-related projects, whether that’s participating in a mock trial based on an actual sports case that was litigated in the courts to planning and implementing Community Baseball Day and Community Softball Day, a Marietta College tradition since 1999. Sport Management students begin to build their own professional network by completing a mentor assignment with a mentor in the sport industry.

Dedicated faculty support and challenge students in the classroom and in the field. You will complete at least two internships and a practicum course. Students may pursue job shadowing experiences with organizations like the Cleveland Cavaliers and ESPN, further expanding their professional network. In recent years, our students have gained valuable experience working at the Boca Raton Bowl, Orange Bowl, Myrtle Beach Bowl and with the Savannah Bananas.

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Supply Chain Management

When you major in Supply Chain Management at Marietta College, you have the global market at your fingertips. Our program will prepare you to effectively manage the flow of resources coming from suppliers, manage the conversion of those resources into finished products, and also coordinate transportation to wholesalers, retailers, and the final consumer. You will also learn how to successfully navigate relationships with domestic and international vendors and customers.

Talented faculty in the Department of Business & Economics provide a challenging and engaging curriculum that will help you gain a broad knowledge of best business practices and a skillset that makes you stand out in today's fast-paced business environment. Every student in this major completes an internship — so they see how the knowledge they gain in the classroom is applied in the professional world.

This in-depth program will give you an understanding of job design and production planning, strategy formulation and execution, operational planning, human resource development and team building and utilization.

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Business — Minor

Adding a minor in Business is a great way for students in other majors to round out their résumé and increase their marketability to employers and opens doors to a range of options at many companies. For years, we have heard from many employers that they want to find more employees who have a liberal arts background and are great communicators. By adding a minor in business you are also telling an employer that you understand the language of the business world.

We will teach you how organizations function and how you can contribute to their success. You will discover that this minor is more than being good with the numbers, but rather we want you to gain important skills that will help you in your career — working in a team, analyzing data, solving problems, and expanding your knowledge about the business world.

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Our pioneers have the knowledge, the passion and the courage to pursue change for the greater good, to make a difference in the lives of others, and to pave the way for generations to come.

What You Can Do With a Business Degree

At Marietta, we believe your college experience should be an ADVENTURE.

Spend a semester studying abroad in Spain. Experience football game day at Notre Dame, while organizing all of the in-game promotions. Earn a paid internship with the U.S. Department of Treasury in nearby Parkersburg, West Virginia. Participate in the annual PioBiz competition and win up to $10,000 to start your own business.

You can also learn how to manage an investment portfolio on behalf of Marietta College, or become a McDonough Scholar and lead a drive to collect baby food and clothes for families in need. Maybe campaign for student body president and show off your management skills. Do you see where we are going? Marietta College will help you create an impeccable résumé that will help you kickstart your career.

Companies that have hired recent graduates

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of China
  • Caterpillar
  • DHL Express
  • Ernst & Young
  • Heinz Field
  • Key Bank
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Nationwide
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Oracle
  • Plante Moran
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Companies where students have recently interned

  • Adobe
  • AEP Energy
  • Akron Racers
  • Alliance Industries
  • Bank of America
  • Deloitte
  • Endurance Resources
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Medicare
  • Myrtle Beach Bowl
  • Peoples Bank
  • Perry & Associates
  • United Nations
  • UPMC
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Marietta College has had a major impact on allowing me to obtain my goal of working for a large, big-four accounting firm. Professor Johnson and Professor Marra were two faculty members who were always there to provide valuable guidance from excelling in academics to sparking interests in different career paths.

 

-Eric delong '21, pricewaterhouse coopers