Department of Business and Economics
Dr. Michael Engdahl
Become a Certified Financial Planner
Personal Financial Planning minor earns prestigious national registration with CFP Board.
2016 Scholar of the Year
Congratulations to Dr. Shaun Pfeiffer of the Business and Economics Department on being named EU’s 2016 Scholar of the Year!
New Career Options
New International Business concentration opens door to globalized business careers for Edinboro students.
Internships put business students at the head of the pack
Real-world student experience leads to exciting first job for Kelly Byers.
Through comprehensive curricula, quality instruction and academic advisement, the Department of Business and Economics seeks to foster student commitment to lifelong intellectual growth and professional development in the areas of accounting, business administration, financial services, economics, marketing, information systems management and much more.
As a leading undergraduate business and economics education institution in the region, the University is committed to providing an educational experience guided by a faculty engaged in scholarship, professional development activities and services that enhance disciplinary and practitioner knowledge and develop pedagogical and advisement skills.
The Department’s programs are strongly grounded in economics, which adds theoretical depth to the immediacy of the business disciplines. The overriding goal of all of these programs is to fully prepare students for successful professional careers in the field they have chosen or to prepare them to continue on and succeed in advanced study.
The endorsements of two renowned professional organizations attests to the strength of the School of Business’ curriculum and the currency of its faculty. Students benefit from up-to-date programs that meet the highest standards and prepare students well for the challenges of the practitioner arena.
Edinboro University, through its Department of Business and Economics, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following business degrees:
Our accreditation with ACBSP has recently been reaffirmed through the year 2020. ACBSP is a leading accreditation association for business education. The programs of study at accredited schools have been examined for currency, relevance, comprehensiveness and rigor. The credentials of the faculty teaching at accredited schools has been examined for preparation and professional development currency and relevance. Students attending ACBSP accredited schools can expect programs of study that will prepare them well for the challenges of a career in business in an environment that enhances student learning.
The School of Business also offers the BS in Economics degree, which is not accredited by ASBSP.
Edinboro University’s Financial Services Concentration is registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Graduates of a registered financial planning program meet the educational requirements to take the CFP® Certification Examination.
Edinboro University does not certify individuals to use the CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, and certification logo marks. CFP certification is granted solely by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP-Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience, and examination requirements. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, and CFP certification logo, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.
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Edinboro University’s Master of Business Administration program is designed to meet the needs of leaders in various industries who manage people, processes, or finances. As such, the degree provides for an emphasis in business, which allows students to explore graduate-level coursework in human resources, marketing, and supply-chain management. The flexibility of the MBA program at Edinboro University allows students to focus their graduate management education in a discipline(s) that will best meet their career goals.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting provides students with an extensive understanding of the concepts, theory, and conventions common to the practice of managerial (private business and industry), institutional (government and not-for-profit), and public accounting. This program is designed to provide all the courses necessary for students to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Pennsylvania. Students completing this program are well prepared for entry into the workforce as professional accountants and continuing their education at graduate school.
The Comprehensive Business Administration Concentration is a highly flexible program, allowing students to tailor a course of study to prepare them for careers in any area of business including human resources, corporate finance, logistics, production, logistics and production. This is also an appropriate program for those who want to be entrepreneurs.
The Finance concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in banking, corporate finance, and investment management. Potential careers include lending officer, bank examiner/auditor, bank regulatory compliance officer, financial analyst, and securities research analyst. The Finance concentration coursework, in addition to Finance courses, includes a series of business courses in Accounting, Economics, Management, Marketing, and Statistics. The Finance concentration coursework provides each student the opportunity to obtain a sound understanding of financial theory, concepts, and computations and the ability to effectively apply financial knowledge in order to solve business decisions associated with careers in finance.
Students enrolled in the Intelligent Enterprise concentration under the Business Administration major learn current and emerging concepts, technologies, and methodologies to successfully implement and maintain enterprise systems to run businesses competitively. The intelligent enterprise continues to evolve with emerging technologies such as digital transformation. The program includes experiential learning that is integrated with the use of SAP systems. Students experience real-world scenarios and team dynamics using ERP simulation games, engaging projects, and professional communities. Education and skills are highly transferable to other technology platforms such as SuccessFactors, Workday, and Oracle. Students in the program are introduced to leading industry certifications.
The Marketing Concentration prepares students for positions in consumer and business marketing including product/brand/market management, new product planning, integrated marketing communications, advertising, sales, retailing, wholesaling and international marketing.
The Personal Financial Planning Concentration is designed to prepare students for careers as financial planners and advisors, investment managers and financial managers in financial planning agencies, depository institutions, non-depository holding and investment offices, insurances companies, real estate brokerages and investment houses, securities and commodity dealerships, and other commercial enterprises. The Personal Financial Planning Concentration is registered with Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Graduates of a registered financial planning program meet the educational requirements to take the CFP ® Certification Examination. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania does not certify individuals to use the CFP ® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM and CFP (with flame logo) ® certification marks. CFP certification is solely granted by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to persons who, in addition to completing an education requirement such as this CFP Board Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience and examination requirements. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP ® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM and CFP (with flame logo) ®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.
The BS Economics program helps develop conceptual and analytical thinking skills, which can be applied to multiple career areas and help ensure professional success and adaptability. Graduates may pursue careers in banking, business management, and governmental policy analysis. Students are also well-prepared for graduate study.
The Associate of Science in Business Administration is a strong program designed to provide aspiring business students with an understanding of core business concepts and uniquely prepare them to advance in business careers. This two-year program provides students with fundamental knowledge in economics, accounting, finance, management and marketing, as well as a strong theoretical foundation, complemented by a solid practical understanding of business.
The minor in accounting is designed to provide the student with a broad coverage of essential accounting and tax topics needed for a general understanding of how business decisions affect the profitability of businesses. Students will gain an understanding of how financial statements are prepared and interpreted, how taxes impact businesses, how costs affect pricing decisions, and how to maintain accounting records using a computerized system.
The minor in business administration is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of business. The minor includes broad exposure to accounting and the use of financial information, economics, the role of business in society, the legal context of business, management, and marketing.
The minor in Economics is designed to introduce the student to the core concepts of economics. The analytic skills and knowledge of economics developed in the minor in economics will be useful to students in all disciplines who will be contributing to business and public policy decisions. Students completing the minor in economics develop analytical skills through exploring the paradigms of microeconomics and macroeconomics at the intermediate level and increase their understanding of economics institutions and of applications of economic principles.
The minor in Personal Financial Planning is designed to prepare students for careers as financial planners and advisors, investment managers and financial managers in financial planning agencies, depository institutions, non-depository holding and investment offices, insurance companies, real estate brokerages and investment houses, securities and commodity dealerships, and other commercial enterprises.