The School of Business at Cairn University seamlessly blends Christian faith with business education to produce leaders who make a difference in the world. The business school holds specialized accreditation through the IACBE. This small university is just outside of Philadelphia, so students have access to big businesses. The university president, Dr. Williams, is an experienced CEO, who shares his knowledge with business students through lectures on Mission-Driven Leadership and Decision Making, Cultivating an Organization Climate for Change, and Historical and Biographical Leadership Lessons. Cairn students are eligible for up to $20,000 scholarships based on merit, and over 90% of students receive financial aid. Within three months of graduation, 95% of business students have accepted a full-time position.
Undergraduate students will build a strong business foundation by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Majors offered include Accounting, Computer Science, Finance, Healthcare Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Sports Management. Students in the Accounting program will also graduate with the 150-hour minimum required to take the CPA exam. The Computer Science program features experiential learning through a simulated company, requiring students to perform software operations frequently seen in IT careers. CS and IS students will also compile a professional portfolio of their class projects, and either complete an internship or capstone project. Finance students gain relevant experience through investment portfolio management. The core curriculum requires all undergraduate students to complete a minimum of 30-credit hours of Bible courses.
Professors fill the important mentor role for students, exposing them to opportunities that will prepare them for their future. Students can travel to Australia, Costa Rica, England, India, Jerusalem, or Uganda to study abroad or complete an internship. The Global Mission Week features missionaries sharing short-term mission projects students can get involved in. Enactus and Student Government Association are great ways for students to develop their leadership skills while serving their college and community. The Career Center offers weekly career chats online and helps students create a LinkedIn profile.
Graduate students can earn the credentials often required by large corporations to move into leadership positions through attaining an online Master of Business Administration or specialized Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership. The MS in Organizational Development is offered in a hybrid format, with the majority of the work online, but some classes require students to attend Saturday sessions. Both of the MS degrees are 39-credit hours, and the MBA is 42 credit-hours. All classes for graduate degrees are offered in seven-week sessions, so students have the option to focus on one class at a time, and still graduate within two years. MBA students can customize their degree to match their career aspirations with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Innovation, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Development, Organizational Culture, or Strategic Planning and Management. The Strategic Planning concentration will require on-campus courses. Each master’s program has a required capstone project component, giving students a chance to gain hands-on experience as it relates to their chosen career path.