Southern Wesleyan University offers Christian-based business programs through the Benson School of Business. Students will learn how to carry their core values into the corporate world. Benson is currently a candidate for ACBSP accreditation. This small campus, with just over 1,400 students, features a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio. All incoming freshmen receive financial aid, and the average package exceeds $25,000.
According to the most recent career outcome data from the class of 2018-2019, 84% of alumni are employed or pursuing higher education within six months of graduation. Of those, 87% hold occupations directly related to their major. Business graduates have assumed management roles in a variety of industries and are employed at BMW, Courtyard by Marriot, Edward Jones, and Park Sterling Bank. These careers are paying off big time! Payscale ranks SWU among Best Colleges and Universities for Best Return on Investment, and the US Department of Education College Scorecard Data places SWU alumni among the Highest Average Alumni Salaries.
Benson SoB features a high-quality Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Students can tailor their degree to their career goals with a concentration in Accounting, Economics and Finance, Entrepreneurship, General Business, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. Business minors are also available in Accounting or Management. Students earning an Accounting minor can take classes such as Accounting Software, Federal Income Tax, and Auditing. The 18-credit hour Management minor consists of Purpose Driven Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Employment Practices, and International Management. The business curriculum is innovative and features practical experiences, such as field trips, internships, and experiential learning projects. Courses implement technology, challenge students to think creatively, and explore global business concepts.
SWU fosters a strong Christian community amongst students and faculty. Students are expected to regularly attend chapel activities on-campus and Sunday services at a church of their choosing. All students under the age of 23 are required to live on campus unless they reside with their parents or spouse.
Organizations are an integral part of campus life. Sigma Deltas and Student Missions Fellowship are focused on developing skills to serve God. Students seeking to enhance their leadership skills can participate in the Student Government Association. Enactus is open to all students interested in solving problems through entrepreneurial action but is especially popular amongst business students due to the numerous opportunities to meet business professionals, attend career fairs, and gain marketable skills. The unique OneLife Christian Gap Year Program allows students to earn 30 college credits while spending nine months traveling the world on mission projects and an international internship.
The BS in Business Administration is offered in a convenient, 100% online format. This program features the same concentration options as the on-campus program, allowing students to pursue business courses aligned with their future career goals. Classes are offered in an accelerated seven-week format. The support systems available to ensure student success include access to online library resources, virtual office hours, tech support, tutoring, and an academic success coach.