Wilkes University is a small college with only about 2,500 students. It has gained the recognition of some of the biggest publications in the nation. The Princeton Review names Wilkes among the “Best Northeastern Colleges,” and the 2020 edition of U.S. News and World Report ranks Wilkes among top national universities. Students can also be sure they are getting a truly great value, with the Economist ranking Wilkes 25th in the nation for value. G.I. Jobs Magazine has also designated Wilkes as a Military Friendly School for eight consecutive years. The Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership holds ACBSP accreditation.
Undergraduate students will learn in small classes, with the professor providing a mentoring relationship. Majors available include Corporate Finance, Hospitality Leadership, Management, Sports Management, Accounting, Financial Investments, Leadership, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Students can pair a minor in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership, Management, Marketing, or Sustainability Management to round out their degree. Students will have many applied learning opportunities through the Family Business Alliance, Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development, Small Business Development Center, and the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. A financial marketing trading room also gives students hands-on experience.
Graduate students can also earn the Weekend Master of Business Administration. This blended degree only requires students to attend classes on campus the second Saturday of each month and has a two -year average completion time. Specialization for this program includes Global Business, Management, or Leadership. Students can also combine their business and pharmacy skills with a dual PharmD/MBA degree.
Every undergraduate business student participates in the four-year Personal and Professional Development program. During the first year, students will participate in teamwork activities and take a variety of assessments to learn about their leadership styles. Year two is devoted to preparing for an internship by completing a resume, cover letter, mock interview, skill inventory, and a career fair. Third-year students have opportunities to attend network events, business luncheons, professional speaker events, and receive a mentor. The final year of the college consists of multiple company site visits, so students can make future employment decisions. Business organizations include ENACTUS, Finance Club, Human Resources Club, or the Investment Club. Faculty-led study abroad destinations include Costa Rica, London, Malaysia, Munich, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, or students can spend a full semester studying abroad.
The Accelerated Bachelor of Business Administration is ideal for students who wish to complete their degree fully online. Classes are offered in seven-week sessions, and students generally take two at a time but have the flexibility to reduce their course load or even take part in a semester off during their peak work seasons. Students interested in working in the education sector can earn a concentration in School Business. The Master of Business Administration is also offered in a convenient, online format. This degree can be completed in two years, by focusing on one course during each seven-week term. The emphasis for this program is Leadership.