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Department of Business and Economics

Our programs create graduates who are well-equipped to take their place in the world of business, industry, and education.

About the Department

Whatever your interests in the business world, Wayne State offers several areas of concentration within the business administration program, from accounting, management, and marketing, to economics and international business. Our dedicated and experienced faculty provide a student-centered learning environment. Many of them have working experience as self-employed business owners, business consultants, corporate managers, tax accountants, realtors, lawyers, and CPAS – so you aren’t just learning about academic theory, but also about real experiences from those who have worked in the field.

The Department of Business and Economics is also the campus leader in promoting cooperative education experiences for its students, which means getting an internship or finding that special job couldn’t be easier. You’ll also get to spend time with leading executives as you work toward your own successful career with our Executive in Residence Program. What’s more, our MBA program ranks at the top, so we’ve got you covered if you’re looking to pursue a master’s degree in business administration after you graduate.  

We are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Learn more about our IACBE accreditation.



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“The best part about the business program is the faculty. They have helped me every step of the way and have answered any questions I’ve had. I truly believe that because of them, I will be a successful professional when I graduate.”


Jorge Adame

Major: Accounting
Hometown: Nebraska City, Neb.

Business and Economics Programs

Choose from our business and economics department majors, or enhance your education by adding on a second major or minor. Explore your options here.

Program Name Bachelor's Pre-Professional or Affiliate Master's Minor Education Field Endorsement Education Subject Endorsement Supplemental Endorsement
Accounting (Business Administration)              
Agribusiness (Business Administration)              
Business Administration              
Business Administration (MBA) - Fully Online              
Business Management (Business Administration)              
Business Management - Fully Online              
Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Education (6-12)              
Economics (Business Administration)              
Finance (Business Administration)              
Human Resource Management (Business Administration)              
Human Resource Management - Fully Online              
Information Technology Management (MSOM) - Fully Online              
Interdisciplinary Studies              
International Business (Business Administration)              
International Studies              
Management Information Systems              
Marketing (Business Administration)              
Office Administration (Business Administration)              
Professional Studies (Business Administration)              
Public Accounting (Business Administration)              

“Business and economics graduates are enjoying careers in areas such as banking, financial services, and corporate management, and are doing fascinating work in accounting, human resource management, and marketing, and many more areas. In the department there is an exciting mix of new and veteran faculty who want to see you become part of the next generation of business leaders in Northeast Nebraska and around the region.”


Jeryl Nelson, Ph.D.

Department Chair
Professor of Business

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Business Student Activities


  • Business Competition Day – Show your leadership skills by helping to facilitate and judge this annual competition, where hundreds of students from Nebraska and Iowa high schools compete for a chance to win scholarships.
  • Executive in Residence - Meet corporate pros at this annual event and address real-world concerns, including topics such as business ethics, corporate culture, leadership, and the changing world of business.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors


We encourage all students to complete an internship before graduating to build your portfolio and gain experience in this field of study. If you’re an education major, you’ll need to complete clinical practice (student teaching). Career Services is also available to help you find internship opportunities.

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 86% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Business Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships for business students.

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