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Department of Business & Economics

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 degree 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 online 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.

Recognized for Excellence

Business degrees programs at Wayne State College are nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Best Online College in Nebraska

No. 1 in Nebraska

Best Online College in Nebraska, 2019

SR Education Group

Best Online Master's in Business Administration with Accreditation, 2019. Best MBA Degree, Best Online MBA.

No. 1 in Nebraska;
1 of 33 Colleges in the U.S.

Best of the Best Online MBA Programs with Accreditation, 2019

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Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018 - College Affordability Guide

No. 1 in Nebraska

Most Affordable College in Nebraska, 2018

College Affordability Guide

Most Affordable Online Colleges for MBA, 2019 - SR Education Group. Most Affordable Master's in Business Administration (Online MBA Degree) Award.

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 7 in the U.S.

Most Affordable Online Master's in Business Administration, 2019

SR Education Group

Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Human Resource Management 2019 - SR Education Group

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 9 in the U.S.

Most Affordable Online Bachelor's in Human Resource Management, 2019

SR Education Group

College of Distinction, 2018-19

Only Public College in Nebraska

College of Distinction, 2018-19

Colleges of Distinction

Best Online Bachelor's in Human Resources, 2018 - GetEducated.com

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 7 in the U.S.

Best Buy for Online Bachelor's in Human Resource Management, 2018

GetEducated.com

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 9 in the U.S.

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018

Schools.com

Best Value Online MBA Degree, 2018 - AffordableColleges.com. Most Affordable Online Master's in Business Administration Degree Award.

No. 3 in the U.S.

Best Value Online Master's in Business Administration, 2018

AffordableColleges.com

Most Affordable Online Masters Human Resources Management 2019 - SR Education Group. Online masters in human resources award.

No. 1 in Nebraska;
No. 4 in the U.S.

Most Affordable Online Master's in Human Resources, 2019

SR Education Group

Best Online MBA Degree 2018 - AC Online. Best Online Master's in Business Administration Award.

No. 50 in the U.S.

Best Online MBA Program, 2018-2019

Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online)

Most Affordable Online Colleges for MBA, 2018 - SR Education Group. Most Affordable Master's in Business Administration (Online MBA Degree) Award.

No. 7 in the U.S.

Most Affordable Online Master's in Business Administration, 2018

SR Education Group

“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 Degree 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 Explore             
Agribusiness Explore             
Business Administration Explore      Explore       
Business Administration (MBA) - Fully Online     Explore         
Business and Information Technology Education (MSE) - Fully Online     Explore         
Business Management Explore             
Business Management - Fully Online Bachelor's Explore             
Business, Marketing, and Information Technology Education (6-12) Explore             
Economics Explore      Explore       
Finance Explore             
Human Resource Management Explore             
Human Resource Management - Fully Online Bachelor's Explore             
Information Technology Management (MSOM) - Fully Online     Explore         
Interdisciplinary Studies Explore      Explore       
International Business Explore             
International Studies       Explore       
Management Information Systems       Explore       
Marketing Explore             
Office Administration Explore             
Organizational Management (MSOM) - Fully Online     Explore         
Professional Studies Explore             
Public Accounting Explore             

Outside the Classroom

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

clubs for business degree majors

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning

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.

student activities for business degree majors

Opportunities

  • 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.
Internships for business degree majors

 

Internships and Clinicals

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.

Jeryl Nelson, Ph.D. - Department Chair, Business and Economics

“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

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 92% of full-time faculty in this department 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 students pursuing a business degree.

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