Exploring the world of business.

Choosing a degree in finance is primarily about managing money, both for individuals and organizations. With this passion for the business field, you’ll find Marian’s finance program provides you with a foundation in financial management that will prepare you for a variety of careers after graduation.

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Inspiring future leaders, Marian’s business programs prepare students for all facets of the business world.

Program Information

Professional Standards in business

Business programs at Marian University are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) whose mission is to promote and recognize excellence in business education in institutions of higher education worldwide, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, through specialized accreditation of business programs.

Accreditation Standards

Marian adheres to the following principles of business education promoted by IACBE:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning . The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the School of Business expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

o respect for others

o full engagement

o responsibility and integrity, and

commitment to quality.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Marian University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport & Recreation Management.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with major in Information Technology.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Organizational Leadership.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA
(913) 631-3009

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .


The goal of the undergraduate program in finance at Marian University is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pursue a career as a finance professional.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will Possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will Possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of finance functions & systems (Knowledge Acquisition)
  • Students will apply the principles of valuation to assess investment alternatives (Critical Thinking; Quantitative Problem Solving)
  • Students will understand how financial institutions work.

The Program
Marian’s finance program aims to develop leaders who are prepared to provide a positive impact for businesses across the nation. As a student in the program, you’ll explore and develop essential knowledge and skills in all aspects of business—including accounting, economics, finance, law, management, marketing and personnel.

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including PHI 231; ECO 201; MAT 130 or MAT 201. TEC 102 is highly recommended.

Business programs core
34 credits of the following:
31 credits:

ACC 201 Financial Accounting, 3 cr.
BUA 203 Career Preparation, 1 cr.
BUA 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.
BUA 310 International Business, 3 cr.
BUA 350 Business Law, 3 cr.
BUA 402 Strategy and Policy, 3 cr.
ECO 202 Microeconomics, 3 cr.
FIN 301 Managerial Finance, 3 cr.
MGT 213 Principles of Management, 3 cr.
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.
TEC 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
ENG 222 Business Communications, 3 cr.
COM 101 Fundamentals of Communication, 3 cr.
COM 232 Public Speaking, 3 cr.

Finance courses
*21-24 credits as follows:
9 credits:

ACC 306 Managerial Accounting, 3 cr.
FIN 303 Money and Banking, 3 cr.
FIN 400 Investments, 3 cr.

0-3 credits:
FIN 397 Internship, 0 cr.
FIN 497 Internship, 1-3 cr.

12 credits from the following:
(at least 2 courses in finance must be taken)
ACC 310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I, 3 cr.
ACC 331 Income Tax I, 3 cr.
ACC 332 Income Tax II, 3 cr.
FIN 205 Personal Finance, 3 cr.
FIN 401 Global Finance, 3 cr.
FIN 404 Special Topics in Finance, 1-3 cr.
FIN/TEC 403 Advanced Computer Applications for Business, 3 cr.

16-19 credits:
University electives
*Finance majors must also complete ECO 201 which may satisfy an elective General Education Social Science requirement.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.
As a student in the finance program, you’ll engage in courses as part of our liberal arts core and business core curriculum, as well as be able to select courses of special interest. Many Marian finance majors couple their degree with another business major or minor to become even more marketable. Other programs offered in the School of Business include accounting, business administration, health care administration, information technology, management, marketing and sport and recreation management.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Katherine Schuessler, MBA
Finance Program Director
At Marian University, you’ll be inspired by our focus on personalized support and quality practical experiences. You’ll find faculty who are experts in the business field, bringing with them decades of experience and a passion to serve others. As a finance graduate from Marian University, you’ll have the skills, knowledge and insight to be successful in the 21st century business world.Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

• ENG 101 or ENG 105

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

• ENG 151 or ENG 106
• MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
• BUA 210
• Science lab(s)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Junior and Senior Criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Failure to Meet Criteria

Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

Internship Experience

The internship provides practical work experience related to the student's career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

As a finance major, you will have the opportunity to experience the challenge of working with community businesses through class projects and internships. Career opportunities are available in financial institutions, government, businesses and economic development agencies. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting an increase in the need for business professionals with bachelor’s degrees, graduates of the finance program gain practical experience and increased job opportunities.



Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition - Business

Measure: Peregrine CPC Comp Exam

Results :

Marian Baseline Target = 50 %-ile (51.9% correct)

Comparison (IACBE schools) = 50%-ile (51.9% correct)

Marian Stretch Goal = 80%-ile (62.5% correct)

Marian Average achieved = 78%-ile (59.9% correct)

Marian Highest Achieved = 98%-ile (79% correct)


On average, Marian students performed higher than the IACBE comparison average.

Almost half of Marian students performed in the top 20 percent nationally (45%).

In general, students have good knowledge of business concepts as measured by the CPC-Comp.

Outcome: Integrated Knowledge of Business

Measure: CAPSIM Business Simulation

Results :

Standard: Balanced Scorecard - Standard = at/above National average (50 th %-ile)

Stretch Goal: Balanced Scorecard - Standard = at/above 80 th %-ile

Marian Achieved = All teams above average except 1. (Range: 16 th to 96 th %-ile)

Marian Stretch Goal Achieved: 44% of teams at or above 80%


94% of Marian teams achieved results at or above the national average compared with others teams.

44% of Marian teams achieved the stretch goal performing at or above the 80 th percentile.

In general, students do well in the simulation, demonstrating integrated knowledge of business.


Recent graduates have held internships in places such as

· Allied Beacon Partners-Racine

· Bank of Oakfield

· Helmer Electric

· Investors Group (Calgary, AB)

· Lindgren, Lester & Co

· Manowske Welding Corp.

· State Bank of Reeseville

· Suncor Energy (Calgary, AB)

Job Placements:

  • Baker Tilly
  • Virchow Krause
  • Grande Cheese
  • Grant Thornton
  • Feucht Financial Group
  • Mercury Marine
  • Met Life
  • Michels Corporation
  • National Exchange Bank and Trust
  • Northwestern Mutual Life
  • Oshkosh Defense
  • Robert W. Baird and Associates
  • U.S. Bank

Alumni Spotlight: Meet Kira Schnell-Harrison, class of '08. Kira graduated from Marian University with a Marketing degree and is now employed as a Retail Account Specialist with Simmons Bedding Company. See Kira's story here

Internships are one of the many opportunities to gain hands-on experience while receiving an education at Marian University. Senior Kate Kostac, is just one shining example of a student who had a great experience while completing their internship. Kate served as the Human Resources Intern at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA. Watch her video here

When given the opportunity to complete an internship as part of her program, Brooke took on the opportunity!! Hear about her experiences as a human resources intern at Agnesian. Watch her video here

Learn more about Business programs at Marian!

Katherine Schuessler, Assistant Professor
Economics and Finance Program Director

Elizabeth Manser Payne, Assistant Professor
International Business and Model UN

Scott Richter
Adjunct Instructor

Nicholas Schumacher
Adjunct Instructor
Phone: 920.923.8965


Fun Fact

During the academic year the library is open 99 hours per week (Source: Academic Bulletin, 2013-2014).

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