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At Defiance College, business administration brings real-world issues and experience into the classroom while facilitating student involvement in the business world. Faculty go beyond the training of technicians to develop students who can work and communicate productively as members of organizations and communities in which they work and live. Students learn how modern businesses can take advantage of the current economic and political climate while protecting themselves, their stakeholders, and the world from corruption and abuses of power.

The Defiance College business programs provide sound theoretical and practical applications in all functional areas of business with advanced courses in management, marketing, and economics. The business administration major is designed for students who desire a strong professional program that prepares them for a position in either the profit or nonprofit business sector.

To effectively prepare students for the business world, courses in the business core cover both programs of study. On-the-job training is provided through internships and cooperative education opportunities.

In addition, DC business administration students benefit from advice from a national advisory board and an extensive alumni base.  

Business AdministrationGoals of the Business Program

  • To understand the role of the business professional within the organization setting.
  • To develop an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures within organizations.
  • To develop leadership skills and abilities within an ethical framework that will advance methodologies when interacting with others.
  • To utilize critical thinking skills to assess, analyze, and implement positive change within the business profession and organization.
  • To develop purposeful communication skills and integrate verbal and electronic methodologies when interacting with others.
  • To contribute to the organization by becoming a pathfinder through discovery, analysis, and evaluation of business information.

Benefits of the Program
Colleges of Distinction: Business ProgramBusiness majors take part in a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. Whether interning in small or large firms or helping non-profits create business systems, students practice their business language skills to become better employees, stronger leaders, and responsible citizens. Professors are fluent speakers of business with wide and varied business experience, making them ideal guides for students preparing to enter the business world.

Enactus (Entrepreneurial-Action-Us)
Students have an opportunity to be involved in Enactus, a community of student, academic, and business leaders whose goal is to use entrepreneurial action for transforming lives and shaping a more sustainable world.

Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society
The purposes of Sigma Beta Delta are to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, and administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

Related Programs
Accounting is another major offered in the business administration division. Students may choose a minor in marketing within the business administration major. A minor is also available in economics. An Associate Degree in business administration is also offered.

Business as a Minor
The business minor provides relevant courses to students whose majors are in another department and who desire to acquire the fundamentals necessary to understand and use business principles in an organization.

Graduate Schools
DC’s MBA program is designed for students who want to enhance their management and leadership skills. The curriculum design integrates courses from across disciplines to stimulate both critical and creative thinking. This broad perspective combined with a practical orientation provides the framework necessary for managing and leading in today’s team-based organizations. Contact the business faculty for more information.

Business Administration

After College — What's Next?
Careers in business include positions in management, marketing, and financial areas. Defiance College graduates are employed in local and regional firms and businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies. In addition, the employment outlook is strengthening with potential opportunities with the federal government, state agencies, other governmental and non-profit organizations, private industry, and financial networks.

Some recent graduate employments include:
Federal Reserve Bank, Western and Southern Financial, JP Morgan Chase & Co., American Income Life, Edward Jones, Ohio Attorney General, Wellington School, Tiffin University, Northwest State Community College, Defiance County Health Department, State of Ohio Auditor’s Office, Defiance Area Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Speedway, WTOL-TV, and Chase Brass and Copper Company, LLC.


Defiance College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: 

  • International Accreditation Council for Business EducationAssociate of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with an optional concentration in Forensic Accounting
  • Minors in Business Marketing and Economics
  • Master of Business Administration

This accreditation offers the following benefits: enhanced reputation, international perspectives, continuous improvement, best practices, accountability, and evidence of quality business core.

IACBE Assessment Results Defiance College | Public Notification of IACBE Accredited Program | Strategic Plan Business Department

In Their Own Words
"The professors that I had were passionate about their work and were willing to go the extra mile to help their students. The hands-on and real-life experiences that we were exposed to have helped me to apply things that I have learned in my classes. Personally, this program has given me the opportunity to explore and apply different aspects of business to a plan for a company that I hope to own."
--Lornette Lynch, 2016 Graduate

Britney Huffman

"Having those close connections with staff and faculty has made me very successful transitioning from college to the business world. It made Defiance College a great place to go to school. DC can offer much more than large universities."
--Britney Huffman, 2008 Graduate

"The knowledge I gained in my marketing and management classes provided a solid foundation for my career in philanthropy.  I am currently the Director of Operations and Special Projects with the Sisters Health Foundation, a philanthropic organization that provides health related grants to nonprofits in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Renee SteffenI used my marketing skills when I led our organization through a rebranding process which included working with staff and board members to launch a new organization name, website, social media page, and communication materials. Gathering input from a variety of stakeholders was an important component of the process. I am grateful for how my professors nurtured and valued both soft and hard skills throughout my DC experience as both are critical for working in the nonprofit sector."
--Renee Steffen, 2007 Graduate


Nady El-Zayaty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Business
Phone: 419-783-2581

Brett Decker, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Business
Phone: 419-783-2417

Edwina Phillips, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Practice of Accounting
Phone: 419-783-2524

William Sholl, M.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Practice of Marketing
Phone: 419-783-2441