About the College of Business
Wilmington University’s College of Business will offer highly respected programs that provide opportunity to all lifelong learners in business practices through a professional faculty, relevant curriculum and individual student support.
Mission Integration Statement
Wilmington University’s College of Business is committed to excellence in teaching by providing business students with practitioner-based faculty who focus on individual guidance and support with professionalism, respect, and integrity for all. The curriculum is based on fundamentals and emerging business practices recognizing the link between community needs and educational instruction. The College of Business remains nimble and current by developing and maintaining strong bonds with both alumni and the business community. Upon graduation, students will have confidently demonstrated the knowledge, skills and ability to solve problems, make meaningful contributions to the workforce, and to serve both their organization and the community at large.
The College of Business is an institutional member of and fully accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
College of Business Policies
Major Field Examination
Business students are required to complete a major field assessment during their capstone course, BBM 402, Strategic Management. This examination assesses the basic knowledge and understanding gained in the core undergraduate business curriculum. Results of the major field assessment are a factor in determining the student’s BBM 402 course grade.
Peregrine Comprehensive Examination
Accounting majors must take the Peregrine Academic Services Comprehensive Exam as a factor in determining the student’s BAC 402 grade.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Entering students may have acquired sufficient organizational experience to allow granting of credit for specific courses by means of prior learning assessment (PLA). Standard tests, if available, are the required manner of evaluating a student’s prior learning. If appropriate tests are not available, a portfolio development may be approved. The procedure for applying for a PLA for business courses is as follows:
- Students should contact the Assessment Coordinator in the College of Online and Experiential Learning or their Academic Advisor to determine the viability of a PLA and the best approach.
- If an appropriate test (CLEP, DANTES, etc.) is available for the requested course, the student must take the test and receive a passing grade. Multiple attempts are permitted.
- If no appropriate test is available, the course may be eligible for a portfolio development assessment. An academic program chair, in coordination with the Assessment Coordinator, will make the determination if the student’s experience warrants attempting a portfolio assessment. If warranted, the Assessment Coordinator will outline the process for developing the portfolio.
Business Course Prerequisites
Students are strongly advised to be aware of the prerequisites required of each course they plan to take and to be sure that they have fulfilled these prerequisites before enrolling in a course. Academic Advising is eager to help students plan their programs.
Minimum Grade Policy
The College of Business programs require a minimum grade of "C" for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than "C" in any required program core course must retake that course. Individual programs may impose additional requirements. Please see the program descriptions below.
Cooperative Learning Experiences
In order to provide students with the opportunity to acquire relevant work experience, six credit hours of cooperative learning experiences are available in most undergraduate business programs. These cooperative experiences are included in the 120 credit degree program. Six programs, Accounting, Accounting and Finance, Business Management, Finance, Human Resource Management and Marketing, have identified two specific core program courses that can be taken as cooperative experiences. Those courses are identified in the Curriculum information under each program. Elective courses may also be structured as co-ops. Each cooperative experience is a semester long and usually the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters. In order to be eligible, students must have at least 60 credits and a GPA of 2.5 or higher. All prerequisites must be met for courses in the co-op format as in any other format.
Because each co-op experience is individually designed, students must contact the Director of the Co-Op program and the applicable Program Chair at least one semester prior to beginning the experience to assure appropriate co-op availability and student requirements. The co-op assignment must be approved by the appropriate program chair who will assign a faculty advisor.