Business Administration

  • Business, Computer Science, and Engineering among Highest-Paid Majors

    The survey is based on data collected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers from 400,000 employers, gathered from government and private sources. Read more about the highest-paid degrees on The Wall Street Journal.

    • The Student Investment Trust allows finance students to apply investment concepts by investing Trust money in the stock and bond markets. Active participants attend an investment conference their senior year.
    • Recent graduates of Gannon's finance program are employed by institutions such as Erie Insurance Group, Bank One, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Citigroup, PNC Bank, The Vanguard Group, Chemical Bank, and the Chicago Board of Trade.

    You Will Learn

    The world of business is dynamic, adaptive and increasingly global. To respond to the changing business environment, and to prepare students for an increasingly interdisciplinary business environment that, nonetheless, requires increasing specialization and more specific skill sets, the Dahlkemper School of Business has created a new business curriculum that awards a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with concentrations in the following disciplines: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, international management, marketing, management, risk management, sport management and marketing and supply chain management.

    With this model, business students can expect a comprehensive course of study that embraces the fundamentals and technical aspects of a changing discipline.

    You Will Experience

    The Dahlkemper School of Business is located in the heart of Erie's central business district, and within a few hundreds yards of campus are major employers including Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, leading health care providers, non-profit organizations, sports teams, and federal, state and local government offices. This provides a rich landscape for the student to find meaningful, relevant internship opportunities. Additional opportunities are available at entrepreneurship-focused organizations such as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Erie Technology Incubator (ETI), both of which are located on Gannon's campus. Students of international business or those who would like to acquire international experience will receive assistance finding opportunities abroad. These opportunities are enhanced by Gannon University's agreements with universities in Europe and Australia.

    You Will Achieve

    Such career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • advertising
    • consultant
    • entrepreneur
    • financial planner
    • FBI special agents
    • insurance agent or broker
    • sales
    • sport agent

    You will Study

    Students obtaining a degree in business administration are able to choose from ten majors including accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, international management, management, marketing, risk management, sport management and marketing or supply chain management. The collaborative curriculum allows students to take courses in the various majors, including courses such as:

    ENTR 310: Organizational Innovation

    This course examines how individuals and organizations innovate. This is accomplished by studying organizations of all sizes to see what can be learned about the creative process of innovation, specifically around idea generation, evaluation and implementation. By the end of the semester, students will have identified and evaluated several product, service and non-profit ideas of their own.

    FINC 419: International Investments

    This course reviews and presents an analysis of the major investment vehicles, the instruments, the market, as well as the concepts of techniques used to analyze investments in a global context.

    SMGT 370: Principles of Sports Management

    This course covers the business of sport, including ethics in sport management, managing employee diversity in the sports industry, organizational theory and the study of sport, sport governance, international sport governance, basic law applied to sport, economics and sport, accounting and budgeting, financing sport, sponsorship, and group decision making and problem solving.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $43,500
    • Mid-year salary: $71,000

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (