Quality and Experience: Business at Northwestern

There are several characteristics that make the University of Northwestern Business Department unique.

Quantitative Approach

Every industry, church, or nonprofit organization needs to plan its financial future, raise funds and control costs. In recognition of this necessity, all Northwestern business programs include a rigorous quantitative foundation in statistics, accounting and financial principles. Mathematics is the foundation of the curriculum.

The quality of Northwestern’s accounting and finance graduates has been recognized by national certification agencies and by employers.

All organizations must have effective accounting and financial control systems. Northwestern business graduates are well equipped to address these needs.

Quality of Students

The University of Northwestern Business Department attracts and recruits students interested a rigorous academic curriculum. The faculty business expertise provides the foundation for a student’s initial and long-term business career.

The quality of business students is exemplified by their high admission test scores, academic excellence, ethical behavior, individual and teamwork abilities, commitment to a Christ-centered faith, national test standings, participation in post-graduate schools, and successful business careers. 

Practical Experience

One objective of the business department is to develop marketable skills in our students. We believe on the first day of employment a business graduate should be able to prepare reconciliation, develop and implement an integrated marketing plan, evaluate a budget, give basic tax planning advice or use common software. Graduates have the practical skills to contribute immediately.

The business faculty has had a great variety of positions in the business world, including:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Vice President of Finance
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Vice President of Sales & Marketing
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Entrepreneur

Software and Technology

Business students must be literate in today’s technology. All business students are required to take three courses that emphasize the use of technology within a business setting. Students receive practical hands-on training using the newest version of the Microsoft Office Suite. They learn skills that the modern business professional is required to know to be successful in the workplace. Our business faculty is in constant contact with businesses in order to understand what the needs are and to supply students with the technology skills to solve business problems.

National Ranking

Northwestern business seniors consistently rank among the top in the country on the Educational Testing Service Major Field Test. The four-hour, multiple-choice, voluntary exam evaluates a college’s overall business program as compared to other colleges.

The test covers marketing, economics, accounting, finance, management, and management information systems. In 2003, over 4,400 students from hundreds of colleges and universities took the exam; Northwestern seniors placed among the top 264 students. Northwestern also ranked in the top one percent in both the economic and management information system categories.

Students also excel on the grueling four-part CPA exam, continually testing higher than the state and national averages. While 15 percent of university students pass all four parts the first time, 30 percent of our students pass all four parts the first time.