Business Administration

    • The Dahlkemper School of Business was the first business school in northwestern Pennsylvania with both undergraduate and graduate programs to receive national accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
    • The Dahlkemper School of Business delivers a values-centered business curriculum that provides students with advanced business knowledge through the development of critical thinking skills, effective communication skills, ethics-based decision making, comprehension of global business concepts, leadership and team-building skills, and the desire to become a lifelong learner.

    You Will Learn

    The world of business is dynamic, adaptive and increasingly global. To respond to the changing business environment and prepare students for an interdisciplinary business environment, Gannon’s Dahlkemper School of Business offers a nationally accredited curriculum that awards a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with concentrations in ten various disciplines. With this innovative, ethics-based curriculum, business students can expect a comprehensive course of study that embraces the fundamentals and technical aspects of all areas of business.

    You Will Experience

    The Dahlkemper School of Business is located in the heart of Erie’s central business district in the Center for Business Ingenuity, which is within walking distance of major employers, including Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, leading healthcare providers, nonprofit organizations, sports teams, and federal, state and local government offices. This unique location provides students with opportunities for meaningful and relevant internship and employment experiences. Students will receive hands-on learning working alongside entrepreneurs and business professionals through Gannon’s Small Business Development Center and Erie Technology Incubator. Students are also provided international opportunities through Gannon’s learning abroad programs and the Dahlkemper School of Business’ agreements with partner universities in Germany, Poland and China.

    You Will Achieve

    Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree may choose from the following academic concentrations:

    • accounting  
    • entrepreneurship  
    • finance  
    • healthcare management  
    • international management  
    • management  
    • marketing  
    • risk management and insurance  
    • sport management and marketing  
    • supply chain management        

    You will Study

    Students obtaining a degree in business administration are able to choose from 10 concentrations to prepare for a career in the field of their choice. Students also have the opportunity to complete the Master of Business Administration or Master of Public Administration degree with one additional year of study through the five-year MBA/MPA program.  

    The Dahlkemper School of Business offers innovative courses to prepare students to become business leaders in the global economy. Three of the many course selections are:  

    BCOR 240: Marketing in the Global Environment  

    Students in this course will learn the process of creating and presenting a marketing plan by applying the strategic decisions of marketing, including capturing marketing insights, connecting with customers, shaping market offerings, delivering customer value and successfully growing the business enterprise.  

    ENTR 310: Organizational Innovation  

    An examination of where entrepreneurs get their ideas and discover different types of entrepreneurial opportunities will be studied. This course focuses on understanding the process of idea generation, idea evaluation and developing a comprehensive business plan.  

    BCOR 485: Global Policy and Strategy

    As a project-based course, Global Policy and Strategy requires students to integrate analytical skills by analyzing business opportunities and challenges to make more effective business decisions.  

    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 business vary depending on the location and type of organization.    

    • accounting: $67,190  
    • distribution manager: $86,630  
    • finance manager: $117,990  
    • financial analyst: $80,310  
    • healthcare manager: $94,500  
    • human resources manager: $104,440  
    • insurance underwriter: $65,040  
    • market research analyst: $62,150  
    • marketing manager: $128,750  
    • sales manager: $113,860  

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