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Why study business at Mary Baldwin University?

From entrepreneur to investment advisor to nonprofit fundraiser, Mary Baldwin business graduates are prepared for a staggering and perennially popular range of careers. Our general business program equips you with a broad-based understanding of the business world, while the marketing and communication major focuses on learning how to help organizations effectively and responsibly communicate their brand.

Business is also available as a minor.

Complete your business degree online.

Our business degree can be completed fully online through the university’s innovative Baldwin Online and Adult Programs. Just like in-person classes, the Blackboard-interface business program emphasizes the development of strong conceptual skills in tandem with practical applications. MBU helps you fast-track your path to a business degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 27 credits (9 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System as well as the ability to earn up to 15 credits for work experience.

Choose from in-demand areas of concentration: accounting, entrepreneurship, human resource management, management, marketing, and sustainability.

Business is also available as a minor.

What sets our business students up for success?

  • Small classes facilitate teamwork, group discussion, and learning outside the classroom
  • An integrated focus on “people, planet, and profit” — otherwise known as sustainability
  • Internships with respected local businesses
  • Each student’s portfolio of work culminates with an original research project
  • Access to professionals in the field through membership in the national honor society Sigma Beta Delta and Mary Baldwin’s Smyth Business Lecture series

Active co-curricular opportunities put knowledge to work: Super Bowl of Advertising, Rotaract Club, Bead for Life, Ethics Symposium, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, and the Business Advisory Council


Contact Information


Joseph Sprangel Jr.

Dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies; Associate Professor of Business...
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Lallon G. Pond

Director of Academic Success for Baldwin Online and Adult Programs; and Associate Professor of...
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Roderic L. Owen

Professor of Philosophy; BA, College of Wooster; MA, Kent State University; EdD, College of...
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Catherine Ferris McPherson

Associate Professor of Business and holder of the The Bertie Wilson Murphy Distinguished Chair in...
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Robert Klonoski

Adjunct Faculty Member; BS, Fairfield University; MBA, University of Connecticut; JD, Brooklyn Law...
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Claire T. Kent

Associate Professor of Business and holder of the The Bertie Wilson Murphy Distinguished Chair in...
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Janet S. Ewing

Associate Professor of Business; BS, Virginia Commonwealth University; MBA, Emory...
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Bruce R. Dorries

Associate Professor of Communication; BA, Baylor University; MA, Corpus Christi State University;...
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Amy McCormick Diduch

Professor of Economics; BA, College of William and Mary; MA, PhD, Harvard University...
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Gregory C. Brann

Instructor of Business Administration (part-time); BA, MBA, Wake Forest University
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Shafonne Myers ’01

Like many business start-ups, Shafonne Myers’ path to running her own company began with discovering a problem. “My wedding was wonderful, but being a plus-size bride was a challenge. I was frustrated and disappointed that there were absolutely no curvaceous brides on...
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Astrid Salarda ’14

Houston high school standout Astrid Salarda ’14 almost did not make it to Mary Baldwin University for a visit during Future Freshmen Weekend in spring 2010. But Texas alumna Cynthia Weir ’68 was convinced that a trip to campus would seal the deal for Salarda, so she...
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Betsey Suchanic ’16

Betsey Suchanic ’16 lived the philosophy of “doing well by doing good” long before she learned that the phrase had been popularized by a growing breed of businesses to describe their environmentally and socially conscious missions. “I’ve never just been motivated by...
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Devoted Alumna Establishes Business Scholarship

With considerable experience in the corporate world, Susan Nolan Palmer ’67 not only found she had a skill set she could share with Mary Baldwin College students, but she also decided to establish a scholarship to encourage and support those studying business. The Dr....
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Kaylyn Lonergan ’16

Between maintaining the high academic marks that keep her on the dean’s and honor’s lists semester after semester, working as a campus tour guide in the President’s Society, and leading the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership cadet corps, it is hard to imagine...
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