College of Business

College of Business Vision

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 Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Sigma Beta Delta

Junior-level and senior-level students who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class will be invited to join Sigma Beta Delta, a national honor society.  Sigma Beta Delta is founded on the principles of wisdom, honor, and the pursuit of meaningful aspirations.  The society recognizes these qualities as being important to success in the academic realm, as well as providing guidelines which will lead to a fulfilling personal and professional life.

Major Field Examination

Business students are required to complete a major field assessment during their capstone course. 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 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Prerequisite(s)

Students are strongly advised to be aware of the Prerequisite(s) required of each course they plan to take and to be sure that they have fulfilled these Prerequisite(s) 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 one 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 Prerequisite(s) 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 ensure 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.

Dual-Credit ADVANTAGE™ Accelerated Option

Through Dual-Credit ADVANTAGE™, this accelerated program option allows eligible College of Business students to take up to four selected graduate-level courses in place of selected undergraduate courses and provides the opportunity to be formally accepted into the M.S. in Management or MBA graduate program prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree.

In order to be eligible, students must have completed 75 undergraduate credits and obtained an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and have specific undergraduate courses remaining in their program.  Please schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor to learn if you are eligible to participate in this program and determine your concentration-specific course substitutions and requirements.

Note: These graduate-level courses will fulfill requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 in all graduate programs.