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At Thiel College, we believe that learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom. That’s why our Business Administration and Accounting programs are focused on encouraging entrepreneurship and helping students make their business ideas come to life. By combining both theory and practice, majors have many opportunities for professional development! Students can take advantage of financial support for entrepreneurial activities, as well as field experience, internships, mock interview sessions, business etiquette dinners, resume and cover letter writing seminars, and so much more. Students learn from professors with real-world experience, with many opportunities to network with successful entrepreneurs.

Degrees, Majors and Minors

Being the largest department at Thiel College, the Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration and Accounting offers several degree options.

Students can earn a B.A. in:

  • Accounting, Forensic Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Communication
  • Business & Financial Journalism
  • International Business
  • Public Relations, Advertising & Integrated Marketing Communication

Students also have the opportunity to earn two A.A. degrees: one in accounting and the other in business administration. Furthermore, three minors are offered: accounting, business administration, and economics.

Cooperative Programs

The department also offers three cooperative programs, which allow students to earn degrees with certificates in their field of interest. These programs include a B.A. in Business Administration with a mortuary diploma through the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS), a B.A. in Business Administration with a certificate in Culinary Arts from Pittsburgh Technical College and a B.A. in Business Administration with a certificate in Fashion and Retail Management through the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Students of the cooperative programs first study at Thiel College and then on-site in Pittsburgh as they finish their degrees.

Senior Business Seminar and Chi Eta Sigma

The Ruth A. Miller Senior Business Seminar provides juniors and seniors with the opportunity to network with distinguished alumni during a series of weekly dinner lectures. Each event is followed by a Q&A session that allows students to join the conversation. Furthermore, academically successful juniors and seniors can also be inducted into the honorary commerce society, Chi Eta Sigma.

Haller Enterprise Institute

The Haller Enterprise Institute encourages students to build their own business while they’re still in school. The institute offers thousands of dollars in scholarships and students are supported by a board of successful entrepreneurs and business professionals.

Awards

Outstanding senior students are recognized each year with three departmental awards: the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Senior Award, the Wall Street Journal Award, and the Departmental Honors Award.

Alumni and Careers

Thiel business students are very successful in finding first-time jobs after graduation! Our faculty work closely with students to explore opportunities. For example, the department hosts many networking events that allow students to speak with professionals from numerous companies in the area. Some students opt not to enter the job market right away and go on to graduate and law school to continue their education.

“The [department] promoted the idea of networking in each of my courses. They [encouraged] each student to take advantage of and reach out to alumni and other professionals who make themselves available to the College. I find it important that so many people find their way back to Thiel, always looking for a way to give back.” Eleanor G. Belleau ’12

Thiel’s Business Administration and Accounting programs encourage, support, and promote entrepreneurship. Sound exciting? Learn more now!