MacMurray College's Business Administration online degree completion program prepares students to become leaders by producing graduates who demonstrate proficiency in professional writing and speaking, accounting, administration, economics, finance, management, marketing and mathematics.

Along with providing a well-rounded education, classes are designed to help students develop conceptual and analytical skills needed to pursue a variety of business career paths.

What makes our program different?


ACCT 221. Principles of Financial Accounting. (3) Introduction to the recording of financial data and reporting of information in financial statements. Recording of transactions and presentation and analysis of the resulting information in the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. No prerequisite.

ACCT 222. Principles of Managerial Accounting. (3) Introduction to the recording and reporting of information to management. Recording, reporting, and analysis of the costs of doing business and the budgeting and financing of those costs. Prerequisite: ACCT 221.

Business Administration

BUSA 221. Statistics for Business. (3) Analysis of statistical theories and techniques and their applications for decision making in the social sciences. No prerequisite.

BUSA 223. Business Communication. (3) This course explores the theory and practice of a variety of business communication situations including group communication, interviewing, resume writing, business presentations, and others. Prerequisites: RHET 132 or permission of instructor.

BUSA 301. Cultural Environment of International Business. (3) The impact of cultural differences and diverse world views on the practice of business in multicultural and international business environments. Students will examine the nature of culture and their own cultural perspectives in relation to a variety of business contexts. No prerequisite.

BUSA 316. Business Law. (3) A study of the field of law as it applies to business transactions, including commercial code, torts, agency and employment negotiable instruments, partnerships, corporations, and security. No prerequisite.

BUSA 493. Business Career Excellence. (3) From official catalog - Graduation Requirements: "Supervised experience off campus is not only a way of putting into practice what has been studied in the classroom but also exposes students to practical questions and issues which cannot be simulated in the classroom." This course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on and apply what they are learning in conjunction with an official internship, field practicum, or other for-credit experiential learning opportunity. Students will work with their advisors and the Career Services Office to arrange an internship or career-experience opportunity in a field related to their major. Students will then work in their chosen field during the semester, meeting in the classroom to report on related reading and their field experience. Must pass with a C or better. Students may elect to enroll in 1 to 3 credits per semester. This course may be repeated. This course is designed to fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement as outlined in the General Education guidelines.

BUSA 400. Business Strategy. (3) An integration and application of previous courses through the study of problems in policy formulation and implementation. The cases and topics discussed in the course will place emphasis on strategic planning. Open only to seniors majoring in Business.

Computer Science

CPSC 111. Microsoft Excel. (1) An introduction to the use of the electronic spreadsheet, concepts, and terminology. Topics include creating spreadsheets, use of formulas, and formatting. Additional topics include functions, moving data, creating charts and maps, inserting clip art, and writing macros.


ECON 210. Principles of Macroeconomics. (3) Studies the economy as a whole dealing with economic data, behavior, and theory at the aggregate level of the economy. Examines income, employment, prices, and other variables in terms of their measurement, determination, and policy implications. No prerequisite.

ECON 220. Principles of Microeconomics. (3) Studies demand, supply, price formation, and production decisions. Examines the individual and interrelated behavior of consumers, firms, and industries. No prerequisite.


FINC 345. Business Finance. (3) Fundamental theories and principles of finance common to all legal forms of business organizations, with emphasis on financial policies of the corporate enterprise. Topics include financial analysis, measurement of risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, working capital management, leverage, and capital structure optimization. Prerequisite: ACCT 221.


HRM 367. Understanding Organizations. (3) This course explores structures, processes, and theories for understanding organizational performance.

HRM 387. Training and Development. (3) The course studies the development and delivery of training and management development programs in a business setting.

HRM 407. Compensation and Benefits. (3) Basic principles of compensation and benefits, with particular emphasis on pay models and strategy.

MGMT 317. Principles of Management. (3) Policies, decision making, objectives, functions, form of organization, facilities, and techniques as they are applied in successful business management.

MGMT 320. Human Resource Management. (3) The personnel and status relationships existing in a typical firm. Topics covered include selection and staffing, placement, training and development, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, and labor relations. Prerequisite: MGMT 317.

MGMT 325. Leadership Styles in Business. (3) The styles of leadership in the world of business. Topics covered include leadership theories, development of leadership and decision making skills, and gender differences in leadership. Prerequisite: MGMT 317.


MARK 330. Principles of Marketing. (3) Marketing in the economy, nature and scope of marketing, the consumer and marketing, determinants of buyer behavior, the product, the price system, distribution structure, promotional activities, and evaluation of the marketing effort. No prerequisite.

MARK 345. Advertising. (3) Principles and techniques of advertising. Specific topics include planning and execution of advertising campaigns, the social and economic role of advertising, the creative process, and customer research. Prerequisite: MARK 330 or SPRT 231.


MATH 131. College Algebra and Trigonometry. (4) The system of real numbers; functions; trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; systems of equations; permutations; combinations; the binomial theorem; and probability. Prerequisite: one and one-half years of high school algebra and one year of high school plane geometry.

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Cindy Hamm, Ed.D.

Professional Fellow

"The ultimate reward in teaching is the privilege of being a part of each student's educational journey. I have always enjoyed teaching for MacMurray and continue to be awed by the motivation of Mac students and the supportive community dedicated to helping each student achieve their goals."

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Hamm spends time directing and acting in theater and musical performances as a hobby and also dabbles as a creative writer of poetry and short stories. She enjoys outdoor activities such as running, biking, and visiting the beach. She has a strong interest in literacy education and has launched volunteer tutoring programs in reading and writing for schools and public libraries.
  • Ed.D. in Higher and Post Secondary Education — Argosy University
  • M.A. in English — University of Illinois Springfield
  • M.A. in Communication — University of Illinois Springfield
  • B.A. in Communication and Theatre — Illinois College
  • Courses taught: Public Speaking, Confidence in Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, English Composition, Freshman Composition, Honors Composition, Intro to Literature, Creative Writing, Business Communication, Strategies for Success, Public Relations, Theatre Arts, Research Writing, Media Writing, News Writing, Leadership Ethics, Professional Writing, Research Writing, Small Group Discussion, Intro to Communication, Human Communication, Organizational Communication, Communication Theory, Argumentation, Debate
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Ouida McAfee, Ph.D.

Director of Online Programs

"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." - George Washington Carver

  • Areas of interest: Dr. McAfee’s biggest interest lies in higher education and supporting students in their academic goals on through to graduation.
  • Ph.D. in Organization and Management – Capella University
  • M.S. in Teacher Education – LeMoyne-Owen College
  • B.S. in Public Relations Journalism – Arkansas State University
  • Courses taught: Business Communication.
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Dexter Purnell

Professional Fellow

“I too, like Albert Einstein, believe that 'intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.' It is my desire as an educator to help students meet their fullest potential"

  • Areas of interest: Dr. Purnell enjoys studying how various marketing and management issues affect the entertainment industry, music production, audio engineering, film production, multimedia content creation and health/fitness. Dr. Purnell has also produced and engineered records for Grammy and Dove award-winning artists. His work for various artists has been on the Billboard Charts.
  • D.B.A. – Wilmington University
  • M.S. in Organizational Management – Peru State College
  • B.S. in Business Administration – Peru State College
  • Courses taught: Social Media Marketing, Hyman Resource Management, Business Finance, Understanding Organizations, and Principles of Marketing.
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Aaron Wyant

Professional Fellow

  • Areas of interest:  Wyant has a diverse background in business, finance, management and entrepreneurship. He spends his time with his three dogs, wife of nearly 24 years and his son who is now in college.
  • M.B.A. - William Woods University
  • B.A. in International Studies - University of Missouri
  • Courses taught: Cultural, Environmental and International Business, and Business Strategy.