MacMurray College's Business Administration program prepares graduates to become professionals who will serve as leaders for the next generation. The curriculum prepares students for successful careers by combining accounting, administration, economics, finance, management, marketing, and mathematics courses to provide a well-rounded education. Classes are designed to help students develop conceptual and analytical skills needed to pursue a variety of business career paths.

Faculty in the Business Administration program have diverse professional backgrounds and ample experience facilitating online learning. They help students understand and analyze business information and situations, apply relevant theories, and arrive at solutions.

While at MacMurray, you will be expected to engage in a significant amount of "experiential learning," or hands-on work, either in the classroom or in businesses around Jacksonville and beyond.

Internships are a crucial part of your career preparation, and MacMurray students get job experience at local firms in the area, as well as at the state and even national level. MacMurray 2015 graduate Martin Lara, for example, held a summer internship in the budget office at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

The Business Administration Program will provide you with the foundation necessary for entry into a professional career or graduate study. Recent MacMurray graduates are working in a variety of exciting business fields, including insurance and financial planning, management, sales and marketing, banking, finance, and accounting to name a few.

Your workplace options cover the gamut: you can choose to work in an office individually or as part of a team, or you can embark on your own business venture.


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.

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BUSA 211. Technology and Society. (3) This course provides a critical examination of the complex interrelationship between society and technology. The course makes students aware of the pervasiveness of technology in our everyday lives, creating and encouraging an understanding of how technology interacts with and is embodied in society. Technology is both the driving force behind societal change as well as the output of our technological imagination. It is this dichotomy that will be examined in this course. Students will learn about how digital tools have led to the development of a high-tech society characterized by customization, individualism, and privatization. The course covers topics such as innovation in the technology sector, Facebook, online surveillance, digital inequality, and immaterial labor. No prerequisite.

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 393/493. Career Experience (1-3) 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.


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 307. Labor Relations. (3) This course will focus on labor relations in both the private and public sectors of the United States. The collective bargaining process will be examined and used in a variety of case studies.

HRM 347. Employment Law. (3) A study of employment law with applications to individuals and businesses.

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 340. Management and Business Ethics. (3) Explores moral problems that are often raised for people working in the professions. The class will begin by examining moral theory and the logical reasoning of moral decision making. Issues to be studied may include due process, race, gender, professional codes of ethics, confidentiality, loyalty, truth-telling, corruption, just use of force, and the role of leaders. Cross-listed with PHIL 226.


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.


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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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.  
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MacMurray College's Business program was recognized by the College of Distinction, which seeks to identify colleges and universities in the country that provide the best atmosphere for students to learn, grow and succeed. MacMurray College was named a College of Distinction for 2019-20, the sixth year in a row.