Business Management

At Central, business management majors have a diverse range of classes that prepare you to succeed. Graduates go on to positions with major companies around the world, creating a global network of connections for Central students. You’ll obtain a foundation in business with an emphasis in one of four areas — business administration, finance, marketing and international business — or you may individually design your area of emphasis.

The department also collaborates with mathematics and computer science faculty to offer information systems, accounting and actuarial science majors. Business students can also be certified at Central to teach secondary-level business classes.

You’ll benefit from the strength of Central’s business management program as evidenced by the outstanding performance of students on standardized examinations such as GMAT and LSAT and their acceptance into quality graduate programs.

of business management graduates were employed within six months of graduation
  • 94% of students completed at least one internship before graduation
  • 4 large, international companies headquartered within one mile of campus

The Real World


Successful Careers

  • Isabelle Hicks ’15, client account manager, Dudum Financial, Lafayette, Calif.
  • Jakob McDowell ’14, management trainee, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Seattle, Wash.
  • Greg Best ‘11, talent acquisition, Red Bull, Denver, Colo.
  • Chris Gales ‘09, business specialist, Apple, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Jennifer Renner ‘99, managing consultant, IBM, Washington, D.C.
  • Kara Hoogensen ‘96, president, Principal Bank, Des Moines


  • Economics, Accounting and Management Club
  • Investments Club
Central College student

Graduate Placement

  • University of Iowa, Tippie School of Business
  • The George Washington University
  • Graduate School of Banking at Colorado
  • Iowa State University - College of Business


  • Aegon Headquarters, Hague, Netherlands
  • Emerson Climate Technologies, Ohio
  • Principal Global Investors, Des Moines
  • John Deere Financial, Johnston
  • Brandworkz, London, England
  • Iowa Attorney General's office, Des Moines
  • Jack in the Box corporate office, San Diego
  • Meredith Corporation, Des Moines
  • Merrill Lynch, Pella
  • Iowa Cubs, Des Moines

Courses & Faculty

At Central, you’ll learn about business in many ways — computer simulations, case studies, presentations, class discussions, team projects and more. Networked professors also find hands-on projects where students can help solve problems for real businesses, giving you the best experience possible.

Learn more about Business Management in the course catalog.

Meet the faculty:

Sara Bergman, B.S., M.Acc. Assistant Professor of Accounting, interest areas include: Managerial accounting, auditing

Graham Lemke, B.Sc., M.S., Ph.D. Donald T. Butler Endowed Chair and Professor of Finance

Tuan Nguyen, B.B.A., M.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics, interest areas include: health economics, labor economics and the economics of risky behavior

Uwaoma Nwaogu, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include: international trade and finance, monetary economics and labor economics

Jaclyn Rundle, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Business Management, interest areas include: nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise certification methods

Maggie Schlerman, B.A., M.Acc., C.P.A. Assistant Professor of Accounting, interest areas include: financial accounting and analysis, strategic planning, international accounting and corporate social responsibility

Julie Summers, Lecturer of Management and Marketing

Sample Schedule

First Year
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Web Programming or Introduction to Computer Science
  • Core courses and/or electives
Sophomore Year
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Accounting
  • Principles of Management
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • Core courses and/or electives
Junior Year
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Law
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Internships
Senior Year
  • Strategic Management, Small Business and Entrepreneurship or Global Strategic Management
  • 3-5 emphasis courses (approved by the department)
  • Core courses and/or electives including internships

The Central Difference

Make Valuable Professional Connections

You’ll discover that Central’s business department offers a competitive advantage when it comes to gaining the experience you need to start building your career. Des Moines, a renowned epicenter for young business professionals, is just a short drive away, and Pella is home to four international corporations.

Take advantage of Central’s highly networked internship programs in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and throughout the world. Plus, Central graduates go on to positions with major companies around the world, creating a global network of connections for you.

Feel Confident with Professional Development

Finding and landing your first job is an important step. We’ll make sure you are fully prepared for the job search by guiding you with search strategies,résumé building, interviewing practice and networking skills.


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Want to find out more about Business Management at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.