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The Ralph W. Ketner School of Business offers the following business programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP): B.A. Degree in Accounting, B.S. Degree in Business Administration, the Bachelors Degree of Business Administration (online program), and the B.A. Degree in Economics & Finance.

The Ralph W. Ketner School of Business also offers additional degrees at the graduate level and through its departments of Communication and the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science that are not accredited by ACBSP because of their recent launch or affiliation with non-business departments:  Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in General Management, B.A. Degree in Communication, B.A. Degree in Digital Media Production, the B.S. Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication, B.A. Degree in Mathematics, B.S. Degree in Mathematics, B.S. Degree in Computer Science, B.S Degree in Information Systems & Technology, B.S. Degree in Information Systems & Technology, B.S. Degree in Information Systems (online program), and the B.S. in Mathematical Finance.

Students pursuing the ACBSP accredited B.S. Degree in Business Administration can select one of the following required concentrations: Accounting, General Management, Marketing, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Economics, Information Systems, and Communication.  Students pursuing the ACBSP accredited Bachelors of Business Administration (online) can select one of the following required concentrations: Business Management, Information Systems, and Professional Accounting. Students pursuing the B.A. in Communication may also choose a concentration in Sport Communication if they wish to do so.

The Ketner School of Business supports degrees in Environmental Sciences, Sport Management, Music Business and Theater Arts Administration offered by other Departments at Catawba College.


Our Mission Statement


The mission of the business school is to prepare students for successful personal and professional careers by blending a strong foundation in the liberal arts with the highest quality undergraduate and graduate business education.

We achieve our mission in an environment characterized by personal attention and experiential learning using innovative teaching techniques with the latest technology. We strive to develop our students to become business and professional leaders with a unique combination of academic excellence, individual creativity, and moral character.

Our Vision Statement

We develop successful students who embrace challenges, develop new ideas, and positively influence the world.



Majoring in Business? Apply for The Pursuit! You’ll study human history, culture, and literature through the lens of Business while satisfying much of your humanities-based general education.

Select students will be invited to join The Pursuit and receive a $2000 scholarship as part of their financial aid package for their first-year at Catawba College ($1000 in the fall semester/$1000 in the spring semester). 

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