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The goal of Piedmont’s Walker School of Business is simple—prepare graduates for successful careers in the many paths that are open to Business majors. We accomplish that goal with Bachelor of Arts and MBA programs of distinction delivered by a talented and caring faculty and an emphasis on academic rigor, ethical integrity, and individual attention.
Piedmont’s undergraduate programs in Business Administration are built on the liberal arts tradition that has been our focus since 1897. With strong foundations in history, science, social sciences, and language, Business graduates come away with much more than just an understanding of how businesses operate. They learn to spot entrepreneurial opportunities in the constant ebb and flow of the world’s financial cycles.
Personal attention is a Piedmont hallmark
At Piedmont all classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, ensuring that you get the benefit not only of their knowledge but also their expertise in real-world applications. Piedmont is a college where professors love to teach—and where students come to learn. But don’t take our word for it. In the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey of regional universities in the South, Piedmont placed in the top three among Georgia’s public and private institutions. The Walker School of Business is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which was established in 1988 to promote continuous quality improvement in business programs.
Campuses in Demorest and Athens
If you wanted to pick the perfect college location, you could not do better than northeast Georgia. Piedmont means “foothills,” and that is where we are, in the rolling hills near the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blue Ridge Mountains, famous for their waterfalls, trails, and mountain lakes. Simply put, the mountains are part of who we are.
Fifty miles south of Demorest, our Athens campus is in the heart of Georgia’s “Classic City.” Designed for commuting students who want the advantages of a small college in a big-college town, the Athens campus offers the best of both worlds.
With a major in Business Administration and a concentration in Accounting, you can pursue a career as a certified public accountant or certified management accountant in the private sector or government service. A background in accounting will prepare you for employment in the manufacturing and service industries and also gives you excellent preparation for graduate school in business or law.
The Data Science Concentration introduces undergraduates to the fundamental principles of “data-analytic thinking.” The principles underpin the methodologies required when solving business problems by employing data mining techniques. Data analysis, the fastest-growing new job being created over the next decade in business, is an excellent career choice for students who love math.
The Finance concentration will provide you with a solid foundation in the principles and practices valued by all businesses. Students develop their analytical skills, study the role of the financial markets and institutions in the global economy, and explore the use of financial management tools and techniques in the overall strategic management of the firm. Graduates are prepared for careers in commercial and investment banking, corporate finance, financial and investment analysis, and management. The study of finance also provides sound preparation for graduate study.
This concentration gives you a broad exposure to several function areas of modern businesses, and you can select electives with your specific career goals in mind. It also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in business.
The Management concentration focuses on topics fundamental to the success of leaders and organizations. You will acquire a broad set of skills, knowledge, and perspectives to pursue a career in a variety of fields. This concentration also provides you with a solid foundation for graduate study in business or law.
The study of marketing explores the dynamic processes in which people and organizations anticipate and satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. You will develop an understanding of the concepts and functions of marketing, and you’ll gain the skills and abilities needed to analyze and formulate marketing strategies.
Piedmont’s Walker School of Business also offers an MBA program that will do more than just train you to recognize an opportunity. IWE will teach you how to create opportunity from mere possibility. That’s entrepreneurial thinking. The Piedmont MBA focuses on effective critical-thinking and communication skills, ethical responsibilities, and the ability to formulate business strategy.
Travel the world
Piedmont business programs are designed with a global perspective. Travel Study courses are conducted during the summer at locations across the United States and Europe. For longer study, you can enroll for a full semester at the University of Nottingham in England or the University of Paderborn in Germany.
Vibrant student life and top-flight campus facilities
From NCAA Division III sports, to theatre and music ensembles, to intramurals and club activities, Piedmont students are engaged in college life on and off campus. And whether you live on campus or commute, Piedmont provides comfortable, modern residence halls and facilities for academics, athletics, and dining. In recent years Piedmont has invested more than $120 million in new and renovated facilities. The Demorest campus has residence halls housing more than 600 students, including a new village of apartment-style units that opened in 2015. Also new at the Demorest campus is a 58,000-sq. ft. Student Commons, featuring a new dining hall, intramural gymnasium, bookstore, fitness center, and other recreational space. To schedule a visit, go to piedmont.edu/visit.
Financial aid makes it possible
Although Piedmont is one of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, it is also one of the most affordable. We provide more than $10 million in scholarships and grants to our students. Working with federal and state financial aid programs, including Georgia’s HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships, this aid helps ensure that no student is barred from attending Piedmont because of finances.
Founded in 1897, Piedmont is an independent, comprehensive, coeducational liberal arts institution offering bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
More than 2,200 students, representing some 13 states and six countries
The residential Demorest campus is located in scenic northeast Georgia. The Athens campus is
located near downtown Athens, Georgia.
The student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and most professors hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their field.
NCAA Division III, USA South Athletic Conference; men’s and women’s basketball, cycling, golf, soccer, cross-country, lacrosse, tennis, and track; women’s softball and volleyball; men’s baseball; visit piedmontlions.com.
More than 96% of students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, or work-study.
Organization and Affiliation
Piedmont is governed by an independent Board of Trustees. The College is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC).