At the Dahlkemper School of Business, the classroom is more than a place to learn; it’s a launchpad.
It is a place where new ideas are incubated, long careers and new companies are created, and leaders are forged. It’s where your entrepreneurial spirit is activated to join the new world of multidisciplinary global business—and to transform it. Inspired teaching in a facility designed as a corporate headquarters combined with a global web of alumni and innovative technology provide the perfect environment to build your strengths and change your world.
Inspired by academic success
Gannon University’s Dalhkemper School of Business, the first business school in northwestern Pennsylvania with undergraduate and graduate programs that are both nationally accredited, offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration with 12 different areas of concentration.
The School of Business has been offering innovative education for more than 70 years and boasts some of the most unique programs in the region, such as entrepreneurship and risk management. The flexibility of our programs allows you to personalize your academic experience. Many of our students have earned two undergraduate business concentrations within a four-year period, or an undergraduate degree and an MBA in a five-year period.
You will find a committed faculty focused on your future success as a business professional. Our graduates have secured successful careers with Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, leading health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and federal, state and local government offices.
Classrooms get real
Here at Gannon, we emphasize a healthy blend of real-world experience in addition to classroom instruction.
Learning through experience is a common theme in the Dahlkemper School of Business. Our Center for Business Ingenuity is designed like a corporate headquarters and is home to our Erie Technology Incubator and the Gannon University Small Business Development Center that support your pursuit of being a successful entrepreneur. Additionally, we offer many opportunities for engaging in international internships, dual-study programs, and learning abroad options with international partner institutions. Add this all together, and you’ve got a launchpad for pursuing your academic passions, igniting and supporting your entrepreneurial spirit, and broadening your horizons with experiences that take learning beyond the classroom.
Let Gannon University be the launchpad for your future business career.
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Gannon University is comprised of two vibrant campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Ruskin, Florida. Gannon’s Erie campus is central to many businesses and organizations that provide students with hands-on learning opportunities. This urban campus in the heart of downtown is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and Lake Erie beaches close by, and is within a two-hour drive of Cleveland, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Niagara Falls, Canada. Gannon’s Ruskin campus is located in a beautiful area between Tampa and Bradenton that rates highly on measures of livability. The campus puts you at the center of a rapidly expanding health-care sector with opportunities to engage in educational outreach activities.
Located at 900 State Street in the heart of Erie's central business district, Gannon University's Center for Business Ingenuity (CBI) is a 21st century laboratory for the future of business and entrepreneurship in northwest Pennsylvania.
This facility creates synergy by incorporating the Dahlkemper School of Business (DSB), with Gannon's Erie Technology Incubator (ETI), Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and NWPA Innovation Beehive Network.
By bringing together these three entities dedicated to the advancement of business techniques and processes, CBI encourages an unprecedented level of collaboration between business students and budding entrepreneurs, seasoned business faculty and consultants in a facility that looks and feels like a major corporate headquarters. This type of collaboration further enhances the delivery of services to entrepreneurs in the community.
Gannon's CBI promotes a synergistic culture as businesses, faculty and students mix and share ideas in an ecosystem where faculty and student-led businesses can flourish and expand, offering services and resources that include:
• DSB serves as a resource for student projects, consulting, interns and employees
• ETI incubates and mentors entrepreneurial businesses
• SBDC provides consulting to help start a new business or expand an existing business
• The NWPA Innovation Beehive Network assists in all aspects of business development with expertise from five local institutions
Resources for Students
In the Business Information Systems Laboratory (BISL), students in Gannon University's undergraduate and graduate business programs have a state-of-the-art environment for data integration, business simulation, visualization and team operation for students that will include:
• Wide broadband internet access for the movement of large datasets
• Flexible display systems for information and integrative displays
• Accessibility using most devices
BISL development was partially funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. When combined with SAP® software applications available through Gannon's participation in the SAP University Alliances program, students will have a suite of advanced tools for analysis, simulation and decision making.
“My experience in the Business Administration program at Gannon has been one filled with rich interactions with students and professors representing a variety of experiences and fields. Having solid academic programs and access to local businesses that showed us tangibly how business is carried out was something that helped prepare me for my career. A highlight of my experience was being able to connect with professors one-on-one throughout my years. They helped enrich my understanding of the business world, from what to prepare for in graduate school to working for a Fortune 500 Company to entering the New York City start-up environment.”