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Allyson Grant

Communication Specialist

Departments of Business & Economics, Psychology, Allied Health

Data Driven & Innovative


The Baker business department is known throughout the region for its quality and rigor.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs issued Baker its second reaffirmation certificate in 2016—a hard-earned distinction that corroborates our faculty’s excellence.

We offer three concentrations in the program: finance, marketing, and management. Five majors are offered within the field—business, accounting, economics, international business, and sports administration.

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Prepare for law school

Baker prepares students for a law degree with our pre-law interdisciplinary minor, and does it well—95% of our pre-law students are accepted into their first- or second-choice law school. Students work with a pre-law advisor to create a course of study that prepares them for law school. The advisor also helps find internship opportunities.

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Exceptional Experience


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Baker’s business department is results-oriented—much like the discipline itself. Our small class sizes and personal attention equip students with the experiences they need to be ready for the workforce. Recently, the department’s seniors scored in the 96th percentile on the ETS exam, which measures real-world preparedness against seniors from other universities.

Internship Opportunities

Our students have interned at national accounting firms, professional sports teams, and federal agencies. Baker has ongoing relationships with businesses throughout the area, and many businesses are eager to host Baker interns.

Book Program

Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

4+1 Bachelor’s to MBA Dual Degree Program

Students who earn an undergraduate business degree from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies or College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City can earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. This program is open to current students and graduates.

Baker participants who meet program requirements will not be required to take the 9 hours of MBA foundation courses. 4+1 students will be required to complete the 9 hours of MBA core courses and the 12 hours of concentration courses. To complete the remaining 21 MBA credits within a year, 4+1 students must take one at least one course each term for seven terms.


  1. Satisfy the graduation requirements for the undergraduate program.
  2. Earn a Baker cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Baker business baccalaureate core courses.
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Business Course Descriptions


Our business majors have landed the following jobs:

  • Business administrators
  • Data analysts
  • CEOs of large firms
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Management
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The Department of Business and Economics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Business and Economics
  • KPMG-Cecil Miller Scholarship
  • Carley M. Upp Memorial Scholarship
  • William G. McGowan Scholarship
  • Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Awards
  • Academic Recognition
  • Outstanding First-Year Business Major
  • Outstanding Sophomore Business Major
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Meet the Faculty


Dr. Judy Smrha

Professor of Business & Economics, Chair of Business & Economics Department

B.A. Mills College; M.A., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

Expertise: applied microeconomics, data analytics, sports economics

Office: Mabee 303


Kevin Conley, JD, CPA

Assistant Professor of Business & Economics

B.A. University of Northern Iowa, J.D. University of Iowa College of Law

Expertise: business law, income taxes

Office: Mabee 308


Dr. Alan Grant

Professor of Business & Economics, the Barbara and Charles A. DuBoc University Professor

B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Kansas State University

Expertise: inflation forecasting and lottery finance

Office: Mabee 202


Martha Harris, CPA, CMA, CFE

Professor of Business & Economics

B.S. Baker University, M.B.A. University of Kansas, M.L.A. Baker University

Expertise: financial institutions, fraud examination

Office: Mabee 310A


Dr. Lowell Jacobsen

Elizabeth Harvey Rhodes Professor of International Business

B.A. in Economics and Finance, Buena Vista University; M.I.M. Thunderbird School of Global Management; Ph.D. in Economics, Edinburgh University

Expertise: business strategy, finance, international economics

Office: Mabee 306


Dr. Kevin McCarthy

Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics

B.A., M.B.A., Ph.D. St. Louis University

Office: Mabee 208


Dr. Nadia Novotorova

Associate Professor of Marketing

M.B.A. Iowa State University, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Office: Mabee 304


Narbeli Galindo

William Everett Mary Ellen Mealman Endowed Chair of Business Leadership & Innovation

B.A. Abilene Christian University, M.B.A. Thunderbird School of Global Management

Office: Mabee 207


Gary Irick, CPA

Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics

B.S. Baker University, M.M. Northwestern University

Expertise: financial reporting and auditing

Office: Mabee 309

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Dr. Martha Davis

Assistant Professor of Business & Finance

B.A. Westminster College, MPA University of Missouri-Columbia, MBA University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D. University of Denver

Expertise: Management, analytics and finance

Office: Mabee 202

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Alan Salts, CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Business

B.S. University of Kansas, M.B.A. University of Missouri - Kansas City

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Dr. Jiji E. U. Osiobe

Assistant Professor of Business, Economics, and Data Analytics

B.S. Madonna University, M.A. Wichita State University, Graduate Certificate Harvard University, Graduate Certificate University of Texas, Ph.D. New Mexico State University

Expertise: Economic development, data analytics, business law, and DeFi systems

Office: Maybe 208

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