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Accounting and marketing programs receive national recognition

Oklahoma Christian University’s accounting and marketing programs are drawing the attention of audiences both local and nationwide. 

The accounting program was recently named No. 1 in Oklahoma by College Factual, while the marketing program was ranked No. 18 in the nation by Study.com.

Sophomore marketing major Jasmine Spivey said she believes Oklahoma Christian has earned this recognition because the classes are appropriately challenging, and the professors are experienced and accessible to students. 

“There is definitely rigorous coursework,” Spivey said. “I think that the teachers are super helpful in and out of class. They are always responsive and very available. Edmond and Oklahoma City have a lot of marketing firms, which are good companies that you want to work for. The campus is very connected to these companies through the department and through alumni, so it is pretty easy to get a job after college.”

According to Study.com, Oklahoma Christian’s location within a major metropolitan area is one of the strengths which make it worthy of a high ranking. 

“Based in Oklahoma City, this university offers an ACBSP-accredited BBA in Marketing Management program with four emphasis options, including advertising, professional selling, marketing management and technology mediated marketing,” Study.com said. “You can also find an international business bachelor’s program with an emphasis in marketing. The university teams with several Fortune 500 companies in the city, so you’ll have numerous opportunities to gain practical experience during the program.”

Senior accounting major Samantha Doberenz said she agreed the location of Oklahoma Christian provides students with unique opportunities to get involved in the business market around the city.

“They host career fairs, and there are companies from all over Oklahoma City and also big international companies that will come and recruit students,” Doberenz said. “A lot of people get jobs with them. Also, the teachers have a lot of connections with smaller companies for students who don’t want to work in huge environments.”

According to Doberenz, one of the big draws of Oklahoma Christian’s business program is the one-on-one attention you can receive. She said the connections and approach of the professors have contributed to her success in the department, as well as her understanding of business in the real world.

“I like that you get to know the teachers,” Doberenz said. “They are willing to help you, and there is an actual relationship there. They want to see you succeed. They try to get us in contact with a lot of professionals in the field, some of whom are alumni. They also host panels and things that allow us to ask questions about how things work in the real world. I think it also helps that we have opportunities to be judged by high-level professionals, and you learn how to work in a business team environment with people from different backgrounds.”

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