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Business Technology

Why Major in Business Technology?

The Business Technology major is a unique combination of business and cutting-edge technology courses. Professors provide a strong foundation in business and technical skills that teach the most up-to-date techniques. Students complete the common professional component and high-demand courses that ultimately prepare them to be marketable and competitive for employment in a technology-driven environment.

Also available: Online B.S. in Business Technology

Transfer Students

For transfer students completing a vocational or technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited community college, a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Applied Computing or Computer Business Applications is available. Coursework for these degrees build on workplace skills and practical career training provided by an associate degree. For more information, contact Cari Cline at

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Career Opportunities

placement rate

100% of the business technology graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation.

Potential job titles Sampling of employers hiring students
  • Claims examiner
  • Deputy court clerk
  • Head librarian for access services
  • Help desk support
  • Information systems technologist
  • IT support
  • Junior research analyst
  • Learning consultant
  • Loan processor
  • Logistics manager
  • Office manager
  • Program technician
  • Purchasing manager
  • Senior financial analyst
  • Supervisor centralized claims
  • Systems technician
  • BTC Bank
  • Cerner
  • DST Technologies
  • Farm Service Agency
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Myrtue Medical Center
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • SSM Healthcare
  • State Farm Insurance
  • State of Missouri
  • The Sunflower Group
  • Toyota Motor Sales
  • Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Werner Enterprises

*Based on self-reported data in recent years.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Professional Advisory Team

The School of Computer Science and Information Systems annually hosts a professional advisory team that includes more than 40 professionals from various industries to review Northwest’s computer science curriculum. Professionals are updated about new technology and ensure the curriculum at Northwest is current with trends.

Women in Computing

Founded in 2011, MINK WIC (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas Women in Computing) enables women to discuss their roles in computing and technology fields and share experiences and strategies for success. In recent years, more than 240 students, educators and professionals from the region gathered to share their passion for computer science and technology.

Student Organizations

The Association of Computing Machinery promotes interests in computers and applications as well as providing a means of communication for individuals sharing an interest in computers.

The Association of Computing Machinery – Women’s (ACM-W) celebrates, informs and supports women in computing and works with a community of computer scientists, educators, employers and policy makers to improve working and learning environments for women.

Phi Beta Alpha is a business club that welcomes all business majors. The group has seven or eight guest speakers each year, takes tours of local and Kansas City businesses and sponsors social events.

For a full list of student organizations with in the Department of Computer Science, Information Systems and Mathematics »


Although internships are not required in the business technology major, they are highly encouraged to gain hands-on, real-world experience.

QuoteTiana WheelerI am proud to say that my summer internship was with Barker Implement's advertising and marketing department. This experience taught me so much about the farming community and advertising industry. I was able to implement my ‘youthful’ knowledge into print advertisements and update Barker's faithful customers on monthly specials using Facebook and Twitter.Quote

Tiana Wheeler

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »

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The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and 2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.

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Graduation Rate: 90th percentile

Graduation Rate: 90th percentile of Northwest's national peer group.