The Business Administration program is focused on providing the business skills necessary to prepare the student for careers in areas such as accounting, management, marketing, nonprofit management, operations, retail, sales, and other administrative positions.

It does this by giving students a solid foundation and a Christian perspective in accounting, communications, economics, finance, leadership, marketing, personal finance, strategic decision-making, and entrepreneurship. It provides insight on how to start and mange a small business and the importance of doing research in the marketplace. The goal is to expose students to real-life scenarios using cutting-edge technology and business practices to give them a marked advantage in the marketplace.

Program Student Learning Goals
  • Students will identify and analyze business principles and how they impact on the business profession and them as Christians and a Christian worldview.
  • Students will apply the foundational skillset of marketing and what ingredients are necessary to successfully market products in the marketplace
  • Students will develop knowledge of management/leadership and analyze how effective management and leadership strategies impact the workplace
  • Students will develop functional skillsets of business communication and analyze how effective communication strategies impact the workplace.
  • Students will demonstrate personal and professional decision making around budgeting, financial services, personal taxation, consumer credit, housing, and investing.

* Students may substitute more advanced courses if able to meet specific course prerequisites.
** Consult advisor before selecting from available elective courses during the academic term.


Field experience is an essential element of the Esperanza College program and is offered for students to gain first-hand experience in the field they plan to pursue. For students in the business administration program, field experience opportunities may include the Defense Logistics Agency, PNC Bank, and AmeriHealth. These and others provide paid and unpaid internships.

Upon matriculation into the program, students will be informed of field experience placement and timeline from the Program Director.

Four Year Plan

The Business Administration program provides a strong foundation for further coursework towards a bachelor’s degree. Upon completing their Associate’s degree at Esperanza College, students can continue working towards a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. The exact number of credits transferred is determined by each receiving institution, but those who choose to continue at Eastern University can do so without missing a beat: the two years of undergraduate work along with the initial prerequisites of the program will be counted toward the degree without any loss of credits.

Esperanza College graduates in business administration are prepared to continue within the Business Department at Eastern University in the following areas:


Dr. Gladys Ramirez-Wrease, Program Director

Dr. Gladys Ramirez-Wrease, Program Director

Gladys Ramirez-Wrease, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Success at Esperanza College where her primary responsibility is to provide strategic leadership for the academic and student success programs of the college ensuring alignment with the institution’s mission and its student-centric orientation.  With more than 10 years of experience in higher education focusing on the development and management of student success programs, Dr. Ramirez-Wrease seeks to equip individuals with the skills and tools necessary to succeed in a competitive global market. She recently served as the Director of Tutoring and Supplemental Support Services at Delaware County Community College where her emphasis was on creating a student-centered learning environment.  Previously, she served as the Program Coordinator for the East Gateway Triangle Neighborhood Revitalization Plan in the City of Chester, PA focusing on addressing quality of life issues. She has also provided training on soft skills, study skills, change management, customer service, leadership, communication, diversity, business plan, and development, as well as teamwork.

Howard Gilfert

Howard Gilfert

J.D., Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle Pennsylvania

Professor Howard Gilfert earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Dickinson School of Law, in Carlisle Pennsylvania in 1986, then clerked for the United States Magistrate Judge in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Afterward, Professor Gilfert commenced a twenty-five-year career as an Assistant Camden County Prosecutor in New Jersey during which he served as the Section Chief of both the Child Abuse Unit and the Homicide Unit. Professor Gilfert currently teaches courses in Criminal Justice, Business Law and Personal Finance at Esperanza College.

Courses taught:

  • CRMJ 105 | Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • BUSA 350 | Business Law
  • ECON 200 | Personal Stewardship

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Marisol Medina

Marisol Medina

DBA (in progress), Wilmington University
MBA, Eastern University
BBA, Eastern University

Professor Marisol Medina currently works at TD Bank as Vice-President Group Manager. She has been in the financial services industry for over 15 years and in higher education for the past 3 years. She mainly teaches business and accounting courses at Esperanza College of Eastern University. Professor Medina prides herself in developing her students with academic knowledge in order to prepare them for the next academic or professional endeavor. She is currently a doctoral student at Wilmington University.

Courses Taught:

  • ACCT 107 | Accounting Principles I
  • ACCT 108 | Accounting Principles II
  • CSCI 110 | Computer Literacy
  • COMM 120 | Public Speaking
  • ENTR 205 | Essentials of Entrepreneurship
  • ENTR 320 | Social Entrepreneurship
  • BUSA 202 | Principles of Marketing
  • BUSA 206 | Principals of Management and Leadership

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Dana McCall

Dana McCall

DBA (in progress) Walden University
Master of Management and Accounting, Walden University
Bachelor of Business Management, Wester Chester University

Professor McCall is a financial professional with over 10 years of finance, accounting, and leadership experience with Vanguard Fiduciary Trust Company. She is a Christian woman, wife, mother and is honored to be able to support the college’s mission of faith, reason, and justice.

Courses Taught

  • ACCT 108 | Principles of Accounting II
  • ACCT 309 | Nonprofit Accounting
  • BUSA 206 | Principles of Management and Leadership