Salem, OR — Corban University will relaunch its online business degree for undergraduate students this fall with a greater emphasis on applied business. The revamped program will focus on practical business knowledge and the broad scope of business-related skills that provide a foundation for success in the marketplace.  

“The goal for us is to get students actively job-ready right out of the door,” said Online Program Chair, Dr. Kristine Medyanik. Corban’s online business program will continue to include key areas like accounting, leadership, and human resources, but has also integrated a focus on in-demand career courses, such as project management and data analytics. The new Applied Business degree offers students content that is easily transferable to the current job market and emerging business sectors. Students will be able to earn either a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in Applied Business with this new program model.  

The program is designed with the nontraditional learner in mind, balancing tailored course offerings, flexibility, and personalized attention. Corban’s degree path also considers the diverse needs of the nontraditional learner, focusing on instructional videos that are short and easily digestible, and coursework that fits into the spare moments within busy schedules. The program’s learning approach incorporates video content, podcasts, and text-based learning to keep students actively engaged and to maximize their educational experience.  

In Corban’s online degree structure, each student receives personal attention from a dedicated advisor and benefits from smaller class sizes that prioritize personal connections. Courses are structured on a carousel model, allowing students to enroll and begin at any point during the course cycle without needing to worry about complicated degree and course timelines. Content is posted at the beginning of each week, and can be completed on a flexible timeline that prioritizes the many different commitments and circumstances that confront today’s learners.  

“You have the ability to navigate that content in the tidbits and timeframes that make sense for you,” Medyanik said. “I think the beauty of online education is its flexibility, but it still requires a tremendous amount of discipline and active engagement.” 

For Medyanik and her fellow Corban faculty members, the transition to a broader applied business focus allows for a greater emphasis on practical content that equips students to excel in the workforce from day one. “I think that the Applied Business degree is exactly what it says. It’s applied business,” she said. “It’s not theoretical. It’s not hypothetical. We are digging into those real-life, hands-on, get-out-and-get-to-work-tomorrow kinds of concepts.”  

Interested students can learn more or apply for Corban’s online Applied Business degree today by visiting  

ABOUT CORBAN: Corban is a private Christian university, founded in 1935, with a storied history of educating students who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. Situated on a beautiful, forested hillside overlooking Oregon’s capital, Corban is only an hour from Portland, the Cascade Mountains, and the Oregon coast. Offering academic excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and online, Corban prepares students for careers as business leaders, educators, medical professionals, politicians, ministry leaders, and more. Expert faculty, a tight-knit community, and opportunities for local and global engagement provide for students’ growth both in and beyond the classroom.