In the business administration major, you'll gain a well-rounded education that provides foundational, workplace-relevant management skills, organizational theory, and operational knowledge.
UMUC’s career-focused bachelor’s degree program in business administration is designed to help you compete for the jobs of today and tomorrow by building a comprehensive base of knowledge. This major will help you prepare for a variety of positions in for-profit, nonprofit, and public-sector organizations.
This program is also available as a minor.
About the Business Administration Bachelor's Degree
In your business administration courses, you’ll study accounting, business law, ethics and social responsibility, finance, human resource management and labor relations, strategic management, organizational behavior, marketing and sales, and statistical analysis.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Plan and communicate a shared vision for the organization that will drive strategy, assist with decision making, and position the organization competitively
- Design and create management and leadership plans
- Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data
- Communicate effectively across all levels of an organization
- Develop, communicate, and implement policies and procedures to reduce cost and organizational risk and promote ethical practices
- Manage people, time, and resources by using effective employment practices, encouraging team building, and mentoring junior members of the staff
- Design and execute personal and employee development systems to enhance job performance and leadership skills
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Analyze a particular company or organization
- Create a business plan suitable for a banker or investor
- Participate in real-world job interviews
Business Administration Bachelor's Degree Requirements
A degree with a major in business administration requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 43 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.
Courses in the Major
- Introduction to Business and Management (3 Credits, BMGT 110)
- Principles of Accounting I (3 Credits, ACCT 220)
- Introduction to Statistics (3 Credits, STAT 200)
- Principles of Accounting II (3 Credits, ACCT 221)
- Management and Organization Theory (3 Credits, BMGT 364)
- Organizational Leadership (3 Credits, BMGT 365)
- Marketing Principles (3 Credits, MRKT 310)
- Business Law I (3 Credits, BMGT 380)
- Human Resource Management (3 Credits, HRMN 300)
- Business Finance (3 Credits, FINC 330)
- Business Ethics (3 Credits, BMGT 496)
- Strategic Management (3 Credits, BMGT 495)
General Education Requirements
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).
- Introduction to Research (1 Credits, LIBS 150) (to be taken in first 6 credits)
- Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101)
or Introduction to Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 101S)
- Research Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 291)
or other writing course
- Foundations of Oral Communication (3 Credits, SPCH 100)
or other communication, writing, or speech course
- Advanced Business Writing (3 Credits, WRTG 394)
or other advanced upper-level writing course
Arts and Humanities Courses
- Western Civilization II (3 Credits, HIST 142)
or History of the United States Since 1865 (3 Credits, HIST 157)
or other arts and humanities course
- Introduction to Humanities (3 Credits, HUMN 100)
or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Science Courses
- Principles of Macroeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 201) (related requirement for major)
- Principles of Microeconomics (3 Credits, ECON 203) (related requirement for the major)
Biological and Physical Sciences Courses
- College Mathematics (3 Credits, MATH 103)
or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course
This program is designed to help you prepare for work in management and operations for nonprofit, for-profit, and public-sector organizations.
Facts & Figures
most sought after major among surveyed employers is Business
Source: CareerBuilder | "Companies Planning to Hire More Recent College Graduates This Year and Pay Them Better" | 2015
of online job postings are for consulting and business services
Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce | "The Online College Labor Market," based on data from Burning Glass Technologies | 2014
rank among U.S. institutions in business bachelor's degrees awarded to African American students
Source: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education | “Top 100 Minority Degree Producers” | 2015
Alum Jason Read has received three promotions while studying business at UMUC, accomplishments he attributes to his education.