Business Administration Major

The purpose of the Business Administration program is to prepare students for careers in management and administration positions in all types of organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Business Administration majors acquire skills on how to budget, organize, plan, hire, direct, control, and otherwise manage various organizations. Many students also add another major or minor to add to their areas of competencies and skills.

The BUSA major emphasizes both behavioral and technical approaches to managing in today's fast-paced organizations. Students are exposed to information that assists them in managing resources at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Additionally, students are provided an overview of technology and its application in the development of management information systems for both small and large businesses. Issues regarding leadership, motivation, organizational communication, organizational design transformations and change as well as an overview of human resource concerns are all covered within this program. The BUSA program has been designed to allow the student to emphasize practical training through internships, entrepreneurships, operations, or a combination of these areas through electives.

What kinds of courses will I take?

Business Administration majors take 66 credits of progressive coursework in a variety of disciplines, such as accounting, business law, finance, marketing, economics, statistics, human resources, and decision-making. In addition to the 13 College of Business core courses (39 credits) BUSA majors take 5 required courses (15 credits) and 4 electives (12 credits) to meet the 66 credit requirement.

300 Level course prerequisites

  • Prerequisite for College of Business majors and minors: Admission to the College of Business.
  • Prerequisite for non-College of Business majors and minors: Junior standing and instructor's permission.  Also, coursework prerequisites as noted. 

Is This Major Right for You?

Are you considering majoring in BUSA, but aren't sure what careers it will prepare you for? Students majoring in BUSA have the desire to play a leadership role in the development of organizations. They should be able to work well with other people and should possess the range of talents needed to deal with new and changing situations. You’re a business administration major if you:
  • Want to start your own business or organization someday.
  • Want a degree that is broadly applicable to many industries.
  • Are a good written and oral communicator.
  • Are looking for rapid advancement and income potential.
  • Are interested in entering an MBA program.

Course Requirements

66 S.H. (No Minor Required)
MATH 110 Finite Mathematics OR higher (3) (Students considering
graduate school should take MATH 140 Applied Calculus.)
ACCT 211 Financial Accounting Principles (3)
ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting Principles (3)
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 222 Business Statistics OR STAT 210 (3)
BUSA 291 Legal Environment in Business (3)
FIN 360 Corporate Finance (3)
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)
MIS 362 Management Information Systems (3)
MGMT 325 Organizational Dynamics (3)
MGMT 334 Operations Management (3)
MGMT 495 Strategic Management (3)

Satisfies University Studies requirements.

Business Administration (3 S.H.)

BUSA 311 Business Law II (3)
MIS (3 S.H.)
MIS 202 Microcomputers in Business (3)

Management (9 S.H.)
MGMT 317 Management of Human Resources (3)

MGMT 345 International Business (3)
MGMT 464 Project Management (3)
Must be 300+ level courses:
• Courses from the Department of Business Administration (business
administration, management, or MIS) (6)
• Courses from the College of Business (6)


These are the Required Course (15 S.H.) from above and their descriptions:

BUSA 311 - Business Law II (3 S.H.)
Partnerships, corporations, bankruptcy, secured transactions, real and personal property, trusts and estates, antitrust, securities, insurance, trademark, copyright, employment law, wills, and consumer protection.  Course pre-requisite BUSA 291.

MIS 202 - Microcomputers in Business (3 S.H.)
An introduction to some of the more commonly used software packages for business decision-making. Spreadsheet, business graphics, database, and integrated software are introduced. Grade only. Offered fall and spring semesters.

317 - Management of Human Resources (3 S.H.)
Examines problems involved in developing an organization’s human resources so that benefits to both the individual and the organization are maximized.

345 - International Business (3 S.H.)
A study of how managing abroad differs from managing at home from strategic and operations-oriented perspectives. This introductory course covers social, economic, geopolitical, and cultural dimensions of cross-border business.

MGMT 464 - Project Management (3 S.H.)
This course addresses the skills needed to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close projects. Various tools for managing projects will be covered including computer software such as Microsoft Project. Course pre-requisite MGMT 334.

Electives (12 S.H.) Students may select these 12 credits as follows:

  1. Courses (+300 level) from the Department of Business Administration (business
    administration, management, or MIS) (6) and
  2. Courses (+300 level) from the College of Business (6)

Future Career

Business Administration majors prepare students for management and administrative positions in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Students who graduate with a degree in business administration are prepared for a variety of careers in business or industry, including banking, finance, manufacturing, product development, human resources, IT management and business analysis.

These professions and professional organizations illustrate the types of positions you might qualify for if you complete this major. Some majors are more directly related to employment than others. You should consider the likelihood of employment after graduation carefully, if you do not plan to go on for graduate work in a field. Employment possibilities are often enhanced by the selecting employment-related courses and by the enrollment in a second major or in a minor.

  • Financial Analyst
  • General Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Marketing Consultant


Median salary range for BA careers

Administration Assistant:     $38,126
Accounting Manager:           $87,885
Plant General Manager:        $148,914

Note: These numbers are Minneapolis media salary (bonus and benefits excluded) from Actual expected salaries will vary depending on your chosen career path, experience, and even your geographic location.