By DeVry University
March 13, 2023
8 min read
March 13, 2023
8 min read
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in business, you may be asking yourself: What business major should I choose? You also may be wondering: Is a business degree hard to complete? It’s important to know that any educational journey, regardless of the major or degree program, requires commitment, discipline and old-fashioned, roll-up-your-sleeves work. If you’re determined to make your mark in business, earning a business degree and exploring the broad variety of career opportunities that it can present is a good way to get started.
In this article, we’ll define what a business major is and look at the projected career outlook for the business world. We’ll also look at some of the different types of business majors, consider how you can determine which is right for you and explore some of the career options you might want to consider once you’ve earned a business degree.
It’s important to note, however, that jobs may vary depending on the company you’re applying to. Job titles and requirements are not standardized across the wider business industry, so while you may meet the application requirements for a position at one company, it doesn’t mean that you will meet those requirements for the same job at another.
Graduate business degrees, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can help you further advance your knowledge and skills in corporate management and cross-functional business leadership, and may help you prepare to pursue more senior-level career opportunities. At DeVry, we offer MBA degree specializations in several areas of business, including entrepreneurship, global supply chain management, business intelligence and analytics management, human resource management, information systems, marketing and more.
The degree of difficulty for any academic major is a highly subjective experience. Some may find business to be a challenging major, while others may not. If you have a passion to learn about the many different aspects of business and are willing to apply yourself diligently to the coursework using good study habits, student resources and time management skills, you’ll likely find yourself making good strides in this major.
Whether you plan to use your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to launch your own ventures or help others develop new enterprises, earning a business degree can be beneficial.
Our Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship Specialization, which can be earned as a part of our Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Management or Technical Management, features coursework in customer relations, budgeting and forecasting, e-commerce and other topics that are useful to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Some of the key benefits to majoring in business include the acquisition of skills that are transferable between many different industries, and the potential for career advancement.
Since the application of skills and knowledge learned in this kind of program are so fluid, having a business degree could also become a useful tool in navigating situations like an economic recession.
Business programs generally require students to demonstrate proficiency in algebra and business statistics. Courses in subjects like accounting, statistics, business law and others will require you to analyze and interpret data, graphs, figures and other information. Subjects involving the principles of accounting, microeconomics and macroeconomics will involve analyses of lots of facts and figures but aren’t necessarily math heavy. For details on what math is required for business programs at DeVry, check out our Academic Catalogs.
3Students may start this program as "Undeclared," but must select a specialization after earning 30 semester-credit hours
4Each student is allotted a set number of hours of tutoring per academic session through www.tutor.com (available 24/7). Additional tutoring services are also available through www.DevryTutors.com