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Get to Know Our Bachelor's in Business Administration

While earning your Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, you’ll study core concepts used by Fortune 500 companies, taught by our faculty of knowledgeable professors. Concepts covered include accounting, marketing, project management, human resources and more. To help you prepare for the interconnected workplaces of tomorrow, your general studies will include communications, humanities, mathematics and social sciences.

These courses are designed to help you receive a well-rounded education and build critical thinking skills that can be used across many professions. Here are a few reasons to consider our Bachelor’s in Business Administration:

  • Join a growing field: Career opportunities in business and financial occupations are projected to keep pace with the national average,  with about 750,800 new jobs through 2030.1
  • Feel confident: Our Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree has achieved voluntary accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org), demonstrating that it meets standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.
  • Learn from experienced professors: Our faculty members teach real-world skills that are applicable to today’s workplace.

 

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in as little as 2 years + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


Availability

Business Administration Specializations

Customize your Bachelor’s in Business Administration based on your goals with one of 11 specializations. You can pick one right away or wait until you're more familiar with the space.2

Available business administration degree specializations include:

What You'll Learn

Our Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree program covers concepts related to general business practices, including accounting, marketing, management and the analytic skills that inform business decision-making.

During this program, you’ll have opportunities to analyze business opportunities and risks, work with databases to examine statistical and financial data and produce financial statements using GAAP accounting guidelines. You’ll also apply marketing strategies for products and services and leverage technology to develop solutions for daily operations.

Specifically, our Bachelor's in Business Administration covers the following:

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    Administration and Management

    Understand the fundamental management theories that drive organizations and programs forward. Develop skills in leadership, planning, project management, and resource management.
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    Critical Thinking

    Learn how to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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    Mathematical Reasoning

    Use mathematical formulas to solve problems or project outcomes.
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    Judgment and Decision Making

    Consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to make the most appropriate choice.

Accreditation Matters

Certain programs are accredited* by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org.

ACBSP is a global business education accrediting body that is based on the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. It evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support to assess whether a business program offers a rigorous educational experience and commitment to continuous quality improvement.

Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Bachelor’s in Business Administration may explore careers such as:

  • General and Operations Manager

  • Sales Manager

  • Administrative Services Manager

  • Industrial Production Management

  • Construction Manager

  • Social and Community Service Manager

  • Cost Estimator

  • Management Analyst

  • Financial Analyst

Bachelor’s in Business Administration Courses

Our Business Administration degree program can help you develop a strong foundation in core business concepts. It is designed to help you learn effective communication, leadership and decision-making skills. During the program you’ll also learn to demonstrate teamwork with diverse populations and use real-world applications to solve business problems. The following list represents the core and general degree coursework our business administration students will experience.

Core Degree Courses

Business Core3

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets with Lab
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN319 Marketing
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business with Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

Finance and Management

ACCT346 Managerial Accounting
BIS245 Database Essentials for Business with Lab
BUSN379 Finance
ECON312 Principles of Economics

Senior Project

BUSN460 Senior Project

Electives

CIS115 Logic and Design
MGMT408 Management of Technology Resources
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management

General Degree Courses

Communication Skills

ENGL1124 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
ENGL216 Technical Writing

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities5

LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

One of:

ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics

One of:

HUMN303 Introduction to the Humanities
HUMN304 Multi-Ethnic Humanities

Social Sciences

LAWS3107 The Legal Environment
SOCS185 Culture and Society

One of:

SOCS325 Environmental Sociology
SOCS350 Cultural Diversity in the Professions

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
SCI2288 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Personal and Professional Development

CARD405 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving

How to Earn Your Business Administration Degree Online

Follow these steps to pursue your online business administration degree at DeVry:

  1. Contact us to speak to an Admissions Representative who will  get to know you and your education goals, talk you through our various degree programs and help find the right one for you.
  2. Submit your application and complete the admissions process. We’ll help you evaluate your transfer credits and develop a financing plan.
  3. Create your schedule. Our classes start every eight weeks, which means you can start classes when it works for you.
  4. Complete your online classes. You’ll access each course through our convenient online platform. There, you’ll engage with lectures, take part in discussions and complete assignments.

Skills You Can Gain in the Business Administration Degree Program

The core courses in your business administration degree program are designed to teach you foundational business skills such as:

  • Accounting: Learn to analyze financial statements and accounting information to make decisions.
  • Business Strategy: Prepare to navigate the modern global world of business by reviewing relevant case studies. Develop skills for critical thinking, decision-making and leadership.
  • Economics: Prepare for the real world of economics by learning about strategic planning, management and analytics.
  • Finance: Learn the basics of corporate finance and use software to analyze and solve real-world business concerns.
  • Leadership and Teamwork: Develop leadership and teamwork skills as you practice business decision-making, critical thinking and problem-solving.
  • Management: Develop your managerial skills and learn the basics of managerial theories and responsibilities. Explore the crucial areas of human resources, planning, organizing, business communication and directing.
  • Marketing: Expand your marketing skillset and keep up with the latest trends by studying subjects like forecasting and selling as well as how marketing and operations intersect.
  • Statistics: Learn research and evaluation techniques to help you analyze data and make informed decisions.

How to Choose a Bachelor’s in Business Administration Degree Program

When choosing a Bachelor’s of Business Administration program, consider the following factors.

Accreditation

Is the school accredited? Accreditation shows that the institution has met strict quality standards. For instance, DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org8.

In addition, specialized accreditation is granted to schools that meet high standards in business education. Some of our programs (including our Bachelor’s in Business Administration) have received additional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Affordability

Your education must fit your budget. Work with your school to determine costs and what financial assistance is available to you. Financial aid teams can help evaluate your eligibility for student loans, scholarships and grants.

Location

Explore and hybrid learning options. These allow you to fit your education into your life by giving you the choice to complete your degree online or with a mix of online and on-campus learning.

Program Features

Graduates of our Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration must complete at least 124 credit hours. This can be done in as little as 2 years and 8 months.9

Students in our business administration degree program can customize their degree with a specialization that fits their career aspirations and goals, including

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics Management
  • Finance
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Health Services Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Requirements

Enrolling in a bachelor’s degree in business administration program requires a high school diploma or the equivalent. You'll also need to complete an interview with an Admissions Representative, an admissions application and various steps as part of the enrollment process.

Benefits of a Business Administration Degree

As with any industry, the benefits of a business administration degree will vary depending on your individual skillset, professional background and personal goals. Here are some of the potential benefits of working in business administration:

  • Opportunities are on the rise – The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 750,800 jobs in the areas of business and financial operations between 2020 and 2030.1[DE1] 
  • Work in a variety of industries – Effective business skills are needed for a variety of roles in nearly all organizations and industries.
  • Hone your leadership skills – Understanding how businesses operate and various functions intersect can help prepare you to work within or lead cross-functional teams.
  • Gain well-rounded knowledge – Business professionals often maintain a well-rounded knowledge base in many areas of business from accounting and finance to project management and technology trends.
  • Pave your own path – With so many potential paths you can take, a business administration degree can help you carve out a future that aligns with your individual goals.

 

FAQs: Business Administration


What is the difference between a Business Management degree and a Business Administration degree?

While both degrees offer core courses in topics ranging from economics to finance to marketing, their overall focuses differ. Business management emphasizes managing, planning and organizing while business administration allows you to specialize in an area of business operation.

Business management concentrates on organizational operations and processes to help you oversee a business department's day-to-day operations. You’ll have the opportunity to learn skills like how to market a business, manage staff and processes and develop growth strategies.

Business administration emphasizes the responsibilities of specific roles within an organization. It helps you prepare to pursue a career in a particular department in business—such as accounting, marketing or economics.


What business degree specializations can I choose from?


How can I earn my bachelor's degree in business administration online?

As a student in our online business administration degree program, you’ll complete your coursework through our convenient online class portal. Learn more about how online education works.


How long will it take for me to earn my business administration degree?

Generally, you can earn your Bachelor's in Business Administration in as little as 2 years and 8 months8, or sooner with qualifying transfer credits.

Learn about business administration degree requirements and the benefits of earning a business administration degree.


Is a business administration degree a BA or BS?

Our Bachelor’s in Business Administration is a bachelor’s of science (BS) degree.


What can you do with a bachelor's degree in business administration?

There are many career options that you can pursue with a degree in business administration. Some potential career paths include operations manager, sales manager, management analyst or financial analyst.

Learn more about why a business administration degree can be worth the investment.


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Related Programs

This Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree program is designed to accommodate students with a wide range of experience as well as those with little to no prior college education or work experience. If you have relevant prior college credits or qualifying professional experience, you might consider a Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Management, which offers many of the same specializations.


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1According to the BLS, Employment in business and financial operations occupations, on a national level, are projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029. Local growth will vary by location. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm
2Students may start this program as "Undeclared," but must select a specialization after earning 30 semester-credit hours 
3Students enrolled at a New Jersey location must also take the following to fulfill this requirement:
(a) all of: BUSN412; GSCM206
(b) one of: BUSN369; INTP491 and INTP492
4Students enrolled at a New Jersey location take ENGL108 in lieu of this course.
5Students enrolled at a Pennsylvania location must take HUMN451 as part of this requirement.
6Certain students enrolled as online students are assigned PSYC307 in lieu of this requirement.
7Students enrolled at a Nevada location must take POLI332 in lieu of this requirement.
8Students enrolled at a New Jersey location may take PHYS204 or SCI200 to fulfill this requirement.
9Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment. 

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.