Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

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Get to Know Our Bachelor's in Business Administration

When you partner with DeVry to earn your Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, you’ll study core concepts used by Fortune 500 companies, taught by our faculty of knowledgeable professors. This includes experiential projects in accounting, marketing, project management, human resources and more. Plus, to help you prepare for the interconnected workplaces and business markets of tomorrow, your general studies may include communications, humanities, mathematics and social sciences.

  • Join a growing field: Career opportunities, on a national level, in business and financial operations are projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations, with about 476,200 new jobs through 2029.1
  • Feel confident: DeVry’s Bachelor’s of 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: DeVry’s faculty teach real-world skills and experiences in business 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

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

Learn to analyze business opportunities and risks, work with databases to examine statistical and financial data, and produce financial statements using GAAP guidelines. Apply marketing strategies for products and services, and leverage technology to develop solutions for daily operations.

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

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    Critical Thinking

    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.
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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.

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

With business and financial operations career opportunities, on a national level, projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 20291. Graduates of DeVry’s 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

DeVry University's Business Administration degree program can help you develop a strong foundation in core business concepts. Our on campus and online Business Administration degree program is designed to produce graduates who are able to communicate effectively, develop leadership and decision-making skills, demonstrate teamwork with diverse populations, and use real-world applications to solve business problems. The following 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
SPCH275 Public Speaking

Humanities5

HUMN303 Introduction to the Humanities
ETHC445 Principles of Ethics
LAS432 Technology, Society, and Culture

Social Sciences

SOCS185 Culture and Society
SOCS3256 Environmental Sociology
LAWS3107 The Legal Environment

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:

  1. Request information. You’ll then be contacted by an admissions representative so we can get to know you and your education goals.
  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. At DeVry, classes start every eight weeks, which means you can start classes when it works best 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

At DeVry, the core courses in your business administration degree program will help teach you foundational business skills. These can include:

  • 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.org.

In addition, specialized accreditation is granted to schools that meet high standards in business education. Some of DeVry’s 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

Being on campus regularly isn’t always a convenient option. Many schools offer online 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

At DeVry, 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

You can suit your degree to your professional goals by choosing a concentration. You can specialize in areas 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 typically requires a high school diploma or the equivalent. Your school may have other prerequisites as well. For example, at DeVry we require an interview with an admissions representative. You'll also need to complete 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 476,200 new jobs in the areas of business and financial operations between 2019 and 2029.1
  • 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 are different. Business management emphasizes management, planning and organizing while business administration allows you to specialize in an area of day-to-day business operation.

Business management concentrates on organizational operations and processes. It focuses on how to oversee a business department's day-to-day operations. That means you’ll 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?

You can apply for admission to our online business administration degree program on our website or by requesting information and speaking to one of our representatives. Once enrolled, 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 few as 2 years and 8 months9, potentially 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?

At DeVry, 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 or those with little to no prior college education and 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. Additional program information may be found on our Degree Programs page.

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.