In the business administration major, you'll gain a well-rounded education that provides foundational, workplace-relevant management skills, organizational theory, and operational knowledge.

UMGC'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

Coursework Examples

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

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

This program requires 33 credits of coursework in the major.

  • BMGT 110
  • ACCT 220
  • ACCT 221
  • BMGT 364
  • BMGT 365
  • MRKT 310
  • BMGT 380
  • HRMN 300
  • FINC 330
  • BMGT 496
  • BMGT 495

Related Required Courses

The following may be applied to general education or elective requirements:

  • ECON 201
  • ECON 203
  • IFSM 300
  • STAT 200

Electives

This program requires 46 credits of minor and/or elective coursework. We recommend MATH 140 (if you plan to go to graduate school) and COMM 390 as part of your electives.

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare for work in management and operations for nonprofit, for-profit, and public-sector organizations.