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

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

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Related Required Courses Focus

Note: The following related required courses for the major are listed under general education courses and may be applied to general education or elective requirements.

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

Electives Focus

  • COMM 390 (recommended)

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111B
    or other PACE 111 course (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general elective
  • IFSM 300 (related requirement for the major)

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 394
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • STAT 200 (related requirement for the major)

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • ARTH 204
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201 (related requirement for the major)
  • ECON 203 (related requirement for the major)

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101 
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160 or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

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