With a bachelor's degree in business administration, you'll gain workplace-relevant management skills, organizational theory, and operational knowledge.

The career-focused Bachelor of Science in business administration at University of Maryland University College 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, and you'll have ample networking opportunities with other students.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

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, 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
  • Effectively communicate 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
  • STAT 200
  • ACCT 221
  • BMGT 364
  • BMGT 365
  • MRKT 310
  • BMGT 380
  • HRMN 300
  • FINC 330
  • BMGT 496
  • BMGT 495

Electives

The bachelor's degree in business administration requires 43 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

Recommended course for the major:

  • COMM 390

Recommended course for the major, especially for those who plan to go to graduate school: 

  • MATH 140

General Education Requirements

Research Course

  • LIBS 150
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)

Writing and Communication Courses

  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 293 or other writing course
  • COMM 202 or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 394 or other advanced upper-level writing course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Sciences Courses

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

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 103 or other science lecture and laboratory course(s) 
  • NSCI 100 or other science lecture course

Math Course

  • MATH 106 or other 3-credit approved math or statistics course

Computing Courses

  • IFSM 201
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • IFSM 300
    (related requirement for the major)

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. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.

Career Preparation

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

Facts & Figures

Student Clubs and Organizations

Business and Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

This club allows students to network and discuss their shared interests with one another and their faculty members, enabling them to learn more about the field.

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Buy | GetEducated.com | 2014