Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration

Master financial principles and learn to create organizational value with a BBA in Business Administration.

The Marian University Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration program is designed to give students the strong background in business and hands-on experience needed to stand out in a competitive job market. Whether aspiring to become a manager, project lead, or inventive entrepreneur, we teach students advanced business strategies and best practices that will help them reach their full potential and become a business leader.

The BBA in Business Administration emphasizes the development of real-world skills through courses led by experienced business professionals. Using their expertise, our faculty show students how to work within all aspects of business – including accounting, economics, finance, law, management, marketing, and personnel – and develop a deep, versatile skill set.

Practical Job Skills

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program learn concepts and skills needed in their first job and throughout their careers.

  • Effectively forecast budgets
  • Create beneficial marketing tactics
  • Conduct personnel supervision
  • Manage facility maintenance

Foundation in Company Functionality

Receive exposure on how businesses are structured, and teams interact. We guide students through practical applications with a global perspective in:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Economics
  • Human Resources
  • Information systems
  • Management
  • Organizational Behavior

Become a leader with a business degree.

Aspire to These Jobs

Those with a general business administration degree are flexible professionals able to add value to any company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business education opens the door to jobs such as:

  • Assistant Manager

  • Sales Representative

  • Cost Estimator

  • Claims Adjustor

  • Non-Profit Fundraiser

  • Human Resources Specialist

  • Marketing Coordinator

  • Financial Specialist

The Ability to Succeed

The BBA in Business Administration sets students up for success with courses that encourage creativity, critical thinking, communication, cultural awareness, and computer knowledge.

  • Courses integrate real business challenges into classroom learning
  • 150-300 hours of internship experience help build a resume
  • An international approach teaches the skills necessary to compete in global business

Explore a Business Administration Degree

A business degree from Marian University opens the door for a career with any company, in any industry.  Choose a specialty in sport and recreation management, business administration, marketing, marketing and public relations, accounting, healthcare administration, management information systems, or finance. Professors bring topics to life through their real world experience in running companies and managing staff. Courses teach you about businesses not only from a local/regional perspective but also from an interconnected global perspective. Discuss current events and how to survive and thrive in different economic conditions. Whatever your major, participate in an internship where you spend between 150 and 300 hours at a business either in the U.S. or abroad.

As a business student, you will take general education courses alongside students from all Marian bachelor programs.  Then you will take a core of business courses and courses specific to your concentration.  If you are not sure what business major is for you, reach out to our Center for Academic Support and Excellence (CASE).  They have tools to help you choose a business degree based on your interests and abilities.

BBA in Business Administration Curriculum

Business administration is designed as a flexible program to provide a broad-based business education. It is designed for students who seek careers with business organizations where there is a need for learning in a number of areas of business study. The program allows students the flexibility in selecting courses in one of several tracks – General Business, Human Resources, or Organizational Supervision. The business administration major requirements are in addition to the General Education Program and the Business Programs Core.

General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Business Administration majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Principles of Management
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Training and Development
  • Business Law
  • Managerial Finance

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of general business functions & systems.


The mission of the Business Administration program is to educate students for diverse professional business roles in varied organizational contexts in rapidly changing global environments.  The program promotes critical thinking, is pragmatically oriented and values-based.

Professional Standards in Business
Business programs at Marian University focus on the following principles of business education:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the business department in the College of Professions expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • Respect for others
  • Full engagement
  • Responsibility and integrity, and commitment to quality

Marian’s business faculty will prepare you to achieve your goals through a classroom experience centered on a personal, applied approach. Through the program, you’ll be prepared to plan, organize, direct and manage an organization’s activities, all while becoming a leader in business and achieving your professional goals.

Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

  • Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:
    • ENG 101 or ENG 105
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

  • Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:
    • ENG 151 or ENG 106
    • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
    • BUA 210
    • Science Lab(s)
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Junior and Senior Criteria (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Failure to Meet Criteria

Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

Internship Experience

The internship provides practical work experience related to the student’s career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

Inspiring future leaders, Marian’s business programs prepare students for all facets of the business world. Watch to learn more about Marian’s Business Programs.