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Business Administration

A degree in business administration provides you with functional knowledge and skills in accounting, finance, management, and marketing that may be applied in a variety of organizational settings.

What do business administration majors learn?

Students earning a Business Administration degree will develop
• Knowledge of current business practices and theory in accounting, finance, management, and marketing
• The ability to think critically
• Communication effectiveness
• Competency in current technology
• Competency in ethical decision-making


Upon completion of business foundation courses in the junior year, business administration majors strengthen their functional knowledge through focused coursework. One option is to choose courses that intensify business creation, development, and management skills. A second option is to create a flexible program of study in the business disciplines tied to career interests and objectives.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs led by USM business faculty are established for Japan/South Korea and as part of the British Studies Program. Ask us about opportunities to learn in other countries.

Degree Options

There are two Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degrees available with this major.

More about this Major


Our graduates have founded new business ventures, and work in S&P 500 businesses, global corporations, and in government and nonprofit agencies.

The business administration degree program is the largest undergraduate business program at USM with 98 graduates in 2015-2016.

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