Business Administration Bachelor's Degree

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

A degree with a major in business administration requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 33 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 46 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. You must also complete all related required coursework, which may be applied to general education or elective requirements, as part of the 120 credits required for the degree. At least 17 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

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

Communications Courses

Math Course

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses


  • {{MATH140}} (recommended, especially if you plan to go to graduate school)
  • Writing for Managers (3 Credits, COMM 390) (recommended)

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

No. 1

most sought after major among surveyed employers is Business


of online job postings are for consulting and business services


Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce | "The Online College Labor Market," based on data from Burning Glass Technologies | 2014


rank among U.S. institutions in business bachelor's degrees awarded to African American students


Source: Diverse: Issues In Higher Education | “Top 100 Minority Degree Producers” | 2015

Alum Jason Read has received three promotions while studying business at UMUC, accomplishments he attributes to his education.