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Business Administration Bachelor's Degree

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The UIU Advantage

Seeking a career in the wide world of business? UIU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree gives you seven emphases to pick from, and you will leave UIU with the foundation of knowledge, hands-on experience, and confidence you need for success. Our expert faculty help you understand the world of business and help you strengthen the leadership, collaboration, communication, critical-thinking, and decision-making skills you need to conquer it. 

Why Business Administration at UIU?

  • Learn from faculty who have real-world experience and are experts in the fields they teach; enjoy the support of helpful, caring staff who are there for you from start to finish.
  • Build your own emphasis with courses specific to your career goals.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Health Services Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Administration

Explore Your Program

Business Administration Courses

See course descriptions for the classes you need for your Business Administration degree, as well as any general education requirements.

Academic Calendar

Keep up with your academic program’s registration deadlines, session dates, holiday breaks and exam schedules.

Careers in Business Administration

A degree prepares you for many careers, such as administrative services, athletic director, operations, small business administration, sport administrator, supervision, and training and development.

Student Jordyn Sandy

Jordyn Sandy, '19

Business Administration

My degree has helped provide a well rounded education in many areas and helped strengthen my understanding in business and human resources.

Majoring in Business Administration

About UIU's Business Administration Program

What is a business administration degree?

A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration is a versatile degree that has a very broad area of study, generalized to learning business principles, laws, practices and ethics.

Due to the versatility of a bachelor’s in business administration degree, students will be able to hone their expertise and meet their career goals by choosing a business emphasis area. Students have the option to choose from studies in marketing, sports, entrepreneurship, health services, human resources, finance, and more.

UIU business students also have the opportunity to pursue MBA coursework in their senior year.

Getting your Business Administration Degree Online

Get the same high-quality business administration education that you would get from a UIU classroom, at home or in your office. Upper Iowa University offers an online business administration degree, as well as in-person and distance learning options to meet your educational needs.

How to apply

To apply, visit our Online Application portal to create an account and start your application. Still unsure if this program is right for you? Reach out to our admissions to ask specific questions or request additional information about the business administration program at Upper Iowa University.

Career Opportunities & Benefits

Careers in Business Administration

A degree in business administration will allow you to pursue job opportunities in nearly any industry. From marketing departments, to finance and business development, a bachelor’s in business administration will position you for success in whichever business career path you choose.

Graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers as:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Market Research Analysts
  • Business strategists
  • Office Administrators
  • Marketing Managers
  • Procurement Officers
  • Digital Marketing Specialists
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Sports Operations Managers
  • Municipal Managers
  • Franchising Managers
  • Training and Development Specialists

Business Administration Salary Information

The salary potential of a degree in business administration will range depending on where you are at in your career, your specific role and general cost of living in your area. Since bachelor’s degrees are so versatile and sought by all companies, you could find yourself working in large hospitals and corporations, to local businesses or smaller startups.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2020, the median salary for business and financial occupations was $72,250. Entry-level jobs typically offer much lower compensation without a master’s degree and may start closer to $30-$40,000 depending on your first role. However, earning potential quickly increases with performance reviews and tenure, with some management positions earning well into 6-figure salaries after just a few years. [1]

Benefits of a Business Administration Degree

Aside from salary potential within this career field, a degree in business can land you careers in multiple industries and almost any company, so the overall field is viewed as stable and growing. According to the BLS, employment in the business and financial sector projected to grow by 8 percent between 2020 and 2030. [1]

With a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration degree you’ll also graduate with a strong understanding of business operations that can be leveraged to start personal ventures or create secondary income streams. Having a solid foundation of business operations and marketing, you’ll be able to grow and manage your own business endeavors.

Degree Requirements, Skills & Certifications

UIU’s business administration program covers a broad range of courses to educate students in business law, financial management, ethics and management. You’ll take core business administration courses in:

  • New Venture Creation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Production and Operations Management
  • And more courses specific to chosen focus areas

Business Administration Skills

Students graduate from Upper Iowa University with knowledge far beyond just tracking the costs and daily operations of a business. Although students will have the choice to hone their studies into one of the seven focus areas, all UIU business administration students will graduate with strong:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Public relations and relationship management
  • Leadership skills
  • Business acumen
  • Coaching ability and decision making skills
  • Iinformatics and technical proficiencies
  • Understanding of how to start a business

Students may also take elective courses to pursue minor studies that are very complementary of their degree. Some of these complementary minors to a business degree include:

Many graduates also go on to pursue their master or doctoral degrees in programs such as UIU’s MBA program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a bachelor’s of science in business administration?

A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) is a versatile degree that has a very broad area of study, generalized to learning business principles, laws, practices and ethics. The versatility of a bachelor’s in business administration degree allows students to specialize their studies to pursue their career goals. UIU offers seven areas of study to focus their degree path—entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, general business, sports admin, human resources, and human services administration.

Can I complete a business administration degree online?

Yes, UIU offers award winning online programs, that are flexible and include learn-at-your-own-pace options. Learn more about what our online programs offer.

Is a business administration degree a BA or BS?

Business administration degrees can vary from one university or college to another. Some business administration degrees are Bachelor of Arts—others are Bachelor of Science degrees. This can often be dependent on the core studies within the program. Some university programs aren’t classified as either and are awarded as BBAs (bachelor’s in business administration). At UIU, students taking one of our business majors earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

What jobs can you get with business administration?

Business administration degrees are extremely versatile and give students the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of careers after graduation. Graduates with a business administration degree can go onto work in hospitals, manufacturing, operations, marketing, small business, start ups, management, finance and more. These careers often have high earning potential and additional career lattice opportunities to grow.

Will you help me find a business administration position following graduation?

UIU offers comprehensive career development support including access to professional networking events, interview preparation, and career guidance. Students will also gain access to Handshake, UIU’s new online career management system.

Is this business administration program a good choice for students interested in attending graduate school?

Yes, many of our program graduates choose to continue their education through a graduate school program.


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Convenient, Focused Scheduling

UIU Business Administration students have the advantage of focusing on fewer classes at once with the Two-at-a-Time schedule. Plus, convenient evening or online courses ensure your education fits your unique lifestyle.


When you’re ready to apply for your bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, we’re ready to help you every step of the way.

Go Further with an MBA

Earned your undergraduate degree in Business Administration? Consider UIU’s MBA program to advance your career even further.


  1. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations.
  2. ^ Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers.