Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration Overview

Businesses need people who understand marketing, accounting and management. If you are attentive to detail, hands-on and can see the bigger picture of a project or venture, a business administration degree, offered on-campus and online, is a great fit for you. If you are looking for an online business administration degree, you can’t go wrong with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, which is consistently listed as one of the best online undergraduate programs in the U.S.

SMWC offers a mix of business and general education courses with a liberal arts foundation that will teach you to think critically and analytically. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts. Interested in earning your business administration bachelor’s and a master’s degree in 4 years? Learn more about our 3+1 Leadership Development Program.


What is business administration?
Business administration is the study of how a business operates. You see the “big picture” and can complete tasks in many different areas. Through coursework and internship opportunities, you’ll learn a little bit about each area of a business that helps it function efficiently. Thinking about starting your own business? Entrepreneurship is a large focus of the business administration program at SMWC.

Why get a degree in business administration?
A degree in business administration from SMWC provides the knowledge and tools you need to succeed in any business area. This degree prepares you to work in several different departments within an organization. Having a business administration degree gives you an advantage over others when being considered for promotions or job opportunities. The College’s Department of Business and Leadership is dedicated to ensuring their students succeed no matter what area of business they work in. You’ll sharpen your technological expertise through hands-on learning in a small, collaborative learning environment.

What can you do with a business degree?
Whether you dream of becoming an entrepreneur or joining a large corporation, SMWC’s program ensures you have the foundation in business needed to be successful. Our program also prepares you for graduate school. Learn more about our Master’s of Business Admin (MBA) program. Many of our alumni or hold executive positions locally and nationwide. Here are some jobs you can get with a business degree:

  • Market Research Analyst
  • Financial Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Accountant/Auditor
  • Procurement Officer
  • Office Administrator
  • Business Consultant

Check out our blog: 6 careers you can have with a business administration degree.

What is the average annual salary of someone with a business degree?
Employment in business occupations is expected to grow 7% by 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The average salary for workers with a bachelor’s degree in business is $65,000, according to BLS.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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Business Transfer Policy

Since the world is constantly changing, caution is used in accepting business transfer credit based on the age of the credits. Generally, the course must have been taken within 10 years of enrollment at the college. Some exceptions to this 10-year rule may apply when the student is currently employed in the field. One-half of the total hours required for each business major must be taken at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. These hours must include a minimum of 12 hours required in the major area (not the Business Core). Students also may choose to gain credit through a CLEP exam or Assessment of Prior Learning.