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A Business Administration major is for students who wish to pursue a general business career but do not wish to select a specific business area. This major combines courses in management, marketing, economics, finance, and business law. It is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the functional areas of a company and how they are connected to one another. The graduate will leave the program equipped with managerial, communication, and decision-making skills. He or she also will have acquired practical computer skills as well as learned how to think creatively and work well with others.

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His success benefits clients

His success benefits clients

Adam Snider graduated from MTSU summa cum laude (2010) with an undergraduate major in Business Administration. Adam was named “Outstanding Business Administration Student.” Today, he is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Chattanooga. “The concepts I learned as an undergraduate Business Administration major provided an excellent point of departure for my M.B.A. studies, as well as a holistic understanding of the business world that allows me to succeed professionally,” Adam says. His team of investment professionals manages upwards of $500 million in client assets.

Open doors to employers

Open doors to employers

Every fall semester the Department of Management sponsors “Digging Deeper,” a networking opportunity for Management, Marketing, and Business Administration majors with 25 to 30 employers who visit MTSU. Every spring, the Business Exchange for Student Talent (BEST) career fair hosts area employers who meet with students majoring in Management, Marketing, or Business Administration. Both events allow students to ask questions, explore career paths, and form mentorships.

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A person with a Business Administration degree has the skill to take on a variety of professional roles.  Some of these include:

  • Administrative employee for banks and financial institutions
  • Administrator for a nonprofit organization
  • Human Resources management administrator
  • Leader in a corporate office
  • Owner of a small business
  • Retail manager
  • Sales representative

Employers of Management alumni and B.E.S.T. Career Fair participants include

  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
  • Enterprise
  • Hershey Chocolate Company
  • Houzz
  • Internal Data Resources
  • Kroger
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Walgreens

A major in Business Administration leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree and is a good fit for small-business owners, administrative employees in financial institutions, retail managers, entrepreneurs, and sales representatives. The major consists of 24 hours, half of which must be taken in residence at MTSU.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

The department also offers the B.B.A. with majors in Management and Entrepreneurship.

Undergraduate minors are available in Marketing and Management, and the department participates in interdisciplinary minors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Studies.

Graduate students can earn the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), with courses offered in marketing, management, business administration, human resources, and operations. An M.B.A. with a concentration in Concrete Industry Management is offered in conjunction with that department.

BUAD 4000 - College to Career
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; admission to the College of Business. Cannot be substituted for required MGMT, ENTR, or BUAD courses in these majors or minors. Designed to facilitate the transition from college to career. Interpersonal skills for the job search and for success in a professional management environment emphasized.

BUAD 4950 - Business Administration Internship
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing; overall GPA of 2.50; and admission to the College of Business. Student affiliated with an organization on a part-time basis to develop knowledge and experience in the practical application of business theory to actual business problems in a non-classroom situation. Can only be taken one time.

BUAD 4980 - Strategic Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; must be taken after completion of the business requirements and in the semester in which the student graduates. Development of top management perspective with emphasis on policy and strategy formulation and evaluation through the demonstration of competence in handling multifunctional business problems. Transfer credit not allowed; must be taken in residence.

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