Business Administration Online

With an online business administration degree from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, you will step into your career prepared to lead organizations through challenges and successes.

Earn Your Business Administration Degree Online at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

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You will enter the workforce with solid liberal arts fundamentals – critical thinking, problem solving and communication – as well as knowledge in business law, finance, management, marketing and more. With these skills, you will have the competitive edge needed to excel in your business administration career.

We have high expectations for you. Here’s what you can expect from us:

Support: Our professors are more than just teachers. They are advisors, cheerleaders and friends. We offer online academic support so you’re never alone and career services specifically tailored to individual student goals.

Dedication: Our faculty and staff have stood in your shoes before. We know about the homework, class projects and presentations. We’re here to help, advise and encourage you through all of your classes.

Convenience: We understand you’re busy—you’re a student, a parent and an employee. We know that you have many responsibilities to balance, so we work with you to ensure that you graduate with a business administration degree that breaks down the barriers in your career.

Business administration offers you the greatest variety of career options in management demonstrating leadership and organizational skills. Thinking of graduate school? SMWC’s business administration program can start you on a journey toward your MLD, a graduate degree in leadership development.

For more information about the department visit the Department of Business and Leadership.

Business Administration Major - (48 credit hours)

In addition to the general study requirements, the Business Administration major requires the completion of 48 credit hours of business-related coursework.

Required Business Core

27 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization.

Studies accounting for corporations and introduces accounting for management decision making. Builds on the concepts of BU 121. Prerequisite: BU 121.

Surveys the various internal forces in social and business organizations from an economic viewpoint. Specific emphasis is on the relationship between a firm‘s possible form and its interaction with the consumer.

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Develops a basic understanding of the methods of securing and allocating financial resources within a firm. Emphasis is on financial decision making and the associated knowledge, principles and techniques. Prerequisites: BU 122 and MA 253.

Involves the use of the case method, wherein the skills learned in accounting, finance, management and marketing fields are used to analyze situations dealing with the cultural and governmental factors that influence the environment of international business. Prerequisite: senior status in business.

Additional Requirements

In addition to the business core, a Business Administration degree requires seven additional courses (21 credit hours) to be divided among the business offerings as follows:
1.) One or two courses in accounting.
2.) Five or six additional upper-level courses in marketing and management.
No more than four courses may be taken in a specific area (accounting, marketing, management, etc).

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Business Administration Minor (18 credit hours)

The Business Administration minor works well with majors in areas other than business. This minor provides introductory courses in several fields of business for graduates in positions which need some fundamental business knowledge.  The Business Administration minor requires the completion of 18 credit hours of business-related coursework.

Required Courses

18 credit hours required; all courses listed.

Studies the accounting cycle leading to the development and use of financial statements. Emphasis is on the proprietorship type of business organization.

Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understand of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches.

Surveys the process of product design, packaging, pricing, advertising, distribution and sales of goods and services. Emphasizes not only management decisions made in each of these processes, but also usable management tools. Emphasis is also placed on the marketing concept of discovering and fulfilling human needs.

Studies and applies communication theory and communication as a management tool.

Focuses on the nature of law-making, the legal processes by which law is applied to resolve disputes, the value and policy that are the basis for our law and legal processes and the role of law and litigation in the conduct of everyday business affairs. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of the legal system, both philosophical and technical, which facilitate business operations and discourage or control harmful business practices. Ethical implications and standards to which business conduct should conform are considered and stressed.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

The Business Administration major affords students a great deal of flexibility in careers in business. Business majors can choose which courses to take to satisfy 21 of the required 48 hours. This allows flexibility to create a broad range of careers in business or prepare a student for a specific area of interest within business administration degree jobs.

Business majors can develop a course of study that could lead to such business administration jobs as:

  • small business management and related entrepreneurial activities
  • a wide variety of entry level administrative and managerial positions
  • the not-for-profit and health care industries
  • graduate studies in business (MBA) or law