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May 14, 2012 / NextStepU

Major Monday – Business administration

The major of business administration is quickly becoming the most popular major that students declare across the nation. Before you decide if it’s right for you, consider not just how it might help you earn a job post-graduation, but how it fits your skills and your passions.

If you’re a person who is good in a leadership role and is willing to direct an organization’s activities, business administration may be the right major for you.


According to the College Board, students can typically earn a business administration degree at either an associates or bachelor’s level. Common courses that students have to take include financial management, accounting, business statistics and business ethics and law. Some of the courses and electives can vary based on if you choose to concentrate in a specific area such as finance or marketing.

What to know before you apply

Before applying to schools, students should find out if the institution’s program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Also, students should look into the activities of recent graduates as well as finding out if good internship opportunities are available through the school in order to get good business experience.


Students can pursue several different career opportunities with a business administration degree. Students can become advertising, marketing or financial managers, depending on their preferred area of interest. According to the U.S. Labor Department, advertising managers averaged $97,670, marketing managers earned an average of $120,070 and financial managers averaged $113,730 in 2009.


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