Business Administration (BS)

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Develop a broad background in business, emphasizing accounting, business education, economics, finance and real estate, insurance and risk management, management, marketing, or operations and supply chain management.  

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Program Availability

Beginning with the 2024-25 academic year, the Business Administration major will not be an option for incoming freshman and transfer students to select on their application for admission. Students are encouraged to select an industry- or profession-specific major from those available in the Scott College of Business.

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Current students who are interested in changing their Scott College of Business major to Business Administration should speak with their current program advisor.


Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Indiana State?

Indiana State’s Business Administration BS is an interdisciplinary program that combines courses from three or more applied business disciplines into a customizable, well-rounded program.

Understand Many Areas of Business

As a Business Administration major, you will tailor your course of study to suit specific career goals. With this training, you will be prepared for all types of business professions. Indiana State’s many partnerships with businesses and industries allow students to learn through hands-on inquiry, research, internships, and other learning programs.

Business administration majors complete a required core of business courses and additional hours at the 300-400 level in each of three emphasis areas: managing the enterprise, managing financial resources, and managing operations and systems. These applied business areas include accounting; administrative systems and business education; economics; finance and real estate; insurance and risk management; management; management information systems; marketing; and operations and supply chain management.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Many instructors in the Scott College of Business have professional experience as business managers. Our small class sizes allow instructors to provide hands-on training, networking opportunities with industry contacts, and insights from their personal experience in business.

Your instructors will also encourage you to participate in Scott College of Business activities and organizations, including Indiana State’s chapters of the Delta Sigma Pi and Alpha Kappa Psi Honorary Societies. Your professors can assist you in finding internships and other out-of-classroom experiences, many of which lead to post-graduation jobs.

What You'll Learn in the Business Administration Program 

The BS in business administration combines courses in a business core of courses with additional hours at the 300-400 level in each of three emphasis areas: managing the enterprise, managing financial resources, and managing operations and systems. These courses must not duplicate the business core courses.  

  • Emphasis Area I – Choose nine credits from managing the enterprise
  • Emphasis Area II – Choose nine credits from managing financial resources
  • Emphasis Area III – Choose nine credits from managing operations and systems

The blend of coursework includes accounting, business education, finance, business information tools, business statistics; economics, real estate, insurance and risk management; management information systems, marketing, organizational behavior, and operations and supply chain management.  

Students also take foundational studies classes in business report writing, ethics in organizations, principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics, and quantitative reasoning in business. A complementary business minor is also encouraged.  

The business administration program concludes with a senior business experience – a capstone course in the Scott College of Business and an upper-division elective foundational course. Focusing on business theory and the practice of strategic management, the project demonstrates skills in the functional areas of business.


Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Business Administration Majors

Students in the Business Administration BS program prepare for careers in a variety of business areas. Many of our students also pursue graduate study in advanced degrees such as law, public administration, and business.

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Hands-On Experience in Leadership

“There are opportunities for you to get involved in campus organizations and networking right away at Indiana State. There’s less competition [than at other schools] and the small class sizes allow us to get to know our professors. The classes broaden my perspective of leadership and the different qualities a good leader must possess.”

Operations and supply chain management student Dylan Maupin, ’24, learned about management in practical business projects and internships with Rolls-Royce. These experiences have prepared him for exciting careers in leadership.

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Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, all programs in the Scott College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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