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Business Administration

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School of Business

Business Administration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

126 credits

required for program

Minor Available

126 credits

126 credits

required for program

Minor Available

Engage in the business world under the guidance of Christian faculty with global experience. UNW's undergraduate business administration program prepares you to succeed in many areas of business, including accounting, management, healthcare management, entrepreneurship, finance, corporate strategies, marketing, business information systems, business law, and economics. This degree integrates a biblical worldview into business ethics and lays the foundation for you to work in any industry.

Why study business administration at Northwestern?

You have the option to add a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree to your experience at Northwestern by enrolling in the dual business administration degree plan.

We require you to participate in an internship to help translate classroom lessons into practical work experience, with more than 60% of internships resulting in job offers.

Our business classes regularly visit local corporations within the Twin Cities to experience a variety of business organizations—Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profits. Many classes incorporate case study discussions to analyze real-world application of business principles.

At Northwestern, our small classes enable faculty to personally engage with you and pass on insights to thrive while serving the Lord in a business environment. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business industries.

If you want to help businesses, nonprofits, and other entities operate more effectively, lead with integrity, and have a career that offers the flexibility to work in any industry, this might be the right degree for you.

What degree concentrations are offered in Business Administration?

What will you learn?

You will develop leadership and critical thinking skills and learn to work as a team member.

Some classes include:

  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing

New Healthcare Management Concentration

Prepare to lead in the healthcare industry with a bachelor’s degree concentration in Healthcare Management from University of Northwestern. Business Administration majors who complete a concentration in Healthcare Management will:

  • Gain business management and healthcare management knowledge and experience
  • Acquire hard skills specific to business and unique to the health industry
  • Learn from faith-based professors who are experts in their fields and have substantial experience in the healthcare industry
  • Be prepared for meaningful positions of leadership in senior care and nursing facilities, group homes, rehabilitation centers, supportive care organizations, medical technology and equipment companies, and other healthcare organizations
  • Healthcare Financial Systems
  • Healthcare Policy and Management
  • Law and Ethics in Healthcare
  • Leadership in Healthcare

Careers in business administration

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in business administration.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Banking and corporate financial management
  • Brand/product management
  • Consulting
  • Economic research and forecasting
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Investment banking
  • Project management
  • Market research
  • Personal financial planning
  • Purchasing
  • Real estate
  • Small business management
  • Tax planning and compliance

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Banking/financial institutions
  • Christian organizations
  • Hospitals/health organizations
  • Insurance companies
  • Large corporations
  • Small to mid-size businesses
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Hospitality and service organizations
  • Law firms
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Trade and labor organizations
  • Real estate brokers or agencies
  • Federal, state, and local government
View Career Guide

Business administration students found employment within 6 months


of seniors say their major integrates biblical perspectives


of internships result in job offers

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • General business is a broad area that can lead to many career opportunities. Students should clearly define their goals and seek the experiences and skills necessary to reach those goals.
  • Gaining relevant experience through strategically choosing part-time and summer jobs. Internships are also critical.
  • Learn about various fields of business through research on internet sites and books, informational interviews of professionals, and exposure to work environments through shadowing, volunteering, or interning.
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are also important to achieving success in this field.
  • Gain leadership experience through extracurricular activities on campus.

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