Business Administration


Ever wonder how someone winds up the big boss? Depending on the size of company and line of work, chances are good that he or she may have majored in Business Administration. Business Administration majors learn the skills necessary to eventually be executives or managers of business of all shapes and sizes, in any line of business. Degrees of all levels – from associate’s to doctorate – are available in Business Administration. Depending on how high you want to climb up the ladder, and which ladder you want to climb, you can gauge how much education would be right for you.

Is This Major Right for You?

Do You Like These Things?

Business Administrators are decision makers. They come up with new ideas and innovations, and they also react to problems no one predicted. That’s not a problem, though, because Business Administration majors like to make tough choices. They like working with other people, and they’re comfortable in the role of leadership.

Do You Have These Skills?

Business Administration majors are good with other people. Business can be cut-throat, and the last thing you need is for your own people – or the people who work for you – to want your head on a platter. Often Business Adminstration majors are well liked and charming. They also are cool under pressure and able to multitask.

Who Shouldn't Pick This Major

If you don’t work well in a group, you won’t enjoy your time studying Business Administration. A big chunk of your homework assignments will involve group projects. If you like to go it alone, you probably wouldn’t like being a Business Administrator anyhow.

Is This What You Want After Graduation?

What You'll Learn

As a Business Administration major, you’ll take plenty of finance, math and statistics classes. You’ll also take courses in human relations, marketing, psychology, economics. You’ll learn all about dealing with money and dealing with people.

Jobs You Might Get

Often you’ll need a combination of education and experience to be the boss someday. Business Administration majors often start out working for a business of their choosing in a lower-level position – perhaps an account representative or a finance adviser. Then they climb up to manager and eventually executive. Other Business Administration majors are entrepreneurs who go into business for themselves.


You’ll want to have strong scores in your math and English classes. The numbers side of business is important, but the ability to communicate is just as critical.


Years of experience will be even more important in the long run than your education, though you’ll need both. Get started with an internship as early as possible – sometimes you can count your time as an intern toward your years of experience in order to get a jump start. Also, your classes will make a lot more sense if you’ve already seen the principles you’re learning in action while on the job.