Business Administration

Why Study Business Administration?

“A Business Administration degree from the University of Mary Washington (UMW) prepares students to enter the government’s acquisition professional fields of cost management, financial management, contract management, and project management. Each of these fields require knowledge and understanding of modern business practices, accounting, financing, contracting, cost estimating, risk management and project planning and execution.In addition to providing this knowledge and understanding, the UMW College of Business helps to develop critical thinking, writing and communication skills that make our students highly sought after by all government agencies including major acquisition commands in the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.”– Professor John Burrow

“Business Administration is one of the top degrees recruiters look for when searching for high-quality job candidates in Human Resources. When preparing for a job in Human Resources, some classes UMW offers that will make you marketable include human resources (MGMT 346), principles of management (MGMT 301), organizational behavior (MGMT 345), organizational development and change (MGMT 347), negotiation (MGMT 420), and any data science courses you can! Human Resources is trending towards using and communicating big data to help make people-related decisions, so the more apt you are at creatively analyzing and communicating data, the more marketable you will be. After graduating with a Business Administration degree, some jobs you could be qualified for include a junior level HR Analyst, a talent acquisition coordinator, a corporate recruiter or recruiting specialist, or an HR business partner/HR specialist.” – Professor Alex Dunn


Courses Within the Business Administration Program

Beginning with the Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 academic year, the College of Business changed its degree program to reflect the addition of majors. Previously, students who completed the program received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and were able to identify an area of specialization, but not a major.  The revised program allows students to major in one of four areas: Accounting, Business Administration, International Business, or Marketing. Under the revised program, students still receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, but have a major specified on their transcripts.

Business majors declared prior to fall 2015 may continue in the program under the current guidelines, or to change to the revised program and its guidelines. Requirements for both are outlined below. Business Administration majors will have the option to select from one of three focus areas: General Business, Management Information Systems, and Management.

For detailed information on the new majors please click here.

Please click here for information on admission to the College of Business

Catalog Entry for Business Administration Major

Click here to view the new Advising Guide for the Business Administration Major.


*ECON 201: Principles of Macroeconomics; *ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics; *MATH 200: Introduction to Statistics (or equivalent: CPSC 320; ECON 361; PSYC 261); BLAW 201: Legal Environment of Business


Lower-Division Requirements: (12 credits)
ACCT *101, *102, MIST 201, DSCI 352
*ACCT 110 may be taken in place of the ACCT 101 and 102 sequence.
Upper-Division Requirements: (18 credits)
MGMT 301, MKTG 301, BUAD 350, DSCI 353, FINC 301, MGMT 490

To complete the major in General Business, students must complete 18 credits of upper-level electives within the College of Business disciplines (ACCT; BLAW; BUAD; DSCI; FINC; MGMT; MIST; MKTG).