Why Major in Business Administration?


Students and Professor Smita Jain Oxford pose in front of the Taj Mahal during a study abroad trip in India.



An education in business provides students with a wide array of choices when it comes to a career! Professionals with business degrees are found in nearly every industry.  At UMW, the College of Business provides opportunities for students to develop relationships with professionals (Mentorship Program), get an inside look at regional businesses (Learning Journeys), hear about the career paths of successful alumni (Career Chats), and interact with local business professionals (Speed Networking).

For incoming students who wish to study business, we strongly recommend that you visit our FAQs page, which features answers to frequently asked questions, as well as video messages from COB faculty for incoming students.

Programs of Study Within the College of Business

Within the College of Business there are many areas of concentration*, including the majors:

*For more information on these majors, please click the links above to  view program details.

In addition to these programs, the College of Business has a dedicated faculty with experience in various industries, including human resources, project management, and government acquisitions, providing students with an education that exposes them to a wide range of opportunities.  To learn more about our faculty, and their areas of expertise, click here.

Within the College of Business there are also staff to assist you as your progress through your program of study.  Kim Kinsley serves as the COB Academic Advisor, and regularly meets with students to chart their program of study, as well as assist them declaring as a business major.  Kelsey Whitacre serves as the Outreach Coordinator and Career Coach for the COB, and works with students as they gain professional development through COB programs like the EDGE career readiness preparation program, develop professional documents such as resumes and cover letters, and apply for internships and jobs.


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