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Business Administration Degrees
Start on the path to a career in business with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree from the Forbes School of Business and Technology™ at Ashford University. Our online programs will introduce you to the many aspects of business, including finance, marketing, operations, and economics, while ensuring you leave with skills to navigate the ever-changing business world effectively. If you plan on continuing your education and enrolling in graduate studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree is a great option to build a solid foundation for graduate studies in business.
At Ashford, you can continue your education with our online MBA program that features innovative learning tools and engaging coursework to give you the skills you need to succeed in today’s competitive business landscape. When you complete the Master of Business Administration you will be able to formulate complex financial analyses, prepare oral and written communications to effectively connect with colleagues, and leverage your leadership skills to move your vision for a business career forward.
Ashford University has received specialized accreditation for its eligible business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), a global leader in outcomes-based business program accreditation located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
We are proud to be an IACBE-accredited institution and strive every day to ensure that when you leave with your Business Administration degree, you have the skills and knowledge to improve yourself and the world around you.
- Total number of credits required: 120 credits
- General Education Requirements: 43 credits*
- Major Course Requirements: 45 credits*
- Electives: 38 credits
* In this program, 6 credits from the major may also satisfy General Education requirements.
To earn your Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Ashford, you must complete 120 credits. You will need to complete 30 upper-division credits, of which 18 credits must be from the major program. A total of 30 credits must be completed at Ashford University to meet the residency requirement. You may be able to transfer up to 90 approved credits from community colleges, other previous college coursework, or other life experiences such as military service or job training toward your degree.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree by itself does not provide licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment in this degree program. Requirements may vary by state. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate's application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification.
Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
While Ashford University does not collect applicant criminal background, certain criminal histories may prevent students from obtaining licensure, certification or employment in their chosen field of study.
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What is a Business Administration Degree
A Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree is a general knowledge business degree that exposes you to the core aspects of business, including accounting, finance, marketing, management, business law, economics, and information systems. Our business administration bachelor’s degree program lays this broad foundation to give you a comprehensive understanding of the primary aspects of a business with the option to focus on a specific topic such as public relations or web and mobile app technology by adding an emphasis. Graduating with this degree shows that you can effectively navigate the business world and apply your skills to a variety of areas.
A Master of Business Administration (or MBA) positions you to take on more responsibility and learn the skills that are needed to take on management positions. Similar to the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration program, the online MBA covers a wide range of business subjects but goes into additional detail to ensure you are prepared to take on more complex roles with additional responsibilities. You will hone your leadership skills and master business concepts through simulations, videos from industry experts, and case study analysis to earn a well-rounded master’s level education.
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Should I Enroll in an Emphasis?
Adding an emphasis to your undergraduate business administration degree is a great way to show potential employers that you have specialized knowledge in a specific subject matter while also having a foundational knowledge of the business world. While everyone’s career path and education are different, an emphasis is a great way to expand your knowledge of the business world and can provide an extra accolade to put on your resume when applying for a job.
Benefits of a Business Administration Degree
Business administration degrees are a huge asset as you look to expand your career choices and further your education. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for business administration bachelor’s degrees, along with accounting and finance degrees, is expected to grow between 7–23% by 2026*.
- You will gain knowledge of modern management tools and techniques
- There are a multitude of available career paths
- Opportunities for advancement abound
For more information on why you should consider a Business Administration degree, check out our blog article that discusses why you should study business administration!
What Can I Do with a Business Admin Degree
Earning a degree in business administration will introduce you to a wide range of subjects and allow you to apply your knowledge to many different career paths. Some careers that business administration degrees can lead to include:
- Investment Banking
- Small Business Management
Another popular alternative to joining the workforce after earning your business administration degree is continuing your education by pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA). If you aspire to be an executive that manages a large corporation or team of talented individuals, an MBA may be right for you. Its focuses on innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship make it ideal for the aspiring business leader. Learn more about Ashford’s Online MBA Program and our online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree today!
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