Accelerate your career
The bachelor’s degree in Business Administration provides students with the knowledge, skills and experience to launch successful careers as business professionals.
The Business Administration degree is comprehensive. Students look at an entire organization – how it fits into the market and what forces may affect its success. They develop an understanding of financial reporting and analysis, global business issues and human behavior in organizations.
The program emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, communication and teamwork. Students develop the ability to plan, make smart, ethical business decisions and lead with confidence across multiple business environments and industries.
Simply put, Business Administration students graduate career-ready. They find success in a variety of fields, including:
- Business analysis
- IT management
- Operations management
- Product development
Students who complete a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration can apply for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) after acquiring at least two years of work experience.
Major Requirements: The BBA in Business Administration requires 63 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 44 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the Business Administration courses students take:
- International Business Administration – Work in teams to research current business environments, and gain an understanding of the business ethics and concepts used in developed vs. developing nations.
- Strategic Business Analysis and Practice – Learn to gather, analyze and use data in making executive decisions. This course examines business practice from the executive team’s perspective.
- Internship – Participate in a public or private, paid or unpaid, internship at an organization, and reflect on the experience by demonstrating your accomplishments and development of skills.
Our Faculty and Student Support Services
Our Business Administration faculty members have a broad range of business experience, which informs their teaching and provides a balance between theory and practice. Faculty members have students consult with organizations in the Austin area on real-world projects that encourage teamwork and problem solving.
Kathleen Wilburn, professor of Management, knows that business is about more than just money. She teaches courses in leadership and social responsibility. Her advice for graduates?
"Identify your own values first; then find a company that shares those values. Look for an organization that has a purpose beyond the profit. It should include people, planet and profit in its strategy."
Student Support Services
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage of these resources that help them thrive and excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising
- Writing Center consultation
- Health and wellness counseling
- Student disability support
Outside the Classroom
Business Administration students are able to use our location in Austin to their advantage and tap into the capital city’s dynamic business community to learn and grow as business professionals.
Business Administration majors participate in internships with small and large organizations in nearly every market sector and industry. Through the experience, students clarify their career goals, learn valuable skills and build a list of professional contacts. Our Business Administration students intern at prominent organizations, including Apple, Chick-fil-A, ESPN, Merrill Lynch, the Office of the Governor and SXSW.
Student clubs facilitate connections to local business leaders and create a community students can join with like-minded peers. Delta Mu Delta, for example, is a national honor society in business administration. The organization promotes higher scholarship in training for business and rewards Business Administration students who have distinguished themselves scholastically.
The Bill Munday School of Business offers a roster of local partnerships where students can get their foot in the door and gain hands-on experience in the field – Austin Technology Council, Capital Factory and Impact Hub Austin, to name a few.
Graduates who earn the Business Administration degree are qualified for challenging careers, where they can address an organization’s immediate needs and long-term goals. Our graduates have a strong foundation in communication, critical thinking and values-based decision-making. They obtain positions in major corporations, independent businesses, government entities and nonprofits.
A 2017 Presidential Award Winner, Mary Katherine Belknap found opportunities to develop leadership skills and engage with her community through Students for Sustainability, Campus Ministry and an internship for Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Charles Porter.
"College serves as a breeding ground for self-discovery," Mary Katherine said. "Each puzzle piece that St. Edward’s handed me has helped me to create a beautiful picture that clarifies my understanding of the world and myself all the better."
Read about our successful alumni. See what they have to say about life after St. Edward's.
Business Minor (For Non-Business Students)
This minor is designed for all students majoring in degrees outside of The Bill Munday School of Business as a way to enhance their business knowledge and skill set.
Required Courses (9 Hours):
- MATH 1312 – Quantitative Methods for Business
- BUSI 1301 – Introduction to Business
Choose one of the following:
- ACCT 2301 – Financial Accounting
- ECON 2301 – Principles of Market Analysis
- ECON 2302 – Money and Markets
- BUSI 2305 – Business Statistics
- ENTR 2301 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Electives (Choose 3):
- BUSI 3322 – Social Enterprise
- BUSI 3324 – The Art and Science of Negotiation
- BUSI 3326 – Project Management
- BUSI 3328 – Social Responsibility of Business
- BUSI 3330 – Business Communication
- MGMT 3332 – Human Resources Management
- MGMT 3334 – Organizational Behavior / Leading Teams and Organizations
- MGMT 3338 – International Management
- MGMT 3340 – Principles of Operations (BUSI 2305 is a prerequisite)
- BUSI 3333 – Business Intelligence (BUSI 2305 is a prerequisite)
- BUSI 3399 – Special Topics
- IBUS 4380 – International Business
Total Hours: 18
Students interested in a quantitative or operations track can choose BUSI 2305 (Business Statistics), BUSI 3333 (Business Intelligence), and MGMT 3340 (Principles of Operations).
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.
Transforming Healthcare Delivery
Lauren Welch ’17, Business Administration and Management, is working to revolutionize healthcare through Xelpha Health, a business venture that earned her a spot in the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. She and her business partners traveled to Brisbane, Australia, and returned to Austin hyper-focused on building a digital health record.