Lead with confidence as a Business Administration major. You’ll build a toolkit of skills to be a versatile contributor to any business environment.
Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future.
You’ll study every aspect of business: accounting, management, marketing, finance, global business issues and social responsibility. Learn to collaborate and work in a team. Get comfortable presenting your ideas to a group. Understand how to think critically and make smart, ethical business decisions.
You’ll have the tremendous advantage of being in Austin, one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities and strongest economies. It’s the ideal place to intern and apply your skills in real-world situations in the industry of your choice. Your professors will leverage their experience — and relationships — to help you build your network.
And St. Edward’s valuable partnerships with Capital Factory, Austin Technology Council and Impact Hub Austin will immerse you in the excitement of startup culture and social entrepreneurship.
After graduation, launch your own startup, or rise through the ranks of a large company to become a CEO. Pursue a career in sales, hospitality, banking or IT management. Live abroad and work for an international company, or apply your skills at a nonprofit. With a degree in Business Administration, you’ll have options – and the skills you need to succeed.
What do our graduates do?
Business Administration majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- Co-founder of XELPHAhealth, a patient-centric, clinically focused healthcare engagement hub
- Director of Innovation at T3, an Austin advertising agency
- Human resources specialist at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Customer experience data analyst at WP Engine
- Promotions coordinator at Toyota Music Factory
- Assistant Consultant at PWC
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.
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.
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.
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.