Colleges with a Business Administration Major: How to Choose

Bachelor's degrees in business administration are offered as either a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), or a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). These programs are offered at numerous colleges throughout the nation.

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Undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available in business administration at many schools across the United States. Explore school options, as well as considerations for selecting the appropriate school for you.

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The following public and private institutions offer degree programs in business administration:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 4-year, private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $34,268 (graduate)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 4-year, private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $46,704
University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, CA 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,431 (In-state) $38,139 (Out-of-state)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $13,856 (In-state) $43,476 (Out-of-state)
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $47,750
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's $15,192 (In-state) $44,365 (Out-of-state)
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 4-year, Private not for profit Bachelor's, Master's, $50,665
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral $8,591 (In-state) $33,673 (Out-of-state)
University of Texas - Austin Austin, TX 4-year, Public Bachelor's, Master's, $9,806 (In-state) $34,676 (Out-of-state)
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Master's, Doctoral $29,581 (graduate)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

College Selection Criteria

Students interested in business administration programs may want to keep these considerations in mind:

  • Programs that integrate concentration areas are important if a student has a specific subject of interest.
  • Colleges with a school of business may require applicants to complete a year of general education studies before applying.
  • Students should look for programs with internship opportunities, as they are important for both experience and professional networking opportunities.
  • The location of a school will directly affect internship opportunities, because students will be limited to companies within reasonable distance of the school.

Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration

A bachelor's degree in business administration will through either concentration areas, minors or diverse class selections, typically teach students the fundamentals of business theory as well as specific areas of business. Upon graduation, students may seek positions in a multitude of career settings, or they may continue on to graduate school to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which may lead to careers that are more profitable than those typically attainable with a BBA. Programs include core business classes as well as a required number of upper-level business classes.

Interested students can find degree programs in business administration at several private and public institutions throughout the country. When choosing the right school for them, students should consider program concentrations and internship opportunities.

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