Business Administration
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B.A. Business Administration Overview

Learn the skills and develop the expertise that it takes to operate a business with Ave Maria University’s online business administration degree. Get the opportunity to explore and become a part of a variety of industries. Not only will you learn the fundamental tools of the trade, but you will gain an understanding of how managing a modern business occurs in a political environment. Discover how politics and economics influence each other and how the private sector impacts and is impacted by the government.

With a core curriculum designed to provide you with a broader cultural perspective, you will learn how to organize ideas and convincingly express them. Study the basics of business — marketing and management, finance and accounting, economics and statistics, global issues and business law — in a way that is practical and oriented toward what is necessary for business ownership. With Catholic doctrine woven throughout the curriculum, you’ll be challenged to maintain business excellence and ethical leadership.

You’ll discover the theoretical and practical applications of essential business concepts while you explore creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. After graduation, you’ll be prepared for a career as an entrepreneur or a business leader in healthcare administration, marketing, accounting, or the nonprofit sector.

While completing our B.A. business administration online, you’ll study how to interpret and use accounting information, including cash-flow analysis, financial statements, operational budgeting and the identification of costs as they relate to the business decision-making process. You’ll forge an entrepreneurial spirit by exploring the fundamental theories and practice of building a business while simultaneously focusing on the ethical principles to meet human needs. Discover different management skills, such as teamwork building and empowerment and the ethics of virtue.

As you learn from faculty who are experts in their fields, you’ll get an introduction to the different parts of marketing strategy and research. Discover the communication and analytical skills needed to create effective brand campaigns. You’ll explore the foundations of the legal environment of business, including compliance issues, contracts, debtor-creditor relationships, and government regulations. Our online business administration degree additionally covers macroeconomics, microeconomics, finance, statistics, and quantitative business analysis. Finally, the completion of a capstone course that focuses on strategic management is required. The capstone course touches on all business aspects and the concept of strategic management through readings, discussions, and case analysis.


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Next start date: Fall 2021

Credit hours: 128

Cost per credit: $497

Number of transfer credits accepted: 96

Estimated completion time: 4 years

Courses & Curriculum

Within the business administration program, you’ll explore accounting, business, economics, finance, marketing, and statistics principles. An elective course in either business, accounting, or finance is required. The core curriculum, required for all undergraduate degrees, includes 14 courses for a total of 56 credits, and 24 credits of elective courses are needed in order to complete the 128 credits required for the degree.

Core Curriculum Requirements (56 credits)

The core curriculum provides a balanced approach to generalized and specialized knowledge while integrating the tradition of Western Catholic thought. Required for our bachelor’s degrees, the courses are the same for all undergraduate degrees and teach you how to learn.

Business Administration Required Courses (48 credits)

  • ACCT 201: Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 202: Managerial Accounting
  • BUSN 201: Principled Entrepreneurship
  • BUSN 303: Management and Ethics
  • BUSN 340: Business Law I
  • BUSN 368: Quantitative Business Analysis
  • BUSN 490: Strategic Management/Business Capstone
  • ECON 201: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202: Principles of Microeconomics
  • FINC 301: Fundamentals of Finance
  • MKTG 200: Marketing
  • STAT 230: Applied Statistics

Electives (24 credits)

In order to complete the required 128 credits of the program, you must choose 24 credits’ worth of elective courses.

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Admission Requirements & Process

To be considered for Ave Maria’s online bachelor’s in business administration program, you must have a combined GPA of 2.6 on a 4.0 scale from all past colleges attended is required for transfer students. If less than 24 credits of college-level coursework has been completed, then the high school GPA will also be taken into consideration.

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Tuition & Fees

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at (239) 280-2556 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500. Fees are charged per course unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated two to eight semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Full Program Tuition$497 per credit hour$63,616
Full Program Fees$41 per course$1,312
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 96)$497 per credit hour$15,904
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 96)$41 per course$328
Total with Transfer Credits$16,232

Career Outcomes

After you have graduated from our online business administration degree, you’ll be ready to take on a variety of careers in fields such as accounting, finance, marketing, and more. Here are some of the possible career outcomes (median annual salaries and job growth predictions are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and job growth is projected through 2026):

Sales Manager

Sales managers are responsible for a business’ sales teams. Typically, they determine sales goals and set quotas, analyze sales data, and designate sales territories. Sales managers also recruit and hire sales staff members and develop training programs.

  • Median annual salary: $121,060
  • Job growth: 7 percent

Construction Manager

Responsible for supervising a wide range of construction projects from beginning to end — including residential and commercial buildings, bridges, and roads — a construction manager collaborates with architects, engineers, and other construction specialists to guarantee that a project is completed as planned. They determine budgets and timetables, report progress to clients, hire subcontractors, and ensure that projects comply with regulations and codes.

  • Median annual salary: $91,370
  • Job growth: 11 percent

Administrative Services Manager

Administrative services managers plan, direct, and coordinate the supportive services of an organization. Their specific responsibilities vary, but they typically maintain facilities and supervise activities that include record keeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep.

  • Median annual salary: $94,020
  • Job growth: 10 percent

Financial Aid

At Ave, we understand that funding a college education can get tricky. We offer financial aid to all eligible students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our financial aid options include grants and loans.

Simply complete the application online on the FAFSA website. Remember to use Ave Maria University’s school code: 039413. After we have received your information, we will determine your financial aid eligibility and notify you so that you can accept any or all of it. In addition, one of our friendly enrollment counselors can assist you throughout the entire process.

Military Students

We proudly offer assistance for U.S. military veterans. Veterans can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill and the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation for veterans with a service-connected disability. Spouses and dependents of veterans can also receive assistance.