This major is part of the Traditional Undergraduate program. The degree may also be completed through the Adult Degree Completion program and AU Online.
The business administration major provides a broad exposure to the functional areas of business. The foundational courses focus on business theory and principles as well as practical skills needed for success in the professional workplace. Students can then tailor additional course offerings in the major to meet their particular interests and career goals. Students completing the major will be prepared for a wide range of job opportunities in small, medium and large business organizations as well as graduate level programs in business or public administration.
Business and financial occupations represent a good investment in a growing career field. The U.S. Department of Labor in the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:
"Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, adding about 632,400 new jobs. A stronger regulatory environment is driving the demand for more accountants and auditors who prepare and examine financial documents. This median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $65,710 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $36,200."
At Aurora University, the business administration degree is built around the foundational skills and competencies of the liberal arts: communication, collaboration, ethical behavior, and data-driven decision-making. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports in their 2016 Job Outlook regarding Attributes Employers What to See on New College Graduates' Resumes that over 70% of employers survey expect graduates to lead, work in teams, communicate, and problem solves. It is the combination of soft skills with the disciplinary experience of business administration that Aurora University excels at providing.
Graduates of the program are prepared to enter the workforce in a wide variety of corporate settings, including manufacturing, financial services, healt care and government enterprises. Graduates of the business administration program also have fulfilled all of the prerequisites needed for admission to the AU MBA program.
Degree Completion Program
The admission requirements for the Adult Degree Completion program (including online) are two years of demonstrated work experience, military service or other relevant adult responsibilities and 15 semester hours of transferable college credit with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Individual circumstances can be reviewed by an admission counselor.
The Adult Degree Completion program in business administration is a fast-paced, year-round program for working adults. Students are challenged to combine their prior learning (informal and formal) with theory, concepts, and history to maximize their effectiveness. Part of the process involves participation in team projects during which they apply their learning to both hypothetical and actual challenges, to prepare for work in environments that are increasingly complex and reliant on this skillset. Most classes meet year-round in eight-week modules, allowing steady progress toward educational goals while still maintaining work and family life.