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Business Administration Major

We mean business at Grand View. Our business administration programs will prepare you for a successful career in a wide variety of industries and professions...and our internship program is second to none! Being in the heart of Des Moines means access to valuable internships that will put you a step ahead in the job market.

As a business administration major, you will develop communication and leadership skills that will make you a competitive candidate for high-level management jobs across a variety of fields. To supplement your broad education, you can declare a concentration in an area that interests you in finance, human resource management, international business or marketing.

Why Grand View?

  • Personal attention from faculty with real world business experience and expertise
  • Powerful internship program to gain real world experience
  • Rigorous academic preparation
  • Ability to customize your degree to fit your career goals
  • Available completely online!
Choose Your Path

The business administration major offers an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:

Finance Concentration
Finance is a growing field! In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, finance positions are growing faster than the average for employment in the United States. Using a blend of intermediate finance and investments, this concentration incorporates some flexibility so students are able to tailor their program to the wide variety of career opportunities a finance degree has to offer at Grand View. 

Managers need finance to find funding sources for their firms, to identify and manage risk, and to decide whether to make capital expenditures or produce new products. Individuals use the principles of finance to set long-term financial goals and to make personal investment decisions. 

Human Resource Management Concentration (online option)
This concentration incorporates human resource strategy, compensation and benefits, employment law, recruitment, staffing and training in order to allow organizations to leverage their work forces efficiently and effectively. It is available to undergraduate students of any major who have an interest in human resource management and want to prepare for a career in human resources or related fields. The concentration is designed to provide students with the core competencies to be competitive in today's job market.

International Business Concentration
Combining foreign language training, international politics and various business areas focusing on international environments, this concentration prepares you to be successful in a global business environment.

As globalization persists, people who can conduct international business are vital to organizations now more than ever before. With the international administration concentration, you will gain the valuable skills global companies are seeking. Often combining training in language and in other business areas, you will learn to manage business relationships across borders in a variety of capacities.

Management Concentration (online option)
The Business Administration: Management Concentration major prepares students with the skills necessary to meet the business demands of today and the future. This concentration allows you to merge your academic focus with your career goals. You'll study 21st century management issues such as knowledge management, organizational behavior and group dynamics, human resource issues, entrepreneurship, international business, ethics and project management.

Marketing Concentration (online option)
Incorporating a theoretical as well as an applied perspective, this concentration focuses on consumers' needs, wants and behaviors, as well as market segmentation, marketing management and positioning, strategic marketing as a critical role within an organization and the exchange process.

Career Options

Some of our recent business graduates secured these jobs:

  • Auditor
  • Operations Billing Analyst
  • Accountant
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Research & Remediation Analyst
  • Business Information Analyst
  • Merchandiser
  • Annuity Claims Administrator
  • Home Mortgage Consultant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Loan Servicing Specialist
  • Consumer Loan Underwriter
  • Recruiting Coordinator
  • Fraud Operations Supervisor
  • Financial Advisor
  • Software Developer
  • Territory Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Game Operations
  • Ad Coordinator

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Prerequisites (12 credits)

These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major. 

ACCT 211 Financial Accounting 3 credits
BSAD 145 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3 credits
ECON 101 Principles of Macro Economics 3 credits
MATH 116 Finite Mathematics 3 credits

Requirements (48-50 credits)

ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
BSAD 310 Principles of Management 3 credits
BSAD 311 Operations Management 3 credits
BSAD 315 Marketing 3 credits
BSAD 340 Business Law I 3 credits
BSAD 352 Corporate Finance 3 credits
BSAD 399 Internship 3 credits
BSAD 450 Business Capstone Seminar 3 credits
ECON 102 Principles of Micro Economics 3 credits
ENGL 309 Writing for Business 3 credits
STAT 241
BSAD 239
Principles of Statistics
Statistics for Social Sciences
4 credits
3 credits

15-16 Hours From 1 of the Following Concentrations

Finance Concentration

BSAD 420 Investments 3 credits
BSAD 422 Intermediate Corporate Finance 3 credits

3 Courses From the Following

ACCT 411 Income Tax 3 credits
BSAD 252 Introduction to Personal Finance 3 credits
BSAD 341 Business Law II 3 credits
BSAD 350 Insurance and Risk Management 3 credits
BSAD 426 Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investments 3 credits
ECON 315 Money, Banking and Financial Markets 3 credits
ECON 415 International Finance 3 credits

Human Resource Concentration

BSAD 375 Human Resource Management 3 credits
BSAD 377 Staffing, Training and Development 3 credits
BSAD 407 Compensation and Benefits 3 credits
BSAD 408 Employment Law and Labor Relations 3 credits
BSAD 410 Organizational Behavior 3 credits

International Business Concentration

BSAD 317 International Marketing 3 credits
BSAD 331 International Management 3 credits
ECON 415 International Finance 3 credits
POLS 361
POLS 370
Comparative Politics
International Politics
3 credits

Take one foreign language course (earn a C or better) or complete a semester long study abroad program (submit paper and have department approval).

Non-native English speakers will take MLAN 311 or another foreign language course (with departmental approval).

3-4 credits

Management Concentration

BSAD 375 Human Resource Management 3 credits
BSAD 410 Organizational Behavior 3 credits

Plus 3 Courses From the Following

BSAD 316 Facilities and Event Management 3 credits
BSAD 331 International Management 3 credits
BSAD 362 Property Management 3 credits
BSAD 365 Project Management 3 credits
BSAD 405 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management 3 credits
BSAD 425 Knowledge and Information Management 3 credits
BSAD 430 Special Topics (as approved) 3 credits
BSAD 432 Business Ethics and Professional Behavior 3 credits
BSAD 452 Service Management Capstone Seminar 3 credits
BSAD 453 Sport Management Capstone Seminar 3 credits

Marketing Concentration

BSAD 351 Consumer Behavior 3 credits
BSAD 423 Strategic Marketing 3 credits
POLS 350 Research Methods for Social Sciences 3 credits

2 Courses From the Following

BSAD 317 International Marketing 3 credits
BSAD 320 Advertising and Promotional Strategies 3 credits
BSAD 325 Web Design and Development for e-Commerce 3 credits
BSAD 416 Sport Marketing 3 credits
BSAD 430 Special Topics (as approved) 3 credits
BSAD 452 Service Management Capstone Seminar 3 credits
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Awards and Accomplishments


Alec Zama • Assistant professor of business, presented a paper at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference (MAM) in Chicago, Illinois, with the following title: Impact of High-CSE CEO on Top Management Team Composition and Size. He has been a reviewer and a presenter at MAM since 2009.

Alec has also been a keynote speaker at the Leadership Iowa Luncheon, a development program organized by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation where 40 leaders from across the state of Iowa participate in year-long leadership development activities. Zama's speech is titled "American Democracy: An Immigrant's Perspective." In his speech he discussed his experiences living in a communist society and in a democracy while comparing and contrasting the two systems.

What You Can Expect

Managing people is the tip of the iceberg in business. With a career in business administration, organized and motivated managers can keep every aspect of an operation running smoothly and efficiently. Day-to-day operations are as important as a plan for the future.

Choosing a career is often based on many different factors including location, growth potential, and—most importantly for some—salary. And while salaries can vary depending on your position, knowing your potential income can help you plan your family’s future.

The fact is: 65 percent of the business management jobs analyzed list salary information equal to or greater than $50,000 annually. It is important to note that industry and years of experience are factors that will impact salary. This should give you confidence in your future earning potential as you progress within your career.

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Krumm Business Center

Named after college benefactor and former Maytag CEO, Daniel J. Krumm, this academic building houses general-purpose classrooms for business students, a large lecture hall, computer lab for all students, and faculty/staff offices.The university's information technology department is also based out of the Krumm Center.

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