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Business Administration

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The Business Administration major prepares students for a wide range of jobs within a variety of industries. It provides the general skills that can transfer into a variety of career choices. Focused on the management and operational skills that are crucial to running a business, a business administration degree will prepare students for any number of entry-level positions in a variety of organizations, such as financial institutions, professional firms, medical clinics/hospitals, government, and non-profit agencies.

Why Study Business Administration?

Individuals who work towards a degree in Business Administration learn to achieve the objectives of an organization by planning and directing the activities of others; which leads to administering businesses. Large corporations and even government agencies are in need of such individuals.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Leadership
  • Team and individual work skills
  • Good problem solver
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Computer literacy and strong communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Mathematical skills
  • Strong coordinating skills
  • Flexibility in adapting to new environments
  • Possesses knowledge of small business management
  • Understanding of the global marketplace
  • Understanding of organizational development, policy, strategy, and structure
  • Learn to work well in a team and effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are important to achieving success in this field.

Being Successful in the Field

  • Gain experience through internships.
  • Consider earning an MBA after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of business management.
  • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find a mentor.

Related Fields

Public Accounting

Accounting

  • Tax Planning and Compliance
  • Auditing
  • Information Systems
  • Management Advising Services
  • General Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Public Accounting
  • Corporate Accounting

Employers

  • Public accounting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Health care industry
  • Service and manufacturing companies
  • Consulting practices
  • Private practice

Strategies

  • Become familiar with specialized certification programs.

Economics

  • Research and Forecasting
  • Economic Advising
  • Teaching

Employers

  • Financial institutions
  • Trade and labor organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Educational institutions

Strategies

  • Earn a graduate degree for advanced positions.

Finance

  • Corporate Financial Management
  • Banking
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Money Management
  • Investment Banking

Employers

  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Financial planning agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate brokers or agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Corporations

Strategies

  • Take additional courses in math, statistics, and accounting to develop strong quantitative skills.

Statistics

  • Analysis/Research
  • Quality Assurance
  • Actuarial Science

Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Health care industry
  • Manufacturers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Insurance companies

Strategies

  • Take additional courses in accounting, marketing, economics, and finance.

Transportation and Logistics

  • Scheduling
  • Physical Distribution
  • Planning and Regulation
  • Transportation Carrier Management
  • Materials Management
  • Customer Service
  • Purchasing
  • Consulting
  • Third Party Logistics

Employers

  • Motor carrier, railroad, airline, pipeline and water transportation industries
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Distribution centers
  • Warehousers
  • Public transit systems
  • Government agencies
  • Armed forces
  • Software and consulting firms

General Business

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Insurance: Sales, Claims, and Underwriting
  • Banking
  • Human Resources

Employers

  • Retail stores
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Self-employment

Management

  • General Management
  • Human Resources
  • Office Systems
  • Operations
  • Production Management
  • Quality Control

Employers

  • Retail and other service industries
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Health care industry

Strategies

  • Build competency in statistics and computer systems for operations management.

Marketing

  • Sales
  • Customer Relations
  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Retail
  • Banking
  • Market Research
  • Brand/Product Management

Employers

  • Profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Product and service organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media
  • Retail industry
  • Consulting firms

Strategies

  • Obtain an MBA for most brand management, consulting, and research opportunities.

Other Professions

  • Advertising Executive
  • Account Executive
  • Bank President/Manager
  • Bank Officer
  • Benefits Manager
  • Business Credit/Loan Administrator
  • Business Representative
  • Chamber of Commerce President
  • City Manager
  • Compensation/Benefits Administrator
  • Consultant
  • Consumer Credit/Loan Officer
  • Contract Administrator
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Credit Manager
  • Database Administrator
  • Department Store Manager
  • Director, Career Services
  • Director, Food Services
  • Director Industrial Relations
  • Director, Recreation
  • Employment Agency Counselor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Facilities Manager
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Hospital/HMO Administrator
  • Hotel/Motel Manager
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • IRS Investigator
  • Job Analyst
  • Management Accountant
  • Manager, Administrative Services
  • Management/Organizational
  • Manager Trainee
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Organizational Development
  • Office Manager
  • Plant Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Production Planner
  • Production Superintendent
  • Property Manager
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Real Estate Agent
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Sports Agent
  • Stadium Manager
  • Training Director
  • Traffic Manager

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  mbfaubl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5825 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Victor Devinatz  SFHB 422  vgdevin@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3403 
John Lust  SFHB 304  jalust@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2396 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.84 - 3.46

Required Courses

Students with fewer than 45 hours are evaluated on collegiate coursework and grade point average.

Students with 45-59 hours earned must complete the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Financial accounting (ACC 131),
  • Economics—micro and macro (ECO 105),
  • College algebra (MATH 119) and Finite math (MATH 120), or
  • Applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MATH 145).

Students with 60 or more hours earned must complete those courses listed above, choosing the applied calculus (MAT 121) or calculus I (MAT 145) option, and complete the following additional courses with a grade of C or better:

  • Managerial accounting (ACC 132) and
  • Statistical reasoning (MQM 100).

Recommended Courses

  • Introductory-level business course (BUS 100),
  • Introductory-level English composition (ENG 101),
  • Intermediate-level English composition (ENG 145), and
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following: ACC 167and 168; ITK 150; IAI BUS 902; or by passing competency examsof ACC 189.67 and 189.68

Additional Information

Students are encouraged to get an AA or AS.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Diane Skidmore  COB 129  dtskidm@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 

Middle 50% GPA

2.84 - 3.46

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

September 1 through September 30 and February 1 through February 28.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Fewer than 45 earned and in progress hours

Evaluated upon college coursework, GPA, and admissions criteria for incoming freshmen.

45 - 59 earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ECO 105
  • MAT 119 and 120 or 121 or 145.

60 or more earned and in progress hours

Grades of “C” or better in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • ACC 131
  • ACC 132
  • ECO 105
  • MQM 100 or ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138
  • MAT 121 or 145

The College also requires students to complete in the first semester:

  • BUS 100 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Prove computer competency through completion of one of the following:
    • ACC 167 and 168
    • ITK 150
    • IAI BUS 902
    • by passing competency exams

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Diane Skidmore  COB 129  dtskidm@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8385 
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