Business Administration

The Business Administration major is intended to prepare business leaders who are effective general managers with expertise in managerial communications, finance, management and marketing. An advantage of Business Administration is that it is not industry-specific. Students are equipped to be leaders in Finance, Marketing, Communications, Human Resources, and more. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts 151,100 new general and operations managers from 2014 to 2024, with job opportunities varying depending on the particular industry. Students majoring in Business Administration are encouraged to consider applying to a 4+1 Program.

The Business Administration major is available to students at the Waterbury Campus.

Business Administration majors must take five three-credit 3000 or 4000-level School of Business courses in the following subjects: ACCT, BADM, BUSN, BLAW, FNCE, HCMI, MGMT, MKTG, and OPIM. Students should seek advice from the advisors about the options offered at their campus. Students can use these courses to dive more deeply in a business to promote specific career goals.

You Will Take Classes Like:
  • Managerial and Interpersonal Behavior
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Information Systems




  • Study abroad and take courses toward your major in places like China, Australia, the UK, and more!





What types of experiential learning are Business Admin majors engaging with?


In a 2019 survey of Business Administration students, when asked what opportunities had the strongest impact on their development of professional skills:



      77% of respondents indicated internships




“My internship...[treated] us the same as full time employees. We were actually working as financial representatives, calling people to build a client base, working to build a comprehensive financial plan for them, and then presenting the plan and hoping to sell some Northwestern products.”




    66% of respondents indicated involvement in their local communities




“I volunteered at an immigration center in my local library. I had helped me learn a lot about the different types of people that come here.


"I have worked as a Camp Counselor for the YMCA and though most of the skills are not strictly business related, a lot of the skills such as teamwork and communication are vital to a business setting."







Jobs Held by Recent Graduates

• Analyst

• Claims Processor

• Consultant

• Content Operations Analyst

• Corporate Banking Analyst

• Customer Care Representative

• Director, Finance

• Executive Recruiter

• Financial Representative

• General Management Development Program

• IT Analyst – Two Year Rotational Program

• Management Liability Underwriting Manager

• Marketing Assistant

• Operations Management

• Project Coordinator

• Senior Director Financial Reporting

• Senior Finance Director

• Senior Managing Director

• Team Leader

• Training Specialist






Samples of Where Alumni Work

• Alexion Pharmaceuticals

• Amazon

• Apple

• Bank of America

• Cigna

• Enterprise

• Google

• Lincoln Financial

• MassMutual

• NatWest Markets

• Pepperidge Farms

• Permatex

• Pratt & Whitney

• TD Bank

• Travelers


• United Technologies

Median Base Salary: $55,000

High Base Salary: $67,000

120-Credit Breakdown

Business Administration is for You

If you're interested in:

  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Communications or public relations

and you are looking for a flexible curriculum to earn an interdisciplinary business degree.
Learn more by contacting a TME student mentor.

Apply to Business Administration

Student Voices



Anna-Lena Wakefield (Business Administration '19)


“Business Administration equips me with the skills and knowledge needed to be a leader in finance, marketing, management, human resources, and many other related industries. The major is not industry-specific, and I love how I've gained knowledge in so many areas instead of gaining a whole lot of knowledge in just one.”