With UMass Lowell's business administration major, you will hit the ground running, ready to contribute to a dynamic and growing professional field.

What courses will you take?

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Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program is designed to give you the ability to complete two areas of concentration within the degree requirements. Concentrations include:

In the first two years, you will take courses in the liberal arts, mathematics, sciences as well as professional skills courses including accounting, economics, and statistics. In the junior and senior years, you will complete courses in at least one concentration. Visit the Academic Catalog to review all Business courses.

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Other Program Options

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Learning Goals and Objectives: 

    GOAL 1: Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to clearly, efficiently, and effectively communicate business-related information in applying both oral and written methods. Students will demonstrate an ability to: 

    • Construct a strategy for business communications using a variety of communication formats; 
    • Identify and adapt to audience needs and expectations; 
    • Develop a sequential series of logical arguments that are appropriately supported with facts; 
    • Formulate ideas effectively in public presentation settings, including graphics, layout, and writing components; and 
    • Apply business courtesies and professional self-presentation in all aspects of the program. 

    GOAL 2: Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply and integrate quantitative and qualitative knowledge and techniques from across all functional areas of business. Successful students will demonstrate an ability to: 

    • Discriminate among the role, processes, and structures of operational functions of a business (e.g. sales, manufacturing, distribution, customer support); 
    • Compare and contrast the role, processes, and structure of support functions of a business (e.g. management, marketing, finance, R&D, IT, human resources); 
    • Analyze and explain the contributions of business disciplines to the competitive strategies, innovations, decision-making and operations of various sizes and types of organizations, industry sectors, processes and functions; 
    • Apply qualitative and quantitative business methods to the analysis of business problems; 
    • Combine and integrate principles and techniques from multiple business disciplines to the analysis of complex business situations; and 
    • Propose solutions to business situations using effective decision-making skills. 

    GOAL 3: Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply team management skills as both an effective team member and leader. Successful students will demonstrate an ability to: 

    • Persuade, influence, motivate and provide guidance to others (In a team setting); 
    • Facilitate a range of group decision making techniques ; 
    • Engender and sustain trust of team members; 
    • Effectively plan, manage, and lead a team project; 
    • Effectively use technology to facilitate and support group activities and processes; and 
    • Evaluate and apply the strengths of a diverse team (including ability, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, generation). 

    GOAL 4: Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to integrate the use of information and communication technologies to solve business problems. Successful students will demonstrate an ability to: 

    • Dissect the critical issues in a problem the by decomposing the main issue into sub-problems; 
    • Analyze data to support decision-making using a variety of business analytic techniques; 
    • Evaluate a technology, criticize its strengths and weaknesses, and appraise its usefulness to solve business problems; and 
    • Propose a software-enabled solution to the business problem. 

    GOAL 5: Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to identify the global changes affecting business and apply this knowledge in business decision-making. Successful students will demonstrate an ability to: 

    • Identify how their actions affect both local and global communities; 
    • Compare and contrast cultural differences and how these affect best practice; 
    • Analyze the effect the interrelationships within and across cultures and global communities has on business; and 
    • Demonstrate knowledge of regulatory and cultural practices necessary to support business decision-making in a global environment. 

    GOAL 6: Our graduates shall demonstrate the ability to apply ethical reasoning and knowledge of social responsibility for personal and professional decision making. Successful students will demonstrate an ability to: 

    • Explain the historical and philosophical bases of ethical decision-making and social responsibility; 
    • Compare and contrast the models that support ethical reasoning including their limitations in a business environment; 
    • Develop personal and professional decisions by applying knowledge and skills obtained from the study of ethics and social responsibility, and 
    • Articulate how their ethical framework and knowledge of social responsibility shape their actions.

Why study business administration at UMass Lowell?

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Student Leadership Organizations

Put your learning into practice by joining our student leadership organizations, including:

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Co-op Placements

Gain career-ready skills and build a professional network through our robust internship and professional co-op program. Employers who have provided co-op positions include:

  • DCU
  • Dell EMC
  • John Hancock
  • iRobot
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Powers & Sullivan
  • and many more
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Global Learning

  • Study abroad to experience other cultures, travel and meet people from all over the world
  • Participate in the award-winning Global Entrepreneurship Exchange (GE2), which immerses students in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams with students from over 20 countries to solve problems through entrepreneurship and innovation.
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Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined bachelor's-to-master's program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.000 or better 
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses 
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in business administration?

Employment of business occupations in the increasingly complex global business world is projected to grow 10% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.*

* U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018
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Our versatile graduates are prepared to work in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Accounting
  • Financial analysis
  • New ventures
  • Supply chain management
  • Digital marketing
  • Financial planning
  • International banking
  • Business management
  • Information systems management
  • Project management

Meet Our Students

Manning School of Business student Keviana-Joy George works with disaster relief nonprofit All Hands Volunteers in Louisiana to help flood victims rebuild their homes
Keviana-Joy George '18
Marketing & Management

Business administration major Keviana-Joy George transformed from a shy transfer student to an outgoing student leader who is on track for a career in human resources.

I literally thank God every day that I came to UMass Lowell. I never expected to be president of the Management Society... I never expected to be in this position.
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Mike Carpenter '97
Accounting

Mike Carpenter ’97 is busier than ever after retiring from a successful network security sales career.

All the planning I did … throughout my career came from my strong accounting background.
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Melanie Sunnerberg '21
Finance and Marketing

Business administration major Melanie Sunnerberg has a passion for finance that she’s honed through a co-op experience at MFS Investment Management and her leadership roles in student organizations.

The professors have industry experience, the dean really connects with students, and the students are so interconnected and supportive of one another.
Read More About Melanie Sunnerberg 
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Olivia Hebert '23
Finance and Marketing

Olivia Hebert discovered a passion for corporate real estate at UMass Lowell.

I was exposed to a lot more at UMass Lowell than I ever thought I would be. I grew up, matured and learned.
Read More About Olivia Hebert 
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Kelly Michael Skelton '19
Marketing & Management

Business student Kelly Michael Skelton plans to earn his undergraduate and MBA degrees in just four years – and with zero debt – while juggling multiple jobs and extracurricular activities.

I’m never fully satisfied, but I’m always as happy as can be. There’s a lot of opportunity here at UMass Lowell.
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Contact Us

Amit Deokar, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 978-934-5524
Email: amit_deokar@uml.edu

Yi Yang, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies & Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 978-934-2813
Email: yi_yang@uml.edu