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

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Gianna Geraci '23
Accounting and Marketing

Gianna Geraci ’23 was destined to study accounting at UMass Lowell.

All roads led back to accounting and UMass Lowell. It has been the perfect fit.
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Mya Neary '20
Entrepreneurship & Management

Mya Neary won an honors fellowship to learn more about running an urban farming nonprofit. Now she’s volunteering with Mill City Grows while developing her own business plan.

UMass Lowell has let me spread myself out so I can try new things, and that’s helped me figure out what I want to do.
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Yuvraj Aurora '22
Marketing and Management

Business major Raj Aurora jumped right from school to a digital marketing campaign manager job at Data Axle.

It’s nice to use the skills that I learned in school in a real job.
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Maddy Roop '22
Business

Maddy Roop transferred to UMass Lowell as a business student looking to launch a music career. But along the way she’s become president of the Student Society for Sustainability.

A business degree gives me the freedom to move anywhere and have a good-paying job that allows me to go after my music dream.
Read More About Maddy Roop 
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Jason McKeon '24
International Business and Finance

Class of 2024 Vice President Jason McKeon has made the most of every minute at UML.

Ever since I was young, I knew I was going to go to UMass Lowell. It’s a quality education at an affordable cost.
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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