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A business administration degree is the bedrock of business. Whatever you want to do and wherever you want to go, a business administration degree can prepare you. As for the job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 7% job growth by 2028 and in the 2019 Best College Majors for a Lucrative Career, business administration made #2 on the list.

What You’ll Do

The curriculum includes broad-based business knowledge that will translate across many industries. In addition, there are a variety of specialized minors available including anything from fashion to entrepreneurship.

  • Engage with award-winning faculty mentors who themselves are business professionals.
  • Gain valuable real-world learning experience through client-based consulting projects.
  • Start your own business at Catapult Creative House.
  • Learn to create your own business plan and market your ideas or yourself.

What Can You Do with a Business Administration Degree?

If you’ve always wanted to major in business, the business administration degree is for you. It’s a general business degree that gives you foundations in accounting, finance, and marketing. Graduates work at some of the largest corporations in the world, but not all paths lead to large corporations. If you’re more entrepreneurial, you may want to start your own business. A business administration degree can prepare you to tackle your own startup.

Internship and Employment Opportunities of Recent Graduates

  • Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Bank of America
  • Biokyowa, Inc.
  • Boeing
  • Cape Girardeau Public Schools
  • City Government Offices
  • Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Edward Jones
  • Fastenal
  • Farmers Insurance
  • JC Penney
  • Macy’s
  • Maxim Healthcare Services
  • Missouri State Government Offices
  • Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Old Town Cape
  • Target
  • TG Missouri
  • United Way
  • Walgreens
  • Workforce Employment Solutions

Business Administration Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Outcomes & Careers

  • $166k

    Marketing Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for marketing managers is $166,410.

  • $113k

    Investment Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for financial and investment analysts is $112,950.


  • $259k

    Chief Executive

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a Chief Executives is $258,900.


What You'll Study

Degree Map

The business administration curriculum includes core coursework to prepare you for any area of business. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Business Administration Core – 30 Hours Required

Required Courses:
  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AC222 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • BA101 The Business Universe (3)
  • BA490 Business Policy & Strategy (3)
  • BL255 Business Law (3)
  • FI361 Financial Management (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MI375 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
A grade of ‘C’ is required in each core course.
Choose 3 Hours From*:
  • AC540 International Perspectives of Accounting (3)
  • BA560 Topics in International Business (3)
  • BL560 International Business Law (3)
  • EC580 International Economics (3)
  • FI540 International Finance (3)
  • HA560 International Healthcare Administration (3)
  • MG560 International Management (3)
  • MK560 International Marketing (3)

*International Course taken to meet Business Administration Core requirement may not be counted
on a major.

Support Courses – 27 Hours Required

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.

  • BA252 Business Communication (2)
  • BA452 Professionalism (1)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric & Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A or MA123 Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling (3)
  • MI101 Intro to Computer Applications (3)
  • QM257 Business Statistics I (3)
  • QM258 Business Statistics II (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.

NOTE: All 100 and 200-level core and support courses are pre-requisite to all 300-level business core and business major courses.

Business Administration Major Courses – 30 Hour Major – No Minor Required

Required Courses:
  • BA400 Applied Ethical Leadership (3)
  • AC/BA/BL/EC/ER/FA/FI/HA/MG/MI/MK/QM 300-599 level (27)*
    *Choose a minimum of 4 disciplines with no more than 9 hours in one discipline (represented by subject prefix).
Choose 3 hours from the following as part of the 24 hours of required coursework:
  • AC330 Accounting Analytics (3)
  • EC351 Applied Economic Models (3)
  • EC490 Business Forecasting (3)
  • ER561 Business Planning for New Ventures (3)
  • FA315 Retail Buying (3)
  • HA540 Healthcare Informatics (3)
  • HA545 Healthcare Database Systems (3)
  • HA586 Healthcare Strategy & Marketing (3)
  • MG416 Acquiring Talent (3)
  • MG436 Compensating Talent (3)
  • MG548 Project Management (3)
  • MK345 Intro to Business Research (3)
  • QM352 Quantitative Decision Models (3)
  • QM358 Production/Operations Management (3)
  • QM558 Principles of Supply Chain Management (3)

*Core and support courses for BSBA degree will not count here.
*No more than 6 hours can double count in this major and a minor in the Harrison College of Business.
*No more than 9 hours may double count between this major and a second Business major.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • BA101 (3) 
  • MA116 or MA123 (3) 
  • MI101 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • EN140 (3) 
  • SC105 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (17 Hours) 
  • AC221 (3) 
  • BA252 (2) 
  • EC215 (3) 
  • QM257 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (15 Hours) 
  • AC222 (3) 
  • BL255 (3) 
  • EC225 (2) 
  • QM258 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA 

Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18-hour semesters.

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 
  • FI361 (3) 
  • BA400 (3)
  • BA452 (1) 
  • MG301 (3) 
  • MK301 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (14 Hours) 
  • AC330, EC351, EC490, ER561, FA315, HA540, HA545, HA586, MG416, MG436, MG548, MK345, QM352, QM358 or QM558(3) 
  • MI375 (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 
  • BA400 (3) 
  • International Course (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
Spring Semester (12 Hours) 
  • BA490 (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 
  • Major Course (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA 


"I’ve had great experiences at Southeast throughout my time here. The faculty look out for you, they want you to exceed and excel, especially if you have the will to do it. They’ve helped me become the professional person I am today."

Damon Washington

Marketing major, Damon Washington, posing in front of landscaping on SEMO’s campus.

Hands-on Learning

When it comes to learning by doing, you’ll have ample opportunity in experiential labs or in class projects for real clients or by launching your own business startup. Students also gain experience through an internship program with many recruited by businesses in St. Louis.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

Southeast’s business programs are among the top 5% in the world.

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Accelerated Master’s Degree

Southeast offers an accelerated master’s degree for current students. You can get both undergraduate and graduate credit for some 500 level courses, meaning you can graduate with an MBA sooner.

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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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