Business Administration Major

One of the most popular majors on campus, business administration is the ideal program for those interested in a career in business, whether it’s becoming an entrepreneur, marketing products, managing people and projects or analyzing business practices and decisions.

Towson College of Business and Economics business student in the finance lab


A degree in business administration opens the door to a wealth of job and career opportunities, not only in business but also in government and nonprofit sectors as well.

Get more information about careers in business administration at the TU Career Center.

Flexible Options

Customize your business administration degree with one of 11 concentrations or tracks:

Add more value to your business degree by adding a second major or a minor.


The program is accredited by AACSB International—the highest distinction a business school can receive worldwide. This accreditation is held by less than five percent of business schools worldwide. It demonstrates that the program meets rigorous standards for quality and is dedicated to continuous improvement.

Learn more about AACSB Accreditation.

Through the Business Excellence program, students translate their academic knowledge into value in the professional world. In the Business Communications course, students sharpen soft skills like writing, presenting and working in teams. Students also complete a 120-hour professional internship while enrolled in the Professional Experience course.


Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Business Administration (BUAD) requires a minimum of 120 earned units, which must include successful completion of the University Core Curriculum requirements, the BUAD requirements and electives. For the B.A. degree option, a student must complete all the courses required for the major and a foreign language’s intermediate (202) courses (or equivalent).

See degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

These requirements are for catalog year 2015-2016 and later. If your catalog year is different, please refer to the requirements in your specific catalog.

Business administration is a screened major. Students are admitted to the business administration major (BUAD) only after successfully completing a set of required courses with an average GPA of 2.7 or higher in those courses and an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Requirements for Admission to the Major

  1. Formal admission to TU as a degree candidate
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher for all course work
  3. Grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher in each course required for admission to the BUAD major
  4. Minimum average GPA of 2.70 for ALL of the courses required for admission to the BUAD major:
  • ACCT 201 or 211 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 units)
  • ECON 201 or 203 Microeconomics Principles (3 units)
  • ECON 202 or 204 Macroeconomics Principles (3 units)
  • LEGL 225 Legal Environment of Business (3 units)
  • ECON 205 Statistics for Business and Economics (or MATH 231 Basic Statistics) (3 units)
  • MATH 211 Calculus for Applications (or MATH 273 Calculus I) (3 units)

No more than two courses may be repeated, of which no more than one course may be repeated twice.

Tracking Admission to the Major

Your admission status will be sent to your Towson University student email account at the beginning of each term and right before registration. You are required to meet with your assigned adviser each term to evaluate your progress in completing the requirements for admission to the major and the degree. Once you have been admitted to the major, you may enroll in upper-level required business courses and courses required for your concentration or track.