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2021-2022 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2021-2022 SGPP Catalog and Handbook

Business Administration, B.S.

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Program Description

The goal of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program is to prepare individuals with the financial, managerial, and operational skills required to work at a professional level in a rapidly changing 21st century business environment.  The program also prepares individuals with the foundational business coursework required by many graduate business programs.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Examine business operation practices in a contemporary global economy.
  2. Apply financial principles to business decisions and projects.
  3. Analyze the economic forces that influence business operations.
  4. Demonstrate management and leadership skills required in contemporary business organizations.
  5. Develop marketing strategies required for business organizations.
  6. Interpret the ethical and legal perspectives and forces that impact contemporary business operations.
  7. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing as a business professional.
  8. Work effectively with diverse populations in various business contexts.
  9. Develop strategies for learning new skills and updating knowledge needed to be an effective business leader.

Additional Specialization Program Outcomes

Management - Demonstrate various leadership and management skills needed in business organizations.

Marketing – Demonstrate various marketing skills needed in business organizations.

Operations & Technology Management - Demonstrate specialized leadership and information technology skills in various manufacturing and service organizations

Program Structure and Delivery

Most courses in the standard Business Administration program are delivered in an accelerated format, and are delivered fully online, as well as either face-to-face or blended. Blended courses incorporate face-to-face and online activities. Marketing specialization courses are delivered fully online only.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation with a bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary’s University. All students must meet the general education credit requirements. A minimum of 36 credits is required to complete the B.S. in Business Administration program.

Students may complete the general B.S. in Business Administration program (36 core program credits) or choose to add either the Marketing, Management, or Operations & Technology Management specialization. Students choosing to specialize take an additional 6 - 12 credits (42 - 48 credits core program credits total).

Required Business and Management Courses 24 cr.
Required Capstone Course 3 cr.
Required Communication Courses 6 cr.
Required Elective Course 3 cr.
Total credits: Business Administration Program 36 cr.
Add: Specialization (if desired) 6-12 credits with designated courses as substitutions for required and/or elective business/management courses 6-12 cr.
Total credits: Business Administration Program with Specialization 42-48cr.

Note: Some core program courses required for the 36-credit standard Business Administration program might be replaced with courses listed in the specialization track.

Required Capstone Course: 3 cr.

BU490 is a blended course, integrating face-to-face classroom meetings and online activities or interactions in a planned, instructionally valuable manner. MG495 is a fully online course.

Required Elective Course: 3 cr.

Students may select as an elective course any 300 or 400-level business, human resource management, management, or marketing course which is not already required for the program.  Courses may be found at Undergraduate Requirements, Business Administration, B.S. and Human Resource Management, B.S. program pages. Students may also select specific Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Healthcare and Human Services Management, Information Technology, or graduate program courses listed below (graduate program courses can be completed per University policy). 

Note: Elective course options are subject to change. B.S. Business Administration program specialization tracks require that specific courses be completed in place of elective courses. 

Management Specialization: 12 additional credits

The Management specialization provides the management skills needed by leaders working in a variety of organizations. In addition to the comprehensive business curriculum provided by the core business administration program courses, the Management specialization helps prepare students with additional managerial skills needed in a variety of business-related disciplines. The specialization consists of the following four additional courses:

Marketing Specialization: 6 additional credits

The Marketing specialization provides the marketing skills needed by professionals working in a variety of organizations. In addition to providing a comprehensive business administration curriculum, the Marketing specialization also provides students with additional curriculum in strategic marketing and digital marketing strategy. Students gain knowledge of strategic marketing, digital marketing to include social media and mobile marketing applications, consumer behavior theory, and marketing promotions. The Marketing specialization includes the following courses:

Operations & Technology Management Specialization: 12 additional credits

The Operations & Technology Management specialization provides the management and technology skills needed by leaders working in various business operations environments. In addition to the comprehensive business curriculum provided by the core Business Administration program courses, the Operations Management & Technology specialization provides students with additional total quality, business operations, and technology curriculum applicable to a variety of manufacturing and service organization environments. The specialization consists of the following four additional courses:

Requirements for Double Major

For those seeking a double major with Business Administration in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Human Resource Management, or Accounting, please see the double major requirements.

Business Administration/Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, B.S.  

Business Administration/Human Resource Management, B.S.  

Accounting/Business Administration, B.S.  



The faculty members for the Bachelor of Science in Business program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty are selected for their combination of educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to undergraduate certificate and degree programs at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during any one of the three semesters. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful undergraduate coursework. Applicants must provide evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits upon acceptance, including completion of a basic English composition course. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel and their immediate family).
  2. All official transcripts issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 transferable semester credits with a Basic English composition course.  (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).  Evaluations from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) will also be accepted.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities Campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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