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Business Management and Administration


Business management and administration programs teach people the skills to be managers and leaders in business.

Students learn the fundamentals of business, including:


Students in a bachelor's degree program may have the opportunity to concentrate in one or more of the following areas:


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in business management and administration. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Most colleges and universities offer bachelor degree programs in business management and administration. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study.

Many schools offer graduate degrees in business management and administration. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program requires two years of study beyond the bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. It is possible to study a business specialization even though your undergraduate major is not business-related. But you should complete courses in accounting, economics, statistics, business law, and management information systems.

Prior work experience in the business world is very helpful, and may be required for MBA programs.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's degree program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Programs that lead to an associate degree cover a more limited selection of the same subjects.

Graduate Program Courses

MBA programs typically cover many of the subjects listed under program courses in the first year. In the second year, you choose subjects in the area where you want to specialize. Often you do an internship between the first and second years. A thesis also may be required.

Things to Know

Business courses often focus on cases drawn from real life. Students sharpen their analytical and problem-solving skills by examining situations that businesses have encountered. They evaluate the strategies that the businesses have followed.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in business administration. However, your high school transcript needs to show that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.

Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.


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