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Business Administration Major BS

The Business Administration major prepares students for a wide range of careers in business, government and not-for-profit organizations. It is a general management degree that features required and/or elective courses from all College of Management majors.

This program can be completed on campus, fully online, or by combining on campus and online courses. Program requirements are the same, regardless of the delivery mode.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Business Administration major, students must submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • COM Foundation Courses with a grade of C- or better (see below)

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.


The business administration program includes courses in six areas:

  1. General Education and Liberal Studies

    Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet general education and liberal studies requirements. View General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS) for Metropolitan State University.

  2. COM Foundation Courses (22 credits)

  3. Business Core Courses (24 credits)

  4. Business Administration Required Courses (12 credits)

  5. Business Administration Elective Courses (4 credits from COM curriculum)

    Students in the business administration major must take at least four credits of upper-division business electives. Business administration electives are selected from accounting, decision sciences, economics, finance, human resource management, international business, management, marketing, management information systems, entrepreneurship and risk management insurance. In addition, PHIL 320: Business Ethics can be selected.

  6. Unrestricted electives as needed to total a minimum of 120 credits.

Course Prerequisites

Many College of Management courses are sequenced and build on previous learning. It is the student's responsibility to complete course prerequisites before registering for a course which requires prerequisites. In addition, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, including introductory and intermediate writing before they can register for College of Management upper division courses (those numbered 300 and above). MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management is a capstone class which should be taken during the last semester of the student's program.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer course evaluation is made by the faculty in the College of Management consistent with the requirements of MnSCU Policy 3.2 and MnSCU Procedure 3.21.1 (Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer). COM faculty will accept a course as meeting a COM major or minor requirement if the course content is equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty;

  • the course was taught at a similar or higher level as the comparable COM course;
  • the content and level of the course are consistent with state/national-level professional, industry and licensure standards; and
  • the grade earned in the course is "C-" or "S" or higher.

Accounting, economics, and management information systems transfer courses must meet "sunset" policy requirements which specify the maximum time between when the course was taken and when the student was admitted to Metropolitan State. If a course is not accepted because too much time has elapsed since the course was completed, a student may demonstrate competence in some courses via exam. Formal articulation agreements between Metropolitan State and other institutions identify transfer of courses between those institutions.

Credit and Residency Requirements

  • University Requirement - A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Metropolitan State University
  • At least 24 credits from among the Business Core Courses, Major Required Courses, Major Electives, and Capstone must be completed at Metropolitan State. The College of Management Residency Requirement (20 credits) Is satisfied by the Business Administration Major Residency Requirement.

College of Management Double Major Policy

Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.