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Business Administration

A Business Administration major is for students who wish to pursue a general business career but do not wish to select a specific business area. This major combines courses in management, marketing, economics, finance, and business law. It is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the functional areas of a company and how they are connected to one another. The graduate will leave the program equipped with managerial, communication, and decision-making skills. He or she also will have acquired practical computer skills as well as learned how to think creatively and work well with others.

Adam Snider

His success benefits clients

Adam Snider graduated from MTSU summa cum laude (2010) with an undergraduate major in Business Administration. Adam was named “Outstanding Business Administration Student.” Today, he is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Chattanooga. “The concepts I learned as an undergraduate Business Administration major provided an excellent point of departure for my M.B.A. studies, as well as a holistic understanding of the business world that allows me to succeed professionally,” Adam says. His team of investment professionals manages upwards of $500 million in client assets.

“Digging Deeper,” a networking opportunity

Open doors to employers

Every fall semester the Management and Marketing Department sponsors “Digging Deeper,” a networking opportunity for Management, Marketing, and Business Administration majors with 25 to 30 employers who visit MTSU. Every spring, the Business Exchange for Student Talent (BEST) career fair hosts area employers who meet with students majoring in Management, Marketing, or Business Administration. Both events allow students to ask questions, explore career paths, and form mentorships.

The following are just some of the popular career choices for a person with a degree in Business Administration:

  • Agency underwriter
  • Appraiser
  • Banker
  • Benefits administrator
  • Biomedical technician
  • Certified financial planner
  • Commercial lender
  • Compliance specialist
  • Construction manager
  • Corporate auditor
  • Corporate travel manager
  • Credit analyst
  • Entrepreneur
  • Escrow closer
  • Facilities coordinator
  • Forecast analyst
  • Hospitality administrator
  • Not-for-profit manager
  • Retail manager
  • Sales manager


Employers of Management and Marketing alumni and M/M Career Fair participants include

  • American Cellular
  • Automatic Data Processing
  • CalsonicKansei North America
  • Chick-Fil-A Murfreesboro
  • Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
  • Enterprise
  • Ettain Group
  • Insight Global, Inc.
  • Internal Data Resources
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Modern Woodmen of America
  • Nissan North America

Dr. M. Jill Austin
Department Chair | Professor
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Dr. Michelle Beauchamp
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Dr. Michelle Bobbitt
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Laura Buckner
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Dr. Leigh Ann Clark
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Dr. W. Randy Clark
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Dr. Diane Edmondson
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Dr. Troy A. Festervand
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Dr. Jackie Gilbert
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Dr. Vickie Montgomery
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Dr. William E. Warren
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Ralph Williams
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A major in Business Administration leads to a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree and is a good fit for small-business owners, administrative employees in financial institutions, retail managers, entrepreneurs, and sales representatives. The major consists of 24 hours, half of which must be taken in residence at MTSU.

The department also offers the B.B.A. with majors in Management and Marketing.

Undergraduate minors are available in Marketing and Management, and the department participates in interdisciplinary minors in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Studies.

Graduate students can earn the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), with courses offered in marketing, management, business administration, human resources, and operations. An M.B.A. with a concentration in Concrete Industry Management is offered in conjunction with that department.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Business Administration Academic Map

Department of Management and Marketing
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3  ECON 2420*3 
Nonbusiness elective 1  Nonbusiness elective3 
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci3 
ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010 ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110
Nonbusiness elective3  QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 INFS 31003 
MGMT 36103  MGMT 36203 Prereq: QM 2610
BCEN 35103  FIN 30103Prereq: ACTG 2120 and QM 2610
BLAW 34003  ECON 32103Prereq: ECON 2410
MKT 38203  ACTG 3020, 3110, or 3310§3Prereq: See catalog
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MGMT 3640, 3710, 3730, 3750, 3770, 4610, or 4700§3Prereq: MGMT 3620 MGMT 3630, 3810, or 4680§3Prereq: MGMT 3610 for 3630 and 4680
MGMT/MKT 4710 or ECON 4440§3Prereq: See catalog BLAW 3430, 3460, 4450, 4490, or 4500§3 
FIN 3810§*, FIN 4110§*, or UD
business elective§3Prereq: FIN 3010 with min. C (2.00) for 4110 MKT UD elective§3Prereq: See catalog; MKT 3820
MKT 3930 or MGMT 3890§3Prereq: See catalog MKT UD elective§3Prereq: See catalog; MKT 3820
ECON 4570§* or UD business elective§3Prereq: See catalog BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
§Admission required  *Substitute if different minor selected

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)3  COMM 2200 (Comm)3 
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
ECON 2410* (Soc/Beh Sci)3  ECON 2420*3 
Nonbusiness elective 1     
SUBTOTAL14  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
ENGl 2020, ENGL 2030, or
HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  ACTG 21203Prereq: ACTG 2110
ACTG 2110*3Prereq: College-level math; ENGL 1010 QM 2610*3Prereq: MATH 1630 or 1810
Nonbusiness elective3  Nonbusiness elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
Soc/Beh Sci3  MKT 38203 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
2.25 GPA in these courses for admission to Jones College of Business 2.25 GPA overall required for admission to Jones College of Business
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
QM 36203Prereq: QM 2610 MGMT 36203Prereq: QM 2610
MGMT 36103  FIN 30103Prereq: ACTG 2120 and QM 2610
INFS 31003  ECON 32103Prereq: ECON 2410
BLAW 34003  MGMT 3630, 3810, or 4680§3Prereq: MGMT 3610 or 3630 and 4680
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
BCEN 35103  FIN 3810§*, 4110§*, or UD business elective§3Prereq: FIN 3010 with min. C (2.00) for 4110
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
MKT 3930 or MGMT 38903Prereq: See catalog MGMT/MKT 4710 or ECON 4440§3Prereq: See catalog
MGMT 3640, 3710, 3730, 3750, 3770, 4610, 4700§3Prereq: MGMT 3620 MKT UD elective§3Prereq: See catalog; MKT 3820
ECON 4570§* or UD business
elective§3Prereq: See catalog ACTG 3020, 3110, or 3310§ 3Prereq: See catalog
BLAW 3430, 3460, 4450, 4490, or 4500§3  MKT UD elective§3Prereq: See catalog; MKT 3820
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
BUAD 4980§3Taken last semester    
SUBTOTAL3     
§Admission required  *Substitute if different minor selected

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

Business Administration

BUAD 4000 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing; admission to the College of Business; open to Management, Marketing, or Business Administration majors. (Cannot be substituted for MGMT, MKT, or BUAD courses in these majors or minors.) Designed to facilitate the transition from college to career and enhance the student's personal marketing skills in the job search. Two segments focus on management and marketing skills for the professional environment.

BUAD 4950 - Business Administration Internship
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing; overall GPA of 2.50; and admission to the College of Business. Student affiliated with an organization on a part-time basis to develop knowledge and experience in the practical application of business theory to actual business problems in a non-classroom situation. Can only be taken one time.

BUAD 4980 - Strategic Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the College of Business; must be taken after completion of the business requirements and in the semester in which the student graduates. Development of top management perspective with emphasis on policy and strategy formulation and evaluation through the demonstration of competence in handling multifunctional business problems. Transfer credit not allowed; must be taken in residence.