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If you’re trying to climb your career ladder without a college degree, Ball State has some good news: our bachelor’s in science degree in business administration can put you on a higher rung.

Who Should Apply

Our flexible, online delivery is ideal for busy adults who are juggling work, family, and other obligations.

With three semester start-dates, and part- and full-time options, this degree program fits into any schedule. Courses are also offered asynchronously, meaning there are no specific log-in times. Just complete your assignments before deadlines.  

Quick Facts

  Next Start Date: August 19, 2024

Transfer Credits

Many adult students already have some college credit completed when they begin their studies with Ball State Online. In fact, more than 90 percent of bachelor’s degree seekers transfer some or all of their previous credits. If you fall under this category, contact your student success specialist to learn more about transferring your credits to Ball State

Ivy Tech and Vincennes Graduates

If you have an associate of science degree in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University, you can begin earning your Ball State bachelor’s in business administration entirely online, and with a Junior status.

Meet Your Advisor

The role of your academic advisor is more than telling you which courses to take. For starters, they are student success specialists, and they are dedicated to your academic success.

Request information to get answers to all your questions about course selection, transferring your credits, and other questions you have about the bachelor’s degree in business administration. They can also put together a customized plan of study that works for you.

Grants for College

Good news for Indiana adult students! The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is offering college grants for adults returning to college, or even beginning their educational journey. The Adult Student Grant awards up to $2,000 to help pay for your college expenses and is renewable. This grant is available to Indiana residents, aged 25 and older, who are enrolled or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program.* Review the requirements below and learn if you qualify for the Adult Student Grant.

Learn More about the Adult Student Grant

*Additional requirements are listed on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Adult Student Grant website.

Why Should You Choose Our Online Business Administration Degree?

For decades the bachelor’s in business administration has been offered on our main campus in Muncie, Indiana, through the Miller College of Business. Now, this same highly respected program comes to you—100 percent online. And, the courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in our widely recognized business school. 

And just in time. The outlook is favorable for career opportunities in business. But to find one of these careers, you’ll need a degree that gives you a broad range of marketable business skills.

The Miller College of Business builds its curriculum around five Assurance of Learning Goals, so that you will graduate with the following key competencies:

  • Strong business knowledge over a variety of business disciplines, such as finance, accounting, management, operations, etc.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Sound ethical awareness in the business environment
  • The ability to be a valuable team member
  • Effective integration of your business knowledge and skills so that you can effectively solve business problems

Additionally, Ball State offers many minor programs, such as our Residential Property Management minor (RPM), to take your bachelor’s in business administration to the next level. We are one of only a few universities in the nation to offer this academic program.

Many of our RPM students have found promising career opportunities in the thriving residential and apartment management field and have passed the National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP) designation exam after completing our program.

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently places Ball State on its lists of top-ranked online universities. In 2024, our program rankings include the 32nd Best Online Bachelor's Programs and 31st Best Online Bachelor's in Business Programs.
  • Our Miller College of Business is among less than 5 percent of the world's business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the most rigorous and globally recognized accreditation available for business schools.
  • Ball State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  
  • Faculty in our Center for Actuarial Science and Risk Management, one of few centers of its kind, has performed groundbreaking research for major insurance companies.
  • Since 1999, our entrepreneurial management program has been ranked in the top 15 of America’s Best Colleges for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Our professional sales program, offered through the Center for Professional Selling, is one of only 16 such programs in the nation.
  • Our tuition is competitive and our credentials are excellent. Shop and compare.

Our bachelor's of business administration degree may be perfect for you if you have already completed some college credit, but never finished a degree—or, if you have earned an associate degree. It even works if your original major was something other than business.

Ball State has been offering online courses and programs since the 1990s. Plus, the Miller College of Business was a pioneer in digital distance education by offering MBA classes by TV and satellite in the 1980s, which evolved into the interactive, online programs offered today. We are about empowering you with quality educational choices no matter where you are or what your work and family obligations are. Learn more about online learning at Ball State.

Good News for U.S. Jobs

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow by 8 percent through 2030. Some of these positions will make up for jobs lost during the recession, say officials with the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Plus, increased financial regulations and a need to control costs will drive other jobs. 

Our bachelor’s degree completion program in business administration offers a broad range of business skills. That’s good news because, according to the Occupational Handbook, business graduates who can manage a wide range of responsibilities will fare better than those who specialize.

Get the Skill Set You Need

The bachelor’s completion program in business administration will provide you with a core business skill set that you can take into virtually any industry. The skills you cultivate as a manager, leader, critical thinker, decision-maker, and problem solver will work in a range of work settings—from a small entrepreneurial operation to a multinational corporation.

What you learn about business knowledge, ethics, communication skills, teamwork, and the integration of business principles in all facets of our program will support your career advancement. 


Grad School or Job Market?

Of course, you may see the degree entry to a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). Whether you head to grad school or further up your career ladder, the accreditation of Miller College of Business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), which is the gold standard in business school accreditation, will be immediately recognizable to prospective graduate schools or prospective employers.

Get Career Help Here

Online students can also take advantage of the many services at Ball State’s Career Center.

Whether you need assistance exploring career options, doing a job search, or preparing for grad school, the Career Center is a benefit in your Ball State experience.

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Online Business Administration Courses

Ball State’s bachelor’s completion program in business administration requires you to fulfill at least 120 credits. For a full list of required courses, see the course catalog.

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Your plan of study will include:

Like all of the students within the Miller College of Business, you will take the following 48 credits of business core classes:

  • ACC 201 Principles of Accounting 1
  • ACC 202 Principles of Accounting 2
  • BA 205 Foundations of Business Analytics
  • BL 260 Principles of Business Law
  • ECON 201 Elementary Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Elementary Macroeconomics
  • ECON 221 Business Statistics
  • FIN 300 Principles of Finance 1
  • ISOM 210 Business Information Systems
  • ISOM 249 Fundamentals of Business Communications
  • ISOM 351 Operations Management
  • MATH 132 Brief Calculus
  • MCOB 100 Introduction to Miller College and World of Business*
  • MCOB 200 Job Search Skills*
  • MCOB 300 Transition to the Profession*
  • MGT 300 Managing Behavior in Organizations
  • MGT 491 Business Policy and Strategic Management
  • MKG 300 Principles of Marketing

Your academic advisor will work with you to put together a customized plan of study to make sure you get through your courses at the pace that fits you best and that will ensure you are picking up any prerequisites in the right order.

SOAR Program

MCOB 100, MCOB 200, MCOB 300 are a part of the SOAR Program (Success, Opportunity, Acumen, and Readiness) designed to help you learn from self-discovery assessments, meet your personal mentor, connect with key faculty, and learn more about writing résumés, job searching, and interviewing.

SOAR will surround you with industry professionals, career coaches, academic advisors, community leaders, and alumni mentors. Contact your student success specialist to learn more.

You will take the following courses for your major in business administration from the following groups:

Business Administration Finance requirements  (6 credits)

  • FIN 445 Financial Statements (3 credits)
  • RMI 270 Principles of Risk Management and Insurance (3 credits)

Marketing Group: Choose 6 Credits

  • MKG 310 Consumer Behavior (3 credits) 
  • MKG 325 Professional Selling (3 credits)
  • MKG 420 Integrated Marketing Communications (3 credits)

Information Systems & Operations Management Group: Choose 6 Credits

  • ISOM 300 Project Management (3 credits)
  • LSCM 355 Quality Management and Lean Six Sigma (3 credits)
  • LSCM 452 Inventory, Warehousing and Negotiations (3 credits)
  • LSCM 453 Manufacturing Planning and Control (3 credits)
  • LSCM 460 Global Logistics and Transportation Management (3 credits)

Management & Human Resources Group: Choose 6 Credits

  • BUSA 369 Internship in Business Administration (1 to 3 credits)
  • ENT 241 The Entrepreneurial Experience (3 credits)
  • MGT 361 Management of Human Resources (3 credits)
  • RMI 330 Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning (3 credits)

International Group: Choose 3 Credits

  • INTBA 265 Introduction to International Business (3 credits)

Ball State offers a wide variety of elective courses online that will help you fulfill your 120 credit requirements for a bachelor’s degree in business administration. You will need at least 18 to graduate.

Your academic advisor can help you choose the best ones to fine-tune your course plan with your career goals and personal interests. You may also already have general electives from a prior college or university that will transfer to Ball State. Your advisor will help you with that, too.

Your core curriculum classes are designed to give you the fundamentals of a well-rounded education needed to meet the broad responsibilities of citizenship in a free society. All Ball State students earning a bachelor's degree take core courses. Learn more about the Ball State core curriculum.

Testing and Advanced Credits

Ball State provides you opportunities to gain college credit via exams such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Ball State departmental exams. Or, you may qualify for credits for military service.

To find out more about these possibilities, contact Ball State Online or request more information.

Ready to Apply?

An application and all required application materials must be received two weeks prior to the start of classes for a given term in order to be considered for admission to Ball State. Our semester start dates can be found in Ball State’s academic calendar.

Please plan for at least 3-4 weeks for staff from your previous schools to send official transcripts to Ball State. We will review your application as soon as we receive all your application materials.


GPA Requirements as You Progress

You will need to have a grade of C or higher in each of the following 3-credit courses — that you take early within your program — to continue or advance in the major:

  • ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I
  • ECON 201 Elementary Microeconomics
  • ISOM 125 Micro Apps for Business
  • MATH 111 Pre-Calculus Algebra
  • MATH 132 Brief Calculus

You may already have some of these in transfer credits. If you have questions about admission requirements or transfer credits, contact Ball State Online.

Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, if you are considering a program that leads to professional licensure, some states may have additional regulations. Review our state authorization website if you live outside of Indiana and contact us if you have questions.

Want to Learn More

Do you have questions about this program or online learning?  We're here to help!  You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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