Business Administration

The University of Dubuque Business Administration major provides an ethical perspective that combines competencies in accounting, economics, management, marketing, and finance. Additionally, a degree in accounting improves upon skills such as team building, collaboration, and understanding appropriate social behaviors that lead to future success.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to manage time, creatively solve problems, improve productivity, and better serve customers.
  • Develop strong written and oral communication skills and technological skills necessary to effectively compete in today’s workforce.

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque degree in business administration prepares students to apply business theories and sound judgment in pursuing business goals, objectives, and solutions to business problems.

What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque business administration student will gain marketable skills which will provide them with professional growth, as well as contributing toward the enhancement of value for a business organization or entrepreneurial opportunity. Students also have an opportunity to specialize within a specific area of business through elective courses. 

Where Our Graduates Go

Below are examples of internships/full-time employment for students with a business major: 

American Airlines
Caterpillar, Inc.
Dubuque Chamber of Commerce
Dubuque, City of 
Flexsteel Industries
Foodliner Quest Logistics
Heartland Financial
John Deere
Kendal Hunt Publishing
Toyota Financial Services





News from the Department

The Department of Business & Accounting welcomes our newest faculty members Rudy & Alina Klein, who will serve as assistant professors and teach courses in economics & math. 


Business Administration - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
CIS 101/103: Introduction to Computers (3)
UDMA 112: Algebra (4) or other UDMA course
BAC 120: Principles of Macroeconomics (3)


Spring Semester
RES 104: Research Writing (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
BIO 110: Human Biology Lab (4) or other Science Lab Course
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
BAC 160: Principles of Microeconomics  (3)

Year Two

Fall Semester
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
SOC 112: Contemporary Social Problems (3) or other Social Development
ENG 112/260: Literature (3) 
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys  (3)
BAC 241: Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
BAC 280: Principles of Marketing (3)


Spring Semester
Elective (3)
Art 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B Course
Elective (3)
BAC 201: Principles of Management  (3)
BAC 242: Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)

Year Three

Fall Semester
BAC Elective (3)
BAC Elective (3)
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
BAC 300: Principles of Finance (3)
BAC 304: Human Resource Management (3)
BAC 309: Principles of Selling (3)


Spring Semester
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
CCS 101/UDLS 111: Cross Cultural Study (1)/Elementary Spanish (3)
BAC Elective (3)
BAC 220: Contemporary Economics (3)
BAC 252: Enactus (1)
BAC 340: Effective Communication in Business (WVS III) (3)
BAC 324: Leadership and Motivation (3)

Year Four

Fall Semester
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship course
BAC Elective (3)
BAC Elective (3)
BAC 252: Enactus (3)
BAC 262: Personal Financial Stewardship (3)
BAC 485: Internship in Business (3)


Spring Semester
BAC Elective (3)
BAC Elective (3)
BAC Elective (3)
BAC 421: Business Law (3)
BAC 475: Administrative Policy Seminar (WVS IV) (3)

Careers in Business Administration

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics and careers in business administration are expected to grow between 7%-20% from 2012-2022 with the national average for non-entry level salaries ranging from $40,000 to over 100,000.

BBA Opportunities

The BBA degree provides an extensive range of career possibilities and is the key that unlocks the door to these various job opportunities. College graduates with business administration degrees can seek employment in the business world; local, state, and federal government; medicine and healthcare; education; construction; and a number of other industries. Alternatively, graduates may choose to start their own companies.

According to recent data from and the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, business administration jobs typically pay between $41,000 and $117,000 a year. Entry level salaries often start much lower, around $30,000. Career income levels depend on the particular degree, job position, job responsibilities, past work experience, career industry, and other factors.

Post-graduate Opportunities

Top-level management positions typically require postgraduate education, usually a master’s degree. The master of business administration (MBA) degree attracts people from many other academic disciplines. MBA programs introduce graduates to accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, operations management, and other areas beyond the levels of bachelor’s degree. In addition to an MBA, high-level management jobs usually require additional industry credentials as well.

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Successful Outcomes

Noah Evans
Business, BBA '13

What did you learn at UD/from attending UD?

UD meant a lot to me—I learned countless life lessons both playing football and getting my degree in Business Administration. One of the biggest takeaways for me was the relationships I built in my time there. I constantly tell people that a major advantage of attending a smaller institution is the opportunity to get individual attention from your instructors; to truly know them, and have them know and invest in you. To this day I remain close with a few of my professors from the business department who helped shape me as a student, a young professional, and a man. I learned that you need to step outside of your comfort zone often- that is how you grow. I learned quite a bit about leadership, and have experienced first hand where strong leadership qualities will take you in your career.

How did what you learned/attending UD  prepare you for your job?

First of all, I’d like to point out that UD prepared me to get a job. Sometimes that is the biggest hurdle. Thanks to instructors/mentors, career fairs, mock interviews, internships, and much more, I had the opportunity to step into a full-time job, that I was very excited about, immediately after graduation. To be honest, I wish I would have taken advantage of those types of career-prep opportunities earlier in my time at UD. They were great. Once I stated working at McGraw-Hill (I began as an inside sales rep) I found myself staying close to many of the same routines that had helped me throughout my academic and athletic career; show up (on time), be a sponge of knowledge, ready and willing to learn what it takes to be successful in this new endeavor, take coaching/criticism and apply it to how you do your job, put in the work (yes that means overtime), and continually seek new challenges and look for ways you can improve— don’t ever get complacent. 

What are you doing now?

Currently, I work as a Marketing Manager for McGraw-Hill Higher Education, specializing in GeoSciences, Environmental Science, & Astronomy. It is my job to drive market awareness of our products by helping our sales force close new business, and service existing customers. I focus on marketing to two groups of people — higher education instructors all across the country who teach a course in which I specialize, and my colleagues at McGraw-Hill. Everyone has a job to do, and they look to me for marketing expertise. I work with a team of product developers, authors, subject matter experts, and other marketers to continually drive positive student outcomes in learning science.