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Business Administration includes all areas of business and provides students with broad exposure to accounting, finance, management, and marketing.  All successful business people must have an understanding of organizations and possess strong skills in the areas of communication, leadership, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.

Business Administration majors at Youngstown State University don't specialize in one area of business study, but rather take a broad range of courses in management, accounting, finance, and marketing.

Career Outlook

Business Administration positions are projected to grow up to 14% by 2026, depending on the industry. Demand for the services of Business Administration graduates will be based on the need for organizations to improve efficiencies and control costs.

Common job titles include:

  • Purchasing Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Business Development Associate
  • Business Consultant
  • Event Planner
  • Business owner
  • Manager

Student Experiences

All students in the WCBA are encouraged to complete at least one credit bearing internship and to be involved with one of the college's many student organizations.  Being involved outside the classroom is an important way to develop leadership skills, learn about various careers, and make professional connections.

YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement Met through MATH 1552 - See Business Tool Courses
Arts and Humanities (6 s.h.) 3 SH of Arts & Humanites met through PHIL 2628 Busienss Ethics
PHIL 2628Business Ethics (required for major)3
Arts and Humanities elective3
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (7 s.h.)7
Social and Personal Awareness (6 s.h.)6
Social Science (6 s.h.) Met through ECON 2610 and ECON 2630 - See Business Tool Courses
Business Tool courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 1500Exploring Business3
BUS 2600Business Applications of Microsoft Excel3
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management4
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics3
MGT 2604Legal Environment of Business 13
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2603Managerial Accounting3
ENGL 3742Business Writing3
ECON 3788Statistics for Business and Economics 13
To enroll in upper level business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1549 or 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
Upper Level Business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 3700Business Analytics3
BUS 3715Principles of International Business3
FIN 3720Business Finance3
MKTG 3702Business Professionalism1
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 3761Management Information Systems3
MGT 3789Operations Management3
MGT 4850Strategic Management and Leadership3
MGT 3750Managing Individuals in Organizations3
Upper level ACCT or FIN Course3
Upper level MGT course3
Upper Level MKTG or ADV course3
Select 6 SH from the same series (see below)
Select 9 SH of upper level business courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG)
Total Semester Hours120-122

Upper Level Business Series (students must select 2 course (6 SH) from one area.

Enterprise Resource Planning
MGT 4820Supply Chain Management3
MGT 4821Business Process Integration3
Management Information Systems
MGT 3771Social Media and E-Commerce3
MGT 5835Systems Analysis and Design3
MGT 5865Database Management Systems3
Human Resource Management
MGT 3715Employee Relations3
MGT 3705Fundamentals of Occupational Safety3
MGT 3755Managing Workplace Diversity3
MGT 4810Compensation and Performance Appraisal4
MGT 4819Selection, Training, and Development4
International Business
BUS 4860International Business Internship3
BUS 4875International Business Field Study Tour1-3
FIN 4839International Accounting and Finance3
MKTG 4845International Marketing3
MKTG 4849Export Strategy3
MKTG 4851Services Marketing3
ENT 3700Entrepreneurship New Venture Creation3
ENT 3750Entrepreneurship-Small Business Financial Management3
ENT 4800Entrepreneurship-Business Plan Development (Nonprofit Leadership)3
Nonprofit Leadership
BUS 3720Nonprofit Leadership3
BUS 3780Financial Management and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations3
BUS 4840Nonprofit Leadership Internship3
MGT 4801Leadership in Business and Society3
MGT 3715Employee Relations3
MGT 3755Managing Workplace Diversity3
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
BUS 1500 Exploring Business 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours14-16
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
PHIL 2628 Business Ethics 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
BUS 2600 Business Applications of Microsoft Excel 3
GE: Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
ENGL 3742 Business Writing 3
ECON 2630 Principles 2: Macroeconomics 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
 Semester Hours15
ACCT 2603 Managerial Accounting 3
MKTG 3702 Business Professionalism 1
ECON 3788 Statistics for Business and Economics 1 3
GE: Natural Science 3
Non-Business Elective 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
BUS 3700 Business Analytics 3
MGT 3750 Managing Individuals in Organizations 3
GE: Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours16
MGT 3761 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 3720 Business Finance 3
BUS 3715 Principles of International Business 3
MKTG upper level course 3
Upper Level Business Course Intership Recommended 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
MGT 3789 Operations Management 3
FIN/ACCT upper level course 3
BA series upper level course 3
Business upper level course 3
Non-Business Course 2
 Semester Hours14
MGT 4850 Strategic Management and Leadership 3
MGT Upper Level Course 3
Business Upper Level Course 3
BA series upper level course 3
Non Business Courses 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120-122

ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, Business Tool and upper level business courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG) must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.

To enroll in upper level business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all Business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for majors within the Management Department are as follows:

  • Operations Management--Demonstrate knowledge in role of operations management in business strategy of the firm; interdependence with other key functional areas; designing and improving processes; designing and operating value chains
  • International Business--Demonstrate knowledge in cross-country variations in business environments that present both opportunities and challenges in operating globally; strategies and management systems to seize the opportunities and face the challenges in operating globally
  • Information Systems--Demonstrate knowledge in role of information systems in the modern enterprise; emerging technologies (such as ERP, CRM etc.) and their potential impact on your business; managing IT resources effectively and efficiently to achieve business goals
  • Business Policy and Strategy--Demonstrate knowledge in applying basic strategy frameworks, concepts, and definitions; cross-functional analysis, decision-making, and strategic integration; analysis of complex business/industry scenarios and development of action plans
  • Management/Organizational Behavior--Demonstrate knowledge in management as a social process; managerial functions (planning, organizing, leading, motivating etc.) and skills (technical, communications, etc.)