Lead with confidence as a Business Administration major. You’ll build a toolkit of skills to be a versatile contributor to any business environment.
Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Utilize the Business Administration Major Guide to find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future.
You’ll study every aspect of business: accounting, management, marketing, finance, global business issues and social responsibility. Learn to collaborate and work in a team. Get comfortable presenting your ideas to a group. Understand how to think critically and make smart, ethical business decisions.
You’ll have the tremendous advantage of being in Austin, one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities and strongest economies. It’s the ideal place to intern and apply your skills in real-world situations in the industry of your choice. Your professors will leverage their experience — and relationships — to help you build your network.
And St. Edward’s valuable partnerships with Capital Factory, Austin Technology Council and Impact Hub Austin will immerse you in the excitement of startup culture and social entrepreneurship.
After graduation, launch your own startup, or rise through the ranks of a large company to become a CEO. Pursue a career in sales, hospitality, banking or IT management. Live abroad and work for an international company, or apply your skills at a nonprofit. With a degree in Business Administration, you’ll have options – and the skills you need to succeed.
What do our graduates do?
Business Administration majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.
- Co-founder of XELPHAhealth, a patient-centric, clinically focused healthcare engagement hub
- Director of Innovation at T3, an Austin advertising agency
- Human resources specialist at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Customer experience data analyst at WP Engine
- Promotions coordinator at Toyota Music Factory
- Assistant Consultant at PWC
Students who complete a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration can apply for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) after acquiring at least two years of work experience.
Transforming Healthcare Delivery
Lauren Welch ’17, Business Administration and Management, is working to revolutionize healthcare through Xelpha Health, a business venture that earned her a spot in the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp. She and her business partners traveled to Brisbane, Australia, and returned to Austin hyper-focused on building a digital health record.
The Classroom and Beyond
Business Administration majors at St. Edward’s complete internships, take advantage of the Munday School of Business’s partnerships with Austin organizations, and earn valuable certifications that give them an edge.
In Social Responsibility of Business, you’ll participate in a service activity in the community and write a paper about the experience. You’ll also work in a team to create a new product or service for a company that will meet a social need for an underserved community.
In Organizational Behavior and Leading Teams, students work in teams to analyze an organization, seeing organizational behavior come alive. Students recently worked with Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, a wilderness resort in Michigan, and with Austin businesses and nonprofits.
St. Edward’s has a Bloomberg Terminal on campus, and you can earn a Bloomberg Certification to boost your skill set and marketability. The eight-hour, self-directed course on Bloomberg Market Concepts covers economics, fixed income, equities and currencies; how to use the Terminal; and portfolio management. Including a Bloomberg Certification or @bloomberg.net email address on your resume and LinkedIn profile shows prospective employers you know how to use the Terminal.
Delta Mu Delta is the national honor society in business administration.
Delta Sigma Pi is the coed business fraternity that is both a professional and social club. In recent semesters members have attended a panel presentation about digital marketing and a talk about real estate investment careers; traveled to a leadership conference in Kansas City; networked at a happy hour with alumni; and made sandwiches for people living on the street.
Develop your startup ideas with the help of a professional mentor and practice pitching them at 3-Day Startup, the iChallenge Pitch Competition and the Business Plan Pitch Competition.
Major Requirements: The BBA in Business Administration requires 63 hours of major coursework.
General Education Requirements: All majors require 44 hours of general education that students complete over the course of four years, in addition to their major courses.
A few examples of the Business Administration courses students take:
- International Business Administration – Work in teams to research current business environments, and gain an understanding of the business ethics and concepts used in developed vs. developing nations.
- Strategic Business Analysis and Practice – Learn to gather, analyze and use data in making executive decisions. This course examines business practice from the executive team’s perspective.
- Internship – Participate in a public or private, paid or unpaid, internship at an organization, and reflect on the experience by demonstrating your accomplishments and development of skills.
The Bill Munday School of Business has partnerships with Austin organizations that will immerse you in the city’s exciting startup culture:
- Capital Factory, an incubator, coworking space and event center for all things entrepreneurial
- Austin Startup Crawl, a showcase of technology and entrepreneurship at multiple downtown locations during the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals
- Impact Hub Austin, which offers programs blending business and social good
You’ll complete at least one internship before graduation. In recent semesters, Business Administration majors have completed internships at the following organizations:
- U.S. Embassy in Mexico City
- Urbanspace Interiors and Realty
- Adlucent digital marketing agency
- Michael McCaul for Congress campaign
- Visit Austin convention services
- Transamerica Financial Advisers
- Pearl Events Austin, which specializes in weddings and social and corporate functions
- Texas International Education Consortium
- OpenStack Foundation
- Lawer Estates tasting room
Our Business Administration faculty members have a broad range of business experience, which informs their teaching and provides a balance between theory and practice. Faculty members have students consult with organizations in the Austin area on real-world projects that encourage teamwork and problem solving.
Kathleen Wilburn, professor of Management, knows that business is about more than just money. She teaches courses in leadership and social responsibility. Her advice for graduates?
"Identify your own values first; then find a company that shares those values. Look for an organization that has a purpose beyond the profit. It should include people, planet and profit in its strategy."
Business Minor (For Non-Business Students)
This minor is designed for all students majoring in degrees outside of The Bill Munday School of Business as a way to enhance their business knowledge and skill set.
Required Courses (9 Hours):
- MATH 1312 – Quantitative Methods for Business
- BUSI 1301 – Introduction to Business
Choose one of the following:
- ACCT 2301 – Financial Accounting
- ECON 2301 – Principles of Market Analysis
- ECON 2302 – Money and Markets
- BUSI 2305 – Business Statistics
- ENTR 2301 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Electives (Choose 3):
- BUSI 3322 – Social Enterprise
- BUSI 3324 – The Art and Science of Negotiation
- BUSI 3326 – Project Management
- BUSI 3328 – Social Responsibility of Business
- BUSI 3330 – Business Communication
- MGMT 3332 – Human Resources Management
- MGMT 3334 – Organizational Behavior / Leading Teams and Organizations
- MGMT 3338 – International Management
- MGMT 3340 – Principles of Operations (BUSI 2305 is a prerequisite)
- BUSI 3333 – Business Intelligence (BUSI 2305 is a prerequisite)
- BUSI 3399 – Special Topics
- IBUS 4380 – International Business
Total Hours: 18
Students interested in a quantitative or operations track can choose BUSI 2305 (Business Statistics), BUSI 3333 (Business Intelligence), and MGMT 3340 (Principles of Operations).
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.