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Business Administration, B.S.

Business Administration, B.S.

What is a business administration degree?

Business Administration DegreeA business degree is a valuable commodity in all manner of business environments–public or private, for-profit or nonprofit, large or small.

Building on business foundations in accounting, marketing, finance, economics, human resources, information systems, management and organizational behavior, the business administration degree curriculum is enriched through practical applications, a global perspective, faculty mentors and collaborative teams.

Whether you want to be a corporate manager, project lead or an innovative entrepreneur, you can get there with a business administration degree from Florida Tech. Here, you'll develop a strong background in business and get hands-on experience in modern management strategies and best practices.

All accounting classes are approved by the Florida State Board of Accountancy for credit toward the requirements to take the CPA exam.

Gain Practical Experience

Business students can explore business startup as their Major Field Practicum experience in Florida Tech's Student Business Incubator; a living, breathing center for new venture creation.

The incubator combines curriculum, facilities and expertise to fully immerse students in a semester-long Lean LaunchPad program. As a senior, you'll complete the practicum in business, a professional internship course in which you apply your business skills and savvy within a dynamic local company. As a result, you get practical experience, an expanded professional network and perhaps even a pre-graduation job offer.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, business administration degree majors build leadership experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Delta Mu Delta (national business society), the Society for Advancement of Management, student government and over 100 other student organizations.

Get Recruited by a Well Respected Company

Employers that have recruited Florida Tech students for internships and careers include Clear Channel Communications, Merrill Lynch, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Northrop Grumman.

Earn an Advanced Degree

After receiving their business administration degree, many of our business administration majors go on to graduate school (often at Florida Tech) to pursue their MBA.

Envision yourself at Florida Tech and imagine how far a world-class business administration degree will take you.

Why pursue a business administration degree at Florida Tech?

Business managers now must possess not only a knack for business, but also excellent organizational and communication skills, and up-to-date-knowledge in the field.

Students at Florida Tech will:

  • Develop a business plan for a new start-up or small business
  • Integrate academics with business practices through our practicum program
  • Learn about business and management practices from a global perspective
  • Study with a diverse international student body
  • Discuss business issues with successful entrepreneurs and managers

The program culture supports individual creativity, leadership and team building, while fostering ethical decision-making and diversity. The program has many opportunities that help you graduate into a flourishing business administration career after graduation.

Florida Tech Bachelor of Business Administration Benefits:

  • Emphasis on Ethics and Leadership - The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business is dedicated to educating leaders to make thoughtful decisions, set high standards and promote corporate accountability. Undergraduate students tackle ethical challenges from both practical and professional perspectives in an annual competition, and can participate in a conference that encourages students to learn from business, community and government leaders.
  • Corporate Social ResponsibilityBachelor of Business Administration students learn about corporate social responsibility through hands-on class projects and individual service with the perspective of making an impact.
  • FastTrack MBA program–Finish in five years with two degrees, which combines a bachelor's degree with a master's degree in business. All business students are eligible.
  • National business-related competitions–Students compete in contests such as the Chevrolet Ad Campaign, Society for Advancement of Management Case Competition and the Cadillac Case Competition where students placed 4th among 53 universities.
  • Hands-On ExperienceBachelor of Business Administration students have worked with the university's Women's Business Center and the ABTA Institute (Activity-Based Total Accountability) and local industry leaders such as the Technological Research Development Authority and Clear Channel Outdoor.

The Student Business Incubator Practicum Jump Starts Business Leadership

Bachelor of Business Administration students explore business startup as their Major Field Practicum experience in Florida Tech's Student Business Incubator -- a living, breathing center for new venture creation.

The incubator combines curriculum, facilities and expertise to fully immerse students in a semester long Lean LaunchPad program. This business-launching "bootcamp" pushes students to speak to customers, vendors and strategic partners as they gather resources, develop business models and launch their businesses. You are paired with highly skilled executive entrepreneurs who help you develop prototypes, raise venture capital and become a successful entrepreneur.

Major Field Practicum

As a Bachelor of Business Administration student, you benefit from completing a Major Field Practicum in your senior year. The practicum bridges the gap between classroom studies and the real world, easing the transition from business student to industry professional. Each student is matched with a host organization of interest where he or she learns how the organization functions and gains practical insight into problem-solving and decision-making processes. You also gain experience in corporate social responsibility by becoming actively engaged in a community organization.

Great Florida Location

Other Bachelor of Business Administration colleges can't compete with our location on Florida's Space Coast. Year-round warm weather, close proximity to beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches, NASA Kennedy Space Center, the Indian River Lagoon, Port Canaveral, Sebastian Inlet and a wealth of entertainment in Orlando make Florida Tech the college of choice. The university also offers a wealth of student organizations and intramural sports, and is just minutes from the airport and highway travel.

Choose Florida Tech for a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

How will a business administration degree prepare me for the future?

There's no better way to learn about the field of business administration than to become a part of it. Our students have this opportunity in the form of business administration internships at a variety of companies and organizations, including:

  • Space Coast Credit Union
  • CIA
  • Merrill Lynch
  • State Farm

These business administration internships are a valuable asset for students looking to get their foot in the door in the business industries that will later provide them with careers.

Take Part in a Comprehensive Business Practicum

Florida Tech business administration students also take part in a comprehensive business practicum that allows them to perform a "live case analysis" on a business of their choosing. The major field practicum links academics and business practices in the workplace by combining business administration internships with roundtable discussions, weekly summary reports and presentations.

Some of these businesses include:

  • Northrop Grumman
  • Clear Channel Outdoor
  • NASA
  • Kennedy Space Center

This thorough analysis provides students an opportunity to better learn about the field of business administration.

Join the Student Business Incubator

Students who showcase innovative business ideas may be asked to join the Student Business Incubator. This program provides necessary resources and guidance to nurture student business ideas into real business ventures. Through critical thinking and innovation, students have the chance to experience business outside of the classroom and business administration internships.

Participate in a Wide Variety of Projects and Studies

Business administration students at Florida Tech have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of projects and studies. Many of these efforts are later entered into national competitions! Some competitions our students have recently participated in are:

  • Honda CRZ Social Marketing Challenge
  • Cadillac Case Competition
  • Florida National Guard Promotion Campaign
  • Management Case Competition
  • Chevrolet Ad Campaign

These student projects and competitions allow business administration majors to excel outside the classroom and make connections with potential future employers to obtain business administration internships and careers.

Make Contacts in a Club or Organization

Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that seeks to recognize academic excellence and forge connections between business students around the world. By creating networking opportunities for business administration internships during college, and careers after college, these clubs and organizations give students another outlet for opportunity.

What can you do with a business administration degree?

A graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Administration is ideally suited for a variety of business administration careers. The business administration graduate possesses a solid background in the science of management, gains relevant skills in the various business disciplines and builds a portfolio of practical, hands-on experience.

With this educational foundation, our graduates are prepared to immediately commence business administration careers or, if so desired, pursue a graduate career in business, law, or related disciplines.

Career Outlook

Graduates of Florida Tech's business administration program are prepared for a career in information systems, economics, finance and marketing. In fact, business administration careers are so varied that they exist with private businesses, not-for-profit organizations, governmental and regulatory agencies and sports organizations.

Whether serving as manager for a 501(c)(3) corporation, business analyst for an environmental services company or, with the acquisition of a law degree, in-house corporate counsel for example, business administration careers cover a broad spectrum of employment opportunities. Employment of administrative services managers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2010 to 2020.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, including, entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects. According to the Bureau, employment in business administration is expected to grow about as fast as the average of other occupations in the marketplace. Check the handbook on this and many similar career options.

Business Administration Careers

Business administration careers include the following:

  • Agents and Business Manager

  • Buyers and Purchasing Agent

  • Budget Analyst

  • Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialist

  • Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialist

  • Accountants and Auditors (with additional education)

  • Business Operation Specialist

  • Credit Counselor

  • Financial Specialist

  • Economist

  • Operations Research Analyst

  • Logistician

Graduate & Doctoral Programs

After graduation, Nathan M. Bisk College of Business students are prepared to successfully enter business administration careers or continue onto graduate studies, often pursuing an MBA, the M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or even attending law school. Nathan M. Bisk College of Business students are eligible to enter Florida Tech's FastTrack MBA and Master of Science in Innovation & Entrepreneurship programs.

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