Business Administration

AACSB Accredited

Undergraduate programs

The business administration program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities. It provides students with a broad overall understanding of the different functional disciplines of business and prepares them for positions of responsibility in business organizations. A major in business administration is offered for those students wishing to minor in an area outside of business.

The programs in Business Administration at Murray State University provide the graduate with a variety of career options. The programs prepare the student for positions in middle- and upper-level management where knowledge of many fields is a necessity for advancement. The varied background offered by he business administration programs is also helpful to entrepreneurial students who wish to start their own business. From a "Mom and Pop" retail store to a multinational corporation, graduates of the business administration programs from MSU will be prepared for whatever the future holds.

Dual Degree Programs in St Etienne, France

Murray State University students in the Area in Business Administration program may complete a dual degree program with the École Supérieure de Commerce in Saint Etienne, France. In this program, students will complete a year of academic study at ESC-St Etienne and receive a Bachelor degree from that institution when they are awarded a BAB/BSB in International Business from Murray State. These students would then hold degrees from both institutions. The ESC-St Etienne courses in this program are taught in English.

This program also allows Murray State students to study for a semester at ESC-St Etienne as exchange students without earning a dual degree.

All academic programs in the business administration area are accredited by AACSB-International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

> Area in Business Administration

University Studies Requirements: 38-49 hours

Oral and Written Communication: 7 hours
  • COM 161 [or HON 165] - 3 hours
  • ENG 105 [or ENG 150] - 4 hours
Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity, and the World's Artistic Traditions
BAB: 9 hours
  • Modern language course (single language), attaining a 202-level proficiency - 6 hours
    To reach proficiency at the 202-level, a student may have to complete up to six hours of 100-level prerequisites.
  • One University Studies elective in this category - 3 hours
BSB: 3 hours
  • One University Studies elective in this category - 3 hours
Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills
BAB: 7-10 hours
  • One University Studies science course with lab -- 4-5 hours
  • One University Studies mathematics course -- 3-5 hours
BSB: 10-15 hours
  • One University Studies science course with lab -- 4-5 hours
  • One University Studies mathematics course -- 3-5 hours
  • One University Studies science or mathematics course -- 3-5 hours
Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship: 6 hours
  • One Ethics, Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement category course -- 3 hours
  • One Social Science category course -- 3 hours
World’s Historical, Literary, and Philosophical Traditions
BAB: 9 hours
  • CIV 201 or CIV 202 [or HON 201 or 202] -- 3 hours
  • HUM 211 [or HON 251] -- 3 hours
  • One University Studies elective in this category - 3 hours
BSB: 6 hours
  • CIV 201 or CIV 202 [or HON 201 or 202] -- 3 hours
  • HUM 211 [or HON 251] -- 3 hours
University Studies Approved Elective
BAB: 3 hours
BSB: 6 hours

Business Core Requirement: 41 hours

  • ACC 200 Principles of Financial Accounting -- 3 hours
  • ACC 201 Principles of Managerial Accounting -- 3 hours
  • BUS 215 Business Communication -- 3 hours
  • BUS 355 Information Systems and Decision Making -- 3 hours
  • BUS 442 Business Ethics and Environments -- 3 hours
  • CIS 243 Business Statistics I -- 2 hours
  • CIS 343 Business Statistics II -- 2 hours
  • ECO 310 Issues in the Global Economy -- 3 hours
  • FIN 330 Principles of Finance -- 3 hours
  • FTR 100T Transitions -- 1 hour
  • LST 240 Legal Environment of Business -- 3 hours
  • LSC 343 Fundamentals of Operations -- 3 hours
  • MGT 350 Fundamentals of Management -- 3 hours
  • MGT 590 Strategic Management -- 3 hours
  • MKT 360 Principles of Marketing -- 3 hours

Required Courses: 3 hours

Select from the following international business courses:

BUS 396 International Business Seminar
BUS 515 Communicating in an International Business Environment
BUS 596 International Business Seminar
COM 340 Intercultural Communication
ECO 315 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 410 Economic Development
ECO 460 International Trade and Finance
FIN 461 International Financial Management
MGT 557 International Management
MKT 568 Global Marketing Management

Business Electives: 21-27 hours

BSB:

27 hours of business electives, not to exceed nine hours in any one prefix, with at least 18 hours at the 300-level or above.

BAB:

21 hours of business electives, not to exceed nine hours in any one prefix, with at least 12 hours at the 300-level or above.

A maximum of three hours cooperative education credit counts toward the degree

Unrestricted Electives: 6-11 hours

Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 hours

> Major in Business Administration

University Studies Requirements: 38-49 hours

Oral and Written Communication: 7 hours
  • COM 161 [or HON 165] - 3 hours
  • ENG 105 [or ENG 150] - 4 hours
Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity, and the World's Artistic Traditions
BAB: 9 hours
  • Modern language course (single language), attaining a 202-level proficiency - 6 hours
    To reach proficiency at the 202-level, a student may have to complete up to six hours of 100-level prerequisites.
  • One University Studies elective in this category - 3 hours
BSB: 3 hours
  • One University Studies elective in this category - 3 hours
Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills
BAB: 7-10 hours
  • One University Studies science course with lab -- 4-5 hours
  • One University Studies mathematics course -- 3-5 hours
BSB: 10-15 hours
  • One University Studies science course with lab -- 4-5 hours
  • One University Studies mathematics course -- 3-5 hours
  • One University Studies science or mathematics course -- 3-5 hours
Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship: 6 hours
  • One Ethics, Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement category course -- 3 hours
  • One Social Science category course -- 3 hours
World’s Historical, Literary, and Philosophical Traditions
BAB: 9 hours
  • CIV 201 or CIV 202 [or HON 201 or 202] -- 3 hours
  • HUM 211 [or HON 251] -- 3 hours
  • One University Studies elective in this category - 3 hours
BSB: 6 hours
  • CIV 201 or CIV 202 [or HON 201 or 202] -- 3 hours
  • HUM 211 [or HON 251] -- 3 hours
University Studies Approved Elective
BAB: 3 hours
BSB: 6 hours

Business Core Requirement: 41 hours

  • ACC 200 Principles of Financial Accounting -- 3 hours
  • ACC 201 Principles of Managerial Accounting -- 3 hours
  • BUS 215 Business Communication -- 3 hours
  • BUS 355 Information Systems and Decision Making -- 3 hours
  • BUS 442 Business Ethics and Environments -- 3 hours
  • CIS 243 Business Statistics I -- 2 hours
  • CIS 343 Business Statistics II -- 2 hours
  • ECO 310 Issues in the Global Economy -- 3 hours
  • FIN 330 Principles of Finance -- 3 hours
  • FTR 100T Transitions -- 1 hour
  • LST 240 Legal Environment of Business -- 3 hours
  • LSC 343 Fundamentals of Operations -- 3 hours
  • MGT 350 Fundamentals of Management -- 3 hours
  • MGT 590 Strategic Management -- 3 hours
  • MKT 360 Principles of Marketing -- 3 hours

Required Courses: 3 hours

Select from the following international business courses:

BUS 396 International Business Seminar
BUS 515 Communicating in an International Business Environment
BUS 596 International Business Seminar
COM 340 Intercultural Communication
ECO 315 Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 410 Economic Development
ECO 460 International Trade and Finance
FIN 461 International Financial Management
MGT 557 International Management
MKT 568 Global Marketing Management

Business Electives: 6 hours

A maximum of three hours cooperative education credit counts toward the degree

Required Minor: 21 hours

A maximum of three hours cooperative education credit counts toward the degree

Unrestricted Electives: 0-11 hours

Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 hours