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.

> 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

 

 

>Area in Business Administration/International Business Track

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

Business Electives: 21-27 hours

BSB:

27 hours of business electives, not to exceed nine hours in any one prefix, with at least 15 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 15 hours at the 300-level or above.

12 hours must be from the international business courses listed below. MGT 250 and MKT 260 do not apply toward this area.

  • BUS 396 International Business Seminar
  • BUS 515 Communicating in the International Business Environment
  • BUS 596 International Business Seminar
  • ECO 311 European Economic History
  • ECO 315 Comparative Economic Systems
  • ECO 320 Women in the Global Economy
  • ECO 325 Economics of Corruption in Transition and Developing Countries
  • ECO 410 Economic Development
  • ECO 460 International Trade and Finance
  • LSC 475 International Transportation and Logistics
  • MGT 557 International Management
  • MKT 568 Global Marketing Management
A maximum of three hours cooperative education credit counts toward the degree

Required International Electives: 9 hours

9 hours of electives, with at least 3 hours at the 300-level or above.
Select from among AGR 533, ANT 311, ARC 325, COM 340, CRJ 575, ENG 250, ENG 303-308, ENG 315, GSC 330, HIS 331, HIS 352, HIS 401-415, HIS 478, HIS 479, HIS 481, JMC 400, POL 450-459, SOC 250, SOC 440, SOC 465, SPA 311, SWK 346, SWK 442, or any courses which satisfy the University Studies Global Awareness requirement.

Unrestricted Electives: 0-5 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