Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Business & Finance
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

In the University of Mary Business Administration bachelor’s degree program, you will gain the knowledge and experience to actively engage in local and global business communities, while developing strong critical thinking and decision-making skills. Integrating Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values into the core curriculum, you will also learn to become a servant leader in your business life and in your community.

The Business Administration bachelor’s degree program offered at our main campus in Bismarck, ND, can be completed in the traditional academic calendar year or our groundbreaking Year-Round Campus option that enables you to earn your degree in less time. At the University of Mary, you can also complete your business administration degree via evening or online classes.

Business Administration Program Highlights

Develop strong management skills and solve complex business challenges alongside some of the area’s most respected business leaders in the Business Administration bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary. These are just a few of the highlights:


  1. Affordable Private Education

    The University of Mary is one of the most affordable private universities in the United States.

  2. Financial Aid

    99 percent of University of Mary students receive some form of scholarship or financial aid.


  1. Accreditation

    The University of Mary’s business administration bachelor’s degree program is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

  2. Scholar Practitioners

    Learn from experienced faculty who bring a real-world business perspective to the classroom.

  3. Values-based Education

    Integrating Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values, our programs are designed to help students develop as ethical business leaders.


  1. Real-World Learning

    University of Mary business administration students have the chance to participate in a variety of internships and hands-on service learning opportunities in the community.

  2. Emerging Leaders Academy 

    All business majors are encouraged to participate in the Emerging Leaders Academy, which offers one-on-one mentorship by a business leader in the community.


  1. Year-Round Campus

    Our groundbreaking Year-Round Campus option enables you to earn you bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and your master’s degree in four years.

  2. Course Delivery Options

    In addition to being offered in a traditional format at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in business administration:

      1. Via online or evening classes. Evening courses meet one night per week and are available in Alexandria, MN; Billings, MT; Bismarck, ND; Fargo, ND; and Watford City, ND
      2. Blended combination of online and evening courses

Career Outlook for Business Administration Majors

One of the benefits of majoring in business administration is that it’s a degree you can apply to almost any type of business.

Employment Growth

Employment of administrative managers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2012 to 2022 (about average for all occupations) as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Average salaries vary based on your specific field, with careers in marketing, finance, and sales management leading the way in earnings with median salaries topping $100,000 per year.

Earning Potential

It’s estimated that earning your bachelor's degree in business administration can add $2,000 to $5,000 or more per year in potential earnings.*


All of the following courses require a final grade of C or higher to count towards the major. Courses marked with an * should be completed prior to application to the major. They also require a grade of C or higher.

*ACC 101, *102; BUS 200, 201, *215, 230, 311, 333, 346, 362, 371, 380, 401, 420, 403;
446 or 452

*ECN 203, 204; *ENG 121, *COM 110,

*MAT 180, COM 414, *CIS 101 or pass the equivalency exam Students must also complete ALU 499, Senior Competencies Assessment, an exam to be taken during their last semester of study.

ACC 101, 102; ECN 203; BUS 215, 311; COM 110 and one elective from any 300-400 business course or ECN 204.

Note: This is for non-business majors only (Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology Management, and any other major outside the Gary Tharaldson School of Business)

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Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Program Advisors: Karel Sovak

If you are considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: