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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration.

Invest in yourself and secure your future.

Business is at the core of how we function and operate in society. You might not realize it but everyone—whether or not they work in the business field— uses essential business skills like budgeting, negotiating, problem solving and time-management—every single day. It is not just a career path, but rather the development of solid life skills to help you excel in life.

The William Woods University Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program is designed to teach you to think critically, communicate effectively and equip you with the tools and strategies to take your ideas, thoughts and desires and put them into action.

An ACBSP-accredited program

With the help of dedicated faculty with business experience of their own, countless opportunities for professional experience through internships, team-based projects, regional and international business competitions, and so much more, you will gain the expertise needed to flourish in a wide variety of business careers. Embrace the opportunity to discover the economic, financial and ethical environment of the world we live and work in, all while learning valuable decision-making and leadership skills along the way.

Become an entrepreneur and start your own business, lead a team as a marketing coordinator at a fast-paced, advertising agency, see the fruit of your labor blossom as you help build a start-up company from the ground up. The possibilities are endless. It’s time to get involved in the business of making your dreams take form.

Choose from one of several specialized concentrations:

For those students looking to take a less traditional route and interested in earning your degree online, William Woods University also offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online degree.

Special opportunities

  • Participate in faculty-led trips to marketing and business seminars in New York City and other locations across the country
  • Engage with local businesses and gain hands-on experience through internships, simulated competitions through your capstone course, and client-based projects
  • Join William Woods Collegiate-DECA team, recent first place winner in the international competition, and gain greater understanding and experience in your chosen career path through networking, travel and competition at both the regional and international level
  • Gain experience collaborating and working in teams through many group-based projects in upper-level classes
  • Utilize student facilities such as “The Think Tank” and the individual study lab, located close to faculty offices, allowing you quick and easy access to interacting with your business professors
  • Take courses as part of the Graduate Plus Program during your senior year and with one additional year, have a Masters degree under your belt

Our Business Administration degree at Work

Pursue an exciting career as a/an:

  • Special events coordinator
  • Senior analyst
  • Recruiting specialist
  • Funding documents coordinator
  • Financial analyst
  • Customer service representative
  • Business project manager
  • Director of sales
  • Credit analyst
  • Director of career services
  • New business development
  • Program administrator
  • Director of professional development
  • Human resource manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • And more

Recent Employers

Our students are highly sought after by distinguished employers across the country, including:


Other employers of our recent alumni include:

  • MFA Incorporated
  • Saint Louis Zoo
  • FCS Financial
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • University of Missouri
  • AT&T Cellular Connections
  • GCG Financial
  • American Family Insurance
  • Tena Pharmaceuticals
  • State Farm
  • City of Columbia, Missouri
  • IBM
  • Missouri Office State Courts Administration
  • TKG Management
  • CK Power
  • Bryant University
  • Columbia College
  • MHC Kenworth
  • Medical West
  • Fulton State Hospital
  • Kraft Foods Group
  • MasterCard
  • And more

Alumni Perspectives

The small, supportive community of William Woods University had a major impact on me as a student and future businesswoman, as well as on me as an individual. The business department provided me with skills that will greatly aid my future career. I have become extremely competent in creating annual reports, executive reports, literature reviews and effective resumés. I will take these skills with me throughout my career.

— Eshell Estrella, business administration graduate

I came into the business program unsure about my future endeavors in the working world. However, after exploring many focused business courses and reflecting upon my professors’ personal teachings, my future plans were set. I am living my dreams.

— Chad Johansen, business administration graduate


The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation—including 48 core major credits and a 15-credit concentration in accounting, advertising and marketing, economics and finance, entrepreneurial leadership, management or MIS.

Courses you may take

ACC 240 - Principles of Accounting I - 3.00

An introduction to the principles underlying accounting information. The course will focus on the role that accounting information plays in planning, evaluating, and recording operating activities of businesses. An introduction to financial statements is also included. In this course students will summarize financial data and construct basic financial statements using various software tools such as Excel and QuickBooks.

ACC 241 - Principles of Accounting II - 3.00

This course extends the concepts of ACC 240 Methods for evaluating management decisions will be included through the study of financial statement analysis. Students will be able to interpret the financial position of a company based on their organization of the financial data that is compiles using various software tools such as Excel and QuickBooks. Prerequisite: ACC 240

BUS 206 - Entrepreneurship - 3.00

A straightforward, fundamental approach to managing a small firm. Students will organize, interpret data and show the proper procedures in planning, operating, directing, and evaluating a new small business.

BUS 231 - Risk Management and Insurance - 3.00

This course is an introductory study of handling personal and business risk through various basic risk management strategies. Student will be expected to understand terms and definitions related to the fundamentals concepts of social, private and public insurance programs. The course will be divided into four parts: general overview of risk management and insurance; Life and Health Insurance; Homeowners and Auto Insurance; and Government Regulation.

BUS 321 - Principles of Marketing - 3.00

An application of concepts from the field of marketing of consumer demand in relation to marketing procedures, functions, methods, policies, including issues of marketers from a marketing perspective.

BUS 324 - Personal Finance - 3.00

This course provides practical information covering five main topics: money management (budget, credit cards, income taxes, and mortgage payments), insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning. Students are expected to integrate various personal finance instruments and construct a personal finance plan based on their personal assessment. Prerequisite: Any college level math course

BUS 332 - Business Communications - 3.00

Formulate and develop the business/management communication process and its functions in a business environment. All types of business communications will be analyzed, practiced, and assessed Prerequisite: ENG101

BUS 335 - Business Law - 3.00

Fundamental principles of law in relation to business including court systems, torts, contracts, and sales.

BUS 351 - Principles of Management - 3.00

An investigation of management concepts with an emphasis on the four basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, including the application of decision making, group dynamics, communication, and the business environment.

BUS 415 - Corporate Finance - 3.00

This course connects the principles of financial managerial decision to a broader management process linking the firm with external markets in which it must raise funds, purchase inputs and sell products. The student will be expected to apply the concepts of financial analysis and planning, investment risk and time value of money, cash flows and capital budgeting, and cost of capital. Each students will construct a stockholders’ report that analyzes the real world financial markets. Prerequisites: ACC 240, MAT 114, and MAT 118 or MAT 112

BUS 450 - Business Policy and Procedures - 3.00

This is a senior capstone course which synthesizes the student's academic experience in various professional business subjects taught in the business administration degree program. This course gives a special emphasis on the creative, analytical and critical challenges experienced by contemporary business managers. Students will connect their business knowledge to international and ethical issues in business. The course stresses a case study approach. Prerequistes: BUS351, BUS321, ACC241, ECN251, ECN252 and senior standing

ECN 251 - Macroeconomics -S - 3.00

This course is an introduction to the nature, method, and scope of economic analysis regarding the macroeconomic performance of nations. Indicators of a nation’s macroeconomic performance include the economic growth rate, the tendency toward inflation, and the level of unemployment. This course introduces students to the process of monetary and fiscal policy, and also introduces students to each policy’s impact on national economic performance. Students also are introduced to the nature of global trade and economic development.

ECN 252 - Microeconomics -S - 3.00

This course introduces students to the principles and theories of microeconomics. The course stresses identification of fundamental economic concepts, essential forms of business organization, and introductory theory regarding exchange and price determination under various market conditions. Students additionally learn about distribution of income, the economics of agriculture and labor, and the role of government in business.

MAT 114 - Elementary Statistics -M - 3.00

A pre-calculus introduction to statistics. Topics include: elementary probability, measures of central tendency and variation, normal distributions, sampling, confidence intervals, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Emphasis on the use of graphing calculators and the utility of mathematics as a problem-solving tool. Extensive discussion of applications in natural science, social science, and business. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or equivalent.

MIS 125 - Productivity Tools - 3.00

Students will learn basic skills involving the applications of word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentations, and e-mail using the Office 2013 suite. Students will be exposed to employment considerations and new administrative features. Several of the specific components will include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.


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