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Combine business and management training to lead with confidence

Develop fundamental business principles that prepare you for leadership by earning Judson’s Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate skills in communications, operations, marketing, and finance
  • Apply newfound expertise in management, problem solving, and research
  • Establish your personal leadership style based on faith and critical thinking

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What classes will I take?

You’ll begin with 49 credit hours of core business courses that help you strengthen key skills you can apply in any industry.

Core Course List
  • BUS 302 Critical Thinking, Research, and Writing
  • BUS 309 Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • BUS 330 Managerial Budgeting and Accounting
  • BUS 342 Organizational and Corporate Finance
  • BUS 350 Technology Management
  • BUS 374 Economics
  • BUS 376 Financial Accounting and Analysis
  • BUS 378 Business Law
  • BUS 421 Leading Innovation
  • MKT 425 Market Analytics
  • LDB 101 Principles of Adult Learning
  • LDB 481 Faith and Life Issues
  • BUS 485 Business Capstone

After you complete your core courses, you’ll choose a concentration that best aligns with your career goals:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Marketing Management

How long will it take to get my degree?

You only have to attend class one night a week in this program, or complete your courses anytime online. Anticipate about 15 hours a week of coursework outside of class. You can expect to finish your degree within 2 years, but graduating with a Judson degree may take longer, depending on how much college experience you have.

Can I transfer my other college credits to Judson?

Yes, many credits transfer to Judson. We have a generous transfer policy, as well as one-on-one assistance from our enrollment coaches, to ensure you get the most credit possible for your former work.

What jobs can I get with a business administration degree?

What is the job outlook in this industry?

Nationwide through 2028, business and financial operations occupations are projected to grow 7%, faster than the average for all occupations. In Illinois, these types of jobs are projected to grow by 7.7% through 2026—also above average.

In Illinois specifically, more than 34,000 business and financial operations job openings become available each year.

Graduates of this program go on to careers and salaries like the following:

  • General manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $123,030

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $123,570

  • Human resources manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $116,720

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $121,720

  • Marketing manager

    National Annual Mean Salary: $149,000

    Illinois Annual Mean Salary: $133,280

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois Department of Employment Security

How much will it cost?


per credit hour
(120 credit hours required)


Judson students who receive financial aid

Call a coach to learn about transferring credits or financial aid


Where will I take my classes?

  • Online


    Take classes from the comfort and safety of your own home.

  • Rockford Campus


    Choose from two convenient campus locations in Elgin, IL or Rockford, IL.

What help can I get?

Enjoy personalized coaching, 24/7 tech help, and other valuable resources that offer you the support you need to succeed inside and outside the classroom.

  • 24/7 Tech Help
    24/7 Tech Help
  • Student Success Center
    Student Success Center
  • Financial Aid Services
    Financial Aid Services
  • Free Daycare at Rockford Campus
    Free Daycare at Rockford Campus
  • Designated Success Coach
    Designated Success Coach
  • Career Services
    Career Services

Learn more about the financial resources Judson provides to adult students

What makes this program stand out?

  • WSJ

    Featured in college rankings by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

  • Top 20

    Best Colleges for Parents Returning to School according to

  • Best Colleges

How will a business administration degree benefit me?

How is the bachelor’s in business administration different from the bachelor’s in organizational leadership?

Both the business administration and organizational leadership majors help you develop the skill sets necessary to lead an organization.

Business administration

Develop the fundamental analytical skills needed to execute strategies in a corporate setting. You’ll also train to effectively manage processes and solve problems through data.

Organizational leadership

Learn to manage the human side of an organization through soft skills like communication and people leadership.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership