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Business Administration

Undergraduate - Business Students
Full-time Program

As a business administration major, you will develop communication and leadership skills that will make you a competitive candidate for high-level management jobs across a variety of fields. To supplement your broad education, you can declare a concentration in an area that interests you.

Refer to our advising handouts for the complete list of requirements.

Advanced Business Electives (320 or higher)
  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
Total Hours: 21

Business administration graduates are great candidates across a variety of business fields, including sales, entrepreneurship, retail, general management or a management rotational career program.

To be successful, your skills should include the ability to work in teams, interpersonal communication, public speaking and problem-solving. As with most fields of business, it is crucial to gain experience through an internship or relevant part-time or summer work. You can network by meeting alumni in the field and taking advantage of leadership opportunities on campus. For more information on careers in business administration, check out the Business Career Services.

Typical positions include:
  • Branch Manager
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Fundraiser/Development Officer
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Industry Relations Specialist
  • Insurance Agent
  • Property, Real Estate Manager
  • Small Business Owner
  • Personnel Manager
  • Personnel Recruiter

Admissions

Freshman Direct Admission

Applicants accepted at KU with an interest in business are eligible for direct admission into the School of Business if they have an index score of greater than or equal to 5.55. The index score is calculated using a student’s high school GPA and ACT composite or SAT math and evidence-based reading and writing scores: (ACT/10) + HS GPA = index score.

Students should refer to the official ACT/SAT concordance table when comparing SAT scores to ACT scores.

Incoming freshmen, divide your ACT score by 10 and add your GPA to get your index score. Students with an index score greater than or equal to 5.55 will be admitted directly to the School of Business. The graph shows two areas, separated by a thick line. Students whose scores are plotted above the line are eligible for direct admission to the School of Business.

Learn more about direct admission.

Competitive Admission

Current KU students that wish to enter the School of Business must go through the competitive admissions process.

Students apply during the semester during the semester they will complete the following minimum application requirements:

  • Sophomore standing (30 credit hours)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA overall and in business coursework
  • Completion of three pre-admission foundation courses (list of coursework)

Learn more about competitive admission.

Transfer Students

Only students admitted to KU through Office of Admissions (domestic students) or International Undergraduate Admissions (international students) are permitted to complete the KU School of Business application. Admission to the School of Business is done through the competitive admission process.

Learn more about transferring to the School of Business.

International Students

International students must be admitted to KU through International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions prior to completing the KU School of Business application.

Incoming international freshmen who meet the requirements for direct admission (see "Freshmen Direct Admission" above) will be admitted directly to the School of Business.

International students who do not meet the requirements for direct admission may also enter the School of Business through the competitive admissions process.

Students are eligible to apply to the School of Business during the semester they will complete the following minimum application requirements:

  • Sophomore standing (30 credit hours)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA overall and in business coursework
  • Completion of three pre-admission foundation courses (list of coursework)

Learn more about applying to the School of Business as an international student.

Edwards Campus BBA

For adult non-traditional students in Johnson County and the metropolitan Kansas City area, the KU School of Business offers the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at the KU Edwards Campus.


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