Newsletter

Business Administration Major

SBGE students talking

The Business Administration major in the School of Business, Government, and Economics at SPU allows you to develop essential business skills in a uniquely Christian environment that emphasizes values, ethics, and an understanding of business as a means to serve.

About the Business Administration Major

The Business Administration major provides you with a broad-based education in the fundamental theories, principles, and practices of modern business. You will learn standards of professional and ethical behavior, along with the technical expertise and leadership attributes necessary to attain a variety of positions in business.

As part of the Business Administration major, students also gain vital industry experience by participating in our SBGE internship program. Our students have held internships at leading local businesses and companies such as Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft, the Seattle Mariners, and Merrill Lynch.

Degree Requirements

Business Administration students are required to take a total of 96 credits, including a business core of 81 credits focused on the fundamental theories and practices of modern business plus 15 credits towards one of nine concentrations that focuses on a particular aspect of business.

Concentrations

Business Administration students choose one of the following concentrations. Students may select multiple concentrations.

  • An Economics concentration will help prepare you for a career in analyzing public policy or forecasting economic conditions.
  • Finance concentration teaches you how to develop budgets for capital projects or work in the financial markets.
  • The Information Systems concentration includes problem solving and programming, computer networks, and information and database systems — critical information in this age of technology.
  • With an International Business concentration, you participate in a study abroad program with SPU faculty and take specialized courses at a foreign university.
  • The Management concentration teaches you how to manage structures, systems, and people.
  • Marketing concentration prepares you to step into the world of customer service, advertising, sales, or product management.
  • The Public Policy & Business concentration focuses on coursework in Political Science and Economics to help prepare you to work at the intersection of commerce and government.  
  • The Social Enterprise concentration draws upon the unique strengths of the School of Business, Government, and Economics in areas such as social venture, management, and microfinance.
  • General concentration is also available, allowing students the flexibility to choose their own senior electives.

Career Opportunities

Sample Job Titles

  • Business Executive
  • Business Owner
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst

Possible Job Settings

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Corporations
  • International Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • See More

Business Administration Graduate Profile – Class of 2017

Average Starting Salary: $45,092

Employment & Graduate School Rate: 93% (12 mo.)

Top Hiring Companies:

amazon logo   CBRE logo    docusign logo    Nike logoStarbucks logo

Internships

All Business Administration majors gain industry experience through internships, and will take a pre-internship class to help them find and apply for a qualified internship. SPU students have held internships at leading local businesses and industries such as Starbucks, Boeing, Microsoft, the Seattle Mariners, and Merrill Lynch.

In addition to the required internship for Business Administration majors, students may elect to gain even more real-world experience through additional jobs and internships. SPU's Center for Career and Calling offers online internship resources. Students and employers also use SPU's internship and job posting system, Handshake, which is updated weekly.

Faculty Contact

Kim Sawers

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Accounting
PhD, University of Washington

Email: ksawers@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2221
Office: McKenna Hall 228

SBGE alumna working at Amazon

Shaping the Future

Praew Hemrathiran '16 shares about how her Business Administration degree prepared her to put people first on the Alexa Experiences & Devices team at Amazon.

close(X)