B.S. Business Administration

Do you have interest in owning or running a business?
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Delivery On Campus

Get ready for your career with real-world professional business management experiences. UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration gives you a competitive advantage with our on-campus practicum and off-campus internship. Get a taste of your dream job and you'll be ready to hit the ground running in the world of business.

UW-Stout's B.S. Business Administration degree will teach you about management, marketing, accounting, economics, business law, finance and international commerce. / UW-Stout

Our outstanding faculty of nationally and internationally recognized researchers and educators serve as business undergraduate academic advisors. Business Administration graduates will also earn one of UW-Stout’s minors as part of their multifunctional area of business degree. The Business Administration program also offers a concentration in Supply Chain Management. Our ACBSP accredited curriculum merges critical thinking and hands-on experience in:

  • Management
  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Personnel management
  • International business
  • Manufacturing
  • Network administration

The curriculum replicates enterprise environments in the organizations of our corporate partners and businesses around the world. You'll learn by doing and emerge with the skills and flexibility to serve as an operations manager, general manager, director of operations, plant manager, facilities manager, plant superintendent, vice president of operations or chief operating officer. 

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Stout gives its graduates a competitive advantage with an opportunity that most other colleges students don't have. As part of the program, Business Administration majors gain practical work experience before graduation during an on-campus practicum and an off-campus field experience, or co-op.

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98% of Our Graduates are Employed or Continuing Education

Another advantage for Stout Business Administration students is the outstanding faculty. Through their outside work experience and/or consulting, they bring their first-hand knowledge of the business world to you. They know how to communicate and motivate, and can share with you the skills and knowledge you need to be successful.

Preparing for Your Business Administration Degree

Preparation for college begins in high school. We recommend that you take computer classes as well as courses in science, advanced math, speech, and advanced writing. Involvement in extracurricular activities is valuable, and any related work experience is a plus.

Starting Out

During your first two semesters, you'll enroll primarily in General Education courses. In addition, introductory business-related courses will help you refine your career direction since the emphasis is placed on choosing a career field as soon as possible. With help from a faculty advisor, you'll choose a career area and select a minor that supports your goals. Help with course and career choices is also available through the Advisement and Career Center, the Counseling Center, and Career Services.

As You Progress

A strong general education foundation progresses to more advanced business courses in marketing, management, production operations, finance, personnel, accounting, law, and international business. You'll select upper-level courses in these same areas as they apply to your career goals.

In addition, comprehensive courses in areas such as international studies, information systems, and quality management let you apply information from previous courses to a broader view of business. At the same time, you'll enroll in courses to fulfill the minor you have selected. That means that if you have an interest in employee relations and training, you might be interested in a minor in human resource management.

As mentioned before, an on-campus practicum and an off-campus work experience are included in the program. The practicum provides an opportunity to apply coursework to solve practical problems encountered in business and industry and gives you a competitive edge over other graduates.

Student professional organizations provide you with additional opportunities to learn outside the classroom setting. There are 25 identified student organizations to choose from that can help you get additional experience in your career area.

Career Opportunities

Entry Positions

Industrial, consumer, service, and government organizations seek qualified professionals with knowledge about all aspects of business enterprise. Earning a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration can lead you to positions with local, national, or international firms. Additionally, many government agencies at the local, state, and national level employ business graduates.

Qualification for entry level positions depends on variables including the electives you've taken, your work experience, personal contacts, grade point average, and economic cycles.

Graduate Positions and Employers

  • Quality Control Engineer - Hormel
  • Factory Quality Auditor - West Bend
  • Sales Representative - Honeywell
  • Account Manager - Marriott
  • Senior Account Analyst - Federal Reserve Bank
  • Customer Service Analyst - 3M
  • Materials Analyst - 3M
  • Programmer Supervisor - Cray Research
  • Computer Specialist - Michaels Engineering
  • Assistant Manager - Ground Round
  • Systems Engineer - GM Data Systems
  • Program Analyst - Target
  • Owner Relations Analyst - Ford Motor
BA Advisory Board

2018 BA Advisory Board

Mark  Fenton Program Director UW-Stout
Michelle Andrews Production Manager ESR Corporation
Gregory  Bard Associate Professor, MSCS (Math) UW-Stout
Bryan Barts Director, Career Services UW-Stout
Beth  Brinkmann Human Resources Manager Greenheck Fan Corporation
Kurt Brown Branch Manager Edward D. Jones, Menomonie 
Jeff  Busch Project Management Professional Cadence Management Corporation
George Demou President & CEO Avtex
John  Dzissah Department Chair, Operations and Management UW-Stout
Urs  Haltinner  Professor, Marketing & Business Ed.  UW-Stout
Bethany Henthorn Co-op Coordinator, Career Services UW-Stout
Rebecca Johnson Director of Learning & Organizational Development  Aspirus
Jim Keyes Program Director, M.S Operation & Supply Management & M.S. Sustainable Management UW-Stout, Operations & Mgmt. Department
Margery Kosch Process Safety Management 3M, Materials Resource Division
Bill Kryshak Professor, Business Department UW-Stout
Paul Lokken Department Chair, Business Department UW-Stout
Sheri Marnell Program Director, B.S. Apparel Design and Development UW-Stout
Gindy Neidermyer Associate Dean, CSTEMM UW-Stout
Dan Pekol Owner Chippewa Valley Airport Service
George Rude Business Consultant Professional in the Field 
Nicholas  Shafer Manager Gordy's Markets
Renee Surdick Program Director, B.S Management UW-Stout
Evan  Sveum Program Director, B.S Information and Communication Technologies UW-Stout
Charles Vrooman Chief Financial Officer  Advanced Molding Technologies
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