Business Administration, B.A.

Program Overview

Are you the type of person who enjoys working with others and helping a group accomplish a common goal? Could you see yourself in just about any role within an organization? Do you have a passion, that paired with a business degree, would empower you to fulfill your dreams? If so, a degree in business administration could be the right path for you. PLNU business administration majors are leaders of purpose and integrity who consistently take the initiative to guide people and businesses toward success.

A Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration prepares you to handle the organizational, operational, and managerial responsibilities of any company or industry. With a program dedicated to helping you become a well-rounded leader and individual, you will engage in classes ranging from accounting and finance to economics, management, marketing, and everything in between!

Business administration is also the perfect complement if you have passions and career aspirations that lie outside of business. Having a foundational knowledge of business is useful and applicable whether your dreams lie in music, ministry, art, sciences, or anywhere else. The flexibility of the business administration program is designed for you to add a dual major or minor outside of business and create a powerful combination of skills and specialization that will make you stand out in your field of choice.

"In addition to academics, the life skills I gained while at PLNU have been incredibly beneficial to my work. Learning how to research well, knowing what to look for and where to look, being able to adapt when I’m put in situations I’m not familiar or comfortable with, and being taught that business is about more than the bottom line — these aspects are what I value most from my undergraduate experience and are what have helped me stand out in the business world."

James Garcia, Class of 2013
Product Manager, Moniker Made

Additionally, student-run business clubs like Launch Point will give you opportunities to test what you learn in class against real-world circumstances. You might choose to participate with Toast at the Point and hone your public speaking abilities for the professional environment. Or you can even decide to take your learning abroad through one of the international opportunities offered by the Fermanian School of Business. Some of the global options available to you are Mexico business tours; the 2+1+1 China partnership study abroad; or even business class trips to Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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Student Profile

Austin Donovan

Austin Donovan graduated with degrees in finance and accounting in 2016. Upon taking an economics course during his senior year in high school, he discovered he had a passion for finance and numbers. Several months before graduating from PLNU, he was able to earn a full-time job offer from Moss Adams, one of the 15 largest public accounting firms in the United States.

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

PLNU business administration graduates are leaders of purpose with a passion for people, management, and systems. This degree is attractive to virtually all organizations because business administration majors know how to leverage and maximize people's potential through creativity, flexibility, and attention to detail. Alumni have held various positions at companies like Under Armour, Compassion International, Matuse, Aflac, and ViaSat.

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Student Profile

Andrew Sutton

Andrew graduated from PLNU in 2012 with a B.A. in business administration and is the Head of Operations and Fulfillment at a San Diego based e-commerce company called Tipsy Elves, which offers a variety of fun holiday apparel and was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2013.

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A Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration can be a useful and natural complement within a variety of industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Music
  • Art
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Ministry
  • Health Sciences
  • Biology