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Business Administration, Undecided

Campus: Columbus

College: Business

In business today, industry leaders face a variety of challenges: consumer demands, the need for more efficient planning and greater productivity, increasing international competition, and rapidly changing technology. 

These challenges will require that managers have more knowledge, training and skills than ever before. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program is designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of today’s complex business environment.

Students within the business program pursue one of the 12 business specializations:

  • Accounting
  • Aviation management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • International business
  • Logistics management
  • Management information systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations management
  • Real estate and urban analysis

The Fisher College of Business also coordinates the delivery of six minor programs:

  1. The general business minor provides students in majors other than business an understanding of the language and basic concepts of business. 
  2. The undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship captures the economic value in creative ideas for commercially viable products and services. This educational program enhances a student’s understanding of entrepreneurship, encourages exploration into personal career opportunities through entrepreneurial studies, and develops specific competencies in the creation, growth and leadership of entrepreneurial enterprises. 
  3. The business analytics minor is designed with extensive input from industry interested in hiring individuals to work with “big data.” This minor gives students an opportunity to cross disciplines to complement their major with skills in this fast-growing and important field. 
  4. The real estate minor focuses on fundamental real estate business knowledge and the opportunity to gain exposure to other aspects of the real estate industry. This minor is open to students from all disciplines.
  5. The insurance minor is designed to provide students with an opportunity to compliment their major with a concentration in Insurance and to prepare them for employment opportunities in this rapidly growing field.
  6. The international business minor is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complement their major with a deeper understanding of how the global economy works and to prepare students for working in cross-national settings.

Students admitted to the Columbus campus are also admitted directly to the Fisher major program.

Principles courses

Accounting Principles
Economics Principles

Core courses

Business Skills and Environment
Business Law
International Business
Management Sciences
Management and Human Resources
Strategic Management

Required major courses

Five to eight courses in an area of specialization

A minimum of 121 hours are needed for graduation. Students are encouraged to explore academic minors to complement their major.

The Office of Global Business provides Fisher students with a variety of options where they can put classroom theories into action in compelling international locations and learn through experience. Employers value the diverse background that global experiences provide and list "strategic international understanding" and "cross-cultural experience" as two of the most desirable employee traits.

Though internships are not required for business students, 95 percent of students registered with the Office of Career Management have some kind of internship experience before they graduate. Many students receive an offer of full-time employment from their internship employer.

Honors students majoring in business, have the option of applying for and participating in one of four Honors programs (Accounting Honors, Finance Honors, Honors Cohort, Honors Immersion) or an Honors research project. Each option provides the opportunity to graduate with a diploma designation.

Entering freshman admitted to University Honors will be invited to apply to the Integrated Business and Engineering Honors Program and the Business Honors Learning Community.

The Business Scholars Program is a community of talented students that participate in programs and activities designed to offer insight into business practice and environment. Business Scholars learn to understand the vital role of collaboration through teambuilding, leadership training and workshops. Additionally, Business Scholars can develop partnerships with Fisher College of Business faculty and alumni.

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The Undergraduate Leadership & Engagement Office connects Fisher students with opportunities to enhance leadership competencies, develop professional preparedness, and connect with their chosen industry and the Fisher community.

Additionally, Fisher is home to more than 35 student organizations that focus on academics, diversity, common business topics and more.

The BSBA program prepares students for careers in business and for graduate study or professional degrees such as law. It emphasizes the flexibility necessary to achieve success in a rapidly changing society. The predicted need for management and business leaders in private industry, nonprofit organizations and government is high.

Graduates begin their careers in a variety of entry-level positions appropriate to their general management background and major field of study. These include positions in accounting, finance, production and operations management, management information systems, marketing, and sales. Career opportunities are also available in banking, insurance, retail management, real estate and other service industries, as well as in manufacturing firms.

Job and internship preparation and search assistance is available through the colleges’ Office of Career Management which works with employers from all over the country interested in hiring students from the Fisher College of Business.

Average beginning salaries for business graduates in 2018-19 was $56,759, depending on the candidate's skills, previous work experience (gained from internships assignments) and type of employment.

At graduation, Fisher College of Business graduates:

  • will posses strong analytical and problem-solving skills to identify and critically assess problems facing contemporary businesses
  • will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of human resources
  • will possess a global perspective and can critically evaluate the international context in which a contemporary business operates
  • can identify and assess ethical issues surrounding business decisions
  • are able to work effectively in a team-based environment
  • can demonstrate professional deportment and effective oral and written communication skills

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Fisher College of Business was ranked seventh among public universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020).