Program Requirements

All School of Professional Studies degrees require a total of 120 semester hours of credit, which can be fulfilled through a combination of North Park classes and transfer credits. Learn more about program requirements for all our majors.

Bachelor of Arts

Students seeking a bachelor of arts (BA) in business administration will have the option to complete courses in several disciplines: business administration (BADM), management information systems (ISIT), and organizational management and leadership (ORG). This program prepares students to lead with particular focus on the values, problems, and priorities of management in business organizations, as well as a broad understanding of the functional activities of production, marketing, finance, and accounting.

Business Administration Major Requirements

  • 40 sh of major courses:
    • Business administration core (24 sh) — BADM 3100, 3300, 3500 or 3700, 3900, 4100, 4400; BADM 4200 or ISIT 3030
    • Organizational management and leadership courses (16 sh) — ORG 3034, 4074, 4094, 4120

Business Administration Minor

This 22-semester hour minor will provide a foundational knowledge of the business administration area and serves as a great compliment to any other SPS major. The minor requires:

  • 18 sh in business administration courses — BADM 3100, 3300, 3900, 4100, 4200
  • 4 elective sh — Choose one course from ORG 3034, 4074, 4094, 4120


Click on the links below for course descriptions of all business administration courses. For a complete list of all North Park's programs and course offerings, review the academic catalog.

BADM 3100 – Principles of Macro and Micro Economics
Focus on macro (external) and micro (internal) environments of business, and monetary and fiscal policy as applied to interest rates, growth, income and prices. The expanding role of the international economy is discussed. The ethics of business and governmental policymaking are examined.

BADM 3300 – Principles of Financial Accounting
This course introduces the study of generally accepted accounting principles and techniques for measurement and reporting of financial information in a balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. This will involve developing an understanding of the accounting cycle, transaction analysis, debits and credits, financial reporting concepts and internal control. Ethical implications of accounting decisions will also be considered.

BADM 3500 – Principles of Managerial Accounting
This course introduces managerial accounting concepts that are relevant to decision-making. Topics include theory and practice of job cost and unit cost accounting, including job order, process and standard costing systems, variance analysis, direct and indirect costs, and budgeting.

BADM 3700 – International Business
This is a course designed to introduce students to international business and the role of multinational corporations (MNC) in today's global economy. The course will address international business issues that need to be understood by managers of organizations with worldwide operations and/or plans to commence foreign operations. The course focuses on, international business issues such as; political, cultural, social, legal, economic, financial, trade and investment, regional trading blocks, role of nation state, and multi-national institutions. By the end of the course, students should gain a global perspective and be aware of the potential of international business in today's fast changing competitive business environment.

BADM 3900 – Business Law
An introduction to the foundational concepts in business law. Fundamental legal understanding of our system of federalism and state law, government regulation of business, and an overview of the principles underlying the formation of contracts (including general contracts and those for the sale of goods), torts, negligence and strict liability and the various forms of business organization common in the United States.

BADM 3910 – Topics in Business Administration
Intensive investigation of a selected topic in Business Administration offered from time to time at the discretion of the School of Adult Learning.

BADM 4100 – Foundations of Finance
This course covers the concepts and techniques of financial management with an emphasis on for profit corporate entities. The major focus of this course will be on valuation techniques, project analysis, the effects of markets on rate structure, and corporate financial structure. Specific topics include the time value of money, discounted cash flow techniques, internal rates of return, management of working capital, financial analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure, cost of capital, dividend policy and valuation techniques. The course will also cover acquisition and allocation of short and long-term capital. While highly quantitative in nature, this course stresses problem-solving processes, specifically in a financial context. Included in this, especially in light of North Park's Christian heritage, we will explore how ethical considerations have affected financial decision-making and theory throughout history.

BADM 4200 – Production Management
Objective, constraints and processes, associated with the efficient production of goods and services. Analytical models and methods, facilities design and the design of control systems for production operations are presented. Process and systems analysis, capacity, design, inventory planning and control, queuing theory, and network models are all included in the production management science. Student must complete an undergraduate statistics course or pass proficiency testing.

BADM 4400 – Strategic Management
Provides a capstone experience for the business administration and organizational and management and leadership major. As such it will summarize and synthesize the various disciplines of management and will assist the student in creating a strategic future for the (business) organization. The course will examine the key dimensions of strategic management: mission determination, environmental scanning, organizational analysis, strategy selection and organizational implementation. Students will complete a summary project requiring individual and team research, quantitative data gathering and qualitative analysis in service of creating a new direction for an existing organization. Throughout, the ethical dimensions of decision-making and implementation will be emphasized. The course will allow students to apply the lessons of strategic thinking to their own career direction.

BADM 4910 – Independent Study in Business Administration
Advanced independent research.

BADM 4970 – Internship in Business Administration
An assignment in a business institution other than the current employer in which reflective experience is the goal. Interested students who have completed 20 hours or more in the major should apply to their academic advisor.