School of Professional Studies in Chicago

Business Administration (BA)

Why Study Business Administration?

The business administration major will help you develop comprehensive skills and prepare you for management positions in corporate, nonprofit, and government organizations. You’ll learn key concepts and strategies for a wide range of business disciplines, including leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving in complex business situations, financial management, and communication with diverse audiences. Advance your career and increase your earning potential with this practical, in-demand degree.

Preparing for the Next Step in Your Career

We understand the importance of supporting and encouraging our students throughout their educational journey. Our experienced faculty and staff are committed to guiding you every step of the way, providing the resources and assistance you need to succeed.

Faculty Spotlight:
Trevor James

Trevor James oversees the business administration as well as organizational management and leadership majors. He has an extensive background in higher and adult education, as well as marketing and management experience in both the nonprofit and public sectors.

Learn more about Trevor

Program Flexibility

Flexibility is built right into the School of Professional Studies. New classes start every two months, with seven-week accelerated courses that meet just once a week at one of our two campus locations–evenings or Saturdays–or online.

By taking at least six courses a year, most students finish their degree in 2.5 years or less, depending on transfer credit (students can transfer as many as 90 hours).

Explore the courses and requirements for the business administration major.

A Competitive Edge

“North Park gave me a competitive edge in the field of marketing communications,” says Chad Woehrle C’10. He credits the value and reputation of the School of Professional Studies for helping advance his career. “With my degree, I’ve helped my company not only be more successful, but also become a leader in the Chicago business community,” Chad says.

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Credit for Life Experience

In the School of Professional Studies, you may earn academic credit for life experience through the Credit for Prior Learning process. Credit is earned if you are able to demonstrate learning, whether from informal life experience, professional business or marketing training, accounting certification, financial licensure, or any other source.

Learn more about transferring and earning credit for life experience.

Location Options

A degree in business administration can be earned through classes offered at the Chicago and Grayslake campuses, a combination of online and in-person classes, or exclusively online.