What Can I Do With a Business Administration Major?

What Can I Do With a Business Administration Major?

The Business Administration Major exposes graduates to all facets of business, giving them flexibility to tailor their education to their professional experience or explore interests.

Through focusing on Innovation and Strategy, the Business Administration major exposes students to each of the disciplines offered by the Eller College of Management. This allows graduates versatility and the ability to adapt to the needs of their company or professional pursuits.

Degree Requirements

Includes: foundation courses required for Professional Admission*, general education requirements, professional core courses and a set of Business Administration core courses.

Sample Business Administration Courses/Topics:

  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Economic Strategy for Business Decisions
  • Human Resources Management
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate Finance and Investment

* Students must achieve Professional Admission (a competitive and selective application process) to move from the pre-professional phase to the professional phase.
** Check the Degree/Academic Progress Report (APRR's) for your specific academic program requirements per your catalog.

Student Involvement

The college has a wide variety of professional fraternities, honoraries and student clubs. Student organizations offer: career information; networking opportunities with alumni, corporate representatives, faculty and fellow students; social and professional activities; and provide leadership roles and skills building opportunities.

Student organizations for Business Administration majors include the EOAB (Eller Online Advisory Board).

Visit the Eller Undergraduate Student Organizations website for more information.

Additional Opportunities

Students are able to gain certificates/emphasis in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Sports Management
  • Accounting

Students can reach out to their advisor for more information

Career Opportunities

Given the analytical nature and diversity of the discipline, Business Administration provides a solid background for many jobs and professions. The study of Business Administration also offers excellent preparation for advanced education in government, law, management, finance, hospitality, sales, human resources and education.

Business Administration jobs occur in a variety of organizations: manufacturers, hospitals, charities, hotels, government and so forth. Among the many types of occupations are:

  • Management Development Trainee
  • Project Management
  • Small Business Management
  • Human Resource Administration
  • Management/Organizational Analysis
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Officer
  • Regional Operations Management
  • Production Management
  • Retail Store Management
  • Business Development
  • Sales Apprenticeship
  • Insurance/Annuities Sales
  • Athletic Sales
  • Territory Sales Management
  • Hospitality Management

View PDF of Types of Jobs and Employers

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 773,800 new jobs. Globalization, a growing economy and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors. In addition, increasing usage of data and market research in order to understand customers and product demand, and to evaluate marketing strategies, will lead to growing demand for market research analysts. 


Starting salaries vary by size and type of employer, location, course work and experience. National average starting salary offers:

  • Eller Business Administration graduate average annual salary: $53,218 (Eller Graduate Survey, 2019)
  • National Business Administration/Business Management graduate average annual salary: $53,944 (NACE Salary Survey, Summer 2020)

Recruitment Opportunities

Business Administration graduates obtain jobs through various avenues, leading to placements with a wide range of firms and organizations.

On-campus recruitment opportunities include the fall and spring Eller Expo and Career Showcase, hosted by the Eller College, and the fall and spring "Career Days", hosted by the University of Arizona Student Engagement & Career Development.

sample of employers that hired Eller College Business Administration majors in past few years:


Arizona Auditor General

Balboa Capital Corporation

BNSF Railway

California State Controller's Office

Cerner Healthcare Information Technology

Clarkston Consulting


Consolidated Graphics

Crescent Electric Supply

Deloitte Services 

Dillard's Department Stores

Edward Jones

Ensynch, Inc.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Epic Systems Corporation

Ernst & Young

FactSet Research Systems 

General Mills

Heinfeld, Meech & Co.


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JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Liberty Mutual

Insurance Group 

Medix Staffing Solutions

National Bank of Arizona

Navigant Consulting

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network





Sears Holding Co.



Travelers Insurance

US AgBank


Wells Fargo Financial

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