Aurora University

Business Administration (BA)

Why choose a Business Administration major?

A Business Administration major is a consistently popular choice because business graduates enter the workplace with the skills to succeed in the global economy. Whether you choose a general Business Administration degree or a specialized area, you will discover a wide range of career opportunities available to you.

No matter what your career path, a degree in business administration is valuable. Business Administration gives you a broad understanding of how organizations work. It also builds skills that are important across industries and careers, including critical thinking and problem solving, data analysis, communication, people skills, negotiation, research, and creativity.

Why choose a Business Administration major at AU?

A Business Administration degree from AU's Dunham School of Business and Public Policy will prepare you for a meaningful and fulfilling career in business, whether you choose to work at a for-profit, nonprofit, entrepreneurial, family, public, or global organization.

The Business Administration program at AU incorporates a blend of academics and real-world experiences, preparing you for professional success upon graduation. The program is also flexible, so you can take courses that are interesting to you.

When you come to AU’s Dunham School of Business and Public Policy you will find:

  • A diverse faculty of teachers, active scholars, and practitioners with meaningful career backgrounds and business relationships
  • Participation in team projects and case studies that bring the working world into the classroom
  • Our partnerships with businesses in the Fox River Valley and Chicagoland areas that offer opportunities for dynamic learning experiences
  • A wide variety of internships and job opportunities in small, medium, and large business organizations, as well as graduate-level programs in Business and Digital Marketing and Design.

At AU, you can expand your career opportunities by double-majoring in Marketing, Finance, Communication, or Graphic Design. And even with a second major, you'll still be able to graduate in four years.

The Business Administration major also meets the requirements to allow you to pursue an MBA or continue into AU’s accelerated MBA Plus One Program.

AU’s business program and student organizations gave me the opportunity to directly integrate into the professional and business world so that I would be ready to hit the ground running upon graduation. Ryan Roberts ’19
In Our Own Words

In Our Own Words: Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Dean Toby Arquette on how to learn the business skills that transcend changing job markets

The most popular business major at AU is the Business Administration degree. It provides students with a solid foundation and the skills to qualify for a wide variety of jobs. Internships are a significant part of the AU business experience, and our curriculum is designed to help students navigate the job search process from day one.

With the experience I gained at AU, I was able to obtain an internship with a Fortune 500 company that led to a job offer upon graduation. Nick Brosman '20, President of AU American Marketing Association

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Curriculum Highlights
  • Effective professional communication
  • Collaboration and working in teams
  • Using data to make decisions
  • Solving highly complex business problems
  • Technical knowledge of your field
Student Organizations
  • American Marketing Association
  • Aurora University Finance Association
  • Delta Mu Delta Honorary Organization
  • Professional Sales Association
  • Student Accounting Society
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Aurora University’s proximity to Chicago and the Interstate-88/Interstate-55 business corridors, provides students with the unique opportunity to pursue internships in a wide variety of industries. All Business Administration majors have the opportunity to complete an internship that provides hands-on experience in a real business setting. These internships build connections to help you begin your career immediately after graduation. Additionally, many student organizations provide opportunities to grow your portfolio.

Career possibilities

  • Business consultant
  • Customer service representative
  • Financial analyst
  • Fundraising coordinator
  • Human resource specialist
  • Logistics specialist
  • Management analyst
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Operations specialist
  • Product coordinator
  • Purchasing coordinator
  • Sales manager
  • Training and development specialist

Where our graduates work

  • Accenture
  • ADP
  • Amazon
  • Ameriprise Financial
  • Nike
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • RR Donnelly
  • Travelers