Business Administration at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Build a strong foundation for your business career.

Our program covers a complete range of business concepts. With the ability to manage finances, people and processes, you'll be ready to excel in any business area. And if you choose our emphasis in hospitality and tourism management, you can use your skills in unique settings like convention centers and cruise lines.

I am pursuing a double major in business administration and finance. I originally was set on business administration because I liked having the option to take a multitude of business classes in different departments.
James Keppler of Aurora, Illinois
Business administration and finance major

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This program is also available at the University Center at McHenry County College.

What Can I Do With a Business Administration Degree From NIU?

Our program prepares you for roles in a range of industries. With your strong understanding of core business concepts, you can find success in virtually any area of business.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Business development
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Strategic planning
  • Team management

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Human resources
  • Insurance
  • Retail

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Career Potential for NIU Business Administration Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • ADP
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • State Farm
  • Target
  • Walgreens

Job titles include:

  • Account executive
  • General manager
  • Operations manager
  • President
  • Regional sales manager

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Business Administration Major at NIU

Our curriculum covers key business areas including marketing, accounting and data analytics. You'll develop both your communication and technical skills. With our expert professors and extensive alumni network, you'll have the connections and guidance you need to succeed.

You can choose the optional emphasis in hospitality and tourism management to prepare for careers in unique and exciting settings.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
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