Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Business administration majors take foundation courses in business, economics, and management information systems in their freshman and sophomore years, and then pursue special options in:

By the time you graduate, you will have developed an impressive portfolio of marketable skills—as a generalist who wants broad exposure to management, or as a new entrepreneur, marketer, systems analyst, or accountant.

Option in Accounting

Accounting is called the first language of business for good reason: the fate of many products and marketing campaigns hinges on the financial officer's final analysis. For this reason, successful accounting professionals often assume leadership roles within their companies. Whether you are interested in working within an existing organization or in starting your own business, understanding financial matters is vital to your success.

The Accounting Option provides you with opportunities in a variety of fields, including internal audit, external audit, tax preparation and planning, and consulting. Demand for accountants has been consistently strong. The goal of the accounting option is to prepare you for a career in accounting and the qualifications to obtain certifications, such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). The accounting option also prepares you to enter the Master of Science in Accounting program offered by the Peter T. Paul College. Obtaining a Masters degree is a necessary requirement for taking the CPA exam in most states, including Massachusetts and Maine.

Dr. Jonathan Nash
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Faculty Coordinator, Accounting Option

Option in Entrepreneurial Studies (ES)

The Entrepreneurial Studies (ES) Option is not just marketing, management, or finance -- it's all of that and more. ES is designed for students who want to real world learning: the program includes active student participation. You’ll visit high-growth companies and firms that service their industry. You’ll reap the realworld wisdom of your faculty team and guest speakers. And you’ll apply what you’ve learned in case studies and a senior project that will give you an opportunity to create your own business venture.

Dr. Jeffrey Sohl
Professor of Decision Sciences and Entrepreneurship
Faculty Coordinator, ES Option

Laura Hill
Educational Program Coordinator

Option in Finance

Finance is the study of the ways money, markets, and people come together to create value. You’ll learn how banks, securities markets, and other financial institutions operate. You’ll study the influences of the national and international monetary pictures on financial management. You’ll learn how to make financing and organizational restructuring decisions in business firms

The Finance Option provides you with opportunities in a variety of disciplines including commercial banking, insurance, corporate finance control, investment banking, money management, venture capital and risk management. The goal of the Finance Option is to expose you to all three major areas of finance: investments, corporate and financial institutions. This Option also helps students who plan to sit for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level I exam, the Certified Financial Manager (CFM) exam and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam.

Dr. Huimin Li​
Assistant Professor of Finance
Faculty Coordinator, Finance Option

Option in Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA)

The Information Systems and Business Analytics (ISBA) Option provides you with both business problem solving skills and in-depth technical knowledge. The program concentrates on two areas: 1) organizations, with an emphasis on business processes, and 2) technology, with an emphasis on analysis, design, implementation, and management of an organization’s information systems.

Pivotal contributors to the success of any business venture, ISBA professionals must be able to design and manage systems that serve many users – from programmers and managers to clerks and customers. The ISBA option prepares you for a wide range of technology careers by helping them master the fundamentals of ISBA and technology, achieve technical competence in ISBA design and development, and apply ISBA solutions to real business problems. You'll be required to work on real-world industry projects to which they apply the ISBA concepts and problem-solving skills learned in the classroom.

Dr. Khole Gwebu
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences
Faculty Coordinator, ISBA Option

Option in International Business and Economics (IBE)

The International Business and Economics (IBE) Option offers an interdisciplinary course of study, providing strong business training for students pursuing careers at organizations with an international focus, particularly in multinational corporations, international banks and government agencies. It achieves this by combining general business training with in-depth knowledge in economics, finance and management. You'll be strongly encouraged to round out your education with either an internship at an international organization or by studying abroad for one semester.

International Business and Economics focuses the disciplines of management, international trade, finance, marketing, and economics on the challenges of global commerce. International managers explore such questions as, "What causes international financial crisis and how can we shelter our corporations from risk?" or "How will trade laws impact our ability to compete overseas?" and "How can we use technology to manage human resources over great distances and among different cultures?" This option encourages you to experience other cultures first-hand through internships or study abroad. The Budapest Study Abroad program, a semester of study at Hungary's leading business school, Budapest University of Economics Sciences, is especially encouraged.

Dr. Bruce Elmslie
Professor of Economics
Faculty Coordinator, International Business and Economics (IBE) Option

Option in Management

The Management Option provides you opportunities to develop a substantial foundation in the principles of managing the human, organizational, and capital resources of the firm in a strategic manner to enhance organizational competitiveness. Courses emphasize problem-solving, planning, and interpersonal skills related to leadership in the new economy, managing innovation and change, and international and cross-cultural issues in business. Future career paths include consulting, supervision, program management, or pursuit of graduate education in management of law. This is an excellent option for students who see themselves as "big picture people" and business generalists.

Dr. Tuck Pescosolido
Chair of Management Department and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management
Faculty Coordinator, Management Option

Option in Marketing

The Marketing Option focuses on how to develop, establish, and maintain products and services of high value for customers as well as how to deliver and communicate them. The option addresses key linkages critical to effective customer and product management, from understanding customer needs and problems to delivering appropriate solutions and services. It further examines decision choices facing managers concerning market selection, entry timing, positional advantage to be pursued, targeting and executional approaches. The option emphasizes digital marketing and analytics across its courses.  

PAUL students that concentrate in marketing take - in addition to the Marketing core course - six courses in the field, of which four are required. Those required courses are:

  • MKTG 752 Marketing Research
  • MKTG 753 Consumer/Buyer Behavior
  • MKTG 762 Marketing Workshop
  • MKTG 763 Marketing Analytics

In addition to the four required courses, students may select a minimum of two additional 700-level marketing courses.

Dr. Thomas Gruen
Chair and Professor of Marketing
Faculty Coordinator, Marketing Option

Student Designed Option

A Student-Designed Option in Business Administration is available for those whose interests are not fully satisfied by any of the other currently available options in Business Administration. If you desire a self-designed option you must submit to the Faculty Coordinator a standard written proposal describing your objectives and intended program of study. After approval by the Faculty Coordinator, the proposal must receive approval from the Undergraduate Programs Office in Paul College. The Faculty Coordinator is Dr. Carole K. Barnett (, 603.862.3307, Paul College Office 360L.

If you are considering this option you should begin to plan for it no later than the second semester of your Sophomore year. The formal application deadline is October 15 of a your Junior year; you must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.