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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program at the University of Providence will provide you with an education in general business while allowing you to tailor your coursework to your career interests and goals by choosing a concentration in general business, finance or management. The BSBA degree is offered as an on-campus program in Great Falls, Montana and as a fully online program.

In addition to general business knowledge, the bachelor’s degree in business administration program emphasizes three primary competencies: interpersonal skills, technological skills and problem-solving. Ethical decision-making and personal character development are also woven through the coursework.

Writing skills and technical tools are utilized throughout the program, allowing each student to reach their full potential as communicators, presenters and leaders. The faculty in the business department have worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit arenas and bring those experiences to the classroom.

Theoretical and practical concepts are integrated through case studies and projects that take advantage of students’ professional and organizational experience. An internship takes you out of the classroom and into applying the skills and knowledge you have learned in a hands-on environment.

Program Highlights

  • Tailor Your Education to Your Interests

Have an interest in finance or management? Want to hone your skills in the fundamentals of general business? In the BSBA degree program, you can choose between three unique concentrations that will help you build a solid foundation in finance, management or general business. 

  • Online Learning Option

In addition to our in-person program in Montana, the online business administration bachelor’s degree program allows for added flexibility in your education. Ideal for the busy working professional, you’ll find that even in an online environment, professors at UP are dedicated to getting to know you and supporting your success. 

  • Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities are available, and you will receive school credit for your completed hours. Business Administration students may intern where they choose, once approved. In the past, Business Administration students have interned at Stockman Bank or Social Security, with out-of-state opportunities available through collaboration with your advisor.

  • A Multitude of Career Paths

The sky’s the limit with a business degree; no matter what you choose to do, you will use the skills of reading, creating a budget, using critical thinking to solve problems and utilizing basic marketing skills to see how your industry and the world are affected by external events. You’ll be prepared to lead and manage in any field you choose to pursue.


Program Curriculum

The bachelor’s degree in business administration consists of 120 credits needed to graduate. The business degree core has 36 credits, and each concentration has 12 credits (48 total of your 120).

Depending on what you bring in for credits, such as AP courses, Honors courses or community college/junior college courses, program length can vary.

BSBA Program Curriculum


Business Administration Degree Concentrations


General Business

Designed to foster a deeper understanding of the foundations of business functioning, the general business concentration will have students taking courses in commerce law, budgeting, entrepreneurship and project management. These courses will round out students’ skill sets and prepare them for a wide variety of careers in business.

Finance Concentration

More focused than the general business concentration, the finance concentration consists of a curriculum that emphasizes the application of finance in business, such as courses in financial markets and institutions, ethics and enterprise, investments and portfolio management and public and non-profit finance.

Management Concentration

Students interested in management roles will find that the management concentration provides an in-depth look at management from varying perspectives. Course offerings will prepare students for leadership positions and include human resource management, supply chain management, global enterprise and spreadsheets for business.


Skills You’ll Learn

Students who earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Providence will learn these skills and more:

  • Accounting
  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Research tools
  • Several “soft skills” employers seek
  • Writing
  • Business practices
  • Management information
  • Project management
  • Marketing skills
  • Business management


Careers With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration

The skills of a business major from the University of Providence are transferable to any job or organization. Some business administration entry-level positions include project manager, program manager, government contractor, administrator and entrepreneur.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that careers in management are expected to increase by 8% and those in business and finance are projected to grow by 7% between 2021-2031. This growth indicates that business graduates will have ample opportunities to establish themselves within the industry, whether in a financial or managerial role.

While income is often commensurate with industry and role, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, those who hold a BSBA degree can expect to earn a median annual salary of $65,000.


Why Get a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration?

There are many benefits to pursuing a business administration degree, including career and networking opportunities. To help make your decision process easier, the University of Providence has compiled a list of five reasons you should consider a BSBA degree. Read the article to find out more


Application and Admission Requirements


Program Application: Applicants must complete an online undergraduate application.

Official Transcripts: Official high school transcripts can be sent directly from your high school to: University of Providence | Admissions | 1301 20th Street South | Great Falls, MT 59405 or may be submitted electronically. Include transcripts from any dual enrollment or other pre-college programs you have attended and results of any AP tests you have taken.

Testing Scores: Official ACT or SAT score report if your score with test date is not recorded on your high school transcript. Our ACT code is 2410, SAT is 4058. Providing official test scores is strongly recommended but not required to be reviewed for admission. If you have taken either test, it is best to have your scores sent to the University of Providence.

Launch Your Career With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration From UP

The bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Providence allows you to tailor your education to your interests and pursue a career in business that aligns with your goals. Whether your passion is finance, business or management, you’ll graduate from the program with the skills employers look for and the hands-on experience you need to reach success.


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Program Faculty

Katrina Stark, D.M.

Professor of Business

James Lautenschlager, MBA

Assistant Professor of Business

Michael Kojetin, MA, MBA

Assistant Professor of Business

Contact Information

People dream of getting the opportunity to live in Montana. I am so deeply connected to Great Falls, and Montana as a whole, my best of friends are all from the state and half of them I didn’t even go to school with. But every single one of those individuals taught me a lot about life and how to love every moment of every day, and every one that I encounter. One of the bigger statements that Katrina Stark always said to me was “You always leave a place better then how you found it” - Great Falls and the University of Providence were already on their way to being great, however, that statement alone is what motivated me to do as much as I could in my last year for the school.
Samantha Sandoval
"Before attending the University of Providence, I was unsure of what I really wanted to pursue. After beginning the Business Administration program, I found a desire in both sales and entrepreneurship. Not only have I learned a lot about myself with this program and where my interests in the business world lie, but I have also learned about the critical principles of business and how to set myself up for success in the future. I’ve had the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable and experienced professors who have designed their class structures to apply to the real world of business. My goal with this degree is to start my career in real estate and eventually start my own business. With everything I've learned, I'm confident that I'll be one step ahead of the game when I graduate and prepared to start working towards my dream."
Megan Haugen
Business Administration Major