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Business Administration

  • Available as major (B.S. degree), minor and A.A.S. degree, with minors and concentrations in management and not-for-profit management
    Become the leader of your own company or an established business. Prepare to plan, organize, direct and control the daily activities of an organization. With your degree in business administration, you will be on your way to the top.

  • Prepare for a successful career with a degree in business administration at Olivet. Gain the necessary foundation of Christian faith and business knowledge you need to compete in the dynamic global economy.

    Choose your educational emphasis from these four areas of specialization:

    Management — Help a company operate more efficiently by planning, coordinating and directing: space allocation; facilities maintenance and operations; property and equipment purchases; and other key operational decisions.

    Management information systems — Become the technology expert for a business enterprise. Working with other managers, help determine the direction of the organization. Then direct and implement the technology needed to reach the goals. Oversee all the technical aspects, including software development, network security and Internet operations.

    Industrial technology management — With your technology background, learn to apply business management skills in your specialty area. Apply the knowledge you will gain in business law, organizational behavior, managerial accounting and other management concepts to actual business enterprises.

    Not-for-profit management — Study foundations of fundraising, administration and supervision of human services, small business management and more. Benefit from the strong emphasis on grant writing and a required internship.

    Public Administration — Offers the Federal Seminar in Washington, D.C.

    Human Resource Management — Includes an opportunity to join Olivet’s Student Society of Human Resource Management.

    Operations Management — Provides opportunities for Microsoft® certifications through the Certiport® Authorized Testing Center at Olivet and training in lean management techniques. Additionally, students can become “SAP Recognized,” based on experience with the leading executive resource planning software used by Fortune 500 companies.

    Healthcare Management — Incorporates the Lean Continuous Process Improvement course taught by leaders in health care administration. Students work alongside hospital staff to improve efficiency and quality, and can apply for medical center internships.

    Learn to integrate your Christian faith with core management objectives. Use real world examples and scenarios to practice ethical decision making. As you grow in your ability to make decisions in complex business environments, you will also strengthen your faith.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study Christian formation and faith, principles of finance, human resource management, industrial/organizational psychology.
    • Visit successful businesses and their leaders to learn firsthand why they succeed.
    • Make connections for internships with trusted companies.
    • Network with and learn from alumni and Christian businesspersons.
    • Examine case studies of real companies facing real challenges.
    • Develop your portfolio to help you present yourself to future employers.
    • Use what you learn in the classroom to help area businesses.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) — Teach the business skills you learn in the classroom to those in the communities around you. Take the lead in developing and implementing projects focusing on market economics, financial literacy, success skills, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and ethics.

    Internships – Build your résumé, make connections and network with professionals while you learn skills that help you survive and thrive on the job.


    If you are drawn to:

    • taking leadership roles
    • communicating 
    • planning
    • problem-solving 
    • looking at the big picture
    • being a team player 
    • working with different personalities
    • taking on challenges
    • then a career as a business leader is for you.

    Possible careers include: business manager, entrepreneur, business owner, human resource manager, chief operating officer, operations director, office manager, trainer, purchasing, transportation and distribution management, administrative services manager

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  • A degree in business administration will set you up for success in a number of different careers.

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