Business Administration:
Adult Degree Completion Program

Area of Business

Updated Fall 2013
Milligan College offers an adult degree completion program with a major in business administration. This major is designed for adults who have completed 52 or more semester hours of college credit and two or more years of full-time work experience. Degree candidates must also complete the college’s general education core of humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, and Bible as well as an appropriate number of elective courses. Inquiries are addressed to the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies at 423.461.8782.

The adult degree completion program in business administration supports the following goals of Milligan College:

The business administration curriculum is designed for the career-oriented adult who intends to assume a professional role in society as a leader of business activities. Students are prepared for a career in business and industry as well as the not-for-profit sector. The study of business administration also contributes to the application of business principles in daily life.

Graduates who complete the business administration major are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the business core that is sufficient to provide each student with a comprehensive understanding of the discipline’s major functional areas. Likewise, students will possess the requisite understanding necessary to integrate successfully the functional areas into a cohesive whole for the purpose of short and long-term decision-making. This body of knowledge will be sufficient for success in the workplace or in continued graduate studies;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of written and oral communication skills as well as the use of computer technology and mathematics sufficient to support the application of quantitative principles;
  3. Exhibit the development of the leadership and management skills that are necessary for the successful planning, implementation, and control of the business enterprise, all rooted in a foundation of ethical and moral principles.

Business Administration major - B.S.

In addition to the 32 hours of Business Administration core courses, a student must complete hours in one of the following two emphases: general and operations management.

General emphasis

The general emphasis allows students to complete coursework in a wide range of business disciplines including business law, corporate finance and international business and economics.

Required core courses

Total number of required hours in the Business Administration major (ADCP): 48

Operations Management emphasis

The operations management emphasis consists of courses designed to prepare students for successful careers in operational management or administration.

Required core courses

Required courses in the emphasis

Total number of required hours in the Business Administration major with an operations management emphasis (ADCP): 48

Completing the major takes approximately 16 months. Completion of the degree is dependent upon the outstanding degree requirements. Therefore, the time necessary to complete the degree can be better identified after the degree plan is filed (prior to admittance into the major).

Senior Major Exam

All students majoring in Business Administration must take the senior major exam. The senior major exam is created by the Business Administration faculty and given at the end of the program.

Degree Requirements

The student who completes the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business administration must meet all general education requirements (GER). Students are not required to complete a minor; elective hours can constitute the balance of the degree. The degree requirements are as follows:

  1. Successful completion of 128 semester hours
  2. Successful completion at Milligan College of the forty-eight semester hours in the business administration major
  3. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all work (4.0 scale)
  4. Successful completion of the general education requirements
  5. Completion of the senior examination

General Education Requirements (GER)

Some general education requirements (GER) are met in the ADCP business administration major. Students who choose to complete a second major are not required to complete any additional GER. General education requirements are graduation requirements and, thus, are not an admission factor.


Degree candidates are encouraged to participate in commencement ceremonies; ceremonies are conducted in May and December each year. Candidates for a degree are identified through their completion of the “Intent to Graduate” form. Degree candidates must have met all degree requirements and the student’s account must be paid in full prior to commencement. Arrangements must be completed as early as possible through the Registrar’s Office, the Office for Graduate and Professional Studies, and the Business Office.