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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration | Milligan

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Finish Your Business Degree

Milligan’s business administration major for working adults is an affordable degree that is recognized and respected in the business community. And we have a program to fit your schedule. Designed for adults who have completed about two year’s of college and at least two years of full-time work experience, Milligan can help put you on the fast track to own your own business, oversee a department, move up the corporate ladder, or change your career path altogether. Whatever your goals, Milligan will help prepare you as a Christian leader in the workplace to change lives and shape culture.

An Affordable Difference

  • 16 months of class time to complete the program = keep your dreams alive
  • One night per week + some online = keep your job
  • Parking, bookstore, library, computer resources available in the evening = keep your sanity
  • Be part of a cohort group going through the program together = keep a support system
  • Flex Track options at Milligan campus near Johnson City OR Kingsport Academic Village  = keep it close
  • Get a free Personalized Degree Plan = keep your credit
  • Tuition is lower than state university = keep your money
  • Quality curriculum, nationally respected college, caring faculty = keep your reputation


Personalized Degree Plan

We offer a free Personalized Degree Plan that reviews your transcripts and past credit to determine exactly what your degree plan will be and how long it will take you. This ultimately saves you time and money by making sure you stay on track to complete your degree without any surprises and as quickly as you can. Email to get your process started.

Flex Track Options

The Flex Track allows students the greatest amount of flexibility in their educational experience. Students can complete their Bachelor’s degree either at Milligan or the Kingsport Academic Village, with the core of the program offered both places.

  • Students interested in Ops Management can take the two concentration courses in Kingsport
  • Students interested in Management can take the two track courses at Milligan

This allows students at either location to complete the concentration of interest, with flexibility to accommodate the location that best fits their personal and professional lives. Students attend the core classes at the location most convenient to them – Kingsport or Milligan. Then they select their concentration of choice and complete those two courses at the designated location. Milligan cohorts begin in August and Kingsport cohorts begin in February.


Tuition for the program is $295 per credit hour, which is one of the most economical programs in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. But you get so much more at Milligan. Teaching you is more than a job to our faculty – it’s a mission. They are dedicated teachers, experienced professionals, and trusted mentors who invest time, energy, and ideas to inspire you and help you reach your highest potential. It’s not just a degree. It’s your future.


Milligan offers you a “support team” in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies that is experienced and ready to help. We care about your success. We’ll work with you from your first question to graduation. We’ll help you develop a degree plan that makes the most of your time and money. We provide an orientation to our campus and to the program prior to your first class. We do our best to make your life easier.

You’ll find our small classes (limited to 24) consist of students like you, with similar priorities – families, jobs, church and civic responsibilities, and a variety of other commitments. The support of your classmates will be invaluable. And your classes will be taught by Christian faculty who are known for their teaching skills, professional experience, academic credentials, and for their personal attention to students.


Milligan College has earned the respect of employers locally and throughout the U.S. Our graduates are leaders in many corporations and organizations. In Milligan’s program, you’ll learn from an experienced faculty, analyzing real life case studies and doing Internet research. You’ll study a broad range of business topics that you can apply immediately. You’ll be able to pull together all your previous college work so that at last your goal will be in sight. And we make it easy for you to get started!


The business administration major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree consists of 48 semester hours. The management concentration includes courses in leadership, economics, accounting, business statistics, corporate finance, marketing, management, operations management, human resource management, business ethics, business law, international business, and business strategy. The operations management concentration includes courses in operations and supply chain management, logistics, accounting, finance, business statistics, economics, marketing, and business strategy. Click here to view course descriptions.

Completing the major takes approximately 16 months. Completion of the degree is dependent upon the outstanding degree requirements.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Banton or call 423.461.8662.



Our application process is simple. You can apply online or download a paper application. Just call us and we’ll walk you through it. Cohorts begin each February and August.


Getting Started: Personalized Degree Plan

You need to have approximately 52 semester hours which can be transferred to Milligan, and you need to document two years of full-time work experience (or the equivalent). We offer a free Personalized Degree Plan to determine exactly what your degree plan will be and how long it will take you. If you’re currently working toward the 52 hours, let us help you prepare to transfer to Milligan. We can help determine what courses you need and where you can obtain them. Contact Rebecca Banton or call 423.461.8662.

Transfer Students

Milligan College maintains articulation agreements with many regional community colleges to help ensure that your credits transfer smoothly into Milligan’s bachelor’s degree program. If you are a community college graduate, Milligan will develop a degree plan sheet showing you exactly how your existing college credits will transfer. Call us today to set up a meeting with our academic advisor, and find out how close you are to earning your bachelor’s degree!

Cost & Financial Aid

Students in this program are eligible to apply for state and federal tuition assistance programs, for employer reimbursement when applicable, and any other scholarship programs. Click here for more information.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles of Milligan College. We at Milligan adopt specific rules on the basis of our belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Specifically, the Milligan College adult student agrees to abide by a lifestyle commitment in which he or she refrains from illegal drugs, pornography, profanity, dishonesty, sexual immorality, unethical conduct, vandalism, and immodest dress. Students are expected to seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere of trust, encouragement, and respect for one another. Click here to read more about expectations and responsibilities for the Milligan community.

Financial Information

Tuition & Fees

Milligan is committed to keeping college affordable for our students. Our Adult Degree Completion Programs are priced competitively, and our Student Financial Services Office will work with you individually every step of the way to help investigate all the options available for financing your education.

Application Fee (non-refundable)
Technology Access Fee ($90 per term)
Lifetime academic records fee (charged one time at the beginning of term one, covers transcripts, graduation fees, etc.)
Tuition (per semester hour)

Students should also anticipate book expenses, estimated at an additional $2,000 for the entire program. If you take additional courses at Milligan, you will be charged for these at the rate appropriate to that course.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for degree completion students. Click here to learn more about the types of aid available and your payment options.



The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that between 2008 and 2018, the largest segment of job growth in the United States will be in the area of Professional and Related Services. Positions in this category include various careers in management, financial, scientific, and consulting services. Furthermore, nearly half of the jobs expected to open during this time period will require at least a bachelor’s degree.*

Salaries and lifetime earning power for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree will continue significantly to outstrip the earning power of workers with less education, as seen in the chart below. Plus, a worker’s likelihood of being unemployed is directly related to his or her level of education. Bottom line: the most effective pathway to a more dependable financial future is to finish your college degree!

Note: Data are 2013 annual averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Note: Data are 2013 annual averages for persons age 25 and over. Earnings are for full-time wage and salary workers. Source: Current Population Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Furthermore, these additional benefits continue to accrue over a lifetime of work. Recent estimates are that, over a lifetime of work, the average holder of a bachelor’s degree will earn approximately two-thirds more in salary and benefits than a high school graduate working over the same period of time:

Recent estimates are that, over a lifetime of work, the average holder of a bachelor's degree will earn approximately two-thirds more in salary and benefits than a high school graduate working over the same period of time.


Recent graduates of Milligan’s adult degree completion program in business and its online CIS-Mobile program have been employed by Blackburn, Childers, and Steagall Accountants, Edward Jones, State Farm Insurance, Johnson City Federal Credit Union, Eastman Credit Union, Wellmont, Mountain States Health Alliance, Citi Group, Great Lakes Credit Union, and many others.

Salary Possibilities

While salaries for all positions vary by company and by geographical region, below are samples of salaries in industries in which recent Milligan graduates have found employment. Salaries for workers in various computer information systems fields continue to accelerate, since this is among the fastest growing industries in the nation.

Business Administration

  • Accounting – average salaries start around $34K with little experience, with a mid-range of 54K
  • Personal Finance – starting at 32K with a mid range salary of 66K
  • Insurance Underwriters – starting 32K to mid range salary of 52K
  • Human Resources – 26K to mid range salary of 52K
  • Credit Analyst – 32K to mid range of 52K
  • Loan Officers – 29K to mid range of 52K

Computer Information Systems

  • Programmers – 39K to mid range of 65K
  • Software Engineer – 50K to mid range of 80K
  • Computer Support Specialist – 25K to mid range 41K
  • Computer Systems Analyst – 43K to mid range 70K
  • Network Administrators – 39K with mid range of 62K
  • Ops Research Analyst – 39K to mid range 65K

Career Development

For more information about Milligan’s Career Development resources, click here.

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Business Faculty

Dr. David Campbell

David Campbell

Associate Professor of Economics; MBA Director; Area Chair of Business

Phone: 423.461.8674
Office: Price Business Center, 005


Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
Office: Derthick Hall, 300B


Dr. Bill Greer

Bill Greer

President; J. Henry Kegley Chair of Business and Economics; Professor of Business and Economics

Phone: 423.461.8710
Office: Little Hartland