Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Finish Your Business Degree

Milligan’s business administration major for working professionals 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
  • One night per week + some online = keep your job
  • Tuition is lower than state university = keep your money
  • Get a free Personalized Degree Plan = keep your credit
  • 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
  • Quality curriculum, nationally respected college, caring faculty = keep your reputation


Curriculum & Options

The business administration major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree consists of 48 semester hours. Completing the major takes approximately 16 months. Completion of the degree is dependent upon the outstanding degree requirements. Two concentration options within the major are available:

  • MANAGEMENT (offered at the Milligan campus near Johnson City) prepares students for a broad range of business and management careers. The curriculum 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. View course descriptions here.
  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (offered at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education) prepares students for successful careers in operational management or administration. The curriculum includes courses in operations and supply chain management, logistics, accounting, finance, business statistics, economics, marketing, and business strategy. View course descriptions here.

Start Dates & Flex-Track Options

Start in August or February.

  • AUGUST — If you want to take classes primarily on the Milligan campus near Johnson City, start in August. All courses for the general Management concentration offered at Milligan. If you select the Operations Management concentration, your two concentration classes will meet in Kingsport; all other courses at Milligan. See course calendars linked to the right.
  • FEBRUARY — If you want to take classes primarily at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE), start in February. All courses for the Operations Management concentration offered at KCHE. If you select the general Management concentration, your two concentration classes will meet at the Milligan campus; all other courses at KCHE. See course calendars linked to the right.


Tuition for the program is $305 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. Read more about cost and financial aid here »

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.


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!

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. Classes 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.

Cost & Financial Information

Tuition & Fees

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. See the FAQ about financial aid below.

Application Fee (non-refundable)
Technology Access Fee ($100 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Adult Degree Completion Programs

Financial Aid FAQ

Is financial aid available for degree completion students?

Yes. Click here to learn more about the types of aid available and your payment options.

What are some important deadlines of which I should be aware?

Feb 15 – FAFSA should be completed

First day of class – Stafford Direct Loan/Perkins Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) should be completed

How certain can I be that I will receive some type of financial aid?

Approximately 90% of our students receive some type of financial aid, including merit and need-based scholarships, grants, loans, and employment.

Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?

Yes. Any student wishing to receive federal, state, and/or need-based Milligan aid must file the FAFSA and complete the Milligan College Financial Aid/Scholarship Renewal Application every year.

How is my financial aid allocated in a term based program?

Financial aid is awarded in a summer, fall, and spring sequence. For example: your 2015-16 FAFSA will cover spring 2016 term classes. Your 2016-17 FAFSA will cover your summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017 term classes.

Is there a difference in the amount of financial aid I can get if I am a junior and not a sophomore?

Yes. Federal aid can increase from freshman to sophomore and sophomore to junior. Junior and senior aid stays the same.

What happens if I drop below full-time?

Your financial aid will be adjusted according to your hours.

Can I take classes at another school in order to maintain my full-time status?

Yes. Keep in mind you must request a consortium agreement with the financial aid office if you drop below full-time at Milligan and want to take classes at another school at the same time. Contact Diane Keasling at if you need this form.

If I am taking classes at Milligan and another school, will Milligan use my refund to pay the other school?

No, it is your responsibility to pay the other school with your financial aid refund or other means.

Am I eligible to file as an independent student without my parents information?

According to the federal government, a student is considered independent if he/she is at least one of the following:

  • 24 years old
  • A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • An orphan or ward of the court
  • A student with legal dependents other than a spouse
  • A married student
  • A graduate student

If a student does not meet at least one of these criteria, he or she must be considered a dependent student, even if the student is not living with his or her parents.

Student Financial Services Office
800.447.4880 or 423.461.8949



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

Associate Dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Buisness and Technology; 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