Degree Completion in Business Administration

(c) Milligan College Business Administration for Adults

Have you completed some college before life happened?
Want to finish your business degree?

Milligan has a flexible and affordable way for you to complete your degree.

  • Fall, spring, summer — Start the program when it’s convenient for you
  • Personalized degree plan — Take only the courses you need
  • Combination of online and face-to-face courses (one night a week)
  • Take 1-3 courses at a time during each 8-week term as they fit your workload and schedule
  • Tuition is lower than state university rate, no hidden fees
  • Most students are eligible for financial aid; we work with tuition reimbursement plans

If you have at least two years of full-time work experience and have completed at least 40 hours of college credit, Milligan can help put you on the fast track to own your own business, oversee a department, advance your position or salary, or change your career path altogether.


How are classes delivered?

Courses are delivered in two main formats:

  • Hybrid: Hybrid courses include some coursework that is done online by each student as well as classroom time with the instructor on the Milligan campus
  • Online: Online classes are also available. No on-campus meetings are required for these, and students may complete their work at any time of the day or night within the established deadline.

How long will it take to finish my degree?

The business administration major with concentration in management consists of 48 semester hours. Completing the major usually takes approximately 16 months, depending on how many courses you take at a time. Completion of the degree is dependent upon how many credits will transfer from your previous institutions to help meet the overall 128 required hours to graduate from Milligan.

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 ADCP@milligan.edu to get your process started.

Will my credit from previous colleges/universities transfer? Yes, as long as the courses meet Milligan’s transfer criteria. Only courses with grades of “C-” or better will be accepted for transfer from other regionally accredited institutions. Milligan has transfer agreements with all Tennessee community colleges and many others in the region.


Tuition for the program is one of the most economical in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. Students in this program are eligible to apply for state and federal tuition assistance programs and for employer reimbursement when applicable.

Read more about cost and financial aid here »


The business administration major has a concentration in management. The curriculum prepares students for a broad range of business and management careers. Take 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 all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.



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.

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 also 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 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.


Our graduates are leaders in their fields, working for CPA firms, banks, financial service companies, healthcare organizations, non-profit organizations, and a variety of other companies. Milligan has earned the respect of employers locally and throughout the U.S. »

Other Options

  • Looking for an online program in Computer Information Systems?  Consider our CIS-Mobile program »
  • Have completed no or little previous college credit?  Ask about our CIS-Business program »


Contact Rebecca Banton or call 423.461.8662.


START DATES:  Summer, Fall, or Spring


Overall excellence of performance in past academic work as well as evidence of Christian commitment and academic potential provides the basis for admission to Milligan College. Character, ability, preparation, and seriousness of purpose are qualities emphasized in considering applicants for membership into Milligan College.


Our application process is simple.  Apply online today. Just call us and we’ll walk you through it. Applicants should have:

  1. Completion of fifty-two (52) or more semester hours, confirmed by official transcripts and evaluated by the Registrar’s Office
  2. At least 21 years of age at time of application
  3. Two years of documented full-time employment or its part-time equivalent
  4. Good standing at previously attended institutions with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  5. Submission of two positive references — one character and one employer
  6. Show evidence of Christian commitment and academic potential

Getting Started: Personalized Degree Plan

You need to have approximately 40 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 40 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!

International Students

This program is NOT approved by SEVIS to admit international students.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan College. Milligan College adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan College. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan College is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.



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.

* See http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ecopro.pdf

Business Faculty

Dr. David Campbell

David Campbell

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

Phone: 423.461.8674
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center, 005


Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Associate Dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business and Technology; Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
Contact via email
Office: Derthick Hall, 300B


Kristal Dove

Kristal Dove

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.461.8672
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center, 003


Dr. Bill Greer

Bill Greer

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

Phone: 423.461.8710
Contact via email
Office: Little Hartland


Dr. Shannon Hogan

Shannon Hogan

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.461.8491
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center Office #002


Dr. Vikki Sitter

Vikki Sitter

Professor Emerita of Business Administration

Phone: 423.461.8941
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center, 001


Heather Vaccaro

Heather Vaccaro

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.461.8498
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center, 005


Dr. Brad Ward

Brad Ward

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Phone: 423.794.3082
Contact via email
Office: Price Business Center 014