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The business administration major (B.A. or B.S.) prepares you with strong competency in business management and allows you to choose from one of several concentrations, allowing for in-depth study in a specific field. Students can also choose to participate in the 10-week International Business Institute in Europe or one of several off-campus study programs offered through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. A business minor is also available.

Accelerated Bachelor's + MBA

4 Year BS/MBA (3+1) or 5 Year BS/MBA (4+1)

If you are an exceptional Milligan undergraduate business student with demonstrated leadership potential, outstanding grades, and personal maturity, the accelerated bachelor’s + MBA can give you a fast start on your career.

After completing your undergraduate degree (traditional 4 year or the accelerated 3-year degree), you can complete the Accelerated Traditional MBA in an additional 12 months.


  • Complete the Milligan Accelerated Traditional MBA in one additional year + May term, saving time and money
  • Get a fast start on your career
  • Continue learning from your Milligan faculty and gain the credentials and strong reputation of The Milligan MBA

Schedule an appointment with the MBA Admissions Recruiter and complete the admission process for the Accelerated Traditional MBA.

Adult Degree Completion
3-Year Degree

The three-year bachelor’s degree option accelerates the traditional undergraduate process and is perfect for highly-motivated students. With an academically rigorous schedule, students save time and reach the workforce or graduate school earlier while still gaining the skills and experience their career paths demand. You also can still engage fully in campus life — be an athlete, lead a club, complete an internship (or two), conduct research with a professor, and be in on all the Milligan traditions.

Graduating in three years requires full-time enrollment for three consecutive fall and spring semesters as well as two summer terms, as outlined in the chart below. You’ll complete a total of 128 credits, including core curriculum, major, and optional minor or elective courses. Dual enrollment or AP credits may reduce your load or the need for some summer sessions.

Year 1*17.5 hrs17 hrs13 hrs
Year 2*17 hrs17.5 hrs12 hrs
Year 3*17 hrs17 hrs

*Hours by semester are different for International Business; see course sequence


Milligan University’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Contact the ACBSP at 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213 or call 913-339-9356 for questions about Milligan University’s membership. This professional accreditation is in addition to the institution’s regional accreditation with SACSCOC. 

Milligan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan University.

Core Courses

In addition to the concentrations listed below, all students in this major take core courses that provide:

  • Business administration – provides students with the broad base of knowledge and level of technical competence necessary to succeed in a business setting
  • Management, marketing, business law, and ethics – expose students to the fundamental principles of business administration while providing the preparation necessary to continue study in upper level courses
  • Economics – develops in the student the ability to analyze and understand economic principles and institutions from an historical as well as a contemporary point of view
  • Accounting – provide students the requisite knowledge for understanding the financial aspects of the business enterprise

These courses furnish the theoretical background necessary for the achievement of a particular vocational or professional goal. They also constitute the academic basis for graduate study in business and related fields.

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Accounting – The accounting concentration enables business students to deepen their understanding of accounting concepts as they relate to the business organization. This concentration is recommended for students anticipating business careers requiring accounting knowledge at an advanced level, yet short of requiring an accounting major.


Economics – The economics concentration provides students with a deeper exposure to economic principles and institutions from an historical and modern perspective. The concentration is recommended as an alternative for students interested in careers in banking, finance, or economics.


Finance – The finance concentration provides students with a deeper exposure to modern financial theory related to asset pricing, portfolio development and the mechanisms by which economic factors influence financial markets. The concentration is recommended as an alternative for students interested in careers in banking, finance, or economics.


General – The general concentration allows students to select any nine hours of course work from economics, business administration, or accounting. This concentration is generally intended for those selecting business administration as a second major and is available with adviser permission only.

Health Sector Management

Health Sector Management – The health sector management concentration is intended to prepare the student for an administrative career in the health care industry. In addition to required course work, students selecting this concentration must complete six hours of internship credit by on-site, supervised work at a hospital, long-term care, or other medical facility.

International Business

International Business – Students may select a concentration in international business by either completing the required coursework at Milligan or by participating in a ten-week academic program abroad through Milligan’s affiliation with the International Business Institute (endorsed by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities). Completion of this concentration requires the student to attend the Institute during a summer session following completion of the required core courses at Milligan University. A student’s course of study can often be designed so that graduation is possible following seven semesters of study at Milligan University in addition to the summer Institute. Students pursuing the international business concentration are strongly encouraged to demonstrate competency in a foreign language through, at least, the intermediate level.

Legal Studies

Legal Studies – The legal studies concentration is designed to provide business administration majors a deeper understanding and exposure to legal issues affecting business. The concentration is recommended for any business administration student who anticipates a business career requiring a legal background.


Management – The management concentration consists of courses designed to prepare students for successful careers in business and organizational management or administration.


Marketing – Students wishing to pursue careers in marketing, sales, or advertising should select the marketing concentration.

Secondary Education Licensure

Secondary Education Licensure – The secondary education licensure concentration consists of six hours of additional courses, preparing students to teach business education on the secondary level (grades 6-12).

Sports Management

Sports Management – The sports management concentration consists of courses designed to prepare students for successful careers in the growing field of sports management.

Course Requirements

View all GER details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University 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.

Business Faculty

Professor of Economics

Kristal Dove
Associate Professor of Business Administration

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Mei Han
Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Shannon Hogan
Associate Professor of Business Administration; Area Chair of Business

Bob Mahan
Professor of Accounting

Kimberly Melinsky
Associate Professor of Business Administration; Director of the MBA Program

Brad Ward
Associate Professor of Business Administration

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