Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration provides a solid foundation in business fundamentals along with a basic grounding in science. Core business competencies include accounting, economics, statistics, finance, business law, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Stuart School of Business is a global leader in bridging technology and business, offering distinctive education that trains students to become outstanding professionals in economics, finance, analytics, marketing, business, public administration, operations, and management. 

Business at Illinois Tech has a prestigious history that dates back to the late 1800s, with some of the nation’s first courses in "Family and Consumer Science" (including “Home Economics” and “Household Management”) being offered by the Lewis Institute, Stuart’s original home, and the Institute’s subsequent formation of the Department of Business and Economics in 1926.

Over a period of more than 125 years, building on curricular innovations by Julia A. Beveridge and George N. Carman, and on foundational scholarly works by trailblazing Illinois Tech scholars Herb A. Simon (author of Administrative Behavior, later awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics), Karl Menger (developer of the St. Petersburg paradox in economics) and Abe Sklar (developer of the Copula in financial modeling), the Stuart School of Business has refined education in business disciplines.

A long-standing leader in curricular innovation, in 1990, building on the foundational works of numerous Illinois Tech scholars, and Harold L. Stuart’s own contributions to finance and the broader business community, the Stuart School of Business established quantitative finance as an academic discipline, with a world’s first postgraduate Master’s program in Financial Markets and Trading – a program that highlighted a new model for embedding into a postgraduate academic program the emphases on career readiness and connectedness with the business community, and transformed business school education.

Today, the Stuart School of Business continues to be a frontier innovator in accredited education, offering academic programs and co-curricular opportunities that place students on the path to self-actualization and career success. Leadership, entrepreneurship, experiential learning, positive societal impact, and connectedness to the business community, combined with a human-centered approach to student development, and an unyielding focus on student success, continue to be core pillars at Stuart. Stuart is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – an accreditation achieved by fewer than 6% of business schools worldwide.

Situated within Chicago, whose business community is known for its spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, Stuart benefits from and contributes to the city’s status as a global market leader in analytics, economics, finance, marketing, and sustainable enterprise, as reflected in all of our academic programs. Stuart programs:

● Embrace technology, innovation, rigor, and interdisciplinary learning
● Link with industry experts to dynamically evolve and meet the needs of the marketplace
● Offer a special learning environment, with smaller class sizes and cohorts – a place to form lifelong relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and industry members
● Focus on experiential learning through hands-on experiences such as internships, student organizations, competitions, and industry-relevant and faculty-guided research
● Place students in phenomenal careers, tapping Stuart’s connected alumni network

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration provides rigorous education in business fundamentals, grounded in an understanding of science, technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Core business competencies include accounting, economics, statistics, finance, business law, marketing, management, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Students are able to select a specialization that enables them to develop a depth of knowledge in a discipline from across the university, including in engineering, computing, architecture, and the sciences. Available specializations span across fields and include psychology, entrepreneurship, architecture, construction management, and logistics, in addition to customized specializations that are specifically created to meet a student's unique individualized interests.

Required Courses

Business Requirements (48)
BUS 100Introduction to Business and Economics3
BUS 102Introduction to Business Analytics3
BUS 211Financial Accounting3
BUS 212Managerial Accounting3
BUS 221Business Statistics3
BUS 301Organizational Behavior3
BUS 305Operation and Supply Chain Analytics3
BUS 311Strategic Cost Management3
BUS 321Analytics for Optimization3
BUS 341Business Law3
BUS 351Financial Decision Making and Capital Budgeting3
BUS 371Marketing Fundamentals3
BUS 382Business Economics3
or ECON 382 Business Economics
BUS 480Strategic Management and Design Thinking3
ECON 151Microeconomics3
ECON 152Macroeconomics3
Specialization Courses (15)
Select at least 15 credit hours in an area of specialization15
Mathematics Requirements (5)
Students can take one of the following for 4-5 credits
Choose one of the following
MATH 151Calculus I5
or MATH 148 Preparation for Calculus
or MATH 191 Business Calculus
or MATH 192 Finite Mathematics
Natural Science and Engineering Requirements (10)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section D10
Humanities and Social Science Requirements (21)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section B and C21
Computer Science Requirement (2)
CS 105Introduction to Computer Programming2
or CS 110 Computing Principles
Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) (6)
See Illinois Tech Core Curriculum, section E6
Free Electives (13-15)
Select 16-18 credit hours of electives13-15
Total Credit Hours120-122

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Curriculum

Year 1
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BUS 1003BUS 1023
ECON 1513BUS 2213
CS 1052ECON 1523
MATH 151, 148, 191, or 1925Science Elective4
Humanities 200-level Course3Social Sciences Elective3
 16 16
Year 2
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BUS 2113BUS 2123
BUS 3013BUS 3413
Science Elective3BUS 3513
Science Elective3BUS 3713
Humanities or Social Sciences Elective3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 15 15
Year 3
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
BUS 3113BUS 3053
BUS 3213BUS 3823
Specialization Elective3Specialization Elective3
IPRO Elective I3IPRO Elective II3
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Humanities Elective (300+)3
 15 15
Year 4
Semester 1Credit HoursSemester 2Credit Hours
Specialization Elective3BUS 4803
Free Elective3Specialization Elective3
Specialization Elective3Free Elective4
Social Sciences Elective (300+)3Free Elective3-5
Free Elective3 
 15 13-15
Total Credit Hours: 120-122
BSBA Entrepreneurship Specialization
Students will take the 5 following courses
BUS 361Topics in Entrepreneurship 13
BUS 472New Product Development3
BUS 473Marketing Analytics3
BUS 475Sales Management and Analytics3
INTM 322Industrial Project Management3
or INTM 415 Advanced Project Management
Students may also choose any preexisting minor at Illinois Tech as their Business Specialization.
Some courses require prerequisites that would have to be taken as part of the IIT Core Curriculum or as free electives.
Total Credit Hours15

Students can take either BUS 361-01 Entrepreneurship I (Startup Launch) or BUS 361-02 Entrepreneurship I (Venture Capital).