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Degree Requirements 2023-2024


The Department of Business Administration offers eight majors:

General Requirements


The Department of Business Administration offers seven majors: Business Administration (Music Business Specialization), Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. There is also a combined Business and Economics major, which incorporates courses from both the Departments of Business Administration and Economics.


Minors provide students the opportunity to study and obtain a professional credential in an area of study that is in addition to their major. The Department of Business Administration offers eight minors: Business Administration (for non-business majors only), Business Analytics, Business Minor for Science Majors, Entrepreneurial Studies, International Business, Music Business, Accounting, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must complete at least four of the upper division courses required in the major at Augsburg, or at least three courses in the minor, or obtain an exemption from the department. Transfer courses must be approved by the department. Transfer courses taken more than 10 years ago will not be accepted. Business courses (ACC, BUS, FIN, MIS, MKT) taken at Augsburg more than 10 years ago will not be applied toward a major unless approved by a faculty member in the student’s designated major area or the chair.


Students who plan to pursue any of our business majors are strongly encouraged to select a departmental advisor who teaches in their major. This should be done by the end of sophomore year at the latest. In addition to advising, departmental faculty can counsel students on their careers, assist in obtaining internships or jobs, and provide letters of recommendation for prospective employers or graduate programs. The Business Administrator is also available for advising questions relating to degree progress, course selection, and international courses abroad.

Departmental Honors

To complete departmental honors in the Department of Business Administration, students need to consult with the Department Chair. Students need to apply to the department by the beginning of the term of graduation. It is recommended students start the process during their junior year. More information is available on the Departmental Moodle site for Majors and Minors. Please contact the Department Chair(s) for more specific information.


Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work and department faculty to obtain an internship during their junior or senior year. Internships can provide students with experience that may be valuable in competing for jobs after graduation. Faculty mentors should be consulted about internships. The department offers an internship course which can be taken for 2.0 or 4.0 credits (BUS 397/399). This course aids students in finding an internship placement within an organization which supports their major and provides direction and support.

Study Abroad

The Department of Business Administration faculty actively support international study. For additional details, see the section on Special Academic Programs: Study Abroad and Study Away in this catalog, or consult the Department Chair for international business courses or other overseas opportunities.

Master of Business Administration Classes

Undergraduate Business Administration students of Augsburg University are eligible to register for up to two graduate courses in the MBA program in lieu of comparable undergraduate courses required for the major, and to count those courses towards their undergraduate degree. Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate business students in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.50 or better
  • Undergraduate students who have taken all of the prerequisite courses
  • Advisor approval required
  • Permission of the MBA Director required

Undergraduate senior business students may take up to a maximum of two graduate courses.

If MBA courses are taken after a student has completed all 128 hours required for the baccalaureate degree, the MBA courses may satisfy graduate requirements for the MBA at Augsburg if the student earns a B or better for the course.

Undergraduate students considering whether to enroll in graduate coursework should be aware of the following policies: No undergraduate degree can be completed with fewer than 128 credits. The master’s degree includes a minimum of 42 additional credits beyond the 128 required for the baccalaureate degree. Students in undergraduate programs should seek advice from their program advisor and from the graduate program to which they plan to apply, to ensure that the courses selected will count toward the appropriate programs (at Augsburg or elsewhere).

P/LP/N Grades

Students may apply no more than 8 semester credits with P or LP grades toward a major and no more than 4 semester credits with a P or LP grade toward a minor. Please refer to the Graduation section of this catalog for specific details regarding P/LP/N grades.

Business Core Requirements*

*The exceptions are the Business/Economics major and the Music Business major.

Thirteen courses including:

  • ACC 221 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACC 222 – Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 242 – Principles of Management
  • BUS 301 – Business Law
  • BUS 362 – International Business
  • ECO 112 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 331 – Financial Management
  • MIS 260 – Problem Solving for Business
  • One of MIS 264 or MIS379 (MIS 379 is required for Accounting and Finance majors)
    • MIS 264 – Statistical Literacy for Managers
    • MIS 379 – Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • MKT 252 – Principles of Marketing
  • One of the following mathematics courses:
    • MAT 110 – Finite Mathematics
    • MAT 111 – Mathematics in Society
    • MAT 114 – Precalculus
    • MAT 145 and 145L – Calculus I
    • MAT 146 and 146L – Calculus II
    • MAT 202- Discrete Mathematics for Computing (MAT 202 is required for Management Information Systems majors)
    • DST 334 – Statistical Modeling
  • One of the following communications courses:
    • COM 111 – Public Speaking
    • COM 112 – Contest Public Speaking
    • COM 115 – Scientific and Technical Public Speaking
    • COM 117 – Business and Professional Speaking
    • ENL 223 – Writing for Business and the Professions
    • ENL 240 – Foundations of Literary and Cultural Study
    • ENL 241 – Introduction to Cinema Art
    • HIS 102 – Science, Religion, and Enlightenment:  The Invention of Modernity, 1350-1815
    • HIS 103 – A Global History of Europe Since 1750
    • HIS 282 – Women and Gender in U.S. History since 1848

Further explanation of the above:

  • The mathematics requirement is fulfilled by any MAT course numbered 110 and above with LAF status (excluding DST 164, MAT 204, MAT 205, MAT 163, and MAT 325).
  • The communication requirement is fulfilled by courses identified for writing and speaking with Humanities LAF status.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.