<span>Division of</span> Business Administration

Division of Business Administration

Business Administration

The Division of Business Administration offers comprehensive graduate school and career preparation. The curriculum is focused on transforming business students into business professionals and meeting the recruitment needs of employers locally and across the nation. Business Administration majors are encouraged to gain practical work experience through class projects, internships, participation in student-run business organizations and through community service.

The Division of Business Administration prepares students for careers in numerous business disciplines and is accredited by ACBSP (The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs). Once students complete their general education courses, students focus on their business coursework. Initially, students take introductory courses in economics, management, communication, marketing and mathematics. Subsequently, students layer specialized insight that pertains to their academic focus in one of the following areas: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Administration, Management, or Marketing. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in the program.

The Business Administration program at Philander Smith University prepares students to make a difference in their community by creating and growing business opportunities.

The mission of the Division of Business Administration at Philander Smith University is to prepare students for careers in business and graduate school. The Division of Business Administration’s graduates are well grounded technically, socially, ethically, and are well prepared to become leaders in their profession.


The Business Administration program at Philander Smith University has been accredited by ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs) since 2005 and by the Higher Learning Commission since 1949. The organization can be reached at www.acbsp.org/

- Assist students in learning the technical aspects of business.
- Help students develop the self-confidence necessary to succeed in the workplace.
- Develop students’ critical thinking skills.
- Motivate students to achieve the highest degree of success possible.
- Provide an environment that is conducive to learning.
- Continuously assess the program’s effectiveness and efficiency to ascertain ways to improve its offerings and delivery.
- Recruit students that are well prepared


All students pursuing a degree in Business Administration will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in one of five areas: accounting, entrepreneurship, healthcare administration, management, or marketing. Students declare one concentration as their preferred focus when declaring their major.

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Accounting Concentration

Accounting is the financial language of business. The practice is defined broadly as the process of identifying, measuring and communicating economic information. Because sound decisions based on reliable information are essential for the efficient allocation of resources, accounting plays an important role in our economic system.

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Entrepreneurship Concentration

The Entrepreneurship concentration is offered for students who are interested in starting their own business or contributing to the success of a start-up organization.

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Healthcare Administration Concentration

The Healthcare Administration concentration prepares students for administrative careers in health care in the private and public sectors, including careers in public health, hospitals, long-term care, home/community-based care and health insurance.

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Management Concentration

The Management concentration provides students with the opportunity to build the knowledge, skills and experience required for fulfilling careers as business professionals.

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Marketing Concentration

Marketing is an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating and delivering value to customers and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders.

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Business Advisory Board

The Philander Smith College Business Advisory Board is comprised of prominent business leaders who actively support the College in advancing the vision, mission, goals, and expected outcomes of the Division of Business Administration.

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Business Program Assessment

The success of the Business Administration Division’s efforts to accomplish its learning outcomes is monitored through a variety of measures.