Bachelor of Science in

Business Administration

Department Chair: Corina N. Slaff, PhD

Students who major in Business Administration choose to focus on the following specific area of business:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • Pre-DPT Health Care Management
  • Pre-DPT Sport Management
  • General business
  • Select specialization

The major requires all students to take 12 business core courses, a selection of 15 additional credits in a business sequence, and 18 credits in free electives. Majors must complete the 48-credit college core as required of all Misericordia University students.

The Business Administration Major permits students to freely fashion their study to meet their professional and personal needs. The curriculum contains sufficient flexibility to meet most needs and expectations of the students, both those who intend to go on to graduate school and those who see immediate entrance into the profession. Students in the major need to work very closely with their advisor in the selection of courses.

The major permits students to take an aggressively quantitative or qualitative track or an equal balance between the "management by numbers" position and the "management through people" concept. Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills.


Offered through our Expressway Accelerated Degree Program, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in as little as 2 1/2 years by attending classes part-time. Expressway's convenient and predictable schedule allows you take classes either once a week or online, allowing you to earn up to 12 credits per semester. Courses are offered face-to-face in 5-week sessions at Luzerne County Community College on the Nanticoke Campus and at Lackawanna College, or online in 7 1/2 week sessions.

The Expressway program is the quickest route to a bachelor's degree. It is designed for highly motivated adults who want to earn their degree in a timely manner, have prior college credits, and have work or relevant life experience. Students have the ability to enroll eight different times during the year, not just in the fall and spring.

Click here to view complete information on the Expressway program.

Success Rate


Misericordia University adheres to the high academic standards required of IACBE accredited business programs. Accompanying the standards are programs to measure student outcomes and assess program input quality. The assessment activity is a continuous process and is stated in a comprehensive business department plan for outcomes assessment available for inspection at "Outcomes Assessment Plan for Business Department at Misericordia University." (Adobe .pdf - 2.4 MB)

Most recent data suggests that the business department is performing well in developing among its students high academic performance, recognition of the need for continuing professional development and imbuing on all, strong employability characteristics:

  • In May 2011, 42 undergraduate business students and 13 graduate business students were inducted into the international business honorary society Sigma Beta Delta.
  • Throughout the course of 2010-2011, approximately 75 percent of business students participated in or assumed leadership roles in advanced business internships, sales training, entrepreneurship, service learning, on-campus professional event management and numerous other professional opportunities.
  • Surveys of graduating seniors in business continue to indicate that
    • 90 percent rate their experience as good-excellent
    • 94 percent rate the quality of instruction by business faculty as good-excellent
    • 97 percent were satisfied with opportunities to interact with faculty in/out of class
  • Annual surveys of business students six months after graduation continue to show that more than 97 percent have found jobs related to their majors

The Business Department continues to develop a comprehensive assessment of its business core curriculum. These reviews and recommendations for changes will be brought up for approval in 2012 and will be reflected in the revised university catalog of 2013. Assessment standards also are being revised and implemented accordingly. All business major curricula will be reassessed in light of changed expectations of the business core. These efforts are expected to last through late 2012 and will be reflected in the university catalog for 2013.

Admission and Program Requirements

The minimum criteria for admission into the Business Administration program as a freshman student are:
  1. Class rank in the top half of the high school graduating class and/or a cumulative 2.5 grade point average
  2. Minimum combined SAT score of 850 for Critical Reading and Math (combined) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18
Successful transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 15 college credits, and have a proven record of success in high school.

Please note the above listed requirements are general, and that each application is looked at thoroughly, taking into account individual grades, academic rigor, and other factors.

Business Administration majors must achieve a GPA of 2.15 in the major by the beginning of the junior year and a GPA of 2.25 in the major by the beginning of the senior year. Failure to maintain the appropriate GPA will result in suspension from the major until the GPA meets minimum standards. This policy covers all Accounting, Business, Management Information System and required courses in the major. In addition, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for the 48-credit core in order to graduate.


Misericordia University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.


Business Course Descriptions (click here)

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
BUS 205 Macroecomnomics3BUS 206 Microeconomics3
BUS 208 Principles of Management3BUS 269 Principles of Marketing3
Total Credits15Total Credits15
Sophomore Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
MIS 110 Intro to Information Systems3Sequence Course3
ACC 101 Principles of Accounting3BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I3
Total Credits15Total Credits15
Junior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Sequence Course3Sequence Course3
BUS 352 Business Law3Elective3
Elective3BUS 363 Mgt of Human Capital3
Total Credits15Total Credits15
Senior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
BUS 472 Internship (or free elective)3BUS 491
Seminar in
Sequence Course3Sequence Course3
BUS 371 Finance3Elective3
BUS 415 International Business3Elective3
Total Credits15Total Credits15
Total required for graduation: 120 credits

Sequence Curriculum Requirements

Management Sequence Courses

  • BUS 307 Management Science
  • BUS 350 Money and Banking
  • BUS 406 Current Issues and Trends in Business
  • BUS 420 Small Business Management
  • BUS 465 Special Topics in Business
  • BUS 472 Business Administration Internship
  • BUS 491 Seminar in Business Policies (required)
  • ACC 311 Managerial Accounting

Marketing Sequence Courses

  • BUS 304 Sales and Sales Management
  • BUS 321 Product/Service Marketing
  • BUS 340 Advertising and Sales Promotion
  • BUS 401 Channel Strategies
  • BUS 402 Pricing Strategies
  • BUS 403 Strategic Marketing (required)
  • BUS 421 Special Topics in Marketing
  • BUS 450 Marketing Research
  • BUS 472 Business Administration Internship

MIS Sequence Courses

  • MIS 101 Programming I
  • MIS 121 Programming II
  • MIS 200 Systems Analysis, Design, and Implementation
  • MIS 220 Applied Networking Design
  • MIS 221 Introduction to Computer Systems
  • MIS 231 Introduction to File Processing
  • MIS 232 Data Structures
  • MIS 310 Managerial Applications of Object-Oriented Programming I
  • MIS 311 Managerial Applications of Object-Oriented Programming II
  • MIS 312 Software Engineering
  • MIS 420 Teleprocessing
  • MIS 432 Data Base Management Systems Design
  • MIS 491 Information Technology Management (required)

Pre-DPT/Health Care Management Courses (all courses required for specialization)

  • HCM 101 Introduction to Health Care Management
  • HCM 371 Health Care Finance
  • HCM 403 Healthcare Strategic Management
  • HCM 406 Current Issues/Trends (Capstone)
  • HCM 452 Healthcare Law

Pre-DPT/Sport Management Courses (all courses required for specialization)

  • SMG 101 Introduction to Sport Management
  • SMG 110 Sport in Society
  • SMG 201 Sport and Athletic Administration
  • SMG 210 Sport Event and Facility Management
  • SMG 301 Sport Marketing (Capstone)

Select Specialization Minor: The Select Specialization is available only to transfer students with a minimum of 15 completed credit hours (grade of "C" or better) in a business-related field not offered at MU. Students with credits in a business-related field not offered at MU may apply those credits as a sequence in the Business Administration major.

General Business Specialization: Five business non-core 300 and 400 level BUS, ACC and MIS courses (minimum 15 credits) for which the prerequisites have been met.

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