The business administration degree at Stephens College provides a broad-based view of business that prepares women to maximize their potential and become visionary leaders.
Through hands-on business administration courses and experiences, you’ll learn and apply knowledge in real scenarios — and gain market-ready skills that employers love. Leadership, communication and professional skills are emphasized across the curriculum, which prepares you to be effective and impressive in any job you choose. It's that edge that others describe as polish and that we know as the practiced confidence that comes with honing your skills among supportive faculty, peers and alumnae.
This program has evolved with the times and provides extensive flexibility, because we know that innovative business leaders need to layer many interests on top of solid, foundational core.
With five concentrations — ranging from esports to entrepreneurship — and 35 elective hours, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Stephens can be tailored to your individual interests. Take advantage of online business courses and pursue the aspects of business that most interest you.
The business program at Stephens comprises three parts:
- Broad Liberal Arts (31 credit hours of general education courses)
- Business Core (36 credit hours)
- Specialize in one or more functional areas to develop business expertise (18 credit hours in concentration of choice)
You will also complete 35 elective hours to earn your degree. The business major allows you to choose a minor or second concentration that complements your interests and goals.
All business majors will complete the 36-credit hour Business Core.
Our dynamic and career-focused business program allows you to customize your program of study to suit your career goals. Choose from the following concentrations (each consisting of 18 credit hours):
Solve complex problems with insightful, innovative solutions. Learn to create and manage your own small business.
- Gain first-hand experience in all aspects of running a small business as a team member at Susie's, our student-run campus store.
Prepare for careers in esports administration and management. Become a leader in the field.
- Meet esports head coach Adrienne McIntire, and learn about the first esports program at any women's college.
Conference and Event Planning Management
Combine a strong foundation in business, marketing and communication principles with on-the-ground experience planning real events.
- Help manage weddings and more on the beautiful Stephens Campus through SC events.
Learn how to work with people — from human resource management to global markets — and create an effective work environment.
- Develop business plans and action plans with budgets, marketing plans and outcomes. Get real-world managerial experience by taking on a role at Susie's, the campus store completely run by students.
Focus on consumer behavior and strategic communication, developing products and services to meet needs and lead businesses to success.
- Work closely with local marketing firm Columbia Marketing Group and serve real clients while in college.
The Experiential Learning Difference
At Stephens, students learn by doing. Our student-centered learning model means students have every opportunity to dive into real-world projects and gain hands-on experience that will put you ahead of the competition.
The Agency is a space and a collaboration initiative that supports students who provide creative services through Creative Ink ad agency, Stephens Life feature magazine, Harbinger literary magazine, and Event and Convention Management.
Stephens College Events
Plan and manage real events on the beautiful Stephens campus, from weddings to business conferences, holiday galas, award banquets and more.
Columbia Marketing Group
Columbia Marketing Group, or CMG, is a full-service marketing, digital and design agency based in Columbia, MO. Stephens students are mentored and instructed by CMG president Erica Pefferman — also the president and publisher of COMO Magazine.
Center for Career and Professional Development
Stephens is recognized as a National College of Distinction for Career Development. Our College-to-Career curriculum builds professional skills, experiences and materials into your graduation requirements. More than half of our students complete internships while in college — many of them paid — and most of those students complete more than one internship before graduation.
Kopenhaver Center at Stephens
As a satellite location of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication, Stephens College shares the center’s mission to empower women as leaders in communication and to uphold diversity and inclusion in communication practice and research. The center provides access to guest speakers, networking events and virtual workshops for the benefit of students, early professionals and seasoned communication experts alike.