Business Administration

Business Leadership

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in business administration is a program designed for the student pursuing a career in management, operations and leadership.

Those studying business administration are equipped to plan, organize, direct and control the daily activities of any organization. 

At Olivet, business administration majors work with area businesses, examine case studies of real companies facing real challenges, and visit successful corporations to learn from their leaders. Those studying at Olivet can choose from a variety of areas of specialization including:


Help a company operate more efficiently by planning, coordinating and directing: space allocation; facilities maintenance and operations; property and equipment purchases; and other key operational decisions.

Management information systems

Become the technology expert for a business enterprise. Working with other managers, help determine the direction of the organization. Then direct and implement the technology needed to reach the goals. Oversee all the technical aspects, including software development, network security and Internet operations.

Industrial technology management

With your technology background, learn to apply business management skills in your specialty area. Apply the knowledge you will gain in business law, organizational behavior, managerial accounting and other management concepts to actual business enterprises.

Philanthropy and Not-for-Profit Management

Study foundations of fundraising, administration and supervision of human services, small business management and more. Benefit from the strong emphasis on grant writing and a required internship.

Public administration

Offers the Federal Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Human resource management

Includes an opportunity to attain the Society of Human Resource Management Certification.

Operations management

Provides opportunities for Microsoft® certifications through the Certiport® Authorized Testing Center at Olivet and training in lean management techniques. Additionally, students can become “SAP Recognized,” based on experience with the leading executive resource planning software used by Fortune 500 companies.

Healthcare management

Incorporates the Lean Continuous Process Improvement course taught by leaders in health care administration. Students work alongside hospital staff to improve efficiency and quality, and can apply for medical center internships.

Learn to integrate your Christian faith with core management objectives. Use real world examples and scenarios to practice ethical decision making. As you grow in your ability to make decisions in complex business environments, you will also strengthen your faith.

Business Administration Careers

business manager, entrepreneur, business owner, human resource manager, chief operating officer, operations director, office manager, trainer, purchasing, transportation and distribution management, administrative services manager

Business Administration is Ideal for those Who Are Drawn To:

  • taking leadership roles
  • communicating
  • planning
  • problem-solving
  • looking at the big picture
  • being a team player
  • working with different personalities
  • taking on challenges
By the Numbers
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Quality Assurance

The School of Business at Olivet Nazarene University is preparing students for success in their chosen careers. Employers are underscoring the value of Olivet graduates in the workplace, specifically because of their integrity and skills in communication and problem solving. Alumni continue to report on the excellent jobs they are landing and promotions they are receiving.


Students have many opportunities to earn the certifications that set them apart from other college graduates. With these certifications, they will find many career doors open to them. Olivet is one of only 10 Illinois schools offering SAP certifications. SAP is the worldwide market leader in enterprise applications software.

Professional Certifications


Teach the business skills you learn in the classroom to those in the communities around you. Take the lead in developing and implementing projects focusing on market economics, financial literacy, success skills, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and ethics.


Visit Olivet

The best way to discover all that Olivet has to offer is to schedule your personal, customized visit. Learn how a degree from the Olivet will shape your future.

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Make Connections

Olivet Business Students make important connections with trusted companies resulting in internships and career first-steps, all while working to develop portfolios to present to future employers.

Hands On

Successful businesses and their leaders open their doors to Olivet students, allowing them to learn firsthand why and how they succeed, examining case studies of real companies facing real challenges.

Faith at Work

Christian formation and faith, principles of finance, human resource management, industrial/organizational psychology are all part of the complete business experience at Olivet.