Online Bachelor of Arts

Business Administration

Program Details

Next Start Date
Est. Program Length
15 months*
Major Credit Hours
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
Credits Accepted

*Major coursework can be completed in 15 months.

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Get ahead in your business career

Earn the credential you need to go further with the online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at Illinois College. Designed for those seeking to enter the corporate world or increase their earning potential, the online business administration degree prepares you to succeed in today’s competitive workforce.

A comprehensive liberal arts curriculum coupled with in-depth business training prepares you to lead others with expertise and competence. You’ll learn to think critically, write and speak effectively, work in teams and successfully solve complex problems. Additionally, you’ll study key topics like:

  • Accounting
  • Business communication
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Financial management
  • Human resources
  • Marketing
  • Strategic management

You’ll also take part in a degree capstone course, providing practical training designed to help you become an effective manager and leader.

At IC, you’ll study with faculty members who have years of real-world experience. Experts in their fields, they’ll provide you with the support you need to professionally and personally advance.

After Graduation

Graduates of the online BA in Business Administration work in a range of fields and organizations. IC often places graduates at partner companies, such as:

  • Archer Daniels Midland Company
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Dot Foods
  • John Deere
  • Reynolds Consumer Products

The online BA in Business Administration is offered fully online for your convenience either full- or part-time. Classes are asynchronous and can be taken wherever and whenever is right for you, allowing you the flexibility you need as a working adult. Because the degree is accelerated, you’ll be able to graduate in 15 months.

The Online BA in Business Administration is Designed for…

  • Working adults who want to earn their education in a convenient format
  • Individuals seeking to build their skill set and enter positions of management
  • Those who wish to finish their four-year degree


Allison Burrus | BA in Business Administration

Allison Burrus

Education Background

  • BS in Accounting and Marketing | Eastern Illinois University
  • MBA in Business Process Management | University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology | University of Missouri-St. Louis

Field Experience

I worked as a staff auditor at BKD and Integra Bank in Evansville, IN for 3 years. I transitioned to an accounting analyst at ADM for 3 years. Then, I worked as the CFO of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence for 2 years. I then left accounting to pursue my Ph.D. While earning my Ph.D., I worked as a teaching assistant, an adjunct instructor, and interned with Hughes Leadership Advisors.

Teaching Style

My preferred teaching style is one that involves discussions and activities with students. This style applies to my teaching in-person and online. I believe the best way to learn material is to engage with it personally. In addition, based on my personal experience at various employers and the knowledge received in my graduate studies, I believe understanding psychology and applying it to work are vital skills to possess. As a result, I design and teach courses based on principles of psychology and human behavior. I believe this leads to a better understanding of why certain human resources management policies are necessary for the health and success of an organization. By participating in a class that explains the “why,” in addition to the “how,” students are better prepared to make decisions related to human resources when they enter the workforce. I also challenge students to question what they read on the internet to ensure it is scientifically sound information.


I am active in research and my main interests currently relate to time management, self-regulatory processes, and career calling. I would love to have students join me in researching these topics or topics that interest them.

Favorite class to each and why?

My favorite class to teach is organizational behavior. This class incorporates many theories of human motivation that I feel are fun to apply and think about. The concepts are easy to apply to any job or life stage so it is a good class to get students interested by sharing their own experiences.

Courses and Admissions

12 Total core courses in program

Learn to Lead

At Illinois College, our online BA in Business Administration equips you with a range of academic and practical skills that place you in the forefront of the industry. The program requires a total of 120 semester hours for a degree: 78 hours in general education courses, 22 hours in business core courses and 24 hours in business administration courses. Alternatively, students can choose to complete a Management major: 78 hours in general education courses, 22 hours in business core courses and 24 hours in management courses.


Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission to the online B.A. in Business Administration, applicants must:

  • Be a high school graduate (or equivalent)
  • Have a 2.5 GPA

How to Apply

Candidates must submit:

  • An online application
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  • Official transcripts of all high school and/or college work completed


At Illinois College, we feature a high-quality education at a price you can afford. See how your past academic credentials can help you make the most of your college education.

Curriculum ComponentCostTotal*
Tuition (32 credit hours)$375 per credit hour$12,000
Fees (4 terms)$25 per term$100
Total with Transfer Credits$12,100

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Career Outcomes

When you earn your BA in Business Administration online, you’ll Graduate READY to begin an exciting new chapter in your career. The degree can prepare you for a number of jobs, such as the ones listed here.

All employment information from Payscale.

  • Marketing Manager

    Marketing managers are responsible for overseeing merchandising and sales campaigns for products or brands. They may be responsible for organizing efforts, collaborating with product managers and other team members, developing and analyzing market research studies, analyzing campaign performance and other related tasks.

    $63,504 Median Annual Salary
  • Financial/Banking Business Analyst

    These professionals are responsible for analyzing financial aspects of an organization and discovering ways to increase efficiencies. They may be responsible for gathering and interpreting financial data like budgets, coordinating and organizing business projects, developing financial goals and other related duties.

    $62,269 Median Annual Salary
  • Account Manager

    Account managers are charged with managing relationships with customers on behalf of their organization. They may be responsible for helping onboard new clients, targeting pitches, staying up to date on market trends and client operations, improving customer satisfaction, developing new business opportunities and other related tasks.

    $52,381 Median Annual Salary

Why Illinois College?

  • Take the fast track.

    You can earn an online BA in Business Administration in 15 months.

  • Career readiness.

    Prepare for real-world success through a comprehensive curriculum filled with case studies, industry examples and more.

  • A comprehensive curriculum.

    The online BA in Business Administration is rooted in a broad course of study, increasing your marketability in the workforce.

Benefits of
Learning Online

Whether it’s increasing your paycheck or advancing your career, an online degree can help you go further.

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