A bachelor’s degree can be required to apply for jobs in business administration. And having a degree that’s specifically focused on the field can set you apart from other job candidates.
So if you want a bachelor’s education in business, what’s the right degree to get? The answer depends on what you want to do, says Strayer University business full-time faculty member Marilyn Carroll, PhD. Among the most popular are: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA).
What Is a BBA?
A BBA gives students a broad understanding of how companies function. You’ll learn general principles for how businesses operate and develop skills in communication and business decision-making. Courses may include: ethics, management, marketing, economics, and law.
“The degree is focused on business administration,” Carroll says. “You might have to take basic math and algebra courses, but you won’t be required to do calculus and courses related to advanced finance.” The degree can be used in a wide variety of workplaces, Carroll says. Individuals with a BBA can work in a wide variety of fields. Strayer offers concentrations in accounting, contract management, finance, human resource management, marketing, retail management, and more.
What Is a BSBA?
A BSBA goes into a narrower range of topics but at a deeper level. Courses are focused on acquiring financial and technical skills. Individuals may take courses in ethics, leadership, law, statistics, economics, and corporate finance. The degree prepares you to transform business intelligence into actionable strategies. “With a bachelor’s of science degree, you’ll learn more about the ‘science of business,’” Carroll explains.
What Do the Degrees Prepare You to Do?
Either degree can help you get a job in management, accounting, human resources, marketing, or another business field. “Ultimately, it comes down to focus—do you want a more general degree that can help you explore business, or do you want a more technical degree that allows you to focus on a particular field,” Carroll says.