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Majoring in Business at a Top-Tier University

Management of even the ordinary ebb and flow of business requires disciplined and detailed planning. Professional-level plans are even more critical in the context of a business startup or expansion. So it’s fitting that considering a major in business at the undergraduate level also calls for careful planning.

The reason that we at IvySelect advise students to plan carefully for business school is that the majors and co-majors available at the top schools range from 19 at Indiana University’s Kelley School down to none at Ross (Michigan), Haas (Berkeley), and Kenan-Flagler (UNC-Chapel Hill). Whether you’re looking for a school with the most majors as options, schools with an uncommon major that appeals to you, or schools with no majors but that will allow flexibility in electives, it’s important to know exactly what schools offer before you apply. (The leading business schools and the majors that they offer are provided in the Table at the end of this post.)

The Kelley School at Indiana University offers 12 majors and 7 co-majors. Nevertheless, students who choose Finance, Accounting, or Marketing as their major comprise the majority of business undergrads at the school. Most other Kelley majors and co-majors are new. The school is constantly considering new ones based on demand and dropping those that don’t draw much interest. The Poets & Quants website quotes Kelley’s Dean Idalene Kessner as saying, “I think we’ve had really good receptivity from our students. I think they see the options, not as overwhelming, but as a great way to customize their degree. The fact that we have this versatility and variety is a plus for us, and speaks to the ability of the students to prepare themselves.”

There are, as you would expect, opposing views that maintain that focusing on too narrow a niche is potentially harmful to a student’s post-graduate employment. The dictionary definition of “business administration” as a body of knowledge is as follows;  “A program of studies in a college or university providing general knowledge of business principles and practices.” In the opposing view’s line of reasoning, one should offer nothing more esoteric than accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and management in business degree coursework. Anything else is just resume dressing.

If your goals involve a career in business, IvySelect will work with you to build a target list of colleges that includes schools with highly competitive BBA programs. With your preferences as our guide, we’ll identify the schools that are the best matches for you based on the majors available in the BBA programs, the nature of the student body and campus, faculty accessibility and mentorship programs, research and internship availability, and the opportunity to advance to a post-graduate MBA program of high repute. IvySelect will demystify admissions to assist you in gaining acceptance at the top-tier business schools that fit you best.

Table: Business Majors at Top Undergraduate Business Schools

       School                                                                 Majors

1.     Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Olin Business School

Accounting; Economics and Strategy; Entrepreneurship; Finance;

Healthcare Management; Marketing; Operations and Supply Chain Management


2.     University of Notre Dame

Mendoza College of Business


Accountancy; Finance; Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations;

Management & Organization; Marketing

3.     University of Pennsylvania

Wharton School of Business

Business degree with concentrations in Accounting; Actuarial Science;

Business Analytics; Business Economics & Public Policy; Environmental Policy

& Management; Finance; Global Analysis; Health Care Management & Policy;

Legal Studies & Business Ethics; Management with specializations in

Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Multinational Management,

Organizational Effectiveness, and Strategic Management; Managing Electronic

Commerce; Marketing; Marketing & Communication; Marketing & Operational

Management; Operations, Information & Decisions with Tracks in: Decision

Processes, Information Systems, Operations Management/Management Science

Real Estate; Retailing; Social Impact and Responsibility; Statistics;

4.     Georgetown University

McDonough School of Business

Accounting; Finance; International Political Economy and Business;

International Business Regional Studies; Management, Leadership, and

Innovation; Marketing; Operations & Information Management


5.     Univ. of California – Berkeley

Haas School of Business

One main business major/degree


6.     Cornell University

Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management

Accounting; Agribusiness Management; Applied Economics; Business

Economics; Entrepreneurship; Environmental, Energy, and Resource

Economics; Finance; Food Industry Management; International Trade and

Development; Marketing; Strategy

7.     Indiana University

Kelley School of Business

Accounting; Economic Consulting; Public Policy Analysis; Sustainable Business; Business Analytics (co-major); Law, Ethics & Decision-Making; Finance;

Real Estate; Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation; Management;

International Business; Marketing; Professional Sales; Digital and Social Media

Business Applications; Operations Management; Supply Chain Management; Information Systems; Technology Management; Business Analytics

8.     University of Virginia

McIntire School of Commerce

McIntire offers students concentrations, rather than majors. Students must

complete at least one of these concentrations: Accounting; Finance; Information Technology; Management; Marketing

9.     New York University

Stern School of Business

Stern offers a business degree with a variety of concentrations: Accounting;

Actuarial Science; Business Economics; Computing and Data Science; Economic

Theory; Finance; Global Business (co-concentration only); Management and

Organizations; Marketing; Operations; Statistics; Sustainable Business


10.  University of Michigan

Ross School of Business

One main business major/degree with the option to specialize via concentrations
11.  University of Texas at Austin

McCombs School of Business

Accounting; BHP (business honors program); Finance; IMPA in accounting,

5-year program); International Business; Management; Management

Information Systems; Marketing; Science and Technology Management;

12.  University of Minnesota

Carlson School of Management

Accounting; Business Analytics (minor only); Business Law (minor only); Entrepreneurial Management; Finance; Finance Risk & Management Insurance;

Human Resources and Industrial Relations; International Business;

Management Information Systems; Marketing; Public and Nonprofit

Management; Supply Chain & Operations Management

13.  Univ. of Southern California Marshall School of Business Accounting, Business Administration, World Bachelor’s in Business
14.  Wake Forest University

School of Business

Accountancy; Business and Enterprise Management; Finance; Mathematical


15.  Emory University

Goizueta Business School

Accounting; Finance; Information Systems & Operations Management;

Marketing; Strategy & Management Consulting

16.  UNC – Chapel Hill

Kenan-Flagler Business School

One main business major/degree
17.  Southern Methodist University

Cox School of Business

Accounting; Finance (specialization in Alternative Asset Management available);

Financial Consulting; General Business; Marketing; Management; Real Estate

Finance, with concentrations in Energy Management; Entrepreneurship;

Real Estate Finance; Risk Management & Insurance

18.  Babson College One business major/degree with option to concentrate in two of the following areas: Accounting; Business Analytics; Computational and Mathematical Finance;

Economics; Entrepreneurship; Environmental Sustainability; Finance; Global &

Regional Studies; Global Business Management; Historical and Political Studies;

Identity & Diversity; Information Technology Management; International

Business Environment; Justice, Citizenship, and Social Responsibility;

Leadership; Legal Studies; Literary and Visual Arts; Marketing; Operations Management; Planning Analysis & Control; Quantitative Methods; Real Estate;

Retail Supply Chain Management; Social and Cultural Studies; Statistical

Modeling; Strategic Management; Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Design


19.  Northeastern University

McKim School of Business

There are two-degree programs: Business Administration and International

Business. Students must also declare one of the following concentrations:

Accounting; Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Finance; Management;

Management Information Systems; Marketing; Supply Chain Management

20.  Brigham Young University

Marriott School of Management

Entrepreneurship; Global Supply Chain; Marketing; OBHR; Strategy
21.  Texas Christian University

Neeley School of Business

Accounting; Business Information Systems; Entrepreneurial Management;

Finance; Finance With Real Estate Concentration; Marketing; Supply and

Value Chain Management; International Emphasis


22.  Lehigh University

College of Business and Economics

Accounting; Business Information Systems; Business Economics; Economics;

Finance; Management; Marketing; Supply Chain Management

23.  University of Illinois at


College of Business

Accountancy; Accountancy with 5th year master’s option; Marketing;

Management; Information Systems/Information Technology Management;

Business Process Management; Supply Chain Management; Entrepreneurship (concentration); International Business (concentration); Finance

24.  Carnegie Mellon University

Tepper School of Business

Business Administration and Computational Finance, with concentrations in: Accounting; Business Analytics; Business Technology; Entrepreneurship;

Finance; Graphic Media Management; International Business; Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness; Marketing; Operations Management

25. Rutgers University

Rutgers Business School

Accounting; Business Analytics and

Information Technology; Finance; Leadership & Management;

Supply Chain Management;


Source: BMW Data

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