General Business Program

Flexible Expertise for Your Future

General Business provides broad exposure to all crucial components that contribute to a business. You will get an overview of many functions in the business world and base your studies on how these functions interact. Any business degree will involve working with numbers and statistical analysis, so you should be comfortable with math. Communication, teamwork, and time management skills are essential. A career in business can lead to a job at any corporation or business, but there is an increasing need for business skills in government, commerce, and non-profit organizations. Business principles can serve as the backbone for economic, political, and social systems at all levels.

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Why Earn Your Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business at UM-Flint?

Professional Preparation

The General Business major allows you to study all functions of a business operation rather than a specialization in any one area of business. This major is an excellent option if you are a working professional, established in your career or a student seeking a major with a wide variety of online courses in areas where you would like to build more skills and develop more.

100% Flexible Online Program Option

The program’s online format accommodates the learning styles and schedules of today’s busy students — whether those students are starting as first-year or taking advantage of transferable credits earned at another institution. The program is also available in a traditional face-to-face format.

Be Involved in Business

  • Business Clubs: The School of Management (SOM) proudly supports and sponsors nine student organizations that are nationally recognized and have received national awards. Student organization members gain real-life career experience and make professional connections not only within the Flint community, but worldwide. For more information on SOM’s student organizations, contact Antonio Riggs, Career Planning Counselor
  • Internships/Career Readiness: An internship provides an opportunity to engage in an activity of experiential learning using the knowledge acquired in the classroom and putting it to practical use within the professional setting. An internship opportunity will provide hands-on experience allowing students to practice activities in their profession, as well as identify future career opportunities. Additionally, SOM partners with organizations locally, state-wide, and internationally for college internships. Internships may count for  academic credit when participating in a paid internship opportunity.
  • Study Abroad: SOM hosts faculty-led study abroad trips that are three weeks or shorter in the spring/summer semester. You will gain firsthand knowledge about business and culture in a foreign country alongside an experienced professor and a group of peers. Study abroad trips count towards UM-Flint credit and are eligible for financial aid and scholarships.

Expert Faculty

UM-Flint’s General Business faculty bring practical working knowledge into the learning environment and are experienced, tested, and respected global experts in their field. Like all University of Michigan instructors, they have a passion for education and years of experience teaching and researching current business issues. General Business faculty members are available to consult with students wishing to pursue careers in any of the above-mentioned areas.


The UM-Flint MSA program is accredited by AACSB International, the highest accrediting body for business schools worldwide. Only 5.5% of business schools are accredited by AACSB. In accordance with AACSB, we subscribe to the highest standards in management education. We prepare students to contribute to their organizations and the larger society and to grow personally and professionally throughout their careers.

Dual BBA/MBA Degrees

High achieving students will have the opportunity to apply for the joint BBA/MBA program in their junior year. This program will allow students to substitute senior-level BBA major courses with corresponding MBA concentration courses. Students also have the opportunity to waive four MBA foundation courses by earning  B’s or better in the equivalent BBA courses. BBA students in this program could earn their MBA for as few as 24 credits, instead of the traditional 45 credits.

Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business

In addition to the requirements for the BBA degree, the major in general business requires 18 additional credits in business courses numbered 300 or higher.

The general business major provides students a broad business background and great flexibility to choose their course of study. Elective options come from accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, marketing, management, and operations and supply chain management. These options allow students to customize their curriculum based on their career interests and aspirations.

General Business Career Outlook

UM-Flint general business students from 2019-2021 have interned at Fosters Coffee, 100k Ideas, AOI, Michigan Tech University, Destinations Bridal & Prom, UM-Flint DTE, CRS  Construction LLC, Fessler & Bowman Inc., The Roman, ETNA Supply GISD, Nexteer Automotive, Disney, Beaumont Hospital, and more.

UM-Flint SOM alumni are currently employed at a variety of organizations ranging from non-profits, corporations, self-employed, or Fortune 500 companies. General Business alumni work at companies such as Quicken Loans, United Shore, BCBSN, McLaren, Huntington National Bank, Financial Plus Credit Union, ELGA Credit Union, Dort Federal Credit Union, Ford, General Motors, Dow, AT&T, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and more.

The average salary for a Budget Analyst is $78,970 per year in 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The projected percent change in employment from 2019 to 2029 is growing much on average at 3%.

$78,970 median annual wage for budget analysts Source:

The top occupations for someone with a general business degree are:

  • Budget analyst
  • Buyer/purchasing agent
  • Human resource manager
  • Management analyst
  • Personal financial advisor
  • Sales manager

Top Industries:

  • Business
  • Technology
  • Healthcare/Medicine
  • Consulting 
  • Government

Advising Services

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to guide their educational journey. Explore all the possible pathways for your future, and book an appointment today.

In addition to academic advising, SOM provides extensive career advising services to help you define a clear path for your career. Contact Antonio Riggs at or call (810) 237-6680 to schedule your appointment.

Learn More about the Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business

Ready to use your technical skills and creativity to create your business career? Find all the ways UM-Flint can help you become a leader in the business world. Apply today or contact us to learn more.