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.

UM-Flint School of Management student.
UM-Flint School of Management students at a SOM event.

Accelerated Online Business Degree

Earning the No. 1 ranked online Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Michigan just got easier. New for fall 2023, the UM-Flint BBA will be offered in the Accelerated Degree Completion format! That means accelerated, seven-week courses offered totally online asynchronously, meaning you don’t have to give up the other important aspects of your life to earn a world-renowned degree.
Scholarships of $1,000 are available now!

Learn more about the Accelerated Online BBA.

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 general business degree is the most convenient and flexible online program at the School of Management. Students can take classes 100% online, traditional face-to-face, mixed mode or in an accelerated online format, which allows learners to complete two seven-week online asynchronous courses at a time.  

Be Involved in Business

Enhance your learning skills and meet business students in one of the nine School of Management affiliated business student organizations. Our student clubs are nationally recognized and have received national awards at domestic business conferences. Student organization members gain real-life career experience and make professional connections not only within the Flint community but worldwide.

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.

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.

Alexis Snell

Alexis Snell
General Business, 2020

As an online-only transfer student, UM-Flint has given me the opportunity to make my long-time dream of receiving my bachelor’s degree possible. As a mother of 3 children and being employed full-time, physically attending class was too far from reach. The courses are engaging and include the perfect amount of communication and teamwork. I am so grateful to have found the UM-Flint online business program and am proud UM-Flint Alumna!

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.

Our business alumni are employed all over the nation and globally 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, BCBSNC, 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

Finish your bachelor’s business degree at UM-Flint. Learn how to start today.

Paper with check mark

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.