Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Demand by individuals and companies in the local area for a business degree program led UW Bothell to establish the Business Program in 1993. Conversations with regional business leaders resulted in the goal of providing students a strong background in writing, critical thinking, teamwork, and presentation skills.

The first courses taken for the major are five core courses designed to provide students with a strong base of business knowledge in essential fields of study. Students then may choose to complete one of five concentrations (20-25 credits):

Students who want to select courses to meet their individual goals may elect four business courses instead of a concentration.

Two capstone courses complete the major requirements of 55 credits.

The Business Program emphasizes effective oral and written communication, teamwork in a diverse workforce, entrepreneurial management in high-tech companies, and skills for working in the global business environment. For students already employed in business, the program strengthens and refines critical skills and increases knowledge of the principles and techniques of sound business practice. For those seeking employment, the program offers a foundation for new careers in the rapidly changing regional and international economy.

The mission of the Business Program at the UW Bothell is to transform the lives of students and enhance the vitality of the community by providing an exceptional education in a collaborative learning environment characterized by innovative teaching and research in business administration.  The Bachelor of Arts degree in Business is fully accredited by AACSB-The International Association for Management Education.

Business Program Office
UW1, Room 381
Phone: 425-352-5394


Steven Holland, Ph.D., 1983
Michigan State University; economics and finance


P.V. Sundar Balakrishnan, Ph.D., 1988, University of Pennsylvania; marketing

Karen Brown, Ph.D., 1983, University of Washington; operations management, new product development and project management

Paul Collins, Ph.D., 1986, Rutgers University; technology and innovation management and organization and management theory

Walter Freytag, Ph.D., 1981, Pennsylvania State University; industrial and organizational psychology

Juan Camilo Gomez, Ph.D., 2003, University of Minnesota; economics

Timothy Hargrave, Ph.D., 2005, University of Minnesota; organizational management

Manuela Hoehn-Weiss, D.B.A., 2006. Boston University; strategic management

Ufuk Ince, Ph.D., 2000, Georgia State University; finance

Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., 1996, University of Arizona; marketing

Kevin Laverty, Ph.D., 1993, University of California, Los Angeles; business policy and organizational studies

Alan Leong, M.S.E., 1997, University of Washington; process management

James M Miller, Ph.D., 1992, Purdue University; finance

Peter Nye, Ph.D., 1992, Duke University; marketing

Gowri Shankar, Ph.D., 1991, Syracuse University; finance

James Reinnoldt, M.B.A., 1981, American Graduate School of International Management; international business and marketing

Ronald Tilden, M.B.A., 1988, University of Washington; finance

Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum of 80 quarter credits.
  2. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Two years of a single foreign language in high school or two quarters of a single foreign language in college.
  4. Courses in statistics; calculus; introduction and fundamentals of financial accounting; managerial accounting; microeconomics; macroeconomics; introduction to law or business law; 10 credits of English Composition; 15 credits of Natural Science (The Natural World); 15 credits of Humanities (Visual Literary and Performing Arts); 20 credits of Social Science (Individuals and Societies).


Applicants to the Business Administration program are required to complete an assessment of their writing and critical thinking skills (WSA) prior to application. Information on the test, test dates, and registration are on our website:'s/applyba.xhtml

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of 90 credits or more at the upper-division level (300-400).
  2. Completion of at least 55 credits in business, with a minimum of 40 at UWB.
  3. Transfer courses must be upper-division and approved by the program. Contact advisor for policy.
  4. 45 of the final 60 credits must be completed in residence at the UW Bothell.
  5. Completion of a minimum of 180 credits.
  6. Achieve a minimum grade of 1.7 in every business course at UWB.
  7. Achieve a cumulative UW GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  8. Completion of all university and Business Program admission and graduation requirements.

Program Structure


Type of Credit Credits

Business Core


Business Electives/Concentration


Interdisciplinary Studies Electives


General Electives




Transfer Credits




Required Business Core

(25 Credits)

Concentrations (20-25 Credits)

1. Management (20)

2. Marketing (20)

3. Technology and Innovation Management (20)


4. Finance (20)


5. Management Information Systems (25)

MIS students need a computer programming class equivalent to CSS 161 before starting the MIS concentration. See Business Advisor for list of courses that apply.


6. Capstone (10 Credits)


Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Electives (15 Credits)

300-400 level classes offered in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at UWB or approved comparable upper-division transfer courses.


General Electives (15-20 Credits)

Any 300-400 level classes from business, liberal studies, computing, education and health classes offered through nursing. A second business concentration may be completed.

Minor in Business Administration

Open to all UW Students

University of Washington students from all majors may earn a minor in Business Administration at UW Bothell. Students enrolled at UW Seattle and UW Tacoma will be authorized for cross-enrollment in order to pursue the Business minor. Interested students should discuss the feasibility of completing this minor with their major program advisor and a UW Bothell Business Program advisor.



Students must earn a 2.7 cumulative gpa and a 2.7 prerequisite gpa with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each of the following prerequisite courses:

Students will be admitted to the minor when transcripts showing satisfactory completion of all the prerequisites are provided.


Applying to the Minor

When the prerequisites have been successfully completed, students need to submit transcripts showing the required courses and a "Change of Program or Minor" form to the address below:

Business Program
UW Bothell, Box 358533
18115 Campus Way NE, Room 381
Bothell, WA 98011

Students must complete all of the prerequisites and be accepted to the minor before taking any business courses at UW Bothell.



Students who have been admitted to the Business minor may request registration in UW Bothell business courses during registration Period 2 each quarter. A request needs to be sent to a UW Bothell Business Program advisor during registration.

Program Requirements

The Business minor requires the completion of 25 credits of upper-division business courses including:

Three of the five courses in the Business minor must be completed at UW Bothell. Acceptance of transfer courses needs to be discussed with a UWB Business advisor.

Graduating with a Minor

When applying for graduation, the student's major program advisor must list any remaining minor requirements on the graduation application. Upon graduation, the minor will be indicated on the student's transcript, but it will not appear on the diploma.