A professor in the Business Administration program.

Business Administration

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Business Administration at a glance

North Central University’s Business Administration degree will give you the versatile skill set and practical experience you need to land the job you want and pursue your career in business. Our hands-on approach and mentorship will help you personalize your education to match your interests and goals. When you graduate from North Central with a Business Administration major, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of leadership and management positions all around the world.

Real-world experience

North Central students are getting real-career experience through their business classes with opportunities to network and present to local corporations. Read this story of students who were able to pitch their marketing plans for Chex cereal to executives at General Mills.

A business professor lectures.
Intentional career planning

Start on-ramping towards your career from day one.

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Intentional career preparation from your first class to your last

It’s not uncommon to hear various news outlets suggest that college students graduate with limited job opportunities and a mountain of debt. When this does occur, it’s often due to students and schools waiting until the student’s senior year to connect outside of the classroom in their field of interest.

At NCU School of Business, we start your on-ramping towards your career from day one!

As a result, we had 100% career placement for the Spring 2014 graduating class, with an overall average of 94% from year to year!

A Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at North Central University exposes you to numerous areas of business, including marketing, finance, statistics, economics, and various networks and businesses, including Target, US Bank, and the Minnesota Twins.

Our holistic curriculum is designed to prepare you for an exceptional, God-centered business career by championing three key areas: relevant business knowledge from practitioners, core Christian virtues, and 21st century skills.

We create a student-oriented learning environment with hands-on learning, full student participation, and relevant business technology integrated throughout.

North Central alumni making marketplace connections.
Marketplace connections

Build connections with top leaders from respected companies.

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WE PROVIDE MARKETPLACE CONNECTIONS

Quality research continually states that most job opportunities occur through individual networks. Networking with the right people in your industry can open doors for your future.

You need to be a part of a school, like North Central University, that understands this and is doing something about it.

Our network offers students premier opportunities for jobs, internships, seminars, and on-site training.

At NCU School of Business, we set the stage for you to network with top leaders from the most respected companies!

The Twin Cities metropolitan area is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies and is the epicenter of business life and opportunity. Our location in the heart of Minneapolis takes full advantage of being close to the best of the best in the business community.

Our distinguished, well-connected faculty bring with them outstanding professional partners from firms that include Best Buy, Target, 3MM, US Bank, General Mills, the Minnesota Vikings, Cargill, Regis Corporation, ShopHQ, TCF Financial Corp, UnitedHealth Group, Xcel Energy, Crew2, the Minnesota Twins, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

North Central president Dr. Gordon Anderson speaks at a gathering of graduate students.
Degree Plus (+)

We offer supporting programs to prepare you with additional skills employers need.

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A DEGREE FROM THE NCU SCHOOL OF BUSINESS IS GREAT! WHAT’S EVEN BETTER ARE ALL THE EXTRAS!

Project Management Certification

One of the primary needs conveyed by our professional partners is project management skillsthe ability to execute a project effectively and efficiently. All business majors take a project management course and have the option of completing a proficiency exam to earn your Project Management Certification from the world-class Project Management Institute. Our school is the only institution in the Twin Cities that is currently offering this!

4+1 Program

NCU has an amazing Masters in Strategic Leadership program and we’ve specifically designed it so that business students can earn it with just one extra year of education. As an undergraduate business student, you automatically take two of the ten required courses for the master’s program. That means with just one additional year you could enter the marketplace with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Strategic Leadership!

Pre-Law Minor

The business world has seen its fair share of corporate failures and executive blunders (Enron, Tyco, WorldCom). Employers are daily feeling the pressure from key stakeholders and regulatory agencies. The NCU School of Business is helping students prepare for this environment by making it easy to pick up a minor in Pre-Law without the addition of any classes.

  • Potential careers

    Our graduates succeed in a variety of jobs and careers, including:

    • Human resources manager
    • Business analyst
    • Project manager
    • Compensation and benefits manager
    • Corporate event planner
    • Purchasing manager
    • Training and development
    • Logistician
    • Management analyst
    • Administrative manager
  • Internships

    Our unique location in the heart of Minneapolis means our students have opportunities to intern at a variety of significant companies. You could intern at:

    • 3M
    • Ameriprise Financial
    • Best Buy
    • Caribou Coffee
    • General Mills
    • Medtronic
    • Piper Jaffray
    • Target
    • UnitedHealth Group
  • Minors & supporting programs

    We want you to be well-rounded and well-prepared when you graduate, so you’ll have the opportunity to choose a minor or supporting program so you can explore another area of interest. Here are some possibilities:

    • Accounting & Finance
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Marketing
    • Media Production
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • Intercultural Studies
    • International Development
    • Leadership Development
    • Pre-law
    • Urban Studies

    See the full list of minors and supporting programs.

Business Administration alum Taylor Bettenga.
Purchasing Coordinator, Minnesota Twins

Taylor Bettenga '14
Minneapolis, MN

"The Business department prepares students well for jobs in the marketplace. You gain practical knowledge and skills that equip you for success. The professors are extremely knowledgeable about the different areas they teach, in turn passing that knowledge and experience on to their students."

Business Administration alum Bryce Burkman.
Client Experience Manager, Coed Monkey Custom T-Shirts

Bryce Burkman '14
Minneapolis, MN

"I rely on the spiritual formation I gained at North Central to guide me through moral and ethical decisions every day. North Central prepared me for more than just a job. God is using me to change the culture around me for the better – to reach people and represent Christ in a business environment."

Business alum Lauren Pirk.
Mentor of Young Adults

Lauren Pirk ‘13
Redding, CA

"I chose North Central because students at NCU learn how to truly love and serve people in measurable ways. It was the quiet times that I had with the Lord and the time of character development that I will forever cherish."

Business Administration alum Bethany Bostron.
Judicial Extern, Supreme Court of Virginia

Bethany Bostron ‘13
Spicer, MN

"I love the fact that anyone I met with, whether for academic help or personal advice, would end our meeting by praying for me and my future."

Requirements

All students must complete the General Education Core and Christian Studies Core. General electives may be added or an optional minor may be selected. You need 124 total credit hours to complete the Business Administration degree.

Meet the director

Faculty member Bill Tibbetts.

Contact

wetibbet@northcentral.edu
612.343.4181
Liechty Hall, Off 105

Bill Tibbetts

Director of the School of Business; Assistant Professor

Bill has been teaching at North Central since 2008. He graduated from Purdue University with intentions to be the next Bob Woodward of business journalism. The Lord redirected his journey, leading him to Washington DC, where he became an executive of a multi-million dollar international nonprofit. He later relocated to the Midwest to be closer to family and transitioned into executive leadership for a $35 billion finance company.

WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?

Business Strategy and Marketing, with a concentration in organizational development and marketing analytics. Because God calls us to be stewards of his creation, we are all, therefore, called to be strategists. Impact is significantly increased when an organization can properly align their internal capabilities and resources with an understanding of what their specific market is demanding.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEACHING AT NORTH CENTRAL?

North Central fosters the opportunity to engage with students on relevant knowledge, Christian character, and professional skills unlike any other university. I thrive on mentoring students to discover God’s will for their future and then preparing them to lead organizations that innovate, grow, and deliver world-class results.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CLASSES TO TEACH?

One of my favorite classes to teach is Introduction to Business, a place for most students’ introduction to the subject matter.