Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    128 credits
    • General Education: 44
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 54
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Business Analytics
  • Graduates of the business analytics concentration will be able to:

    • Apply appropriate methodologies and technologies to business data to solve real-world problems.
    • Demonstrate proficiency with digital technologies applied to data organization, analysis, reporting and visualization.
    • Analyze ethical approaches to applying data-driven decision-making in an organizational setting.

  • Financial Management
  • Graduates of the financial management concentration will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze and evaluate the most effective allocation of cash in a business organization
    • Technology and analysis: students will demonstrate proficiency in using spreadsheets to make common business financial decisions
    • Articulate how to best demonstrate biblical values while making cash flow decisions within a business organization
    • Reference and practically apply fundamental principles and management/leadership theories

  • Financial Planning
  • Graduates of the financial planning concentration will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the ability to formulate, implement and monitor financial decisions into an integrated plan that guides an individual or family to achieve their financial goals.
    • Articulate how biblical principles apply to formulating financial plans, particularly how a Christian can embrace a vibrant faith in the providential nature of God while, also, maintaining financial goals for the future.
    • Provide financial guidance to a diverse community with care and cultural competency.

  • International Business
  • Graduates of the international business concentration will be able to:

    • Understand the economic, cultural and political factors that are relevant when doing business in a foreign country.
    • Able to analyze the opportunities and risks associated with doing business internationally.
    • Able to work with or manage people from various ethnic or religious backgrounds.

  • Management
  • Graduates of the management concentration will be able to:

    • Reference and practically apply fundamental principles and management/leadership theories.
    • Apply new emerging management and leadership theory, human resources management concepts and legal requirements.
    • Demonstrate the ability to contribute effectively to a leaderless and consensus driven team.

  • Marketing Application
  • Graduates of the marketing concentration will be able to:

    • Demonstrate acquired knowledge through conducting primary and secondary research, create surveys analyze data and present accurate and valuable research findings.
    • Demonstrate effective communication, sales and negotiation skills.
    • Execute a real world client marketing report for a for profit/non-profit organization through analyzing the market, assessing tradeoffs in various marketing strategies and providing research support for selected marketing strategies.

  • Marketing Management
  • Graduates of the marketing management concentration will be able to:

    • Explain key concepts, theories and practices important to the management of organizations and apply them to specific situations facing organizations.
    • Analyze marketing problems or opportunities facing an organization, and solve marketing problems using quantitative and qualitative analysis.
    • Identify areas of ethical concern facing marketing management professionals and articulate appropriate ethical guidelines based upon Biblical principles.

Admissions Requirements

Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission as a Business Administration major in the Crowell School of Business, nor permission to enroll in upper-division business administration courses (Intermediate Accounting excepted). Prior to formal admission, students shall continue to be advised as pre-business majors. The following requirements must be observed:
  1. Complete, with a minimum of a "C" (2.0) grade in each of the following courses (totaling 18 semester hours), or the equivalent; with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50:
    • BUSN 201 or BUSN 202 — Principles of Macroeconomics
    • BUSN 211 — Principles of Accounting I
    • BUSN 212 — Principles of Accounting II
    • BUSN 220 — Management Information Systems
    • ENGL 113 — Studies in Critical Thinking and Writing II
    • MATH 190 — Business Statistics
  2. Accomplish an overall cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all college level course work completed at the time of formal application to the Crowell School of Business.
  3. Complete all portions of the application for admission to the Crowell School of Business. The application should be filed the semester in which the student is in progress of completing the prerequisite course requirements.
  4. Complete the initial e-portfolio assignment in BUSN 220 or, if transferring BUSN 220, complete the ePortfolio assignment as outlined on the ePortfolio Student Hub web page. Contact the academic advisor for more details on how to complete this assignment.
  5. Meet approval of the academic advisor of the Crowell School of Business. The process may require an interview.

Transfer students can consult the Transfer Information in the menu for a listing of select colleges to see which business courses will transfer into Biola.

Business is one of the most impactful career choices available for lives of service today. As a business administration major — the most popular program at Biola — you’ll learn to bring leadership, insight and strategic thinking to any workplace. Whether in a public or private company, known brand or entrepreneurial startup, your experience in Biola’s Crowell School of Business will be valuable for a lifetime of impact.

Why Choose Business Administration at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s business administration program offers several key advantages:

  • Biola prepares you for real-world success; in a recent survey, 91 percent of business graduates secured a job or enrolled in a graduate program within six months of graduation.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.
  • Biola equips you to pursue business as ministry, showing you what it means to serve Christ in the workplace.
  • Biola’s Crowell School of Business has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) since 1997.

What Will I Study?

The business administration program provides a comprehensive liberal arts background from a biblical perspective and is structured to give you a broad understanding of the social and economic environment in which Christian business people function. Career-relevant topics you will learn about include:

  • Business integrity in a secular world
  • Collection and presentation of business data
  • International trade
  • Fiscal and monetary policy
  • Analysis of market outcomes
  • Government regulation
  • Employment and labor law
  • Organizational behavior
  • Global marketing management
  • Management strategies

View Courses

Career Paths

As a highly skilled and technically competent business professional, you will be prepared to impact the world for Jesus Christ in fields such as law, accounting, international business, finance and marketing. Career options include professions such as:

  • CEO
  • CFO
  • Stockbroker
  • Business analyst
  • Foreign service officer
  • City manager
  • Corporate auditor
  • Human resources management
  • Public relations specialist
  • Marketing research analyst

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Many Crowell School of Business students pursue graduate studies while others have moved directly into professional roles at major corporations. Highlights include:

  • Walt Disney Company
  • Target
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte and Touche
  • TOMS
  • Transparent Productions
  • Lord Abbett
  • Entrepreneurship in day spas, clothing industry and restaurants
  • Graduate studies at prestigious schools such as Biola's Crowell School of Business MBA program, University of California, Irvine; University of Southern California; University of California, San Diego; and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Brenna Adamski
Business Marketing, B.A. '16

Biola's business program doesn't just prepare me for my career; it prepares me for my future.”

Meet the Faculty

View faculty profiles