Business administration

Taking the following courses will prepare you for business administration at any UC campus that offers the major.

Expected coursework

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Single variable calculus (one-year sequence)
    Note: Students are encouraged to take the STEM version but some UC business administration programs may allow non-STEM calculus. Please check individual campus links.
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to business (including finance)
  • Financial accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • English reading and composition (2 courses)

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework. In addition to the specific coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

Associate Degree for Transfer

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in business administration at your community college with the goal of applying to CSU as well as UC, there's a lot of overlap in coursework. The difference between what UC expects and what CSU requires for business administration transfer students is that UC expects two English reading and composition courses, and does not require business law.


Applicable majors

The business administration pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. (More may be added in the year ahead.)

  • Business administration, B.A. at Irvine
  • Business administration, B.S. at Berkeley
  • Business administration, B.S. at Riverside
  • Business management economics, B.A. at Santa Cruz
  • Management and business economics, B.S. at Merced
  • Managerial economics, B.S. at Davis

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.

Transfer Pathways

Business administration is one of UC's top majors offering a new Transfer Pathway: a single set of courses students can take to prepare for admission to any of UC’s nine undergraduate campuses.

Tools to help you prepare