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Business Management vs. Business Administration: What’s the Difference?

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If you are interested in earning a business degree, you might be debating between business management and business administration for a more specific route to take toward your degree.

But, what exactly separates them from one another? It can be difficult to tell the exact difference between the two fields, as they have many of the same course requirements and involve many comparable subjects of study. While the two programs are definitely similar, there are a handful of differences that may make the decision easier.

Business Management

The business management degree offered by Grand Canyon University focuses on a more personal level of management, for those who are interested in a business career that can be centered on communicative and people skills in a business environment. This business degree also accentuates servant leadership in business, human resource management, networking, strategic and logical thinking in management, and marketing, among others.

For main campus students, GCU offers the program with two optional emphases: golf management and tennis management. These specialized emphases are nice inclusion for those who are passionate about management and interested in adding a sports business emphasis to their degree. Do you have a passion for sports business? You may also want to consider GCU’s sports management degree.

Business Administration

GCU’s business administration degree offers a broader range of options in reference to possible career paths. GCU’s bachelor of business administration prepares students for opportunities in small business development and management, entrepreneurship and project management. Students in this field are able to learn and excel in the areas of business operations, accounting, statistics, economics, marketing and finance.

GCU also offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Business Intelligence for both main campus and online students. This emphasis introduces the fundamentals of programming, analytics and IT systems, and provides students a chance to gain insight into the governance and ethics of business. This degree could be an excellent segue into a Master of Science in Leadership or an MBA.

Choosing management or administration may simply depend on your expectations as a business student and the direction you want to head towards upon completing your bachelor’s degree. If business is the field for you, a business management degree or business administration degree is an excellent opportunity to acquire the education you desire to move forward with your career goals.

To learn more about the business management degree and business administration degree offered through Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business, visit our website or request more information by using the button at the top of this page.

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a freshman majoring in English literature at GCU.