Business Administration and Design, BS

The combined major in business administration and design integrates fundamental design courses with the theory and practice of management through active learning, problem-driven research, corporate partnerships, and experiential assignments. The BS degree can be accomplished using the five-year co-op plan.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Business Core Requirements

Introduction to College
BUSN 1102Personal Skill Development for Business1
or ARTF 1000 Art and Design at Northeastern
Complete one of the following:4
Calculus for Business and Economics
Calculus 1
Math Fundamentals for Games
Macroeconomics and Microeconomics
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
or ECON 1116 Principles of Microeconomics

Business Requirements

ACCT 1201Financial Accounting and Reporting4
Business Statistics
MGSC 2301Business Statistics4
International Business/Social Responsibility
INTB 1203International Business and Global Social Responsibility4
MKTG 2201Introduction to Marketing4
FINA 2201Financial Management4
Organizational Behavior
ORGB 3201Organizational Behavior4
Business Core Option
Complete one of the following:4
Managerial Accounting
Management Information Systems
Supply Chain and Operations Management
Professional Development
BUSN 1103Professional Development for Business Co-op1
or EEAM 2000 Professional Development for Co-op

Art + Design Requirements

Art + Design Fundamentals
ARTF 11222D Fundamentals: Surface and Drawing (With optional ARTF 1123)4
ARTF 22235D Fundamentals: Experience and Drawing (With optional ARTF 2224)4
Design Courses
ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems4
ARTG 2250Typography 1 (With optional ARTG 2251)4
ARTG 3350Typography 24
ARTG 3460Identity and Brand Design4
Art+Design History
ARTH 1100Interactive Media and Society4
ARTH 2215History of Graphic Design4

Design Option

Complete one of the following options:8
Interaction Design Option
Interaction Design 1: Responsive (With optional ARTG 2401)
Interaction Design 2: Mobile
Graphic and Information Design Option
Graphic Design 1
Experience Design 2
Experience Design Option
Experience Design 1
Experience Design 2

Marketing Concentration

Required Courses
MKTG 3301Marketing Management4
MKTG 3401Marketing Research4
At least one course must be taken from the business courses listed and one from the interactive media courses listed.
Complete three of the following:12
Marketing in the Service Sector
Advertising and Brand Promotion
Consumer Behavior
Digital Marketing
New Product Development
Art + Design
Photo Basics (With optional ARTD 2361)
Video Basics (With optional ARTD 2381)
4D Fundamentals: Sequence and Drawing (With optional ARTF 2221)
Programming Basics
Physical Computing
Time-Based Design
Information Design 1
Special Topics in Art and Design Studio

Second Business Concentration (Optional)

A second business concentration is optional and may be chosen from the following list. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

Integrative Courses

Integrative Courses
Note: These courses also satisfy requirements above:
Marketing Management
Identity and Brand Design
Complete the interactive media capstone or the business capstone:4-8
Interactive Media Capstone
Design Degree Project 1
and Design Degree Project 2
Interaction Team Degree Project 1
and Interaction Team Degree Project 2
Business Capstone
Strategy in Action

Business GPA Requirement

A minimum 2.000 GPA in business courses is required.

Business Cooperative Education Requirement

Complete one six-month co-op experience.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required

Second Business Concentration (Optional)

A second business concentration is optional and may be chosen from the following:

Concentration in Accounting 

Required Courses
ACCT 3401Financial Reporting and Analysis 14
ACCT 4501Financial Reporting and Analysis 24
Complete two of the following:8
Accounting Information Systems
Strategic Cost Analysis for Decision Making
Auditing and Other Assurance Services
Income Tax Determination and Planning


Concentration in Business/Interdisciplinary

Complete four courses in consultation with approved D'Amore-McKim School of Business faculty member.16


Concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Note: The following courses do not count toward this concentration:
The Entrepreneurial Universe
Business Economic History of South Africa
ENTR 3318
ENTR 3328
Field Research in Sustainable Energy in Iceland
ENTR 3346
Management Consulting Abroad
Development Practice and Global Citizenship in India
Introductory Course
ENTR 2301Innovation!4
or ENTR 2303 Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling
Capstone Course
Complete one of the following:4
Business Planning for Technology Ventures
Business Planning for Small and Medium Enterprises
Entrepreneurial Growth Strategy for Technology Ventures
Advanced Studies in Social Enterprise
Note: Only one non-ENTR course may be used as an elective.
Complete two of the following:8
Global Social Enterprise
Understanding Family Enterprise
Social Responsibility of Business in an Age of Inequality
Innovation! (if not used as introductory course)
Entrepreneurial Marketing and Selling (if not used for introductory course)
Innovation for Social Change
Global Family Business Leadership
International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consulting
Entrepreneurial Strategy and Business Model Design
Global Entrepreneurship
Lean Design and Development for Entrepreneurs
Management of Operations and Growth in Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises
Managing Operations in a Technology-Based Startup Firm
Impact Investing and Social Finance
Corporate Entrepreneurship through Global Growth, Acquisitions, and Alliances
Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development in India
Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity
Negotiating in Business


Concentration in Finance

Required Course
FINA 3301Corporate Finance4
or FINA 3303 Investments
Complete three of the following:12
Impact Investing and Social Finance
Sustainability in the Business Environment
Corporate Finance (if not selected as a required course)
Investments (if not selected as a required course)
Portfolio Management
Behavioral Finance
Working Capital Management
Issues in Corporate Governance
International Financial Management
Valuation and Value Creation
Personal Financial Planning
Mergers and Acquisitions
Financial Risk Management
Investment Banking
Real Estate Finance
Credit Analysis
Core Topics in Alternative Investments
Special Topics in Finance
Turnaround Management
Fixed-Income Securities
Advanced Financial Strategy
Entrepreneurial Finance, Innovation Valuation, and Private Equity


Concentration in Management

Required Course
MGMT 4501Skills for Managerial Success4
Note: Only one non-MGMT course may be used as an elective.
Complete three of the following:12
Negotiating in Business
Managing Organizational Change and Disruption
Developing Leaders for Global Sustainability
Managing Healthcare Organizations: Critical Challenges and New Approaches
Managing a Diverse Workforce
Law and the Legal Process
Managing Human Capital
Managing Global Teams Virtually and Locally
Project Management
The Management Practices of Great Organizations
Human Resources and Workforce Analytics
Understanding Family Enterprise
Social Responsibility of Business in an Age of Inequality
Corporate Entrepreneurship through Global Growth, Acquisitions, and Alliances


Concentration in Management Information Systems

Required Courses
MISM 3403Data Management in the Enterprise4
MISM 4501Business Systems Integration4
Note: Only one non-MISM course may be used as an elective.
Complete two of the following:8
Fundamentals of Information Analytics
Information Resource Management
Data Communications
Introduction to Web Design, Practices, and Standards
Information Visualization for Business
Data Mining for Business
Digital Marketing
Global Supply Chain Strategy
Sourcing and Procurement
Supply Chain Analytics


Concentration in Supply Chain Management

Required Courses
SCHM 3301Global Supply Chain Strategy4
SCHM 3305Sourcing and Procurement4
SCHM 3310Logistics and Transportation Management4
Complete one of the following:4
Supply Chain Analytics
Demand Planning and Forecasting
Sustainability and Supply Chain Management
Advanced Problems in Supply Chain Management

Five Years, Three Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
BUSN 1102 or ARTF 10001MGSC 23014VacationVacation
INTB 12034BUSN 11001  
ACCT 12014ENGW 1111, MATH 1231, or MATH 12604  
ENGW 1111, MATH 1231, or MATH 12604ARTG 2250 (With optional ARTG 2251)4  
ARTG 12504ARTF 1122 (With optional ARTF 1123)4  
 17 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MKTG 22014Co-op 10Co-op 1 0Elective4
FINA 22014  Elective ND or DD4
BUSN 11031   
ARTF 2223 (With optional ARTF 2224)4   
Art + design history4   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
ECON 1116 or 11154Co-op 20Co-op 20Business core option4
ORGB 32014  ENGW 33024
MKTG 3301 or 34014   
Design option 14   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
MKTG 3301 or 34014Co-op 3Co-op 3Vacation
Concentration elective 14   
Design option 24   
ARTG 33504   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
Concentration elective 24ARTG 4551, 4701, or STRT 45014  
ARTG 34604Concentration elective 34  
ARTG 4550 or 4700 (or Elective)4Elective 4  
Elective ND or DD4Elective 4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 131