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Undergraduate, Adult Degree | In-Person, Online, Hybrid

General Business | Adult Degree

Customize your business degree and career with one of the few business programs to have earned AACSB accreditation, an honor reserved for the top 5% of business programs in the world.

Why Major in General Business?

New to business or wish to build on your current career through Belmont's Adult Degree Program?

Belmont’s General Business degree enables you to customize your business education, encouraging you to pursue your interests in business and be positioned for success in the sector of business that “suits” you.

A flexible format of 100% online, 100% in-person or a hybrid mix of the two formats provides you with access to an undergraduate business education unlike any other; in Nashville, Tennessee, a city where business is booming.

Industry Spotlight

Through our strong reputation and alumni network, Belmont offers outstanding placement opportunities for internships and permanent positions to our business students and graduates.

Graduates have accepted offers from such employers as Asurion, Affinion Group, Caterpillar Financial, Cumberland Heights, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Keller Williams, Lifepoint Hospitals, Tennessee Golf Foundation and Tyson Foods Inc.

Benefit From the Expertise of the Jack C. Massey College of Business

In addition to the expertise of our Adult Degree Program staff, you will also have access to the Jack C. Massey College of Business’ caring faculty, providing the high-quality business education we are known for.

A faculty advisor will meet with you regularly to discuss your academic and career interests, and you will be supported by the Massey College of Business Career Services Center. However you design your business education to meet your needs, the accounting program at Belmont University is Business Your Way!

Am I An Adult Student?

Adult Degree applicants should be 24 years or older. However, exceptions for those under the age of 24 might include evidence of two years or more of military service, marriage or having a family of your own.

What makes Adult Degree Programs special?

Your Success is Personal: Our students are not one-sized fits all, and neither is our commitment to you. Your path to a college degree is unique, and we take your success as personally as you do. Our staff and faculty will be with you from the first point of contact all the way through graduation and beyond, providing personalized guidance and assistance so you don’t have to go it alone.

Education Designed to Elevate Your Career: Whatever adult degree program option you choose, a career-focused curriculum will help you elevate your current career or prepare you for new professional or personal opportunities. 

Unique Tuition Discount for Adult Degree Program Students: Belmont is dedicated to offering access to high-quality education for busy adults. Students in Belmont’s Adult Degree Program receive more than a 40% discount off of the tuition cost that traditional Belmont students pay for the very same quality, private school education. 

What You'll Learn 

  • Basic negotiation skills for business
  • Law fundamentals related to business transactions
  • Venture Management
  • Marketing research techniques and their applications
  • Economic principles to labor markets
  • Wide variety of financial topics

Career Possibilities

A degree in general business from Belmont University sets you up for a wide variety of career options. Here are just a few of the careers you'll be equipped to pursue:

  • Marketing Specialist
  • Customer Account Specialist
  • Project Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Purchasing Manager

Student Testimonial

"I'm glad I chose to attend Belmont University because this university is truly focused on student success. Frequent events geared toward preparing students for the future are very beneficial. Plus, every professor and staff I have met has been very supportive of me as both as an adult student and as a student veteran."

Jeremy Arnold, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society
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Program Details


A major in general business leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and requires a total of 128 credit hours of coursework:

  • BELL core requirements: 50 hours
  • Business courses: 35 hours
  • B.B.A. core technical requirement: 3 hours
  • General Business Concentration courses: 18 hours
  • General electives: 22 hours

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Courses You'll Take

MGT 4310: Negotiations

This is a course in basic negotiation skills for business. Areas addressed include interests, options, alternatives, legitimacy, communication, relationships and commitment. There is a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills around conflict management and resolution in the workplace.

MGT 4220: Business Law II

A second course in law fundamentals related to business transactions. Topics include: the Uniform Commercial Code, bankruptcy, agency, property and forms of business organization.

ETP 3400: Venture Management

Entrepreneurs need to develop basic systems and processes for their businesses as they start-up and begin to grow. This course examines how entrepreneurs effectively develop control processes and human resource systems. There are a variety of legal issues that entrepreneurs face related to the launch and growth of their ventures. Students learn to apply these legal issues to new and growing ventures. Finally, students will explore how the entrepreneur begins the transformation from running the business alone to building a professionalized organization.

MKT 4440: Market Research

A study of modern marketing research techniques and their applications. Topics include research design, questionnaire design, sampling, data collection and analyses and report preparation and presentation. This course normally includes a major project.

ECO 3000: Labor Economics

An extension of economic principles to labor markets. Primary emphasis is placed on household and firm decision-making units within the labor market. Topics to be studied include: labor demand and supply, wage differentials, minimum wage legislation, unemployment, investment in human capital, worker mobility, effects of labor unions, gender, race and ethnicity in the labor market and earnings inequality.

FIN 4410: Advanced Business Finance

This course covers a wide variety of financial topics including capital budgeting, options, cost of capital and free cash flow analysis. Students implement financial topics with a computer spreadsheets.

MGT 3270: Human Resources Management

Personnel policies, procedures, practices and administration from the perspective of the administration of the employee in the business organization and the personnel department. Techniques to research, create and maintain organizational relations are covered.

The admission decision process for the Adult Degree Program is different from what someone might experience right out of high school. To be eligible for an Adult Degree program,  applicants must be 24 years or older or provide evidence of two years or more of military service, marriage or having a family of your own.

Even if you struggled academically when you first attended college, the Belmont Admissions Committee looks at more than just your academic history. We also consider your professional experience and personal accomplishments as we review your application materials.

Learn more about Adult Degree Admissions & Financial Aid

We are an innovative, student-centered learning community that prepares entrepreneurially, ethical, and socially responsible future business leaders for the dynamic global economy.

We are committed to:

  • Relevant, interactive, and experiential academic programs provided by faculty with diverse and extensive academic qualifications and professional experience;
  • Advising and mentoring students for career growth and development;
  • Impactful scholarship that advances the practice, knowledge, and teaching of business and management;
  • Engaging the communities we serve through value-added relationships.

Organized in 1916, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is the premier agency for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Fewer than 5% of the world’s business schools are able to adhere to standards that result in AACSB accreditation of their business education programs. A much smaller group, fewer than 2% of business schools (185) worldwide, have earned the separate, specialized accreditation for their accounting program.

Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business is the only private college or university in Tennessee that is accredited by AACSB International for our B.B.A. and M.B.A. programs, as well as our Accounting major and Master of Accountancy degree.

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Application Deadlines

Apply by August 1

Start on August 23

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Tuition & Aid Info

Adult Degree Program

Katie Rockey
Admissions Coordinator
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