Best School for a Business Administration Degree - Kansas City, MO

Sep 22, 2022

School and Ranking Information

The Kansas City area has many schools that offer business administration degrees. The following schools are considered the top three according to rankings, number of awarded degrees and program level variety:

  • Winner: Rockhurst University in Kansas City is in first place due to the degree level options in the field of study and for being regionally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2022.
  • Runner Up #1: William Jewell College in Liberty is the first runner up resulting from being ranked in 2022 from U.S. News & World Report and for the school's study abroad opportunities available to business students.
  • Runner Up #2: Park University, found in Parkville, follows on account of the number of awarded degrees in business administration and its individual credit fees.

School Comparison Chart

Category Rockhurst University Park University William Jewell College
Ranking(s) (2022)* University is ranked 26th in the Midwest region N/A 6th in Regional Colleges in the Midwest
Location Kansas City, MO Parkville, MO (11.1 miles from Kansas City) Liberty, MO (13.5 miles from Kansas City)
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Tuition (2021-2022)** $40,480 (undergraduate), $16,524 (graduate) $12,280(undergraduate), $6,435 (graduate) $19,310 (undergraduate), $4,800 (graduate)
Business Administration Award Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's degrees
Business Administration Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2020-2021)** 245 883 19
Most Popular Business Administration Program (2020-2021)** Master's degree (163 awarded) Bachelor's degree (499 awarded) N/A
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2015 Entering Class** 74% 24% 65%
Noteworthy Helzberg School of Management maintains a list of job and internship opportunities for students Five scholarships available for business administration students University has a chapter of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES

Winner: Rockhurst University

  • Business students have free access to the Wall Street Journal in print and online
  • University has an extensive list of scholarships available

Undergraduate students at RU who study business administration can focus on general business, or they can pursue an individualized course of study in which they may create up to five classes based on their interests. The program's core courses provide students with a foundation in subjects like leadership, finance, and marketing. The university's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program requires 30 hours, and students can take classes in the evenings once a week. In addition to the general MBA program, the university offers the executive fellows program for well-established working professionals with management experience. A specialized MBA program is also available to help healthcare professionals manage the industry's business needs.

Runner-Up #1: William Jewell College

  • Business students can study abroad in locations like France, Spain, and China
  • University students can apply for a grant to design their own customized study experience

WJC offers a major and a minor in business administration. Along with business courses, students take courses in accounting and economics. Students can enhance their leadership skills by pursuing a leadership certificate in coordination with their major degree program. WJC also gives students an opportunity for real-world experience through the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team. SIFE students compete to develop successful solutions to business-related community issues.

Runner-Up #2: Park University

  • Business students can take face-to-face or online courses
  • University's honors academy offers internships, service learning, and independent study opportunities

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from PU requires between 57 and 69 hours of courses in the major, depending on your concentration. Students can choose from six concentrations, including logistics and human resource management. Undergraduate students who might not want to major in business administration, but who still want to have a business administration background, can take a minor in the subject. For added convenience, business courses are offered at two satellite campuses in Kansas City, as well as on the main Parkville campus.

PU's master's program in business administration requires 33 credit hours. Students can focus on business administration in general, or they can concentrate in management information systems, international business, or finance.

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