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Business Administration

The Carson College of Business

We are excited that you’re interested in taking the next step in your educational journey with Washington State University Everett! There are many reasons to complete your bachelor’s degree; financial and personal. Higher education is the surest path to both opportunity and earning power. A bachelor’s degree provides the hard skills necessary in the job market and critical thinking skills, a path to individual and personal growth, and the chance to give back to your community.

As a management major, you’ll learn vital management skills such as planning, organizing, leadership, and controlling. Students will gain marketable skills such as training, motivating, and evaluating employees and managing organizational change processes. You’ll have the flexibility to increase your value to employers by using your electives to acquire a technical skill area or certificate.

If you are a non-business major, you can earn a minor in business administration by completing 18 hours of coursework with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50.

The Carson College of Business is among the two percent of business administration schools worldwide to achieve accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is the most respected business program accrediting entity.


Business administration at Everett is a degree completion program. Students should complete the majority of the WSU general education (UCORE) requirements before enrolling. We recommend pursuing one of Washington’s transferable associate’s degrees; these degrees will fulfill most of WSU’s UCORE requirements and usually will confer junior standing upon enrollment at WSU Everett.

The Carson College of Business requires all business majors to take certain prerequisite courses before accessing many 300-400 level classes. Some can be taken after enrolling at WSU Everett, but it will save a lot of time if you take the pre-business courses before you transfer. Check out the WSU Catalog for major requirements.

  • ACCTG 230, 231 – Accounting Principles and Managerial Accounting

  • B_A 211 – Ethics, Teams, and Innovation

  • B_A 212 – Spreadsheets, Data Visualizations, & Decision Anyalis

  • B LAW 210 – Law and the Legal Environment

  • MGTOP 215 – Business Statistics

  • ECONS 101, 102 – Micro and Macro

  • ENGLISH 101 – English Composition

  • MATH 201, 202 – Finite Math and Business Calculus

  • MIS 250 – Managing Information Technology

  • Direct admission to the program requires EconS 101 or 102 with a C or better & Math 201 or Math 202 with a C or better with a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.

Learn about the Carson Career Amplifier Program, an integral part of the Next Carson Coug curriculum. This co-curricular program complements what students are learning in the classroom. Students will develop professional skills through engaging, hands-on experiences. The Career Amplifier leverages opportunities available to our students from across academic departments, the Carson Center, and University-wide programs in order to provide a structured learning experience that will develop students’ career readiness.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for admission to WSU Everett using the Transfer Student Application. – Select “WSU Everett” as your campus and the “Business Administration” as your academic interest.
  2. Updated official transcripts will be required once grades are posted for spring and summer (if you enroll in courses). Contact all previous colleges and have them send official transcripts to:

    Washington State University Everett
    Enrollment Services
    915 North Broadway
    Everett, WA 98201

  3. The academic coordinator will contact you and help you apply for certification into the Business Administration program.
  4. Pay the WSU tuition deposit, which confirms acceptance of your admission offer. 
    NOTE: This deposit is nonrefundable; pay the deposit only after you are accepted/certified into the Business Administration program.

WSU Requirement to be aware of:
While you can surely take care of your graduation requirements after you enroll, preparing in advance for the WSU Writing Portfolio can help you make the most of your time, both before you transfer and after.

Writing Portfolio 

All students at WSU are required to complete a writing portfolio after reaching 60 credits, which is generally during the junior year.

The writing portfolio consists of two parts:

  • A packet containing two samples of original, graded writing from two different college courses
  • A two-part impromptu timed essay

Keep all the papers you write for your college courses. You can use papers written for classes you took at your previous college in your portfolio packet.

See the university writing portfolio guidelines for more information or ask your advisor.

Admissions Counselor 


Program Advisor

Lisa Hunter

Financial Support

The Carson College of Business awarded its students over $800,000 during the 2019-2020 academic year. College scholarships can range from $500 to $5,000 per recipient per year, and students are eligible to receive more than one scholarship. 


Scholarships can be an important part of paying for your college degree. The most important thing you can do is submit the WSU General Scholarship Application every year by January 31.

Meet Tú Lê, Everett Hotel & Business Management student

“For college, I wanted to branch out,” Lê says. “I knew the United States has a good higher education system and that studying internationally would expand my career opportunities.”

Lê grew up in Ho Chi Minh City, a metro area of 9 million people also known as Saigon. Both of her parents work in the hospitality industry and encouraged her to study overseas. After two years at the Community Colleges of Spokane, Lê transferred to WSU Everett, where she appreciates the campus’s proximity to Seattle’s hotel industry.

After Lê graduates in December, she’ll look for a front desk job at a luxury boutique hotel in Seattle, known for exceptional service.  Working the front desk also provides a window into how other departments operate, which will benefit her future career, Lê says.

“My five-year plan is to gain experience and move into a management path.”