About this Program

Every type of organization needs sales professionals. With so many options, there is almost certainly a career path for everyone. Even introverts can thrive in the right sales career. We differentiate our students from other majors by focusing on communication skills training with practical knowledge about sales processes, technologies, and sales force structures. 

We work hard to connect students with employers during the sales program. For example, we offer job shadowing programs and an annual extracurricular sales competition judged by industry professionals. Our two primary goals are to (1) provide our students with the skills they will need to succeed in sales and (2) help them to find a career that fits them.

Program Highlights

  • Learn persuasive communications, sales tactics and sales management strategies.

  • Practice hands-on skills and receive coaching to succeed in sales and sales management careers.

  • Participate in sales competitions, job shadowing events, and other extracurricular opportunities. Explore the opportunities.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Professional Sales
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Sales Agents, Securities and Commodities

$97,440 Median Salary

Buy and sell securities in investment and trading firms and develop and implement financial plans for individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Sales Managers

$137,650 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.

Sales Representatives

$63,050 Median Salary

Sales Representatives work with prospective and existing customers to communicate the benefits of their organization’s offerings. This category of jobs includes many, many types of positions, from sales development representatives (SDR) who prospect for new customers to account executives (AE) who build relationships with new and existing customers.


What are the requirements to apply for Professional Sales at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program in Professional Sales should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

After being admitted into ODU, students need admission into the B.S.B.A. in Marketing program within the Strome College of Business. Once you are admitted into the Marketing program, then you are part of the Thurmond School of Negotiations and can major in Professional Sales. To view the suggested curriculum guide for Professional Sales click the academic catalog button below.

  • Students are not formally admitted into the B.S.B.A. in Marketing program until the end of the sophomore year, because completion of all prerequisites is expected. Admission to the University does not constitute automatic admission to this Marketing program. For the current prerequisites and application steps, please refer to the B.S.B.A program page in the University Undergraduate Catalog.

  • To speak to someone about the admission process, please contact the marketing chief departmental advisor, Professor Michelle Carpenter.

  • If you have more questions about the Professional Sales program, please feel free to contact the Chair of the Thurmond School of Professional Sales and Negotiations, Professor Aaron Arndt.

For Admission to the Professional Sales Program



TOEFL score

paper based: 550, internet based 79

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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

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