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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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Online tuition  at cc $260 per credit hour. Online at University of Phoenix is $510 per credit hour.


Comparison based on the cost of an online, Bachelor of Science in Business Degree at University of Phoenix, and an online, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at Columbia College. Comparison costs for University of Phoenix do not include fees, and assume the cost of the degree based on 120 credit hours. Reported tuition costs represent an average of the cost for upper level ($610) and lower level ($410) courses as advertised on University of Phoenix’s website on March 6, 2015. The tuition cost listed for Columbia College does not include fees and represents the cost of 120 credit hours, which is the number of credit hours required to complete the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

The Business Administration program serves students from a variety of backgrounds. Members of the faculty employ a variety of instructional techniques and resources aimed at meeting the needs of student clientele. Emphasis is on advising students in course work appropriate to their interests and academic progress. The core curriculum and course work in the Business Administration curriculum reflect the recommendations of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In addition, students may elect majors in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, human resource management, international business, management, marketing, public relations and advertising, and sports management.

A principle focus of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions and for advancement in various occupations and professions. Also, faculty prepare students to pursue the study of business at the graduate level or to obtain professional placement in their chosen fields. The faculty of the Business Administration Department encourage wide and varied preparation in the liberal arts and sciences to provide students with an appreciation for the social and cultural environment in which business is transacted.

All students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, 39 of which are 300- and 400-level. Students must complete a prescribed Professional Core and the general education requirements. A maximum of 27 semester hours of the requirements for the BA in Business Administration and a maximum of 48 semester hours of the requirements for the BS in Business Administration may be met through courses transferred. All students must take part in a culminating evaluation of the core course outcomes during their last 30 hours prior to graduation. Completion of MGMT 479 Strategic Management with a grade of C or higher satisfies this culminating requirement for all business majors.

Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  Ethics Course Requirement:
  MGMT 368View Syllabus (PHIL 368) Business Ethics or 3 hrs
  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)


Core Requirements

51 sem. hrs

  (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  ACCT 280View Syllabus Accounting I 3 hrs
  ACCT 281View Syllabus Accounting II 3 hrs
  ECON 293View Syllabus Macroeconomics* 3 hrs
  ECON 294View Syllabus Microeconomics 3 hrs
  FINC 298View Syllabus Personal Financial Planning 3 hrs
  FINC 350View Syllabus Business Finance 3 hrs
  MATH 250View Syllabus Statistics I or 3 hrs
  BIOL 324View Syllabus (PSYC 324) (SOCI 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences
  MGMT 150View Syllabus Introduction to Business 3 hrs
  MGMT 254View Syllabus Business Communication 3 hrs
  MGMT 265View Syllabus Business Law I 3 hrs
  MGMT 330View Syllabus Principles of Management 3 hrs
  MGMT 338View Syllabus International Business* 3 hrs
  MGMT 368View Syllabus Business Ethics 3 hrs
  MGMT 393View Syllabus Business Information Systems 3 hrs
  MGMT 430View Syllabus Management Science 3 hrs
  MGMT 479View Syllabus Strategic Management 3 hrs
  MKTG 310View Syllabus Principles of Marketing 3 hrs


Business Electives

21 sem. hrs

  Nine of the remaining 21 hours of Business electives must be 300- or 400-level courses and must be taken at Columbia College. Major requirements may be fulfilled within this category. In the Public Relations and Advertising Major, six hours of non-business courses chosen from one of the tracks will count as business electives in this category.



7-10 sem. hrs


120 sem. hrs

  In general, 300-level courses in the Business Administration Professional Core or Electives Groups are taken after students have completed the freshman and sophomore years (4 full semesters). However, students who have completed 45 semester hours and who have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or above are eligible to take 300-level business core courses during the second semester of the sophomore year.
  A student can complete no more than two internships in business administration, each carrying no more than three semester hours of credit.

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