Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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Description and Outcomes

The objective of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program is to prepare you with the knowledge, technical skills, and work habits to pursue positions in a variety of business fields. The curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation in management and helps you develop teamwork and leadership skills as well as the ability to motivate people and communicate effectively. Decision-making and problem-solving skills are also emphasized.

This program is available in ExcelTrack. Speak with your University representative for any limitations. For more information on ExcelTrack, see Learning Paths in the Approach to LearningΒ section of the Catalog.


You can personalize your degree in business administration by focusing electives on a particular concentration. Concentrations allow you to concentrate on your career interests.

Accelerated MBA Option

If you are interested in earning both a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration, consider the Accelerated MBA option. Refer to the Progression Requirements section for details.

Society for Human Resources Management Acknowledgement

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has acknowledged that the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in human resources fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. The HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates were developed by SHRM to define the minimum HR content areas that should be studied by HR students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The guidelinesβ€”created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013β€”are part of SHRM’s academic initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow these standards.

Program Length

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program consists of a minimum of 180 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a bachelor of science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Evaluate information management, planning, and control in business environments.
  2. Analyze organizational processes and procedures in a variety of business settings.
  3. Synthesize appropriate principles, concepts, and frameworks for making ethical decisions.
  4. Assess the roles that structure, management, and leadership play in organizational performance.
  5. Evaluate how economics, government, and law affect value creation in the global context.
  6. Evaluate career skills in the field of business and management.

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.


Progression Requirements

Accelerated MBA Option

If you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program and are interested in continuing on to pursue a Purdue Global Master of Business Administration (MBA), you may matriculate into a shortened version of the graduate program by pursuing the Accelerated MBA option.

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program, you may apply for entry to the University's MBA program. If accepted and if you meet the below criteria, you will have the following MBA courses waived:

Code Title Credits
GB518🌐 Financial Accounting Principles and Analysis4
GB520🌐 Strategic Human Resource Management4
GB530🌐 Marketing Management4
GB540🌐 Economics for Global Decision Makers4
GB550🌐 Financial Management4

In order to qualify for the Accelerated MBA, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete your undergraduate coursework in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
  2. Present a resume indicating at least 2 years of applicable work experience.
  3. Complete the following courses and obtain a grade of β€œB” or better in each course:
Code Title Credits
AC116🌐 Accounting II5
AC301Intermediate Accounting II6
BU204🌐 Macroeconomics5
HR485🌐 Strategic Human Resource Management6
MT217🌐 Finance5
MT445🌐 Managerial Economics6
MT450🌐 Marketing Management6
MT480🌐 Corporate Finance6

If you have not completed AC116 🌐 Accounting II, BU204 🌐 Macroeconomics, or MT217 🌐 Finance as part of your undergraduate program, but meet all other criteria, your acceptance to the accelerated option is at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology and may require you to complete these additional classes.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.Β Prospective and current students must review Purdue Global’s State Licensure and Certifications site to view program and state-specific licensure information.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability InformationΒ to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, and meeting other certification requirements.