Business Administration, BS

Female college student working on computer to earn online bachelor's degree in business

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online degree completion program is ideal for working adults interested in skill and knowledge development as well as degree completion.

This online degree in business administration provides majors with knowledge of how businesses and organizations operate. Students will study the various functions of business and learn how they cooperate to build successful organizations.

Graduates of the BSBA online degree completion program earn a four-year degree in Business Administration. The UNK business programs are accredited by AACSB International. Our BSBA graduates often find positions in management and management training programs, human relations, marketing, sales, or information technology.

Special Accreditation

In addition to the Higher Learning Commission accreditation carried by all University of Nebraska campuses, this program is also accredited by:

  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
    AACSB Accredited

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed.  Tuition is subject to change.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$227.00$25.00$10.00$4.00$266.00
3 credit hour$681.00$75.00$30.00$12.00$798.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$345.00$25.00$10.00$4.00$384.00
3 credit hour$1,035.00$75.00$30.00$12.00$1,152.00

Note: A $4.00 student records fee will be assessed each semester for both resident and non-resident students.

The online bachelor of science in business administration degree completion program includes 10 core courses (26 credit hours) that are required for every student. Students will also select a minor and complete the coursework for that chosen minor.

Minors:

  • Marketing/Management (24 credit hours)
  • Accounting (21 credit hours)

Core courses are offered each semester, and minor courses are offered concurrently on a rotating basis. Students may start the program in any semester, including summer. 

Recommended Prerequisites

Students should have an associate's degree or the majority of the general studies requirements completed. Students are also encouraged to complete the following 200-level business courses (18 credit hours) before beginning the degree completion coursework:

  • ACCT 250 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 251 Principles of Accounting II
  • BSAD 295 Business Communications
  • ECON 270 Macroeconomics
  • ECON 271 Microeconomics
  • MGT 233 Business Statistics

 

Program of Study

Business Administration Major 26 credit hours ACCT 311; BSAD 100, 400 (BSAD 400 should be taken concurrently with MGT 495 in the last semester of your program); MGT 314, 493 and 495; FIN 308; MIS 302; and MKT 300; and choose from MGT 301 or 355
Marketing/Management Minor 24 credit hours MKT 300 and MGT 301; choose 18 credit hours from the following courses: MKT 336, 430, 437, 438, 457, 460, and MGT 335, 380, or 401
Accounting Minor  21 credit hours  ACCT 350, 351 (prerequisites are ACCT 250, 251, MATH 102), plus choose six credit hours from ACCT 352, 451, or 470
 
Course Name
Course #
Credits
Core Courses

Business Law

ACCT 311
3
Prereq: none A study of the legal environment of business. Topics include legal theory, and resources, ethics, the court system, torts, contracts, government regulation, property law, and international law considerations.

Exploring Business

BSAD 100
1
The goal of this course is to help the student make a successful transition from high school the College of Business and Technology by providing the opportunity to explore the various business disciplines and associated campus and career opportunities. The student will be asked to take an active involvement in academic issues and topics such as the facilities and offerings provided by the College of Business and Technology, requirements for successful course and program completion, and the values and skills that lead to professional and personal success.

Professional Readiness

BSAD 400
1
Current trends in written and oral business communications are covered in this course. Students will learn strategies for developing effective written communications including business letters, e-mail messages, memos, reports, and proposals. Oral communications skills including working in teams, listening, and nonverbal communications are discussed. Techniques for giving effective oral presentations are a part of this course.

Principles of Finance

FIN 308
3
Prereq: ACCT 251*, ECON 271GS Concepts of firm valuation and capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, and analysis of financial statements.

Principles of Management

MGT 301
3
Prereq: none An integrated study of the functions of a manager: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. An in-depth look at various management theories.

Operations Management

MGT 314
3
Prereq: MGT 233GS* or equivalent This course explores the transformation of materials, land, labor, and capital into goods and services. Quantitative management systems are applied to manufacturing and service processes. Students are expected to be computer literate.

Organizational Behavior

MGT 355
3
Prereq: junior standing This course is designed to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complex interrelationships of people in formal organizations. The course focuses on both individual and group behavior, with emphases on motivation, leadership, conflict, and other aspects of organizational dynamics. Some sections use basic statistics and computer applications.

Social Responsibilities of Business: Issues and...

MGT 493
3

Social Responsibilities of Business: Issues and Ethics

Prereq: junior standing A study of the societal challenge of business and organizations; how business and society interface; micro and macro publics of business and organization, environment, consumerism, employee rights, equality/diversity, international business and future corporate ethos. This course covers legal, ethical and social responsibility issues of business and organizations.

Administrative Strategy and Policy

MGT 495
3
Prereq: senior standing As the capstone course in business, the course is designed (1) to integrate the knowledge acquired in other courses in business administration, and (2) to emphasize analysis and decision-making.

Principles of Marketing

MKT 300
3
Prereq: sophomore standing The course will inform students of the theories, principles, and methods involved in the transaction and organized exchange of goods and services. Discussion of the history and evolution of marketing, its present-day challenges, and strategies connected with developing, pricing, promoting, and distributing goods and/or services.

Principles of Management Information Systems

MIS 302
3
Prereq: passing score on Business Computer Proficiency Examination or MIS 182GS The course provides an introduction and overview to the field of management of information systems (MIS). This course is designed to familiarize students with the critical roles of information and information systems in support of organizational operations, decision-making processes, quality management, and strategic activities. It also covers management of information systems functions and professionals, as well as relevant global, ethical, societal and legal/regulatory issues. Focus is placed on the impact of rapidly changing technologies, such as the Internet, on organizations leading to new paradigms, like e-commerce and business-to-business applications, and the subsequent reengineering of organizations.
Elective Courses

Intermediate Accounting I

ACCT 350
3

An in-depth student of the theory, concepts, and practice of financial accounting. Focus is on reporting useful information to third parties through basic corporate financial statements.

Prerequisites: ACCT 251

Intermediate Accounting II

ACCT 351
3

A continuation of Intermediate Accounting I with emphasis on the more complex problems of financial reporting.

Prerequisites: ACCT 350

Cost Accounting

ACCT 352
3

Accounting for manufacturing concerns with special emphasis on managerial decisions, as well as on unit and process costs.

Prerequisites: ACCT 251

Tax Accounting

ACCT 451
3

A study of federal income tax concepts and principles, with emphasis on individual and business organization income tax laws, regulations, and filing procedures.

Prerequisite: ACCT 251

Auditing

ACCT 470
3

Duties and responsibilities of auditors, methods of conducting audits, preparation of audit reports, and special auditing problems. Emphasis on the application of accounting concepts and principles learned.

Prior completion of ACCT 351 is recommended.

Business Communications

BSAD 295
3
Prereq: ENG 101GS* Current trends in written and oral business communications are covered in this course. Students will learn strategies for developing effective written communications including business letters, e-mail messages, memos, reports, and proposals. Oral communications skills including working in teams, listening, and nonverbal communications are discussed. Techniques for giving effective oral presentations are a part of the course.

Principles of Management

MGT 301
3
Prereq: none An integrated study of the functions of a manager: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. An in-depth look at various management theories.

Organizational Behavior

MGT 355
3
Prereq: junior standing This course is designed to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complex interrelationships of people in formal organizations. The course focuses on both individual and group behavior, with emphases on motivation, leadership, conflict, and other aspects of organizational dynamics. Some sections use basic statistics and computer applications.

Human Resource Management

MGT 380
3

This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of human resource management. Topics include recruitment, selection, and placement; training, development and performance management; compensation; equal opportunity and the legal environment; and strategic implication of HRM and its relationship with other organizational functional areas. F, Sp.

Small Business Management

MGT 401
3

This course focuses on the operation of small business and the small business environment. This course deals with the topics related to personnel, government regulations of small business, advertising, sales promotion, accounting, forecasting, family ownership and other management related problems.

Prerequisite: MKT 300

 

Principles of Marketing

MKT 300
3
Prereq: sophomore standing The course will inform students of the theories, principles, and methods involved in the transaction and organized exchange of goods and services. Discussion of the history and evolution of marketing, its present-day challenges, and strategies connected with developing, pricing, promoting, and distributing goods and/or services.

Services Marketing

MKT 336
3
Prereq: none This course presents concepts and strategies for addressing the distinctive marketing challenges in service industries, including the tourism, hospitality, banking, healthcare, and professional services.

International Marketing

MKT 430
3
Prereq: MKT 300 or MGT 330 A comprehensive overview of existing international marketing systems, history and development.

Sales Management

MKT 437
3
Prereq: MKT 300 or MKT 331 or permission of instructor The concepts and practices of an established body of management knowledge used to cope with the dynamic business environment of both direct and telemarketing sales; job descriptions and qualifications, recruiting, training, determining sales potential, establishing workloads, scheduling, allocating quotas, compensating, controlling, and evaluating sales and people.

Consumer Behavior

MKT 438
3
Prereq: MKT 300, junior standing OR permission of instructor A detailed and in-depth analysis of why and how people buy, based upon an understanding of the nature of consumer behavior on both the micro and macro level; includes the effects of internal and external influences on decision making.

E-Marketing

MKT 457
3
Prereq: passing score on Business Computer Proficiency Examination The pragmatic and theoretical aspects of E-marketing, including E-mail orders and direct response advertising, reassurability and accountability, E-mail lists and data, plus the integration of E-marketing programs into total marketing efforts and into overall organization goals and functions.

Strategic Product Management

MKT 460
3
Prereq: MKT 300 or permission of instructor To develop an awareness and understanding of the issues, tools and techniques used from inception to launch of a product.
Note: Course equivalents may be transferred into this program. Prospective students should work with the department regarding previously-earned credits and their application toward this degree.

Vijay Agrawal, Ph.D., Professor, Marketing & MIS

Ngan Chau, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marketing & MIS

Bruce Elder, J.D., Professor, Accounting/Finance

Suzanne Hayes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Accounting/Finance

Susan Jensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Management

Janet Lear, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Economics

Kyle Luthans, Ph.D., Professor, Management

Jake Messersmith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Management

Noel Palmer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Management

Sri Seshadri, Ph.D., Professor, Marketing & MIS

Steve Hall, Ph.D., Professor, Accounting/Finance

Heather Schulz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marketing & MIS

Steve Schulz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Marketing & MIS

Ross Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marketing & MIS

Kathryn Zuckweiler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Management

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must have:

  • An associate's degree or the majority of general studies requirements completed

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Nebraska at Kearney:
    • Complete an Application for Undergraduate Admissions
    • Include the non-refundable application fee
    • Submit your transcripts for proof of high school graduation or its equivalent such as a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). An official transcript needs to be mailed to the Office of Admissions directly from the high school or from the testing agency which issued the diploma:
      • Contact your high school to have them submit your official high school transcripts
      • Contact each postsecondary institution that you have attended to request your official transcripts be sent to the UNK Office of Admissions
    • If your native language is not English, demonstrate English proficiency.



Send application materials to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
905 West 25th Street
Memorial Student Affairs Building; Room 111
Kearney, NE  68849
308.865.8526 or 800.532.7639
admissionsug@unk.edu

 

Application Deadlines

 Fall Semester: May 1 
 Spring Semester: October 1 
 Summer Sessions: March 1

 

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone:
888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Program Contact
Name:
Barb Wayman
Phone: 308.865.8515
E-mail: onlinebizdegree@unk.edu

Military/Veteran Student Adviser
Name:
Mary Sommers
Phone: 308.865.8520
E-mail: unkveterans@unk.edu

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