Business Administration

Business Administration, BS

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University of Colorado Denver

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Overview

The online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from the University of Colorado Denver is a robust undergraduate degree that is designed to fuel your long-term success. Whether you’re ready to get started in the business world or you’re looking to complement your existing experience – the online Bachelor’s in Business Administration can help you accomplish your goals.

When you earn your bachelor’s in business administration online, you’ll develop a solid foundation in the real-world business skills that are essential for building a lasting career. The online BSBA program thoughtfully combines essential elements of business theory with experiential learning, empowering you to confidently communicate ideas and find creative solutions for today’s business challenges.

With the same curriculum and faculty as on-campus, you’ll receive the same exceptional education while enjoying the increased flexibility of a degree that fits into your life. Whether you’re interested in starting a career or continuing on to graduate school, you’ll emerge from the BSBA program ready to make an impact.


 

Program Details

Tailor your online BSBA degree to your unique career goals by specializing in one of the following majors:

  • Accounting – The Accounting major will prepare you for a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a corporate finance professional, or as a tax specialist, among other opportunities. You’ll take an in-depth look at the financial operations that keep business and organizations moving and hone your skills in key areas like cost accounting, tax policy, and auditing theory.
     
  • Management  – The Management major focuses on developing the skills you need to become an effective business leader, regardless of your industry. You’ll learn how to build and manage high-performing teams, navigate organizational change, and communicate effectively with colleagues and clients alike. Combined with relevant experience, this major can be the edge up-and-coming professionals need to land higher caliber roles. It can also lead to a career in human resources or managerial consulting.  
     
  • Marketing  – The modern digital marketing landscape moves at an incredible pace. Keep up with the industry’s newest trends, best practices, and media channels as you forge a future at in marketing, advertising, communications, or wherever else your career takes you. Major coursework focuses on analyzing audiences, developing campaigns, and measuring a message’s impact. Upon completion of the Marketing curriculum, you’ll be prepared to forge your future in one of the business world’s most exciting disciplines.  
     
  • Risk Management and Insurance - Learn how to help companies and executives make wiser business decisions by pursuing a major in Risk Management and Insurance. Delve into advanced topics like cybersecurity, corporate risk, capital management, and property and casualty insurance to secure your future in the risk management industry. Students in the Risk Management and Insurance major have exceptionally high job placement rates and this lucrative career field is currently experiencing a shortage of qualified professionals.  

In addition to your major coursework above, you will be responsible for completing additional general education courses to reach the 120 credit hours required to graduate. Some of these course credits can be transferred to CU Denver from another school if they meet the minimum transfer requirements. For more information on degree requirements or transfer credits, contact one of our Enrollment Navigators


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AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accreditation

The CU Denver Business School is accredited by AACSB International, a global nonprofit association that is committed to providing excellence in education for future business leaders. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, with less than five percent of the world’s business programs obtaining AACSB accreditation. As an AACSB accredited degree, our online MBA program must meet rigorous academic standards and commit to providing high-quality education through strategic curriculum design and dynamic thought leadership. When you earn your MBA from an AACSB accredited program, you’ll graduate with the confidence that you’ve received the best business education available and the valued credentials that employers are looking for.


Program Features

Our undergraduate students are motivated individuals who choose the University of Colorado to turn their passion into a career they love. Our program supports that mission by incorporating applied coursework into our classes.

Distinguishing features of our program include:

  • Learn by doing — complete a required experiential learning component as a part of your degree
  • Well-rounded education — build a foundation in liberal arts classes before honing in on your business education
  • Access to business leaders — connect with executives from a variety of businesses through guest lectures and career events

The online BS in Business Administration program is designed with the following central learning goals:

Foundational Business Knowledge

  • Explain foundational concepts associated with core business disciplines, including accounting, economics, finance, business statistics, operations management, business law, organizational behavior, marketing, information technology, and global strategy.

Critical Thinking

  • Analyze business problems using appropriate analytical and critical thinking skills.

Ethical Practice

  • Make ethical decisions, translating ethical principles into business practice. 

Effective Communication

  • Speaking. Effectively communicate a business message verbally.

Effective Communication

  • Writing. Effectively communicate a business message in writing.

International Perspectives

  • Explain the impact of international perspectives on business strategy and operations.

Business Technology

  • Use appropriate business-related technologies to address business problems.

Curriculum

The online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) curriculum consists of 120 credit hours, comprised of business classes and liberal arts classes to give you a well-rounded education.

Core (34 hours)

You’ll be educated in English, math, behavioral and social science, humanities, international perspectives, and cultural diversity.

General Non-Business Courses (12 hours)

These courses are taken outside of the Business School but support a stronger awareness of disciplines relevant to business studies.

Course topics include:

  • Professional speaking
  • Microeconomics
  • Business writing
  • Experiential learning

Experiential Learning

This requirement can be satisfied by a study abroad, internship, or project-based course in the management department. Past study abroad trips included innovation in Cuba, sports and entertainment in London, and leadership in Dubai.

Business Core (36 hours)

Your business classes will take you through the hard and soft skills necessary to succeed in business.

Course topics include:

  • Career and professional development
  • Business statistics
  • Business problem solving
  • Business law and ethics
  • Operations management
  • Marketing
  • Business policy and strategy management
  • Managing of individuals and teams
  • Accounting information systems
  • Finance

Major Classes (18 – 24 hours)

Explore your chosen major in accounting, management, marketing, or general with specialized classes.

Course topics include:

Accounting

  • Intermediate financial accounting
  • Federal income tax
  • Auditing theory

Management

  • Managing people for a competitive advantage
  • Leading organizational change
  • Applied marketing management

Marketing

  • Buyer behavior
  • Internet marketing
  • Sports marketing

General

  • Under the general BS in Business degree, you can customize your degree in with a wide range of class options. For more information fill out the form above or contact an Enrollment Navigator today.

International Studies (3 hours)

Learn about international business environments in areas such as finance, management, marketing, and accounting.

 

Electives and/or Foreign Language Proficiency 
(11 – 20 hours)

Foreign language courses may be satisfied if you’ve taken a certain number of classes in high school. These electives give you the freedom to dive deeper into topics or courses that interest you. Required elective hours will vary depending upon chosen major and satisfaction of foreign language.

Financial Aid 

Financial aid is available for eligible students to use toward paying educational costs while enrolled in a CU Online program. To determine your eligibility and apply for financial aid, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When you submit your FAFSA, you will be considered for three types of aid: grants, work-study, and student loans. To be considered for federal financial aid, you will need to apply early and annually. 

Scholarships 

Once you are admitted to the University of Colorado, you’ll have access to our internal scholarship portal where you can view and apply to many funding opportunities offered by the university. Scholarship opportunities typically require an application and may have specific eligibility requirements related to a student's academic merit, financial need, community service, work experience, and more. Unlike financial aid loans, scholarships are gift aid that does not have to be repaid. As a student, you will be able to apply for scholarships every semester.  

Transfer Credits 

If you are applying as a transfer student, your coursework from other colleges and universities could count toward your University of Colorado degree requirements. Transferring credits to your CU Online degree program may help you save on tuition costs and complete your degree sooner. Once you are admitted to the university, a transfer credit evaluation will be performed to determine how many transfer credits are eligible to apply to your degree. 

Veteran & Military Student Benefits

CU Online is military-friendly and committed to providing service members and their families with a high-quality education that fits their distinct needs. As a CU Online student, you will have access to the Office of Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS), which connects veteran, active duty, reservist, National Guard, and dependent students with fundamental support, services, and resources to ensure academic and professional success.  

Our veteran and military students may use both veterans benefits and financial aid to pay for their education. Military benefits with CU Online include: 

  • Waived application fee 
  • GI Bill benefits 
  • Potential to be awarded credit hours for military training and experience 
  • Free tutoring and academic support 

Connect with our Enrollment Navigators to learn more about the benefits and financial assistance available to military and veteran students. 

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

The CU Denver Business School is a partner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) — a regional, nonprofit organization that works with universities to improve access to higher education throughout the western United States. WICHE’s Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows graduate students with residency in one of 16 qualified states and territories to receive our in-state tuition rates, which can lower the overall cost of your degree. To find out if you’re eligible for WRGP tuition rates, contact an Enrollment Navigator for more details. 

Apply Now

As you consider an online education, we understand that it’s important for you to know that you’re getting a high-quality, affordable, and flexible online education that helps you reach your goals. That’s why our team of Enrollment Navigators is available to offer guidance and answer any questions that you may have about our degree programs, financial aid options, transfer information, admissions requirements, and more. 

Whether you want to talk through your degree plans, learn more about a specific program, or start your application, our Enrollment Navigators will provide friendly support as you decide if CU Online is the right fit for your future.  

Ready to get started? Take the first step toward earning your business administration degree online by calling us at 303-315-3000 or filling out the form above for more information.