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Business Administration

Business Administration, BS

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The University of Colorado's online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) 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.

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

  • Accounting – Discover a career you can count on. Whether you’re interested in accounting for the public or private sector, your accounting major will help you develop fundamental skills such as auditing, consulting, and tax compliance. (Home Campus: CU Denver)
  • General – Choose your path with a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Business Administration. It is a highly customizable business degree focused on providing an essential foundation and specialized business knowledge. This degree allows you to select courses in different disciplines that help tailor your degree to the area of business that matches your longterm goals. (Home Campus: UCCS)
  • Management  – Explore your future as a leader. As a management major, you’ll learn how to lead a team in changing environments and deliver projects under deadlines. You’ll gain a deep understanding of individual and group behavior, organizational change and design, and human resources. (Home Campus: CU Denver)
  • Marketing  – Break through the noise with your message. With an analytical component added throughout your coursework, you’ll dive deep into topics such as branding, promotion, research, and strategy. (Home Campus: CU Denver)
  • Risk Management and Insurance - Recent situations underscore that understanding and managing risk are essential in the modern business world. With a looming talent shortage, the demand for this expertise is high and we are proud to have placed 100% of our students. By graduation you’ll understand the reality of risks that affect all individuals and organizations and how to manage that risk. (Home Campus: CU Denver)

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.

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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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:


  • Intermediate financial accounting
  • Federal income tax
  • Auditing theory


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


  • Buyer behavior
  • Internet marketing
  • Sports marketing


  • 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.


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on the program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first-time student, a transfer student or an international student. 

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.