Online Business Administration Degree Program

Success in business administration is leveraged not only by mastery of business disciplines, but also by demonstration of leadership in a complex business environment. The focus of this business administration degree is to gain knowledge and develop skills in business leadership; strategic, administrative and financial management; and marketing. Our Bachelor’s in business administration online curriculum is designed to teach practical, marketable business administration, management and leadership skills grounded in industry – accepted theories and practices to help graduates enter and/or progress in a competitive job market while building a solid theoretical foundation for potential graduate studies. The curriculum for our business administration degree in Kansas and online includes financial management, marketing, international business, strategic management and more.

If you’re searching for business schools in Kansas or a Bachelor’s in Business Administration online, Southwestern College Professional Studies’ online program is convenient and flexible for adult learners. Contact an admissions counselor today for more information.

Program Outcomes

Success in business administration is leveraged not only by mastery of business disciplines, but also by demonstration of leadership in a complex business environment. The focus of this degree is on gaining knowledge and developing skills in business leadership; strategic, administrative, and financial management; and marketing. The business administration curriculum will provide learners with practical, marketable business administration, management, and leadership skills grounded in industry accepted theories and practices to help them enter and/or progress in a competitive job market, while building a solid theoretical foundation for potential graduate studies.

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, practices, and terminology in business leadership; strategic, administrative, and financial management; and marketing.
  2. Reveals ethical reasoning through the assessment of business problems or concerns, consideration of different perspectives and/or alternative solutions, and determination of conclusions and/or viable solutions.
  3. Applies generally accepted methods and practices, technologies, and tools associated with business leadership; strategic, administrative, and financial management; and marketing.
  4. Utilizes critical thinking and analysis through the accurate framing of business problems or concerns, thorough consideration of different perspectives and/or alternative solutions gained from expert insights and scholarly research within the degree and related fields of study, and presentation of defensible conclusions and/or selected solutions.
  5. Employs effective broadly applicable and intellectual skills in professional oral and written communication, mathematical and quantitative literacy, information literacy, and creativity and innovation through the assessment and presentation of business problems or concerns, different perspectives and/or alternative solutions, and conclusions and/or viable solutions.
  6. Applies the aforementioned knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning in the conduct of an independently constructed project focused on the resolution of a complex business problem or concern.
  7. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills to effectively lead people and business processes.
  8. Exhibits the aforementioned knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and ethical reasoning necessary for preparation for his or her chosen career path related to the business administration field of study.

Required and Core Courses

Foundation Courses

CORE101 Developing Academic and Professional Strengths
CORE110 Information Literacy
ENGL101 Composition I
ENGL102 Composition II
COM 125 Speech
Mathematics Requirement*
HUM 210 Ethics
COM 301 Professional Communication

Disciplinary Perspective Courses

Humanities (6 credits)
Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)

Prerequisite Courses

MASC115 College Algebra
MASC110 Statistics and Probability
ACCT285 Principles of Accounting
SSC 110 Principles of Microeconomics
SSC 111 Principles of Macroeconomics
BSAD395 Corporate Finance

Major Courses

BSAD310 Financial Accounting Systems
BSAD430 Financial Management
BSAD320 Managerial Economics
BSAD394 Marketing
BSAD340 Legal Environment of Business
BSAD410 International Business
BSAD420 Management Information System Analysis
BSAD440 Strategic Management
CAPS495 Senior Capstone

* MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college algebra or higher as a prerequisite

Course Descriptions

BSAD310 Financial Accounting Systems

This course explores the role of accounting as the primary language used in practice to record, report, and interpret business transactions. It enables learners to analyze and prepare financial statements for a variety of organizations. Learners will apply the various steps in the accounting cycle, as well as use accounting systems and subsidiary ledgers (manual and computerized) to collect, classify, summarize, and report business transactions. Learners will also study the ways in which Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) apply to real business situations and how to report long-term assets, current liability, and owner’s equity. Learners will apply the principles of accounting to a variety of real-life business situations with additional focus on stocks and dividends. Learners will focus on external users of accounting information and their dependence on reliable and relevant information for decision-making, as well as legal and regulatory constraints for best practice. Finally, learners will study internal controls, with an emphasis on the responsibility of accountants and reporting financial information in an ethical manner, especially as relating to and affecting the external user. Prerequisite: BSAD395 and ACCT285.

BSAD430 Financial Management

Good financial management, professional and personal, is important to the economic health of individuals, families, firms, nations, and the world. This course provides learners with an overview of finance concepts, terminology, and principles that are applicable in professional and personal contexts. The basic topics covered in this course include analysis of financial statements, the time value of money, risk analysis, and valuation. Learners will complete a quantifying financial analysis and forecasting case study that will not only provide insight into this subject, but also present concepts relevant and useful to their everyday lives. Prerequisite: BSAD310 and BSAD420.

BSAD320 Managerial Economics

Learners in this course apply models derived from microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics to the solution of business problems in a global economy. Prerequisite: SSC 110 and SSC 111

BSAD394 Marketing

Product concepts from idea to delivery to the consumer will be examined. Pricing, promotion, distribution, and planning for the marketing effort will also be covered. Emphasis on being an informed consumer is included. Course procedures include oral and written communications, group interaction in class, and a group project.

BSAD340 Legal Environment of Business

This course helps learners understand and apply legal principles to the business world. The course examines the relationships between individuals, corporations, and partnerships as they apply to law. Learners will focus on contracts, consumer law, and the legalities of the employer-employee relationship; they will also analyze court cases and scenarios to practice real-life application of legal concepts.

BSAD410 International Business

This course provides a framework for analyzing the competitive structure of industries and for formulating strategy within an international context. Study of foreign exchange, balance of payments, and the international monetary system are included.

BSAD420 Management Information Systems Analysis

In this course, learners review evaluations of different types of software and their applications in organizations. Emphasis is on practical skills, spreadsheet modeling, and database design. Learners discuss techniques for developing systems that are responsive to managerial needs.

BSAD440 Strategic Management

This course provides a synthesis of major business administration disciplines. It is recommended that this be the last course taken in the business administration core curriculum. Prerequisites: BSAD430, BSAD320, BSAD394, BSAD340, and BSAD410.

CAPS495 Senior Capstone

Learners will be required to develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their knowledge, skills, and abilities in their major discipline. Particular attention will be given to the presentation of evidence and artifacts from their major courses as well as recent research relevant to their major courses and their specific program outcomes. The purpose of the final portfolio project is to document learner achievement and to ensure learning outcomes are met. Additionally, learners will conduct research and report on career potentials within their major field, careers for which they are potentially most qualified, and a specific career and career path of interest resulting from their research. This project is both submitted individually and as a part of the professional portfolio. Both projects are required for successful course and degree completion. Prerequisite: Successful completion of all major courses.

Admission Requirements

Entering learners must have earned at least 6 college credits from previous college coursework or ACE evaluated military training, a GPA of 2.0, and have three years of work experience. Transfer hours accepted for Professional Studies admittance should include English Composition I and II, and mathematics (college algebra preferred). These courses may be considered in transfer or completed at Southwestern College.

Contact a program representative to evaluate your options.

Graduation Requirements

A total of 124 credit hours must be earned to graduate. You must have at least 60 credit hours from a four-year university or college and at least 30 hours from Southwestern College (does not include prior learning experience credits). Of the 30 hours required from Southwestern, 15 of the last 30 hours earned toward your degree must be at Southwestern College. Contact your Academic Success Coach for more information.

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