Business Administration (Bachelor of Science)

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The Business Administration program prepares the student to use analytical skills in evaluating business-related issues. In addition, the student analyzes theories, principles and concepts in each area of business. Technology is used to enhance productivity and accomplish goals.

What will I learn in this online bachelor’s in Business Administration degree program?

As you work to gain a fundamental understanding of every area of business, you’ll study consumer behavior … discover strategies for more effective decision making … learn how to lead teams, run meetings, create business plans and much more!

Types of courses to expect include:

Business Law

Business law is an important concept covered in our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program. Professionals should have the ability to distinguish between what is right and wrong in their business practices. This course may help you gain more knowledge of historical business laws, changes and innovations that have emerged over time, and the implementation of laws to accommodate for online businesses and purchases.

Once enrolled in this course you may have the opportunity to learn the basics of business contracts, which can support career success in the field. As part of the general course requirements, you may also analyze historical and current court cases addressing business law and its application in a real-world environment.


While enrolled in a business administration program, you may take part in different courses pertaining to finance. Financial elements of business may be increasingly important in determining how well a business is functioning and analyzing progress for potential change. Courses that you may see throughout this program may include Personal Finance and Principles of Finance. Each of these courses can provide you with different outlooks on finance as it applies to business practices.


For a business to thrive, it should promote its products and services to the public. This aspect of business is called marketing, which can include topics such as advertising, public immersion and customer satisfaction. Each of these components can help an organization provide better quality products to the public, which can lead to more consumption and more wealth.
Foundations of Marketing is a course included in our business administration degree program. As an introductory course into this aspect of business, you will delve into the relevant theories and applications of marketing various products and services. You may also learn about market research, marketing technologies and the development of helpful marketing programs.


Conducting business in today’s world may be very different than in generations passed. In current society, consumers can access goods and services with the click of a button. In response to this innovation in spending, businesses all over the world have added e-commerce components to bring in more clients and sell more goods.

Courses dedicated to e-commerce can help you become familiar with business technologies that involve the internet. This may include a look into social networks and mobile phones, since these are popular technologies for consumers in all age groups. If you complete this course, you should have a better understanding of how the internet and technology can be used to promote products and sell goods and services.

Programming Essentials

Since computers, technology and e-commerce have changed the field of business for the better, business professionals may need to take courses to help strengthen their skills with computers and electronics. Our business administration degree program provides you with introductory learning in computer programming through the Programming Essentials course.

This course may include introductory programming concepts and languages. Students who complete this course should have the skills necessary to write simple programs in C++. Programming topics such as debugging, loops and arrays may also be covered, in order to give you a strong foundation for future application.

How long is this online bachelor’s in Business Administration degree program?

At 124 credit hours, the online bachelor of business administration degree program is designed to be completed in 38 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will the online business administration degree program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $295 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Grantham also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

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Business Administration (Bachelor of Science)

The Business Administration program prepares the student to use analytical skills in evaluating business-related issues. In addition, the student analyzes theories, principles and concepts in each area of business. Technology is used to enhance productivity and accomplish goals.

Business Administration Degree Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical thinking through applying decision-support tools
  • Demonstrate communication skills
  • Compare and contrast local, national and global business and cultural issues
  • Differentiate the theories, principles and concepts related to the foundational business areas
  • Evaluate the role of competitive advantage using strategic and tactical methods
  • Evaluate the legal, social and economic environments of business
  • Describe and explain ethical obligations and responsibilities of business
  • Describe decision making skills that are relevant to professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  • Understand the importance of human and social diversity

Core Professional Competencies

University of Arkansas Grantham prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

University of Arkansas Grantham’s Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree Program is IACBE Accredited.

Business Administration (Bachelor of Science)

University of Arkansas Grantham’s 100% online and professionally relevant coursework is designed to help you prepare for your next challenges.

Program Core Credits: 55
General Education Core Credits: 27
Electives Credits: 42
Total Credit Hours: 124
Accreditation(s): DEAC, IACBE
Program Core: 55
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: ACC220 Title: Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  This introductory financial accounting course introduces the student to the important role of financial accounting in modern business. The key role of financial accounting is to provide useful information to external users in order that a wide variety of economic decisions can be made. The course covers the theory and practice of accounting applicable to the recording, summarizing and reporting of business transactions. Topics include the different types of financial statements and accounts, asset valuation, revenue and expense recognition and appropriate accounting for asset, liability and capital accounts.
Course: ACC226 Title: Managerial Accounting Credits: 3
  This course is a continuation of Financial Accounting, shifting the focus from external reporting to internal needs of managers. Managerial accounting information helps managers accomplish three essential functions: planning, controlling and decision making. The course provides students with an understanding of managerial accounting information to enable them to evaluate the usefulness of managerial accounting techniques in the real world. Topics include: managerial accounting terminology, budgeting, costing, break even analysis and cost-volume-profitability analysis. The methods of identifying and extracting relevant information from managerial accounting systems as an input to decision making and performance evaluation are stressed throughout the course.
Course: BUS499 Title: Business Policy and Strategy Credits: 3
  This is a capstone course for the Bachelor of Business Administration program and is designed to provide students with a comprehensive review of management and the total business enterprise. Students learn how to formulate and implement a strategy and evaluate concepts and techniques through an applied project. Students integrate this new knowledge, coupled with knowledge acquired from other courses in management, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and human resource management, to chart the future direction of different types of organizations. The capstone builds on
previous courses to offer insights and analytic tools which a general manager needs to plan and implement successful business policies
and strategies. The course emphasizes the practical application of business theory to business problems through a course project and the choice of an exam opportunity.
Course: CS165 Title: Advanced Microcomputer Applications Credits: 4
  This is a course using the Microsoft Office Suite. The applications covered are Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint.
Course: CS192 Title: Programming Essentials Credits: 3
  This course introduces problem-solving concepts needed for programming. It covers fundamental control structure such as the sequential structure, the selection structure and the repetition structure. The use of logic in designing programs has general application.
Course: ENT301 Title: Entrepreneurial Finance Credits: 3
  This penultimate course in the core business curriculum is an advanced undergraduate course focusing on entrepreneurship and small business ownership. The major topic of the course is the development of an entrepreneurial endeavor, including analyzing the venture creation process, understanding the groundwork for becoming an entrepreneur and studying real-life examples that illustrate entrepreneurial ethics and the global dimensions of entrepreneurship.
Course: ETH301 Title: Business and Society Credits: 3
  This intermediate course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of business and how it relates to society as a whole. The major topics include the corporation in society, the business and the social environment, business and the ethical environment, business and government in a global society, the corporation and the natural environment, business and technological change. A systems-thinking approach is central to the course, wherein business, government and society are so closely intertwined that an action that affects one will inevitably affect the others. The corporation's responsibilities to primary and secondary stakeholders, both economic and ethical, are studied in light of various social issues.
Course: FIN210 Title: Personal Finance Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides the student with a basic understanding of personal financial planning. The course is designed to help students understand how to plan for a successful financial future for themselves and their families. The course offers a comprehensive treatment of financial planning to help students understand the complexities of today's financial world and evaluate their financial options through a formal decision-making approach.
Course: FIN307 Title: Principles of Finance I Credits: 3
  This intermediate course examines the role of the financial manager in the overall management and control of a firm. Stress is placed on the use of analytical models for improving the decision-making process. Both the short-term management of working capital and the long-term planning of capital structure and investment strategy are covered. Topics include financial ratio analysis, the time value of money, valuation of stocks and bonds, free cash flows, capital budgeting and the cost of capital.
Course: INT405 Title: Multinational Management Credits: 3
  This advanced course introduces multinational management. The course is designed to familiarize students with the dynamic, interrelated challenges and opportunities of operating an international business. It addresses issues of world trade, international investment, world financial markets and business policy and strategy. It provides the student with conceptual frameworks and theoretical explanations applicable to the daily challenges of a practicing manager faced with cultural differences, global marketing, multinational finance and accounting, and taxation.
Course: IS231 Title: E-Commerce Credits: 3
  This course covers current electronic commerce strategies and technologies associated with the internet, the web, social networks and mobile devices. Key concepts, opportunities and applications of e-commerce are presented, providing an in-depth overview of the field of e-commerce.
Course: LAW220 Title: Business Law I Credits: 3
  This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the law that affects business operations including the topics of torts, contracts, commercial paper, and sales. New developments that affect the legal environment of business are presented from all three sources of law: statutes, regulations, and case law. The student will gain a thorough understanding of law that governs business and will gain an understanding of how new developments in technology affect business law.
Course: LAW265 Title: Business Law II Credits: 3
  This course provides students with an understanding of the law affecting business operations, including the topics of debtor-creditor relationships, business organizations, government regulation, property and its protection, and the international legal environment. New developments on those topics are presented from three sources of law: statutes, regulations and case law.
Course: MA215 Title: Business Statistics Credits: 3
  This course applies descriptive and inferential statistics to solve business problems. Student perform statistical analysis of samples, compute the measures of location and dispersion, and perform linear and multiple regression and correlation analysis. Other topics include constructing a hypothesis, performing one-way and two-way analysis of variance, and making decisions under risk and uncertainty. NOTE: Credit may not be awarded for both MA215 and MA230.
Course: MGT150 Title: Principles of Business Management Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts and techniques they will need as managers in today's new organizations. The sequence of topics follows the familiar pattern of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Throughout the course, the manager's role in leading and accommodating change is emphasized. The course also introduces the student to the issues of managing global businesses, especially the ways in which managers need to develop a global perspective in order to be successful. Issues in strategy, diversity, and entrepreneurship are covered extensively.
Course: MGT468 Title: Organizational Behavior Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to concepts and principles of organizational behavior. Students investigate the impact that individuals, groups, and structures have on behavior within organizations, for the purpose of applying such knowledge toward improving an organization's effectiveness. Topics addressed include motivation, leadership, communications, group structure and process, attitude and values, and the change process.
Course: MKG131 Title: Foundations of Marketing Credits: 3
  This course on the principles of marketing provides an introduction to the nature and fundamentals of the marketing activity in modern businesses. The broad view of marketing that is presented builds on the integration of marketing with the entire enterprise, reinforced by theories and concepts as well as practices and applications. Topics include an analysis of the economic factors influencing buyer behavior, marketing research, market segmentation, development of marketing programs (new product, price, advertising and distribution decisions), and international marketing. The course also covers new marketing technologies that are revolutionizing the way companies bring value to their customers.
Course: MKG315 Title: Consumer Behavior Credits: 3
  This course provides the student with a comprehensive theoretical and practical base of knowledge regarding the forces that shape the attitudes and behaviors of consumers of products and services. Subjects covered include consumerism in American society, learning theories, motivation, personality theories, persuasive communication, and the consumer decision-making process.
General Education: 27
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization and speech delivery. Topics include how to outline speeches, create effective introductions and conclusions, use appropriate language and control nervousness. In addition, students examine guidelines for and practice delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Students will record themselves delivering speeches, thus they will need to know how to use a webcam and how to upload video files from their devices into the assignment dropbox in the Learning Management System.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course emphasizes the writing process. Students will apply principles of good writing practice through various genre (narrative, persuasive, expository writings). Additionally, students will analyze reading material as part of the critical and creative thinking processes associated with written communication.
Course: GP210 Title: American Government I Credits: 3
  This course provides an introduction to American government and politics. Topics include the concept of a constitutional democracy, federalism, amendment rights and equal rights under the law. Also covered are political culture, political ideology, interest groups, lobbying, and political campaigns and elections.
Course: GS102 Title: Introduction to Life Science Credits: 3
  This course provides a broad overview of biological processes. Topics include the anatomy of the cell, cell division, species diversity and species classification. This course relates the subject matter to everyday occurrences.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course examines critical thinking and the analysis of arguments in terms of premises, reasons, and conclusions. Course topics include obstacles to critical thinking, diagramming arguments, belief and doubt, logical fallacies, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, inferences, and judging scientific theories.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing and exponential and logarithmic functions. A new textbook may be required in order to ensure needed electronic codes are valid.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students' bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. Secondly, by highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.

*Students are required to complete all general education required courses before enrolling in GU299.