Business Administration Degree

Business Administration Degree

Argosy University-Chicago - Chicago, IL

  • BS

Program Overview The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration degree program is designed to help students focus their academic and professional development consistent with their career objectives and experiences. It is open to both students who have already earned college credit at a community college, junior college, or other university, and working professionals with no college experience. In the program, students will follow a practical path to degree completion consisting of the following: A business core addresses all basic business functions A selection of general education courses tailored to professional needs A selection of specialized concentration designed to achieve a specified career plan A set of electives to complement and extend those competencies. The program is designed to prepare students with competencies, skills and knowledge for entry-level employment while simultaneously providing the basis for graduate education in business. This applied, competency-oriented program combines flexible online and in-residence, classes in multiple formats intended to encourage students to move through the program at a pace that best suits their needs. All students admitted to the BS in Business Administration degree program are expected to possess the following basic skills: the ability to use standard written and spoken English effectively; basic calculation skills (pre-algebra) and the ability to use a calculator to perform basic operations; fundamental computer skills necessary to prepare reports, give presentations, access online materials and information, and correspond via e-mail. In addition to the business core, students complete one of the following concentrations: Accounting Finance Healthcare Management Human Resources International Business Marketing Organizational Management The primary goal of each concentration is to help students acquire the competencies, skills, and knowledge needed to seek lower- or entry-level management positions in a related function or industry.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    12960

    per Year

  • Books & Supplies

    Books & Supplies

    1000

    per Year

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    48000

    per Year

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Curriculum

Program Learning Outcomes
Program Outcome One: Communication
Competency 1.1
Communicate business concepts in the language of business, both written and orally, appropriate to the audience.
Competency 1.2
Analyze through observation, active listening, and probing questions how others are responding to your communication and adjust as necessary.
Competency 1.3
Create an awareness of how you are absorbing the content and nuance of information provided to you, orally or written, and recognize when personal biases are in play.
Competency 1.4
Demonstrate awareness of body language and other non-verbal communication that lead to the Òtrue messageÓ, both implied and inferred.

Program Outcome Two: Team
Competency 2.1
Define the attributes of an effective team member and leader behaviors in reaching specific business goals.
Competency 2.2
Identify situations and conditions under which team or individual projects are most appropriate and communicate the information to relevant parties.
Competency 2.3
Select appropriate strategies for motivating teams to reach goals under different constraints and conditions.

Program Outcome Three: Cognitive
Competency 3.1
Basic Problem Solving Ð Given a business opportunity or problem, select and defend a course of action.
Competency 3.2
Advanced Problem Solving Ð Identify business opportunities and problems in ambiguous situations, generate solution options and recommend alternatives.
Competency 3.3
Information Literacy Ð Identify appropriate sources and access those sources to generate qualitative and quantitative information necessary to make an informed business choice.

Program Outcome Four: Analysis and Application
Competency 4.1
Integration Identify the tensions and synergies between the basic business disciplines.
Competency 4.2
Analysis Ð Determine the critical information necessary to make an informed business. choice under a variety of conditions, and also determine critical missing information for informed choice.
Competency 4.3
Generate options and recommendations for action that support the mission of the organization while simultaneously meeting the needs of critical stakeholders in conditions of imperfect and ambiguous information.

Program Outcome Five: Ethics/Diversity
Competency 5.1
Identify the ethical framework of managers and employees in both routine work life and highly volatile change situations.
Competency 5.2
Express a code of professional ethics and/or behavior for yourself and your organization.
Competency 5.3
Identify synergies/benefits and tensions/constraints of diversity within and across organizational settings and be able to communicate professionally the underlying ethics and values that govern your approach.


Admission Requirements
Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:

ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
For students with 12 or fewer college credits, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
For students with 13 or more college credits, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, ÒEnglish Language Proficiency Policy.Ó
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Applicants with lower grade point averages and scores on ACT or SAT will be admitted and assigned ÒAcademic/Financial Aid WarningÓ in accordance with Argosy UniversityÕs Standards for Satisfactory Progress.

Other Admission Requirements

Proof of high school graduation documented by one of the following:
Official high school transcript
State issued high school equivalency (home school)
Official General Educational Development (GED) document
Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution, or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation
Proof of high school graduation or earned college degree
All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

Completed Application for Admission Form
Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended*
Proof of high school graduation or GED or college degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies
Note

*Students admitted on the basis of their high school GPA need only submit official transcripts for coursework they wish to have considered for transfer credit.

Graduation Requirements
Satisfactory completion of all required courses within the program major with a grade of ÒC-Ó or better
Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours which includes
42 credit hours General Education Curriculum Requirements1
45 credit hours Business Core course requirements
12 credit hours Concentration requirements
21 credit hours Open Electives requirements2
Satisfactory completion of 42 credit hours of upper division courses
Satisfactory completion of all required business courses at Argosy University within the core coursework, with a grade of ÒC-Ó or better.
An Argosy University grade point average of 2.0 or higher
A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
1 The General Education Curriculum requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours. To satisfy these requirements, students choose an additional general education elective. Electives requirements are 10 courses or 30 credit hours. The total credit hours required to complete the program remains the same at 120 credit hours.

2 Open Electives requirements are 18 credit hours at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa.

Program Requirements
Students enrolled in the BA in Business Administration degree program are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours as follows:

General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 Credit Hours)_
All students are required to take 14 courses or 42 credit hours in General Education distributed as follows:

6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills4
6 credit hours in communication including ENG101 Composition I (3 credit hours)
6 credit hours in humanities5
6 credit hours in social sciences consisting of ECO201 Macroeconomics and ECO202 Microeconomics6
6 credit hours in natural science
6 credit hours in mathematics
6 credit hours in elective courses (which may be in any distribution area)7
3 The General Education Curriculum requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours.

4 To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success and PSY 180 Interpersonal Effectiveness during the first semester of attendance. The requirement to take ASP100 Skills for Success will be waived for students who are admitted with a CGPA of 2.0 and who have either 1) completed an associateÕs degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) successfully completed 60 semester credit hours of college level course work. Transfer credit is not accepted for PSY180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of PSY180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success apply this course towards the Open Electives requirements.

5 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the Humanities category.

6 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the Social Sciences category.

7Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are required to take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 3 credit hours general education elective courses. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success take an additional 3 credit hours of general education elective courses as follows. Students at all campuses except Argosy University, Sarasota, Argosy University, Tampa, and Argosy University, Twin Cities take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa take 12 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 Skills for Success towards the open elective requirements of their selected degree program, and therefore their general education elective requirements are not impacted by the course waiver.

Business Core Requirements (45 credit hours)
All students in the BS in Business Administration degree program must complete 15 business core courses or 45 credit hours. Among these is a capstone course, Business Policy and Strategic Solutions (BUS 499), which must be taken in the studentÕs final semester before graduation.

The primary goal of the business core is to provide the breadth of general management competencies, skills, and knowledge required of managers and supervisors regardless of the specific requirements of their management positions.

Business Core Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

ACC201 - Principles of Accounting (3)
ACC202 - Principles of Management Accounting (3)
BUS212 - Business Law and Corporate Ethics (3)
BUS381 - Solutions-Focused Leadership (3)
BUS423 - Business Psychology (3)
BUS480 - Business Tactics and Execution (3)
BUS499 - Business Policy and Strategic Solutions (3)
FIN401 - Financial Management (3)
MGT301 - Business Negotiation and Conflict Management (3)
MGT330 - Business Information Systems (3)
MGT340 - Solutions-Focused Decision Making (3)
MGT400 - Managing People for Performance (3)
MGT402 - Project Management (3)
MGT411 - Human Resource Management (3)
MKT230 - Principles of Marketing (3)
Business Core RequirementsÑ 45 Credit Hours

Concentration Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
Students are required to select one of the concentrations described below.

Accounting Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Accounting concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry level management or leadership positions in accounting.

Accounting Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

ACC415 - Auditing (3)
ACC418 - Corporate Taxation (3)
ACC420 - Capital Budgeting (3)
BUS475 - Strategic Cost Management (3)
Accounting Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours

Finance Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Finance concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level management or leadership positions in finance.

Finance Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

ACC420 - Capital Budgeting (3)
BUS434 - International Finance Management (3)
FIN430 - Corporate Finance (3)
FIN434 - Financial Decisions for Profit, People, and the Planet (3)
Finance Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours

Healthcare Management Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Healthcare Management concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level management or leadership positions in health care administration.

Healthcare Management Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

HCM401 - Strategic Planning and Program Development (3)
HCM402 - Human Resource Management in Healthcare Systems (3)
HCM403 - Quality Assurance in Healthcare Systems (3)
HCM404 - Healthcare Policy and Administration (3)
Healthcare Management Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours

Human Resources Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Human Resources concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level management or leadership positions in human resources.

Human Resources Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

BUS435 - Employment Law (3)
BUS436 - International Human Resources Management (3)
MGT420 - Compensation and Benefits (3)
MGT430 - Training and Development (3)
Human Resources Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours

International Business Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the International Business concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level management or leadership positions in international business.

International Business Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

BUS433 - International Marketing (3)
BUS434 - International Finance Management (3)
BUS436 - International Human Resources Management (3)
BUS470 - Global Business Management (3)
International Business Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours

Marketing Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Marketing concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level management or leadership positions in marketing.

Marketing Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

BUS365 - Marketing, Sales and Channel Management (3)
BUS433 - International Marketing (3)
MKT431 - Consumer Behavior (3)
MKT432 - Marketing Research and Analysis (3)
Marketing Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours

Organizational Management Concentration Requirements

The primary goal of the Organizational Management concentration is to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and competencies they need to seek entry-level management or leadership positions in any organization in the corporate sector.

Organizational Management Concentration Requirements Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following

BUS470 - Global Business Management (3)
MGT413 - Managing Change (3)
MGT430 - Training and Development (3)
MGT450 - Cultural Diversity in the Workplace (3)
Organizational Management Concentration Requirements Ñ 12 Credit Hours

Open Electives Requirements (21 credit hours)
Students are also required to complete 7 electives or 21 credit hours. Students may take any courses from the undergraduate course offering listed in the Section 12, ÒCourse Listings Ó of the Academic Catalog.

Note

Open Electives Requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 6 courses or 18 credit hours.

Note

Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP 100 Skills for Success towards the Open Electives Requirements. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success may select a different course to apply towards the Open Electives requirements.