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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration                              

Ottawa University’s accelerated, online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree will help you gain the skills you need to lead administrative teams at every level to help your organization achieve its objectives and succeed. Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in business management will gain a broad understanding of business and management principles.

Skills You’ll Gain

Upon completion of Ottawa University’s Business Administration program, you will gain valuable skills that you can immediately apply to your career. Here are just a few of the transferable skills gained from OU’s business degree:

  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Strategic Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Data Analysis
  • Human Resources Administration
  • Finance and Investing
  • Accounting and Cost Management

Business Administration Careers

If you are considering a career in business, you need a clear understanding of how organizations function. A business administration bachelor's degree is a valued credential that opens the doors to a large selection of business careers. Administrative services and facilities managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities that help an organization run efficiently. Ottawa University’s Business Administration degree combines a foundation in liberal arts with a business curriculum that covers accounting, business law, economics, ethics, information systems, finance management, marketing and strategy. OU’s B.S. in Business Administration provides a well-rounded business education that gives students a competitive edge upon graduation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in business occupations is projected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, and will result in about 750,800 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new compensation and benefits managers, computer and information systems managers, construction managers, elementary, middle and high school principals, emergency management directors, farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers, financial managers, food service managers, human resources managers, industrial production managers, lodging managers, medical and health services managers, natural sciences managers, public relations ad fundraising managers, sales managers, social and community service managers, top executives, and training and development managers. The median annual wage for business occupations was $76,570 in May of 2021, which was much higher than the average of $45,760.

Top Careers in Business Administration  

  • Advertising Executive
  • Business Consultant
  • Business Developer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Franchising Manager
  • Human Resources (HR) Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Loan Officer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Municipal Manager
  • Office Administrator
  • Procurement Officer
  • Sales Manager
  • Sports Operations Manager
  • Training and Development Specialist

What Do Graduates Say About the Skills They Attained?

The skills garnered from earning a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration can change both your professional and personal life. Ottawa University educates students for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, and personal significance. Tammy Len Brimmer ‘20 shares the skills she gained from the degree program.

Earning a degree at Ottawa University has impacted my life/career by equipping me with additional practical skills and knowledge that I have applied to my workplace, enhanced my management and leaderships skills, and increased my self-confidence and soft skills.


Completing your degree from Ottawa is a powerful step toward career and personal fulfillment. Ottawa University's Angell Snyder School of Business has a long and distinguished history of developing leaders who combine strong technical and analytical capabilities with a clear moral compass.In addition to the skills acquired from obtaining your degree, you will learn from experts in the field and will be fully supported by our knowledgeable Student Services Team. Melissa Caldwell '21 discusses the impact completing her business degree has made on her life.

Earning my degree at Ottawa University has been a blessing and an awesome journey. It has tremendously impacted my life and career to continue to do the best I can in both and for my family. Earning this degree has given me the strength and courage to do anything I set my mind to. Thank you, Ottawa University and thank you to all the staff and professors that have helped, taught, and encouraged me throughout my journey. 

Ottawa University is with you every step of the way to make sure that you achieve your educational and professional goals.

Why Get a Business Administration Degree?

A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ottawa University provides graduates with the tools and knowledge they need for successful careers. The program will help you maximize your professional growth potential by opening the door to a wide range of career paths and developing essential leadership skills.

By studying business theories and learning best business practices, business administration majors may develop critical skillsets, such as knowing how to analyze problems by using and applying data. Furthermore, business majors also have the opportunity to gain proficiency in managing large groups of people and may become adept at fostering professional communications. Employers from a multitude of industries look for this wide range of skills in business degree earners, with 74% of those surveyed stating they plan to hire recent college graduates, and 30% of respondents choosing business majors over other degrees.- National Employer Survey.

Start your journey toward career growth with the help of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Ottawa University. Our accelerated, online business program allows you to attain the skills you need to advance with a flexible schedule that meets the needs of a working adult.

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To learn more about OU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, contact us today!

Business Administration is offered at the following locations.

  • Ottawa, KS (Residential Campus)
  • Surprise, AZ (Residential Campus)
  • Overland Park, Kansas
  • Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Online

Business Administration Education and Qualifications

All organizations– private industry, public institutions, for-profits, nonprofits – need administrative focus to maintain a clear vision for success. If you’re interested in a business career, then consider pursuing Ottawa’s online Business Administration degree. Upon completion of the business administration degree, you’ll have the skill set to pursue career opportunities in office management, administrative support, purchasing. Graduates often further their education by pursuing degrees in Master of Arts in LeadershipMaster in Business Administration, or Master in Human Resources.

For curriculum and course descriptions of our accelerated online Business Administration degree program, please download a program overview.

The curriculum integrates a broad range of theories, concepts, and practices through the study of finance, economics, law, ethics, marketing, human resources, management, and organizational behavior. Coursework is typically designed to align with real-world business scenarios taught from an industry-relevant perspective. As a student, you will analyze and evaluate business systems in terms of their efficiency, productivity, profit, and services, and explore the challenges and opportunities facing existing companies and new ventures. As students look at business schools, they may initially be interested in business administration because they feel they have leadership skills and think they could be successful managing teams, but as they take courses they discover there’s so much more to business administration than just business management.

Business Administration Foundation Courses

Accounting for Business Operations  | ACC 20364 (4 credits)

Introduces operating activities of business. Emphasis on using income statements to plan and evaluate the operations of a for-profit entity.

Macroeconomics | ECO 20163 (3 credits)

Focuses on inflationary consequences of monetary and fiscal policies designed to eliminate poverty and unemployment, significance of money and government deficits on attainment of goals of high employment and economic growth in a non-inflationary environment and role of the dollar in international trade.

Microeconomics | ECO 20263 (3 credits)

Study of the role of prices in allocating and developing scarce resources to meet the needs and demands of consumers, the impact of the profit motive on business size and efficiency, the economic power of large-scale business firms, the interplay of private and public choice through price controls, business regulation and taxation.

College Algebra | MAT 10643 (3 credits)

Emphasizes problem solving techniques using algebraic concepts. The focus of the course is directed toward exploring how algebra is used in the social and physical sciences. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions and graphs, systems of linear equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, composition and inverse functions. Prerequisite: Score of 16 on non-math track initial placement or MAT 10443 Intermediate Algebra (or equivalent).


Discrete Mathematics | MAT 20043 (3 credits)

Offers an intuitive exposure to mathematical concepts useful in a wide variety of disciplines.  The course focuses on concepts associated with propositional logic.  Prerequisite:  Score of 16 on math placement exam non-math track or Score of 7 on math placement exam math track or MAT 10443 Intermediate Algebra.


Business Mathematics | MAT 20143 (3 credits)

Focuses on basic mathematics skills, business mathematics applications and problem-solving strategies. Concepts include properties of real numbers, fundamental operations of rational numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, numerical and graphical descriptions of data, basic probability and logical thinking.

Business Statistics | OAD 30763 (4 credits)

Focuses on basic methods of research design and analysis of data including descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include mean, median, mode, frequency distribution, range, standard deviation, probabilities of sampling selection, Z-score, T-value, regression and correlation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and Chi-square analysis.


Introduction to Statistics | MAT 20044 (4 credits)

Offers the student an intuitive introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include data organization, averages and variation, elementary probability theory, binomial and normal probability distributions, Central Limit Theorem, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation.  Prerequisite: Score of 16 on non-math track initial placement or MAT 10443 Intermediate Algebra.

Business Ethics | OAD 31664 (3 credits)

Introduces development of personal and group norms required for workplaces. Topics include moral reasoning in business, employee rights and responsibilities of corporations.

Business Administration Major Courses

Financing and Investing Activities | ACC 20464 (4 credits)

Extension of Accounting for Business Operations. Planning and evaluation of business operations and acquiring, disposing and financing assets of entity. Time value of money introduced. Emphasis on interpretation and use of the balance sheet and statement of cash flows. Prerequisite: Accounting for Business Operations.

Cost Management| ACC 30163 | (4 credits)
Study of accounting for use by management in planning and control. Includes product costing techniques, comprehensive budgeting procedures, inventory planning control and valuation.

Foundations of Finance | FIN 30000 (3 credits)
Examines financing of an organization from the administrative viewpoint.  Consideration of internal financial management as well as external financing and capital structures. Prerequisites: Accounting for Business Operations.​

Microsoft Essential Solutions | ITS 20550 (3 credits)

Survey of primary Microsoft solutions and basic concepts of information technology. No prior knowledge of computers required.

Operations Management | OAD 30013 (3 credits)

Introduction to the theory and practice of production management as a functional area in the strategic management of operations and manufacturing in domestic and international companies.  Examines problems encountered in planning, operating, and controlling production of goods and services.  Other topics include the two major areas of production and operations management, operation system design, and operation and control of systems.

Management | OAD 30563 (3 credits)
Discusses process for managing organizations including planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating. Examines administrative role in organizations and concepts relevant to its function and historical development of administrative thought.

Business Law | OAD 31063 ( 3 credits)

Introduces American legal system as it relates to business. Includes contracts, commercial paper, sales,
agency, and property.

Principles of Marketing | MKTG 31863 (3 credits)
Analysis of consumer behavior and configuration of target markets. Emphasis on of organization activities designed to satisfy target market planning, pricing, promotion, and distribution of the product or service.

Human Resource Administration | OAD 32563 ( 4 credits)
Focuses on process and management of the personnel function including task specialization, selection and placement, development and training, collective bargaining, appraisal and compensation.

Project Management | OAD 41464 (3 credits)
Provides theory and application in project planning, implementation, control and completion. Includes network planning, project evaluation and review techniques (PERT), critical path methods (CPM), management by objectives, management by exception, cost analysis and resource allocation/leveling.

Strategies and Policies | OAD 49100 (4 credits)
Capstone course that guides student to the integration of functional areas of a business firm and analysis of mission and objectives, external environment, and internal strengths and limitations of an organization. Includes formulation of strategies.

For complete curriculum and course descriptions of our accelerated, online Business Administration degree program, please download a program overview.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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