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Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Business Administration | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Business Administration


About OU’s Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Business Administration

Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Business Administration (BASBA) degree was developed to address growing employer demand for graduates from business administration programs to possess essential work skills and employment readiness. By pursuing the BASBA degree, students will gain business skills beyond technical proficiency and job-specific hard skills to include more interpersonal skills that are less quantifiable in nature. This degree will strengthen a student’s written and oral communication, and emphasize the importance of analytical skills by incorporating data analysis, problem-solving and critical-thinking.

Ottawa’s BASBA helps students understand how business works and the intricacies and interdependencies within each discipline. More specifically, students will learn how each business area relates to one another. Furthermore, this degree program focuses on ethical management, teamwork and collaboration along with the important use of technology within a business setting.

Requirements for enrollment in the B.A. in Strategic Business Administration degree are two to three years of full-time work experience, a professional resume and a personal essay. The online program consists of 30 credit hours with eight major courses, and provides a more clarified and simplified path to the MBA.

Eight BASBA Concentrations

Ottawa’s bachelor’s degree in strategic business administration offers eight concentrations that allow you to tailor your degree in an area of specialization, such as:

Career Outlook for the B.A. in Strategic Business Administration

Potential employment opportunity for strategic business administration majors include management analyst, purchasing manager, business development manager, human resource manager, entrepreneur among others, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs in this arena are projected to grow 7 percent through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The median annual wage for the aforementioned occupations was $85,260 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $49,700, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $154,310.

Perspective on the BASBA

Students will develop practical managerial and communication skills and the decision-making capability necessary to compete in today’s challenging business environment. Students will increase their understanding of the various business functions and their interconnections while potentially engaging in a specific concentration to further augment management competencies.

For complete curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.

To learn more about OU’s Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Business Administration degree, contact us today.

Foundation Courses

  • Accounting for Business Operations
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Business Mathematics
  • Business Statistics or Introduction to Statistics

Major Courses

  • Foundations in Finance
  • Behavior in Organizations
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
  • Quantitative Analysis for Managerial Decision-Making
  • Marketing Management
  • Human Resources Administration
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Business Simulation and Strategy

Bridge Option

The Bridge Option represents an opportunity for Ottawa University undergraduates who plan on pursuing a graduate degree at the University the chance for advanced, graduate learning as an undergraduate.  The Bridge Option helps bridge the transfer between the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The programs open to Bridge students will vary depending on when the courses are offered and student readiness.

As a senior in the Bridge Option, students  will enroll in up to three graduate-level classes that will count toward the total degree requirements of 124 credit hours for the bachelor's degree and toward the 36 hours required for the graduate program.  A special course number has been assigned to courses in the Bridge Option.  Students will need to understand the requirements for these courses are more rigorous.

Eligible students who meet the following criteria may qualify for Ottawa University's Bridge Option.

  • Junior standing or higher (at least 90 credit hours)
  • A minimum cumulative OU grade point average of 3.0
  • Have earned a minimum of 12 credits in residence at Ottawa University

OU students should talk with their advisor about this opportunity and their qualifications for the Bridge Option in their junior year before degree completion.

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