Ivan F., Class of 2020, Military Veteran

Bachelor of Business Administration

Ivan F.
Class of 2020, Military Veteran
Ivan F., Class of 2020, Military Veteran

Gain a Competitive Edge in the Business World

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or you’re looking to expand your business expertise, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) can give you the tools you need to define your competitive edge and succeed in today’s exciting business world.

Gain an understanding of marketing, statistics, accounting, economics, finance, and management, and then select a concentration to refine your degree. Choose from concentrations in accountancy, alternative dispute resolution, business law, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, marketing, project management, and logistics and supply chain management.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration program, you will be able to:

  • Apply ethical and legal principles to a business environment
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge in the areas of business math, economics, accounting, finance, and operations management needed to make sound business decisions
  • Apply knowledge in the fields of management, information systems, and marketing to different business environments
  • Apply the knowledge acquired in the program for the analysis of strengths, weaknesses, and potential improvements in a business
  • Demonstrate written, presentation, and research skills expected of a business school graduate
  • Develop a global business perspective based on the knowledge of foreign business environments and cultures

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National University’s Bachelor of Business Administration program can be completed online, meaning you won’t have to put your life on hold while working toward your degree. With small class sizes and faculty mentors who bring real-world experience, you’ll learn the practical skills needed to successfully navigate today’s evolving business environment.

NU offers four-week classes, so you can focus on one subject at a time, one month at a time and finish your degree faster. Plus, with year-round enrollment, you don’t have to wait to apply and can begin classes as soon as next month. As a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon school, active-duty servicemembers and their immediate family members have access to tuition discounts.

A bachelor’s in business administration degree can be a sound investment in your financial future and job security. With a bachelor’s degree, you can gain a competitive edge for a number of entry-level positions and build the foundation needed for managerial roles.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $72,250 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950. Employment in business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 5% from 2019 to 2029: faster than the average for all occupations.*

Our BBA degree empowers you to keep your options open for a variety of business-related roles. Prepare yourself to work in almost any sector, including:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Human resources
  • Customer relations
  • Entrepreneurship

*SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, the internet, Business and Financial Occupations: Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) (viewed July 20, 2021)

Cited projections may not reflect local and short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. See additional program disclosures below.

To receive a BBA, students must complete at least 180 quarter units as articulated below, 45 of which must be completed in residence at National University, 76.5 of which must be completed at the upper-division level, and a minimum 70.5 units of the University General Education requirements.

In the absence of transfer credit, additional general electives may be necessary to satisfy total units for the degree. The following courses are specific degree requirements. Refer to the section on undergraduate admission procedures for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.

National University’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree offers the following career-relevant concentrations. View the course catalog for more information


Designed for those majoring in business administration with its broad base of business-related disciplines, but who also wish to gain the intermediate-level accounting knowledge and skills appropriate for careers in the accounting and finance departments of a business, nonprofit, or government entity.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Designed for those majoring in business administration or management who seek entry into the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) field. The successful completion of the ADR program will provide students with the necessary skills to become effective negotiators, mediators and facilitators and to promote peace and understanding between diverse cultures.

Business Law

Designed for students undertaking the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or BA Management (BAM) degree. The concentration will provide those who have an interest in a career in law, business or government, with an understanding of the complex legal issues that exist in today’s business environment.


Designed for those interested in learning how a society makes economic decisions, the program will provide quantitative skills along with the analytical ability to understand economic data. Students will be prepared to succeed in graduate studies in all business disciplines including Finance, Management and Marketing, as well as law school or other professional training.


Designed for those seeking practical knowledge in starting, managing, or running a business. The concentration is aimed at providing students with the specialized knowledge of entrepreneurship, ebusiness, small business management, and family business. Entrepreneurship is one of the core concentrations in many schools of business.


This concentration prepares students for future managerial responsibilities with an emphasis on the financial management of organizations. Career opportunities in finance are in three interrelated areas: financial institutions; investments, including the sale of securities or security analysis; and financial management in all types of commercial and not-for-profit organizations.

Human Resource Management

This concentration provides education, knowledge and skills that apply to every level of an organization. This degree program is excellent preparation for students attracted to a career in the increasingly important field of human resource management.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

This concentration prepares students for analytical and managerial roles in organizations that ship goods around town or around the world. Focus is on the growing realm of ecommerce and its complex omnichannel distribution systems.


This concentration is organized around a managerial framework that gives students an understanding of the concepts of marketing as well as the application of these concepts in making decisions and managing marketing activities. There is a wide range of opportunities in marketing, market analysis, product/branch manager, retailing, and more.

Project Management

Designed for students who seek specialized knowledge in the field of project management by preparing them for careers in industry. The undergraduate curriculum prepares people who choose a career in the discipline and elect to go on to their professional certification in Project Management and/or their MBA.

(7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)

MNS 205 must be taken if students do not have transfer credits for MNS 205, MTH 215, or MTH 220. If MTH 215 or MTH 220 are transferred then the MNS 205 prerequisite for MNS 407 is not required. For complete program information, see the National University Catalog.

  • MNS 205 Intro to Quantitative Methods*


  • MTH 215 College Algebra & Trigonometry*
    Prerequisite: MTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation


  • MTH 220 Calculus I*
    Prerequisite: MTH 216B, or MTH 215, or Accuplacer test placement
Course Description
MTH 210 Probability and Statistic*Prerequisite: MTH 12A and MTH 12B, or Accuplacer test placement evaluation
ECO 203 Principles of Microeconomics*
ECO 204 Principles of Macroeconomics*
ACC 201 Financial Accounting Funds
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting Funds – Prerequisite: ACC 201
LAW 204 Legal Aspects of Business I

*May be used to meet General Education requirements

Requirements for the Major

  • (10 courses; 45 quarter units)
Course Description
MGT 309 Prin. of Mgmt & Organizations
MKT 302A Marketing Fundamentals
BIM 400 Info Mgmt in Organizations
MGT 400 Ethics in Law, Business & Mgmt
MNS 407 Management Science*Prerequisite: MNS 205 and MTH 210
MGT 451 Production & Ops Management – Prerequisite: MNS 407
IBU 430 Survey of Global Business – Prerequisite: ECO 203 and ECO 204
BUS 485A Capstone: Strat Bus Policy I Prerequisite: MNS 205, or MTH 215, or MTH 220 and MTH 210; ECO 203; ECO 204; ACC 201; ACC 202; LAW 204; BIM 400; MGT 309; MGT 400; FIN 310; MNS 407; MKT 302A; IBU 430; MGT 451
BUS 485B Capstone: Strat Bus Policy II – Prerequisite: BUS 485A with a minimum grade of C

*If MTH 215 or MTH 220 are transferred then the MNS 205 prerequisite for MNS 407 is not required.

Upper-Division Electives

  • (7 courses; 31.5 quarter units)

Students may choose to take one of the BBA concentrations listed below or appropriate elective courses to satisfy the total units for the degree with the following prefixes: ACC, BIM, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, LAW, LED, MGT, MKT, ODV, or HUB.

Recommended Electives

Course Description
FIN 446 International Financial Mgmt – Prerequisite: FIN 310
FIN 440 Financial Institutions – Prerequisite: FIN 310
HRM 409B Survey in HRM & OD
HRM 432 Recruit, Selection, Promo, Ret
HRM 439 Legal, Reg, & Labor Relation C
IBU 540 International Experience
LAW 305 Legal Aspects of Business II – Prerequisite: LAW 204
MGT 422 Team Bldg, Interpers Dynamics
MKT 430 Intro to Global Marketing – Prerequisite: MKT 302A
MKT 434 Intro to Market Research – Prerequisite: MKT 302A
MKT 443 Intro to Advertising – Prerequisite: MKT 302A

Dr. Brian Simpson

Dr. Brian Simpson

Professor and Chair, Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, College of Professional Studies

“The Bachelor of Business Administration program equips students with writing skills, with quantitative skills, it improves their presentation skills, and it really provides them with the technical skills they need to succeed in a business setting.”

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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