Business Administration (Bachelor of Business Administration)

Take your business career to the next level – maybe even a management level – with an online Bachelor of Business Administration from Grantham University. This IACBE-accredited program will give you the skills you need to evaluate business-related issues and could open doors to administrative and supervisory positions in just about any industry.

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!

Human Resource Management

The program is designed to provide a comprehensive study of core competencies within the field: Business Management, Business Law, Labor Relations, Employment Law, Training and Development, Performance Management, Quality Management, Compensation and Organizational Behavior.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The program provides students the framework in which they are able to develop the critical skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to be successful in logistics, transportation, or supply chain management careers.

Procurement and Contract Management

The program provides students the knowledge and skills in procuring, negotiating and administering contracts with suppliers, distributors and end-product users.

Financial Planning

The program is focused on advisement of long-term financial objectives by analyzing the client’s status and setting a program to achieve that client’s goals. Financial Planning

What careers can I pursue with an online business administration degree?

This online business administration degree can help you pursue a number of supervisory and management positions – from general operations management to sales administrative roles1. You can also pursue a career in management analysis or cost estimating. Plus, the skills you’ll learn are universally important – in businesses, non-profits or even the government. You could work almost anywhere.

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

At 120 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 $265 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 Business Administration)

Business Administration Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing the courses in this business administration management program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking through applying decision-support tools
  • Demonstrate communication skills
  • Apply decision making skills that are relevant to professional, ethical and social responsibilities
  • Utilize strategic, tactical and operational methods in the decision making process to gain a competitive business advantage
  • Analyze economic, environmental, political, ethical, legal and regulatory guidelines
  • Engage in integrated business problem-solving activities by distinguishing the theories, principles and concepts related to the foundational areas of business in a global environment
Concentration in Human Resource Management Outcomes
  • Apply strategic human resource management techniques and analytical problem-solving methods to support organizational objectives
  • Develop management knowledge and skills that support organizational performance and the development of human capital
  • Analyze policies, procedures, and laws in the areas of HR management
Concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management Outcomes
  • Develop managerial strategies in transportation
  • Design logistical operations that reduce conflict channels using market distribution strategy development, implementation and management
  • Analyze the roles of stakeholders in transportation logistics
Concentration in Procurement and Contract Management Outcomes
  • Apply and evaluate processes and procedures in developing and managing long-term contracts in both the private and public sectors
  • Develop and review contracts in the corporate world and government agencies
  • Explain the FAR requirements for acquisition planning, including: publicity, competition, qualifications, conflicts of interest and teaming arrangements
  • Describe the government's procurement options
  • Outline the contract close-out process from all sides, contractor, government and/or private entity
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six 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.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • 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.

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

Business Administration (Bachelor of Business Administration)

As you consider your business administration degree options, bear in mind a Bachelor of Business Administration from Grantham can help you advance your current career or pursue an entry-level management position – in any area requiring a strong education and foundation in administrative matters1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • General Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Security Manger
  • Cost Estimator
  • Management Analyst

Employers can include:

  • Banks, investment firms or insurance agencies
  • Small businesses
  • Start-ups – possibly your own
  • Retailers, manufacturers, services, etc.
  • Government – local, state and federal

Business Administration (Bachelor of Business Administration)

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

Program Core Credits: 39
General Education Core Credits: 42
Concentration Credits: 18
Electives Credits: 21
Concentration Credits: 18
Electives Credits: 21
Concentration Credits: 18
Electives Credits: 21
Electives Credits: 39
Total Credit Hours: 120
Accreditation(s): DEAC, IACBE
Human Resource Management: 18
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Course: HRM370 Title: Employment Law Credits: 3
  This course provides the student with a basic understanding of law that affects business in the area of employment, including employment relationship and procedure, employment discrimination and government regulation of employment. New developments affecting the legal environment of employment are presented from all three sources of law: statutes, regulations and case law. The student will gain a thorough understanding of employment law that governs business and how new developments affect employment law.
Course: HRM499 Title: Integrative Exper in HR Mgt Credits: 3
  This advanced course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive review of human resource management within the total business enterprise. The curriculum builds on previous courses to offer insights and analytic tools that a general human resource manager needs to plan and implement successful business policies and strategies. Through the use of exercises, case study analysis, and problem solving, students demonstrate their understanding of functional disciplines within human resources and apply fundamental theories to practical scenarios. Students learn strategy formulation, implementation, evaluation concepts and techniques, and apply their cumulative knowledge through a course project.
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Course: HRM355 Title: Labor Relations Credits: 3
  This course examines the historical and legal basis for labor relations and collective bargaining in the United States. The growth and evolution of labor law due to court decisions, NLRB rulings, and changes in the environment of union and management relations are covered, as well as analyses of the implications of changing labor laws in the workplace. Topics include estimation of wages and benefits, computerized costing, negotiating techniques, contract enforcement, grievances and arbitration.
Course: MGT441 Title: Training and Development Credits: 3
  Students demonstrate training and development as a process designed to assist an individual to learn new skills, knowledge, or attitudes. As a result, these individuals make a change or transformation that improves or enhances their performance. These improvements ensure that people and organizations are able to do things better, faster, easier, and with higher quality and a better return on investment.
Course: HRM451 Title: Compensation Credits: 3
  This course integrates the concepts and topics related to the field of compensation to organizations. The course covers topics such as skill and performance competency analysis, compensation strategies, benchmarking job types, structuring pay merits, forms of pay, performance appraisals,determining benefit structures and Government and Legal issues in compensation. This course is designed to allow practical application of compensation in organizations through analyzing asset variations and the employee performance/recompense relationship.
Course: HRM476 Title: Developing Human Resources Credits: 3
  This course presents the opportunity to develop targeted skills using human resource systems as a management tool. Students develop expertise in creating and implementing hiring, training and reward systems. This framework includes viewing human resources as a way to enhance employee retention, development, career advancement and performance management.
Course: MGT431 Title: Performance Management Credits: 3
  Students ascertain the purpose of performance management as the approach of systems thinking into the process of work improvement in organizations. This course examines the systems approach in measuring human performance and its alignment with organizational objectives. This approach is from the process of using metrics, removing barriers and studying the end results of the business. The course also explores some of the systems in transferring the approach of employee involvement into successful organizations.
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.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 18
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Course: INT460 Title: Global Logistics Management Credits: 3
  International carrier operations and sourcing strategies for import, export and distribution of materials and finished goods are examined. This course covers facility location and off shoring of operations. Further, students in this course evaluate stakeholder roles in supply chain management as well as how countries have engaged the private sector in providing the logistics function to support their public sector supply chains.
Course: LOG320 Title: Logistics Management Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of the field of logistics including its nature, scope, and process, including logistics management functions and the interrelationships among strategic support and operational logistics. Students examine the logistics functions of business involved in the movement and storage of supplies, work-in-progress, and finished goods. Additionally, it explores the trade-offs between cost and service and the purchase and supply of raw materials.
Course: LOG430 Title: Supply Chain Management Credits: 3
  This course focuses on effective supply chain management strategies for companies that operate globally with an emphasis on how to plan and integrate supply chain components into a coordinated system to deliver value. Students are exposed to concepts, models, and case studies important in supply chain planning with an emphasis on key market tradeoffs and phenomena. The course introduces and utilizes key tactics such as fulfillment strategies, process thinking, product development, supply chain design, process mapping, cost management, outsourcing, role shifting, inventory placement, integrated planning and collaboration, and information sharing.
Course: LOG435 Title: Transportation Management Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of the transportation industry to include providers, users, and government agencies. It examines contemporary public policy issues along with managerial strategies in transportation. Additional focus will be given to micro and macroeconomic issues in the transportation industry.
Course: LOG456 Title: Emerging Trends in Supply Chain and Logistics Management Credits: 3
  This course covers supply chain and logistics management theories. The course will look at how the two are interconnected. It will also examine global transportation options, performance measurements, the impact of technology, and current and future challenges in supply changes and logistics management. In addition, focus will be given on collaboration and success strategies related to supply chain and logistics management.
Course: LOG499 Title: Capstone in Logistics and Transportation Management Credits: 3
  This capstone course is an integrative course in which students synthesize their coursework and demonstrate how operations management acts as a strategic player in an organization.
Procurement and Contract Management: 18
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Course: BUS310 Title: Intro Federal Acq & Con Mgmt Credits: 3
  This introductory course teaches review of the full acquisition life cycle from planning and requirements development to administration and closeout, including managing contracts. Students will gain a better understanding of the acquisition life cycle, roles of key players within the acquisition team, and the management of contracts and negotiations.
Course: BUS320 Title: Intro to Public Procurement Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of Government acquisition and contracting. In the course, students are presented with the fundamentals of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the federal acquisition and contracting processes of the five phase acquisition life-cycle procurement planning, requirements determinations, acquisition strategies, government contract law, contract types and methods, and acquisition management techniques and closeout requirements.
Course: LAW265 Title: Business Law II Credits: 3
  This course is designed to provide the student 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 all three sources of law: statutes, regulations, and case law. This course differs from Business Law I. This course includes more of the specific law that is written for specific business situations. The student will gain an advanced understanding of law governing business: debtor-creditor relationships, business organizations, government regulation, property and its protection, the international legal environment, and other topics. The student's knowledge of business law will increase in areas related to new developments in technology, especially computers and the Internet. In addition, the student will examine important cases, statutes, and regulation
Course: LAW210 Title: Contract Administration Credits: 3
  This course will provide learning opportunities for negotiation and administration of supply contracts. (This course is analogous to the Defense Acquisition University's Contracting 290). Course theory will focus on the interpretation and implementation of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and will cover all phases of the acquisition life cycle starting with acquisition strategy planning and market research to ending with contract closeout. The phases to be particularly examined will be those that encompass negotiation between the government and the contractor such as negotiating a contract modification, resolving protests, and settling a contract termination. Students will work on case studies to simulate negotiating and administering contracts in a supply environment. Research, analysis, communication, and critical thinking skills will be utilized by the student to solve complex contracting problems. The breadth of material may permit students to also apply the course concep
Course: FIN310 Title: Procurement Pricing Analysis Credits: 3
  This is a comprehensive course designed to convey a thorough understanding of the price evaluation process. The topics range from understanding the cost and price environment to documenting the award decision. The student will gain knowledge in the competitive and financial environment related to price proposals by learning the techniques of cost and price analysis, life-cycle costing, return on investment and cost-benefit analysis.
Course: BUS491 Title: Procurement and Contract Capstone Credits: 3
  In this course, students will gain an understanding of the value and importance of leadership development in successful contracting (buying/selling) and acquisition organizations. Through realistic scenario-based learning, students will discuss and practice the development of sound business solutions as a valued strategic and expert business advisor. Students will learn to analyze complex contracting situations with emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, research, and risk reduction. Exercises and a case study are designed to contribute real solutions on real contracting and acquisition problems.
Program Core: 39
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Course: IS242 Title: Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  This course covers the principles of managing information systems in the context of an enterprise. Topics include coverage of information technology in management, information systems in decision-making, planning of information systems, systems development, controls and security measures, and electronic commerce.
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: 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: ECN201 Title: Microeconomics Credits: 3
  This course provides the student with a sound foundation in economic thinking that is central to business. Topics that are covered include: supply and demand, opportunity costs, elasticities, utility theory, the economic concept of the firm, the relationship between costs and capital in the short-run, and in the long-run, competition, monopoly, anti-trust laws, and public and private goods.
Course: ECN206 Title: Macroeconomics Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides an overview of current and traditional concerns and methods of macroeconomics. Topics that are covered include: economic growth, unemployment inflation, government deficits, monetary policy, investment and capital, the role and methods of the Federal Reserve, Keynesian and monetarist theories and comparative advantage.
Course: ACC220 Title: Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  This introductory financial accounting course introduces the student to the important role of financial accounting in modernbusiness. 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 decisionmaking. 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, breakeven 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: 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: 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: HRM340 Title: Human Resource Management Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a comprehensive review of the concepts and techniques associated with strategic human resource management (HRM) in an emerging global context. Key issues examined are the legal, ethical, and regulatory nature of the business environment. Also studied are the specific technical areas of job evaluation, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, training and development, performance appraisal and employee relations. Of particular importance is the examination of such areas as technology, international staffing, and global competition.
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: 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: BUS499 Title: Business Policy and Strategy Credits: 3
  This advanced course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive review of management and the total business enterprise. Students learn strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation concepts and techniques through an applied project. Students use this new knowledge, coupled with knowledge acquired from other courses, to chart the future direction of different types of organizations. The course 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 practicalapplication of business theory to business problems through a course project and the choice of an exam or internship opportunity. The internship opportunity is arranged by the student and approved by the instructor. This internship option is not available to students who are Ohio residents due to state requirements. Ohio students taking BUS499 must complete the examination that is part of
General Education: 42
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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: English Composition Credits: 6
Course: Math Credits: 6
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: 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: Natural/Physical Science Credits: 3
Course: Computer Science Credits: 3
Course: CS155 Title: Computer Applications for Business Credits: 3
  This course explores applications within the Microsoft Office Suite with an emphasis on the tools needed in a business context. While covering Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, focus is placed on the use of Excel for analyzing and presenting data. Techniques for the creation of professional documents are addressed.
Course: Oral Communication Credits: 6
Course: Humanities and Fine Arts Credits: 6
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: Social/Behavioral Science Credits: 9

English Composition courses must be EN101 or above.