B.S. Business Administration

Develop core skills with an online business administration degree

Businesses flourish when they're managed well, inside and out. Effective business management takes a 360-degree understanding of the entire operation, including finances, marketing, ethics and corporate responsibility. With Franklin's transfer-friendly Business Administration bachelor's degree program, you'll get the broadest view of business operations, opening up a wide variety of business career paths. (Good thing, considering the average person changes jobs 10 times in a career lifetime.)

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IACBE Accredited

Our program follows best-practice standards for business education.

Personalize Your Major

Choose elective courses that align with your interests.

Finish Faster

Transfer up to 94 previously earned college credits.

Real-World Practitioners

Learn from experienced business professionals.

Convenient Classes

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Invaluable Experience

Learn from real-world simulation experiences.

Business Administration Degree Overview

Elevate your knowledge with a career-focused business degree

With Franklin's online Business Administration degree program, you’re preparing for a lifetime of career opportunities across virtually any industry. You’ll learn the core functions of business, giving you a holistic perspective of how each area contributes to overall success.

You’ll also acquire essential skill sets employers are seeking, such as business strategy, management and operations, marketing, accounting, finance, and business ethics.

Gain experience that prepares you for a variety of business jobs & careers

At Franklin, you’ll also get practical experience through hands-on business classes and projects—the kind of experience that attracts employers. As part of your online business degree courses, you’ll create a strategic plan for an organizational scenario presented through a multimedia simulation program. You’ll start with performing a strategic competitive analysis, then formulate recommendations, before recommending a strategic implementation plan, including a complete risk assessment and contingency plan for an entire organization.

Tailor your business degree program to your career path and earn your degree faster

In addition to getting relevant studies and real-world experience, Franklin lets you customize your business administration major for maximum impact and opportunity. That means you’ll stand out even more among a pool of degreed candidates. From 60 major area elective courses, you can select up to four courses (16 credit hours) to suit your personality, leverage your talents and interests, and build on your professional experiences.

Finish faster by transferring credits to our accredited business administration degree program

Franklin's transfer-friendly policies let you bring more of your credits into our Business Administration program than most other institutions. That means you’ll save time and tuition. If you have previous college credits or think you may want to switch majors, Franklin’s online business degree program is the smarter choice.

At Franklin, you’ll learn from credentialed practitioners who freely share their years of professional experience to your benefit. They’ll show you how to apply business theory best practices to real-world situations through individual and team assignments in our small, interactive classes. And, Franklin’s Business Administration B.S. program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business, so you know you’re earning a respected degree with value in the workplace.

Earn your business degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at our Main Campus. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

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Sarah D.

B.S. Business Administration '20

"This accomplishment means everything to me. Being a single mom, working full time, and going to school definitely required a lot of faith, strength and dedication - but I did it!"

IACBE Accredited Program

The Ross College of Business at Franklin University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, click here.

Business Administration Courses & Curriculum

124 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education
English Composition
ENG 120 - College Writing (4)

In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

Mathematics
MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)

This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.

Choose either MATH 140 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning or MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite to MATH 215. Course can count as a University Elective.

Social and Behavioral Sciences
ECON 220 - Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)

An introduction to economic theory involving the basic underlying causes and principles of the operation of an economic system. Emphasis is placed on studying the economy as a whole. Issues of inflation, unemployment, taxation, business cycles and growth are discussed in the context of the global economic system.

2 credits from the following types of courses:
Choose from the Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology disciplines.

Science

6 credits from the following types of courses:
Two courses from the Science discipline. One course must have a lab component.

Arts & Humanities

6 credits from the following types of courses:
Choose from the Art, English Literature, Fine Arts, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Religion or Theater disciplines.

Additional General Education
PF 121 - Basic Learning Strategies (2)

This course introduces students to the Franklin University community and provides strategies for successful transition to and participation in that community. Topics include University resources and procedures, strategies for advancing communication skills, the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments, and the development of an academic and career plan.

OR PF 321 - Learning Strategies (2)

This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.

COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)

By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.

OR SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)

This public-speaking course emphasizes the fundamentals of extemporaneous speaking. Skill-building activities and assignments focus on research, organization, reasoning, style and delivery of presentations as well as listening and audience engagement.

ENG 205 - Business & Professional Writing (4)

This is an intermediate composition course focusing on writing for business and professional purposes. Students will review the writing conventions commonly expected within business and professional environments, as well as strategies for analyzing rhetorical situations within those environments. Coursework includes analysis, revision, and research exercises, as well as substantial practice in composing business correspondence. The final project is an extensive, researched business proposal developed in stages and presented to the class. Students will be encouraged to relate course materials to their major programs and workplace experiences.

Major Foundational

Completion of ACCT 215 - Financial Accounting & ACCT 225 - Managerial Accounting can fulfill the ACCT 202 requirement.

ACCT 202 - Financial/Managerial Acct for Non-Majors (4)

This course is an introduction to financial and managerial accounting. It is designed for non-accounting majors. Financial accounting emphasizes how general purpose financial statements communicate information about the business's performance and position for users external to management. It emphasizes how the accountant processes and presents the information. The course also examines the major elements of the financial statements. The managerial accounting portion of the course studies internal reporting and decision-making. The course assists those who wish to learn "what the numbers mean" in a clear, concise and conceptual manner without focusing on the mechanical aspects of the accounting process.

BSAD 220 - Business Law (4)

A study of the everyday legal problems encountered in business with emphasis on the areas of legal procedure, contracts, agency, employment law, business organizations and torts, with cases relating to these and other areas.

ECON 210 - Introduction to Microeconomics (4)

An introduction to economic theory involving the examination of how decision making by firms and individuals is shaped by economic forces. Emphasis is placed on demand, supply, market equilibrium analysis, and basic market structure models. The invisible hand as the driving force for economic decisions as well as market externalities are discussed. The class concentrates on providing a balanced approach to studying economic agents' behavior and the global implications and outcomes.

FINA 301 - Principles of Finance (4)

This course is designed to survey the field of finance and provide the foundation for more advanced finance coursework. Topics include sources of business and financial information, financial statement analysis, the time value of money, the nature and measurement of risk, financial institutions, investments and corporate finance.

MGMT 312 - Principles of Management (4)

This course explores the basic concepts and processes of management. Students will explore the functional roles and processes of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling comprising the manager role. Students develop skills related to the manager function that are required in today's competitive environment.

MKTG 300 - Marketing (4)

Theory, strategies and methods are foundational to the informed practice of marketing. Students investigate the importance of marketing to an organization or cause, the interrelationship of the difference phases of marketing, the marketing of goods versus services, analysis and identification of markets, pricing strategies and digital marketing tactics.

Major Area Required
BSAD 320 - Quant & Qual Methods for Decision Making (4)

This course focuses on the development of individual and team decision-making and problem solving skills. Real world domestic and global issues will be analyzed, diagnosed, and evaluated through the application of a variety of quantitative and qualitative tools and techniques used to arrive at effective decisions and solutions.

BSAD 460 - Business Ethics for Leaders (4)

This course focuses on the application and evaluation of scholarly articles, case studies, and real-life ethical dilemmas using an ethical decision-making model. Students will evaluate personal value systems; individual, leadership driven, organizational, and community ethical issues; and the social responsibilities of global organizations. The course will culminate in an in-depth analysis of a real-life ethical dilemma based on an authentic organization.

BSAD 495 - Business Administration Capstone (4)

This course serves as the Capstone for the Business Administration major. The purpose of the course is to integrate all prior learning in business administration, related coursework, and workplace experiences to individually assess an organization. Three major components comprise the course: the strategic analysis of an organization; the development of a forward looking strategy with competitive, ethical, and global considerations; and the development of an implementation plan.

Major Electives

20 credits from the following subjects: ACCT, AMGT, BSAD, COMM, ECON, EGMT, ENTR, FINA, FPLN, HCM, HIM, HRM, MGMT, MKTG, OSCM, PBRL, PSYC, RMI, SPM, excluding levels 100-200.

In addition, any 300 or 400 level courses used to fulfill a minor as listed in the Academic Catalog may be used. The following courses can also be used: BUSA 200, DATA 300, PF 106, ACCT 215, and ACCT 225. To determine if a course, other than those listed, could be used as a Major Area Elective consult with an academic advisor.

University Electives

32 credits from the following types of courses:
Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass PF 121 Basic Learning Strategies in place of PF 321 Learning Strategies. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

Business Administration Degree Requirements & Outcomes

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B.S. Business Administration '20

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B.S. Business Administration '20

“Achieving my degree is a goal I set many years ago. I am proud and excited to see the new opportunities this will lead me to on a new career journey.”

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"Franklin taught me how to be a more effective leader. I learned I don't always have to be out in front and in charge to be a leader. Effective leaders identify the strengths of every person to advance the team."

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B.S. Business Administration '20

“This accomplishment means everything to me. Being a single mom, working full time, and going to school definitely required a lot of faith, strength and dedication - but I did it!”

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Business Administration Jobs & Opportunities

Account Manager

Account Managers cultivate client relationships, serving as the primary liaison between the client and the client account team.

Business Analyst

Business Analysts gather business requirements, assess needs, determine technical requirements and establish corresponding project plans.

Business Consultant

Business Consultants assess organizational processes and practices in order to make recommendations that help maximize productivity and profitability.

Customer Service Manager

Customer Service Managers establish and implement policies for dealing with customers, work to ensure customer satisfaction, and resolve customer concerns.

Department Manager

Department Managers oversee a business or employee group, ensuring effective operations or production in order to achieve objectives and profitability.

Division Manager

Division Managers oversee, review, and direct the actions of team assignments and projects, ensuring employees meet goals, deliverables, and deadlines.

General Manager

General Managers ensure smooth, efficient, and profitable operations by planning and directing a company’s resources, suppliers, and activities.

Planning Analyst

Planning Analysts research and report data regarding cost, feasibility, and profitability on short- and long-range strategic plans.

Sales Manager

Sales Managers direct the business development activities of sales personnel, ensuring revenue targets are met or exceeded.

Small Business Owner

Small Business Owners plan, direct, and manage all functions from operations to marketing to accounting, ensuring business health and profitability.

Store manager

Store Managers oversee employee activities and production, including hiring and training, ensuring that employees maintain productivity levels and meet sales goals.

Supervisor

Supervisors organize and manage staff and resources to ensure performance, quality, cost containment, and safety.

Business Administration Career Outlook

5%

From 2021-2031 jobs in Business Administration are expected to increase by 5%.

All Occupations

2021
21,366,677 jobs
2031
22,481,983 jobs
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General and Operations Managers

2021
2,512,817 jobs
2031
2,705,137 jobs

Sales Managers

2021
417,349 jobs
2031
442,650 jobs

Management Analysts

2021
949,506 jobs
2031
1,063,271 jobs


Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

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