The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program provides a broad and encompassing academic degree based on significant and substantial undergraduate level of exploration in the selected specialization. This program will prepare our undergraduates for employment and/or graduate school by offering a wide range of fundamental courses and the flexibility to develop targeted expertise.

Bachelor of Business Administration Program Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree are:

General Degree Requirements

The Bachelor's Degree in Business requires 120 semester credit hours.

The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of "C" or better.

Credit Hour Requirements

Total - 120 credit hours

Time to Completion

Normal time to completion for this program is 53 months. Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most Northcentral students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 30 months.

BBA Foundational Degree Requirements

Business graduates are expected to have a basic knowledge of economic institutions, the complex relationships that exist between business, government, and consumers, and a basic knowledge of the functional areas of business. Business students share the 11 Common Professional Components (CPCs) required by ACBSP accreditation.

Students in the BBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the fundamental and specialization requirements of each program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students' Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

Required Foundations courses must be taken first and in sequence.  

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Business Foundational Courses: 33 credit hours

LS3010-8

Foundations for Undergraduate Study

BUS4019-8

Ethics in Business

ACT4050-8

Managerial Accounting

BUS3001-8

Basic Business Law

BUS3003-8  

Computer Information Systems

BUS3004-8  

Economics

BUS4000-8

Essentials of Marketing

BUS4001-8

Small Business Management

BUS4003-8

Money, Banking, and Business Finance

BUS4020-8

The Dimensions of Global Business

BUS4025-8

Introduction to Business Statistical Analysis

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours

Undergraduate Electives** - 30 credit hours

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Students may select any undergraduate Northcentral course to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals.

Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

SKS4000-8

Comprehensive Strategic Knowledge Studies Capstone*

*SKS4000 is the last course students take within the BBA

BBA Specializations

The following BBA specializations are offered in the Undergraduate program:

Courses taken to satisfy the foundational requirements may not be counted toward a specialization.

Students who complete at least 18 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at Northcentral University (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma. A specialization is not required and students may elect 18 credit hours of cross-discipline business courses. Elective courses must be appropriate to the student's degree program.

Accounting Specialization

Accounting is the process of systematically collecting, analyzing, and reporting financial information. In this specialization students study the following processes of accounting methods: finance, financial management, cost accounting, taxation, implementing computer methods, and auditing. This specialization is designed to prepare students for entry level accounting positions in profit, not-for-profit and governmental environments. At end of this Accounting specialization, students will complete a final written research project requiring the student to demonstrate the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Accounting Specialization Learning Outcomes

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

ACT4013-8

Computerized Accounting

ACT4040-8

Financial Accounting

ACT4051-8

Intermediate Accounting I

ACT4052-8

Intermediate Accounting II

ACT4053-8

Cost Accounting

ACT4064-8

Advanced Accounting

ACT4065-8

Tax Accounting

ACT4067-8

Auditing

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Applied Computer Science Specialization

The Applied Computer Science specialization is designed to provide preparation for professional careers in the areas of software and network administration. In this specialization students study design methods for solving problems using computers, programming, operating systems, networks, and compilers. Students will learn to use software tools to design, test, and document large programs using software engineering. At the end of the Applied Computer Science specialization, students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Applied Computer Science Learning Outcomes

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

CS4000-8

Introduction to Computers and Information

CS4001-8

Computer Operating Systems

CS4006-8

Professional and Technical Writing

CS4009-8

The Internet

CS4010-8

Inside LAN Networks

CS4011-8

Network Administration

CS4012-8

Presentation Software

CS4017-8

Web Technology and Development

CS4018-8

Computer Systems Architecture

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Criminal Justice Specialization

The Criminal Justice Specialization is designed to provide knowledge of the global multicultural network connecting distinct legal traditions and codes which operate within a worldwide venue. In this specialization students study the coordination of local, state, Federal, and multinational organizations and international resources at home and abroad. Students in the undergraduate Criminal Justice specialization will explore how the global multicultural network connects distinct legal traditions, ethics policing, both domestically and internationally. The specialization also covers the detailed study of criminal gangs and the collection and use of evidence. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Criminal Justice Specialization Learning Outcomes

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

CJ4000-8

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ4001-8

Introduction to Law Enforcement

CJ4002-8

Criminology

CJ4006-8

Corrections

CJ4010-8

Law Enforcement and the Community

CJ4011-8

Research Methods for Criminal Justice

CJ4013-8

Introduction to Criminal Law

CJ4014-8

Criminal Court Process

CJ4015-8

Law Enforcement and Management

CJ4017-8

Introduction to Corporate/Private Security

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Homeland Security Specialization

The Homeland Security specialization is designed to prepare undergraduate students in emergency preparedness, maritime security, air and ground transportation security, intelligence management, protection, cyberterrorism, biological terrorism, public health management, and the Incident Command system. Students in this specialization will study issues critical in the development of public service programs in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management fields. At the end of the Homeland Security specialization, students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend plan of preventative action.

Homeland Security Specialization Learning Outcomes:

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

HS4000-8

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

HS4001-8

Terrorism and Homeland Security

HS4002-8

Maritime Security

HS4003-8

Ground Transportation Security

HS4004-8

Air Transportation Security

HS4005-8

Incident Management

HS4006-8

Homeland Security Strategy

HS4007-8

Intelligence Support to Homeland Security

HS4008-8

Protecting Critical Infrastructure

HS4011-8

Risk Management: Analysis and Planning

HS4012-8

Homeland Security Considerations for Local Government

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Human Resource Management Specialization

The Bachelors in Business Administration with the specialization in Human Resource Management will be a study and analysis of issues and situations that affect people in the workplace. The Human Resources Management specialization was developed to prepare the aspiring HR professional to be an integral member of an organization’s team. The world has changed and for the workforce the need to be properly managed and protected is paramount. The Human Resource Manager has become an important focal point in assuring the workforce is properly, educated, trained, and managed. The curriculum will develop insight into management structures and processes and to build professional skills in communication, human resources, and management.

Human Resource Management Specialization Learning Outcomes

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

HRM4000-8

Workforce Planning, Recruitment, and Staffing

HRM4001-8

Human Resource Development

HRM4002-8

Compensation and Total Rewards

HRM4003-8

Strategic Issues in Human Resource Management

HRM4004-8

Employment and Labor Law

HRM4005-8

Human Resources Management Capstone

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Management Specialization

The Management specialization is designed to prepare undergraduate students with the conceptual overview of modern theory and practice in the key areas of human resources, operations, marketing, and finance. Students study how to use resources within these functional areas, assign resources and assess an organization. By the end of the specialization, students will have an understanding of the fundamentals of managing an organization and will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Management Specialization Learning Outcomes

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

BUS4002-8

Essentials of Human Resources Management

BUS4004-8

Supervisory Management

BUS4005-8

Career Management and Personal Marketing

BUS4009-8

Administrative Office Management

BUS4010-8

Manufacturing Systems

BUS4099-8

Professional Studies Application Project

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Marketing Specialization

The Marketing specialization is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in marketing concepts, practices, and policies. Students will study demographic, social, economic, technological, environmental, and cultural factors influencing the demands for consumer and industrial goods and services, and understand buyer and seller behaviors. Students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation of a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Marketing Specialization Learning Outcomes

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

BUS4005-8

Career Management and Personal Marketing

BUS4006-8

Advertising

BUS4007-8

Retail Management

BUS4008-8

Sales

CS4006-8

Professional and Technical Writing

CS4012-8

Presentation Software

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.

Project Management

The Bachelors in Project Management (BPM) degree specialization is designed and developed by project management professionals to provide the student with the project management skills, tools, and techniques required to effectively organize and manage projects.  This specialization covers in detail the process and knowledge areas defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK™) and the industry standard for project management.  The goal is to develop a well-skilled project manager or project team member. The degree specialization emphasizes a practical approach to develop project management skills. This specialization integrates a business foundation with the theory and practice of project management.

Project Management Specialization Learning Outcomes

Specialization Courses – 18 credit hours  

Select 6 courses from the following (18 credit hours):

PM4000-8

Introduction to Project Management

PM4001-8

Leadership in Project Management

PM4002-8

Human Capital Management

PM4003-8

Quality and Performance of a Project

PM4004-8

Cost and Scheduling of a Project

PM4005-8

Procurement and Contract Management

PM4006-8

Risk Management

PM4007-8

Project Plan Capstone

**Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic Advisor.