Business Administration

Undergraduate Major - 58 Credit Hours
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With a strong foundational core of classes, BVU’s business administration major offers relevant curriculum taught by instructors who have been successful in the business world, allowing you to obtain what you need to gain that same success.

Program Description:

The business administration major equips students to understand the fundamentals of good business practices, be conversant in the processes of input procurement, operations and their costs, strategic planning, product placement, financial analysis, and the gains from participation and exchange in numerous markets. The practicality of the courses, combined with their breadth, utilize the common business core as a foundation on which to build, expand, and sharpen one’s analytical skills and theoretical understandings. The program emphasizes the tools, skills and abilities needed to utilize one’s talents in a wide variety of profit and not-for-profit, goods and service providing businesses.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Human resources manager
  • Financial manager
  • Business executive
  • Operations manager
  • Loan officer
  • Carroll
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Le Mars
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Online
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Common Business Core

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 206 Management Science
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 492 Business Policy and Strategy
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing

Business Administration Major Courses

  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • ECON 306 Managerial Economics
  • FNBK 322 Analysis of Financial Statement
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior
  • MGMT 465 Production and Operations Management

Business Administration Electives (choose 3 from)

  • ACCT 415 Individual Taxation
  • ECON 405 International Economics
  • FNBK 301 Personal Finance
  • MRKT 340 Business Marketing
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
Admissions criteria for the Business Administration program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Business Administration program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov.
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java (Java.com). Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).

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