School of Business

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Online Collaborative

Business administrators handle a company's operational, organizational, and managerial responsibilities, requiring skills in a range of areas. This program may be of special interest to working adults with some college credit, seeking to advance their business career. According to the 2015 National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook Survey, over 80 percent of responding employers plan to hire a graduate with a business-related degree. 

The Chancellors' Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) exposes you to the core concepts of each business discipline, including economics, management, quantitative business analysis, finance, marketing, information systems, and more. You utilize qualitative and quantitative analysis to identify innovative and creative business solutions and anticipate outcomes. You identify and use appropriate technology and information systems to find and present data effectively. You also learn to recognize the influence of national, international, and intercultural factors on strategic choices.

As a student in the program, you learn to work effectively as both a member and a leader in team problem-solving and decision-making situations, incorporate the perspectives and contributions of individuals from diverse groups to create inclusive work environments, demonstrate professional preparation and conduct to meet professional standards in business settings, and employ multiple mediums of communication in a variety of business settings to express, assimilate, and analyze information and ideas to facilitate collaboration and achieve goals.

Your degree affords a broad foundation for work in multiple job sectors, including retail, education, finance, international commerce, manufacturing, government, private business, the arts, and healthcare, in such positions as:

  • Sales manager
  • Accountant
  • Human resources manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Advertising executive
  • Commercial loan officer
  • Chief executive officer
  • Finance officer
  • Market research analyst


The schools of business at Indiana University (IU) Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Business and Economics at IU East is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and it is a candidate for the initial AACSB International accreditation. Indiana University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the Chancellors' BS in Business Administration, you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. You may be able to transfer up to 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • General education courses (30-42 credit hours)
  • Business foundations courses (27 credit hours)
  • Business core courses (34 credit hours)
  • General elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

Important Student Milestones

For students early in their program, the Chancellors' BS in Business Administration will use three degree milestones as indicators of student progress. The milestones are tied to introductory level classes which are foundational to the degree. Attainment of these milestones will satisfy pre-requisites for certain higher-level required courses.

  • BSBA Mathematics Proficiency Milestone - Represents completion of the general education quantitative reasoning requirement of your home campus of enrollment and a passing grade in MATH-M 118.
  • BSBA Gateway Milestone - Represents 30 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and ENG-W 131 with a grade of C or better.
  • BSBA Foundations Milestone - Represents:
    • The BSBA Mathematics Proficiency Milestone
    • The Business Gateway Milestone
    • The social and/or behavioral science general education requirement of your home campus (usually introductory psychology and/or sociology)
    • The 9 BSBA Foundation courses

Student Services

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU


Application Deadline

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Admission requirements vary.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states.

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts.
  3. Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants).
  4. International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  5. This program is offered by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus.

Core Courses

Fundamentals of Business (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-B 190 Principles of Business Administration
  • BUS-W 100 Principles of Business Administration
  • BUS-X 100 Introduction to Business

Microeconomics (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • ECON-E 103 Introduction to Mircoeconomics
  • ECON-E 201 Introduction to Microeconomics

Macroeconomics (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ECON-E 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics

Financial Accounting (3 cr.)

  • BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 

Business Computing (3 cr.)

  • BUS-K 201 The Computer in Business

Legal Environment of Business (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-L 201 Legal Environment of Business
  • BUS-L 203 Business Law I 

Statistics for Business (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • ECON-E 270 Introduction to Statistical Theory in Economics & Business
  • ECON-E 370 Stat Analysis for Bus. and Econ
  • STAT-S 301 Business Statistics

Business Communications (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-X 204 Business Communications
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing
  • ENG-W 232 Intro to Business Writing 
  • ENG-W 234 Technical Report Writing
  • SPCH-S 223 Business and Professional Speaking

Marketing (3 cr.)

  • BUS-M 301 Introduction to Marketing Management m; international aspects 

Finance (3 cr.)

  • BUS-F 301 Financial Management 

Operations (3 cr.)

  • BUS-P 301 Operations Management 

International Business (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-D 300 International Business Administration
  • BUS-D 301 The International Business Environment

Information Systems (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-K 321 Management and Information Systems/Technology
  • BUS-S 302 Management Information Systems
  • IIM-I 300 Foundations and Principles of IIM

Analytics and Decision Modeling (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-K 302 Introduction to Management Science
  • BUS-K 312 Decision Modeling
  • BUS-K 353 Business Analytics and Modelling

Entrepreneurism (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-W 311 New Venture Creation/ Small Bus. Entrepreneurship
  • BUS-W 406 Venture Growth Management

Leadership and Teamwork (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-Z 301 Organizational Behavior & Leadership
  • BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-W 301 Management & Organization Theory
  • BUS-Z 440 Personnel - Human Resource Workplace Management

Business Ethics (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-B 399 Business and Society
  • BUS-J 404 Business and Society
  • BUS-W 320 Leadership and Ethics in Business

Professional and Career Skills (3 cr.) (choose 1)

  • BUS-X 310 Business Career Planning & Placement
  • BUS-X 410 Career Perspectives

Strategic Management/Capstone (3-4 cr.) (choose 1)

BUS-J 401 Administrative Policy

BUS-J 403 Management Capstone

Managerial Accounting (3 cr.)

  • BUS-A 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 

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