Kacey Spencer (B.S. ’08, MBA ’20)
Completing my degree gave me such a feeling of accomplishment that I actually achieved my goal and finished something that I started.
B.S. in Business
Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration
Dig into a diverse range of highly applicable business topics such as economics, marketing and management. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, our business administration program is intentionally designed to meet you as a student online or on-campus, empowering you with a high-quality degree you can trust.
- Grand Rapids
- Official college and/or military transcripts
- CLEP and DANTES transcripts (if applicable)
- International Students: TOEFL or IELTS score
Unlock your next step equipped with foundational business skills. With hundreds of career options across a range of industries, you can open doors that meet your God-given potential.
- Public relations
- Small business administration
Of students work while pursuing a degree.
Online bachelor’s programs ranked No. 2 in Michigan (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).
Of faculty members are professing believers of Jesus Christ.
Next Program Start
Pursue your calling on your own schedule with flexible course scheduling and on-campus and online format options.
Fall 2023: Classes Start on Aug. 30, 2023
Fall 2023: Classes Start on Oct. 25, 2023
Spring 2024: Classes Start on Jan. 16, 2024
Spring 2024: Classes Start on Mar. 13, 2024
Develop core business principles as you continue your desired career path. Courses in this bachelor’s degree program expand your knowledge and inspire opportunities for meaningful applications in your current or aspired work.
In addition to the courses listed here, you may also need additional elective credits to complete the required 120 total credits for your bachelor’s degree. If you are accepted into a program, your academic adviser can help you figure out how many credits you need and add them to your schedule.
BUS-302 Principles of Self-Management in Business
An examination of personal strengths and identification of areas that may assist in personal and professional growth, particularly in a business setting. Self-management includes the development of communication and management of individual and professional priorities. Emphasis is also placed on the nurture and development of personal faith and Christcentered worldview. Other topics include communication processes within teams and cross-functional groups, goal setting and time and project management.
ENG-119 Professional Writing
The study and practice of the various writing styles and skills required in a professional setting with emphasis on clear, concise expression aimed at a specific audience for a specific purpose. The course includes a library and research component, writing of professional letters, compilation of reports and graphs, use of computer technology and the writing of a research paper documented by APA standards. (Satisfies general education English requirement.)
COM-211 Professional Communication
An overview of the communication process in organizations with emphasis on oral presentation skills. (Satisfies general education speech requirement.)
ECN-311 Managerial Economics
A survey of microeconomic/macroeconomic theory as related to the manager’s environment. Topics include an introduction to theories of consumer behavior, product demand, cost and supply, production, the firm and its markets, capital and pricing factors, theories of national income determination, consumption, investment, savings, business cycles and monetary and fiscal policy.
BUS-401 Business Ethics and Values
A study of representative theories as they relate to various contemporary problems in business. Special consideration is given to the application of Christian ethical principles, values clarification and decision making.
MGT-314 Management and Leadership
An examination of current leadership theories and their application to management problems. Leadership behavior and its relationship to both organizational structure and individual personality style is discussed, with an emphasis on the application of leadership theories to actual situations.
BUS-219 Business Technology
A study of emerging technological issues facing management in order to enable students to integrate technology with business strategy. Topics include E-commerce, management information systems, strategic information systems, decision support systems, executive information systems and issues of technology and culture.
MKT-351 Fundamentals of Applied Marketing Management
This course focuses on the application of marketing principles for the 21st-century organizations with a focus on the traditional areas of product, pricing, distribution and promotion but also the ways in which technology and globalization have changed the marketing landscape for managers.
BUS-318 Global Business Perspectives
An in-depth study of globalization and various global business practices. Emphasis is given to a review of global organizations and global business models in various parts of the world. Topics explored include organizational culture, global strategy, cultural intelligence and emerging markets.
BUS-212 Statistics for Managers
A study of the descriptive and inferential data analysis tools necessary for managers and leaders to make data-driven decisions in the 21st-century knowledge economy. Emphasis will be given to central tendencies, variation, probability, the standard error, and basic data analysis tools for problems managers will face in the performance of their professional practice.
BUS-362 Legal Business Environment
A study of the legal foundations of business for managers in the 21st-century workplace. A priority will be given to the various areas of administrative law, agency, and employment law applicable for sound business decision-making. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of legal concepts in business and the ways in which a Christ-centered worldview and the Christian virtues inform business law concepts.
ACC-324 Principles of Financial Accounting
An examination of the development and use of accounting information for the purposes of planning, control and decision-making. Topics include accounting cycles, asset valuation, liabilities, forms of owner’s equity and income determination.
ACC-325 Managerial Accounting
A focus on managerial accounting, cost accounting, managerial performance reports, segment reporting, variable costs, cost, profit and volume analysis, capital budgeting and interpretation of published financial statements. Prerequisites: ACC-324 and ECN-311.
FIN-345 Financial Management
A study of the fundamentals of finance as they relate to management. Through fast-paced discussion, students will review basic concepts of accounting, finance, economics and international monetary issues. Specific topics will include review of basic organizational financial statements, ration analysis, debt and equity securities, security valuation and time value of money. Prerequisites: ECN-311, ACC-324 and ACC-325.
MGT-433 Strategic Business Foundation
A case study course with application made to major functions of business within the context of social, technological, economic, political and physical environment. Completion of all courses in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Leadership program is necessary for the successful completion of this course.
Program Learning Outcomes
The field of business is vast. Open new doors for you to pursue your future with our practical and theory-informed degree in business.
Proficiency in Terminology, Theories, Concepts, Practices and Skills
Students will demonstrate proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to business administration in the 21st-century workforce. In accomplishing this objective, you will be able to:
- Explain key terms and concepts related to core business competencies and practices.
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental business administration skills and their related disciplines.
- Recommend and defend business administration concepts and techniques for complex business-related issues.
- Appraise business administration solutions applicable to organizational effectiveness.
Competency in Applying Knowledge to Address Real-Life Problems
Students will exhibit competency in applying your knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort. At the end of this program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate emotional intelligence and personal management skills germane to the needs of 21st-century business employers.
- Collaborate with others in achieving shared objectives of the business administration program.
- Exhibit business writing and speaking skills desired by employers in the 21st-century workplace.
- Use knowledge of empirical and theoretical research to solve 21st-century business issues, challenges and problems.
Integration of Traditional and Non-Traditional Cognitive Skills
Students will demonstrate your ability to integrate traditional and normative skills expected of students in the liberal arts tradition, including analytical skills, information literacy, quantitative competency and communicative fluency.
Students will demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues within the 21st-century business workplace.
Articulation of a Christ-Centered Worldview
Students will articulate a Christ-centered worldview to include its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.
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