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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Business Administration (BSBA)

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The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration meets the needs of those who wish to become effective managers of people, projects, or their own business. The curriculum has been developed by professionals with both business and academic expertise. Courses require students to apply what they have learned to a work setting and thus are able to immediately test their personal and professional skills. The program’s goal is to ensure that the graduate will have acquired those sound analytical skills that are necessary to become an effective manager in either public or private institutions. Although not required, majors offered are in Management, *Accounting, Sales & Marketing and Banking (in collaboration with the Center for Financial Training/Northern New England).  Also offered are majors in the high employment potential fields of Accounting Information Systems and Information Technology Management.

The program outcomes for the Business Administration degree include the abilities to:

  • Acquire various bodies of knowledge and competencies within specific areas of study or individual fields.
  • Demonstrate critical writing, thinking, calculating, and communication proficiencies.
  • Acquire broad areas of human knowledge to develop intellectual capacity and deepen insight within general fields of study.
  • Understand the foundation of ethical and professional standards including those specific to a field of study.
  • Develop a foundation for lifelong learning.
  • Obtain credential or degree needed to advance or enter professional career related to each field.


Students enrolled in the program must earn 128 semester-hour credits, 25% of which must be completed through Saint Joseph’s College. Students may enroll in the general business administration program to maximize transfer credit options or choose a major.  Please see each major for any unique requirements.

Choose from 2 Options: General BSBA, or, BSBA with Major

There are two primary degree completion options that can be considered based on the best overall strategy (including transfer credit) for the individual applicant.

  1. For the general degree option, students may transfer up to 30 general elective credits and 15 business elective credits. Scroll down the page to learn more about the requirements for this option.

  2. When choosing the major option, students may transfer up to 21 general elective credits and 9 business elective credits for each of the five areas of focus.  Please click on the links to learn more about each major:

Business Electives

  • The general degree option consists of 15 business elective credits.
  • The Accounting, Banking, Management and Sales & Marketing major degree options each consist of 9 business elective credits.

Master of Accountancy

Especially for those with serious goals of becoming a licensed CPA, the BSBA with an Accounting major can accelerate your progress.  Accepted students who elect to take two courses in each of the five ten week terms of the graduate program can complete the program in one year!

To learn more about admission requirements and waivers, please visit the Master of Accountancy page.

It is highly recommended that students in the Accounting major determine their state’s accounting coursework requirements to choose appropriate business electives.


General Education Requirements 2017

Beginning July 1, 2017, new general education requirements (listed below) become effective for online, undergraduate students at Saint Joseph’s College.  The college’s general education curriculum is a set of courses that reflect the college’s vision of what it means to be an educated person.  It is the heart of our baccalaureate education, and provides the grounding for the student’s major course of study. The core curriculum supports key parts of the college’s mission: to encourage students to explore widely the arts and sciences while they also prepare to lead ethical and meaningful lives and to enhance students’ awareness of human dignity and the meaning of life.  Moreover, the general education curriculum supports several of SJC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.  Specifically:

  • Identify and apply the ethical and moral dimensions of their particular field of study;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in both written and oral formats;
  • Engage in responsible citizenship, social justice, and environmental stewardship;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate information from diverse sources and perspectives.

The new requirements consist of four learning themes: Foundations for College Level Thinking, The Human Condition and Human Story, Nature & Society, and Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge.  The online general education requirements are aligned with the on-campus core.  Note: Some academic programs have minor variations in general education requirements. Please talk to your Advisor or Admissions Counselor for more information.  



General Education Requirements (42 credits)

Foundations for College Level Thinking (3 courses)

The Human Condition and the Human Story (6 courses)

Nature and Society (3 courses)

Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge (2 courses)

Core Business Requirements

(General Business Administration Degree:  54 semester-hour credits, inclusive of 15 credits of business electives)

(Business Administration Degree with major:  63 semester-hour credits, inclusive of 9 credits of business electives)

Business Electives

15 Credits (general degree option)

9 Credits (major option)

Students may choose from any of the course offerings pertaining to business described in the catalog.  Elective course options are not limited to, but can include, additional courses pertaining to the major.  See list of suggested electives below.


  • Students in the Accounting major should determine their state’s accounting coursework requirements to choose appropriate electives.

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