Aug 18, 2022  
2021-2022 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2021-2022 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, and/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 the fundamental business skills to become an effective manager in either public or private institutions, in start up or established organizations.

The highly flexible degree is especially well suited for students with significant transfer potential, typically through community college articulation agreements and specialty programs, such as our banking major, developed though a long established partnership with the Center for Financial Training/Northern New England, where students apply credits earned through the Center towards their major requirements. 

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 can transfer in up to 90 credits to the 120 semester-hour credit program.  30 semester-hour credits must be completed at Saint Joseph’s College. Transfer credit can be applied to general education, general elective, business core or business elective requirements. 

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

  1. The general BSBA degree option:  Consists of 120 credits hours, including 42 credits of General Education Requirements, 39 credits of core business requirements, 12 business elective credits and 27 general elective credits. At least 18 credits of the business core must be completed at Saint Joseph’s College. 
  2. The specialty focus BSBA option (major)When choosing the major option, note the following for each.
    • Banking Major - Consists of 120 credit hours, including 42 credits of General Education Requirements, 36 credits of core business requirements and 30 banking major credits and 9 business elective credits and 3 general elective credits. Follow the link for details about specific transfer coursework. 
    • Check back for added options.  


Graduate Degree Options

For those considering a graduate degree in business or accounting, please check out the following options.

Master of Accountancy  

Master of Business Administration (MBA)   (MBA) page.

Fast Track to Leadership MBA  or the Master of Business Administration (Leadership MBA)  


General Education Requirements

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 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:  39 credits of core business requirements, 12 business elective credits. 

Business Administration Degree with Banking Major - 36 credits of core business requirements and 30 banking major credits and 9 business elective credits.

Business Electives

12 Credits (general degree option)

9 Credits (major option)

Students may choose from any of the course offerings pertaining to business described in the catalog.  See list of suggested electives below. 

Note:  Students interested in CPA licensure should determine their state’s accounting coursework requirements to in order to choose appropriate electives.

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