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A Quality Online Business Degree from a Respected University

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program will help you develop the analytical and problem-solving skills that employers are seeking while building a strong foundational knowledge of the functional areas of business, including accounting, management, finance, operations and marketing.

Employment of business occupations in the increasingly complex global business world is projected to grow 10% through 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.*
* U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018

Prepare yourself to meet this demand with a high-quality and affordable undergraduate business degree from UMass Lowell — a trusted public research university.


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aacsb logo The program is offered through UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) — an elite distinction earned by less than five percent of business schools worldwide.

Manning School of Business faculty and instructors are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research, and the program's challenging, relevant curriculum is aligned with current industry trends and employer needs.

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With an undergraduate business degree from UMass Lowell, you will increase your career opportunities, stand out as a job candidate and become part of the next generation of global business leaders by:

  • developing effective business-related communication skills
  • learning how to use both quantitative and qualitative methods for business analysis
  • demonstrating leadership skills and learning how to make valuable contributions as a team member
  • gaining knowledge of industry standard business systems, software and technologies
  • cultivating a strong awareness of the global changes and challenges affecting businesses today

One Success Leads to Another

Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:

Transfer Credits / Credit for Prior Learning

Have you earned credits by taking courses at another accredited college or university in the past? You may be able to count those credits and courses towards your degree at UMass Lowell. Please review our transfer credit policy and email our Advising Center at Continuing_Education@uml.edu for additional details.

Curriculum Outline

- 40 courses/120-122 credits
- For students entering the program in Fall 2018 or after.

Honors Pathway

Students interested in pursuing the honors pathway should review the Recommended Honors Pathway.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA), to present a minimum of 120 semester hours, to fulfill the residency requirements, to conform to the general regulations and requirements of the University, to satisfy the regulations and academic standards of the colleges which exercise jurisdiction over the degrees for which they are matriculating, to satisfy the curriculum requirements established by the departments or programs in their major, and to complete the University's Core Curriculum requirements, which are listed within the program's curriculum outline. For additional information regarding the University's general policies and procedures, transfer credit information and residency requirements; please refer to our Academic Policies & Procedures.

Course Descriptions

Presents a comprehensive, detailed exposure to basic accounting theory. Beginning with the accounting equation, students are introduced to the accounting cycle, preparation of the statement of financial position and the income statement, accounting for assets, liabilities, and stockholders' equity of the firm, and cash flow and financial statement analysis. 3 credits.
Examines the use of accounting systems for managerial decision-making. Budgeting, forecasting, and cost accumulation systems, which relate to manufacturing systems, will be studied. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

ACCT.2010 pre-req

This course will provide a foundational understanding of business, the various types of business organization, the key functional areas of business and how these functional areas are interconnected. Crucial skills such as use of technology, team-building, information literacy and communication will be emphasized. In addition, the course will provide an overview of contemporary business issues such as ethics and globalization. A major course goal is to enable students to gain a basic understanding of career opportunities particularly in relation to the areas of specialization within the Manning School of Business undergraduate curriculum. 3 credits. Enrollment Requirements: Associates Degree or Freshman level Business Administration.
Prerequisites:

30 earned credits.

Studies the principles of production and exchange. An introduction to demand, supply, pricing, and output under alternative market structures. Derived demand and resource markets are introduced. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL). 3 credits. BS
Studies the principles governing the level of national income and employment. Also examines the commercial banking system, monetary and fiscal policy, the international economy, and alternative economic systems. 3 credits. BS
Presents descriptive statistics, sophisticated counting techniques and other components of probability, simple random variables and their distribution, bivariate functions, sampling theory properties of estimators. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

MATH 1210 pre-req

A workshop course that thoroughly explores the writing process from pre-writing to revision, with an emphasis on critical thinking, sound essay structure, mechanics, and academic integrity. Students will read, conduct rhetorical analyses, and practice the skills required for participation in academic discourse. Students will write expository essays throughout the semester, producing a minimum of four formal essays. 3 credits.
A workshop course that thoroughly explores the academic research writing process with an emphasis on entering into academic conversation. Building on the skills acquired in College Writing I, students will learn to write extensively with source material. Key skills addressed include finding,assessing, and integrating primary and secondary sources, and using proper documentation to ensure academic integrity. Students will produce analytical writing throughout the semester, including a minimum of four formal, researched essays. 3 credits.
Principles of financial management, including working and fixed capital, sources of funds, financial statements, financial planning and capital structure. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

ECON2010, ACCT2010 pre; BU min

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of business law. The main emphasis is on key aspects of contract law, including the agreement, consideration, writings, third-party rights, illegality, performance, breach, defenses, and remedies The course also covers agency law, employment law, sections of the Uniform Commercial Code, and a variety of other legal issues and topics that influence and intersect with modern business practices. This course is highly recommended for pre-law students, CPA students, and paralegal students. 3 credits. BS, Collateral CJ
Intended for students whose background in basic algebra is current. The course objective is to provide students with problem solving and computational techniques needed for further course work and in their occupation. Topics covered include: linear equations, slope of a line, quadratic equations, functions, transformations, inequalities, curve sketching, systems of equations, and the exponential and logarithmic functions 3 credit(s) Prerequisite: MATH.1115 or equivalent or satisfactory score on the Math Placement Exam given the first week of class. Credit is given for only one of the following courses; MATH.1200, or MATH.1210. 3 credits. Credit is given for only one of the two following courses: 92.120 or 92.121.
Prerequisites:

MATH.1115, equivalent, or passing Math Placement Exam

Review of algebra. The Real Numbers, inequalities and intervals on the number line, factoring, radical notation, properties of exponents, scientific notation, and operations on rational expressions. Function definition and graph of linear/nonlinear functions such as quadratic, cubic, absolute value, piecewise-defined, rational, and power function. Additional topics with functions included such as transformations of graphs and symmetry, composite functions, one-to-one and inverse functions. Solving linear and quadratic equations algebraically and graphically. Solving systems of equations in two variables algebraically and graphically. Modeling systems of equations in three variables and solving them analytically and with matrices using TI-84 implementation. Modeling with linear as well as quadratic and power functions with the aid of a graphing calculator and Excel spread sheets. Business applications are included. 3 credits. No credit for math/science/engineering majors. Credit is given for only one of the two following courses: 92.120 or 92.121.
Review of difference quotient, least squares modeling, limit of difference quotient, differential calculus: derivatives, differentials, higher-order derivatives, implicit differentiation, relative and absolute maxima and minima of functions, and applications of derivatives to business and economics. Integrals and applications to business. No credit in Science or Engineering. 3 credits. MA. No credit toward degree in science or engineering. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: 92.122, 19.125, or 92.131.
Prerequisites:

MATH.1210 Pre-req

An introduction to descriptive statistics, graphing and data analysis, probability laws, discrete and continuous probability distributions, correlation and regression, inferential statistics. No credit in Sciences (except Biology and EEAS) or Engineering. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL). 3 credits. MATH.1115 or equivalent; MA; Previously 92.183
Examination of individuals, groups, and organizations from a behavioral and structural perspective. Topics include employee motivation and satisfaction, communication, power and politics, the dynamics of groups and teams, conflict management, and organizational design and change. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

COM Filter courses,or BU minor

This course will explore the intersection between business leadership and ethics in various context. It provides the opportunity for students to explore complex issues in societal and professional contexts while engaging in probing conversations with classmates. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

MGMT.3010 pre-req

An integration of knowledge in the various functional areas of management toward solution of problems affecting the character and success of the total enterprise. Corporate strategy and its implementation via appropriate policies. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

FINA.3010, MKTG.2010, MIST.201

Structure and foundations of information systems for management from both a user's and designer's perspective. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

COM Filter courses,or BU minor

The role of marketing in the economy. The elements of the marketing mix--product, price, distribution, and promotion--are discussed in the context of social and political constraints on marketing activity. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

ENGL.1010 & ECON.2010 Pre-

This course provides students with the theory and practice of successful oral and written communication in business. Emphasis is on the development and improvement of communication skills needed for today's fast-paced organizations. Such skills include written communication in short memos and reports, including the use of conferencing technology to convey information. Additionally, the course focuses on oral communication through presentations and discussions as well as the use of current presentation software. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

BA-BBA majors & ENGL.1020 CW2

Introduction to quantitative methods for analyzing business problems. Analytic methods include decision analysis, linear programming, queuing and simulation. Applications address issues in areas such as marketing, production, finance and logistics. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

MATH.2830,3860 or ECON.2110pre

Principles of production/operations management. Nature and function of production systems; operational planning and control; plant layout; materials handling; inventory and quality control. 3 credits.
Prerequisites:

POMS.2010 pre-req

Tuition & Fees

At UMass Lowell, we believe that students should have as much information as possible up front so they can make informed decisions before enrolling in a degree program or signing up for a course.

Tuition for UMass Lowell Online & Continuing Education students is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition is priced per credit. To calculate the tuition for a course, simply multiply the per-credit tuition by the total number of credits per course. Exception: If the total number of course contact hours is greater than the total number of credits, the per-credit tuition is instead multiplied by the total number of contact hours.

Spring 2020 Tuition

Per Credit / Contact Hour
Undergraduate Face-to-Face Courses and Audit $340.00
Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit) $380.00
Manning School of Business* Undergraduate Online Courses and Audit $385.00
Graduate Online and Audit (except Manning School of Business* Online, MBA in Haverhill, Master's in Information Technology, Master's in Engineering Management, and Education Courses) $575.00
Manning School of Business* Graduate Online Courses $655.00
MBA Graduate Courses in Haverhill $655.00
Master's in Information Technology and Master's in Engineering Management** Online Courses $590.00
Graduate Education Online Courses $470.00
Cost per credit includes access fee (parking after 3 p.m. and access to Blackboard).

*Applies to courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST, POMS offered through the Manning School of Business
**Applies to courses with the following prefixes: CHEN, CIVE, EECE, MECH, PLAS offered through the Francis College of Engineering

Additional Fees

Registration Fee per Term (nonrefundable) $30.00
Late Fee for Nonpayment $50.00
Fee for Undergraduate Degree Application $60.00
Fee for Graduate Degree Application $50.00

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