Curriculum: B.A./B.S. in Business Administration – Online

To earn Oregon State's online bachelor's degree in business administration, you must complete your baccalaureate core and general university requirements, pre-business core requirements and College of Business courses within this program. At the completion of this program, you'll earn an Oregon State University diploma in either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

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Curriculum overview

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including 60 upper-division credits. Most students take four to six years to complete a bachelor's degree. Complete degree requirement information about the business administration program is available on Oregon State's General Catalog.

Pre-business core requirements (48 credits)

  • Math, economics, communications and writing (18 credits)
  • Business core classes (26 credits) including financial accounting, managerial accounting, legal environment of business, intro to entrepreneurship, business law, business process management and intro to statistical inference.

Professional school course requirements (36-64 credits)

  • Business core classes (36 credits) including international business, professional development, operations management, intro to financial management, business information systems overview, applied quantitative methods, marketing, integrative strategic experience.
  • Option classes (24-28 optional credits): You can choose to add an option to your studies as a way to extend your professional preparation in one or more areas. Read more about the specialization options below.

University general requirements/baccalaureate core (36 credits)

All Oregon State students pursuing a bachelor's degree must take university core classes – called the baccalaureate core – within five main areas: skills; perspectives; difference, power and discrimination; synthesis; and writing. And please check out the following pages if you need additional information about the baccalaureate core.

Electives (32-60 credits)

Depending on your career goals, you can choose elective courses that are specific to your interests. These are courses outside of the degree-completion requirements. 

Specialization options

Once you enroll in the business administration program, you can select an area of focus from the following options:

Transfer credits

Some of the degree requirements may be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. Oregon State offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine business administration and a history minor, or business administration plus a fisheries and wildlife minor, to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's job market.


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