Pittsburgh’s Flexible Online B.S. in Business Administration  

What will you gain from a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration?

Accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), Point Park University’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program serves as the gateway to professional success in diverse careers, along with an opportunity to transform previously earned credits into a completed degree.

When you transfer your credits into this online Business Administration degree program, you’ll pick up where you left off in your education and learn the essential skills you need for a career in business. With the support of educators with diverse business experience, you’ll become proficient in marketing, the principles of management, ecommerce and more.

Business Administration Degree Online Curriculum Overview

Delivered in Point Park University’s digital learning platform, the online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program utilizes a curriculum designed for transfer students striving for degree completion. Focusing on career-preparedness, this online business degree will transform you into a critical thinker with the skills needed to begin a new career or achieve advancement within your current business. As a student, you’ll benefit from flexible online course options, a fully online format, and support from application to graduation.

This affordable business degree from a University in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, helps you become career-ready with curriculum that teaches:

  • Advanced communication, both verbally and in writing
  • The application of IT tools and techniques for the modern workplace
  • Teamwork that includes the appreciation of differences and sensitivity to diversity
  • Management decision making through analysis, integration, and communication of information
  • Application of theory in solving real organizational problems

Transform Your Experience into College Credit

Point Park University offers robust Prior Learning Assessment and Advanced Standing/Experiential Learning Credit opportunities. Students can transfer credits from qualifying experiences including other college institutions, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST exams) or UEXCEL exams, Advanced Placement (AP) credit and experiential learning assessment portfolio submissions. Please note, experiential learning credits are not considered current coursework for financial aid and they do not fulfill any of the minimum 30 credits that must be completed at Point Park University to graduate. In addition, experiential learning credits through portfolio submissions are capped at 18 credits.

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  • Next Start Date: March 6, 2022

Online B.S. in Business Administration Course Offerings

Admission Requirements

Course Description
This course introduces students to the different kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the community will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.

Course Description
This course included communication theory as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches and small group discussion to large audience speeches.

Course Description
Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.

Course Description
This college level algebra course includes the study of linear, polynomial, rational, radical, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Other topics include inequalities, factoring, systems of equations, complex numbers, and applications. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.

Course Description:

A course on how Information Technology impacts organizations and how to use Information Technology to solve problems. Topics include: main concepts of Information Technology at a general level, online collaboration tools, application software, and information literacy as applied to searching and using the Internet. In addition, students will become proficient at an intermediate level in using application software. The student will learn each of the four software applications (Spreadsheet, Database, Word Processing and Presentation) and be able to apply them successfully to problem-solving scenarios.

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A philosophical investigation of the main concepts and theories of ethics, with applications to fundamental moral questions as they arise in different areas of business. The following issues may be used as illustrations: affirmative action, investment in unethical companies or countries, product safety, whistle blowing and advertising.

Choose ECON 201 and one of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (*Required by Department Major)
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • HIST 201 – Western Civilization I
  • HIST 202 – Western Civilization II
  • PADM 210/POLS 204 – Public Administration
  • POLS 205 – World Geography
  • POLS 250 – Intro to Study of Gov’t Systems
  • PHIL 215 – World Religions

Choose one of the following courses:

  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 250 – World Lit: Drama, Poetry, Epic
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels

Choose one of the following courses:

  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts

Course Description:

This capstone class requires students to interpret knowledge gained throughout their coursework in the University core and major program in order to conceptualize a business model (mission/vision/values), analyze a company’s business model, and create a business operations plan for a theoretical organization. An e-Portfolio will be utilized for assessment purposes. Prerequisites: ACCT, BMGT, or ECON/FIN Major. 90 or more credit hours. ACCT 101 & 102; BMGT 201, 202, 300; ECON 201, 202; and any 1 course in the student’s concentration area.

Course Description
The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.

Course Description
Use of accounting information for management planning and control and the interpretation of accounting data as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCT 102.

Course Description
Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation.

Course Description
An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.

An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.

Course Description
Study of functions, institutions, marketing structure tools, career opportunities and the preparation of a complete marketing campaign for a job.
Course Description
Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; PSYC 150.
Course Description
This Pass/Fail course will prepare each student for their formal review by a board to determine each student’s ability to enroll in the Cooperative Education program in the School of Business. Emphasis will be placed on resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, electronic portfolio, and various other methods to adequately prepare students for possible Cooperative Educational opportunities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.This Pass/Fail course will prepare each student for their formal review by a board to determine each student’s ability to enroll in the Cooperative Education program in the School of Business. Emphasis will be placed on resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, electronic portfolio, and various other methods to adequately prepare students for possible Cooperative Educational opportunities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
Course Description
The problems associated with the effective management of capital. Includes the development of corporations, legal aspects, securities market, and financial planning and development. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ACCT 102; MATH 175.
Course Description
Students will study concepts of operations management. Students will learn to use statistical techniques and quantitative analysis to apply to business type problems. Topics will include: Project management (PERT), use of formulas/mathematical equations/probability to make business decisions, models such as linear programming, forecasting, and basic inventory models.
Course Description
Examines the role of individual and group behavior within work organizations. Review the traditional theories of management. Topics will include motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational structure, conflict management, and resistance to change.
Course Description
The course focuses on the computerized and Web-based systems used in business. Topics covered will include knowledge management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource management, and supply chain management.
Course Description
An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.

Course Description
A survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of sales, the Uniform Commercial Code, consumer law, commercial papers, partnerships, corporations, antitrust, labor, environmental, secured transactions, bankruptcy, insurance and administrative law. Prerequisite: BMGT 201.

Course Description
Emphasis on the major theories and functions of management. Students develop an understanding of why management is needed in all organizations and what constitutes good management.

Course Description
The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: ENGL 101.

Course Description
Life is coming and so are its financial responsibilities. Now is the time to become more financially literate. This course will provide students an engaging and approachable framework for developing greater financial literary and creating financial plans as students move out of their college experience and into the real-world. Topics such as student loan consolidation, balancing consumer needs and savings, creating financial budgets and plans, maintaining a healthy credit standing, and developing long-term financial horizons will be few of the areas covered through the use of readily available PC and mobile applications. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above.

Course Description
An introduction to spreadsheet, database management and communication software. A thorough understanding is achieved through laboratory assignments.

Course Description
This course provides information and analysis of e-commerce. Course topics include – e-commerce business models, e-commerce infrastructure, implementing an e-commerce website, e-commerce security and payment systems, e-commerce marketing concepts, ethical, social and political e-commerce issues, social networks, and how highly portable, place-aware, always-with-you personal devices are expanding the e-commerce environment.

BMGT 355, BMGT 356 Business Management Internship I, II
Course Description
Part-time job experience approved by the department in a local business or industrial firm. Method of evaluation to be agreed upon by the departmental and job-site supervisors. May include periodic reports, a day-by-day journal and a final report. Prerequisites: Junior standing and permission; or

  • Experiential credit/co-op; or
  • Advisor approved elective

Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.

 B.S. in Business Administration Career Outcomes  

Point Park’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program provides the academic foundation required to pursue a master’s degree while preparing you for the business career you want. When you graduate, you’ll have the skills necessary to achieve success in a variety of positions, including:

Professionals in this role ensure their office has the supplies and tools it needs to function properly. Their responsibilities may include scheduling regular servicing for machinery, overseeing the functions of certain departments to ensure supplies are being used efficiently and maintaining the cleanliness standards of the office. Administrative services managers must have excellent organization skills and exhibit master knowledge of diverse management techniques.

Sales managers are responsible for ensuring sales goals are met. They do this by researching sales data, setting and planning goals, and overseeing members of their company’s sales department to ensure they are making progress. These professionals must exhibit master knowledge of diverse management techniques, plus advanced skills in market research and communication.

Medical and health services managers are responsible for scheduling and planning medical services for a specific department, private practice or entire medical facility. They also must ensure their department or facility is following best practices and meeting health standards. Professionals in this role must have excellent organization skills, along with management expertise.

Insurance sales agents work with individuals to determine their insurance needs and provide them with options they can afford. The type of insurance sold by these agents is determined by their employer. They must also handle their clients’ insurance claims and ensure proper payments are made. Insurance sales agents must be highly organized individuals with expert knowledge of the business, including best practices and policy standards.

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