Program Overview

How can you benefit from an online business management degree?

Earning a bachelor’s degree can have a significant impact on the job and salary opportunities available to you. According to the Pew Research Center, the annual earnings for college degree holders are, on average, $17,500 greater than for those with only high school diplomas — a gap that is only expected to increase. More and more, entry-level positions require a bachelor’s degree to even be considered for hire. The online Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Point Park University offers a broad-based education in business fundamentals, preparing you for a number of potential careers. With an online business management degree, you can design your own successful and lucrative future.

Curriculum Overview

The fully online bachelor’s degree in business management offers a diverse curriculum developed by professionals for professionals, with an emphasis on applicable skills for your career. Instructors bring years of experience and real-world expertise, so you can start making a difference from your first day on the job. The online bachelor’s degree in business management features a flexible, fully online format, as well as support from application to graduation.

Transform Your Experience into College Credit

Point Park University is proud to introduce a new 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. 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:January 4, 2020
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:121
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$480
  • Transfer Credits Accepted:Up to 90

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Available Concentrations

Entrepreneurship Concentration

For those interested in starting their own business, the entrepreneurship concentration provides needed skills for this rewarding and challenging venture. Courses focus on foundational business topics seen through an entrepreneurial lens. Upon completion, you’ll be better prepared to be an effective entrepreneur in today’s competitive business landscape.

Management Concentration

Interested in pursuing leadership roles in the workplace? The management concentration offers students the skills needed to become a dynamic and impactful leader. With courses in labor relations, operational management and marketing management, you’ll have the skills that today’s employers are looking for.

Thematic Core Courses (42 credits)
  • COMM 101 – Oral Comm. and Pres.
  • ENGL 101 – College Composition
  • UNIV 102 – University and Community Life
  • Explore the World
  • Investigate Science
  • Investigate Mathematics – MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • Interpret Creative Works
  • Understand People
  • Succeed in Business
  • Appreciate and Apply the Arts
  • Discover Technology – CMPS 114 – Problem Solving with Information Technology
  • Senior Capstone – BMGT 481
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Choose two of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • GCS/MLNG – 205 Languages of the World
  • 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
  • SOC/MLNG 260 – Japanese Culture
  • THEA 225 – History Theatre I
  • THEA 226 – History Theatre II
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • CHEM 101 – General Chemistry I
  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II
  • NSET 120 – Environmental Science
  • NSET 122 – The Science of Light
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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.
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • EDUC 252 – Children’s Literature
  • ENGL 120 – Introduction to Literary Studies
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • ENGL 255 – Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Literature
  • JOUR 225 – Deconstructing the Story
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Choice One:
PSYC 150 Psych Foundations
Examines psychological foundations underlying the development of personal, professional, academic, and cultural world views, and examines how those world views influence questions that human beings ask and answers they find. Students will be asked to express their ideas in both oral and written form.Choice Two:
Choose one of the following courses:

  • EDUC 220 – Family and Community Diversity
  • EDUC 228 – Educational Psychology
  • HIST 206 – Foundations in Feminism: Women’s History in Western World
  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations
  • PSYC 203 – Theories of Personality
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • PSYC 230 – Characterological and Psychotic in Film and Fiction
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • BMGT 271 – The Money Thing: Life and Finances During and After College
  • BUS 404 – Business Ethics
  • CMPS 330 – Electronic Commerce
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • CINE 170 – Intro to Screenwriting for Non-Majors
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts
  • EDUC 251 – Art and Music in Teaching
  • ENGL 200 – Creative Writing
  • ENGL 252 – The Art of Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 253 – The Art of Poetry
  • ENGL 254 – The Art of Short Story
  • MLNG 220 – French Literature in Translation
  • PHOT 101 – Photography for Non-Majors
  • THEA 230 – Introduction to Theatre
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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 (Spreadsheets, Database, Word Processing and Presentation) and be able to apply them successfully to problem solving scenarios.
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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.
Departmental General Requirements (34 credits)
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • ACCT 210 – Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 220 – Managerial Accounting
  • BMGT 201 – Business Law I
  • BMGT 205 – Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT 207 – Human Resource Management
  • BMGT 280 – Business Career Prep
  • BMGT 300 – Corporate Finance
  • BMGT 338 – Operations Mgmt/QA
  • BMGT 340 – Org Behav w/Topics in Mgt
  • CMPS 300 – Info Tech for Managers
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Course Description
Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.
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Course Description
The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.
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Course Description
Use of accounting information for management planning and control and the interpretation of accounting data as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCT 102.
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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.
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Course Description
Study of functions, institutions, marketing structure tools, career opportunities and the preparation of a complete marketing campaign for a job.
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Course Description
Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; PSYC 150.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The course focuses on the computerized and Web-based systems used in business. Topics covered will includeknowledge management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource management, and supply chain management.
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An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.
Departmental Major Requirements (18 credits)
  • BMGT 202 – Business Law II
  • BMGT 208 – Principles of Management
  • BMGT 221 – Business Comm & Research
  • BMGT 271 – The Money Thing: Life & Finances
  • CMPS 214 – MicroComputing I
  • CMPS 330 – Electronic Commerce I
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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.
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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.
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The objectives, methods and forms of business communications; business research and the classification and presentation of findings. Prerequisites: ENGL 101.
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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.
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An introduction to spreadsheet, database management and communication software. A thorough understanding is achieved through laboratory assignments.
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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.
General Elective Requirements (9 credits)
  • Electives provide students with the opportunity to study content areas that meet personal, professional, or vocational interests.
Management Concentration Requirements (18 credits)
  • BMGT 316 – Labor/Management Relations
  • BMGT 326 – Investment
  • BMGT 411 – Adv. Marketing Management
  • Electives
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The history and evolution of American labor and labor unions including industrial relations problems. Prerequisite: BMGT 207.
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An analysis of securities and principles governing the management of investment assets including risk management pertinent to insurance and real estate. Prerequisites: BMGT 300, ACCT 210
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Planning and coordinating a dynamic and aggressive marketing campaign and synthesizing the tools of marketing. Prerequisites: BMGT 205; Senior Standing.
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(3) additional electives from ACCT, BMGT, CMPS, ECON, PADM
Entrepreneurship Concentration Requirements (18 credits)
  • BMGT 332 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • BMGT 336 – Entrepreneurial Regulation
  • BMGT 454 – Adv. Entrepreneurial Applications
  • Electives
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Course Description
The course involves an introduction to the discipline of entrepreneurship and a study of the essential steps in starting and operating a smaller business.
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A study of those legal and regulatory issues that entrepreneurs face in starting and operating a new small business. The focus of the course will be on training entrepreneurs to recognize those legal issues in the new enterprise before they become significant legal problems
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An extension of the study of entrepreneurship by applying many of the basic principles of entrepreneurship in an advanced setting. This would include a detailed analysis and preparation of a business plan for a new enterprise. The course would also involve case studies showing how various enterprises have met and solved some of the unique challenges facing those types of businesses. Prerequisite: BMGT 332.
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(3) additional electives from ACCT, BMGT, CMPS, ECON, PADM

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Management program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a satisfactory transcript from either a high school or postsecondary institution. Transcripts from postsecondary institutions must include a minimum of 12 earned credits or six months of training. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The university reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and to use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

Business Analyst

Business analysts are responsible for helping companies and organizations run more efficiently by examining financial data. They often consult with upper management, coordinate financial projects, analyze budgets and cash flow projections, and provide solutions to the problems they find. Business analysts may work in finance, banking, information technology or other relevant fields.

Sales Consultant

Sales consultants work to find customers for their company’s products or services. They often travel for their jobs to meet clients, recommend and describe products, and demonstrate the care and use of the items they sell. Sales consultants must possess excellent interpersonal skills, with emphasized talent in listening and empathy.

Account Manager

Account managers are sales professionals charged with handling relationships with clients of their companies. They are responsible for onboarding clients and ensuring customer satisfaction, developing business opportunities, staying up to date on industry trends, promoting company offerings and more. Account managers must possess strong interpersonal skills and be effective in public speaking.

Human Resources Manager

Human resources managers oversee administrative functions as they relate to employees within a company or organization. This may include deciding how to best use workforce talents, organizing benefits programs, consulting with managers on human resources issues, overseeing the hiring process and serving as a link between higher management and support staff. Human resources managers may focus specifically on areas such as work in union settings, payroll departments or recruitment.

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts are responsible for helping businesses and individual investors make sound investment decisions. They may provide portfolio recommendations, determine the value of financial statements, evaluate financial data, prepare reports and perform other tasks to help clients earn profit. Financial analysts often work in banks, insurance companies, securities firms, and pension and mutual funds.

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