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NCU Catalog - April 2018 
NCU Catalog - April 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Business Leadership Specialization, BBA

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Bachelor of Business Administration

Description of Program

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program provides a broad and encompassing academic degree based on significant and substantial undergraduate level of exploration in two distinct specialization, general business, and leadership. This program will prepare our undergraduates for employment and/or graduate school by offering a wide range of fundamental courses and specialized courses. This degree is designed as a FastForward track that allows a student to transfer up to 12 credit hours (4 courses) to the MBA, MSOL, and MSTIM programs (see BBA Specializations for additional information).

Learning Outcomes

  • Assess a business for its competitive position within its environment
  • Discuss ideas and arguments associated with business issues
  • Analyze the challenges and opportunities presented by the global business environment
  • Examine ethics, legal compliance, and social responsibility in a business organization
  • Apply business knowledge in addressing real-world problems

Basis for Admissions

Admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration program requires a conferred Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) with a minimum of 60 transferrable credit hours which include 36 hours of general education, and/or conferred bachelor’s level degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.


An official high school transcript, or the equivalent of a high school diploma* AND an official academic transcript from a regionally or nationally accredited institution, which indicates the applicant has successfully completed at least 60 semester transfer credits as defined in the Transfer of Credit policy, with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and has met all general education requirements needed for a NCU bachelor’s degree before entering NCU. 

Note: *Acceptable equivalents of a high school diploma include a) official proof of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) or b) an official State certificate received by a student after the student has passed a State-authorized examination that the State recognizes as the equivalent of a high school diploma. Homeschooled students must abide by the state statutes or regulations governing homeschools and, if applicable, must provide documentation of the applicant’s participation in the homeschooling process.

General Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires 120 semester credit hours.

  • Grade Point Average of “C,” 2.0, or higher.
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University.
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission.
  • All financial obligations to the University paid in full.

The University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credit hours in transfer toward the bachelor’s degree for coursework completed at an accredited or approved college or university with a grade of “C” or better.

Credit Hour Requirements

The Bachelor of Business Administration program requires students to have an AA or AS Degree.

A minimum of 60 credit hours can be accepted from the Associates provided all General Education requirements have been satisfied.

  • 60 – Credit Hours from Transfer Credits (AA or AS degree)
  • 33 – Credit Hours for Core Courses*
  • 12 – Credit Hours for Bridge Specialization Electives
  • 12 – Credit Hours for Undergraduate Electives*
  • 3 – Credit Hours for Business Capstone Course
  • Total - 120 credit hours

* Course requirements may vary depending on previously completed coursework and transfer eligibility requirements.

Time to Completion

Normal time to completion for this program is 55 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our Academic and Finance Advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying the minimum required transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 30 months.

Foundational Degree Requirements

Business graduates are expected to have a basic knowledge of economic institutions, the complex relationships that exist between business, government, and consumers, and a basic knowledge of the functional areas of business. Business students share the 11 Common Professional Components (CPCs) required by ACBSP accreditation.

Students in the BBA program are required to demonstrate competency in the areas listed below:

  • Research Writing Competency - BBA students are required to show competency in writing skills for research purposes through their NCU coursework.
  • Computer Competency - BBA students are required to use appropriate computer skills that are necessary in writing research papers. Students must be able to prepare documents using APA formatting and advanced word processing skills, such as the creation of title pages, abstracts, tables and figures, headers and footers, page breaks, tables of contents, and hanging indents.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the fundamental and specialization requirements of each program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students’ Academic and Finance Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

Graduate-level coursework completed in the BBA program must be completed with a grade of “B” or better to meet eligibility requirements to be applied to the applicable Master’s degree program.

Required Foundations courses must be taken first and in sequence.

The BBA degree is designed as a FastForward Track to the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, or Master of Science in Information Technology if students decide to pursue a graduate degree. The specializations for this degree are comprised of graduate-level courses that may apply for the respective graduate degree program upon completion of the BBA.

Note: Graduate-level coursework completed in the BBA program must be completed with a grade of “B” or better to meet eligibility requirements to be applied to the applicable Master’s degree program.

Note: Enrollment in the BBA does not guarantee admission into a graduate program. Students must meet required Basis for Admissions (BFA) requirements as outlined in the University Catalog for specific master’s degree programs.

Undergraduate Electives - 12 credit hours

Electives selected on the initial degree plan can be changed with a request to an Academic and Finance Advisor.

Students may select any undergraduate NCU course to fulfill this requirement. Your Academic and Finance Advisor can assist you in choosing courses applicable to your career goals.

Business Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

SKS-4001 is the last course students take within the BBA

Business Leadership Specialization

The Bachelors in Business Leadership degree specialization focuses leadership theories and practices, leadership and organization strategy, dealing with crises and how to communicate, leading people, processes, and organizational health and managerial decision-making.


Courses taken to satisfy the core course requirements may not be counted toward these specializations.

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