Program Overview

Learn to lead strategically in a wide range of organizational contexts with Aurora University’s online Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. This career-focused online business management degree is designed to give you a broad understanding of essential principles in human resources, marketing, operations, and more.

As a student, you will gain specialized management knowledge and expertise to make data-driven decisions that improve business outcomes. You will also complete an internship to gain hands-on management experience.

Courses are taught by expert faculty who bring relevant industry knowledge to the online classroom. The online business management degree also uses open educational resources (OER) in place of traditional textbooks for some courses. Digital, openly licensed content is available free of charge to students.

Because this program is delivered in a flexible online format, you can complete your studies from anywhere while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Gain skills to succeed as a valued and effective leader in your field and earn your BA in Business Management in as little as two years with AU Online.

Curriculum Overview

The business management degree online program combines rigorous academics with real-world experience to prepare you for professional success. After completing a core curriculum in business management theory and practice, you will complete a human resource management specialization.

Curriculum highlights include:

  • Collaboration and teamwork.
  • Effective professional communication.
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation management.
  • Facilities and operations management.
  • Financial management.
  • Human resource management.
  • Marketing communication management.
  • Using data to make decisions.
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Program Details

  • Next Start Date:August 23, 2021
  • Est. Program Length:2-4 Years
  • Credit Hours:120 (52 in major)
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$425

Business Management Degree Core (40 credits)

  • BUS1020 Foundations of Management (4)
  • BUS3250 Human Resource Management (4)
  • BUS4230 Operations Management (4)
  • BUS4440 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (4)
  • MGT2100 Financial Management (4)
  • MGT2500 Leading People and Teams (4)
  • MGT3000 Organizational Development and Change (4)
  • MGT4300 Project Management (4)
  • MGT4990 Strategic Leadership (4)
  • MKT2370 Integrated Marketing Communication (4)

Human Resource Management Specialization (12 credits)

  • MGT3510 Employee and Labor Relations (4)
  • MGT3520 Employee Training and Development (4)
  • MGT3530 Compensation and Benefits Management (4)
  • A completed undergraduate application
  • Transcripts (official, sealed) from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • A resume demonstrating two or more years of work experience, military service, or relevant adult responsibilities
  • A personal statement addressing why you wish to enroll in an online program and a description of how you will structure your life and time to be successful
  • For applicants without an earned associate degree and/or 60 hours of transfer credit: Proof of high school graduation or completed GED
  • For applicants with less than 15 hours of transfer credit: an official high school transcript with ACT/SAT scores

Students can transfer more than half the credits they need to successfully earn a four-year degree. Aurora University will accept up to 68 credits from a 2 year institution and 90 credits from a 4 year institution.

Check your credits with our Transfer Evaluation System.

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BA in Business Management Career Outcomes

A bachelor's degree in business management can prepare you for meaningful leadership opportunities in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, management occupations are expected to grow 5% through 2029, faster than the national average. Possible careers for graduates include:

  • Change management specialist
  • City manager
  • Emergency management director
  • Executive director
  • Executive officer
  • Human resource manager
  • Management consultant
  • Nonprofit director
  • Sales manager

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