Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program develops in each student a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. Degree requirements are designed to develop proficiency and confidence in the functional areas of business. In addition to providing the technical skills required for a professional level business position, the ethical considerations of business are emphasized.

This program offers students a broad background in Business Administration, with the added benefit of concentrating studies in a specific area of interest, such as Accounting, General Business, Finance, Management, Project Management, Marketing, Social Marketing, and Information Systems 

BSBA Outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and employment skills in their chosen business concentration.
  • Demonstrate competencies in qualitative and quantitative analysis in business decision making.
  • Synthesize an understanding of business ethics, legal requirements, and the social responsibility of business.
  • Articulate an international perspective on the exchange of goods and services.
  • Utilize and evaluate information technology for business decisions.

BSBA Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the division of Extended Academic Programs at the University of the Incarnate Word is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (46 hours)

Completion of 46 semester hours of UIW Core Curriculum.

Lower Division Business Curriculum (15 hours)

These courses serve as prerequisites for required upper division business core courses.

  • ACC 2311 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 2312 Managerial Accounting
  • BIS 2321 Management of Information Systems
  • ECN 2301 Macroeconomics
  • ECN 2302 Microeconomics

Upper Division Business Curriculum (21 hours)

  • BLW 3317 Legal Aspects of Business
  • FIN 3321 Business Finance
  • GLB 3331 Analysis of Global Business Opportunities
  • MGT 3340 Concepts and Functions of Management
  • MKT 3331 Introductory Marketing Concepts and Strategies
  • MSC 3370 Statistical Analysis of Business
  • MSC 3371 Models of Management Science

Concentration Curriculum (Choose one of the following)

  • Accounting (24 hours)
  • Finance (18 hours)
  • General Business (18 hours)
  • Information Systems (21 hours)
  • Marketing (18 hours)
  • Social Marketing (21 hours)
  • Management (18 hours)
  • Project Management (21 hours)

Capstone (3 hours)

MGT 4375 Business Policy and Strategy

Electives

Elective hours as needed to meet the 120 total credit hours to be eligible for graduation.

Concentration Overview and Requirements

Accounting is the means by which businesses report to their stakeholders the results of their operations, comprehensive income, financial position and changes in cash and owner's equities by analyzing, recording, presenting and interpreting the results of transactions and events. Intended to develop the decision making and accounting skills needed to enter the profession and become accountants in public practice, industry, non-profit organizations or government, the curriculum is based on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant's core competencies. The requirements for the accounting concentration in the BSBA are:

A. 18 hours of required courses:

  • ACC 3311 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 3312 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 3313 Cost Accounting
  • ACC 3314 Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACC 3315 Personal Income Tax
  • ACC 4314 Auditing

B. 6 hours of upper-division accounting electives from the following:

  • ACC 3310 Business Communications
  • ACC 3316 Corporate Income Tax
  • ACC 3317 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 3318 Forensic Accounting
  • ACC 3321 Advanced Federal Income Tax
  • ACC 3345 Global Accounting
  • ACC 4311 Advanced Accounting
  • ACC 4313 Non-Profit and Government Accounting Methods
  • ACC 4318 Ethical Practices in Accounting
  • ACC 4325 Federal Tax Research

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CPA Examination Requirements

To qualify to sit for the CPA examination, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) requires a degree, and at least 150 semester hours including (a) 30 semester hours of approved upper division accounting courses, (b) 24 hours of approved upper division business courses, (c) an approved three hour course in ethics, and (d) a minimum of 2 semester hours each in both business communications and business or tax research. Students are responsible for meeting these requirements. The requirements change from time-to-time. Consult the TSBPA for more information.

The BSBA in Finance is designed to prepare students for careers in private and public employment in the fields of financial management, investments, and securities markets. To fulfill the requirements of the finance concentration, the student must complete:

A. 18 hours of required courses:

  • ACC 3311 Intermediate Accounting I
  • FIN 3315 Financial Modeling
  • FIN 3322 Intermediate Business Finance
  • FIN 3325 Financial Markets
  • FIN 3355 Global Finance Markets
  • FIN 4355 Capital Budgeting Analysis

The general business curriculum allows students desiring a broad background in business administration to design their own area of emphasis, with the approval of their advisor. To fulfill the requirements for award of the general business concentration, the student must complete:

18 semester hours in business courses at the 3000 or 4000 level from any of the following eight disciplines: Accounting, Banking and Finance, Management, Business Law, Economics, Information Systems, International Business, and Marketing.

To fulfill the requirements for award of the General Business concentration, the student must complete:

  1. 12 hours of 3000 level courses. Only one course per discipline (management, marketing, etc.) will apply toward this concentration.
  2. 6 hours of 4000 level courses. Both courses may come from the same discipline or be from different disciplines.

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This information systems concentration prepares students to solve technical, customer service, and management problems in governmental, business and other community organizations using information management principles and information technology skills. To fulfill the requirements for award of the Business Information Systems concentration, the student must complete:

A. 21 hours of required courses:

  • BIS 2330 Computer Programming I
  • BIS 3330 Computer Programming II
  • BIS 3362 Business Systems Analysis
  • BIS 3363 Introduction to Databases and Systems
  • BIS 3367 Introduction to Telecommunications
  • BIS 4363 E-Business Solutions
  • BIS 4375 Information Security

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The marketing concentration is designed for students planning to assume managerial responsibilities in marketing, sales, distribution, advertising, and related fields.

A. 12 hours of required courses:

  • MKT 3320 Public Relations
  • MKT 3353 Social Media
  • MKT 3377 Marketing and Buyer Behavior
  • MKT 4375 Application of Market Research

B. 6 hours advanced marketing (MKT) electives

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The social marketing concentration is designed for students planning to assume managerial responsibilities in social marketing, media and research.

A. 12 hours of required social marketing courses:

  • MKT 3320 Public Relations
  • MKT 3353 Social Media
  • MKT 3377 Marketing and Buyer Behavior
  • MKT 4375 Application of Market Research

B. 9 hours of required courses:

  • MKT 3355 Marketing on the Internet
  • MKT 4365 Web Analytics
  • MKT 4390 Managerial Functions of Marketing

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The management concentration is designed for students who aspire to assume positions in business organizations, governmental agencies, community/non-profit firms, or ownership/executive-level positions in small entrepreneurial companies. 

A. 9 hours of required courses:

  • MGT 3354 Theories and Concepts of Personnel Management
  • MGT 4346 Quality Assurance
  • MGT 4355 Organizational Behavior

B. 9 hours advanced management (MGT) electives

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The project management concentration is designed for students who aspire to assume positions in business organizations, governmental agencies, community/non-profit firms, or ownership/executive-level positions in small entrepreneurial companies.

A. 9 hours of required courses:

  • MGT 3354 Theories and Concepts of Personnel Management
  • MGT 4346 Quality Assurance
  • MGT 4355 Organizational Behavior

B. 12 hours of required courses:

  • MGT 3347 Project Management Method
  • MGT 3357 Project Planning
  • MGT 4347 Total Quality/Lean Management
  • MGT 4357 Project Leadership

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