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Business Administration, BS

Bachelor of Science

US News and World Report - best bachelor's in business 2023
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Business administrators handle a company's operational, organizational, and managerial responsibilities, requiring skills in a range of areas. This program may be of special interest to working adults with some college credit, seeking to advance their business career. 

What you study

The Chancellors' Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) exposes you to the core concepts of each business discipline, including economics, management, quantitative business analysis, finance, marketing, information systems, and more. Learn to utilize qualitative and quantitative analysis to identify innovative and creative business solutions and anticipate outcomes. Identify and use appropriate technology and information systems to find and present data effectively. Learn to recognize the influence of national, international, and intercultural factors on strategic choices.

How you benefit

As a student in the program, you learn to work effectively as both a member and a leader in team problem-solving and decision-making situations, incorporate the perspectives and contributions of individuals from diverse groups to create inclusive work environments, demonstrate professional preparation and conduct to meet professional standards in business settings, and employ multiple mediums of communication in a variety of business settings to express, assimilate, and analyze information and ideas to facilitate collaboration and achieve goals. 

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.    

Download a printable PDF summary of the BS in Business Administration.

Students admitted to IU Online receive a full range of personalized support services, including:

  • Onboarding
  • Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Math and Writing Support
  • Career Services
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Tutoring

Gain a broad foundation for work and prepare for opportunities in multiple job sectors, including retail, education, finance, international commerce, manufacturing, government, private business, the arts, and healthcare, in such positions as:

  • Sales manager, human resources manager
  • Accountant
  • Public relations specialist
  • Advertising executive
  • Commercial loan officer, finance officer
  • Chief executive officer
  • Market research analyst

Degree Requirements 

To graduate with the Chancellors' BS in Business Administration, you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • General education courses (30-42 credit hours)
  • Business foundations courses (27 credit hours)
  • Business core courses (34 credit hours)
  • General elective courses (as needed to total 120 credit hours)

For students early in their program, the Chancellors' BS in Business Administration will use three degree milestones as indicators of student progress. The milestones are tied to introductory level classes which are foundational to the degree. Attainment of these milestones will satisfy pre-requisites for certain higher-level required courses.

  • BSBA Mathematics Proficiency Milestone - Represents completion of the general education quantitative reasoning requirement of your home campus of enrollment and a passing grade in MATH-M 118.
  • BSBA Gateway Milestone - Represents 30 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 and ENG-W 131 with a grade of C or better.
  • BSBA Foundations Milestone - Represents:
    - The BSBA Mathematics Proficiency Milestone
    - The Business Gateway Milestone
    - The social and/or behavioral science general education requirement of your home campus (usually introductory psychology and/or sociology)
    - The 9 BSBA Foundation courses 

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:
  • Complete application for admission.
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants).
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  • This program is offered by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. 
Application Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

You may be able to transfer up to 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Litao Zhong, Program Director

Litao Zhong

Associate Professor of Economics and Finance Litao "Lee" Zhong earned his PhD in economics from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Zhong has more than 14 years of online teaching experience, and has received several campus teaching grants and awards. His research interests are in the fields of international economics, regional economic development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

“I am enthusiastic about helping students make unique contributions to the world of business. My approach to teaching is to inspire student curiosity and originality. Though this an online program, I believe in building inspiring relationships with and among our students, so that learning is a true community practice. I see each student as an individual, and my role as encouraging each one to find an area of business that builds on their strengths.”

Raj Kohli


Raj Kohli is professor of finance, and chair of finance, economics, and international business in the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend. He earned his DBA at Mississippi State University. His research has been published in the Archive for Business Research, Journal of Business and Economics, Journal of Finance Issues, and Journal of the Academy of Finance. He has received the IU South Bend Excellence in Service and Excellence in Research awards.

“In my higher-level classes, I teach students how to start and run an investment company.”

Robert Mulligan


Robert Mulligan is professor of economics at IU East. His research interests include business cycle analysis, market process theory, the maritime industry, and financial market analysis. He holds a PhD in economics from SUNY Binghamton and an advanced studies certificate in international economic policy research from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany. Among his area of expertise are business cycles, recessions, unemployment, financial markets, cryptocurrencies, confidence games, Ponzi schemes, climate change, international trade, and tariff policy. His research has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, World Maritime University Journal of Maritime Affairs, and Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines.

Surekha Rao


Surekha Rao is professor of economics at IU Northwest. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of New England, Australia. Among her research interests are forecasting for business and industry, econometric modeling, globalization and international trade, international gender issues, and emerging economies and economic reform. She is president of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences. She received a national award for excellence in teaching from the National Society for Leadership and Success. She has published extensively, including in such journals as Economic Theory Bulletin, International Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, and Journal of Econometrics.

“In my economics classes, I bring in real economy by discussing current economic events. We focus on sharing the experiences of students, who are the real players in the economy as consumers, homeowners, borrowers, lenders, workers, and sometimes entrepreneurs. In statistics classes, we learn how to tell stories from numbers. I empower my students by doing statistics using technology without any messy calculations or frightening math formulas. Come join my class and enjoy the power of data and numbers. In international business, it is like going around the world in 16 weeks!”

Fundamentals of Business3 Credits
Macroeconomics 3 Credits
Financial Accounting3 Credits
Business Computing3 Credits
Legal Environment of Business3 Credits
Statistics for Business3 Credits
Business Communications3 Credits
Marketing3 Credits
Finance3 Credits
Operations3 Credits
International Business 3 Credits
Information Systems3 Credits
Analytics and Decision Modeling3 Credits
Entrepreneurism 3 Credits
Leadership and Teamwork3 Credits
Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace3 Credits
Business Ethics3 Credits
Professional and Career Skills3 Credits
Strategic Management/Capstone3 Credits
Managerial Accounting3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $242.48
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $727.44

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $352.96
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1,058.88
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