Online Business Administration, BS | University of Nebraska at Kearney

Business Administration, BS

Bachelor of Science

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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The online Business Administration, BS degree program is ideal for working adults interested in skill and knowledge development, as well as degree completion. This program is designed to provide a solid foundation in core business concepts.

Students benefit from this program by gaining a solid foundation in the various aspects of business that may move them ahead in their field or push them forward in a new career path.  

In addition, students gain:

  • an appreciation of how the integration of those functional areas impacts organizational performance 
  • leadership skills built through core coursework and flexible electives 
  • meaningful connections with faculty and fellow students that last beyond graduation 
  • confidence to advance their career 

Core courses in this program provide students with comprehensive skills directly applicable to the field. Courses are offered completely online.

Core coursework includes:

  • Accounting 
  • Business law 
  • Business communications 
  • Finance 
  • Operations and supply management 
  • Social responsibilities 
  • Management information systems 

After graduation, students are equipped with a solid foundation of the various aspects of business. Career paths may include:

  • Management 
  • Marketing 
  • Accounting 
  • Finance 
  • Economics 
  • Human resource management 
  • Information technology  
  • Supply chain management 

This program is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Noel Palmer, Ph.D.
MBA Director, Professor

Noel Palmer teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership and business ethics. His research interest include studies in leadership, psychological capital and ethical decision-making. Palmer has also served in the U.S. Army for 23 years. He is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, currently serving in the Department of Command, Leadership and Management at the United States Army War College. During his time in the military, he has served on deployments to Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He has also served on humanitarian missions in Panama and Honduras and has participated in military training exercises in South Korea.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma

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 and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

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

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ACCT 250Principles of Accounting I3

Course Number: ACCT 250

The basic accounting cycle; current assets, current liabilities, and plant assets. Focuses on financial reporting for service businesses or merchandising businesses which have one owner.

ACCT 251Principles of Accounting II3

Course Number: ACCT 251

Continuation of the basic accounting cycle with particular attention given to development of special procedures for control, partnerships, and corporations. Analysis of financial information used within the organization by manufacturing and service businesses. Prereq: ACCT 250

ACCT 311Business Law3

Course Number: ACCT 311

A study of the legal environment of business. Topics include legal theory, and resources, ethics, the court system, torts, contracts, government regulation, property law, and international law considerations.

BSAD 100Exploring Business1

Course Number: BSAD 100

The goal of this course is to help the student make a successful transition from high school the College of Business and Technology by providing the opportunity to explore the various business disciplines and associated campus and career opportunities. The student will be asked to take an active involvement in academic issues and topics such as the facilities and offerings provided by the College of Business and Technology, requirements for successful course and program completion, and the values and skills that lead to professional and personal success.

BSAD 295Business Communications3

Course Number: BSAD 295

Current trends in written and oral business communications are covered in this course. Students will learn strategies for developing effective written communications including business letters, e-mail messages, memos, reports, and proposals. Oral communications skills including working in teams, listening, and nonverbal communications are discussed. Techniques for giving effective oral presentations are a part of the course.

BSAD 400Professional Readiness1

Course Number: BSAD 400

Current trends in written and oral business communications are covered in this course. Students will learn strategies for developing effective written communications including business letters, e-mail messages, memos, reports, and proposals. Oral communications skills including working in teams, listening, and nonverbal communications are discussed. Techniques for giving effective oral presentations are a part of this course.

FIN 308Principles of Finance3

Course Number: FIN 308

Concepts of firm valuation and capital budgeting, capital structure and cost of capital, and analysis of financial statements.

MGT 314Operations and Supply Management3

Course Number: MGT 314

Operations management is concerned with the execution of strategy. It involves the systematic design, operation, control, and improvement of business processes to achieve organizational goals and create economic value. Successfully managing operations is vital to the long-term viability of every type of organization. This course provides a broad overview of issues in operations and supply chain management emphasizing a strategic orientation toward design and improvement issues. Specific topics include competitiveness; operations strategy; quality management; statistical process control; design of products, services, processes, and facilities; project management; forecasting; supply chain management; inventory management; lean production; and scheduling. Prerequisite: MGT 233 or equivalent and either MATH 120 or MATH 123 Students with a Supply Chain Management Emphasis or Marketing Emphasis or MIS Emphasis must complete MGT 233 or equivalent and either MATH 120 or MATH 123 or MIS 190

MGT 493Social Responsibilities of Business: Issues and Ethics3

Course Number: MGT 493

Prereq: junior standing A study of the societal challenge of business and organizations; how business and society interface; micro and macro publics of business and organization, environment, consumerism, employee rights, equality/diversity, international business and future corporate ethos. This course covers legal, ethical and social responsibility issues of business and organizations.

MGT 495Administrative Strategy and Policy3

Course Number: MGT 495

As the capstone course in business, the course is designed (1) to integrate the knowledge acquired in other courses in business administration, and (2) to emphasize analysis and decision-making.

MIS 302Principles of Management Information Systems3

Course Number: MIS 302

The course provides an introduction and overview to the field of management of information systems (MIS). This course is designed to familiarize students with the critical roles of information and information systems in support of organizational operations, decision-making processes, quality management, and strategic activities. It also covers management of information systems functions and professionals, as well as relevant global, ethical, societal and legal/regulatory issues. Focus is placed on the impact of rapidly changing technologies, such as the Internet, on organizations leading to new paradigms, like e-commerce and business-to-business applications, and the subsequent reengineering of organizations.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ACCT 350Intermediate Accounting I3

Course Number: ACCT 350

An in-depth student of the theory, concepts, and practice of financial accounting. Focus is on reporting useful information to third parties through basic corporate financial statements. Prerequisites: ACCT 251

ACCT 351Intermediate Accounting II3

Course Number: ACCT 351

A continuation of Intermediate Accounting I with emphasis on the more complex problems of financial reporting. Prerequisites: ACCT 350

ACCT 352Cost Accounting3

Course Number: ACCT 352

Accounting for manufacturing concerns with special emphasis on managerial decisions, as well as on unit and process costs. Prerequisites: ACCT 251

ACCT 451Tax Accounting3

Course Number: ACCT 451

A study of federal income tax concepts and principles, with emphasis on individual and business organization income tax laws, regulations, and filing procedures. Prerequisite: ACCT 251

ACCT 470Auditing3

Course Number: ACCT 470

Duties and responsibilities of auditors, methods of conducting audits, preparation of audit reports, and special auditing problems. Emphasis on the application of accounting concepts and principles learned. Prior completion of ACCT 351 is recommended.

MGT 380Human Resource Management3

Course Number: MGT 380

This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of human resource management. Topics include recruitment, selection, and placement; training, development and performance management; compensation; equal opportunity and the legal environment; and strategic implication of HRM and its relationship with other organizational functional areas. F, Sp.

MGT 401Small Business Management3

Course Number: MGT 401

This course focuses on the operation of small business and the small business environment. This course deals with the topics related to personnel, government regulations of small business, advertising, sales promotion, accounting, forecasting, family ownership and other management related problems. Prerequisite: MKT 300

MKT 336Services Marketing3

Course Number: MKT 336

Prereq: none This course presents concepts and strategies for addressing the distinctive marketing challenges in service industries, including the tourism, hospitality, banking, healthcare, and professional services.

MKT 388GSGeneral Studies Capstone3

Course Number: MKT 388GS

An interdisciplinary experience where students apply the knowledge, cognitive abilities, and communication skills they have gained from General Studies in designing and completing an original project or paper. Students employ methods and interpretive means of two or more disciplines to integrate knowledge and synthesize their results. Satisfies the General Studies capstone course requirement. Students may take their Capstone course in any discipline. Prereq: open to juniors and seniors or to students within 6 hours of completion of their General Studies program

MKT 430International Marketing3

Course Number: MKT 430

Prereq: MKT 300 or MGT 330 A comprehensive overview of existing international marketing systems, history and development.

MKT 437Sales Management3

Course Number: MKT 437

Prereq: MKT 300 or MKT 331 or permission of instructor The concepts and practices of an established body of management knowledge used to cope with the dynamic business environment of both direct and telemarketing sales; job descriptions and qualifications, recruiting, training, determining sales potential, establishing workloads, scheduling, allocating quotas, compensating, controlling, and evaluating sales and people.

MKT 438Consumer Behavior3

Course Number: MKT 438

Prereq: MKT 300, junior standing OR permission of instructor A detailed and in-depth analysis of why and how people buy, based upon an understanding of the nature of consumer behavior on both the micro and macro level; includes the effects of internal and external influences on decision making.

MKT 457E-Marketing3

Course Number: MKT 457

Prereq: passing score on Business Computer Proficiency Examination The pragmatic and theoretical aspects of E-marketing, including E-mail orders and direct response advertising, reassurability and accountability, E-mail lists and data, plus the integration of E-marketing programs into total marketing efforts and into overall organization goals and functions.

MKT 460Strategic Product Management3

Course Number: MKT 460

Prereq: MKT 300 or permission of instructor To develop an awareness and understanding of the issues, tools and techniques used from inception to launch of a product.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $259.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $316.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $777.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $948.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $396.00
  • Fees: $57.25
  • Total: $453.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1188.00
  • Fees: $171.75
  • Total: $1359.75

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