Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)
The online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) Degree Completion Program is a directed independent study undergraduate degree program. It is designed to benefit students who have already earned a minimum of 60 Semester credits (or an Associates Degree) from an appropriately accredited institution. The overall goal of the Program is to develop educated business professionals. This is accomplished through the presentation of the technical and interpersonal skills necessary to obtain entry-level positions in business, or as independent business operators. Graduates of the Program will emerge with a recognized degree and a set of diverse and relevant skills that are applicable in the pursuit of administration, management, or entrepreneurial opportunities and growth. The Program offers elective Foundation courses and the option of one of six areas of specialization (Concentration courses) designed to meet specific professional applications. Foundation courses build a broad understanding of the important elements of business management and administration while providing for a number of elective options. Concentration courses supplement the foundation by allowing students to develop a deeper understanding of a defined area of study. Students in the B.S.B.A. Degree Completion Program may pursue a concentration in any one of the following areas:
- International Business
- Project Management
Business study prepares job seekers for a range of careers. Some students who have a bachelor’s degree in business choose to get practical experience by working in management training or career development programs. Some might be interested in entrepreneurship. This Program provides a wide range of business skills that can be used in a variety of areas throughout a company. The B.S.B.A. degree is also a great starting point for people who eventually want to specialize in a certain business area and perhaps earn a Master's Degree. The objectives of the Program are:
- To develop the business and management skills necessary to obtain entry-level positions in business, or as independent business operators.
- To offer a program of coursework and practical exercises in business financing, management and sound operational practices that will enhance the professional and personal lives of its students
- To explore the intricacies of effective management and marketing of businesses of varying size and structure.
- To allow for a number of elective tracks focused on various entrepreneurial and business issues and procedures.
- To employ faculty who are accomplished in their respective fields from both an academic and practical perspective.
Successful graduates of the Program will demonstrate:
- Application of research and knowledge in the following broad-based areas: business management, accounting, marketing, economics, organizational behavior, and finance.
- The ability to evaluate ethical issues, recognize business, legal and regulatory issues, and make appropriate decisions and recommendations based on sound research reasoning and analysis with sensitivity to stakeholder interests.
- An ability to identify the connections between business and community and make socially responsible and environmentally sustainable choices when incorporating business operations and strategy.
- An understanding of the use of information systems to gather data, assess information and formulate meaningful reports to make effective business decisions.
- The traits and actions of effective leaders and how to effectively manage individuals and teams in the business environment.
The University acts to fulfill the purposes of the B.S.B.A. Program through appropriate coursework, coupled with continuing direction, evaluation of student progress, and regular assessment of student learning outcomes, supervised and administered by qualified faculty. The Program is 48 units in business foundation courses, and 12 units from one of six concentration areas. To earn the BSBA degree, a student must document the completion of at least 120 Semester units including a minimum of 30 units completed at William Howard Taft University. (Required and elective courses are set forth below.) At least 30 units must be in General Education courses. General Education courses are not offered by the University. They may be satisfied through transfer credit or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations. The Program is presented on a Semester basis. Students are generally enrolled in 12 units (4 courses) each Semester. Each Semester consists of a minimum time period of 16 weeks from the date study commences. Students not completing all Semester coursework in 16 weeks will be granted a 2-month extension of time to complete. If necessary, students may also take a leave-of-absence between Semesters, however, except in special circumstances, the entire degree program must be completed within seven years.
The online B.S.B.A. Completion Program utilizes a Directed Independent Study modality and requires no classroom attendance. The University's independent study modality recognizes that education is an individual process where individuals with different learning needs and study schedules can be accommodated. It emphasizes learning that is meaningful, where individuals enjoy the learning process and acquire knowledge to better understand and manage their own careers. The Program’s Faculty Mentors support the student’s independent-study learning role by guiding and stimulating the learning process in one-on-one interaction. Our faculty mentors recognize individual learning styles and needs, encourage one-on-one contact, and emphasize the relevance of the material to the individual's situation. Each course in the Program is 3 Semester units with the exception of BUS 499 – Comprehensive Business Plan, which is 6 units. Courses are typically comprised of a series of readings and lesson assignments supplemented occasionally by various multimedia. Students are evaluated through essays, written assignments, and objective examinations. All assignments are submitted electronically. As set forth in the University’s General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance.
Admission Policies and Requirements
To be considered for admission to the Program applicants must have earned a minimum of 60-semester units (including a minimum of 30 units in General Education*) from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. To apply for admission to the Program, an applicant must first complete the University’s Application for Admission Form along with the required $75.00 Application Fee and $55.00 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee. If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, enrollment materials will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard®, Visa®, American Express® or personal/business check. As set forth in the University’s General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance. *General education courses include those that address English, human communications (including, but not limited to, foreign languages and speech), mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.
Foreign Applicants and Applicants with International Credentials
It may be necessary for applicants who have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States to have their academic transcripts evaluated and certified by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES) member organization. Applicants will be assessed a fee by the certifying organization and should request that the report is sent directly to Taft University. Applicants transferring in a degree need to request a General Degree Evaluation sometimes called a Document by Document Evaluation. Applicants wishing to transfer in credits toward specific courses must request a Course-by-Course report. Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript. Upon request, the Admissions Office will provide a list of approved evaluators. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned the credits necessary for admission to the Program from an accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must demonstrate college-level proficiency in English through one of a number of University approved methods.
Transfer Credit, Portfolio Credit, and Credit By Exam
The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at William Howard Taft University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students may apply to have prior coursework and examinations from a number of sources reviewed by the University for academic credit toward the Program. A maximum of 90 units may be awarded for Transfer Credit or a combination of Transfer Credit, Credit-by-Exam and Portfolio Credit. In no case may the combined number of Portfolio Credit and Credit-by-Exam exceed 30 units. In all cases, a minimum of 30 units must be completed through coursework at William Howard Taft University.
- Transfer Credit: Transfer Credit toward a degree may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses are found to meet the standards and requirements of the specific program. Students may transfer up to a maximum of 90 earned units from other appropriately accredited institutions subject to evaluation. A $55 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee is assessed to evaluate previous academic work presented for transfer into the Program.
- Portfolio Credit: Portfolio Credit is a demonstration of college-level learning for adequately documented and validated experiential equivalent learning of a postsecondary nature. A typical example is the achievement of select certifications that relate directly to coursework in the Program. Students with prior military experience may also apply to have military coursework and documentation evaluated for possible equivalent college credit. A maximum of 30 units may be awarded for Portfolio Credit subject to evaluation. A $100 Portfolio Credit Evaluation Fee is assessed for students wishing to apply experiential equivalent learning toward the Program.
- Credit by Exam: Academic credit toward the Program may be granted for select CLEP and DANTES exams. Credit is awarded consistent with the recommended standards of the American Council on Education. A maximum of 30 units may be awarded for Credit-by-Exam subject to evaluation.
The tuition for the Program is $225.00 per unit. Enrolled students remaining in good academic standing will not be subject to any tuition increases for the duration of the Program. Enrollment in the Program will generally qualify students for payment deferrals on existing federally insured student loans. Applicants seeking deferrals on existing student loans should check with their lenders prior to enrolment. The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. The University does not sell books or materials. Most books and materials may be purchased directly from publishers or over the Internet. The cost is estimated to average approximately $125.00 per course. Students are always provided with a source for acquiring all required materials.
How to Enroll
If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. Students may elect to begin the Program on the 15th of any month. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard® / Visa® / American Express® or personal/business check. Applicants are encouraged to call the Admissions Office if there are any questions regarding enrollment procedures.
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