ACADEMICS

  • Business Administration

    The business administration program enables participants to acquire competencies necessary to manage the human, financial, and technological resources of organizations. The major in business administration offers 6 concentrations: management, accounting, finance, marketing, international business, and entrepreneurial studies and small business management.

    Admission Requirements:
     
    Apply to the department after completion of the following prerequisite courses:

    • CS 120 Microcomputer Applications
    • EC 110 Introduction to Microeconomics
    • EC 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    • EN 253 Business Communications
    • MA 150 or EC 150 Statistics
    • MA 202 or EC 202 Business Calculus/Introduction to Mathematical Economics

    To be accepted to the major, a student must complete all prerequisite courses with a C (2.0) or better average.

    Requirements for a Major in Business Administration:

    48 credits in business administration courses, of which a minimum of 25 must be completed at Worcester State University

    Common Business Core: 36 credits
     
    Lower Division

    • BA 200 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior
    • BA 210 Financial Accounting I
    • BA 220 Financial Accounting II
    • BA 230 Managerial Accounting or BA 374 Cost Accounting
    • BA 250 Analytical Techniques in Business

    Upper Division

    • BA 305 Organizational Behavior
    • BA 312 Operations Management I
    • BA 316 Financial Management
    • BA 318 Principles of Marketing
    • BA 350 Business Information Systems and Applications
    • BA 320 Business Law I or BA 480 The Legal Environment of Business
    • BA 490 Business Strategy and Policy

    BA Electives: Other Upper Division (300-level or above)

    Business Administration courses: at least 12 credits

    Note: A student may apply any 2 of the following EC courses towards the BA major as either part of the BA electives or as courses within either the finance or international business concentration or within the BA minor.

    • EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy (Finance Concentration)
    • EC 301 Economic Development (International Business Concentration)
    • EC 307 International Finance (Finance or International Business Concentration)
    • EC 308 International Trade (International Business Concentration)

    Requirements for a Major in Business Administration, Concentration in Management:
    The Common Business Core together with 4 elective courses in the field of management chosen with the assistance of the advisor from the list below:

    • BA 300 Organization Theory
    • BA 306 Human Resource Management
    • BA 327 Ethical Decision Making in Business
    • BA 380 Negotiations
    • BA 385 Leadership
    • BA 400 Management and Organizational Behavior I
    • BA 401 Management and Organizational Behavior II
    • BA 430 Administrative Practices and Management
    • BA 434 Management and Corporate Responsibility
    • BA 440 International Business and Management
    • BA 481 Independent Study in Business Administration
    • BA 482 Selected Topics in Business Administration
    • BA 486 Internship in Business Administration

    Requirements for a Major in Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting:
    The Common Business Core together with 4 additional courses in the field of accounting chosen with the assistance of the advisor. Typical courses include:

    • BA 370 Intermediate Accounting I
    • BA 371 Intermediate Accounting II
    • BA 375 Federal Income Taxes I
    • BA 376 Auditing

    Requirements for a Major in Business Administration, Concentration in Marketing:
    The Common Business Core together with four additional courses in the field of marketing chosen with the assistance of the advisor from the list that follows:

    • BA 406 Trends in Marketing
    • BA 420 Marketing Research
    • BA 422 Retailing
    • BA 424 Advertising Management
    • BA 426 Consumer Behavior
    • BA 428 Business to Business Marketing
    • BA 429 Integrated Marketing Communication
    • BA 486 Internship in Business Administration
    • BA 494 International Marketing

    Requirement for Major in Business Administration, Concentration in International Business:
    The common Business Core together with 4 elective courses in the field of international business chosen with the assistance of the advisor from the list that follows. A maximum of 2 of the courses listed below may be used.

    • BA 351 Managing eBusiness
    • BA 440 International Business and Management (required)
    • BA 481 Independent Study in Business Administration
    • BA 482 Selected Topics in Business Administration
    • BA 486 Internship in Business Administration
    • BA 494 International Marketing
    • EC 301 Economic Development
    • EC 307 International Finance
    • EC 308 International Trade

    Requirement for Major in Business Administration, Concentration in Finance:
    The common Business Core together with 4 additional courses in the field of finance chosen with the assistance of the advisor from the list that follows:

    • BA 404 Corporate Finance (required)
    • BA 355 Insurance and Risk Management
    • BA 414 Real Estate Investment
    • BA 415 Investment Analysis
    • BA 486 Internship in Business Administration (related to finance)
    • EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
    • EC 307 International Finance

    Requirements for a Major in Business Administration, Concentration in Entrepreneurial Studies and Small Business Management:
    The Common Business Core together with 2 required plus 2 additional courses in the field chosen with the assistance of the advisor from the list below:
     
    Two required electives:

    • BA 302 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    • BA 402 Launching the Venture - The Business Plan

    Note: In addition, students may choose any two remaining courses for this concentration from the following:

    • BA 303 Small Business Management
    • BA 304 Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders
    • BA 351 Managing eBusiness
    • BA 420 Marketing Research
    • SO 420 Social Entrepreneurship

    Or any courses in the field as approved by BA program chair/instructor/advisor.

    Admission requirements for a Minor in Business Administration:

    Apply to the department after completion of the prerequisite courses. For acceptance to the minor, students must complete the 3 prerequisite courses with a C (2.0) or better average.

    Requirements for a Minor: 27 credits as follows
    Prerequisite courses (9 credits)

    • CS 120 Microcomputer Applications
    • EC 150 Statistics/or MA 150 Statistics
    • EC 110 Introduction to Microeconomics or EC 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics

    Required courses (18 credits)

    • BA 200 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior
    • BA 210 Financial Accounting I

    Plus 4 additional BA courses (may choose two of the following EC courses):

    • EC 205 Money, Banking and Monetary Policy
    • EC 301 Economic Development
    • EC 307 International Finance
    • EC 308 International Trade

    4-Plus Program
    The Business Administration and Economics Department offers a 4-Plus Program that allows business administration majors with GPAs of 3.0* or higher to gain admission to the M.S. in Management during their junior year (they may apply once they have completed 75 credits) and to a begin taking classes as a senior. In order to complete the joint degree, in the final year of their bachelor's work, students may take two graduate level courses (6 credits). Please see the note below regarding which graduate classes may also count within the undergraduate BA major degree requirements. These graduate credits may be included in the undergraduate tuition of full-time state supported students. Students should take at least one summer class between the spring of their BS graduation and the fall in which they embark on full-time graduate studies. Taking the graduate credits as an undergraduate and the summer class(es) may allow students to complete course requirements for the bachelor's and master's degree in five years (60 months). For more details, students should consult with the graduate coordinator of the M.S. Management Program.

    Undergraduate business administration majors who are accepted into the 4-Plus program may take the following graduate courses (6 credits maximum) and count them in both their BA undergraduate major and M.S in Management program. These courses will appear at the 500 level on their undergraduate transcripts and will be transferred at the 900 level for the M.S. in Management program once they have completed their bachelor's degrees. Students must have permission of the graduate instructor and the M.S. in Management graduate coordinator to take any graduate classes before they have finished their undergraduate degree program.

    • BA 960 Leadership (may count in the BA electives or in the leadership concentration)
    • BA 962 Ethics and Social Responsibility of Leadership (may count in the BA electives or in the leadership concentration)
    • BA 915 Corporate Finance (this may be counted as a substitute for BA 404 in the BA electives or within the accounting concentration)
    • BA 912 Marketing Management (this may count in the BA electives or within the marketing concentration)