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Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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A four-year degree is the pathway to higher compensation and more opportunities as you enter the business world today — and advancement to management down the road. The skills you acquire through the William Woods University online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration will help prepare you to take your place and begin the journey. This is one of the most popular online degrees at William Woods, designed to further the ideals and values of ethics, self-liberation, and lifelong education that will prepare you to participate in the business community. In this program, you will enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning.

You’ll take part in a rigorous and challenging business curriculum taught by experienced faculty committed to supporting you every step of the way. And you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate online with your peers, sharing what you have learned and honing techniques and skills that you will apply in the workplace after graduation.

Your business administration degree at work

In today’s business world, professionals with management backgrounds and skills are extremely valuable to companies looking to attract established and experienced leaders to bring them into the 21st century. Professionals who are management-savvy are sought after to help improve employee and workplace efficiency, promote positive culture and well-being in the workplace, and ultimately contribute to company growth. There is a multitude of careers for graduates with a management background.

Job opportunities include:

  • Business associate
  • Executive assistant
  • Human resources manager
  • Office manager
  • Operations manager


The online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at William Woods consists of 124 credit hours, with 61 general education hours, 21 basic core hours, and 42 major core credit hours.

Courses you may take

ACC 240 - Principles of Accounting I - 3.00

An introduction to the principles underlying accounting information. The course will focus on the role that accounting information plays in planning, evaluating, and recording operating activities of businesses. An introduction to financial statements is also included. In this course students will summarize financial data and construct basic financial statements using various software tools such as Excel and QuickBooks.

ACC 241 - Principles of Accounting II - 3.00

This course extends the concepts of ACC 240 Methods for evaluating management decisions will be included through the study of financial statement analysis. Students will be able to interpret the financial position of a company based on their organization of the financial data that is compiles using various software tools such as Excel and QuickBooks. Prerequisite: ACC 240

BUS 206 - Entrepreneurship - 3.00

A straightforward, fundamental approach to managing a small firm. Students will organize, interpret data and show the proper procedures in planning, operating, directing, and evaluating a new small business.

BUS 231 - Risk Management and Insurance - 3.00

This course is an introductory study of handling personal and business risk through various basic risk management strategies. Student will be expected to understand terms and definitions related to the fundamentals concepts of social, private and public insurance programs. The course will be divided into four parts: general overview of risk management and insurance; Life and Health Insurance; Homeowners and Auto Insurance; and Government Regulation.

BUS 321 - Principles of Marketing - 3.00

An application of concepts from the field of marketing of consumer demand in relation to marketing procedures, functions, methods, policies, including issues of marketers from a marketing perspective.

BUS 324 - Personal Finance - 3.00

This course provides practical information covering five main topics: money management (budget, credit cards, income taxes, and mortgage payments), insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning. Students are expected to integrate various personal finance instruments and construct a personal finance plan based on their personal assessment. Prerequisite: Any college level math course

BUS 332 - Business Communications - 3.00

Formulate and develop the business/management communication process and its functions in a business environment. All types of business communications will be analyzed, practiced, and assessed Prerequisite: ENG101

BUS 335 - Business Law - 3.00

Fundamental principles of law in relation to business including court systems, torts, contracts, and sales.

BUS 351 - Principles of Management - 3.00

An investigation of management concepts with an emphasis on the four basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, including the application of decision making, group dynamics, communication, and the business environment.

BUS 415 - Corporate Finance - 3.00

This course connects the principles of financial managerial decision to a broader management process linking the firm with external markets in which it must raise funds, purchase inputs and sell products. The student will be expected to apply the concepts of financial analysis and planning, investment risk and time value of money, cash flows and capital budgeting, and cost of capital. Each students will construct a stockholders’ report that analyzes the real world financial markets. Prerequisites: ACC 240, MAT 114, and MAT 118 or MAT 112

BUS 450 - Business Policy and Procedures - 3.00

This is a senior capstone course which synthesizes the student's academic experience in various professional business subjects taught in the business administration degree program. This course gives a special emphasis on the creative, analytical and critical challenges experienced by contemporary business managers. Students will connect their business knowledge to international and ethical issues in business. The course stresses a case study approach. Prerequistes: BUS351, BUS321, ACC241, ECN251, ECN252 and senior standing

ECN 251 - Macroeconomics -S - 3.00

This course is an introduction to the nature, method, and scope of economic analysis regarding the macroeconomic performance of nations. Indicators of a nation’s macroeconomic performance include the economic growth rate, the tendency toward inflation, and the level of unemployment. This course introduces students to the process of monetary and fiscal policy, and also introduces students to each policy’s impact on national economic performance. Students also are introduced to the nature of global trade and economic development.

ECN 252 - Microeconomics -S - 3.00

This course introduces students to the principles and theories of microeconomics. The course stresses identification of fundamental economic concepts, essential forms of business organization, and introductory theory regarding exchange and price determination under various market conditions. Students additionally learn about distribution of income, the economics of agriculture and labor, and the role of government in business.

MAT 114 - Elementary Statistics -M - 3.00

A pre-calculus introduction to statistics. Topics include: elementary probability, measures of central tendency and variation, normal distributions, sampling, confidence intervals, estimation, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Emphasis on the use of graphing calculators and the utility of mathematics as a problem-solving tool. Extensive discussion of applications in natural science, social science, and business. Prerequisite: MAT 099 or equivalent.

MIS 125 - Productivity Tools - 3.00

Students will learn basic skills involving the applications of word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentations, and e-mail using the Office 2013 suite. Students will be exposed to employment considerations and new administrative features. Several of the specific components will include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.



  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from every high school or college attended (or GED) – unless you have an AA degree (not AAS)
  • 25 hours of transferable credits required

Your digital classroom. Available anywhere.

William Woods online undergraduate programs are available to students across the country. In Missouri, our students come from Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more locations. Beyond Missouri, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and other states.

William Woods in the real world

Many, many of our graduates are working or earning an advanced degree. You’ll find them in some amazing positions.

One more thing

It’s not always about climbing the corporate ladder. You may have a unique plan to serve the nonprofit world. Or develop a social enterprise that does well by doing good. Bring it to us and see what happens. We’re not just committed to helping you move up the ladder; we are committed to creating pathways and possibilities for the most unique and exceptional career plans to flourish.

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