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Earn Your Small Business Administration Degree Online

Dreaming of running your own small business or already have your feet wet?  Through NAU’s Personalized Learning competency-based degree program, you can earn a degree in Small Business Administration entirely online. This self-paced degree program lets you advance at your own pace and is customized to fit how you learn. Personalized Learning also lets you progress quickly by demonstrating what you already know. 

Prepare To Work Right Away With A Competency-Based Degree

Earning your bachelor’s degree in Small Business Administration through Personalized Learning means you graduate with the skills and knowledge to put theory into practice right away. That’s because this unique competency-based degree program awards credit for what you know and requires you to demonstrate your grasp of the material before you advance. Learn more about how competency-based education works.

Small businesses make up the backbone of the American economy and the country’s largest job creator. Gain the skills and knowledge to succeed in areas of small business administration like: 

  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Marketing

Catalog Information

Learn more about the program options by viewing the catalog information below. Catalog information is displayed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Small Business Administration - Minor

Campus Locations

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Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
MINR
18 units
Maximum Transfer Units
18
18

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18
Some online/blended coursework Required

Details

Minor Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Minor in Small Business Administration

    Completion of these competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C1. Demonstrate concepts and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial performance.
    C2. Examine the personal traits/behaviors associated with successful entrepreneurial performance.
    C3. Examine fundamental business concepts that affect business decision-making.
    C4. Explore concepts and strategies needed for career exploration, development for co-requisites for becoming a successful entrepreneur.
    C5. Investigate the concepts, systems, and strategies needed to acquire, motivate, develop, and terminate staff.
    C6. Employ and audit the processes and systems implemented to facilitate daily business operations.

  • Course Credit Earned (18 units)

    • BBA 405  Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 units)
    • ENTY 320  Innovation and Creativity (3 units)
    • ENTY 430  Entrepreneurial and New Media Marketing (3 units)
    • ENTY 440  Project Management (3 units)
    • NAUY 300W  Dynamic Organizations (3 units)
    • NAUY 310  Leadership in the 21st Century (3 units)
    This minor is not available to students completing the Major in Small Business Administration through Personalized Learning.

Small Business Administration

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BA
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

Overview

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

  • 8 competencies of liberal studies equaling 35 units of coursework. These competencies can also be satisfied with the transfer of a AGEC.
  • 15 competencies equaling 54-57 units of NAU major courses

  • 16 competencies in modern language courses equaling 16 units of NAU language courses. SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 202, SPAN 203, are available through Personalized Learning; other modern languages may be accepted through test or transfer credit.

  • Electives as needed to reach 120 units

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Foreign Language Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended

Purpose Statement

The mission of the NAU Personalized Learning Bachelor of Small Business Administration will be a lead provider of personalized and customized undergraduate online business education that will promote and encourage participation of partnerships within the business industry and global community as well as a variety of governing agencies and trade associations.

Our primary goal is to prepare NAU students to sustain valuable contributions in their communities and create a culture of inclusion that contributes to a rich foundation of engaged social responsiveness and professional excellence in a local, national and global environment.

Our vision for the SBA Personalized Learning Program is driven by our principle to provide high-quality, competency-based business and entrepreneurial training, as measured by the critical performance indicators for effective entrepreneurship education and a skill set essential to the success of the local and global community of learners. The PL competency model provides entrepreneurial skills that optimize worker’s technical and professional skills.

In pursuit of these goals and vision we are committed in fostering a sense of community and to uphold the values of:

  • Excellence in Education, driven by high-quality, rigorous and customized individual educational plans.
  • Civility to support and engage student learning within their communities, and foster innovative, effective, and accountable practices.
  • Sustainable long-term partnerships to nurture multicultural understanding and community leadership.
  • Advanced technologies into the curriculum and create innovative and personalized delivery of service and mentoring of our students.
The Personalized Program is student-centered and shall provide the each student journey a customized learning path that will be prepare students for with a comprehensive understanding of the skills in management, operations, decision-making and business analytics to apply them to real-life experiences and long-term career planning. The SBA Personalized Learning Program is for the student who seeks a non-traditional bachelor’s degree in business with an option to a minor that fits their personal interests and specialization.

Student Learning Outcomes

The SBA program is dedicated to the mission and goals of the university and the sustainability of continuing business education and industry collaboration, to integrate four major areas in business:

  • Business Functions – Examine, synthesize and apply Management & Administration, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and strategic planning to the aspect of entrepreneurial real-life applications and essential for business success and performance.
  • Readiness Skills – Understand and critically apply a collection of competencies/performance principles in business for personal self-exploration, knowledge and skills that are prerequisites or co-requisites for the study of entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurial Skills-the processes and traits/behaviors applicable to new ventures and ongoing ventures that create/drive/change economic activity - new markets, new products, new businesses within the limitations of environmental global economies, social, and cultural and dynamic community engagement.
  • Workplace Diversity & Sustainability- Explore and understand the importance of workplace functions as essential for personal, academic, general workplace and entrepreneurial competencies and the sustainable interconnectedness of an increasingly complex global world.

PL students will examine in-depth competencies-based in a variety of business areas, including foundational development skills associated with key entrepreneurship performance indicators, emerging trend in postsecondary entrepreneurial education and direct skills assessments as related to industry specific standards.
 
Small Business Administration Personalized Learning Graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze current trends and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial performance.
  • Explore fundamental business theory and practices
  • Apply comprehensive and foundational business knowledge and skills in context of related applications in ethics, group work relations and conflict resolution in the business workplace.
  • Demonstrate the economic principles and concepts fundamental to entrepreneurship competencies, management principles and small business ownership.
  • Integrate and examine application of basic business theory to real-world case study experience
  • Examine cost-profit relationships, economic indicators/global trends and business financial principles in context of real-life business case study.
  • Explore and apply strategic planning for personal professional development, career exploration, development and growth in context of real-life business functions

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Admission requirements to Personalized Learning include NAU's undergraduate admission standards as well as the completion of a Readiness Assessment.  Prior to admission to the University, a Personalized Learning admission specialist guides prospective students through a series of steps to determine admissibility, applicable prior credit, preparedness via the Readiness Assessment, and degree selection. After these steps are complete, admissible students are directed to complete an account information form. This form replaces the traditional NAU application.

    Students may demonstrate competency through performance on pre-tests. Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Arts in Small Business Administration

    Completion of the competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1  Demonstrate concepts and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial performance
    C.2  Examine the personal traits/behaviors associated with successful entrepreneurial performance
    C.3  Examine fundamental business concepts that affect business decision making
    C.4  Employ concepts, strategies, and systems needed to interact effectively with others to ensure high performance in the workplace
    C.5  Acquire concepts and procedures needed for basic computer operations in a small business setting
    C.6  Evaluate the economic principles and concepts fundamental to entrepreneurship/small business ownership
    C.7  Analyze personal money management concepts, procedures, and strategies
    C.8  Explore concepts and strategies needed for career exploration, development for corequisites for becoming a successful entrepreneur
    C.9  Examine the financial concepts and tools used in making business decisions
    C.10 Investigate the concepts, systems and strategies needed to acquire, motivate, develop and terminate staff
    C.11 Break down the concepts, systems and tools needed to access, process, maintain, evaluate, and disseminate information for business decision making
    C.12 Explore the concepts, processes, and systems needed to determine and satisfy customer needs/wants/expectations, meet business goals/objectives, and create new product/service ideas
    C.13 Employ and audit the processes and systems implemented to facilitate daily business operations
    C.14 Examine and integrate the concepts, strategies, and systems that businesses implement and enforce to minimize loss
    C.15 Understands the processes, strategies, and systems needed to guide the overall business organization

  •  

    Course Credit Earned (54 - 57 units)

    • BBA 290   Managerial Accounting and Financial Analysis (3 units)
    • BBA 291   Economic Analysis and Business Law (3 units)
    • BBA 300   Principles of Management in a Global Economy (3 units)
    • BBA 320   Managerial Finance (3 units)
    • BBA 330   Supply Chain Management (3 units)
    • BBA 405   Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 units)
    • BBA 335   Human Resource Management (3 units)
    • ENTY 240  Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 units)
    • ENTY 320  Innovation and Creativity (3 units)
    • ENTY 360  New Venture Creation, Growth and Strategy (3 units)
    • ENTY 380  Entrepreneurial Funding and Plan Development (3 units)
    • ENTY 430  Entrepreneurship and New Media Marketing (3 units)
    • ENTY 440  Project Management (3 units)
    • NAUY 300W  Dynamic Organizations (3 units)
    • NAUY 310  Leadership in the 21st Century (3 units)
    • PLD 450 Applied Project (3 units)
    • PLD 491C Applying Knowledge and Skills, Capstone (3 units)
    • STAT 272  Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
    ** Students transferring in an applicable statistics course are not required to complete STAT 272. Work with an advisor to determine applicability of transfer course work.

     

Foreign Language Requirement
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for that completion.

Small Business Administration

Campus Locations

globe This program is available Online
Degree Information
Online
In-Person
Blended
BS
120 units
Maximum Transfer Units
64
120
Additional Admission Requirements - Additional Application

University Requirements

University Requirements
  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

Overview

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

  • 8 competencies of liberal studies requirements equaling 35 units of coursework
  • 15 competencies equaling 54-57 units of NAU major courses

  • 4 competencies in science courses equaling 12 units of NAU science courses. SCIN 182, SCIN 281, SCIN 301, SCIN 302, SCIN 293 are available through Personalized Learning; other science courses may be accepted through test or transfer credit.

  • Electives as needed to reach 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Mathematics Required MATH 115
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended

Purpose Statement

The mission of the NAU Personalized Learning Bachelor of Small Business Administration will be a lead provider of personalized and customized undergraduate online business education that will promote and encourage participation of partnerships within the business industry and global community as well as a variety of governing agencies and trade associations.

Our primary goal is to prepare NAU students to sustain valuable contributions in their communities and create a culture of inclusion that contributes to a rich foundation of engaged social responsiveness and professional excellence in a local, national and global environment.

Our vision for the SBA Personalized Learning Program is driven by our principle to provide high-quality, competency-based business and entrepreneurial training, as measured by the critical performance indicators for effective entrepreneurship education and a skill set essential to the success of the local and global community of learners. The PL competency model provides entrepreneurial skills that optimize worker’s technical and professional skills.

In pursuit of these goals and vision we are committed in fostering a sense of community and to uphold the values of:

  • Excellence in Education, driven by high-quality, rigorous and customized individual educational plans.
  • Civility to support and engage student learning within their communities, and foster innovative, effective, and accountable practices.
  • Sustainable long-term partnerships to nurture multicultural understanding and community leadership.
  • Advanced technologies into the curriculum and create innovative and personalized delivery of service and mentoring of our students.

The Personalized Program is student-centered and shall provide the each student journey a customized learning path that will be prepare students for with a comprehensive understanding of the skills in management, operations, decision-making and business analytics to apply them to real-life experiences and long-term career planning. The SBA Personalized Learning Program is for the student who seeks a non-traditional bachelor’s degree in business with an option to a minor that fits their personal interests and specialization.

Student Learning Outcomes

The SBA program is dedicated to the mission and goals of the university and the sustainability of continuing business education and industry collaboration, to integrate four major areas in business:

  • Business Functions – Examine, synthesize and apply Management & Administration, Finance, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and strategic planning to the aspect of entrepreneurial real-life applications and essential for business success and performance.
  • Readiness Skills – Understand and critically apply a collection of competencies/performance principles in business for personal self-exploration, knowledge and skills that are prerequisites or co-requisites for the study of entrepreneurship.
  • Entrepreneurial Skills-the processes and traits/behaviors applicable to new ventures and ongoing ventures that create/drive/change economic activity - new markets, new products, new businesses within the limitations of environmental global economies, social, and cultural and dynamic community engagement.
  • Workplace Diversity & Sustainability- Explore and understand the importance of workplace functions as essential for personal, academic, general workplace and entrepreneurial competencies and the sustainable interconnectedness of an increasingly complex global world.

PL students will examine in-depth competencies-based in a variety of business areas, including foundational development skills associated with key entrepreneurship performance indicators, emerging trend in postsecondary entrepreneurial education and direct skills assessments as related to industry specific standards.
 
Small Business Administration Personalized Learning Graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze current trends and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial performance.
  • Explore fundamental business theory and practices
  • Apply comprehensive and foundational business knowledge and skills in context of related applications in ethics, group work relations and conflict resolution in the business workplace.
  • Demonstrate the economic principles and concepts fundamental to entrepreneurship competencies, management principles and small business ownership.
  • Integrate and examine application of basic business theory to real-world case study experience
  • Examine cost-profit relationships, economic indicators/global trends and business financial principles in context of real-life business case study.
  • Explore and apply strategic planning for personal professional development, career exploration, development and growth in context of real-life business functions

Details

  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • Admission requirements to Personalized Learning include NAU's undergraduate admission standards as well as the completion of a Readiness Assessment.  Prior to admission to the University, a Personalized Learning admission specialist guides prospective students through a series of steps to determine admissibility, applicable prior credit, preparedness via the Readiness Assessment, and degree selection. After these steps are complete, admissible students are directed to complete an account information form. This form replaces the traditional NAU application.

    Students may demonstrate competency through performance on pre-tests. Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.

    This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.

Major Requirements
  • Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Science in Small Business Administration

    Completion of the competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.

    C.1  Demonstrate concepts and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial performance
    C.2  Examine the personal traits/behaviors associated with successful entrepreneurial performance
    C.3  Examine fundamental business concepts that affect business decision making
    C.4  Employ concepts, strategies, and systems needed to interact effectively with others to ensure high performance in the workplace
    C.5  Acquire concepts and procedures needed for basic computer operations in a small business setting
    C.6  Evaluate the economic principles and concepts fundamental to entrepreneurship/small business ownership
    C.7  Analyze personal money management concepts, procedures, and strategies
    C.8  Explore concepts and strategies needed for career exploration, development for corequisites for becoming a successful entrepreneur
    C.9  Examine the financial concepts and tools used in making business decisions
    C.10 Investigate the concepts, systems and strategies needed to acquire, motivate, develop and terminate staff
    C.11 Break down the concepts, systems and tools needed to access, process, maintain, evaluate, and disseminate information for business decision making
    C.12 Explore the concepts, processes, and systems needed to determine and satisfy customer needs/wants/expectations, meet business goals/objectives, and create new product/service ideas
    C.13 Employ and audit the processes and systems implemented to facilitate daily business operations
    C.14 Examine and integrate the concepts, strategies, and systems that businesses implement and enforce to minimize loss
    C.15 Understands the processes, strategies, and systems needed to guide the overall business organization
  • Course Credit Earned (54 - 57 units)

    • BBA 290   Managerial Accounting and Financial Analysis (3 units)
    • BBA 291   Economic Analysis and Business Law (3 units)
    • BBA 300   Principles of Management in a Global Economy (3 units)
    • BBA 320   Managerial Finance (3 units)
    • BBA 330   Supply Chain Management (3 units)
    • BBA 405   Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 units)
    • BBA 335   Human Resource Management (3 units)
    • ENTY 240  Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 units)
    • ENTY 320  Innovation and Creativity (3 units)
    • ENTY 360  New Venture Creation, Growth and Strategy (3 units)
    • ENTY 380  Entrepreneurial Funding and Plan Development (3 units)
    • ENTY 430  Entrepreneurship and New Media Marketing (3 units)
    • ENTY 440  Project Management (3 units)
    • NAUY 300W  Dynamic Organizations (3 units)
    • NAUY 310  Leadership in the 21st Century (3 units)
    • PLD 450  Applied Project (3 units)
    • PLD 491C Applying Knowledge and Skills, Capstone (3 units) 
    • STAT 272  Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
    ** Students transferring in an applicable statistics course are not required to complete STAT 272. Work with an advisor to determine applicability of transfer course work.54 - 57 units
Science Requirement
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for that completion.
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