Business Administration

School of Adult & Graduate Studies

Advance your business career.

Montreat College’s fully online Bachelor of Business Administration program provides a valuable balance of theory and practical experience, preparing students to work effectively in today’s complex business environment. The program promotes immediate implementation of classroom theory to the work environment, with courses on finance and accounting, decision-making, data analysis, management, and entrepreneurship.

Degree Highlights

  • Gain a broad knowledge and applicable skills in business management that offer immediate value for a real-world work setting.
  • Learn to apply cutting-edge business and leadership theories in the workplace.
  • Prepare for the complex challenges of the global economy.

For over 25 years, Montreat College’s School of Adult and Graduate Studies has been helping adult students acquire essential skills, complete their degrees, and take their career to the next level. Montreat offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in a classroom or online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are the start dates for the Business degree program?

There are six start dates for new students every year, in January, February, May, June, August, and October​. The deadline for our application for fall classes is on Friday, August 12, 2020. The start date for fall classes is Sunday, August 23, 2020.

How long does it take to complete the Business degree program?

Depending upon the amount of credits you transfer in, you may be able to complete the program in 18-24 months.

How much does the Business degree program cost?

The cost is $395 per credit hour plus a $50 technology fee per semester. In addition, there are multiple college and government financial aid programs available to help mitigate the cost of your education. You can learn more about your financial aid options.

What jobs can you pursue with a business degree?
According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics (BLS), the job market for business and financial professionals is expected to grow 10% from 2016-26, faster than the job market generally. Business and finance jobs include: accountants and auditors, budget analysts, financial analysts and advisors, financial examiners, fundraisers, loan officers, market research analysts, purchasing agents and managers, tax specialists, and many more.
What is the job market like for people with business degrees?
Globalization, a growing economy, and a complex tax and regulatory environment are expected to continue to lead to strong demand for accountants and auditors. In addition, increasing usage of data and market research in order to understand customers and product demand, and to evaluate marketing strategies, will lead to growing demand for market research analysts.
How much money do business professionals typically make?
According to the BLS, business and financial professionals earn an average annual salary of $68,350. However, the amount of money that such professionals make depends on many factors, including region, industry, and specialization.
What are the admissions requirements?
Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • Montreat College Application for Admission
  • Official, final transcripts of all college courses taken*
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or higher in all previous college work attempted.
  • Official, final high school transcript or its equivalent (if transferring less than 12 semester credits of college credit)*
  • American Council on Education (ACE) verification demonstrating any eligible CLEP and DSST examinations, and non-collegiate military training.

*All final transcripts must include graduation information

What are the degree requirements?

Degree Component

  • Completion of the Bachelor General Education Core (53* credits)
  • Completion of the General Education Competencies
  • Completion of the BBA prerequisites
  • Completion of the BBA Core (45 credits)
  • Completion of required electives (-22 credits)
  • Completion of the Major Field Test
  • Completion of Capstone Project course
  • Completion of 120 credit hours (two terms and 32 credit hours must be completed at Montreat College)

*EN 371 in the major can fulfill the Gen-Ed oral competency requirement.

If students take a full-time load each term, they could complete this program in four years.

BBA Prerequisites

  • CS 203 Information Systems Technology for Managers requires students to meet computer competency first. This prerequisite must be met by successful completion of one of the following (minimum grade of C) within the last ten (10) years:
    • CS 104 Computer Applications and Concepts
    • Equivalent introductory computer course from a regionally accredited college or university (official transcript showing proof must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office)

In addition to fulfilling the pre-requisite requirement, the above course will earn three hours of general education credit.

Courses

BS 201S Principles of Accounting I

Proprietary-based treatment of the accounting cycle, financial statements, merchandising, cash receivables, payables, inventories, plant property and equipment, payroll, accepted accounting principles and partnerships. Pre- or Co-requisite: BS 101. (3 credits, 6 weeks)

BS 202S Principles of Accounting II

Treatment of corporations, investment, consolidated statements, tax impact on decision, statement analysis, changes in financial position, responsibility account, manufacturing, cost process job order, and standard. Pre- or Co-requisite: BS 2015. (3 credits, 6 weeks)

BS 254S Economics for Decision-Makers

Thorough understanding of economic concepts is a crucial part of effective decision­ making. Economics for Decision Makers teaches students to consider micro and macro-economic theories when making business decisions. In addition, both rational and behavioral aspects of economics are studied, providing students a variety of perspectives when considering multiple alternatives. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 302S Business Ethics and Business Law

This course examines, analyzes, and applies the nature, formation, and system of law in the United States to the modern business environment. It also raises basic questions on moral reasoning and the morality of economic systems both in the United States of America and internationally, and examines the ethical relationships between the corporation, its employees, and its customers. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 308S Servant Leadership

This course studies the functional, moral, and spiritual aspects of leadership in organizations. Students gain an appreciation of the nature, strengths and weaknesses of servant leadership and become prepared to develop as a leader according to a personalized leadership plan. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 314S Data Analysis for Business

This course is designed to educate the undergraduate business student in the ability to work with data and statistical ideas. Students acquire the ability to describe data accurately, to make reliable inferences from data, and to assess critically the reported results of a variety of statistical studies by using various statistical methods and tools to analyze data in diverse example applications. Statistical methods and tools utilized include graphical and numerical data description, sampling techniques, probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, and analysis of variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the purpose of each procedure, performance the procedure using the software tools, and emphasis on interpretation and application of the results to organizational problems. Prerequisite: MT 122. (3 credits, 6 weeks)

BS 320S International Business

A study of business as practiced in different nations and cultures examining the influence of difference in the political, competitive, economic, social, legal, and technological environments on the main business functions (marketing, production, and finance) and business effectiveness. Also discussed are problems of international financial instability and exchange rate volatility. Foreign currency hedging problems are examined and solved. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 353S Groups, Teams, and Organizational Behavior

This course explores the interaction of groups and teams through the study of organizational behavior. Through this course, students will grow in their understanding of social dynamics in organizations and learn to lead groups and teams constructively. Topics covered include: organizational culture, motivation, group dynamics, high­ performance teams, role definition, self-organization, team assessment, and team design. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 366S Money, Markets, and the Economic Environment

This course explores the fundamental elements of developed market economies and the major factors that affect them. This includes investigating the core assumptions of economies, how government regulation affects economic growth, and the impact of globalization on world markets. Students learn to analyze economic policy to make business decisions that help them navigate the economic environment. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 414S Process Management and Systems Thinking

This course explores the development and management of business processes and business systems. Business processes allow organizations to define and order actions in order to result in repeatable, consistent outcomes. In this course, students will learn to develop business processes and measure their effectiveness. Additionally, students will learn to address the complexity of modern process-oriented organizations through the application of systems analysis and systems thinking. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 422S Issues in Corporate Finance

This course lays the groundwork for determining the value of the organization by conveying the ideas of cash flow, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, and capital budgeting. Pre-requisite: BS 201. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 437S Marketing Management

An integrated course in marketing systematically oriented with emphasis on the marketing mix and the formulation of competitive strategies. Special attention is given to the control function, market analysis, marketing information, and sales forecasting. Case analysis is stressed. (3 credits, 5 weeks)

BS 461S Strategic Management (Capstone Project)

This course is designed to provide an overview of the strategic management process. Emphasis is placed on developing vision, setting objectives, and constructing strategy to achieve desired results. Also stressed is the importance of analyzing external competitive conditions and the organization’s internal capabilities, resources, strengths, and weaknesses in order to gain and sustain a competitive advantage.
Approaches to organizational structure, policy, support systems, and leadership required to execute strategy effectively are examined. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses in BBA program (3 credits, 6 weeks)

CS 2035 Information Systems Technology for Managers

This course provides a thorough overview of information systems technology for management. Through lecture, case study, Internet exploration and hands-on applications, students examine a wide variety of critical uses of information technology by management. Prerequisite: completed computer usage competency (3 credits, 5 weeks)

EN 371S Managerial Communications

This course aims at improving the speaking, writing, listening, and facilitating skills of students who are, or aspire to be, supervisors and managers. Prerequisite: EN 111 and EN 112. Oral expression competency. (3 credits, 6 weeks)

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Faculty

Portrait of Stephen Dukas

Dr. Stephen P. Dukas
Associate Professor of Business​
stephen.dukas@montreat.edu

Portrait of Paul Gratton

Dr. Paul Gratton
Associate Dean for Adult and Graduate Studies
Business Department Chair
Assistant Professor of Business​
paul.gratton@montreat.edu