Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

imgresThe School of Management at The Sage Colleges is proud to offer its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) fully online.

The BBA is a degree-completion program, fully accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). Students who enter this program have already completed some college-level work and are prepared to pursue a bachelor’s degree. This forward-thinking, innovative program provides students with flexible and convenient educational tools that are designed to meet the needs of working adults aspiring to management positions. This program also provides the foundation needed for entry into Sage’s online MBA program, which is offered with an accelerated track for those interested.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Bachelor of Business Administration online degree from The Sage Colleges will be able to:

  • Apply appropriate and effective use of technology for organizations.
  • Communicate effectively through the delivery of written and oral presentations.
  • Synthesize managerial practice with stakeholder theory and socially responsible decision-making.
  • Analyze, evaluate and develop effective leadership skills in a variety of settings.
  • Understand the social, financial, environmental, legal, political and global issues facing contemporary organizations.
  • Utilize critical-thinking skills to understand and apply problem-solving strategies and techniques for organizational and individual decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge in the sub disciplines of management through experiential learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism within the context of the work environment.


* Students must take all of the core courses listed below (except that students may choose between BUS 209 and MAT 112, and they may also choose between MAT 220 and ECO 215). Students must also take an additional 12 credit hours of elective ACC, BUS, ECO or LAW courses (not listed below) or choose 12 credit hours of courses from either a marketing concentration or an organizational studies concentration.

A comprehensive introduction to financial accounting principles including analysis and recording business transactions, preparing working papers and financial statements. The course is developed through the use of lectures, problem solving, and a computerized practice set.

A study of managerial accounting theory and the application of those principles including cash flows, break-even analysis and manufacturing operations. The course is developed through the use of lectures, problem solving and electronic spreadsheets. Prerequisite(s): ACC 201.

This course is designed to give the student a comprehensive look at the field of marketing. The course adopts a managerial focus as it covers topics such as the marketing concept, segmenting, targeting, positioning, and how the effective manager uses the marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion) to gain and hold the customers.

The primary objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of management and to the context of actual management practice. The course is organized around the functions of management; planning, leading, organizing, and controlling. The course is a primer for students of any field who are interested in the practice of management and studying contemporary management issues.

This course prepares students to use mathematics as a decision-making tool in business and prepares students for further work in financial management. Topics covered include a review of basic mathematical concepts and techniques: basic algebra, percents, ratios and proportions, statistics, simple interest, compound interest, in addition to computing present value, annuities, sinking funds, and amortization.

This course is designed to give the student a comprehensive view of business law with an emphasis on the rationale behind the laws that affect business practice. Both domestic and international laws will be analyzed providing the student with an understanding of the role of law in a global economy. Topics to be covered, include business formation and structures, agency, the nature and classification of contracts, statute of frauds, third party rights, contract formation, performance and breach, warranties, sales contracts and regulations affecting international business. (Course is equivalent to LAW 205).

This course is designed to give the student a comprehensive view of commercial transactions and the Uniform Commercial Code. The effects of international laws on American commerce and business will also be analyzed. Topics to be covered include Article 2 sales, title and risk of loss, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, bankruptcy, anti-trust laws, product liability, consumer laws and import/export laws. (Course is equivalent of LAW 206). Prerequisite(s): BUS-212 or LAW-205.

This course is a comprehensive review of the core functions relating to the effective management of an organization’s human resources recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, compensation, administration, and strategic human resource planning. Special attention is given to contemporary topics including equal employment opportunity, career development, separation and downsizing, and international human resource issues. The emphasis will be on understanding and applying these concepts to help students in the wide-range of positions and organizations in which students find themselves.
Prerequisite(s): BUS-205.

This course examines a series of business situations with an approach designed to integrate the student’s previous business courses in management, marketing, accounting, and business law in order to determine the strategy a firm should follow to ensure its long-term survival. Students should plan to take this course in sequence with BUS 424. Prerequisite(s): BUS 204 & BUS 205 and a minimum of 57 earned credits.

This is the basic course in Finance. Topics include the goals and functions of financial management, financial analysis and planning, working capital management and the capital budgeting process. Prerequisite(s): ACC 201 and ACC 202.

This course provides students with an opportunity to gain experience in an organizational environment. Students are required to meet with the internship director prior to registering for this course. Prerequisite(s): Completion of 54 credits.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, the old adage goes. But where does work end and play begin? What is the proper balance between them? This course is for students who have or have had careers and who wish to examine these and related questions about play and work. The class will consist of discussion of assigned readings as we think together about the economic, social, personal and spiritual dimensions of play and work.

Focusing on the role of managers within an organization, this course emphasizes the role of computer-based information systems to support an organization’s objectives and strategic plans. The course includes core concepts and hands-on application projects to illustrate the strategic role of information systems in an organization. Prerequisite(s): BUS 205.

This course examines a series of business situations with an approach to integrate the student’s previous business courses in management, marketing, accounting, economics and business law. In order to determine the strategy a firm should follow to insure its long-term survival, students will utilize theoretical strategic frameworks. Students should plan to take this course in sequence with BUS 324. Prerequisite(s): BUS 324 and BUS 325.

This survey of macro-economy includes analysis of inflation, unemployment, and economic growth. This course emphasizes the theoretical foundations for the formation of fiscal, monetary, and international stabilization policy.

This is a survey of economics of price determination (supply and demand), theory of firm and competitive market structures, consumer and business decision-making, and government regulation of economic activity of government.

The course builds a foundation of descriptive and interferential statistics and develops applications to managerial and economic decision-making. Topics include: descriptive statistics, probabilities, estimation, test of hypothesis with both parametric and non-parametric statistics, and regression analysis. Microcomputer statistical packages support the course content.
Students who take this course cannot receive credit for MAT 220 or PSY/PSYC 207.

An advanced algebra course designed with the essential concepts for precalculus and other courses in business and computer science. Topics such as linear equations, linear equations applications, inequalities, graphing linear equations, polynomials, exponents, factoring, rational expressions, radicals and complex numbers will be emphasized. Prerequisite(s): Recommended: A beginning algebra course.

An intuitive approach to the meaning of statistics as an interpretive tool, this course covers techniques of exploratory data analysis, probability distributions, normal distributions, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation, analysis of enumerative data, and an introduction to analysis of variance. Integrated into these topics will be an introduction to the use of computers. Not open to students who have completed any college-level statistics course. Suggested preparation: A beginning algebra course.

LIFE Skills Curriculum General Education Requirements (30-32 credits):

  • HUM 112: Language and Community (3 credits)
    • Complete HUM 112. (ENG 101, ENG 102 or HUM 113 may be used to fulfill this requirement).
  • Humanities
    • Complete two courses from the following disciplines: ARH, COM, EGL, HUM, PHL, SPA, FRE (6 credits)
  • Social Science
    • Complete two courses from the following disciplines: CRM, ECO, HIS, PSC, PSY, PSYC, SCL (6 credits)
  • Science
    • Complete two courses from the following disciplines: BIO, CHM, PHY, SCI (6-8 credits)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
    • Complete MAT 110 or higher. (ECO 215 or PSY 207 may be used to fulfill this requirement).
  • Interdisciplinary Topics (3 credits)
    • Complete one ITD 300-level course
  • Technology Competency (0–3 credits)
    • Waiver competency test available
  • Experiential-Based Learning
    • (Internship) in the major
  • Capstone Seminar
    • (Senior Project) in the major

Total LIFE Credits 30-32

*Note: One three credit course may “double count” in helping students to meet both a major requirement and general education requirement. Course credits are not doubled however.


The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) offers rolling admission with start terms in fall, spring and summer. Applications are encouraged well in advance to the start of each term so that there is ample time for transfer credit evaluations and financial aid packaging.

Working directly with an admission counselor, we evaluate the amount of transferable credit and work experience you have. We strongly encourage you to be in good academic standing, have at least 40 completed college credits or have an associate degree.

How to Apply

Choose one of the following:

Students must submit:

  • A completed application for admission
  • An official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended since high school. To do this, complete and print the Official Transcript Request Form (located on the last page of this document) and fax it to 800-473-2512.
  • A one- to two-page career goals essay

International students must submit additional information including WES transcript in order to be admitted.

Students can expect to receive an admission decision within two weeks after their admission file is considered complete. Students who have completed the admission procedures and gained acceptance to an undergraduate degree or certificate program will be classified as a matriculated student, are eligible for financial aid and will be assigned a faculty advisor.

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