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Bachelor of Science in Business Management Online

Strengthen your base knowledge of management techniques and prepare to successfully conduct business across various roles.

01/04/21 Next Application Due Date
01/13/21 Next Class Start Date

Overview


Gain the in-demand business skills that can help you stand out in the job market. The 100% online B.S. in Business Management program from Northwest Missouri State University equips you with an essential business acumen, focusing on key areas such as budgeting and forecasting, marketing, project management, technology, and operations management.

$299 Per Credit Hour
Up to 90 Transfer Credits
120 Credit Hours

In our online business management degree program, you will explore relevant case studies and apply your learning in real-world projects. You will benefit from a wide variety of collaborative learning methods such as rotating the roles of leader and team member across different courses to gain a broad business perspective from every angle. Students will also have ample opportunities to debate issues and engage in negotiations as part of the coursework. In fact, negotiation and conflict resolution techniques are a large component of the B.S. in Business Management online program.

Our experiential learning format prepares you with the relevant knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to the workforce upon graduating. The undergraduate-level curriculum goes beyond theory and encourages you, as a student, to think critically and act decisively. Plus, the profession-based learning aspect of the curriculum, influenced by the Professional Advisory Board at Northwest, allows you to apply your studies to real-life contexts. The Board, composed of industry professionals, meet annually to discuss the job market, workforce skills gaps and needs and provide that information to Northwest faculty, so they may incorporate it in their course learning outcomes.

This business management program is fundamental in preparing career-ready graduates

More than 95% of students graduating with this degree find employment or continue their education within six months after graduation.

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. For more information, contact the Higher Learning Commission by mail at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, by phone at 800-621-7440 or via email at info@hlcommission.org.

Graduates of this online program will:

  • Learn to develop business plans from start to finish
  • Gain experience with budgets and forecasts in a real-world scenario of running an online business
  • Be able to integrate different business disciplines
  • Develop strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Strengthen their ability to plan, lead, analyze and problem-solve

Career opportunities include:

  • Public Administrator
  • Financial Manager
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Property or Real Estate Manager
  • Insurance Administrator
  • Nonprofit Organization Manager
  • Retail Manager

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Tuition and Fees

Our B.S. in Business Management online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$299 Per Credit Hour

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course
B.S. in Business Management $299 $897

Important Refund Information

1st day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
2nd day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
3rd day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

The School of Business at Northwest is ranked among the top 100 "Best U.S. Colleges for Business Majors" by NerdWallet.com (2017).

Calendar

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working students, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

01/04/21 Next Application Deadline
01/13/21 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring 1 01/13/21 12/18/20 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 03/05/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 02/23/21 03/01/21 03/09/21 03/10/21 04/30/21
Summer 1 05/11/21 04/21/21 04/27/21 05/04/21 05/06/21 06/25/21
Summer 2 06/28/21 06/08/21 06/14/21 06/21/21 06/23/21 08/13/21

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Admissions

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the B.S. in Business Management online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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To apply for this program, you must meet the requirements for one of the sections listed below.

  • Students with 24 or more transferrable credit hours:
    • Minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Students with less than 24 transferrable credit hours:
    • Follow freshman admission requirements
  • Transfer students from non-regionally accredited institutions will also be considered a first-time freshman; credit cannot be transferred into Northwest from a non-regionally accredited institution

Returning Students (will need to reapply)

Students who have not been enrolled at Northwest for more than one semester (excluding summer):

  • Must submit a complete and official transcript with a minimum of a "C" if they have attended other institutions
  • Must submit an essay for re-admission if returning after suspension or probation

First-Time Freshman Students

First-time freshman admission is based on a combination of class rank, GPA and ACT/SAT score. One of the following is required:

  • Category I:
    • 21 or higher on the ACT composite (or the SAT equivalent: 980 or 1060*)
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.0 scale)

*Per 2016 SAT redesign.

  • Category II:
    • An admissions index score that equals or exceeds 100 points
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on 4.0 scale)

Home-Schooled Students

Applicants must have their ACT or SAT results submitted directly from ACT or College Board. A transcript listing of high school courses and grades in each course is also required for admission.

  • 21 or higher on the ACT (or SAT equivalent), OR
  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

GED Applicants/HiSET Applicants

A student may be considered for admission after receiving an equivalency certification, meeting the following criteria:

  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

Official transcripts can be emailed to apply@nwmissouri.edu. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Courses

For the B.S. in Business Management online, the curriculum is comprised of 120 credit hours, including: 44-47 credit hours of Northwest Core (general education), 4 credit hours of our university seminar, 48 credit hours of professional component courses, 21 credit hours of required courses, and 3 credit hours of an advisor-approved elective course.

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Students must take 44-47 credit hours of general education courses to meet the degree plan requirements.

Students must take the 4-credit-hour university seminar course to meet the degree plan requirements. Students who transfer in 15 credit hours will not be required to take this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Basic concepts of decision-making, central values, variability, probability, and statistical inference, elementary concepts of correlation, parametric tests of significance, and regression analysis. Will satisfy the Northwest Core requirement in mathematics. Proficiency examination is available. Prerequisite: An ACT Math score of 22 or higher, high school GPA of 3.00 or higher or a minimum grade of C in MATH 17082—or concurrent enrollment in MATH 17014.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course for helping students apply functions to model practical situations. Students will apply concepts of algebra to problem-solving while relying more heavily on technology when using nonlinear situations. Will satisfy the Northwest Core requirement in mathematics. Proficiency examination is available.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to computer systems. Topics include integrated office applications, hardware, software, internet, and the rights and responsibilities of computer users.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A beginning course in the principles and theory of accounting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of ACCT 51201, with the partnership and corporation as forms of business organizations emphasized. Prerequisite: ACCT 51201, with a minimum grade of C.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the fundamental principles of macroeconomic analysis. The basic principles relating to aggregate supply and demand; the determination of national income, employment and price level; money and banking; monetary and fiscal policies; and alternative economic systems are studied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the fundamental principles of microeconomic analysis. The basic principles relating to decision-making by the individual household and the individual firm under different market structures, the allocation of society's resources, and international trade and balance of payments are studied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Fundamental principles of law in relation to the legal environment of business, including procedure and evidence, business ethics, court systems, contracts, torts, administrative law and constitutional law.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the financial structure of corporations, principles and techniques used in financial analysis and decision-making. Prerequisites: ACCT 51202 and MATH 17118 or consent of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed to acquaint students with current knowledge and emerging trends in business communication. Emphasis on developing and improving business writing (letters, memoranda, reports) and oral presentation skills, understanding the importance of communication in organizations, developing skills needed in the job search and learning how to match specific communicative styles to various situations. Prerequisites: COM 29102, ENGL 10112 or ENGL 10115.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the field of management designed to give a basic understanding of the principles, concepts and functions of management within that social system called the information era. Successful management is dependent on fostering responsible and autonomous behavior as authoritarian structures are being replaced by democratic processes evolving within modern organizations. Thus, successful management is studied as the processes and behavior of participative management.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the several areas of primary concern to the production manager, including layout, work measurement, wage incentives, inventory control and quality control. The use of both qualitative and quantitative tools to aid in decision-making will be introduced. Prerequisites: MGMT 54313, MATH 17114, MATH 17118 or consent of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course designed to give students the opportunity to integrate information from the functional areas of an organization in the formation and implementation of organizational policy. Computer simulations will also be utilized to simulate organizational decision-making. Prerequisite: senior standing, ECON 52150 and ECON 52151 (with a minimum grade of C in each of the courses) and completion of all other common professional component courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of determination and satisfaction of consumer wants or needs from a managerial perspective. Elements of this process include market research, demand analysis, product development, pricing, promotion and distribution.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course on the myths, misconceptions and misinformation prevailing in international business, especially in the areas that affect us most—protectionism vs. free trade, balance of payments, deficits and surpluses, the European Union, WTO, problems unique to developing countries, changing trade patterns and reasons why, floating vs. fixed monetary systems, cultural differences, and multinationals.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of business systems and their relationship with computer systems. The interaction of various systems of the organization and computer technology is emphasized. Prerequisites: MGMT 54313 and either CSIS 44101 or CSIS 44130, each with a grade of C or better.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of objectives, functions, and organization of typical human resource management, emphasizing job analysis, selection and placement; development and training; safety and health; employee relations; administration of wages and benefits; labor legislation; and personnel research. Students will be able to identify current problems, issues, and trends faced by human resource professionals and learn to recognize the importance of business ethics and the role it plays in HRM. Prerequisite: MGMT 54313.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Inspire a curiosity for and understanding of the historical evolution of HRM thought as it pertains to current day practices.
  • Be able to identify current problems, issues, and trends faced by human resource professionals
  • Increase your understanding of the functions of management and organizations in the real world
  • Recognize the importance of business ethics and the role it plays in HRM, as HR professionals serve as advocates for the workforce while complying with the corporate objectives of senior management
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the legal environment that affects HRM
  • Demonstrate an understanding of job analysis; recruitment of employees, including internal and external sources; selection of employees, including concerns of validity and reliability
  • Show a basic understanding of the performance evaluation process, including methods of performance appraisal and potential errors involved
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational reward systems, in particular: wage and salary systems; incentive based or performance-based systems; and employee benefits, including retirement benefits, health benefits, etc.
  • Exhibit understanding of employee safety and health concerns and requirements, particularly the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The application of principles and concepts of the behavioral sciences and total quality management to the interpersonal relationships found within modern organizations. As quality management practices replace authoritarian structures with more democratic processes, a need to stress continuous improvement, self-regulation of work content and structure within a job, self-evaluation of performance, self-adjustment in response to work system variability, and participation in the setting of job goals or objectives are seen as the key to effective managerial behavior. Students will learn how to identify and apply skills in problem identification, diagnosis, decision-making, and implementation in human problem situations. Prerequisite: MGMT 54313.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and discuss the elements of human behavior in groups/organizations and management of human resources
  • Identify and apply skills in problem identification, diagnosis, decision-making, and implementation in human problem situations
  • Investigate the frameworks for the analysis of human performance in organizations, to include discussion, analysis, and application of:
    • Individual behavior and motivation
    • Interpersonal interaction and communication
    • Group processes, teamwork, and leadership
    • Organizational processes and structures
    • Management practices to improve human performance and productivity

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course designed to aid the prospective small business owner in deciding whether or not to start or purchase a retail business, becoming aware of the pitfalls and failure, and understanding how various decisions might increase chances of success. Small business will be compared and contrasted with the larger corporation on several topics. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to identify and analyze potential business opportunities, determine the differences between new ventures and existing organizations, and learn how to investigate how potential entrepreneurs can be better prepared to address issues that arise in new venture creation. Prerequisite: MGMT 54313.

Learning Outcomes:

The aim of this course is to provide potential entrepreneurs with a background and foundation on the startup of new ventures and to introduce aspects of planning and management related to small business. The objectives of the course are:

  • Identify and analyze potential business opportunities.
  • Examine differences between new ventures and existing organizations
  • Identify common issues that arise in new venture creation
  • Investigate how potential entrepreneurs can be better prepared to address issues that arise
  • in new venture creation
  • Explain what is necessary to start a new venture
  • Analyze if entrepreneurship is a worthwhile pursuit

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the theoretical and practical perspectives of the various negotiation process strategies and tactics found in the contemporary business and social setting. Emphasis will be placed on the preparation element of the negotiation process, distributive and integrative negotiation techniques, along with developing negotiation styles, relational trust building, power, persuasion and ethics, creativity and problem-solving in negotiations, multi-party and multi-cultural negotiations. Students will learn how to explain and discuss how to develop differing negotiation styles and behaviors and their respective impact on negotiated outcomes, and identify patterns and phases in negotiation settings, how to mitigate them, and how selecting one pattern from another may result in different results. Prerequisite: MGMT 54313.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding that negotiation is a critical life skill that can be learned and improved
  • Identify and explain the importance of all phases of negotiations.
  • Explain and discuss how persuasion, power, and ethics figure as key negotiating challenges.
  • Explain and discuss how to develop differing negotiation styles and behaviors and their respective impact on negotiated outcomes.
  • Explain and discuss why building trusting relationships can result in more lasting and more effective negotiations.
  • Identify patterns and phases in negotiation settings, how to mitigate them, and how selecting one pattern from another may result in different results.
  • Explain and discuss the implications for negotiation in cross-cultural settings.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to use the language of negotiation both in speaking and writing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Economic, social, technological, and ethical problems facing American business and its leaders in the 21st century. Students will learn to analyze and critique ethical issues and the influence these have on society, management decision making, behaviors, policies and practices. You will also evaluate the extent to which social, ethical, public, environmental, and global issues must be considered from a strategic perspective. Prerequisites: MGMT 54313 and senior standing.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Recognize the various stakeholders in a business, and point out the expectations and demands placed on business firms that emanate from these stakeholders
  • Appraise business responses and management approaches for dealing with social political, environmental, technological, and global issues and stakeholders
  • Analyze and critique ethical issues and the influence these have on society, management decision making, behaviors, policies and practices
  • Evaluate the extent to which social, ethical, public, environmental, and global issues must be considered from a strategic perspective

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course to provide an understanding of the operations of multinational corporations. It will concentrate on the decision-making process as related to the planning, organizing and controlling of multinational operations. Specifically, this includes differences in operation overseas, political risks, international finance, trade and trade barriers, joint ventures, partnerships, and human resource planning. Prerequisite: MGMT 54313.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An interdisciplinary approach to marketing in the international marketplace. Specifically, this course focuses on how to conduct cultural environment analysis, international marketing strategy development and implementation based on economics, sociology and cross-cultural psychology.

Students must take 3 credit hours of any advisor-approved elective course to meet the degree plan requirements.

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