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To succeed in business, you need a deep understanding of how organizations run. That's why interpersonal skills, strategic problem solving and operational principles are at the core of Southern New Hampshire University's online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program. By focusing on these key business skills, this degree program will help prepare students to be successful entrepreneurial thinkers and decision-makers in various fast paced, complex environments.
Why earn a business administration degree at SNHU?
You can choose the bachelor's degree in business administration alone or elect one of over a dozen concentrations.
Learn how to solve business challenges by helping organizations manage their finances with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in accounting.
Businesses recognize employees who have sound financial, accounting and management knowledge as well as language and computer skills. Professionals with adequate accounting knowledge work with middle and upper management and in public accounting, where complex financial transactions are analyzed and reported. The accounting concentration is ideal for students who wish to supplement their business administration major with specialized accounting skills.
The business and accounting degree curriculum provides both an accounting and general business course of study. With the accounting concentration, you'll develop knowledge and skills in financial accounting practices, complete the accounting cycle, prepare complex financial statements, identify and correct financial reporting issues, create budgets, and conduct ratio analyses to assess financial information.
With your specialized business administration degree from SNHU, you’ll be in a great position to begin a career in public accounting and private industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in accounting and auditing is expected to grow 6% through 2028.2
Courses may include:
If you're interested in this subject, you may also be interested in a full online accounting degree.
Gain the skills you need to start and manage your own business with an online bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. This concentration is perfect for natural leaders looking for the foundation they need to bring their startup ideas to life.
Learn more about earning your business administration degree in entrepreneurship online.
Invest in your future with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in finance.
Corporations in every industry seek employees who understand the complexity of economic activity and the demands facing all firms to take a bottom-line perspective. With a business finance degree from SNHU, you'll be prepared to fill these roles. This program is ideal for adults who wish to transfer credits, switch to finance from another field or supplement an existing degree with a bachelor's in business.
You'll learn how to apply theory to the real world of international and domestic finance. You'll also develop the analytical and quantitative skills needed for corporate and individual financial management industries.
SNHU's business finance degree online will prepare you to pursue a wide variety of business- and finance-related careers such as:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for financial analysts are set to grow 6% through 2028.2 The need for financial managers is also likely to climb 16% through 2028.2
If you're interested in this concentration, you may also be interested in a full online finance degree.
Put your finger on the pulse of healthcare with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in healthcare administration.
Healthcare is a booming industry. According to the BLS, employment of healthcare occupations is projected to grow 14% through 2028 – adding about 1.9 million new jobs.2 As the aging population continues to grow, so does the need for educated healthcare leaders who can help plan, direct and coordinate health services and improve patient care.
The online healthcare business administration program will give you a foundation in business with an added focus in healthcare. Coursework covers topics such as healthcare delivery systems, reimbursement, ethics, quality management, and research and evaluation methods.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 18% through 2028 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.2
SNHU's healthcare business administration program prepares you for a variety of roles, such as community health manager, health policy analyst, health promotion specialist, health services manager and medical services administrator. Positions exist in various settings, including:
If you're interested in this concentration, you may also be interested in a full healthcare administration degree online.
Learn the ins and outs of HR with an online bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in human resources management. You'll gain the specialized skills you need to succeed in any industry – whether its the private, nonprofit or government sector.
This program concentration is currently aligned with the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. These guidelines are part of SHRM's Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools.
Learn more about earning your business administration degree in human resources online.
Help improve productivity in your business with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in industrial organizational psychology. This specialized concentration is perfect for students looking for a degree that blends psychology and business.
Learn more about earning your industrial organizational psychology business degree.
If you're interested in this concentration, you may also want to check out a full online psychology degree.
Drive business beyond borders with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in international business. In an increasingly globalized society, this specialized degree will give you the foundation you need to understand and appeal to multinational markets.
Learn more about earning your business administration degree in international business online.
Capture the hearts and minds of consumers with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in marketing.
This specialized marketing concentration will introduce you to areas such as market research, social media marketing and communication and consumer behavior, so you can be prepared for a variety of careers in the fast-paced and ever-evolving field of marketing.
With a marketing-focused business degree under your belt, you'll have the skills required for a variety of entry- and mid-level marketing roles in advertising, customer relations, market research, product/brand management, product distribution, purchasing, retail management and sales.
The curriculum for this marketing concentration focuses on developing effective leadership tools for survival, growth, increased productivity and conflict management in today's increasingly complex business environment. By combining broad-based business courses with marketing courses, you'll learn how to apply theory to real-world situations.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment for advertising, promotions and marketing managers is expected to increase by 8% through 2028 – faster than the national average for all occupations.2 With new opportunities opening up in the field of digital media marketing, the potential for marketing professionals to reach even wider audiences continues to rise.
If you're interested in this concentration, you may also be interested in a full online marketing degree.
Make it your mission to empower nonprofit organizations with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in nonprofit management.
This specialized online bachelor's in business administration was developed in cooperation with business professionals to provide the expertise you need to succeed in today's workplace.
With a concentration in nonprofit management, you'll benefit from a curriculum focused on the skills you need to achieve organizational goals within the nonprofit world. Nonprofit management courses will help you master grant writing, government and nonprofit accounting, nonprofit management and entrepreneurship. Courses are taught by instructors with professional credentials and experience in their field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for social and community service managers are set to grow 13% through 2028 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.2
The nonprofit field is as versatile as it is rewarding. You’ll find valuable roles in human resources, public relations, accounting, grant writing and more within a variety of organizations, including hospitals, universities and social organizations.
Manage organizational growth with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in organizational leadership. This specialized program will give you the foundation you need to effectively lead employers through times of change.
Learn more about earning your business administration degree in organizational leadership online.
Take charge with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in project management. You'll learn how to effectively keep the ball rolling in every aspect of the project life cycle – from ideation and implementation to assessing outcomes.
As part of this project management concentration, you'll have the option to take the QSO-345: Project Management for CAPM® Certification course, which will help prepare you to take the PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management® exam.
Learn more about earning your business administration degree in project management online.
Make public service your bottom line with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in public administration. This specialized concentration is perfect for civic-minded students who want to use business as a vehicle for social change.
Learn more about earning your business administration degree in public administration online.
Reach your career goals with an online bachelor's in business administration with a concentration in sport management.
With a degree focused on sports, you'll be prepared to handle a number of areas of the business that come your way, like media, merchandising, hospitality and event management.
When you add a sport management concentration to your business degree, you'll have the skills you need to succeed in a fast-paced profession. Our program combines our long-standing, comprehensive business education with the sport management principles that allow you to ethically address business needs in sport organizations.
The sports industry continues to grow: Sports and entertainment occupations are projected to see an increase of 5% through 2028.2 In addition, management occupations are expected to climb 7% in that same period.2 The increasing popularity of sports is driving the need for qualified professionals with a specialized skill set.
Completion of your online sports business degree can open many career opportunities in the field, including marketing, sales, operations and finance management for professional sports organizations, sporting goods manufacturers, intercollegiate athletics, parks and recreation departments, and fitness facility management. A well-rounded business degree with a focus on sports management skills is essential in this rapidly growing field.
If you're interested in this subject, you may also be interested in a full online sports management degree.
“You’re going to have access to a lot of executives who are alumni of the school,” said Marc de Grandpre, GM of the NY Red Bulls. He knows – he’s one of our sports school success stories. Learn how his BS and MBA in Sport Management helped him rise to the top.
The bachelor's in business administration program prepares graduates for a wide range of career options. There's a tremendous need in the marketplace for professionals who know how to manage the resources of an organization or business in an effective manner.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 7% through 2028, adding about 591,800 new jobs.2 In May 2018, the median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $68,350.2
With a solid foundation in the principles of information technology, analytical skills, legal and ethical issues, behavioral dynamics and quantitative analysis, you'll be prepared for a number of roles including:
Upon completing this bachelor's degree, you'll have earned vital competencies that can be applied to your personal and professional life, including communications and critical thinking skills as well as economics, finance and organizational leadership.
Plus, as business graduate Ed Ponte '14 points out, learning online will help you build a whole other set of skills employers want to see.
"When you're a top performer in an online program, hiring managers take notice, because those same attributes will make you a valuable employee," he said. "It's about balancing a schedule, setting priorities, working in ambiguity, and finding both the resources and paths to success. It's the exact same skill set of a top-performing employee."
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
The curriculum for our online business degrees prepares SNHU graduates for the workforce – as do our career services, learning resources and support services. SNHU's programs offer a variety of courses that provide you with a well-rounded foundation, in some cases featuring experiential learning opportunities like simulations and internships.
You'll learn from expert faculty, such as Jessica Rogers, PhD, Associate Dean of Business Programs at SNHU.
Leveraging experience in operations, management, sales and marketing, Rogers also serves as an editorial board member of The Journal of Education for Business. But even with her accomplished career, few moments hold a candle to seeing her students succeed.
"SNHU instructors really love our disciplines and want to share our passions with students," said Rogers, who's affectionately known by learners as Dr. J. "Inspiring. Mentoring. Cheerleading. I love all that, and want students to take that grit and evolve.”
You can tailor your program to work for you, too. Choose the general BS in Business Administration to gain a broad understanding of business and management principles, or opt for a concentration to specialize your skill set. Students unsure about a concentration area may choose to add one after enrollment.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
The "best" online college for a business degree depends on what works best for you. That said, here's what makes SNHU stand out from the pack:
Matthew Seawright chose Southern New Hampshire University to finish his business degree because he said it offered him the best opportunity to learn the skills he needed to succeed in the modern workplace.
“By going back to school it put me in the know and on a level playing field with my peers,” he said. “It taught more about the business world, especially today’s business world.”
For Jean Besson '14, who earned his BS in Business Administration, finishing a degree gave him the fuel he needed to get his foot in the door.
"My degree from SNHU is a confidence booster. It gives me the right to sit at the table and ask questions," Besson said. "My breakthrough moment was having that degree from SNHU. It allowed me to say, 'OK, I'm qualified.'"
If you're looking to earn an online business degree, you've come to the right place.
Not only do we offer the BS in Business Administration with several concentration options, we also offer 200+ online bachelor's, master's and associate degrees across many high-demand fields, including 20 specialized MBA programs. It's worth noting that graduates of SNHU's online BS in Business Administration will have earned all the foundation classes they need to continue on to our MBA. So if you know you want to earn your master's, or decide down the line to take your education even further, we can help you get there.
Students from all across the globe have chosen to learn online at SNHU – giving them a flexible, affordable alternative to a traditional classroom experience. For some, taking the next step in their career wouldn't be possible without the option to learn online.
That's the case with Marissa Markelon, who's well on her way to completing her BS in Business Administration. A winner of two women's motocross championships, Markelon needed a program she could complete on the road between races.
"It helped me learn how to better utilize time management," Markelon said. "It made me realize I was capable of more than I believed."
Typically, a 120-credit bachelor's degree in business takes about 4 years to complete.
But at SNHU, every student journey is different. If you have previous credits you'd like to transfer into your program, for example, we're happy to work with you.
On average, students transferring into our BS in Business Administration program bring in about 40 transfer credits. That said, SNHU accepts up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's, meaning you could have as few as 10 courses – and as few as 5 terms – to get your degree. Plus, with six 8-week terms per year at SNHU, reaching that goal may come sooner than you think.
We try to make online learning as seamless and quick as you want it to be. Because we believe, no matter where you've started, SNHU is where you can finish strong – and save time and tuition along the way.
We believe that cost should never stand in the way of your education. That's why we've frozen online tuition rates every year since 2012. What does that mean, exactly? It's simple – while other schools keep raising the cost of tuition each year, you'll pay the same rates we offered nearly 10 years ago.
Our rate is $320 per credit, and a bachelor's in business requires 120 credits to complete. That said, there are plenty of ways to manage and save – even on these already low rates – such as grants and scholarships, financial aid, transfer credits and more.
Plus, if you're a military service member, or a military spouse, you could be eligible for a number of military benefits – including 30% tuition discounts.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
*All concentrations associated with the program are also accredited through ACBSP.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.