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Business Administration (BA in Professional Studies)

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The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a major in Business Administration from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) builds knowledge and skills for application in corporate and nonprofit settings, especially within administrative, managerial and supervisory positions. In this program, students examine their prior and current work experience in light of theory and principles. This program intentionally helps students to integrate liberal arts learning, with an emphasis on agile and critical thinking, with a professional specialization.

This major advances students' foundational business knowledge in a range of areas critical to business administration, especially project management, human resources, risk management, leadership, workplace law, globalization, ethical conduct, data analytics, and professional communications. With a range of courses in the major offered as electives, students may choose courses and specialize in areas of particular interest to them.

Graduates of this program will be particularly well positioned to make optimal decisions in the workplace and become promotable leaders. This major is designed for working adult students who seek the following:

  • Flexible scheduling including online options available
  • Financial Aid, flexible payment options, and special adult student tuition pricing available
  • Acceleration and affordability through transfer credit and prior learning assessment (PLA) credit
  • Opportunities to combine bachelor's and master’s programs and apply graduate courses to both programs
  • Individualized program planning, course selection and advising assistance provided
  • Enhanced career opportunities through professional portfolio development, and career placement services instruction from industry practitioners, and wide-ranging Career Services support
  • Degree granted by DePaul University, with its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to join its prestigious and extensive alumni network
Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Core Requirements 78
Major Requirements 70
Open Electives 44
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of management.
  • Analyze issues in organizational contexts.
  • Apply skills for effective decision-making in organizations.
  • Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Apply ethical principles in context.
  • Apply various methods of communication in multiple settings.
  • Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.

College Core (78 credits, 20 credits in residence):

Lifelong Learning Requirements (32 credits, 16 credits in residence):

Course Title Quarter Hours
LL 201REFLECTIVE LEARNING 12
or RPL 101 PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT
LL 305ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD4
LL 205QUANTITATIVE REASONING4
or LL 206 ADVANCED MATH FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
LL 261ESSAY WRITING4
LL 270CRITICAL THINKING4
LL 290RESEARCH WRITING 14
LL 301RESEARCH METHODS 16
LL 302EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CAPSTONE 14

 Liberal Learning Requirements (46 credits, 4 credits in residence):

  • Liberal Arts in Action Requirement: CCA 281, CCH 281, CCS 281 or courses with LA1 designation, 6 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM ARTS & IDEAS, courses with the CCA, AL, PI, or RD requirement designations, or any Arts & Ideas competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM HUMAN COMMUNITY, courses with the CCH, SSMW, or UP requirement designations, or any Human Community competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM SCIENTIFIC WORLD, courses with the CCSW, SI, SILB, or SISK requirement designations, or any Scientific Word competencies, 12 credits
  • IN 307 INTEGRATIVE LEARNING, 4 credits 1

Major Requirements (70 credits) 

40 credit hours must be completed in residence in the major, including FA 199 and LL 303.

Professional Studies Core (20 credits, 8 credits in residence)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING
FA 199CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING 12
PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS
DCM 330PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE4
ETHICS OR SOCIAL JUSTICE, courses with the PSES requirement designation. Choose one of the following:2
DCM 317
ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS
DCM 318
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS
CREATIVITY OR INNOVATION, courses with the PSCI requirement designation. Choose one of the following:2
CCA 170
CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
DCM 319
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, courses with the PSGP requirement designation. Choose one of the following:4
CCH 239
BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY AND OUR GLOBAL FUTURE
CCH 283
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF WORK & FAMILY
CCH 300
GLOBALIZATION AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
CAPSTONE PROJECT
LL 303CAPSTONE PROJECT 16

Business Administration Core (40 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
BADM 208SALES AND MARKETING MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS TODAY4
BADM 223ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PRINCIPLES4
DA 200DATA ANALYTICS4
DA 233APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS4
DCM 301EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT4
DCM 302PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT4
BADM 315ECONOMICS FOR DECISION-MAKING4
BADM 330LAW IN THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT4
BADM 334HUMAN RESOURCE AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR MANAGERS4
BADM 335RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE4

Business Administration Electives (10 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
BADM 120ESSENTIALS OF COACHING2
BADM 231FINANCIAL PLANNING4
BADM 270STARTING UP AND RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS2
BADM 288MARKETING FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD 44
BADM 310GENDER IN BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP4
BADM 313CHANGE MANAGEMENT: THEORY & PRACTICE2
BADM 318UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS4
BADM 340IMPLEMENTING CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAMS4
BADM 359ETHICAL BUSINESS BEHAVIOR4
CCA 153THE ART OF SPEECHMAKING2
CCH 110ESSENTIALS OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT2
CCH 209CONSUMER BEHAVIOR INSIGHTS4
CCH 221PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING SKILLS2
CCH 222FACILITATIVE DIALOGUE4
DCM 307ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR4
DCM 308INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS4
DCM 316WORK IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT2
DCM 324EFFECTIVE GROUP AND PERSONAL DYNAMICS4

Open Electives (44 credits)

Open Electives can be fulfilled through courses taken in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and other DePaul colleges, transfer courses, assessment of prior learning (PLA), and independent studies.​​​​​

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