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Business Administration (BA in Professional Studies)

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a major in Business Administration provides a grounding in general business applicable to adult students with workplace experience who seek to deepen and expand their professional expertise.

You will

  • examine prior and current work experience in light of theory and principles, while applying new learning to solve current workplace challenges
  • be equipped to address business and organizational issues and make optimal decisions
  • become a promotable leader with the kind of agile and critical thinking skills addressed by solid liberal arts learning integrated with more specialized business  education

This major is designed for working adult students who want

  • A structured path to graduation
  • A professional major valued by employers with learning you can apply immediately
  • Acceleration and affordability by maximizing transfer credit
  • Acceleration and affordability by earning credit through assessment of prior learning from personal and professional experiences
  • Learning in the company of other adults
  • To complete the degree online, at the Loop campus or a combination of each
  • Preparation to move easily into a master’s program if so inclined
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Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a major in Business Administration 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, 24 and older, who seek the following:

  • A professional major valued by employers and with learning they can apply immediately.
  • Acceleration and affordability by being able to maximize transfer credit.
  • Acceleration and affordability by earning credit through assessment of evidence of their prior personal and professional experiential learning.
  • Learning in the company of other adults with diverse workplace experiences.
  • A degree that can advance their careers by enhancing their current professional portfolio with further studies in business administration. 
  • A structured path to degree completion.
  • Preparation for a master’s program.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to

  • Apply leadership skills in the workplace: lead teams to deliver results, communicate effectively, and execute decision-making.
  • Explain and manage human resources policies and functions that advance employees’ learning and development.
  • Identify risks to business and apply methods for mitigating those risks.
  • Apply fundamentals of project management to set priorities and achieve results.
  • Understand and apply quantitative methods of domestic and international finance.
  • Describe the meaning and the relevance of standard topics of economics and the role of government in a free capitalist democratic system.
  • Understand and discuss global issues in the workplace.
  • Develop and apply techniques for managing the sales and marketing functions of an organization.
  • Recognize the legal relationships that exist in the workplace and articulate the terminology describing those relationships.
  • Apply ethical reasoning to particular ethical questions in business and the professions.
  • Design and produce a significant product to be used in the workplace.

Chicago Police Academy

DePaul is pleased to announce its new Bachelor of Arts Degree completion program in Business Administration onsite at the Chicago Police Academy. See your career advance and set yourself up for success as you major in Business Administration and complete your Bachelor of Arts degree in professional studies. DePaul will help you gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need as a manager, supervisor or administrator in the corporate or nonprofit sectors. Students in this program will earn credit for prior learning and professional training experience through the Chicago Police Academy. And, DePaul’s onsite presence at the academy makes being a student again even more manageable.

Program highlights include coursework in:

  • Project management
  • Leadership
  • Professional communications
  • Human resources
  • Risk management
  • Workplace law
  • Technology, crime and civic engagement

Recruitment for this program has begun at the Chicago Police Academy. For more information, contact Ken Cohn at kcohn1@depaul.edu or 312-362-6306.

See highlights of the first cohort of students.​

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:

  • Designed for working adult students with 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 Requirements

(78 credits, 20 credits in residence):

Lifelong Learning

(32 credits, 16 credits in residence):

Course Title Quarter Hours
LL 201REFLECTIVE LEARNING 12
LL 305ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD4
LL 205QUANTITATIVE REASONING4
LL 261ESSAY WRITING4
LL 270CRITICAL THINKING4
LL 290RESEARCH WRITING 14
LL 301RESEARCH METHODS 16
LL 302EXTERNSHIP 14

Liberal Learning

(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

Students must take a total of 70 credit hours in the major. Of these, 40 credit hours must be completed in residence in the major, 8 credit hours of which in the courses specified.

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

Course Title Quarter Hours
FA 199CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING 12
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
DCM 321CAPSTONE PLANNING 12
DCM 322CAPSTONE PROJECT/PORTFOLIO REVIEW 14

Business Administration Core (40 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
BADM 208SUCCESSFUL SALES AND MARKETING MANAGEMENT FOR BUSINESS TODAY4
DA 200DATA ANALYTICS4
BADM 223ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PRINCIPLES4
DCM 301EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT4
DCM 302PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT4
DA 233APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS4
BADM 267WORKPLACE LAW: HARASSMENT, DISCRIMINATION AND CIVIL RIGHTS4
BADM 315ECONOMICS FOR DECISION-MAKING4
BADM 334HUMAN RESOURCE AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT FUNDAMENTALS FOR MANAGERS4
BADM 335UNDERSTANDING RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE4

Business Administration Electives (10 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
BADM 120
ESSENTIALS OF COACHING
BADM 153
THE ART OF SPEECHMAKING
BADM 178
GENDER AT WORK
BADM 209
THE HEART OF THE ENTREPRENEUR
BADM 220
DEVELOPING CONSULTING SKILLS
BADM 223
ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE PRINCIPLES
BADM 231
FINANCIAL PLANNING
BADM 247
APPLYING ECONOMICS: A PRACTICAL APPROACH
BADM 270
STARTING UP AND RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
BADM 288
MARKETING FOR THE SOCIAL GOOD
BADM 310
GENDER IN BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP
BADM 318
UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
BADM 340
IMPLEMENTING CORPORATE TRAINING PROGRAMS
BADM 359
ETHICAL BUSINESS BEHAVIOR
BADM 386
EXPLORING THE NONPROFIT WORKPLACE
CCA 170
CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
CCH 110
ESSENTIALS OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
CCH 202
STRATEGIC CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
CCH 209
CONSUMER BEHAVIOR INSIGHTS
CCH 221
PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING SKILLS
CCH 222
FACILITATIVE DIALOGUE
DA 220
DATA MINING
DCM 307
ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR
DCM 308
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
DCM 324
EFFECTIVE GROUP AND PERSONAL DYNAMICS

Open Electives (40 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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