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Complete your bachelor’s degree in business management

Get to where you want to be in your career by putting your college credits to use. Earn the University of Wisconsin Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree through UW-Parkside. In this online degree completion program, you can package credits you’ve previously earned to finish what you started. 

In as little as two years, you can earn your business management degree completely online, while working and balancing your life. 

Gain the essential business skills needed for success in the UW-Parkside business management degree. The general business curriculum will expose you to a wide range of business topics and you’ll gain an understanding of the multinational and multicultural aspects of the business world.  

A University of Wisconsin System Collaboration

The UW Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-Parkside. 

University Accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools, and by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB). AACSB International is the premier accrediting body for college-level business programs around the world. Less than 5 percent of the business schools worldwide earn this accreditation.

Admission

Applicants must have:

  • 40 or more transferable credits
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • MATH 111 (College Algebra I)

If you have less than 40 credits, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 608-262-2011 or learn@uwex.edu to discuss your options to earn this degree.

Application Deadlines

Application materials must be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission.

Starting your application early will help ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts), transfer credits, apply for financial aid, and complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. 

How to Apply

Step 1: Visit the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application, login or create an account.
Step 2: Apply to UW-Parkside, and select “bachelor of science in business management” as the program.
Step 3: Send your official high school and college transcripts, along with ACT or SAT scores, to the student admission office of UW-Parkside.

Questions?

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find it helpful to speak with an enrollment adviser first. Our staff is here to answer your questions, talk with you about your goals, and help you decide if this program is a good choice for you. Call 608-262-2011 or email learn@uwex.edu.

Curriculum

In this 67-credit bachelor’s degree completion program, students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits* to earn this BS in Business Management degree. To graduate, students will need an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the major, which includes 300/400 level business foundation and concentration courses, including any transfer courses. Credits are distributed as follows:

  • 67 General Business Management credits
  • 57 credits in areas other than business and upper level economics. One Fundamental Preparation course may count in this total.

Advanced coursework in the General Business Concentration should be taken after the student has completed most of the Business Foundation Core Courses. However, due to the sequence of course offerings, students may wish to begin advanced coursework in the General Business Concentration prior to completing the Business Foundation Core Courses. Students are encouraged to check with their faculty advisor on the scheduling of advanced coursework.

Students in the BS in Business Management program can also earn the Project Management Certificate by taking the 4 project management courses as electives, and declaring their intent to pursue the certificate to their advisor.

*The business major has 3 courses that can also apply to the general education requirement

Fundamental Preparation Courses (16 credits)

16 credits and a minimum grade of C in each course is required. ECON 120, ECON 121, MATH 112 and SPCH 105 are required. Choose one 3 credit advanced writing course from ENGL 201, ENGL 202, ENGL 204.

CourseCredits

Develops and applies principles and models of demand and supply, consumer behavior, producer behavior, competitive and imperfectly competitive markets, and related contemporary economic policy issues.Prerequisites: MATH 111  College Algebra I with minimum grade C or better 
3 Credits

Develops and applies principles and models of economic aggregates such as national income, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and the monetary system and analyzes monetary and fiscal policy.Prerequisite: MATH 111 College Algebra I with a minimum grade C or better 
3 Credits

Advanced study and practice in English composition with emphasis on exposition.Prerequisite: ENGL 101 Composition and Reading with a grade of C- or better. 
3 Credits

Writing instruction with an emphasis on presenting written and oral reports and interpreting technical writing.Prerequisite: ENGL 101 Composition and Reading with a grade of C- or better.
3 Credits

Examines the structure, style, and format of composition as related to professional settings.Prerequisites: ENGL 101 Composition and Reading with a grade of C- or better. 
3 Credits

Explores functions and graphs, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences, series, induction and combinatorics. Four-hour lecture.Prerequisite: MATH 111 College Algebra I with minimum grade C or better 
4 Credits

Introduces fundamentals of speech composition, style, and delivery. Includes practical experience in informative, persuasive, and special occasion speaking. 
3 Credits

Business Preparation Courses (15 Credits)

15 credits in Business Preparation courses with a minimum grade of C are required in each course.

CourseCredits

Introduces financial accounting emphasizing basic concepts and procedures in accumulating, measuring, and communicating financial information. Includes preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements.Prerequisites: MATH 111 College Algebra I, Microsoft Excel knowledge
3 Credits

Identifies relevant accounting and financial information for managerial decisions. Analyzes product costing, pricing, capital budgeting, profit planning, performance reporting, and variance analysis.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, ECON 120 Microeconomics, QM 210 Business Statistics I, Microsoft Excel knowledge
3 Credits

The legal and ethical environment in which business operates, with emphasis on government regulation.
3 Credits

Introduction to descriptive statistical analysis; probability and expectation; discrete and continuous probability models; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing and estimation. Emphasizes conceptual understanding of statistical analysis and its application to and interpretation for business problems.Prerequisite: MATH 112 College Algebra II 
3 Credits

This course explains advanced inferential techniques including analysis of variance; simple and multiple linear correlation and regression techniques; Bayesian decision analysis; time-series analysis; non-parametric techniques; use of computer analysis for applied business problems.Prerequisites: MATH 112 College Algebra II and QM 210 Business Statistics I, Junior standing, business major or minor. 
3 Credits

Business Foundation Core Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of business foundation core courses are required. Students must acquire an overall average GPA of 2.5 in 300/400 level foundation, major and concentration courses.

CourseCredits

Focuses on strategic management as a critical function and responsibility of general managers. Encompasses all functional areas of an organization including marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, and management information systems. Develops critical skills in analyzing organizations, their competitive environments, and strategic alternatives.Prerequisites: FIN 330 Managerial Finance, MKT 350 Marketing Principles, MGT 349 Organizational Behavior and Senior standing. 
3 Credits

This course introduces the concepts and practices of managerial finance such as: time value of money, bond and stock valuation, financial statements, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, QM 210 Business Statistics I (or MATH 309 ), Econ 121 Macroeconomics, Junior standing, business major or minor. 
3 Credits

Introduces individual and group behavior in organizations and to organizational theory. Includes motivation, communication, stress, leadership decision-making, organizational processes and structures, and interactions between organizations and external environments.Prerequisites: Must be of Junior or Senior standing. 
3 Credits

Use of the computer as a problem-solving tool, as part of data processing systems, MIS and decision support systems; information systems planning and development; overview of database management, networking and web technologies; project management.Prerequisite: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
3 Credits

Introduces the general marketing process, which is involved in the distribution and exchange of goods and services. Surveys product, pricing, promotion, distribution, and buyer behavior variables within the context of market planning.Prerequisite: ECON 120 Microeconomics
3 Credits

Examine the role of the operations function in an organization; strategy and competitiveness, supply chain management, forecasting and inventory control, total quality management, statistical quality control, lean manufacturing, scheduling, project management, and application of these principles in manufacturing and service organizations.Prerequisites: QM 210 Business Statistics I and MATH 112 College Algebra II
3 Credits

General Business Concentration and Elective Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of General Business Concentration and elective courses are required. The three credit course HRM 343 Human Resource Management is required. The other 15 credits must be taken from upper level (300/400) business courses. Students can take no more than two courses (6 credits) in any one business area (accounting, business, finance, human resource management, management, management information system, marketing, selling project management, quantitative methods). Students must acquire an overall average GPA of 2.5 in 300/400 level foundation, major and concentration courses.

CourseCredits

Examines income statements and balance sheets with in-depth study of accounting for assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, FIN 330 Managerial Finance or concurrent registration. Junior standing and business major or minor.
3 Credits

Covers basic terminologies, concepts and tools that are involved in managing supply chain operations. Using theoretical concepts, problems, and cases the course emphasizes qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques used in managerial decision making.Prerequisite: QM 210 Business Statistics I
3 Credits

Examines design and management of service businesses. Includes processes, technology, location, customer service, capacity and demand queues. Includes quantitative tools.Prerequisites: MGT 349 Organizational Behavior, MKT 350 Marketing Principles
3 Credits

Covers the major functions of a human resource management system; acquiring, developing, rewarding, and maintaining employees; emphasis on effective, ethical, and legal HR practices.Prerequisite: Must be of Junior or Senior standing. 
3 Credits

Explores global challenges and potential solutions for businesses and other organizations with international operations. Topics include cross-cultural approaches and strategies to effectively manage workers in different countries and regions of the world. Includes in-depth study of global management skills, the impact of advancing technology, complex workplace changes, economic transformations, different cultural contexts, the world economy, and global marketplace.Prerequisite: ECON 121 Macroeconomics
3 Credits

Emphasizes an understanding of digital marketing, social media, Internet marketing, consumer behavior, web analytics, search engine optimization, and advertising and creative strategy.Prerequisite: MKT 350 Marketing Principles 
3 Credits

Examines theoretical and applied research and concepts in the buying decision processes in households, businesses, nonprofit and government organizations as these relate to development, implementation, and assessments of marketing strategies. Covers contributions from social and behavioral sciences as well as marketing.Prerequisite: MKT 350 Marketing Principles
3 Credits

This course covers the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) specified by Project Management Institute (PMI) in detail. Topics include lifecycle, processes, integration, scope, time, cost, human resources, communication, risk and procurement.
3 Credits

Learn the personal skills essential for effective project management, including general intelligence, emotional intelligence, groups and teams, project leadership, stress, ethics, and communication.
3 Credits

Learn advanced tools and technologies of project management, including Microsoft Project and Microsoft Excel, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), budgeting a project, scheduling a project using PERT/CPM, allocating scarce resources, critical chain and critical path, resource leveling, monitoring project costs, evaluating and terminating a project.Prerequisite: PMGT 341 Basics of Project Management
3 Credits

Apply project management skills to a simulated or live project, develop project justification and project plan, and execute the project plan and track performance, including project scheduling, risk analysis, earned value, and teamwork during this simulation.Prerequisites: PMGT 341 Basics of Project Management and PMGT 342 Essential Personal Skills for Project Management
3 Credits

Course Schedule

The selection of courses for the business management degree varies each fall, spring, and summer. Check below for upcoming courses. 

Fall 2020

UW Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree program Fall 2020 semester courses

Course Dates: September 2, 2020 – December 11, 2020

CourseCredits

Introduces financial accounting emphasizing basic concepts and procedures in accumulating, measuring, and communicating financial information. Includes preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements.Prerequisites: MATH 111 College Algebra I, Microsoft Excel knowledge

Identifies relevant accounting and financial information for managerial decisions. Analyzes product costing, pricing, capital budgeting, profit planning, performance reporting, and variance analysis.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, ECON 120 Microeconomics, QM 210 Business Statistics I, Microsoft Excel knowledge

Examines income statements and balance sheets with in-depth study of accounting for assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, FIN 330 Managerial Finance or concurrent registration. Junior standing and business major or minor.

The legal and ethical environment in which business operates, with emphasis on government regulation.

Covers basic terminologies, concepts and tools that are involved in managing supply chain operations. Using theoretical concepts, problems, and cases the course emphasizes qualitative and quantitative tools and techniques used in managerial decision making.Prerequisite: QM 210 Business Statistics I

Focuses on strategic management as a critical function and responsibility of general managers. Encompasses all functional areas of an organization including marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, and management information systems. Develops critical skills in analyzing organizations, their competitive environments, and strategic alternatives.Prerequisites: FIN 330 Managerial Finance, MKT 350 Marketing Principles, MGT 349 Organizational Behavior and Senior standing. 

Develops and applies principles and models of demand and supply, consumer behavior, producer behavior, competitive and imperfectly competitive markets, and related contemporary economic policy issues.Prerequisites: MATH 111  College Algebra I with minimum grade C or better 

Develops and applies principles and models of economic aggregates such as national income, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and the monetary system and analyzes monetary and fiscal policy.Prerequisite: MATH 111 College Algebra I with a minimum grade C or better 

Advanced study and practice in English composition with emphasis on exposition.Prerequisite: ENGL 101 Composition and Reading with a grade of C- or better. 

Examines the structure, style, and format of composition as related to professional settings.Prerequisites: ENGL 101 Composition and Reading with a grade of C- or better. 

This course introduces the concepts and practices of managerial finance such as: time value of money, bond and stock valuation, financial statements, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, QM 210 Business Statistics I (or MATH 309 ), Econ 121 Macroeconomics, Junior standing, business major or minor. 

Covers the major functions of a human resource management system; acquiring, developing, rewarding, and maintaining employees; emphasis on effective, ethical, and legal HR practices.Prerequisite: Must be of Junior or Senior standing. 

Explores functions and graphs, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences, series, induction and combinatorics. Four-hour lecture.Prerequisite: MATH 111 College Algebra I with minimum grade C or better 

Introduces individual and group behavior in organizations and to organizational theory. Includes motivation, communication, stress, leadership decision-making, organizational processes and structures, and interactions between organizations and external environments.Prerequisites: Must be of Junior or Senior standing. 

Explores global challenges and potential solutions for businesses and other organizations with international operations. Topics include cross-cultural approaches and strategies to effectively manage workers in different countries and regions of the world. Includes in-depth study of global management skills, the impact of advancing technology, complex workplace changes, economic transformations, different cultural contexts, the world economy, and global marketplace.Prerequisite: ECON 121 Macroeconomics

Use of the computer as a problem-solving tool, as part of data processing systems, MIS and decision support systems; information systems planning and development; overview of database management, networking and web technologies; project management.Prerequisite: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting

Introduces the general marketing process, which is involved in the distribution and exchange of goods and services. Surveys product, pricing, promotion, distribution, and buyer behavior variables within the context of market planning.Prerequisite: ECON 120 Microeconomics

Examines theoretical and applied research and concepts in the buying decision processes in households, businesses, nonprofit and government organizations as these relate to development, implementation, and assessments of marketing strategies. Covers contributions from social and behavioral sciences as well as marketing.Prerequisite: MKT 350 Marketing Principles

This course covers the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) specified by Project Management Institute (PMI) in detail. Topics include lifecycle, processes, integration, scope, time, cost, human resources, communication, risk and procurement.

Learn the personal skills essential for effective project management, including general intelligence, emotional intelligence, groups and teams, project leadership, stress, ethics, and communication.

Introduction to descriptive statistical analysis; probability and expectation; discrete and continuous probability models; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing and estimation. Emphasizes conceptual understanding of statistical analysis and its application to and interpretation for business problems.Prerequisite: MATH 112 College Algebra II 

This course explains advanced inferential techniques including analysis of variance; simple and multiple linear correlation and regression techniques; Bayesian decision analysis; time-series analysis; non-parametric techniques; use of computer analysis for applied business problems.Prerequisites: MATH 112 College Algebra II and QM 210 Business Statistics I, Junior standing, business major or minor. 

Examine the role of the operations function in an organization; strategy and competitiveness, supply chain management, forecasting and inventory control, total quality management, statistical quality control, lean manufacturing, scheduling, project management, and application of these principles in manufacturing and service organizations.Prerequisites: QM 210 Business Statistics I and MATH 112 College Algebra II

Introduces fundamentals of speech composition, style, and delivery. Includes practical experience in informative, persuasive, and special occasion speaking. 

Spring 2021

UW Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program spring 2021 semester courses

Registration Opens November 9, 2020
Preview Week Begins January 25, 2021
Course Dates: February 1, 2021 – May 14, 2021

CourseCredits

Introduces financial accounting emphasizing basic concepts and procedures in accumulating, measuring, and communicating financial information. Includes preparation, analysis, and interpretation of financial statements.Prerequisites: MATH 111 College Algebra I, Microsoft Excel knowledge

Identifies relevant accounting and financial information for managerial decisions. Analyzes product costing, pricing, capital budgeting, profit planning, performance reporting, and variance analysis.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, ECON 120 Microeconomics, QM 210 Business Statistics I, Microsoft Excel knowledge

The legal and ethical environment in which business operates, with emphasis on government regulation.

Examines design and management of service businesses. Includes processes, technology, location, customer service, capacity and demand queues. Includes quantitative tools.Prerequisites: MGT 349 Organizational Behavior, MKT 350 Marketing Principles

Focuses on strategic management as a critical function and responsibility of general managers. Encompasses all functional areas of an organization including marketing, finance, accounting, human resources, and management information systems. Develops critical skills in analyzing organizations, their competitive environments, and strategic alternatives.Prerequisites: FIN 330 Managerial Finance, MKT 350 Marketing Principles, MGT 349 Organizational Behavior and Senior standing. 

Develops and applies principles and models of demand and supply, consumer behavior, producer behavior, competitive and imperfectly competitive markets, and related contemporary economic policy issues.Prerequisites: MATH 111  College Algebra I with minimum grade C or better 

Develops and applies principles and models of economic aggregates such as national income, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and the monetary system and analyzes monetary and fiscal policy.Prerequisite: MATH 111 College Algebra I with a minimum grade C or better 

Advanced study and practice in English composition with emphasis on exposition.Prerequisite: ENGL 101 Composition and Reading with a grade of C- or better. 

Examines the structure, style, and format of composition as related to professional settings.Prerequisites: ENGL 101 Composition and Reading with a grade of C- or better. 

This course introduces the concepts and practices of managerial finance such as: time value of money, bond and stock valuation, financial statements, capital budgeting, and cost of capital.Prerequisites: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting, QM 210 Business Statistics I (or MATH 309 ), Econ 121 Macroeconomics, Junior standing, business major or minor. 

Covers the major functions of a human resource management system; acquiring, developing, rewarding, and maintaining employees; emphasis on effective, ethical, and legal HR practices.Prerequisite: Must be of Junior or Senior standing. 

Explores functions and graphs, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, sequences, series, induction and combinatorics. Four-hour lecture.Prerequisite: MATH 111 College Algebra I with minimum grade C or better 

Introduces individual and group behavior in organizations and to organizational theory. Includes motivation, communication, stress, leadership decision-making, organizational processes and structures, and interactions between organizations and external environments.Prerequisites: Must be of Junior or Senior standing. 

Use of the computer as a problem-solving tool, as part of data processing systems, MIS and decision support systems; information systems planning and development; overview of database management, networking and web technologies; project management.Prerequisite: ACCT 201 Financial Accounting

Introduces the general marketing process, which is involved in the distribution and exchange of goods and services. Surveys product, pricing, promotion, distribution, and buyer behavior variables within the context of market planning.Prerequisite: ECON 120 Microeconomics

Examines theoretical and applied research and concepts in the buying decision processes in households, businesses, nonprofit and government organizations as these relate to development, implementation, and assessments of marketing strategies. Covers contributions from social and behavioral sciences as well as marketing.Prerequisite: MKT 350 Marketing Principles

Learn advanced tools and technologies of project management, including Microsoft Project and Microsoft Excel, Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), budgeting a project, scheduling a project using PERT/CPM, allocating scarce resources, critical chain and critical path, resource leveling, monitoring project costs, evaluating and terminating a project.Prerequisite: PMGT 341 Basics of Project Management

Apply project management skills to a simulated or live project, develop project justification and project plan, and execute the project plan and track performance, including project scheduling, risk analysis, earned value, and teamwork during this simulation.Prerequisites: PMGT 341 Basics of Project Management and PMGT 342 Essential Personal Skills for Project Management

Introduction to descriptive statistical analysis; probability and expectation; discrete and continuous probability models; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing and estimation. Emphasizes conceptual understanding of statistical analysis and its application to and interpretation for business problems.Prerequisite: MATH 112 College Algebra II 

This course explains advanced inferential techniques including analysis of variance; simple and multiple linear correlation and regression techniques; Bayesian decision analysis; time-series analysis; non-parametric techniques; use of computer analysis for applied business problems.Prerequisites: MATH 112 College Algebra II and QM 210 Business Statistics I, Junior standing, business major or minor. 

Examine the role of the operations function in an organization; strategy and competitiveness, supply chain management, forecasting and inventory control, total quality management, statistical quality control, lean manufacturing, scheduling, project management, and application of these principles in manufacturing and service organizations.Prerequisites: QM 210 Business Statistics I and MATH 112 College Algebra II

Introduces fundamentals of speech composition, style, and delivery. Includes practical experience in informative, persuasive, and special occasion speaking. 

Program Outcomes

The BS in Business Management curriculum covers a variety of business topics, including finance, accounting, marketing, operations and supply chain management, allowing you to develop the fundamental skills needed to launch a career in business.

  • Recognize the ethical implications in a business situation and choose and defend an appropriate resolution.
  • Write effectively about a business problem or issue. 
  • Make an effective oral presentation on a business problem or issue. 
  • Understand project management principles and are able to apply these principles to a practical situation. 
  • Be able to articulate important diversity issues—including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, socio-economic status and political/religious/sexual orientation—in business management.
  • Develop skills using computer technology to support a business decision.
  • Evaluate issues and data and arrive at a comprehensive solution for a multidisciplinary business problem.

Tuition

$365 per credit

Fees

There are no additional course or program fees; however, textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. As this is an online program, you will not pay segregated fees (fees in addition to tuition that cover the cost of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations) and you will not be charged a technology fee. If software or special technology is required in one of your courses, it will be provided to you and the cost is included with your tuition. 

Financial Aid

Learn more about paying for college here. Contact UW-Parkside financial aid office to see if you qualify for aid as a full or part-time student. Learn more about scholarships available through UW-Parkside. 

Veteran Benefits

Benefits are available to qualifying veterans and those currently serving. Contact UW-Parkside for details.