Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration


The W. A. Franke College of Business

Most business students aim for a manager or director’s office, but such positions require preparation via a multidimensional program of study. This degree provides the tools for analysis, strategic planning, accounting, budgeting, leadership, and more.

This program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's diversity, liberal studies, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

    The full policy can be viewed here.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 46 units of business core requirements
  • At least 27 units of major requirements including 6 units of additional business courses, a certificate, or a minor

  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.

Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 121
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Additional Fees/Program Fees Required
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-B Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The BSBA in Management program at NAU prepares graduates for entry-level business professional positions with the intention of providing a foundation to transition into managerial positions. Graduates’ skills include proficient analysis, skillful decision-making, and effective communication. Our graduates will add value to their organizations through competent management of relationships, processes, and projects to achieve results for improved performance. The Management Area’s vision for the NAU Franke College of Business undergraduate Management degree is to build students’ identities as leaders and decision makers. The AACSB-accredited management degree develops students’ knowledge and expertise in managing both complex and simple organizational forms (including both for-profit and not-for-profit ventures; in both the manufacturing and service sectors), and provides students with a comprehensive overview of the skills necessary to compete effectively in business and to become successful managers. The Management Area faculty seeks to build on the strengths of a NAU liberal arts foundation and the core of the business program, by further developing analytical skills, problem-solving skills, strategic thinking abilities, effective oral and written communication abilities, and effective leadership and teamwork skills. The program emphasizes behavioral dynamics, decision making skills, ethics and corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurial skills, leadership skills, project management, international relations, and human resources skills for students of traditional age (often minority and/or first generation students), who likely have little to no previous work experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Manage Human Resources. Implement human resource strategies, including recruiting, selection, training & development, job design, compensation and motivational Incentive programs for a team—all within the framework of legal requirements. Perform negotiation and resolve conflicts.
  • Manage Human Interaction in the Workplace. Have an informed perspective on the nature of human interaction in the workplace in order to lead and motivate individuals and teams, effectively communicate with others, diagnose and solve performance issues, and demonstrate an understanding of individual differences and their impact on behavior.
  • Enact Strategic Decision-Making. Recognize, recommend, and implement systems to plan, measure, monitor, and improve progress toward achievement of strategic goals in small and large organizations.
  • Analyze Business Information. Evaluate and forecast financial statements to determine firm strengths and weaknesses. Identify the changes in human behavior/performance that result from changing financial and business objectives.
  • Manage Projects And Processes. Plan, execute, monitor, and control projects and processes focusing in particular on those concepts, skills, and tools that are unique to projects and processes.
  • Translate Management Concepts To International Contexts. Develop awareness of the inherent diversity among international business practices, including differences in socio-cultural, legal, political and economic environment.

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.

  • Admission to Northern Arizona University qualifies you for admission into the preprofessional program in The W. A. Franke College of Business. You must meet the following requirements to enter our professional programs:

    • Complete at least 56 units with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.
    • Complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or better in each course: ENG 105, MAT 121, ACC 205, ACC 255, ACC 256, ECO 201, ECO 284, ECO 285, ISM 120.
    • Complete six (6) different Pathways experiences (one pathway credit must be the Career Steps online module). Transfer students who have met all of the requirements listed above need to complete four (4) Pathways experiences (one pathway credit must be the Career Steps online module) during their first semester in The W. A. Franke College of Business.
    • If you have a 2.75 GPA in these courses and have satisfactorily completed Pathways activities designated by The W. A. Franke College of Business, we guarantee your acceptance into our professional program. If your average is less than a 2.75 but you have at least a 2.5 and have satisfactorily completed all designated Pathways activities, we admit you into the professional program on a space-available basis according to the rank order of your grade point average in these courses.
    • If you are in the preprofessional program and have completed all required courses with "C" or better, but have a GPA in those courses that is below the acceptable grade point average for admission to the professional program, you may repeat up to two of the required courses in which you earned a "C" to meet the minimum GPA requirement. You may only repeat a required course in which you earned a grade of "C" one time.
Major Requirements
  • This major requires 73 to 92 units distributed as follows:

    • Business Core: 46 units
    • Major Requirements: 21 units
    • Certificate, Minors, or additional upper-division coursework: 6 to 25 units
      • W.A. Franke Certificate: 15 to 21 units
      • Non-Franke Certificate: 15 to 25 units (except two education certificates-30 to 37 units)
      • Minor: 18 to 24 units
      • Upper-division course work: 6 units

    Business Core (46 units)

    • Please note that all Management majors are required to take the integrated BizBlock coursework (MGT 300I, MKT 333I and MGT 350IW) to earn a Management degree. Students who add Management as a second degree are required to complete BizBlock, even if they already have completed the MGT 300, MKT 333 and/or MGT 350W and/or ENG 302W courses.

    • MGT 350IW meets the junior-level writing requirement
    • International Requirement is met, in the major, by MGT 405
  • These courses represent the General Academic Requirements (GAR) for The W. A. Franke College of Business. Some of these courses also fulfill liberal studies requirements.

    For information about the overlap between the GAR and liberal studies, consult an advisor in Room 222 of the college.

Certificate Requirements
    • A certificate plan within The W. A. Franke College of Business (15 units); or
    • Obtain your advisor's approval to take: either 6 additional units of upper-division business courses; or a minor outside the FCB (18 units); or a certificate plan outside the FCB (15 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.

    You may take these remaining courses from any of the academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. You may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you.

Additional Information
    • You must complete at least 15 units in your major and 9 units of the upper-division business core at The W. A. Franke College of Business (FCB).
    • You must earn 50% of your overall business units required for your degree at the FCB.
    • All transfer credits must be approved by the FCB and are subject to guidelines listed in the current general catalog. The FCB does not accept upper-division transfer credits from programs not accredited by the AACSB (such as the University of Phoenix or the Bachelor of Business Administration program at NAU-Yuma).
    • Students who satisfy the junior writing requirement with ENG 302W (Technical Writing) must complete that course at Northern Arizona University.
    • MGT 490C (Business Strategy) must be completed at the FCB.
    • Students earning two B.S.B.A. majors within The W. A. Franke College of Business must take 18 credit units in the first major and an additional 18 units exclusive to the second major (for a total of 36).
  • You must have completed all of the coursework used to fulfill these requirements within the last 10 years.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.

  • Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $350 per semester for all students with a Junior or Senior status has been approved for this program.