Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Department of Management, Marketing, and Information Systems

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
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-B Recommended
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Minor or Certificate Required

A minor or certificate is required for this major.

Purpose Statement

“If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business” - it’s that simple. BSBA management students will become skilled leaders that understand themselves and others and can manage change.

Management students will learn and develop leadership skills – the ability to understand, lead, manage, and motivate themselves and others.

Management students will learn and develop communication skills – the ability to leverage effective oral and written communication skills based on their situation, context and audience.

Management students will learn and develop teamwork skills – including effective collaboration, partnering and group dynamic skills and learn to build team culture.

Management students will learn and develop critical analysis skills – the ability to scan environments, identify opportunities, create innovative solutions, and make decisions. 

Taken together, the skills described above prepare students to perform the managerial role within an organization with particular emphasis on preparing students for early career success.

Student Learning Outcomes


  • Learners will demonstrate effective oral presentation and business writing skills that are passionate, persuasive, and influential:
    • learners can prepare a written business report that is clear, logical, concise, and grammatically correct, and clear to the target audience
    • learners can present an oral argument that is logical, compelling, and clear to the chosen target audience
    • learners can effectively give and respond to feedback
  • Learners will demonstrate team collaboration skills to achieve a common objective within a diverse workforce:
    • learners can effectively collaborate and productively contribute to team activities and goals
    • learners effectively interact/engage with others based on individual differences and group dynamics
    • learners effectively build an effective team culture
  • Learners will have effective leadership and followership skills:
    • learners can effectively exhibit leadership skills based on business situation and demands
    • learners can effectively exhibit followership skills based on business situation and demands
    • learners can effectively assess and choose personal response strategies based on organizational power dynamics and political skills
Critical analysis
  • Learners will demonstrate evaluation, analyzation and interpretation skills needed to make reasoned business decisions:
    • learners can effectively analyze business environment(s), identify opportunities, develop solution(s), make decisions and understand unintended consequences

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 73-92 units distributed as follows:

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

    Business Core (46 units)


  • 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 BSBA 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.