Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration

Take Your Technical Education Further With a B.A.S. in Business Administration

The College of Business and Aviation at Delta State offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration. This unique degree program is ideal for community college students and graduates looking to continue their education as well as experienced professionals looking to advance their careers. With affordable tuition and classes available on-campus and online, Delta State’s B.A.S. in Business Administration program provides individuals the opportunity to turn their technical education credits into a bachelor’s degree, increasing career opportunities and earning potential. Build on your career and technical education in any trade, such as welding, automotive, culinary arts, and carpentry, or service industries such as hotel or restaurant management.

45

Career and Technical Credits Count Toward B.A.S. Degree Completion

20

Program-specific Scholarships

10:1

Student-Teacher Ratio

Why Choose the Business Administration at DSU?

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Students who pursue a B.A.S. degree in Business Administration learn business concepts that pair with their technical education to increase career opportunities. This translates to higher demand from employers and higher earning potential. Not every university accepts technical education credits toward a bachelor’s degree, but at Delta State you can solidly build upon the progress you have already made. The program allows graduates the flexibility to be the architect of their own career path by being able to move between roles, with the skills necessary to thrive in any position. For the entrepreneur, this program provides the tools to see a small business vision become a reality.

  • Current event discussions
  • Experiential hands-on learning
  • A broad perspective on business
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Multiple employment opportunities
  • Marries business theory with technical education
  • Internship opportunities
  • A pathway to graduate school
  • A great option for non-traditional students
  • Trade/technical credits count toward degree
Clyde Woods, B.A.S. in Business Administration major

This milestone of achieving my Bachelor of Applied Science degree and owning my own business is getting closer. Graduating from Delta State University is a stepping stone for more successes to come!

Clyde Woods, BAS in Business Administration majorClass of 2023

Concentrations in Business Administration

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General Business

The General Business concentration offers two tracks:

The Human Resources track is for students interested in the responsibility of recruiting, training, developing employees, budgeting, benefits, payroll administration duties across an organization helping to ensure a company has the workers and resources needed to accomplish goals.

The Marketing/Management track is for students interested in learning leadership skills that will allow them to make decisions that impact the success of a business. Upon completion, students will be able to identify customers’ needs and then guide organizations to develop, distribute, price, and promote products and services.

Students without career and technical education credits can choose Delta State’s B.B.A. in General Business, the B.B.A. in Management, or the B.B.A. in Marketing.

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Hospitality Services Management

The Hospitality Services Management concentration offers three tracks:

The Culinary Arts track is for students interested in combining their culinary art skills with managerial and leadership skills, suited for career opportunities as executive chefs, restaurant managers, and culinary entrepreneurs.

The Hospitality and Tourism track is for students interested in a solid foundation in hospitality management and specialized knowledge in tourism to become managers and leaders as hotel managers, tourism planners, destination managers, travel consultants, and event organizers.

The Hotel and Restaurant track is for students interested in a strong foundation in business management with a focus on the unique challenges and opportunities within the hotel and restaurant sectors as hotel managers, restaurant owners, event planners, and hospitality consultants.

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Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems concentration prepares students to acquire and demonstrate knowledge of computer systems, databases, programming, networking, and cybersecurity using hands-on skills. Upon completion, students’ skillsets will be valuable to tech-driven business and IT industries by providing operational and strategic IT solutions. The program offers 3 tracks: Computer Networking, Computer Programming, and Cybersecurity.

Students without career and technical education credits can choose Delta State’s B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems.

What Can I Do With a B.A.S. in Business Administration?

A Delta State graduate with a B.A.S. in Business Administration confidently enters the workforce, skilled and equipped to deal with real-world business situations. Bachelor of Applied Science students can expect to be in higher demand from employers and to command a higher salary than competitors. They enjoy greater career flexibility and display versatility and adaptability that allows them to prove their worth in a multitude of scenarios. The applied business skills learned during the program are applicable to all kinds of positions within a company and are just as critical when running a family business.

  • Hotel manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Human resources specialist
  • Executive chef
  • IT specialist
  • Retail manager
  • Hospitality coordinator
  • Tourism manager
  • Multiple employment opportunities

Business Scholarships

The College of Business and Aviation offers a variety of scholarships to students, many of which are based on merit, academic concentration, leadership, and other qualifying factors. There are over 20 scholarships for business administration majors. Students may also be eligible for non-program specific scholarship opportunities.

Program Goals

The B.A.S. in Business Administration program is designed for students to learn how to analyze business situations using qualitative and quantitative analysis methods, to evaluate and make recommendations based on the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis, and effectively communicate in written and oral formats. Reaching these goals ensures that students take their career and technical education further by achieving a higher education that opens doors for higher earning potential by joining hands-on application of trades with proven business concepts.

Admission Requirements

Applicants of this program must meet Delta State University’s undergraduate admission requirements.

Students admitted to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration program are required to have an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, an approved technical associate degree, or a minimum of 45 hours of career and technical credits from a SACSCOC accredited community college.

Curriculum

The following courses are required to complete a concentration in the B.A.S. in Business Administration major.

General Business – Human Resources Track

Course Number Course Title Credits
Business Core Requirements
ACC 220 Financial Accounting I 3
CIS 300 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 300 Business Finance 3
GBA 220 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 300 Principles of Management 3
MGT 327 Human Resources Management 3
MGT 342 Operations Management 3
MKT 300 Marketing Principles 3
Major & Concentration Requirements
MGT 330 Workforce Design 3
MGT 347 International Human Resources Management 3
MGT 417 Compensation Management 3
MGT 437 Human Resource Development 3
MGT 447 Employment Law 3
MGT 484 Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 497 Strategic HR Management 3
TOTAL 45

General Business – Marketing/Management Track

Course Number Course Title Credits
Business Core Requirements
ACC 220 Financial Accounting I 3
CIS 300 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 300 Business Finance 3
GBA 220 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 300 Principles of Management 3
MGT 327 Human Resources Management 3
MKT 300 Marketing Principles 3
Major & Concentration Requirements
FIN 302 Small Business Finance 3
FIN 310 Risk and Insurance 3
MKT 321 Professional Selling 3
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 388 Business Research Methods 3
MKT 475 International Marketing 3
MKT 499 Marketing/Management Seminar 3
TOTAL 42

Hospitality Services Management – Culinary Arts Track

Course Number Course Title Credits
Business Core Requirements
CIS 300 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 300 Business Finance 3
GBA 220 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 300 Principles of Management 3
MGT 327 Human Resources Management 3
MKT 300 Marketing Principles 3
Major & Concentration Requirements
FIN 310 Risk and Insurance 3
MKT 321 Professional Selling 3
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 388 Business Research Methods 3
MGT 460 Small Business Management 3
MKT 499 Marketing Seminar 3
Approved Business Elective 3
Approved Business Elective 3
TOTAL 42

Hospitality Services Management – Hospitality & Tourism Management Track

Course Number Course Title Credits
Business Core Requirements
ACC 220 Financial Accounting I 3
CIS 300 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 300 Business Finance 3
GBA 220 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 300 Principles of Management 3
MGT 327 Human Resources Management 3
MKT 300 Marketing Principles 3
Major & Concentration Requirements
FIN 310 Risk and Insurance 3
MKT 321 Professional Selling 3
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 388 Business Research Methods 3
MGT 460 Small Business Management 3
MKT 499 Marketing/Management Seminar 3
Approved Business Elective 3
Approved Business Elective 3
TOTAL 45

Hospitality Services Management – Hotel & Restaurant Management Track

Course Number Course Title Credits
Business Core Requirements
ACC 220 Financial Accounting I 3
CIS 300 Management Information Systems 3
FIN 300 Business Finance 3
GBA 220 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGT 300 Principles of Management 3
MGT 327 Human Resources Management 3
MKT 300 Marketing Principles 3
Major & Concentration Requirements
FIN 310 Risk and Insurance 3
MKT 321 Professional Selling 3
MKT 358 Consumer Behavior 3
MKT 388 Business Research Methods 3
MGT 460 Small Business Management 3
MKT 499 Marketing/Management Seminar 3
Approved Business Elective 3
Approved Business Elective 3
TOTAL 45

Computer Information Systems – Computer Networking Track, Computer Programming Track, and Cybersecurity Track

Course Number Course Title Credits
ACC 220 Financial Accounting I 3
CIS 300 Management Information Systems 3
CIS 311 Applications Development 3
CIS 331 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CIS 335 Decision Support Systems 3
CIS 345 Information Technology Hardware and Software 3
CIS 351 Project Management 3
CIS 361 Data Communications and Networking 3
CIS 375 Principles of Information Security and Assurance 3
CIS 455 Database Project 3
CIS 475 E-commerce Application Development 3
CIS 491 Management Information Systems Seminar 3
FIN 300 Business Finance 3
MGT 300 Principles of Management 3
MKT 300 Marketing Principles 3
TOTAL 45

Degree Requirements

To earn this degree, you must successfully complete at least 121 credits, including your general education requirements and the major requirements below.

General Education 30
University Requirement 1
Career/Technical 45
Major 39-45
Electives 0-6
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 121

For more information on degree requirements and specifics on courses needed to complete the degree, consult the Undergraduate Academic Catalog. For a semester-by-semester breakdown on how you can complete this degree in 4-years, visit academic maps.

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