The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) are four-year undergraduate bachelor’s degrees in business administration or business commerce. At most accredited colleges and universities the BBA and BSBA degrees takes four-years of full-time study to complete. Students typically must complete a curriculum which includes a core of general business courses as well as an array of advanced/upper-level course in one of several specific business concentrations.
Many people confuse the BBA with the BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) but they are slightly different. While both degrees require students to complete advanced courses within a specific business concentration, the general education requirements for each degree usually differ.
Courses and Curriculum
The B.B.A. degree is intended to help students develop a broad understanding of the innerworkings of corporations and business organizations, while providing them an indepth knowledge and skill set relating to a particular business specialization (e.g. accounting, economics, marketing, etc.) As such, the majority of bachelor of business administration programs provide students a core curriculum designed to expose them to a broad array of general business topics, while giving them the opportunity to take advanced courses in a specific academic area. Some of the practical skills students can look forward to developing include decision-making, communication (both written and oral) and general management. To accomplish this, most B.B.A. programs employ a combination of group and individual presentations, case projects, internships, classroom lectures and apprenticeships.
Topics usually covered during a the core curriculum include:
- Business law and Ethics
- Financial management
- Human resource management
- Management Information Systems (MIS)
- Operations management
- Organizational behavior
- Quantitative techniques
- strategic management
Business specializations frequently include:
- Real Estate
- Human Resource Management
- International Business
- Information technology
- Legal management
- Design Management
- Management information systems
- Operations management
- Supply chain management
- Public Relations
- Aviation Management
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
General education courses in the BBA degree typically focus on the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences. Analytical, quantitative and mathematics courses are generally limited to applications for business. Course titles may include “Calculus for business”, “Business Statistics”, “General Statistics”, etc.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
In contrast to the more liberal arts based general education requirements of the BBA, general education courses for the BSBA degree typically emphasize mathematics, analytical and the study of quantative-based subjects.
Bachelor of Business Administration degrees may be accredited through the national or regional accreditation of the awarding institution, or they can be individually accredited. Accreditation indicates that a business school’s curriculum, courses and programs meet specific educational standards.