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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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B.S. in Business Administration degree program

Pacific Oaks is excited to announce our new Leadership Scholarship for B.S. Business Administration students who are accepted to attend our Pasadena or San Jose campuses. Visit our Scholarship page to learn more.

The B.S. in Business Administration degree program provides a broad background of practical business knowledge.

All students in the B.S. in Business Administration program participate in a field experience course as a part of their degree requirement. This international experience is included in the cost of tuition – only additional costs are for airfare and incidentals.

120 credits required for completion

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B.S. in Business Administration degree program

The Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree program is designed to prepare students for careers and opportunities in business and management as they learn the skills needed to become part of a professional team that can lead local, national, and global organizations.

The B.S. in Business Administration degree program focuses on both the leadership and analytical skills necessary to navigate this modern world of business. The B.S. in Business Administation program’s analytical training can prepare students for a larger variety of positions than traditional business programs.

Additionally, the B.S. in Business Administration degree program offers two concentrations. These concentrations offer students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of business administration subfields and provide the competencies, skills, and knowledge needed to seek positions in a related function or industry.

Bachelor’s in Business Administration Concentrations

  • Business Management
  • Human Resource Management

Finally, many undergraduate business administration programs at California public colleges and universities have highly competitive acceptance rates, which may limit students’ access to them or their ability to graduate in a timely manner. Pacific Oaks College’s program provides students with the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration in a time frame and learning style best suited to their needs.

Sample Business Administration Courses

Principles of Management

This course explores the dynamics of business management in the modern organization. It examines the history of management as well as its current functions involving issues such as motivation, diversity, quality, ethics, and the global environment.


This business administration course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the networked economy and its associated infrastructures. This course will introduce students to strategy, technology, capital, media, and policy and will describe how each works to enable e-commerce today.


This course introduces students to the world of entrepreneurship. Topics include the importance of entrepreneurship, the characteristics of entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurship process. Entrepreneurship in its various forms, including startup growth ventures, entrepreneurship in small and medium enterprises, and microbusinesses are explored.

Application requirements

Factors and materials to be considered for admission:

  • Completed application and application fee
  • Applicants must provide proof of the qualifying conferral of high school graduation (or the equivalent) or proof of successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester units at a regionally accredited, post-secondary institution. Proof of qualifying academic history must be provided in one of the following ways:
    • Official high school transcript recognized by the U.S. Department of Education showing an earned high school diploma, 2.0 GPA or higher, and date of graduation. A copy of a high school diploma, if transcripts are not immediately available, can be submitted with a contingency that original transcripts will be on file prior to day five of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official college transcript with 24 credits of transferable units with a 2.0 GPA or higher
    • Official associate degree transcript from a regionally accredited institution showing degree earned and date conferred
    • Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • Official NACES, ACREVS, or AICE evaluation of an international diploma that contains the high school name and date of graduation
    • High school equivalency completed through home schooling as defined by state law
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document. A copy of the student’s GED certificate or unofficial GED score issued by the state can be submitted with a contingency that the official GED document will be on file prior to day five of the term/semester of entry. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the compliant documentation is received.
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official documentation showing a passing score on a state-authorized exam that the state recognizes as equivalent to high school graduation
  • Applicants must submit a resume showing three or more years of significant professional or life experience or an official transcript confirming 24 transferrable units from a regionally accredited university.
  • Personal statement

Applicants with a cumulative high school or undergraduate GPA below 2.0, without three years of significant professional or life experience, or with less than 24 transferrable college units are required to submit additional documentation:

  • One letter of support from someone (a nonrelative) familiar with your ability to be successful in this program
  • An additional three-page, typed, double-spaced essay (approximately 500-750 words). In your essay, please answer the following questions:
    • What life and professional experience do you possess that would enable you to be successful in the Pacific Oaks classroom focused on application of experience to course content?
    • Why is it important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes social justice, cultural humility, and respect for every individual? (Refer to the Mission Statement and Core Values of Pacific Oaks College.)
  • Interview with a member of the admissions committee
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Pacific Oaks College

Please note: Prior coursework will be evaluated as part of the admissions process.

Graduation requirements

Students are required to submit the Petition for Degree Completion and fee to the Office of the Registrar the semester before they anticipate completing their degree requirements. Students must submit the application, settle all outstanding fees with the Student Finance Office, satisfy any deficiencies, and be in good standing in their program for the bachelor’s degree to be awarded.

Note: A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

Fieldwork requirements

Fieldwork consists of observation and supervised experience.

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