2023-2024 Course Catalog

Business Administration: Online Only - (BA)

The undergraduate business curriculum begins with a set of core courses which cover the basic functions of business and the environment in which business operates. Courses in management, microeconomics, marketing, finance, and accounting introduce students to today’s business environment, and will serve to introduce the student to the basics of strategy, business operations, decision-making, marketing principles, sources and methods of financing business ventures, and internal controls. Two additional courses in macroeconomics and business law/ethics complete the core and promote an understanding of the environment in which business operates. This major is available only online.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the B.A. in Business Administration Completion Program will be based on:

  • High school diploma or GED with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Completed free online application at http://apply.chatham.edu
  • Admission Essay: Provide a description of your academic and professional goals. Assess how you believe that the completion of the BA degree will help you achieve these goals (minimum 500 words).
  • Official Academic Transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities previously attended
    • Students may receive transfer credits for courses in which they have received a letter grade of "C" or better.

Application materials may be addressed to:

Chatham University
Berry Hall/SCPS Admissions
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Bachelor of Arts programs in business will be able to:

  1. Apply concepts within the core areas of business
  2. Apply knowledge of ethical, legal, economic, and global environment to practical business situations and ascertain their impact
  3. Apply decision-support tools & technology to make and defend business decisions
  4. Demonstrate communication skills appropriate for business settings
  5. Contribute to a team environment to achieve a planned goal
  6. Analyze the role of motivation and influence in achieving a coordinated goal

In-depth Knowledge for specific majors

Management graduates of bachelor’s level programs will be able to:

  • Understand management concepts and theories
  • Analyze business strategies
  • Describe ethical challenges and issues of social responsibility (including sustainability) 

that business leaders and managers may encounter and develop approaches to the challenges posed by such issues.


+Major Requirements

BUS105 Foundations of Business

This course introduces the theory and practice of business and fosters analytical thinking. Students build a foundation for learning by gaining an understanding of business organizations, their structure and functions, the increasingly dynamic and complex global setting in which they compete, and the fundamentals of sustainable business practices.

ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

This course represents an introduction to accounting principles including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

BUS110 Business Analytics I

This course introduces analytical tools that are essential for deriving actionable data-driven solutions to real world business problems. Modules address descriptive statistics, inferential analysis, hypotheses testing, results interpretation, and presentation of key findings. Students utilize diverse sources of data from business cases, research studies, open access datasets, and secondary reports.

Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • BUS105 Foundations of Business
  • 3
    BUS171 Information Systems and Operations

    This course explores basic concepts of communication networks (e.g., the Internet), hardware, software, databases, and systems. Students apply information systems to decision making, communication, collaboration and coordination in the operations of contemporary organizations. Students gain skills in word processing, presentation software, data visualization, spreadsheets, and relational databases.

    BUS230W Organizational Behavior

    Organizational behavior is a field of study that seeks to understand, explain, and improve human behavior in organizations. Most organizations focus their efforts on improving job performance and organizational commitment. The purpose of this course is to provide a theoretical foundation and realistic understanding of how human behavior influences the effectiveness of the modern corporation.

    Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • BUS105 Foundations of Business
  • 3
    BUS243 Principles of Marketing

    This course introduces students to the basic concepts of marketing strategy and management. Basic marketing concepts such as strategic segmentation, targeting, positioning, product design, pricing, promotions and distribution are covered. Environmental sustainability is analyzed from the consumer perspective.

    BUS257 Business Law and Business Ethics

    This course introduces students to the introductory concepts of business law including employment law, social and environmental responsibility of corporations, and international business law. It also emphasizes frameworks for conducting ethical analysis and the analysis of ethical dilemmas.

    BUS272 Principles of Finance

    This course enables students to apply fundamental ideas of financial economics to problems in corporate finance. Participants will gain an overview of valuation principles, learn basic principles of corporate finance from the perspective of a financial manager, and through case studies, analyze important financial decisions made within firms.

    Pre-requisites Complete the following course:
  • ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I
  • 3
    BUS310W Business Analytics II

    This course builds upon the student’s foundational knowledge of business research and analytics. Students practice a disciplined approach to assessing real-world business problems and applying descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive techniques to solve them. Course activities include discussion forums, case studies, experiential projects, and constructive assessment.

    Pre-requisites Complete any 1 of the following courses:
  • BUS110 Business Statistics
  • BUS110 Business Analytics I
  • MTH110 Elementary Statistics
  • PSY213 Statistics and Research Design
  • 3
    BUS357 Strategy and Entrepreneurial Ventures

    This course illustrates the strategic management framework by taking students through the entrepreneurial process from start-up growth while exploring the personal and professional challenges. The student examines key issues in opportunity recognition, financing models, strategic choices, and sources of competitive advantage at different stages of the firm's development.

    BUS390 Human Resources Management

    This course uses readings and case studies to assess and evaluate alternative approaches in staffing, training and development, organization development, performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, labor relations, and collective bargaining. The emphasis of the course is to help students understand these elements of human resources management within an integrated systems approach.

    ECN101 Principles of Macroeconomics

    The concepts of national income and output are analyzed, and emphasis is placed on factors that influence the levels of economic activity, unemployment, and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy and the role of international economics.

    ECN102 Principles of Microeconomics

    Microeconomics is the study of how households and firms make decisions and how they interact in specific markets. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and tools that economists use to understand how the economy works. This course is designed to increase economic literacy through acquiring core knowledge about economics.

    INTBUS303 Internship - Business

    The Chatham University Internship program provides students with the opportunity to acquire hands-on work experience in a professional setting. The student gains metacognitive insights, deep learning, and practical skills by reflecting on the internship experience under the supervision of an academic advisor.

    BUS490 Integrative Capstone

    The integrative capstone, undertaken by the student during the senior year, is an extended project that helps the student complete their transition from an undergraduate student to a world-ready professional. The study usually centers on the student's major and may be conducted, at least in part, in the context of a group experience. Such programs are crafted to meet the unique needs of each major, and could include, for example, fieldwork, theater production, creative work in the arts, independent research, or independent readings. The integrative capstone in an interdisciplinary major must have the approval of both academic programs.

    Pre-requisites Complete any 1 of the following courses:
  • BUS312W Marketing Research
  • BUS310W Business Analytics: Research Methods
  • 3