Monte Ahuja College of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.)

Business Administration (B.B.A.)

Cleveland State University offers a flexible educational opportunity for the non-traditional student to complete the Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a general business administration major. The business administration major prepares students with foundation courses in business and a broad cross-section of advanced business courses in various functional areas. Courses for this program are offered during the day and evening at both the main campus and various off-campus sites. The program is composed of lower-division and upper-division core courses as required by the B.B.A. degree and a choice of business administration major courses that can be selected from various business disciplines.

This program is for you if:

  • You have completed two years at a community college and fulfilled Cleveland State University's Transfer Module requirements OR
  • You are a part-time student who would like to accelerate degree completion by picking up evening and weekend classes OR
  • You want to earn a certificate in a particular field of interest OR
  • You want to take courses for self-improvement or career advancement

Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in business administration:

  • Enables you to develop breadth of knowledge in the field of business administration
  • Increases your transfer opportunities if you have previous college credits
  • Permits flexibility to take advanced business courses that fit your schedule and professional needs
  • Prepares you with foundation coursesfor the MBA degree
  • Gives you the flexibility of taking additional courses and earning other minors in the college

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Major-Field Requirements

Business Administration Major Courses

The major in business administration consists of 28 credit hours of 300/400 level business electives beyond the B.B.A. degree's core requirements. Electives must be selected from a minimum of four of the following seven business disciplines: accounting (ACT), finance (FIN), information systems (IST), international business (INB), management and labor relations (MLR), marketing (MKT), and operations and supply chain management (OSM). Please consult this CSU Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and check CampusNet or a College of Business undergraduate adviser in Ahuja Hall, BU 219, for course availability.

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Recommended Program:

The following sequence of courses has been developed by the College of Business Administration faculty. If you enroll for courses each semester as indicated, you will have the proper prerequisites and background to obtain the maximum benefit from these requirements. Any exceptions to this program should be discussed with your adviser. Students taking courses without proper prerequisites may lose credit and may be required to take additional courses.

For courses offered, please refer to the class schedule on CampusNet. Click each course below for its description.

Recommended Program for Undergraduate Business Administration Major
Fifth Semester Credits
MKT 301 Introduction to Marketing * 3
ECN 302 Intermediate Microeconomics * 3
FIN 351 Introduction to Financial Management * 4
MLR 321 Organizational Behavior * 3
Arts and Humanities 3
Total 16
Sixth Semester Credits
MKT 351 Business, Society, & Government * (W) 3
OSM 311 Introduction to Operations Management * 3
BLW 411 Business Law and Ethics * (W) 3
IST 305 Information Technology * 3
Major Field Elective 4
Total 16
Seventh Semester Credits
Major Field Elective 3
Major Field Elective 4
Major Field Elective 3
Major Field Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Total 16
Eighth Semester Credits
MLR 465 Management Strategy & Policy * (W) 3
Major Field Elective 4
Major Field Elective 3
Major Field Elective 3
Open Elective 3
Total 16

* BBA core courses must be completed prior to taking MLR 465, the capstone course.

(W) Denotes writing-across-the-curriculum course. Three writing courses are required.

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Business Minor

If you are looking to supplement the expertise you are gaining in your major with some business knowledge and experience, then consider our new Minor in Business.

  • This program can serve as a valuable complement to your major field studies and give you a competitive edge in the career you have chosen.
  • If you have ever considered graduate study in business, this minor will provide you with many of the prerequisites for the MBA program.

How do I earn a Minor in Business?

Requirements for the Minor in Business

Option A: Cross-Functional Business Track (19 credit hours)

Course Title Credit Hours
ACT 221 Introductory Accounting I 3
FIN 351 Introduction to Financial Management * 4
IST 305 Info Technology for Competitive Advantage ** 3
MKT 301 Introduction to Marketing # 3
MLR 321 Organizational Behavior # 3
OSM 311 Introduction to Operations Management ## 3

* The prerequisites for this course are ECN 201 and 202, ACT 221 and 222, and junior standing.
** The prerequisites for this course are IST 203 and junior standing.
# The prerequisite for this course is junior standing.
## The prerequisites for this course are OSM 201 (or other approved statistics course) and junior standing.

Option B: Flexible Track (minimum of 18 credit hours)

Select a minimum of any four courses from the list in Option A (above) and any two business administration courses at the 200-400 level. For a complete list of business courses, please check the Undergraduate Catalog on-line at:
Independent study courses are not eligible for use toward the business minor. Approval of the program of study by a business advisor is required.

For More Information

For more information, please visit or contact the Monte Ahuja College Advising Center (BU 219) at (216) 687-3729, or e-mail us at
Please note that the Business Minor is not an option for students earning a BBA major.

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