Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (BSBM)

Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

Prepare for Management With a Bachelor’s in Business Management Degree

A BS in Business Management (BSBM) degree is a higher education program consisting of course material that focuses on key functional areas, such as organizational behavior and management, servant leadership, human resources management, accounting, finance and marketing. In the BSBM degree program at Grand Canyon University (GCU), you will learn to understand and evaluate methods for planning, organizing, leading and controlling performance in organizations.

Every successful business needs an effective manager to oversee performance, maintain organizational culture and motivate team success. Enrich your interpersonal and leadership skills with the Bachelor of Science in Business Management (BSBM) degree. Offered by the Colangelo College of Business, the on-campus and online bachelor’s in business management degree program affords you the liberty to analytically explore different business scenarios and discuss strategies with your peers.

Benefits of GCU’s BS in Business Administration Degree Program

The BS in Business Administration degree at GCU aims to prepare you for the business world. By providing you with coursework in all different areas of business, you have the opportunity to become a well-rounded business graduate, while learning from knowledgeable, experienced faculty.

Programs offered by the Colangelo College of Business go beyond just providing you with a degree program; they emphasize a student-centric culture, promotive conscious capitalism, academic success and a higher purpose. 

You can choose to earn your BSBM degree online or on campus at GCU. When choosing an online format, you have online resources, a community of support and the convenience that comes with online classes. You have the option to earn your degree in a format that best suits you and your lifestyle. 

Gain Valuable Skills in the BSBM Degree

In the BS in Business Management program, you are taught steps to become a servant leader, with the skills and values necessary to inspire organizational success and impact society. You will study approaches to organizational development with an emphasis on the practical aspects of change that improves effectiveness. Coursework in this program allows you to review the foundations of business and receive an introduction to management theories, concepts and practices relevant to today’s industries.

Skills taught in the online and on-campus BS in Business Management degree program include:

  • The ability to understand organizational behavior and structures
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • A creative approach to problem solving 
  • Persuasive written and oral communication
  • Numeracy and the ability to research, interpret and use business data
  • Initiative and the ability to manage time, projects and resources

Bachelor’s in Business Management Topics and Coursework Covered 

A bachelor’s in business management program covers many topics and learning objectives focused on enterprise management. You can expect to cover a board range of topics, including: 

  • The accounting cycle and the construction of financial statements
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics in business
  • Global business environment
  • Managerial concepts and strategies
  • Servant leadership and ethical leadership

Career Pathways for BSBM Degree Graduates

As a graduate holding a bachelor’s degree in business management, you may opt to compete for entry-level management positions in business. Potential workplaces include a myriad of corporate business organizations, schools, as well as government, hospitality and marketing agencies. 

Some potential jobs for bachelor’s in business management graduates include:

  • General and operations manager
  • Facilities manager
  • Training and development manager
  • Project management specialist

You may also choose to further your education. GCU offers a variety of master's degrees in business, including a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with several different emphasis options, a Master of Science in Leadership (MSL) and an MBA/MSL dual degree.

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management FAQs

If a career in business appeals to you, our frequently asked questions can provide more insight into the field and earning your BSBM degree.

A bachelor’s in business management equips you with critical thinking skills, time and project management skills, as well as adept research and analytic skills. The skill set acquired in the undergraduate business management degree can open doors to a wide variety of job opportunities. For those seeking career growth, the BS in Business Management lays the foundation for further graduate-level business education.

The bachelor’s in business management degree requires 120 total credits for completion. Depending on whether you choose an on-campus or online bachelor’s degree in business management, the majority of classes are either 15 or eight weeks in length, respectively.

Because of the multitude of subjects you will cover in a BSBM program, it can be a challenging degree to take on. You will study various topics that are all relevant to understand for a career in business management. However, with this array of knowledge comes the opportunity to explore career options in different business sectors and focus any additional education on your preferred area of interest. 

Salaries for BS in Business Administration degree graduates can vary depending on which position they end up pursuing. We can look at a general and operations manager as an example. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, general and operations managers had a median annual wage of $98,100 in May 2021.1

1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), General and Operations Managers, as of May 2021, retrieved on May 2, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as general and operations managers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career.  You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates. 

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TOTAL CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
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Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
TUITION RATE:
Campus: $8,250 per semester [More Info]
Online: $485 per credit [More Info]

Course List

General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
64 credits
Open Elective Credits:
16-22 credits
Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
  • UNV-103, University Success: 4
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
  • PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4

Core Courses

Course Description

This course provides the foundation of core knowledge within the field of information technology. Topics include technology-centric organizations, the type and role of fundamental information technology systems, data management to include privacy and security, e-business and m-business, hardware, software, and computer networks.

Course Description

In this course, students examine basic accounting concepts and explore how accounting information assists business leaders in making financial decisions that increase profitability and contribute to competitive advantage. There is specific emphasis on the analysis of financial statements in the business decision-making process, budgeting, and factors businesses must consider when determining appropriate pricing of goods and services. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144, MAT-154, or higher subsequent math course.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course is a comprehensive study of the legal and ethical issues of concern to business, including those areas of the U.S. legal system that are most relevant to business, such as the law of torts, strict liability, intellectual property, and contract law. It explores the role of ethics and values in business decision making and approaches these subjects from the perspective of the stakeholders as opposed to an economic interpretation of the firm and its responsibilities.

Course Description

This course introduces models and practices used by contemporary marketers in fast-paced, dynamic, domestic and global markets, including the marketing concept and processes for developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of marketing plans. Building from a foundational understanding of consumer behavior and marketing research, students examine the development and implementation of marketing mix strategies and tactics with an emphasis of how marketing integrates within all aspects of business.

Course Description

This course introduces models and practices used for engagement with customers, prospects, suppliers, and internal stakeholders and the communications strategies and tactics needed to build and sustain long-term and mutually satisfying relationships that add value in today’s economy. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technology will also be introduced. Prerequisite: MKT-315

Course Description

This course focuses on effective change strategies and communication skills required in modern organizations. Students examine various approaches of effective and persuasive communication at all levels of an organization, including analyzing the need for change and overcoming communication barriers. Students will also learn how to negotiate and convey important information leading to the facilitation of organizational change in today's dynamic workplace.

Course Description

This course focuses on servant leadership and ethical leadership, explores how servant leadership is different from other styles of leadership, and examines how this connects to ethics, accountability, and being a responsible leader.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the practical application of descriptive and inferential statistics in business. Topics include probability, probability distributions, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144, MAT-154, or higher subsequent math course.

Course Description

This course surveys the global business environment with an emphasis on international markets and the global supply chain that impact all organizations and consumers. Students learn about basic international trade and currency issues and strategies to enter global markets successfully. Students focus on communication tools and negotiation tactics to enhance their cultural competence and business acumen.

Course Description

This course is a study of the challenges associated with managing projects within the context of the overarching management framework of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Emphasis is placed on balancing competing priorities related to human resources, time constraints, and physical resources/materials, as well as managing and controlling project scope.

Course Description

Drawing upon real-world management situations, this course is a study of individual and group behavior in organizations through detailed coverage of the functions of management, individual differences/diversity, leadership, motivation, decision making, organizational design, and organizational change and development. Emphasis is placed on how an understanding of organizational behavior leads to effective management practice.

Course Description

This survey course covers the basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics. The course begins by addressing the fundamental concepts of scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, and comparative advantage. The course builds on these fundamentals to explain the market forces of supply and demand, market efficiency, the economics of the public sector, and the firm's behavior under competitive market conditions. The second half of the course focuses on basic macroeconomic concepts, including measurement of national income, economic growth, and productivity. In addition, this course covers the monetary system and the classical theory of inflation.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to designing, planning, operating, and controlling production systems. Emphasis is on managerial concepts and strategies relating to the management of operations in both manufacturing and service environments. Quantitative and qualitative methods and tools are introduced and applied. Prerequisite: BUS-352, MAT-274, MAT-374, or ESG-374.

Course Description

This course is a study of the human resource management function in organizations, including detailed coverage of staffing, organizational development, compensation and benefits administration, and employee relations. Emphasis is placed on how human resource management as a whole enhances organizational performance and success. Prerequisite: HIM-425, MGT-420, or MGT-422HN. Equivalent to AMP-434.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to managerial finance and the financial markets, analysis of financial statements, time value of money, interest rates, asset valuation, assessment of risk, cost of capital, and capital budgeting. Prerequisites: ECN-220, ECN-351, or ECN-361; and ACC-240 or ACC-250.

Course Description

This writing-intensive course serves as the capstone experience in business and management, introducing students to functional, business, and corporate strategy from the perspective of a strategy analyst. Tools and techniques are applied to the student’s previous knowledge of accounting, finance, management, analytics, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship, and leadership acquired through their individual programs of study. Students integrate strategic analysis to demonstrate mastery of a wide variety of business domains. Prerequisites: MGT-420 or MGT-422HN; FIN-210 or FIN-350; and MKT-245 or MKT-315.

Locations

GCU Campus Student


Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

GCU Online Student


Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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