Questions to Consider: Online Bachelor's Degree in Business


As you start researching online bachelor's degree programs, you might end up with more questions than answers. Here we take some of those common questions and answer them to help give you a better idea of what to expect in an online business degree program.

What Is a BSBA?

A BSBA is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. This type of bachelor's degree in business, focused on math and analytics, will give you the foundational knowledge in business you need to understand how businesses work and what makes them successful. This degree major is ideal for those interested in management or business analyst positions.

What's the Difference Between a BSBA and a BBA?

While both degrees give you the business knowledge and skills you'll need in the marketplace, they differ in the way they "look" at business. In a BSBA program, you will take more math and analytics courses; you will approach business from a more quantitative point of view. There are often more general education courses required, and the curriculum overall is more diverse and well-rounded.

BBA and BSBA degrees

On the other hand, a BBA gives students a high-level look at business with courses in accounting, marketing, management and economics. There are fewer general education courses required in a BBA program.

Learn more about the LSUA BSBA online program

What Will I Learn in an Online BSBA Program?

The curriculum and course material will vary some by college or university. In LSUA's B.S. in Business Administration online degree program, you will learn:

  • Written communication skills -- writing and designing documents that can be used throughout an organization.
  • Oral communication skills -- from presentations to one-on-one interactions.
  • HR basics -- recruiting, selecting, developing and rewarding employees.
  • People management.
  • How to analyze consumer behavior to create a successful marketing plan.
  • Financial and managerial accounting practices.
  • How to use software tools, such as Microsoft Office.
  • The social roles businesses play in society and how to build relationships within a community.
  • International marketing.
  • Business law.
  • Ways to navigate ethical issues in business.

I thoroughly enjoy learning about people and why they act the way that they do and the systems within corporations and companies.

Ashley Nesbit, online BSBA student

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get With a BSBA?

Business professionals with a BSBA often work in roles such as budget analyst, IT manager, business risk consultant, accountant, economist or even a chief financial officer.

"I would say from personal experience that it might allow you to go from working as a teller at a credit union to a CEO of a financial institution." -- Beverly Alwell, LSUA Instructor

"The associate degree wasn't going to get me much further, so the bachelor's degree is going to allow me to be promoted to administration. I knew that I didn't want to work these dead-end jobs. I wanted to have a career -- not just a job." -- Ashley Nesbit, online BSBA student

How Much Do Bachelor's in Business Graduates Make?

In 2017, the average starting salary for a business degree major was $52,124 according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. This data is for the graduating 2017 class of new workers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports earnings by educational attainment for workers aged 25 or older. Those with a bachelor's degree earn $60,996 per year on average, which is 34 percent more than those with some college, but no degree and 39 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.


Workers with a bachelor's degree earn 34% more than those with some college, but no degree, and 39% more than those with only a high school diploma.

Bachelor's degree $60,996
Some college/No degree $40,248
High school diploma $37,024

*According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Does LSUA Offer Career Placement Services for its Online Students?

Yes! Career Placement and Planning is your source for achieving your educational and career goals. We can help you improve your interview skills, and help you write a better resume. Call 318-767-2604 for more information.

How Much Does an Online Bachelor's in Business Cost

For-profit schools like DeVry, the University of Phoenix and Capella charge between $336 and $609 per credit hour for degrees that don't have the reputation for quality that comes with a nonprofit university. The tuition for LSUA's online BS in Business Administration program is just $249.40 per credit hour.

The application fee for LSUA online undergraduate programs is $20. The online program fee is $50 per course and goes toward online services like online tutoring, faculty training and course development. Even with this added fee, the per-credit-hour cost is still less than most for-profit schools.

Pay-as-you-go tuition makes budgeting for tuition much easier, too.

"One should look at education as an investment, not an expense. Investments produce income for years, which is what a degree will do." -- Dr. Randall Dupont, Associate Professor of Management

"When I found out the price and the schedule at LSUA, it was definitely a winner for me." – Ashley Nesbit, online BSBA student


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LSUA $249.50
University of Phoenix $398
Devry $487-$609
Capella $336-$411

*Per credit hour tuition according to competitor websites as of May 2018


Is the Tuition the Same for In-State and Out-of-State Students?

Yes! Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students in the LSUA online program.

Are There Financial Aid Options for the BSBA?

All students admitted to LSUA, including those in online programs, are considered for scholarships -- funds paid by businesses, universities, charitable organizations and others. Students do not need to repay this money.

Grants are also available. Grants also do not need to be repaid.

Members of the Louisiana National Guard receive 100 percent tuition reimbursement in addition to a monthly stipend.

Loans are available from financial institutions to students who qualify. These funds must be repaid with interest.

LSUA's generous transfer policy allows you to save money by not having to retake courses you've successfully completed in the past.

To see what student aid is available to you, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information about financial aid, contact the Enrollment Management Office at 318-473-6423 or email financialaid@lsua.edu.

Learn more about the LSUA BSBA online program

How Long Does It Take to Earn a BSBA Degree Online?

Time to complete the online BSBA varies, depending on your schedule and previously earned credit hours.

How Many Hours a Week Do I Need to Study?

It is a good rule of thumb to set aside three hours a week of study time for every credit hour you're taking, or nine hours per three-hour class. Of course, times can vary depending on the difficulty of the class and the student.

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Anna Boone online BSBA graduate

Most of the classes would have at least 10 hours of work per week attached to them, if you count the reading.

- Anna Boone, online BSBA graduate, 2017

Can I Transfer Credits?

Yes. Some schools accept more than others, and there are some qualifying factors. For example, many universities only accept credits from regionally accredited institutions.

LSUA boasts a generous acceptance of transfer credits – up to 90 credit hours, including ACE credits.

Can I Find Out if My Credits Transfer Before I Enroll?

Yes, you can get a "soft degree audit" after you have applied and submitted your transcripts. You must take at least 30 hours at LSUA to graduate. You can speak with a LSUA enrollment specialist by calling 844-213-2753 to start the application process.

Military support for online business degree

Is There Assistance for Military Members and Veterans?

Veterans Support at LSUA is dedicated to the success of active duty military, veterans and their families.

The Veteran Affairs School Certifying Officer at the financial aid office is dedicated to helping veteran students obtain funds through various V.A. educational benefit programs, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill. There are also services available to active duty, National Guard, military reserve personnel, and the families of military.

LSUA has been recognized as a Military and Veteran Friendly Campus by previous governors. Victory Media has also deemed LSUA a Military Friendly School.

What About Accreditation?

Programs from regionally accredited universities and colleges are rigorous and well-regarded. Be wary of national accreditation, which carries less weight. The online BSBA program at LSUA is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states.

Is the Faculty the Same as the On-Campus Program?

Yes! You will have the some instructors online as you would on campus.

Regional accreditation is better than national accreditation when it comes to universities


My goal in an online class is for my students to learn every bit as much as they would have learned had they taken my face-to-face class.

- Dr. Bob Jones, Assistant Professor of Economics

Is an Online Degree Program Easy?

Online degrees from accredited, reputable universities are not easy, but they are designed with working adults in mind. The online BSBA program at LSUA is convenient and flexible for working students. Study when you want, where you want. There's no need to drive to campus and there's no need to take a specific class at a specific time. Because you'll be doing your coursework on your schedule, you won't miss out on your family responsibilities or work.

What Are the Technical Requirements of the Online BSBA program?

To complete any online program, you'll need certain hardware and software. While the list may look intimidating, most PCs and Macs come with these things standard.

Hardware Requirements

  • Modern Computer with Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 (PC) / Mac OS X 10 (Macintosh)
  • Reliable Broadband Internet Connection (DSL, cable, satellite)
  • Speakers / Headphones
  • Webcam (may be required for proctored exams using ProctorU services)

Software Requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • Anti-Virus Software
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Google Chrome Browser (Recommended)
  • Java
  • Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) or Open Office
  • Windows Media Player

At LSUA, online students can always contact the help desk for any IT-related issues: http://iet.lsua.edu

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I want to assure you that we have the technology resources in place to help you be a successful student. Our well-credentialed faculty have all been trained in teaching online. And our technology resources allow you to contact the office you need whenever you need to -- whether financial aid, the bookstore, or the records office or the library.

- Teresa Seymour, Director of Distance Learning

Is Online Tutoring Available for Online BSBA Students?

LSUA offers 10 free hours of live tutoring per semester -- both on-demand and by appointment. Tutorial services are available seven days a week between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.

Subjects available for tutoring:

  • Math
  • Statistics
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Business (accounting, finance, economics)
  • Microsoft Office

Do Online Students Have Access to the Library?

Online students will have access to the library (online databases) from anywhere they are.

And there's a course specifically designed to help you navigate the online landscape.

"I'm really glad I took that [LSUA 1001:] Seminar for Academic Success first because it showed me a better way to do things. It focuses on things like time management and all of the tools that are available. It was basically saying that although you're not on campus, you still have the same resources that an on-campus student would have. It teaches you to use those resources to complete your various lessons." -- Tamika Scott, online BSBA student

Can I Attend Graduation?

Yes, you can attend graduation. And we look forward to seeing you!

Speaking of graduation, Ben Conner, an online student who graduated in the spring of 2018, said, "I want to share that moment with my family. They've been so supportive during this journey and they deserve to be a part of it."

Why Choose a Nonprofit School Over a For-Profit School?

There are many reasons to choose a nonprofit school over a for-profit school.

  • Credits from for-profit colleges often don't transfer.
  • Tuition at for-profit schools is generally higher.
  • Students at for-profit schools don't have as many financial aid options.
  • Many for-profit schools have an open admissions process, meaning you only need a high school diploma or a GED.
  • For-profit schools have a reputation for fraudulent practices, and though not all of them deserve that reputation, it can hurt your job search.
  • For-profit institutions are often criticized for their recruitment practices, low graduation rates and graduates' employment rate.

Will I Be Able to Talk to My Professors?

Our faculty pride themselves on being available to their students. At that beginning of each course, you will receive contact information for your instructor -- phone numbers and email addresses. Most instructors will also accepts text messages. Professors will get back to you within 24-48 hours.



LSUA BSBA instructor Jennifer O'Sullivan

I love to teach challenging courses in a way that the students can understand. By the end of the course, the student understands the importance of the subject and how the information they acquired will help them in the future.

-Dr. Jennifer O'Sullivan, Assistant Professor of Finance

LSUA BSBA instructor Jennifer O'Sullivan

What About Networking With Other Students?

An online BSBA program is a great place to network with business professionals nationwide. With diverse backgrounds, your fellow classmates will be able to offer perspectives that you may not get at home. You'll get plenty of chances to meet them on the online discussion boards and while working on group projects.

When Can I Start the Online BSBA Program at LSUA?

With seven start dates each year, you don't have to wait around until the fall or spring semesters. Check out our calendar that shows upcoming start dates and relevant deadlines.


Sources:

eLearners: Types of Business Administration Degrees - BBA, BSBA & BABA

BestColleges: How Many Hours per Week Will I Have to Spend on Online Courses?

Peterson's: For-Profit Colleges Versus Nonprofit Colleges: What You Need to Know

U.S. Department of Education: Education Department Releases Final Debt-to-Earnings Rates for Gainful Employment Programs

National Association of Colleges and Employers