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2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
  Mar 26, 2023
2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

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120 Credit Hours


Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree provides a broad background of practical business knowledge.  The program is designed to prepare students for careers and opportunities in global business and management as they learn the skills needed to become part of a professional team that can lead local, national, and global socially responsible organizations. 

This bachelor’s program prepares students to be business leaders contributing to organizations that positively impact our world. With International Field Experience, corporate social responsibility, and ethical decision making, the curriculum merges Pacific Oaks’ mission with the rising need for innovative business leaders. The BSBA program emphasizes what it takes to manage a successful enterprise while learning how to build and advance an organization through courses such as e-Commerce, Principles of Management, and Entrepreneurship. This program strives to prepare graduates who will positively impact organizational effectiveness and the communities these organizations serve.

The program offers two concentration areas. The primary goal of each concentration is to help students acquire the competencies, skills, and knowledge needed to seek positions in a related function or industry. Concentrations are as follow:

  • Business Management
  • Human Resource Management

Program Learning Outcomes

The BSBA degree program is designed to develop the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Program Outcome 1a: Oral Communication

  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations employing business concepts and data, with consideration of the relationship between the topic, audience, and situation while using appropriate technology.

Program Outcome 1b: Written Communication

  • Prepare written documents employing concepts and data that adhere to conventions of grammar, mechanics, genre, and rhetoric with consideration of the relationship between the topic, audience, and situation.

Program Outcome 2: Team Engagement

  • Describe and employ the interpersonal and group communication skills that enable businesses to attain their goals.

Program Outcome 3: Foundational Knowledge

  • Explain and synthesize the multiple concepts of business administration including the roles and responsibilities of the functional areas of business leaders and teams

Program Outcome 4: Information Literacy

  • Gather, evaluate, and ethically use information from a variety of relevant technological and library resources to make business decisions and take action.

Program Outcome 5: Analysis and Application

  • Develop a conclusion, opinion, or course of action based on exploration and analysis of information, issues, ideas, and events to solve business problems.

Program Outcome 6: Numerical Literacy

  • Analyze and interpret quantitative data in order to solve problems and make informed business decisions

Program Outcome 7: Social Responsibility and Ethical Awareness

  • Describe and employ the ethical framework that managers and employees are expected to operate under while interacting in a business situation.

Program Outcome 8: Diversity

  • Identify the benefits and challenges of social, cultural, and economic diversity within and across organizations as well as the opportunities that diversity represents for business strategy.

Program Outcome 9: Global Business Literacy

  • Explain, apply and function in the global business context and be knowledgeable about its core issues and trends.

Number of Admit Terms per Year:

Ground (6)

  • Fall Sessions I & II - 8 Week Terms
  • Spring Sessions I & II- 8 Week Terms
  • Summer Sessions I & II - 8 Week Terms

Online (6)

  • Fall Sessions I & II - 8 Week Terms
  • Spring Sessions I & II- 8 Week Terms
  • Summer Sessions I & II - 8 Week Terms


  • Pasadena, Online, San Jose, and off-campus locations*

*The availability of off-campus locations depends on enrollment.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the BSBA degree program are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours distributed as follows:

  • General Education (GE) curriculum requirements - 40 credit hours
  • Major - 57 credit hours
  • Concentration requirements - 12 credit hours
  • Electives - 11 credit hours

This is a year-round program, including enrollment in summer.  On-ground and online attendance includes two 8-week terms in fall, spring and summer.  A full-time student entering with 0 credits and successfully completing 6 credit hours per term would have a time to completion equivalent to 3 1/3 years, or 40 months.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Program-Specific Admissions Requirements can be found here: Admissions Policies


International Field Experience Requirements

BSBA International Field Experience Requirement

As a degree requirement, BSBA students are required to participate in an international Field Experience at an international destination selected by the BSBA program. Students will be in-country for up to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 nights and will participate on ground in full days for the field experience. Coursework will be based on the number of students in the cohort, available opportunities, level of international experience, and professional interests. The BSBA International Field Experience is an academically rigorous and intensive immersion experience, and therefore only students eligible and enrolled in the BSBA International Field Experience course are invited to participate in the travel portion of this course. Prior to enrollment in the program, all admitted students are required to sign a Field Experience Disclosure. Prior to enrollment in the International Field Experience course, all students must sign a  Field Experience Placement. All students must submit purchased flight information alongside the Field Experience Placement. If flight information is not submitted by the deadline indicated on the Field Experience Placement, the student will be dropped from the IFE299 course.

Pacific Oaks College and TCS Community & Global Engagement create professional agreements with one or more international organizations in the country in order to facilitate the course activities. A minimum of one faculty lead will accompany students during the international field experience. Students may not bring family or friends on Field Experience.

International Field Experience Policy

Pacific Oaks College requires all BSBA students to complete the course, IFE299: International Field Experience (IFE), as part of the degree requirement.  In extenuating circumstances, an approved exception may be granted through the General Petition process. If the exception is approved, students must complete the Virtual International Internship as a substitution for the IFE. The Virtual International Internship can be taken multiple times but in cases where it is a substitute for the IFE, it must be taken after approval of the exception to satisfy the International Field Experience degree requirement.

A student considering an exception must consult with their Faculty Advisor prior to petitioning. The request should be made at least one semester prior to the start of the International Field Experience.

The general petition process begins with the submission of the General Petition Form to the Registrar’s Office. The form is available in the Registrar’s Office as well as on the Pacific Oaks College Registrar Forms website.

To complete the general petition process, the student should:

  1. Consult with Faculty Advisor at least one semester before the start of the International Field Experience.
  2. Complete the General Petition form.
  3. The General Petition Form must state clearly and completely the reasons for the exception and provide documentation.
  4. Submit the General Petition form to the Registrar’s office.

The petition will be reviewed, and a decision reached by the Academic Standards Committee.  Such decisions of the Academic Standards Committee are final and not appealable.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees for the College and individual programs can be found here: Financial Aid and Student Accounts Policies

International Field Experience Fee

The International Field Experience Fee is covered by Pacific Oaks College for eligible students enrolled in the BSBA Program. The International Field Experience Fee covers accommodation, transport in-country, some meals, and all required events & activities in-country. This fee does not cover roundtrip airfare, passport/visa fees (if applicable), immunizations/vaccinations (if applicable), incidentals, and personal expenses.

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 grade point average of 2.0 is required for graduation.


General Education Requirements

The General Education (GE) program at Pacific Oaks is an important part of the undergraduate education.   A well-planned General Education program of study will provide students with the skills they will need to excel in whatever disciplines they choose to pursue. 

A certain number of GE courses may be shared with a student’s degree program. However, GE courses may only be used to complete one GE category.  GE courses may also be completed by Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) or college transfer credit. Please refer to Transfer Credit Policy on PLA and transfer equivalencies.

To complete the General Education program requirements, each student must complete courses in the six categories listed below. GE courses must be completed with a grade of ‘D’ grade or better and a 2.0 Grade Point Average or better with some program exceptions.*

*BSBA students must earn a “C” grade or better in COM150, ENG101, COM105, GEN100 and STAT225 courses (Oral Communication, Written Communication, Basic Skills and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning).

The BSBA program requires specific GE course work in English Composition, English Communication, POC Pedagogy, Mathematics, Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences sections.


Pacific Oaks Culture and Pedagogy (3 credits required)

English Communication (9 credits required)

Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits required)

Arts and Humanities (9 credits required)

At least one course from the arts and two courses from humanities

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits required)

Physical and Biological Sciences (7 credits required)

One physical science course and one biological science or life science course, at least one of which includes a lab

Total Required GE Credits: 40

Academic Advisors in the Center for Academic Advising can assist you with enrolling in GE courses.  They can direct you to suggested GE program options that meet your interests, help you with identifying shared GE courses in your degree program, and assist you in incorporating GE courses in your four-year plan. Faculty Advisors can also help you in selecting the best options to meet your academic goals.

General Education Prerequisites

GEN 100, ENG 101, COM 105, COM 150, STAT 225, ECO201 and ECO202 must be taken before any upper level Business courses.

Total Core Requirements: 57 credits

Total Concentration Requirements: 12 credits

Total Concentration Requirements: 12 credits

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