Gain the skills and knowledge to succeed in a global marketplace through a flexible, fully online program custom-made for active professionals.
Complete your Bachelor in Business Administration (BSBA) degree and develop a clear understanding of the tools, technologies, communication techniques, and ethics required to succeed in business today.
The first AACSB-accredited Online Business Administration Degree Completion Program offered by a California university, the BSBA at East Bay is a two-year online program offered through the College of Business and Economics and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the changing global business environment and prepare you for success in your career.
Ranked in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report as No. 7 in the state for Best Online Programs
Ranked in 2016 as No. 2 Among California's Best Online Colleges
Go further with a degree from an AACSB-accredited University
The BSBA online degree program at Cal State East Bay is surprisingly achievable and especially convenient for busy working adults like you. You will receive the same dynamic education and walk away with the same diploma as if you were taking classes on campus.
The program’s flexible quarter system makes it possible to earn your online degree at your own pace. You can even accelerate your degree progress by attending classes year-round. You'll enjoy a personal, student-centered learning experience, with professors who are experts in the field of business and available to support you every step of the way.
I finished my degree faster than if I would have taken classes on campus, and my degree allows me to apply for positions I couldn’t have before.
If you have a really busy lifestyle and are motivated enough to take classes online, it is the way to complete your schooling. I lived far away from the Hayward campus, so having the online option also saved me gas and drive time to get to class.
Earning your BSBA prepares you for a career in sales, finances, retail, manufacturing, human resources, public administration, marketing, management, and more. You will also leave well-prepared to follow your goals into entrepreneurship. In fact, several graduates of the program have gone on to create their own start-up and consulting businesses.
Fastest growing occupations for students with a BSBA include financial analyst, human resource specialist, and medical and health service manager. Each of these fields is expected to add at least 50,000 new jobs by 2020.
—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Median salaries can range from $58,350 per year for human resource specialists to $86,110 for administrative services managers.
—U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics
Bachelor’s degree-holders can expect to earn 84 percent more over a lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma.
—The College Payoff report by Georgetown University
During your experience at East Bay, you’ll acquire skills that are relevant to almost any career and gain the qualifications to perform in a variety of leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. And if you to continue your education in the future, obtaining your BSBA from an accredited university opens the door to pursue your MBA degree or qualify for other graduate programs.
Here’s what some Cal State East Bay BSBA graduates have to say about the program:
I didn't expect this program to be as fulfilling as it was. I expected to miss actually being on campus in a classroom setting, yet I truly enjoyed doing this online program. It allowed me to study when my schedule permitted, as well as being able to communicate with the professor and other students in class.
I already have a successful career. Still, I believe there were some previously unavailable opportunities that are now open because I completed the degree. Far more importantly, being able to apply newfound knowledge from the program to my job as I learned made me far more effective as a worker and manager.
Learn to identify and communicate the variety of risks and opportunities of doing business in a global environment.
Gain the knowledge necessary to identify and evaluate ethical issues and articulate defensible resolutions for practical situations involving financial issues, human resource management, and marketing.
Identify, analyze, and solve complex business problems using appropriate technological and analytical tools.
Develop your communication skills and teamwork ability.
Demonstrate knowledge in management areas including computer information systems, accounting, marketing, economics, finance, management, and management science.
The BSBA Program is structured around a set of core courses, enabling you to develop general business perspective and skills. The program currently offers options in Finance, General Management, Information Technology Management (ITM), and Operations and Supply Chain Management .
The major consists of 97-105 units. In order to earn a BS degree, you are required to complete a total of 180-183 units.
Please consult an advisor in the BSBA Online Program in the College of Business and Economics for clarification and interpretation of their major requirements.
|Lower division core requirements (see Admission for more details)|
|Upper division core requirements|
|Requirements for any chosen “Option”|
|Upper Division Core Requirements (44 units)|
ECON 3107: Global Economic Analysis (4) or MGMT 4670: Multinational Business (4)
Note: Neither ECON 3107 nor MGMT 4670 can be used as an elective for any BSBA options.
|ECON 3551: Managerial Economics and Business Strategy (4)|
|FIN 3300: Financial Management (4)|
|ITM 3060: Information Technology Management (4)|
|MGMT 3100: Decision Science (4)|
|MGMT 3614: Organizational Behavior (4)|
|MGMT 3620: Operations Management (4)|
|MGMT/PHIL 3560: Business and Professional Ethics (4)|
|MGMT 4500: Business, Government, and Society (4)|
|MGMT 4650: Seminar in Strategic Business Management (4)|
|MKTG 3401: Marketing Principles (4)|
The finance option is designed to prepare you for a career in the financial management of business firms, banks, related financial institutions, investment banking, investment management, and securities brokerage. In addition to the development of a theoretical basis of decision-making, coursework emphasizes experience in solving the problems that face you as financial manager. The following courses are offered currently to complete this option:
|FIN 4300: Corporate Finance (4)|
|FIN 4310: Investment Analysis (4)|
|Choice of four courses from below:|
|FIN 4305: Entrepreneurial Finance (4)|
|FIN 4315: Derivatives Markets (4)|
|FIN 4320: Problems in Corporate Finance (4)|
|FIN 4328: Risk Management in Financial Institutions (4)|
|FIN 4330: Financial Modeling (4)|
|FIN 4370: Seminar in Financial Theory (4)|
|FIN 4375: International Business Finance (4)|
|Any 4300 level FIN course not listed above|
The General Management option allows breadth of study in business fields. Students can choose 24 units of upper division elective courses offered by the College of Business and Economics (excluding ECON 3000, 3001, 3107, MGMT 4670, and MKTG 3495) that meet their needs, interests, and career goals. Courses must be drawn from at least three different subject areas (based on course prefixes), but no more than 12 units may be taken from any one subject area. Subject Areas: Accounting (ACCT), Economics (ECON), Entrepreneurship (ENTR), Finance (FIN), Information Technology Management (ITM), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG).
This option prepares the graduate for management positions in the IT (information technology) industry. With the emergence of technology such as the Internet, ERP systems and wireless communication, IT applications are now a fundamental and organic component of every business discipline. This option gives you a comprehensive overview of these applications in different functional areas of an organization such as accounting/finance, marketing, manufacturing, distribution and human resource management. As a graduate of this option you would have a solid understanding of IT applications in different areas of business, how they embed within their respective business processes and add value to them. The following courses are offered currently to complete this option:
|ITM 4271: Database Management and Applications (4)|
|ITM 4272: Information Technology and Telecommunication Systems (4)|
|ITM 4273: Business Intelligence Systems (4)|
|ITM 4277: Information Systems Development and Management (4)|
|ITM 4278: E-Business Systems Development (4)|
|MGMT 3110: Project Management (4)|
This option is designed to prepare students to manage all the aspects of a firm’s operations and supply chain functions in order to increase its efficiency and effectiveness, improve quality and eliminate waste of resources. This option covers purchasing and management of the material resources in the supply chain process and distribution network, production and operations management within the firm, project management, service operations, and quality management. The following courses are offered currently to complete this option:
|MGMT 3645: Global Supply Chain Management (4)|
|MGMT 4640: Enterprise Resource Management (4)|
|Choice of four courses from below:|
|MGMT 3110: Project Management (4)|
|MGMT 3115: Supply Chain Data Analytics (4)|
|MGMT 3624: Supply Management and E-Procurement (4)|
|MGMT 3626: Management for Quality Improvement (4)|
|MGMT 4625: Service Operations Management (4)|
|MGMT 4660: Seminar in Operations and Supply Chain Management (4)|
In addition to major requirements, you must also complete University requirements for graduation, which are described in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements chapter in the University Catalog. These include:
The BSBA Online Degree Completion Program is offered completely online. As a student in the program, you’ll enjoy the options of using chat rooms, audio streaming, video clips, simulations, and other electronic tools offered through Blackboard and other platforms.
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A number of renowned faculty in the "Best in the West" College of Business and Economics will be teaching in the BSBA online degree completion program. Faculty include (but are not limited to) the following experts:
I believe that we can only learn when we are interested in something. My goal is to raise interest and facilitate learning by providing necessary foundation and tools.
Ekin Alakent is an assistant professor of management at the College of Business and Economics. Professor Alakent was born in Izmir, Turkey and lived there until 2002. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006. She taught at the University of Texas at Arlington and Chapman University in Orange, CA before she joined faculty here at Cal State East Bay in 2008. Her research interests focus on organizational restructuring, emerging markets, and corporate political strategies. Her articles have appeared in such journals as Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Management Review, Business and Society and the Journal of Strategy and Management. She is living in Alameda, CA with her husband and two sons.
Learning comes more from challenging and discovering than knowing and remembering.
Dr. Sandip Basu has been at Cal State East Bay since Fall 2007 and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on strategic management, social responsibility, and innovation. His research examines phenomena such as external venturing, new venture creation, social entrepreneurship, and strategic renewal, and has been published in leading management journals.
Dr. Basu has a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Washington, Seattle. He earlier completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from reputed schools in India. He has spent several years working in the foods, beverages, and metals industries in diverse management roles related to manufacturing operations, equipment purchasing, and project implementation. Dr. Basu constantly strives to draw on his “real-world” experience in teaching and research.
I equip students to be critical thinkers and active participants, qualities I believe are crucial for them to be successful in our global economy.
Dr. Samantha Francois got her BA in U.S. History from U.C. Berkeley and then her MA and Ph.D. from U.C. Davis in History. She specializes in American Women's History, 20th century US History and also teaches the History of Nursing.
Eric Fricke, Ph.D. has nearly 25 years of industry experience. In addition to being an assistant professor of finance, Fricke previously served as director of Corporate Planning and Development for Emerson Electric where he managed strategic planning, acquisitions, business development, and product marketing functions of material handling equipment for automotive and restaurant industries. Fricke has been published in numerous publications, including the Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, International Research Journal of Applied Finance, and Advances in Financial Planning and Forecasting. Fricke was named Delta Sigma Pi Bay Area Region Chapter Advisor of the Year in 2012.
Grasping the intuition of a financial formula and putting it to words is much more difficult and rewarding than merely solving it numerically.
Professor Sinan Goktan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey in 2000, his MBA degree with concentration in finance from the University of North Texas in 2002, and his Ph.D. degree in finance from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2008. He joined California State University, East Bay in Fall 2008 as an assistant professor of Finance. At CSUEB, he has had a rewarding teaching experience. Selected with the votes of the students within the honors program, in 2013, he was given a “Certificate of Appreciation for the Outstanding Instruction”. His research papers have been published and/or accepted for publication in highly prestigious journals such as Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management and Managerial Finance. In 2014, I received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Researcher at CSUEB and the Remmich Outstanding Research Award from the College of Business and Economics.
Effective teaching is not just content collection and distribution but also creating an experience in the classroom. Enlivened lectures and interactive discussions not only teach the content but also help students realize their practical relevance and apply them in real-world situations.
Dr. Vish Hegde is a professor of management at the California State University, East Bay. He has over 25 years of experience that spans both academic and industrial organizations. He started his career as a mechanical engineer and has worked for three years in aeronautical design and renewable energy systems areas. He obtained his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. He then worked for five years in IT companies of which four years was at PeopleSoft as a senior consultant and product manager. He was involved in the implementation of PeopleSoft ERP software at several companies and in IT infrastructure planning for application hosting services business. He joined CSUEB in 2002 to pursue an academic career, and he strives to bring a blend of academic expertise and industry experience into teaching, research, and consulting. He has published a number of refereed research articles on topics including e-commerce, supply chain management, and project management. He has taught for the executive MBA, graduate, and undergraduate programs of CSUEB. He has taught eleven subjects including project management, operations and supply chain management, e-commerce, business analytics, new product introduction, and management information systems. Dr. Hegde teaches project management certification programs to professionals and gives project management seminars and lectures to industry leaders such as BART and CISCO.
Fluent in five languages, Dr. Sweety Law studied under and worked closely with Dr. Everett Rogers (author of the seminal “Diffusion of Innovations”) and his associate Dr. Arvind Singhal. A full professor in the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Law brings a global outlook to both her research and pedagogy. Winner of numerous research awards, she has published extensively in top journals including Journal of Workplace Learning, International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, and Journal of Communication. She has also contributed book chapters and serves as invited reviewer for journals such as Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. Recipient of several grants including 2013-2014 CSUEB’s Programmatic Excellence in Instruction and Learning (PEIL), Dr. Law’s work in higher education stems from her philosophy to ‘make a difference’.
More science and less spin.
Dr. McMahon has a broad-based background in geology, remote sensing, GIS, and geologic computer modeling. She has worked in research positions for government agencies, oil companies, private research firms, and universities. Her experience includes: prospecting for dinosaurs bone in Montana, satellite imagery mapping and geologic modeling in North Yemen and the central United States, and drilling oil well in in the Gulf of Mexico. Currently, Dr. McMahon teaches Geology and Oceanography at LSC-Montgomery in Conroe, TX, and California State University East Bay in Hayward, CA.
Zinovy Radovilsky, Ph.D. is a professor of management and chair in the Department of Management at California State University, East Bay. He has taught a great variety of courses in statistical and quantitative analysis of business, forecasting, operations, and supply chain management. Dr. Radovilsky’s research interests include quantitative optimization in supply chain planning and scheduling, forecasting, e-commerce business modeling, and enterprise resource planning and management. He has published over 30 papers in refereed journals, four book chapters, and one textbook. Dr. Radovilsky served as an editor and member of the board of two research journals, Journal of International Business and Economics, and Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Management.
Plant the education seeds and reap the reward upstream.
Dr. Raj Shea is a technology transfer expert who facilitates the licensing and commercialization of a wide variety of NASA technologies. Responsible for administrating a portfolio of existing technologies, Dr. Shea works with clients to identify and evaluate new inventions for commercial potential, markets to and initiates contacts with potential licensees, negotiates and closes license agreements with industry partners, and develops intellectual property protection strategies. . He also performs assessments of patentability, market potential and overall commercial potential and provides recommendations to the team regarding strategic methods to commercialize the technology. He previously served as an International Trade Specialist for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, leading high-tech trade missions to emerging markets and implementing high-priority export promotion programs and events which are central to agency trade development objectives.
My overall student learning outcome is for students to have knowledge of applicable qualitative and quantitative problem solving skills coupled with an aptitude for technology. These decision-making tools are critical for students to successfully advance themselves forward in the Finance and Real Estate industries.
Dr. Simmons Mosley joined CSUEB’s Finance faculty in 2003. She teaches Finance and Real Estate courses. Prior to joining CSUEB, she was a Finance Professor at Lehigh University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Business. Dr. Simmons Mosley has publications in numerous well respected academic peer reviewed Real Estate and Finance journals including Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Housing Research, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Portfolio Management. Dr. Simmons Mosley incorporates her research and background into teaching courses to help students apply analytical frameworks to model and interpret qualitative concepts to improve their problem-solving skills.
In capitalism, man exploits man; in socialism, it is reversed.
– An old Soviet Joke
David St. Clair’s teaching philosophy is “The world does not need more people who can talk like an economist or play with graphs; it needs more people who understand how markets work, and who can understand, articulate, and communicate basic economic concepts. Be selective. Be skeptical. Enjoy.” He incorporates this philosophy into all of his courses. Professor St. Clair is the winner of the 1979 Economic History Association’s Allan Nevins Award for the year’s best dissertation in American economic history. Dr. St. Clair is author of one academic book, three textbooks, and 28 professional publications and book reviews.
If history has taught us anything, it is that one woman or man can change an entire city. So be the change you want to see.
Tim Wat has enjoyed a 20-year career in executive management, business development, technology, and finance. He has turned around industry influencers, helped take companies public, led diverse teams, and planned and executed successful strategy. As an instructor, he is committed to preparing his students for the real world, while also challenging them to attain far more than mere material success. Students concur that Wat’s long experience in executive leadership drives his engagement in the classroom. Aside from teaching, Wat enjoys an active career as a professional jazz pianist throughout Northern California.
Knowledge is powerful. But it is how we use it that defines us. It is without any doubt very important to teach our students useful knowledge, skills and tools like optimization, forecasting, and software applications. I try to show how the knowledge, skills and tools can be used to achieve sustainability, enabling our planet and societies to continue supporting human lives of future generations.
Dr. Wu received his Bachelor of Engineering in Transportation Management from Northern Jiaotong University and MS in Economics from Peking University in China. He obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining CSUEB, he was an assistant professor of management at Alabama A&M University. He has published scholarly articles in journals such as Decision Sciences and International Journal of Production Economics. He serves as reviewer for journals such as Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Economics and International Journal of Production Research, and for publishers such as Pearson and Springer. He currently teaches Decision Sciences, Operations Management, and Supply Chain Management.
There are only two rules to writing: have something to say, and say it well.
Georgie Ziff is a graduate of CSUEB and has developed curriculum and taught a wide range of writing classes, while mentoring graduate students and providing ongoing assistance and materials to faculty members new to online teaching.
She finds online teaching to be an exciting opportunity for both teachers and students, as the words on the page are actually what matters. Ziff believes students are able to express themselves without reservation in an online environment, and perform with involvement as they spend their energies engaging with the material without the time constraints of commuting.
To apply to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program, visit CSU Mentor. Be sure to indicate the following major on the application: “Business Administration BS (Online) - Degree Completion Program.”
The application deadlines vary depending on the quarter you plan to enter into the program. Please review the Application Information and Deadlines table below.
|Quarter||Application Deadline||Transcripts & Other Documents Due|
You must complete the following requirements before being admitted into the program:
|All lower division Business core requirements:|
|Acct 2251: Introduction to Financial Accounting (4)|
|Acct 2253: Introduction to Managerial Accounting (4)|
|Acct 2701: Legal Environment of Business (4)|
|Econ 2301: Principles of Microeconomics (4)|
|Econ 2302: Principles of Macroeconomics (4)|
|MATH 1810: Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences* (4)|
|STAT 1000: Elements of Probability and Statistics or STAT 2010: Elements of Statistics for Business and Economics (5)|
|Digital Proficiency/ITM 1270: Fundamentals of Information Systems & Applications (4) or Digital proficiency (0-4)|
*If you plan to pursue one of the more quantitative business options or graduate programs, enroll in Math 1304 – Calculus I, in place of Math 1810.
All lower division General Education requirements.
All minimum Cal State East Bay junior level transfer requirements.
In order to be accepted at Cal State East Bay into the BSBA Online Degree Completion Program, you must:
Area of study: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Ideal for: Working adults who want flexibility and convenience; Students at community colleges, especially those already taking online courses, who wish to extend their education online
Program format: Online
Number of courses: Varies
Program length: 18 months
Tuition costs: $295 per unit (Tuition fees are subject to change at any time.)
Please let us know if we can answer any questions about the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program. Many answers can also be found in our online Support Center.