Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

All Foster School undergraduates receive a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA). The structure of the program balances business classes with those from outside disciplines, resulting in an overall educational experience of depth and quality.

Students must complete a minimum of 180 credits to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA). The degree is made up of several requirements within business and other areas of knowledge. Half of the degree, about 90 credits, must be fulfilled with non-business courses including general education requirements in visual, literary & performing arts, individuals & societies, natural world, English composition and writing. Find out more about the general education requirements.

The BABA is made up of Lower Division Business Core, Upper Division Business Core, and Upper Division Business Electives. With a general BABA degree, students can design their own area of study and choose from a variety of upper division business electives. Or if they would rather, they can select a predetermined course of study, known as a formal option. The Foster School of Business has seven formal options: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations & Supply Chain Management.

The following courses outline the business degree requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 72 credits of business coursework. However, depending on the option you choose, students may exceed this requirement.

Click on the headings below to learn more about the BABA degree requirements and areas of study at the Foster School. The information below is not intended to substitute formal academic advising. There may be additional requirements related to residency, writing, pre-requisites, etc. for you to include in your graduation plan. Schedule an appointment with a Foster School adviser.

BABA Degree Requirements

Below is information about the credit requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA) degree from the Foster School. You should meet with an academic adviser in the Undergraduate Program Office to clarify your educational and career goals and make long range plans to achieve them once you have been accepted to the Foster School.

All business students need to complete:

Lower Division Business Core Credits
ACCTG 215 (Financial Accounting) 5
ACCTG 225 (Managerial Accounting) 5
MGMT 200 (Introduction to Law) 5
QMETH 201 (Statistical Methods) 4
Subtotal 19
In addition to the Lower Division Business Courses, you must complete four non-business prerequisite courses: Calculus, English Composition, Microeconomics (ECON 200) and Macroeconomics (ECON 201). Each course is five credits.
   
Writing Credits
B CMU 301 (Business Communications) 4
   
Upper Division Business Core Credits
IS 300 (Introduction to Information Systems) 5
OPMGT 301 (Principles Of Operations Management) 4
MKTG 301 (Marketing Concepts) 4
FIN 350 (Business Finance) 4
MGMT 300 (Leadership & Organizational Behavior) 4
IBUS 300 (Global Business Perspectives) 4
MGMT 320 (Business, Government & Society) 4
B ECON 300 (Managerial Economics) 4
MGMT 430 (Strategic Management Capstone) 4
Subtotal 37
All nine Upper Division Business Core Courses are required, of which six, including MGMT 430, must be completed at UW-Seattle.

Formal Options/Areas of Study

With a general BABA degree, students can design their own area of study and choose from a variety of upper division business electives. Or if they would rather, they can select a predetermined course of study, known as a formal option. The Foster School of Business has seven formal options: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Operations & Supply Chain Management. Formal Options offer a packaged set of classes, designed by the departments, that are focused on specific academic disciplines. Applicants may apply for one option when applying to the undergraduate program.

Students must complete a minimum of 72 credits of business coursework. However, depending on the option you choose, students may exceed this requirement.

BABA - General BA, no option Credits
Upper Division Elective 4
Upper Division Elective 4
Upper Division Elective 4
Upper Division Elective 4
Subtotal 16
Total Business Credits 72
   
BABA - Accounting Option Credits
ACCTG 301 (Intermediate I) 4
B CMU 301 (Strategic Business Communications) 4
ACCTG 302 (Intermediate II) 4
ACCTG 303 (Intermediate III) 4
ACCTG 311 (Cost Accounting) 4
ACCTG 320 (Introduction to Accounting Info Systems) 4
ACCTG 321 (Tax Effects of Business Decisions) 4
ACCTG 411 (Auditing) 4
ACCTG 440 (Accounting and Financial Management Decisions) 4
ACCTG 4XX (Elective) 4
Subtotal 36
Total Business Credits 92
Nine Upper Division Accounting Core Courses are required, of which six must be completed at UW-Seattle.
   
BABA - Entrepreneurship Option Credits
ENTRE 370 (Introduction to Entrepreneurship) 4
ENTRE/FIN 457 (Entrepreneurial Finance) 4
ENTRE/MKTG 455 (Entrepreneurial Marketing) 4
ENTRE Elective 4
ENTRE Elective 4
Subtotal 20
Total Business Credits 76
   
BABA - Finance Option Credits
Choose One: FIN 450, 453, 454, or 457 4
Choose One: FIN 450, 453, 454, or 457 4
Choose One: FIN 460 or FIN 461 4
FIN or B ECON 3XX or 4XX (Elective) 4
FIN or B ECON 3XX or 4XX (Elective) 4
FIN or B ECON 3XX or 4XX (Elective) 4
FIN or B ECON 3XX or 4XX (Elective) 4
Subtotal 24
Total Business Credits 80
   
BABA - Human Resources Management Option Credits
MGMT 311 (Managing Human Resources) 4
MGMT 411 (Recruiting & Hiring Talent) 4
MGMT 412 (Performance Appraisal & Compensation) 4
Choose One: MGMT 323, 401, 402, 403, 404, or 413 4
Choose One: MGMT 323, 401, 402, 403, 404, or 413 4
Subtotal 20
Total Business Credits 76
   
BABA - Information Systems Option Credits
I S 320 (Fundamentals of Application Programming) 4
I S 410 (Business Data Communications) 5
I S 445 (Database Management) 4
I S 451 (Data Mining for Business Intelligence) 4
I S 460 (Systems Analysis & Design) 4
Subtotal 21
Total Business Credits 77
   
BABA - Marketing Option Credits
MKTG 450 (Consumer Behavior) 4
MKTG 460 (Marketing Research) 4
MKTG 3XX or 4XX (Elective) 4
MKTG 3XX or 4XX (Elective) 4
MKTG 3XX or 4XX (Elective) 4
Subtotal 20
Total Business Credits 76
   
BABA - Operations & Supply Chain Management Option Credits
OPMGT 443 (Inventory & Supply Chain Management) 4
OPMGT 450 (Introduction to Project Management) 4
I S 451 (Data Mining for Business Intelligence) 4
QMETH 450 (Spreadsheet Models) 4
Subtotal 16
Total Business Credits 72

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