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Bachelor of Science in Business to Master of Business Administration (dual degree track)

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Save Time and Tuition While Advancing Your Career with the Combined BS Health Care to MBA Online Program

The fully online bachelor’s in business to MBA dual degree program enables you to finish both degrees in less time than it would take you to finish your bachelor’s and then earn your MBA. The BS to MBA curriculum allows you not only to transfer more credits, but also to apply 9 credits toward both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

The bachelor’s part of the program prepares you to analyze and solve business problems, work in diverse teams, think critically and independently, adapt to changing business conditions, communicate effectively and professionally, demonstrate leadership skills, and make ethical decisions.

In the graduate component, you gain the strategic expertise and advanced skills you need to succeed in high-level business jobs such as chief executive officer, vice president of marketing, senior financial analyst, executive director of international business development, project manager, and other leadership roles in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Excelsior College’s BS in Business and MBA programs are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

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Undergraduate Concentrations

General Accounting, Finance, General Business, Logistics Management, Management of Human Resources, Marketing

Graduate Concentrations

No concentration, Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership

Fast Facts:

Nearly three quarters of high-quality patents are filed by inventors with a graduate degree (Source: The Hamilton Project)

Fast-growing fields for MBA graduates include health care, accounting, and supply chain management (Source: U.S. News and World Report)

MBA holders saw up to an 80% increase in their salaries after graduation (Source: Bloomberg Businessweek)


credit hours

Online BS in Business to MBA Program Details

150 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science in Business to Master of Business Administration dual degree.

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Arts and Sciences Component
  • Written English Requirement
  • Humanities
    • Ethics course
    • Two elective courses
  • Social Sciences/History Electives
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
    • Economics
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics Electives
    • College Algebra or above
    • One natural science course
    • Business Statistics
  • Arts and Sciences Electives
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Quantitative Analysis
    • Additional credits as required
  • Free Electives
    • Information Literacy
    • Other College-level Credit

The Undergraduate Business Component requires 45 credits, with 21 upper-level credits of which 9 credits need to be in the concentration area.

Financial Accounting

Do you know how to read a financial statement of a publicly traded company? Does your job require you to report whether you’re above or below the budget for the year? Do your company’s assets cover their expenses and liabilities? In this course, you learn how to manage budgets, read financial statements, and use accounting principles and processes to make business decisions in real-world settings. Gain experience recording common business transactions for service and merchandising proprietorships, preparing basic journal entries for transactions that affect the balance sheet. Topics include financial statement analysis, accounting information systems, operating decisions, financing, ratio analysis of business performance, and internal control features for cash and accounts/notes receivables transactions.

Managerial Accounting

In your career as a manager, you need to be able to identify relevant information and appropriate methods of analysis in problem solving. This course familiarizes you with processes involved with identifying, measuring, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information in pursuit of organizational goals. Deepen your knowledge of basic unit costs, cost flow management systems and processes, budgeting and performance measurement, and cost analysis and pricing decisions. Understand the difference between costing methods and cost behaviors, study the impact of process/product costing on financial statements and managerial decision-making, and learn how budgeting functions as a planning and control tool.

Introduction to Business Law

Review case studies, analyze key legal issues in business, and learn how legal strategies support business ventures over their expected life cycles. Instruction covers the U.S. legal system and specific areas of law that guide and influence business decisions. By articulating, defending, and critically reflecting on different points of view on the legal process, you examine real-world scenarios in your own case studies. Instructional material covers topics in civil and criminal law, contract formation, criminal liability, defenses, third parties, and breach, commercial sales, negotiable instruments and creditors’ rights, agency and business organizations, business entities, partnerships.

Introduction to Computers

Increase your knowledge of computer hardware, application software, operating systems, networking, and the World Wide Web. Course material covers topics in information privacy and security, database management, and ethical and legal issues in information technology. Learn how to create documents in Microsoft Word, calculate formulas in Excel spreadsheets, create Access databases, and produce narrated PowerPoint presentations. Become familiar with the business uses of websites, online software services, and social media platforms.

Business Communication

Develop your workplace communication skills and gain valuable experience developing and recording sales presentations and collaborating on persuasive videos that illuminate the features and benefits of products and services. This class improves your ability to write clear email messages and letters and produce persuasive written reports and proposals. Topics also include internal corporate communication, news releases, group/team communication, and approaches to writing for social media in business contexts, such as LinkedIn profiles.

Management Concepts and Applications

Sharpen the skills needed in the four functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) in the workplace. This course introduces the activities involved in strategic management and how to use performance metrics to measure results. Learn how to evaluate an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, and conduct useful competitive analysis documents. Readings and assignments cover manager roles and job responsibilities, leadership models, staffing, and managing change.

Marketing Concepts and Applications

Deepen your knowledge of the four Ps (product, price, promotion, and placement), market segmentation and differentiation, the marketing mix, and the product life cycle. Gain experience putting together a comprehensive strategic marketing plan for an organization. Material for this class covers business-to-business (B2B) versus business-to-consumer (B2C) commercial transactions, marketing management, market research methods, product planning, distribution channels, pricing strategies, the promotion of products and services in international markets, and careers in marketing.

Principles of Finance

Get familiar with the discipline of corporate finance in this course that covers: financial statements, cash flow, the time value of money, stock and bond valuation, net present value, risk and return, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, financial forecasting and ratio analysis, working capital management, EVA (economic value added) and MVA (market value added) concepts, and trends in corporate finance. Learn how to determine values across time at various discount rates and calculate time value functions, how to use basic ratio tools to interpret financial statements, and how to analyze and solve capital budgeting problems. Prerequisites: Financial accounting, college algebra and statistics, and proficiency performing calculations in Microsoft Excel.

International Business

Learn how economic, political, legal, ethical, and financial environments affect international business operations. This course introduces the challenges and opportunities that globalization presents to business. Study the influence of cultural differences on business strategies, the impact of governmental policies on international trade and investment, foreign development, transnational management, and diplomacy. Coursework covers the growing economic interdependence of nations and its impact on managerial and corporate policy decisions that transcend national boundaries.

Strategic Management (BS in Business Capstone)

Draw on your core business knowledge and professional competencies to solve real-world business problems. In this course, you assess your business knowledge and behavioral competencies, complete a workforce behavioral assessment, apply your skills to a real-world capstone project, and complete a summative exam. You are expected to integrate your knowledge of accounting, finance, operations, information technology, marketing, management, and ethics, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses, and develop an action plan. Competencies for this course were developed by faculty and industry experts and validated by industry advisors to ensure course content is aligned with job market requirements.

15 credits are required for the concentration.


The finance concentration can help you obtain employment as a financial analyst, cost engineer, securities analyst, and commercial or investment banking officer in business, financial institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Coursework covers global financial markets and banking, financial management of domestic and foreign corporations, financial risk evaluation, and securities and portfolio analysis.

    • Advanced Financial Management or Advanced Corporate Finance
    • Financial Markets and Institutions or Money and Banking
    • Securities Analysis and Investments or Portfolio Management
    • And additional courses such as:
    • International Finance
    • Principles of Insurance
    • Risk Control
    • Risk Management Concepts and Applications

General Accounting

The general accounting concentration covers managerial and public accounting methods. Learn to develop financial systems that help plan and control business activities, and prepare to work independently or with auditing firms to establish the credibility of financial reports and provide expertise in taxation policies and regulations. Career fields include controllership, corporate or managerial accounting, public accounting, internal auditing, and consulting.

  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Intermediate Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Individual and Corporate Taxation (United States Taxation)
  • And an additional course such as Accounting Theory or Auditing

General Business

If you don’t want to earn a finance, accounting, human resource management, or logistics management concentration, you can instead select five business electives.

Management of Human Resources

Learn to manage individuals and groups in corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits and create a work environment in which employees and the organization achieve their performance goals. Employment opportunities in this area fall in fields such as human resource management, labor and industrial relations, and personnel administration.

  • Managing Human Resources
  • Managing Diversity in the Workplace
  • Three of the following courses:
    • International Human Resource Management
    • Employee Law
    • Labor Relations
    • Women in Business
    • Business Leadership
    • Recruitment and Selection
    • Human Resource Technology

Logistics Management

Study the strategic and analytic processes involved with procurement, inventory control, management, coordination, maintenance, transportation, and distribution of goods and services. Focus on supply chain and project management concepts, risk management, quality control, warehousing, and distribution, and learn to prioritize cost reduction, risk, and maximized profits for logistics operations. Prepare for jobs in production planning, inventory management, manufacturing management, global distribution, and logistics management, and employment in any organization whose success depends on global fulfillment.

  • Business Supply Chain Management
  • Lean Logistics
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Distribution
  • Two of the following courses:
    • Procurement and Purchasing
    • Inventory Management
    • Operations Management
    • Product, Planning, Process, and Quality Control
    • Project Management


Learn the activities and strategies that shift products and services from vendors to consumers and how to use research to forecast trends and analyze markets. Gain insight into and evaluate consumer behavior and promotional policy and determine any ethical implications. This concentration prepares you for the marketing manager role, working at tactical and strategic levels within organizations.

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Management
  • Market Research
  • Additional credit from such courses as adverting, distribution channels management, international marketing, retail/wholesale management, sales management, and other related courses with approval.

Global Business Environment

Learn how to assess the impact of an organization’s international strategy on future global business opportunities, predict how fluctuating exchange rates affect the productivity of international firms, and propose an international market entry strategy based on a host nation’s political, economic, and cultural environments. Course material explores cultural factors in international business, global trade and investment; measurement and reporting of foreign direct investments; regional economic integration; the global monetary system; exchange rate risk analysis; foreign market entry strategy; imports, exports, and global chain supply management; mixed sourcing strategy; sustainable international development; global marketing research and development; and personnel management.

Information Technology

This course covers the strategic, operational, and ethical uses of information technology (IT). Study managerial, social, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to computer technology and data management, and examine global and electronic markets and the ways information technology supports customer and supply chain management. Topics include: disruptive IT and architecture, data governance, cloud computing, computer networking, data analytics and business intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), on-demand service, cybersecurity and risk management, search engines and social media platforms, e-commerce and e-business systems, enterprise data visualization, and information security and privacy issues.

Graduate Course Requirements

Accounting for Managers

In the comprehensive project for this course, you make a final investment recommendation for a real company that you have researched and evaluated in terms of its financial practice and performance measures. Learn how to review a company’s business activities, research industry averages, analyze financial statements, and compute debt ratio, gross profit margin, free cash flow times interest earned, and accounts receivable and inventory turnover. Topics include: the balance sheet and accounting cycle; inventory cost flow; liability of proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; cash versus accrual; cost behavior, profitability analysis; budgeting and capital tools planning for profit and cost control; budget variance analysis; and internal controls and ethics.


Find out how organizations finance investments and manage day-to-day financial activities such as cash collections and payments. This course teaches you how to apply financial theory to real-life situations and make decisions as a financial manager with an incomplete data set. Learn how to work with financial statements and analyze common ratios to develop long and short-term financial policies. Instruction also covers: the effect of interest rates on managerial decisions, the time value of money, discounted cash flow valuation, bonds and equity financing, stock valuation, present value, capital budgeting and investment, forecasting and cash flow projection, and project risk.


Deepen your understanding of marketing management, strategy, and tactics in practice. Through case studies, you examine ethical, legal, social, and environmental issues that impact marketing decision making in realistic business scenarios. For your final project, you work on a team to create a strategic marketing plan for a fictional national product or service. The course focuses on the planning process in the context of customers, competition, organizational priorities, and the external environment. Learn how to segment markets, set marketing metrics, propose branding strategies, track competitor market positions, select marketing channels, create integrated marketing communication strategies, and use digital marketing tactics to promote products and services.

Operations Management

Get hands-on experience producing a business case analysis, operations forecasting report, and process improvement plan. This course introduces manufacturing, distribution, and service operations, and their role in the organization and international business environments. Study process flow analysis; inventory management for products of steady, perishable, or frequent demand; capacity planning; logistics resource scheduling; supply chain management; quality management; prioritization; and project management.

Project Management Principles and Applications

In the final project for this course, you define the project scope, charter, plan, budget, and schedule, undertake a risk analysis, and record a final presentation of a complete project plan. Instruction covers theoretical frameworks and practical tools in project management. Course material supports managers and administrators involved in projects that require competency with professional project management methods and software applications such as Microsoft Project. Topics include: project scope and time management, networks, program evaluation review technique (PERT), critical path method, resource and duration management, performance monitoring, risk management, and best practices in international projects and outsourcing.


Grasp leadership fundamentals and define your own leadership style in this course that explores leadership practice in dynamic organizations. Course material shows you how to use goals, roles, and organizational structures to manage business units effectively and foster constructive relationships between leaders and subordinates in difficult workplace situations. Investigate how leaders develop and articulate vision and values, and how to use leadership theories to successfully negotiate, motivate employees, manage teams, cultivate innovation, improve performance, and drive organizational growth.

Strategy and Policy (MBA Capstone)

In the MBA capstone, you acquire and demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to develop and implement effective business strategies. Gain experience evaluating complex business situations and making strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty. You’ll explore topics including internal and external environments, business ethics and social responsibility, quantitative analysis, accounting and finance, business models, competitive rivalry, international expansion, cooperative strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, change management, leadership, and policy. For your final assignment, you create an integrated business portfolio that showcases your area of expertise.

Graduate Electives or Optional Concentration Credits

Concentration: 9 Credits


Master accounting principles and tools and learn how to prepare and evaluate financial statements and reports for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Coursework covers financial statement analysis, corporate disclosure, and nonprofit accounting. This concentration prepares you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Approved accounting elective course

General Business

Choose three business electives that connect to your career goals.

Health Care Management

Gain the skills to manage a diverse workforce providing health care for an increasingly heterogeneous population. This concentration also prepares you to analyze and interpret health care funding and delivery trends to provide re commendations for organizational action.

  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Communication Strategy for the Health Care Leader
  • Approved health care management elective

Human Resource Management

Gain the knowledge and skills required of human resource managers. Learn how to analyze legal requirements and apply resource management principles to support organizational objectives in staffing, employee development, labor relations, conflict resolution, compensation, and benefits practices.

Choose two courses in two of the following categories:

Staffing and Development
  • Employee Staffing and Development
  • Training and Career Development
  • Change Management
Total Rewards
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • International Human Resources
  • Employment Law
Maintaining High Performance
  • Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
  • Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement
  • Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions


Develop your skill at managing organizational changes and applying leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace. This concentration prepares you to design creative solutions and impactful courses of action that support the organization’s employees and mission.

  • Leading Teams
  • Contingency Planning
  • Approved leadership elective

Program Outcomes for BS in Business

  • Apply micro and macroeconomic concepts and theories to explain the relationship between legal, social, and economic interests of individuals and society.
  • Apply basic accounting concepts and principles to the analysis and interpretation of corporate financial statements.
  • Explain how modern marketing concepts and theories support and influence business strategies.
  • Utilize financial management concepts and tools to make informed business decisions.
  • Apply the major concepts and theories of management and leadership in order to develop business strategies in a real-world context.
  • Utilize quantitative research, statistics, and data analysis to analyze business data, support business decisions, and solve problems.
  • Analyze the opportunities and risks asso¬ciated with doing business in a global environment.
  • Justify decisions by evaluating the social, ethical, and legal implications for business organizations.
  • Effectively communicate business con¬cepts orally and in writing to multiple audiences.
  • Utilize business computer applications and information technologies to organize and interpret business data and information.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively on diverse teams to complete projects based on real-world scenarios.
  • Employ critical thinking skills to interpret and analyze competing arguments and perspectives in a business environment.
  • Organize tasks and understand how to delegate responsibility in order to com¬plete collaborative projects in a timely manner.
  • Apply knowledge of business concepts and functions in an integrated manner to make strategic decisions in a real-world context.

Program Outcomes for MBA

  • Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organiza¬tional culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management and strategic level decisions.
  • Demonstrate transformational leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs including ethical obligations and social responsibility.
  • Develop an action plan to continuously improve and update one’s knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.
  • Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions with a team of col-leagues.
  • Analyze complexity, interdependency, change and opportunities for organi¬zations, including setting direction and aligning and motivating employees.
  • Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable innovation that delivers economic and social value.
  • Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.
  • Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in management.
  • Integrate empirical research and manage¬ment theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including in times of economic recession.

View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog
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Online BS in Business to MBA

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Director of Digital Marketing

Financial Manager

Human Resources VP

Industrial/Organizational Psychologist

“I want to be an asset wherever I go, and the MBA has given me the skills and mindset. After getting my MBA, I got a job offer within my company. I know it would bring positive changes to my life; I didn’t know it would be that fast.”
Rosa Pena-Roberts
Master of Business Administration, 2014


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