Business Administration BS in Business

Bachelor of Science in Business

Get ready to lead in business

You’re a busy, working adult. If you’re looking for a flexible and affordable way to earn your degree, consider the online Bachelor’s in Business, Business Administration from Capella University. Expand your potential with a foundational degree that explores leadership, accounting, project management, and human resource management, among other focuses, helping prepare you for career and academic options down the road.

92% of our bachelor in business alumni would recommend Capella to friends, family, and colleagues.

Source: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2019-2020

At a Glance

  • 100% Online
  • FlexPath available
  • 8-15 General education courses
  • 10 Core courses
  • 6-11 Specialization courses
  • 9-17 Elective courses
  • Capstone
  • 180 Total quarter credits (135 max transfer credits)

Classes Start November 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL21).

FlexPath lets you finish the degree you started, with a bachelor’s in business in 18 months and under $18,000.*

*Based on fastest 25% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

Business Administration program highlights

Reduce your tuition by $15,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $15K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

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Expand your potential

The Bachelor of Science in Business, Business Administration is a foundational degree that helps build your skills to excel in many professional and academic paths.

Two flexible online learning formats

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Gen ed courses included

Capella students receive access to ACE® Credit-recommended courses for college-level credit from our affiliate, Sophia Learning.*

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Generous transfer credits

Transfer credits may apply to up to 75% of our total program requirements, with additional opportunities for Capella evaluation of prior learning.

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7 in 10 Capella bachelor’s alumni agree that earning a degree has had a positive impact on their career.

Source: Gallup research study, 2016

*All transfer and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit must be completed prior to starting any program in the FlexPath format. Any professional certification or external courses taken concurrently with FlexPath enrollment cannot be recognized in the Capella degree program.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.

  • Based on the quarter system; 1–3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two core courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (75th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$15K toward your bachelor's

Apply for a $15K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your bachelor’s degree.

15% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our prior learning assessment process.

"The FlexPath program gave me flexibility. I had a choice. I’d give up a weekend to complete three assignments. Then the following weekend I could spend with my hubby. The speed is determined by you."

Tarishia Martin, BS in Business
*Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella.

Bachelor's in Business Administration sample courses

The curriculum in our business administration bachelor’s degree can help grow your career. Gain skills in leadership, marketing, project management, and human resource management.

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Fundamentals of Leadership

This course is an introduction to principles of leadership behavior and their application in business and community settings. Learners develop and demonstrate awareness of the characteristics, styles, and practices necessary for effective leadership. Learners who have received credit for BUS3010 may not take BUS3012.

3 quarter credits
Fundamentals of Organizational Communication

This course helps learners understand and apply the fundamentals of organizational communication. Learners analyze the interrelationship of organizational communication, symbols, culture, performance, and effective communication practices in relationships internal and external to the enterprise. Learners also examine how effective organizational communication contributes to successful organizational performance and the ways elements of organizational communication interact and function in an enterprise.

6 quarter credits
BUS4013 *
Organizational Structure, Learning, and Performance

Learners in this course analyze organizational structures and their influence on organizational intelligence, learning ability, and the practical performance of an enterprise. The course includes an emphasis on the adaptive and responsive organization and its relationship to enterprise stakeholders and environment. Learners evaluate a case study that illustrates the interrelatedness of organizational structure, learning, and performance in order to create a model of a high-performance organization. Prerequisite(s): BUS3010, or BUS3011 and BUS3012.

6 quarter credits
BUS4022 *

Learners in this course examine the integrated and interrelated factors involved in e-marketing, including sourcing and sales. Throughout the course, learners gain an understanding of how to most effectively use e-marketing and e-business approaches to manage strategy, operations, supply chains, logistics, online customer profiling, and the sales cycle. Building on this knowledge, learners prepare a sourcing, marketing, and sales plan for an enterprise. Prerequisite(s): BUS3030.

6 quarter credits
BUS4071 *
Financial Markets and Institutions

In this course, learners build a conceptual framework of financial markets and examine their roles in the global financial environment. Learners also evaluate the macroeconomic variables and monetary policies that affect financial markets and assess the role of the central bank and banking system in the financial environment. Prerequisite(s): BUS4070. 

6 quarter credits

What you'll learn

Our bachelor’s in business, business administration specialization will help prepare you to make a positive impact on your organization.

  • Data-driven decision-making
  • Organizational solutions
  • Strategic planning
  • Career-relevant knowledge and skills

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Need help with a particular topic? Struggling with a concept? We offer subject matter experts and one-on-one support for academic skills and specific subjects.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Business insights

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Bachelor’s in Business Administration professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our online Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Account manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Sales manager
  • Sales representative
  • Office manager
  • Buyer
  • Human resource generalist
  • Store manager

Employment settings to explore

  • Bank
  • Insurance agency
  • Financial service
  • Health care organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Software publisher
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Consulting firm

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with a BS in Business Administration

While the business administration field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, some of the more common paths include:

Leverage appropriate financial models and principles to create organizational value and sustainability in a business environment.

Job titles to explore may include working as a financial analyst or sales manager for banks, other financial services organizations, or insurance agencies.

Employ high-performance business management techniques and help contribute to organizational effectiveness enterprise-wide by maximizing efficiencies.

Job titles to explore may include working as a business analyst, office manager, or marketing manager in a land-based or online college or university within a public or private institution.

Provide advice and expertise in strategizing for the future by carefully selecting and achieving organizational goals to help spur company growth.

Job titles to explore may include working as an account manager for financial services companies, health care organizations, or insurance agencies.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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