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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree

Business administration pre-professions

Admission Requirements

Students entering college for the first time and eligible for admission to K-State must enroll in the business administration pre-professions program (BAPP). 

Students with previous academic work (either at K-State or elsewhere) requesting transfer to the College of Business Administration must have a 2.5 or higher grade point average and enroll in the BAPP curriculum. Transfer students, entering with 45 or more credit hours,  must achieve a K-State GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 15 or more hours of K-State course work to be able to continue in the College of Business Administration. For purposes of admission, grade point averages will be based on all courses attempted at colleges or universities.

The BAPP is expressly designed as a non-degree program; students with 60 or more credit hours will not be allowed to enroll in BAPP unless they are first-semester transfer students. Students remain in BAPP until they meet the requirements for their intended degree plan and complete an Application to Degree Plan.

Admission to a degree plan (major) in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general business (distance learning students), management, management information systems, marketing or professional strategic selling is necessary for graduation. Applicants for admission to one of the degree plans, other than accounting will be accepted upon completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours with a K-State grade point average of 2.5 or above. For accounting the grade point average for admission to the degree plan is 3.0 K-State GPA. Accounting students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average in their accounting courses to stay in good standing with the major. Students who fail to maintain the required minimum will be dismissed from the major.

Transfer students must meet the above requirements and complete at least 12 graded hours at K-State before they can be admitted into a degree plan.

The exact sequence of the courses to be taken is worked out between student and advisor. There is some flexibility in scheduling. To enroll in any course, students must have prerequisites as stated in the catalog.

Applications for a degree plan (major) may be made by the semester during which the student will have completed at least 45 credit hours of the pre-professional requirements. Degree plan applications must be filed by the time students complete 60 credit hours.

Transfer Coursework

All transfer coursework approved by the K-State Admissions Office, with a grade of C or better, will be reviewed by the college’s Student Success Center for equivalency within the business curriculum and is subject to final approval. (Transfer coursework carrying a grade of D will not be accepted toward a student’s business degree requirements.)

Final approval of transfer courses for use within an individuals business degree plan is determined by the appropriate department head, in conjunction with the Student Success Center and the Associate Dean. In general, upper-level (300+) business* courses will only be considered for approval if the coursework has been completed at an AACSB-accredited institution.

*Business courses are defined as those carrying a prefix of ACCTG, FINAN, GENBA, MANGT, MIS or MKTG.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the bachelor of science in business administration must complete at least 9 credit hours of resident instruction in upper-division business courses after acceptance and enrollment in a degree plan program in the college. Additional residency requirements may apply.

A student will become eligible for graduation with a bachelor of science in business administration degree upon fulfilling the above requirements and completing 120 credit hours of coursework. Forty-five of these hours must be in the BAPP program, 30 hours in the business core, and the remaining 45 hours must be earned as specified by the student’s major. Students must earn a minimum 2.5 grade point average in the business core courses in order to graduate.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Requirements for BAPP (45 credit hours)

Communication Courses (11 credit hours)

  •  Requirement below for Non-Native Speakers

Quantitative Courses (18 credit hours)

K-State 8 Requirement (16 credit hours)

All business students must fulfill the requirements of the university’s K-State 8 General Education program and the following:

  • The Natural and Physical Sciences requirement must have a laboratory component
  • One additional course tagged under the Global Issues and Perspectives area

The above requirements will be fulfilled in the following manner.

All business students must complete 16 credit hours of K-State 8 coursework outside the College of Business Administration which fulfill the following requirements:

  • Aesthetic Interpretation Credits: 3
  • Global Issues and Perspectives Credits: 3
  • Human Diversity within the U.S. Credits: 3
  • Natural and Physical Sciences course with accompanying laboratory Credits: 4
  • Historical Perspectives Credits: 3

Remaining K-State 8 requirements will be met through other general and business core requirements.

  • Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning - MATH 100 or MATH 205
  • Ethical Reasoning and Responsibility - MANGT 596
  • Global Issues and Perspectives - ECON 110
  • Social Sciences - ECON 120

Business Core courses (30 credit hours)

Students must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in the business core courses in order to graduate.

Total credit hours required for graduation: (120)

University Honors Program

Please click on the following link to learn more about the University Honors Program   . 

Additional Learning Opportunities

Distance Education

The major in general business is a 63 credit hours degree completion program offered through the K-State Global Campus and is available only to off-campus students.

The degree is suitable for individuals who have an associate of science degree, who are employed full time and want to continue their education, or who have family responsibilities that make it impossible to take courses in a traditional on-campus manner.

Admission to the program requires the student to have completed at least 45 hours of the Business Pre-Professions Program (BAPP) with a GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 12 hours of K-State course work. Application for admission to the general business degree program should be made through the K-State Global Campus, non-traditional studies program, at 1-800-622-2KSU or on the website.

Experiential Learning

The College of Business Administration, through the internship program, study abroad, and service learning, offers opportunities for students to obtain experience in business and industry as part of their college education. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of one or more of these opportunities during their academic career at K-State and should work with their academic advisor to determine how for-credit experiential learning can be applied to the student’s degree requirements.

Pre-Business Education

Pre-business education majors are enrolled in and advised by the College of Education. Students interested in teaching business education at the high school level are instructed to refer to the licensure requirements for details.


Law schools emphasize various objectives in pre-law study for the development of basic skills and insights. These objectives are: the acquisition of skills in comprehension and expression; understanding human institutions; and the ability to think clearly, carefully, and independently. A pre-law student enrolled in the College of Business Administration not only achieves these important goals, but also obtains a broad business background that is desirable preparation for study of the law.