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Bachelor of Arts in Business Management

Prepare for success in the business world as you learn to integrate professional skills with your own faith-based values and ethics. Whitworth's business management program offers the perfect blend of theory and practice, taught by faculty who have years of professional experience.

"What I’ve enjoyed most is that all my professors have real world experience in the field they’re teaching. Many of them are still involved in the industry and very current with the knowledge they are instilling in the students."

Carrington Pulaski
Snapshot
Course Format Online or in person; one evening per week & occasional Saturdays
Locations Online
North Spokane
U-District 
Average Completion Time 2-2.5 years with A.A. or applied associate degree (A.A.S. or other)
4-5 years with no transfer credits 
Application Deadline Four weeks prior to start date 
Prior-Learning Portfolio Available? 
Yes. Contact an advisor for more information. 
Cohort Model
Yes. 

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What will I study?

Business management majors will learn:

  • How to lead and manage teams
  • Problem-solving and decision-making in the business context
  • How to identify economic and financial conditions of organizations
  • Personal and professional ethics

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Cohort Model

You'll take the courses in the major in sequence, one course at a time, with a group of approximately 20 other students so that you can complete the major together. Because your group will stay together throughout the program, you'll have the opportunity to develop a strong sense of community and participate in collaborative learning, while instructors build upon a knowledge base that increases with each successive course.

Transfer Information

Already have an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Applied Associate Degree (A.A.S. or other)?

With an A.A. or applied associate degree from a community college, you may transfer to Whitworth's business management program as a junior, receiving 60-64 semester credits toward your bachelor's degree. You can complete your degree in as little as two to three years. Check out our generous transfer policy here.

Prior-Learning Portfolio

If you've obtained knowledge through experience outside of the traditional classroom, you may earn up to 31 semester credits toward your degree through portfolio assessment. Examples of appropriate college-level learning might be work-related training seminars or self-directed study. For more details about portfolio credit, please speak with an advisor in the School of Continuing Studies.

Degree Requirements

The business management curriculum prepares you to be an effective leader in any organization. Throughout the program, you'll gain competitive skills, qualifications and professional experience that can enhance your employability.

Business Management Program Admission Requirements

In addition to being admitted to the School of Continuing Studies, students must do the following prior to starting the business management major:

  • complete a minimum of 60 semester credits, either by transfer or at Whitworth, with a grade-point average of 2.0 or above.
  • provide a current résumé.
  • complete an interview with the director of the business management program.

Business Management Major - 36 credits

Courses for the major may be completed in just 18 months. Time to degree completion varies, depending on courseload and transfer credits.

For course descriptions and learning outcomes of this major, please view the course catalog.

COM 351 Group Dynamics 3 credits
BU 352 Human Behavior In Organizations 3 credits
BU 354 Management of Human Resources 3 credits
BU 457 Employment Laws and Regulations 3 credits
BU 356 Managerial Marketing 3 credits
EC 356 Applied Economic Principles 3 credits
BU 355 Managerial Accounting & Finance 3 credits
CS 459 Managing Technology 3 credits
COM 461 Applied Cross-Cultural Communication 3 credits
BU 461 Ethics in Management 3 credits
BU 458 Strategic Management 3 credits
BU 353W Organizational Development and Change 3 credits

Graduation Requirements & Electives

All adult education programs from Whitworth must include Whitworth Inq (shared curriculum) and elective coursework to complete degree requirements. Some of the requirements may be met by courses offered in the major. Check with an advisor for details.

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate - 126

Total credits needed at Whitworth will vary depending on credits transferred from other institutions and/or earned on college-level examinations. Business management students may also prepare a learning portfolio to qualify for additional credits.

What type of job can I get?

Strong management skills are necessary in all work environments. Whether you're pursuing your bachelor's degree in order to advance your career or to finish what you started long ago – or if you're ready for a career change, earning your degree from Whitworth can move you forward.

Many graduates from our business management program are promoted due to their pursuit and completion of their bachelor's degree; others obtain high-level positions in new organizations upon graduation from our program.

  • operations director
  • claims adjuster
  • site supervisor
  • marketing director
  • credit underwriting specialist
  • technical support lead
  • business manager
  • healthcare manager
  • quality analyst
  • human resource manager
  • veterans program administrator
  • risk management

Our grads get great jobs.

Whitworth's business management program is highly regarded throughout the Northwest for preparing individuals with professional, real-world experience. Our graduates work in a variety of industries and for highly respected companies, including...

  • Avista
  • Red Lion Hotels Corp.
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Guardian Life Insurance
  • Providence Healthcare
  • Safeway, Inc.
  • Empire Airlines, Inc.
  • K&N Electric
  • Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU)
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Jubilant Hollister-Stier Laboratories
  • Umpqua Bank
  • Garco Construction
  • Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Pitney Bowes, Inc.