Higher Education

University of Colorado (CU Online) Announces Online Degree in Business Administration

By Henry Kronk
February 17, 2020

The University of Colorado announced a new fully online undergraduate degree on February 17. Through the CU Denver Business School, learners will be able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration beginning this coming fall semester.

The new course is the latest instance of efforts beginning in 2017, when the institution launched a $20 million plan to overhaul their online course and degree offerings. The University of Colorado system compiles its online offerings together on the CU Online platform. With the latest addition of the business administration offering, CU Online will soon offer 13 online undergraduate degrees.

CU Online’s New Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

“As today’s business world continues to evolve, there is increasing demand for well-rounded, savvy professionals who have the foundational business skills necessary to hit the ground running,” said CU Denver Business School Dean Gary Colbert, in a statement. “In an effort to meet the needs of working students and the increasing requirements for today’s workforce, we’ve transformed our BSBA program into an accessible, online format. Our online BSBA offers adult learners across Colorado the opportunity to gain the practical business knowledge that employers are looking for while earning a bachelor’s degree in business on their terms.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, the CU Denver Business School produces the most undergrads of any other department on the campus.

The online business administration degree will adapt CU’s in-person curriculum for online instruction. The degree will also include features intended to introduce students into the world of business. Students will choose between a project-based course, a semester abroad, or an internship as part of their studies.

The online degree will also be structured differently. Instead of taking numerous courses throughout a 12-15-week semester, CU Online students will take one eight-week course at a time. This is intended to allow learners the ability to work while they learn. The degree still involves 120 credit hours.

CU Online’s new BSc offers three pathways: accounting, marketing, and management. The per-credit cost stands at $330 for Colorado residents and $509 for learners based elsewhere.

“Our partnership with CU Online gives learners across Colorado the opportunity to develop industry-relevant skills that can make a lasting impact,” said Emily Vera, director of Online Programs and senior instructor of Accounting, in a statement. “Each course offered in our online program has gone through a rigorous design process to ensure high-quality learning outcomes for our students. The comprehensive curriculum, exceptional faculty, and collaborative learning environment empower BSBA students to critically analyze and reflect on real-world business problems with a global perspective.”

A Hub of Online Learning

Over the past two decades, Colorado’s institutions of higher education have led the charge into the world of online learning. CU Online debuted its first online course in 1996.

Other schools in the state boast some of the largest online enrollments in the country. The Colorado State University systems online program, known as their Global Campus, enrolled 12,056 learners as of 2019. This made it the seventh largest in the U.S., according to U.S. News and World Report. Colorado Technical University is even larger. Their online enrollment of 29,963 makes them the third largest online educator.

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