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What Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree Should I Get?

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So you’re interested in a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)? While that sounds simple enough, there are actually many disciplines to choose from within the BSBA. 

At ODUOnline, our business degree is versatile, and you’re able to choose a business specialization that suits you best. Let’s explore some of the BSBA options available to you at ODUOnline through the renowned Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University — which is one of an elite group of schools honored with accreditation on both the undergraduate and graduate levels from AACSB International

In our online BSBA program, you’ll take core business classes and then focus your studies with one of the following majors.

Accounting

In 2021, CollegeFactual.com rated our accounting program the best online accounting school in Virginia. If you pursue our online accounting program, you'll gain technical accounting knowledge in addition to taking courses in communication, analytical abilities, and computer skills. You'll graduate ready to start your career, or you can go on to pursue an MBA or MPA. Check out our MBA Early Entry program or MPA Early Start program for details about how you could earn graduate credits toward a master’s degree while you complete your bachelor’s degree. Graduates from our accounting program have found careers in the public and private sectors, research, teaching, consulting and government. 

Business Analytics

Are you good at seeing patterns in data? Business analytics professionals are in high demand because modern businesses need to analyze large amounts of complex data in order to make decisions and stay competitive. Our business analytics online program will introduce you to a variety of data platforms, and teach you how to develop decision models and provide data in ways that others can understand and use. As a business analytics professional, you might join a dedicated analytics team or work as a specialist in a particular business area. 

Economics

An online bachelor’s program in economics is excellent preparation for law school and graduate study in economics, business administration, public administration, urban studies, international studies, marine affairs, and other fields. At ODUOnline, we offer two tracks to choose from: Economic Analytics (for preparing to work as an economic data analyst) and Economic Problems (for those interested in public policy). This degree is also an excellent way to prepare for graduate programs in more specialized areas of business.

Finance

In 2020, TheBestSchools.org ranked our online finance degree program #3 in the country. With a BSBA concentrated in finance, you can prepare to enter a competitive marketplace with research skills focusing on regional, national and global economics. You’ll learn lucrative skills including financial management and decision-making, investing, and banking. The most common job titles reported by our finance alumni include: accountant, financial analyst, president, customer service representative, staff accountant, and sales manager.

Information Systems & Technology

Want an in-demand skill set that puts you at the forefront of cutting-edge technology? The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that employment of computer systems analysts will grow 9% from 2016 to 2026. ODUOnline’s information systems and technology major will teach you software engineering, database management, systems design, and e-business. You’ll also gain an understanding of other areas of business including accounting, economics, finance, and international business. 

Management

Have broad interests in the world of business? Are you good at leadership and collaboration? A student pursuing a BSBA with a major in management will learn management as both an art and a science, as well as the administrative skills necessary for positions of leadership. Almost every employer in the world needs well-trained managers on their team. As a result, management graduates can land high-paying jobs like sales manager, HR manager, and general and operations manager.

Marketing

In 2021, CollegeFactual.com rated ODUOnline the best online marketing school in Virginia. Our online marketing major teaches you to be ethical and successful in today’s and tomorrow’s dynamic marketing environment and systems. With a BSBA in marketing, you’ll have a wide variety of career options, including advertising, brand management, public relations, and procurement. And those career prospects are looking bright, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment of marketing specialists to increase 20% from 2018 to 2028.

Real Estate

In 2021, BestValueSchools.org ranked ODUOnline as the #5 best real estate degree online. Our unique online real estate program takes a multi-disciplinary approach to this area of business. Faculty bring real world experience to the classroom. You'll take classes that will help you develop the analytical and professional skills you need for a career in real estate or economic development. In addition, ODU was the first college in Virginia to offer the Urban Land Institute's UrbanPlan Project. UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging curriculum that will teach you about housing development in the U.S.

Risk Management & Insurance

Did you know there’s a growing demand for risk management and insurance professionals? With a major in risk management and insurance, you’ll learn about trends and technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, drones, and cyber risks. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to pursue careers such as underwriter, actuary, risk analyst, workers compensation specialist, or compliance officer. In addition, two of your required courses will count toward the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter® professional designation. When you graduate, you'll have 25% of the coursework for the CPCU completed.


As you can see, there are a lot of options for study within a BSBA. ODU’s Strome College of Business can help you explore, select, and complete the BSBA of your choice — and you can do it all online through ODUOnline.

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