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The BBA in Business Management provides the student with a well-grounded degree in general management. This program emphasizes the practical application of business principles to solve complex, real-life business management problems. Our instructors rely on case studies, project-based learning, and other teaching methods that promote real-world decision making. Students apply common business practices through courses, working individually and in group projects.


For those students already in a management career, improvement in managerial effectiveness means more recognition, promotions, and compensation for the typical graduate. Coupled with the right work experience, graduates from this program may qualify for the following career opportunities:• Computer & Information Systems managers • Construction/Industrial Production managers • Retail/Food Service/Lodging managers • Property & Real Estate managers


*• Projected growth 17% from 2008 – 2018• Average salaries vary based on industry*Bureau of Labor Statistics: 2008-2018 employment projections. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2008-2018).


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply critical thinking to the research, analysis, and resolution of business problems.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and an ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Recognize ethical, legal, and social considerations in complex business situations.
  • Understand the global, economic, ethical, and legal environments of contemporary business.
  • Identify and practice the leadership and motivational traits and qualities necessary to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of management processes, programs and outcomes.


  • Program entry requires an associate degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. (Equivalent to an associate degree is defined as 90 quarter credits or 60 semester credits which include at least one English composition course and one application software course).
  • An additional 29 quarter-credits (20 semester credits) in general education and elective courses may be comprised of transfer credits, prior learning credits or courses taken at Cleary University. 
  • BBA core and major courses must be taken through Cleary University. No transfer or substitution is permitted.

Credits Required


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