- The Isenberg BBA Online Degree Completion Program offers online, all of the business coursework required to complete a degree with a major in Finance, Management or Marketing.
- The curriculum is heavily focused on understanding the role of business in society and its interdisciplinary nature. To graduate, a student must complete a core set of UMass Amherst/UMA general education requirements core Isenberg requirements and a BBA major requirements.
- The program is modeled after the successful on-campus program, offering the same curriculum with the same Isenberg faculty and Graduate students teaching the online courses as well as highly qualified Instructors not from Isenberg. You may find out more about our amazing Professors through the Faculty Research and Profiles listed on each department webpage Accounting, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Marketing, Resource Economics and Sport Management.
- Online courses are very similar to on-campus courses; the only difference is that you can log on and "attend" courses at your convenience. There are time sensitive homework assignments and exams that are all online. You will be able to discuss questions with your professors and classmates through email or threaded discussions, not live discussions. In a threaded discussion, you can see the entire dialogue between you, your classmates, and professor.
- Specific Isenberg School requirements for all majors foster the development of analytical skills, quantitative analysis, writing and communication skills. Currently we offer our Online BBA Degree with a major in Finance, Management or Marketing.
- In general, online BBA graduates must complete 37 credits of Isenberg School core courses, 18 to 30 credits of major requirements and 21 credits of non-business coursework.
- The rest of the curriculum is comprised of University general education courses and electives, allowing you flexibility for transfer credits. You may transfer in a maximum of 75 credits including CLEP, AP, etc., you are required to earn a minimum of 45 resident credits (credits earned for work done through UMass Amherst/UMA), at least 30 of these credits must be taken after matriculation-starting with your semester of acceptance into the program.
- 54 graded UMA credits must be completed to be considered for Honors.
- The Online BBA Degree Program follows the same on-campus academic
semester structure. You can take courses during spring and fall
semesters as well as summer and winter sessions.
- There is some flexibility in the course offerings with most courses offered more than once a year, you will work with a dedicated Advisor on an individualized degree completion plan to ensure you can complete your degree in the time frame that suits your goals and other commitments.
- Make sure you know
the start, add/drop/refund, withdrawal and ends dates of your courses!
- Spring and fall semesters are generally 13-weeks long; in which you can take up to five courses; expect a 10+ hour time commitment per week per 3 credit course.
- The summer session structure is changing starting summer 2013, more information will be posted when available.
- Wintersession is an extremely intensive 3-week session
over the winter holidays, mid-December to mid-January; you can take up to 4 credits/one course; expect
a 42+ hour time commitment per week per 3 credit course. You may be required to log on every or nearly every day.
- You may need to allow
for even more time per semester if you are a slow typist.
- You can log on at your convenience but will have deadlines to meet and time restrictions to work within.
- Which semesters you attend and how many courses you take depend on your other obligations, financial aid requirements and your goals for completion.
- Students have many opportunities to take courses with an average degree completion span of 1.5-4 years.
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- A minimum of 120 credits are required to graduate.
- Up to 75 college level semester credits may be transferred in.
- At least 45 credits must be taken through UMass Amherst/UMA, up to 15 of these credits may be taken as a non-degree student/at least 30 credits must be taken through UMA starting with your semester of acceptance into the BBA program.
- 54 graded credits must be taken through UMA to be eligible for Honors, see www.umass.edu/registrar
You can find out more about the University's graduation requirements from the Guide to Undergraduate Programs. Once you get to the home page, click onto "Academic Information", and then click onto "University Graduation Requirements."