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Walden University | BS in Business Administration - Small Business Management

Aspiring or current business owners could strengthen their managerial skills and understanding of marketing, business development, and customer service in Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prior coursework in business or management would prove helpful for prospective students of this program. Strong computer and customer service skills are important, as is a desire to take on leadership roles. Aspiring students might have already started their business venture. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Strategies for meeting customer expectations, resources available to small business owners, and aspects of small business marketing are among the main topics explored in the Small Business Management concentration of Walden University's online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program. Students could also learn how to finance a small business venture, expand their business, build a loyal customer base, and leverage technologies such as social media outlets and online marketing tools. An introductory management course in the core curriculum offers studies in ethical leadership, managerial decision-making, and employee motivation; other business courses address management practices in areas of marketing, human resources, IT, accounting, finance, and operations. In the capstone, students draw on concepts and methods learned in the program to develop and present an organizational change or improvement within a real-world business.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

181 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Small Business Management:

Business courses account for 61 of the total 181 credits needed to complete this program; students must also take 45 credits in general education coursework, 15 credits in the concentration area, 55 credits in electives, and five credits in a capstone course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (45 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Science
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Business Courses (61 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business Law
  • Operations Management
  • Data Science Essentials
  • Microeconomics
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems in Enterprise
  • Personal and Organizational Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Business Statistics

Concentration Courses: Small Business Management (15 credits)

  • Small Business Ventures
  • Marketing Strategies for Small Business
  • Customer Relationship Management for Small Business

Elective Courses (55 credits)

  • Students select a total of 11 courses from general education, BS in Business Administration, or any Walden University bachelor's degree courses

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone: Strategic Business Management

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates could further develop their skills and knowledge of business operations and managerial approaches by enrolling in a master's degree program after earning this BS degree in Business Administration. A master's degree might be necessary for those intending to pursue some teaching positions or higher levels of management within an existing company. Master's studies might provide more focus on business innovation, new venture development, and business decision-making.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Science in Management - Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Business Administration - Entrepreneurship

Career Paths:

Once they have successfully completed the BS in Business Administration - Small Business Management program, graduates could begin to apply concepts learned in the curriculum to their current ventures or start a new business. They might be prepared to apply marketing strategies, financial practices, and customer service methods to increase sales, build a larger customer base, and raise funds for startup purposes.

Career options open to graduates include:

  • Account manager
  • Business analyst
  • Sales manager
  • Business consultant
  • Small business owner

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