Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree Overview
Are you interested in starting a career in business? Take the first step into this ever-expanding, increasingly global, and rapidly evolving field with a business degree in San Diego. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) prepares you for the dynamic nature of a future career in business through a focus on technology, quantitative analysis, and knowledge of global economies.
With your BSBA you’ll be prepared to make your mark in a variety of industries, whether nonprofits, corporations, start-up businesses, government agencies, or even a business of your own, the Bachelor's Degree program will provide the knowledge, technology and tools you need to succeed in the world of business. Learn more about our San Diego Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration below.
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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program Highlights
The BSBA program places emphasis on the practical application of what you’ve learned through hands-on, real-world experience, including internships and industry projects.
As an upper division student in the undergraduate program you can take up to three graduate-level courses, making it possible for you to earn a master’s degree in record time.
You can choose to specialize in digital marketing, hospitality management, Internet of things (IoT), accounting and finance, or information systems and technology management.
The curriculum in the BSBA program is designed to provide a solid foundation in business principles. Core courses emphasize an understanding of business management, information systems, critical thinking, and the overall operating dynamics of organizations.
The world of business is a world of specialization, so concentrations let you tailor your undergraduate program to meet your interests, whether in marketing, accounting or management. The broad selection of our business courses helps each student find their passion and to prepare them to enter any business environment inspired and with confidence. In your senior year you’ll be invited to from the following concentrations:
Accounting and Finance
The accounting and finance concentration is focused on theoretical principles and foundations of finance, with in-depth coursework in cash, receivables, inventories, revenue/expense reporting, and ethics. Areas of study will include debt and equity securities, business acquisition, foreign currency transactions, and international operations. The concentration includes internship opportunities where you apply your lessons in real life business settings. This hands-on approach to learning gives you a live classroom experience with a window into how your skills will be used in your career.
A concentration in digital marketing provides you with a specialization in a popular and expanding field. With a focus on digital marketing strategies, tools, campaign creation, and social media, this program prepares you for a variety of careers. You’ll learn how to harness the power of social media for business and prepare for positions as media buyers, digital marketing managers, and media planners. You’ll gain experience in the field through internship hours, providing real-world insights into how businesses use digital marketing. Emphasis is on practical uses for social media, digital marketing, and how to cater to individual business models.
The Vatel Institute of Hospitality Management at Alliant prepares you to become a hospitality industry leader. Vatel is the leading group in hospitality management education with over 50 schools worldwide on five continents. In their programs you will experience both academic learning and the opportunity to gain hands-on, practical experience at four- and five-star partner hotels.
Alliant International University and Vatel have partnered together to provide our students studying hospitality management opportunities to become effective hospitality industry managers and leaders. Vatel was voted as "Best Hospitality School" by the Worldwide Hospitality Awards and is the leading group in hospitality management education with over 50 schools worldwide on five continents, enlisting world class faculty with deep knowledge and experience in the industry. With Vatel, students are given the opportunity to receive placement and sometimes paid internships at their four- and five-star partner hotels.
Information Systems and Technology Management
This concentration focuses on data structures, file organization, data description languages, design of relational database management systems, and a host of other uses for data in business. You’ll learn best practices and techniques for data analysis in prediction, forecasting patterns, data mining, and statistical research methods.
A hands-on internship experience is offered for this concentration to provide you with real life learning opportunities in a career setting. This resume boosting internship time is a highly effective way for students to hone their newly acquired skills and gain industry recognition in their field prior to full employment in their profession.
Internet of Things (IoT)
Students who pursue a concentration IoT gain knowledge in cloud computing, infrastructure, and security protocols. Other areas include delivery models like SaaS, Paas, and IaaS. This coursework will grow your knowledge in cloud-based fundamentals that can be used in any organization. You’ll also learn about wireless sensor network architecture, communication protocols, topology control, time synchronization, energy consumption control, data processing, and master the application and deployment of common wireless sensor networks.
Alliant International University and Vatel have partnered together to provide our students studying hospitality management opportunities to become effective hospitality industry managers and leaders. Vatel was voted as "Best Hospitality School" by the Worldwide Hospitality Awards and is the leading group in hospitality management education with over 50 schools worldwide on 5 continents, enlisting world class faculty with deep knowledge and experience in the industry. With Vatel, students are given the opportunity to receive placement and sometimes paid internships at their 4 and 5 star partner hotels.
BSG Award Winners
As a part of your capstone project, you’ll compete in the Business Strategy Game (BSG) virtual simulation project competition, and over the past several years—including the most recent competition—we are proud to have had multiple winners.
In the BSG competition, students work in small teams to run an athletic footwear company in head-to-head global competition against student teams from universities throughout the world. Just as in the real-world, these companies compete in a global market arena, selling branded and private-label athletic footwear in four geographic regions—Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America.
Company co-managers must make decisions relating to plant operations, distribution and warehouse operations, workforce compensation, online sales at the company’s website, sales and marketing, and finance. The challenge is to craft and execute a competitive strategy that results in a respected brand image, keeping the company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance as measured by earnings per share, return on investment, stock price appreciation, and credit rating.
This competition provides these students invaluable experience in all aspects of running a business and teaches them how to plan, react to change, and work together to build a successful company in a way that directly translates to the real-world opportunities and we are proud to have had so many past winners of this competition.
Alliant International University’s California School of Management and Leadership (CSML) is pleased to announce it has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its PhD in Leadership, Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), MBA, BS in Business Administration (BSBA) and MS in Data Analytics degree programs.
ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes offered within CSML programs meet the rigorous educational standards established by said accrediting body, which is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education across the country. ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize teaching excellence through its recognition of business programs throughout the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the career outlook for graduates of the Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree program?
The degree program affords its graduates a wide range of career options, with a commensurate range of career outlooks. Two of the most popular careers for Business Administration graduates go into are financial analysis and accounting—both of which show promising growth rates into 2026 as demand for both of these positions grows with overall global economic activity. Simply put, as long as there are strong economies, there is a need for people to study business administration.
What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?
The wide-ranging curriculum of the degree program allows graduates to have a substantial amount of freedom as to what exactly that means. As mentioned above, graduates can go into financial analysis and accounting, human resources management, advertising, marketing, investment banking, operations management, financial management, banking, real estate, and a whole lot more.
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
What concentrations are available in the Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree program?
There are many enticing concentration options within the BS BA degree program, including: Digital Marketing, Finance, Hospitality Management, IT Management, Project Management, and Human Resource Management. Each of these concentrations consists of four 3-credit courses and will be completed as part of the regular degree-completion process. Our BS BA program also offers a Fast-Track option for those that wish to get a jump start on their Master’s degree.
When does the degree program start?
The business program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our eight-week term academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree program?
The degree is a 120-credit program and takes around four years and 16 to 20 terms to complete. Students who take summer courses can complete the program earlier.
Degree Campus Location in California
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With a focus on hands-on practice, technological innovation, and a global outlook — CSML is where the world meets you in your classroom. Sign up for our San Diego university today to start your career in Business Administration.