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A Degree Completion program to fit your Adult life.

Gain a strong business foundation with the accelerated bachelor in business degree program. This well-rounded program focuses on the fundamental competencies that you need to grow in your current job, or take on new challenges.

This adult-focused program offers:

  • scheduling flexibility and shorter course schedules 
  • a high degree of faculty-student interaction
  • options to earn credit for military and other experiences
  • a tailored degree to match your career goals


Designed with flexibility in mind
Earn your degree as you work full-time, taking courses when it works for you evenings, daytime, and weekends online and on campus.

Great for adults who are
First-time college students. College courses can give you new tools to use in your job, and increase your confidence. And as an adult student, you bring a lot of experience to the table. If you manage multiple projects, write reports, discuss ideas, and work in teams, college is not so different.

You can start slowly by working on an associate degree — then ”step up” to the bachelor’s degree program. You can also talk to an adviser about earning business certificates along the way. 

Or, returning students. You may already have credits under your belt that count toward this degree, especially if you have an associate degree. Talk to an adviser to see if credits that you earned earlier, either at Penn State or at another university, can be applied toward the business degree.  

Program description

The program includes basic and intermediate business courses. You will also select 18 additional credits to shape your degree to the industry sector of your choice. Finally, you will complete a research assignment, collaborative business project, or internship toward the end of the program.


Core degree competencies:

  • refine interpersonal and technical communications skills
  • create and deliver presentations
  • lead cross-functional teams
  • use spreadsheet and project management software
  • improve productivity, and creatively solve problems
  • make management and marketing decisions


Choose an area of emphasis to customize your degree.

Management/Marketing Option (18 credits)

The management and marketing emphasis is ideal for careers involving marketing, sales, distribution, and planning for business or the public sector. Your adviser will help you choose these 18 credits

from courses in leadership and organizational behavior, human resource management, entrepreneurship and selling techniques, public relations, consumer behavior, and marketing strategy and research.


Individualized Option (18 credits)

This option that you design, assisted by your adviser, allows you develop a program of study based on your career needs. Students have used this option in a variety of business settings, including the start-up and management of a small business.

Degree Requirements

Program Curriculum (minimum 120 credits)

Required Courses (32–37 credits)

ACCTG 211 - Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making - 4 credits

B A 321 - Contemporary Skills for Business Professionals - 1–3 credits

B A 322 - Individual and Interpersonal Effectiveness for the Business Professional - 1–3 credits

B A 420 - Planning for Internship, Collaborative Project, and Research in Business - 1 credit

B A 421 - Project Management and Planning for Business - 1–2 credits

B A 422W - Strategic Business Planning - 3 credits

ECON 002 - Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy - 3 credits

ECON 004 - Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy - 3 credits

FIN 301 - Corporation Finance - 3 credits

MGMT 301 - Basic Management Concepts - 3 credits

MIS 204 - Introduction to Business Information Systems - 3 credits

MKTG 301 - Principles of Marketing - 3 credits

SCM 301 - Supply Chain Management - 3 credits


Additional Required Courses (21–24 credits)

B A 243 - Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business - 4 credits (or the following two courses)

B A 241 - Legal Environment of Business - 2 credits

B A 242 - Social and Ethical Environment of Business - 2 credits 

B A 323 - Regional Economies of Pennsylvania - 3 credits (or the following)

I B 303 - International Business Operations - 3 credits 

MATH 110 - Techniques of Calculus I - 4 credits (or the following)

MATH 140 - Calculus With Analytic Geometry I - 4 credits 

SCM 200 -  Introduction to Statistics for Business - 4 credits (or the following)

STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics - 4 credits

Select from one of the following courses

B A 495A -  Internship in Business - 6 credits

B A 495B - Collaborative Project in Business - 6 credits

B A 495C - Undergraduate Research in Business - 6 credits


General Education and Elective Courses (41–49 credits)

In addition to the major requirements, students must complete 33 General Education credits and 8–16 elective credits.

Transfer credits may apply. Contact an adviser for more information.


For more information, please contact:

Debra Conway
Slusser/Bayzick Building
76 University Drive
Hazleton, PA 18202
Email: dxk40@psu.edu
Phone: 570-450-3136


Additional informaion is available at: www.degrees.psu.edu/business 



Accelerated BSB Program

Contact Information

Debra Conway
Slusser/Bayzick Building
Phone: 570-450-3136
Email: dxk40@psu.edu


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Penn State’s Business Degree for Adult Learners (PDF)