Undergraduate Major - 55 Credit Hours
Classes start every 8 weeks.

BVU’s business program differentiates itself by offering a rigorous business core with the flexibility of five concentrations: Entrepreneurship, financial decision making, human resource management, marketing, and sport business. The program offers students distinguished learning opportunities thanks to business faculty with an applied and practical focus. Faculty hold industry designations and certifications in accounting, finance, and insurance and many have experience in industry including extensive careers in consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, and consumer products.

Program Description:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, management, business, and finance are fields with occupational growth expected to be between 5.5-8.4 percent through 2024. With mean salaries ranging from $55,000-$97,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics), the field of business represents endless opportunities for graduates.

Employment opportunities include careers in:

  • Agri-business
  • Banking, finance, and insurance
  • Healthcare
  • Human resource management
  • Manufacturing, operations, and logistics
  • Advertising, marketing, and sales
  • Sports, facilities management, and event planning
  • Business management
  • Council Bluffs
  • Creston
  • Denison
  • Emmetsburg
  • Estherville
  • Fort Dodge
  • Iowa Falls
  • Marshalltown
  • Mason City
  • Newton
  • Online
  • Ottumwa
  • Spencer
  • Spirit Lake

Business foundation courses

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 206 Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 210 Basic Excel Spreadsheets
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FNBK 306 Managerial Finance
  • MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
  • MGMT 205 Decision Science Foundations
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 465 Production and Operations Management
  • MGMT 492 Business Policy and Strategy
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • BUSN 496 Business Practicum

Business Marketing Concentration courses

  • MRKT 340 Business Marketing
  • MRKT 354 Sports Marketing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior
  • MRKT 414 Selling
  • MRKT 418 Market Research
  • MRKT 495 Marketing Internship, or 3 credits of MRKT or MGMT elective at 300 level or above

Business Entrepreneurship Concentration courses

  • ACCT 309 Cost Accounting
  • MGMT 375 Entrepreneurship/Small Business
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
  • MGMT 475 Advanced Entrepreneurship
  • MRKT 495 Marketing Internship, or 3 credits of MRKT or MGMT elective at 300 level or above

Business Human Resource Concentration courses

  • COMM 374 Interviewing
  • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
  • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
  • MGMT 420 Advanced Human Resource Management
  • MRKT 495 Marketing Internship, or 3 credits of MRKT or MGMT elective at 300 level or above

Business Sports Concentration Courses

  • EXSC 345 Facility and Event Management
  • EXSC 435 Psycho-Social Dimensions of Sport
  • MGMT 390 Sports Management
  • MRKT 354 Sports Marketing
  • MRKT 414 Selling
  • MGMT 495 Management Internship or EXSC 200 History, Philosophy and Ethics of Sport

Business Financial Decision Making Concentration Courses

  • FNBK 316 Corporate Finance
  • FNBK 322 Analysis of Financial Statement
  • FNBK 430 Investments
  • FNBK 460 Enterprise Risk Management
  • FNBK 465 Advanced Financial Management
  • FNBK 495 Finance Internship, or 3 credits of FNBK or ACCT elective at 300 level or above

FNBK 322 may be waived for students who have taken ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I

Admissions criteria for the Business program

BVU's degree completion programs are classified as junior-senior level. Persons who have completed an associate degree or 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution qualify for admission. College level examination program credits (CLEP) and life experience credit may be available as described in the academic section. 

Admissions process for the Business program
  • Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
  • Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
  • Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
  • If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
  • Students who have previously earned a B.A. or B.S. degree may be eligible to earn a second bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista University.

Tuition & Fees

BVU offers a quality, affordable education, and our financial specialists are here to help as you navigate the costs of your educational investment so you can move forward with your career.

Financial Aid

BVU's Institution code: 001847

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The G.I. Bill & Yellow Ribbon Program

All Buena Vista University programs are approved for the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

Technology Requirements for Online Courses

  • Operating System: Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Or Macintosh OS X with RAM at or above OS recommendations
  • Processor: A PC with a Pentium IV or newer, or a Macintosh with a G3 or newer
  • Internet Connection: DSL or cable modem (high speed internet). Dial-up will not be sufficient.
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari, Chrome.
  • Software: A current installation of Java ( Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are required, (Microsoft Office XP, 2003, 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2001, 2004, 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh). Newer versions are recommended (Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 on Windows or Microsoft Office 2008, or 2011 for the Macintosh).


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