BASc Applied Management Major
Bachelor of Applied Science | 60 credit hours

Credits shown here reflect the number required to graduate for the given major. Your actual number of required credits may be higher or lower depending on your previous college experience. The actual number of credits you will need to graduate from BVU will be determined by a free official transcript evaluation.

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  • Online
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  • Many individuals with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree find it difficult to be a viable candidate for promotions or leadership level jobs because they lack a bachelor’s degree. Yet, most AAS degrees include fewer general education requirements than associate of art’s degrees making the road to a traditional bachelor’s degree lengthier than it needs to be.

    BVU’s Applied Management Major is designed to provide a quicker solution to desired job advancement by weaving in only the necessary general education courses. The remainder of the subject matter emphasizes strong business, management, communication and public policy strategies to achieve organizational objectives in preparation for a leadership role. Specific topics include:

    • Balancing the ethical perspectives of strategy and structure
    • Experience curve cost reductions
    • Portfolio analysis and management 
    Job Demand

    The BASc applied management major is well-suited for several industries. Examples include:

    • Agricultural business/technology
    • Lab technology
    • Sustainable energy/renewable energy
    • Hospitality management
    • Industrial technology
    • Wind energy
    • Digital forensics
    • Wellness, exercise science and leisure services
    • Social and digital media communications
    • Health information technology
    • Culinary arts


    BASc Core (22-23 credit hours)

    • OBVU 200 Transfer Seminar
    • OBVU 301 Art and Culture
    • COMM 355 Conflict Management
    • ENGL 100 Written Communication I
    • ENGL 305 Writing for Work
    • IDST 400 Challenges for the 21st Century
    • MATH 130 Mathematical Ideas for the Liberal Arts or MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
    • PHIL 336 Professional Ethics

    BASc Major in Applied Management (39 hours)

    If an equivalent course was taken at the AAS level, it may be replaced with any BVU course as agreed with the advisor.

    • ACCT 310 Accounting for Managers
    • COMM 370 Leadership Communication
    • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
    • FNBK 310 Finance for Managers
    • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
    • MGMT 315 Business Law I
    • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
    • MGMT 380 Social Responsibility of Business
    • MGMT 410 Organization Theory
    • BASC 492 BASc Applied Management Capstone

    BASc Electives (3 courses from)

    • BASC 495 BASc Internship
    • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
    • COMM 374 Interviewing
    • ENVS 315 Environmental Policy and Regulation
    • GENS 320 Physical Geography
    • MGMT 420 Advanced Human Resource Management
    • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
    • MRKT 340 Business Marketing
    • PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs
    • PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies

    Tuition & Fees

    Undergrad Tuition

    2016-17 Tuition:
    $413 per credit hour
    2017-18 Tuition:
    $421 per credit hour

    How to Apply

    Admissions Requirements

    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. 

    Application Process

    1. Although personal interviews are not required, applicants are urged to confer with an advisor.
    2. Request that official transcript(s) from each college or university previously attended be sent to the BVU. Without official transcripts and records, a student will not be allowed to register beyond the initial semester.
    3. Complete the BVU Degree Completion Application
    4. If you will be applying for financial assistance including student loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) at
    5. 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. 

    Financial Aid

    Financial Assistance is available to qualified students at our traditional campus and to students taking degree completion and graduate coursework. All students are encouraged to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at The FAFSA is processed by the U.S. Department of Education. You may request to have your FAFSA results sent to BVU. Even if you are currently unsure if you will attend, completing this free application will help determine your financial need.

    BVU's institution code: 001847


    Grants are funds that do not have to be repaid. Click on a grant below to see more information.

    Federal Pell Grants vary based on financial need. Individual awards are determined based on federal formula. Payment is calculated for full-time enrollment (12 or more hours per semester), three-quarter-time enrollment (9-11 hours per semester), or half-time enrollment (6-8 hours per semester). Students enrolled less than half-time may also be eligible. To be considered for a Federal Pell Grant, the results of your valid aid applications (FASFA) must be received while your are still enrolled. Students enrolled in summer courses may be entitled to Federal Pell Grant funds for that enrollment. Students with prior baccalaureate degrees are not eligible. There is a 6 year limit on funding per individual. Learn more about Federal Pell Grants.

    TEACH Grant

    The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Students must meet all eligibility requirements.

    Iowa Tuition Grants (ITG) are available to eligible residents of Iowa attending private institutions. Iowa Tuition Grants are available, based on financial need, for full-time undergraduate study and for less than full-time enrollment. The grant may be renewable for a total of eight full-time semesters of study and may be used for tuition only. Application deadline is normally July 1. Learn more about Iowa Tuition Grants.
    Available to many students through Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Services, Commission for the Blind, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other programs. For more information, contact the agency counselors directly.


    Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

    Phi Theta Kappa transfer scholarships are also available for those who qualify.


    Loans are made to students at low interest rates and must be repaid, but generally payments are not due until the student has completed his or her education or ceases at least half-time enrollment.

    Tuition Reimbursements

    Tuition Reimbursements are available through many area employers. Many companies will pay part or all of an employee's educational costs. Check with your company's benefits representative to see if you qualify. All tuition reimbursement benefits must be reported to the Office of Financial Assistance.

    G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program.

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

    Have more questions?

    In addition to the above information, our staff is happy to answer any questions you have about applying for financial aid. If you are in need of financial assistance, such as college scholarships in Iowa or scholarships for adults returning to college, please contact us at 712.749.1000 to receive more information about how affordable our programs can be.

    Contact Us

    Phone: 712.749.1000
    Fax: 712.749.1470

    Buena Vista University
    610 W. Fourth Street
    Storm Lake, IA 50588

    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).