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Online Bachelor of Business Administration

UofL’s online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) delivers a broad business education that prepares graduates for a successful and rewarding career.

The Bachelor of Business Administration online at the University of Louisville provides exposure to comprehensive business topics, helping you develop a strong foundation for a successful career within the business community. While gaining essential knowledge from our business core and business breadth courses, you’ll also have the opportunity to use elective hours to focus on an area that aligns with your career interests and/or goals from within or outside of the business school.

The BBA online format allows you to experience the high-quality business education expected from the University of Louisville’s College of Business without ever physically coming to campus.

UofL online students enrolled in our Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) have the option to earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Franchise Management within their degree.

This online program is offered by the AACSB-accredited College of Business at the University of Louisville

How Much Will I Pay?

Tuition & Aid    

College of Business courses at the 300/400 level require an additional fee of $45 per course.

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  • Gain expertise and universally-applicable knowledge in essential business administration and management areas including economics, marketing, accounting, finance, statistics, operations, leadership, and computer systems.
  • Study data analytics and other tools currently used by business leaders and accounting professionals.
  • Use elective hours to choose a minor that aligns with your career goals, either from within the business school (in an area like marketing or economics) or across UofL’s offerings (including but not limited to areas like communication, criminal justice, organizational leadership, or sport administration).
  • Complete the program in 4 years, or faster with transferred credits from prior coursework.
  • Learn from anywhere in the world with 100% online programmatic core courses (note, some electives may not be available online).
  • Interact with other current and future business professionals in an online environment—growing your network and opportunities.
  • Engage with world-class faculty, many with extensive backgrounds in business and research.
  • Earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Franchise Management by completing four specialized electives while still enrolled in your major.
  • Earn up to 6 hours of college credit through available internships or co-ops.

Start or finish your bachelor’s degree online with our business administration program and create a clear path for career success. Whether this is your first step toward earning your bachelor’s or you have already completed some college-level coursework, UofL’s online business program is an ideal path. With our generalist business degree, you will have the opportunity to specialize your electives in an area of your choice, and gain the education you need to support and grow your career.


What will I learn as a Bachelor of Business Administration student?

Earning your bachelor’s degree in business administration will equip you with a breadth of knowledge across functional business areas and prepare you to grow or build a successful career in any industry. Specific expertise gained within the program will include:

  • General business practices and research skills in areas
    such as leadership and management, statistics,
    marketing, economics, tax, and accounting
  • Current essential business technologies
  • Effective communication skills
  • Critical thinking, decision making, and problem-solving skills
  • Ethical issues related to a business workplace
  • International business environments
1. Cardinal Core Courses - 25 Credit Hours
2. Business Core Courses - 50 Credit Hours
3. Business Electives - 15 Credit Hours
Other Electives - Customize your degree to meet your goals - 30 Credit Hours
BBA Degree - 120 credit hours

With the ability to choose your electives from across the university’s online offerings, within and outside the business school, you can also customize your degree to match your professional goals.

What can I do with a Bachelor of Business Administration?

Graduates with a degree in business administration are ready to launch or advance their career in a variety of business-related areas including general management, training and development, management/business analysis, sales, and more.

Specific roles may include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Accountants and auditors
  • Administrative manager
  • Advertising or marketing coordinator
  • Customer relations manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial manager or analyst
  • Human resource specialists or manager
  • Marketing manager
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Project manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Sales manager
  • Training and development specialist

According to bls.gov, business occupations employment is projected to add around 476,200 new jobs between 2019 and 2029. The average annual wage for these occupations was $72,250 in May 2020.


Preferred Application Deadline Term Start
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.

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Steps to Apply

  1. Complete online application
  2. Submit $30 application fee
  3. Send required materials (listed below)
  4. Check for Scholarships


Admission in good standing requires:

  • Good standing in the institution of last attendance, including eligibility to return to that institution
  • Full disclosure of previous attendance in another school or college of UofL and/or any other post-secondary institution

Transfer Students – less than 24 transferable credits from accredited institutions

Must have a minimum 2.75 high school GPA and meet all new freshmen requirements for COB applicants.

Required to submit:

  • All previous official college transcripts
  • Final high school transcript
  • ACT composite of 23; ACT math sub-score of 21

Transfer Students – 24+ transferable credits from accredited institutions

Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA based on all attempted college credit and completed the following courses with a letter grade of B-minus or better:

Required to submit all previous official college transcripts.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from an accredited 4-year college. Transfer applicants must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing. Complete the credit transfer pre-evaluation to get an idea of how many credits you'll be able to transfer in toward your UofL bachelor's degree, and visit our General Transfer Student page for more details.

Are you a KCTCS student? KCTCS students can transfer completed associate degrees in their entirety and begin immediately with online upper level coursework at UofL. Visit our KCTCS Transfers Page for more information.

See the UofL Transfer Credit Policy for more information.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.


The online business administration bachelor’s degree at UofL is a 120-credit hour program, comprised of general education credits, core business school courses, generalist business electives and selected electives in any area of your choosing within or outside of the business school – allowing you to shape your business bachelor’s to match your career goals or interests. You may use up to 6 credit hours from your additional electives credits to complete an optional internship or co-op in your local community.

Course Title Hours
Cardinal Core Courses 25
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BSTA 201 Business Statistics (or other statistics) 3
BUS 201 Career Development 1
CAMP 100 Campus Culture 1
CIS 205 Information Systems in Organizations 3
CIS 305 Data Analysis for Decision-Making* 3
CLAW 301 Legal Environment of Business 3
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 302 Business Finance 3
MATH 111 College Algebra 3
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3
MGMT 301 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
MGMT 320 Principles of Operations Management 3
MGMT 441 Business and Corporate Level Strategy 3
Select 1 of the following Ethics courses:
PHIL 222 Contemporary Ethical Problems
PHIL 225 Business Ethics
PHIL 321 Ethics
PHIL 323 Medical Ethics
Business Electives 21
Additional Electives Including Optional Interships or Co-ops 27
Total Program Hours 120

*NOTE: students in CIS 305 are required to use a Windows computer, or have access to one.

Undergraduate Certificate in Franchise Management

Course Titles Hours
MGMT 410 Franchise Fundamentals & Legal 3*
MGMT 409 Franchise HR & Leading Teams 3*
MGMT 413 Franchise Growth & Support 3*
MGMT 414 Franchise Management Practicum 3*

*Students enrolled in the BBA or BSBA program in good standing, who successfully complete these four courses, can earn an undergraduate certificate in Franchise Management while still enrolled in their respective bachelor’s program.


Undergraduate Certificate in Franchise Management

UofL online undergraduate business students can earn a Franchise Management certificate within their degree! This certificate cannot be taken as a standalone program at this time.

This certificate is designed to provide professionals interested in a career in franchising (whether a franchisee, working for a franchisor, or supplier in the industry) with the practical knowledge and experience about the franchise business model – all in just 4 courses.

Enrollment & Completion Requirements

  • The Undergraduate Certificate in Franchise Management is currently available only for College of Business students in good standing and enrolled in the BBA or BSBA program.
  • BBA and BSBA students select a Franchise Management minor, comprised of the required certificate courses.
  • To receive the certificate, students must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the certificate courses.

  • Can I take electives from outside the business school?

    Absolutely. One of the best parts of enrolling in UofL's BBA program is that you get an essential business-core education but can couple that with a non-business focus that aligns with your interests and goals.

  • How long will it take me to complete my Bachelor of Business Administration degree?

    The typical completion time for the BBA is 4 years. This would be without taking courses over the summer and completing your degree at a full-time status. However, with transferred credits and summer courses, you could complete your degree in a shorter timeframe. Contact us today to see how quickly you can earn your degree!

  • How will I know if my courses will transfer?

    Credit transfer checks are a standard part of the admission process, taking place after your application is submitted. However, if you want to get a feel for how many general education credits will transfer before applying, you can use the unofficial credit pre-evaluation tool offered by UofL to get started!

  • Should I do an internship?

    Internships are optional in the BBA program; however, they provide a great opportunity to gain real workplace experience in a business field while earning your bachelor’s degree. They are also often highly valued by employers. Additionally, completing a year-long internship has been shown to have a high conversion rate into full-time employment.

  • If I do an optional internship, how does that work?

    If you elect to take on an internship, you’re able to complete it in your local community, at a business that is close to you and makes sense for your career goals. If you’re working while going to school, the opportunity does need to be a new learning experience for you, but could still be within your current place of employment. For example, this could include leading a new project for your team or a team at your organization. You will have to have junior standing or higher in order to take an optional internship for credit toward your BBA degree.

    NOTE: Students can receive up to 6 credits hours from internships through BUS 397 and BUS 398. However, to receive the full 6 hours, the internships or co-ops must be completed with different learning experiences.

  • Are there specific class times for the online courses?

    No! All classes will be offered in an asynchronous format, in order to help you balance your education needs with all that life demands. This means you complete coursework and class requirements at the time that fits best with your schedule.

  • What is the next step after completing the BBA?

    Graduates of the BBA program are equipped with the business expertise and skills to start their first job in a variety of business roles, pursue career advancement in their current workplace or continue on to an MBA program.

    There are a lot of business roles that don’t necessarily require applicants to have a specialization in a particular area of business (such as what is offered by the online BSBA in Accountancy), but still want someone equipped with the skills and expertise that a business generalist degree will deliver. Continuing on to an MBA program will further the business and management expertise gained during your time as a BBA student—preparing you for even greater career growth.