Bachelor of Business Administration

Major in Leadership

Our 42-credit-hour Bachelor of  Business Administration with a major in leadership program teaches the strategies and develops the skills professionals need to lead their organizations through today’s business challenges. The BBA core focuses on knowledge and skills in management, leadership, finance, accounting, marketing, technology, economics, and project planning.

Gain the skills to become an effective business leader:

  • Create effective organizational climates.
  • Coach and manage teams.
  • Make intuitive and data-driven decisions.
  • Communicate effectively across all levels of your organization.

Earn your BBA in with a major in leadership in approximately two years*.

Take BBA core courses in Overland Park or online. Leadership major courses are offered online only.

*After taking the first course, undergraduate students may take two courses at a time if they have a 3.0 GPA and the courses are available.  Students will work closely with their academic advisor to develop a plan.  

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You can fit college courses into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week or online. Classes are held year-round, and new classes start every seven weeks.


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Instructors in the BBL program are working professionals from diverse disciplines. As experts in their respective fields, they will share their experiences and knowledge with you while challenging you to reflect and critically examine the world in which you live.


A degree from Baker commands respect in the business community. It signifies that you have met Baker’s high standards and have acquired the knowledge and skills to excel in your career.


Each concentration is a collection of five courses (six weeks long) chosen from a variety of classes; they may be taken concurrently with the core courses or following completion of the core.


  • Current enrollment in good standing or successful completion of the bachelor's program
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Access to email and internet capabilities

The concentration offers an enhancement of financial decision-making skills in organizational systems thinking. Students will examine corporate finance, investment decision making, the role of financial institutions, and complexities of international financial markets through practical application.

BML 342 Financial Drivers for Sustainability (offered within core program) 3 credit hours

BUS 4400 North America & the European Union: London, England* 3 credit hours

BUS 4720 Investments 3 credit hours

BUS 4721 International Finance* 3 credit hours

BUS 4722 Financial Institutions 3 credit hours

BUS 4723 Corporate Finance 3 credit hours

BUS 4724 Advanced Financial Planning 3 credit hours

BUS 4725 Government Finance 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

Total Undergraduate Credit Hour Requirement: 15

Health Care Administration

The concentration focuses on the critical role of health care administration in one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries, health care. Students will develop foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership and management roles in the American health care industry.

BUS 4251 The American Healthcare System** 3 credit hours

BUS 4252 Fundamentals of Healthcare Administration** 3 credit hours

BUS 4254 Healthcare Policy and Politics 3 credit hours

BUS 4256 Healthcare Ethics 3 credit hours

BUS 4258 Information Systems for Healthcare Management* 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration **Required course Total Undergraduate

Credit Hour Requirement: 15

Human Resources

The concentration offers a deep exploration of issues related to effective management of human resources in an increasingly competitive business environment. Students will examine the role of the manager through staffing, employee development and retention, employee relations, and global HR management courses.

BML 348 Strategic Human Resources (offered within core program) 3 credit hours

BUS 4023 Employment Law 3 credit hours

BUS 4740 Employee Development and Retention 3 credit hours

BUS 4741 Staffing 3 credit hours

BUS 4742 Global Human Resources* 3 credit hours

BUS 4743 Employee Relations 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

Total Undergraduate Credit Hour Requirement: 15


Tuition $420/credit hour
Baker 360 educational resource fee (includes all required books and course materials,
Microsoft Office Suite, library services)
Graduation fee $125


“Through out my time at Baker University, the professors have been great. I have actually been implementing a lot of the [course] material into my own business. If someone would have told me I would be a 4.0 student at a highly accredited university years ago, I would have never believed it.”


Requirements & Curriculum

Admission Requirements

What We Need From You

All applicants: Completed application form

Applicants with fewer than 12 hours of transferable college credit: Official high school transcript or state-approved high school equivalency test is required. The high school GPA must be at least 2.3. The minimum score required for admission using an official state-approved high school equivalency test is based on the scoring standards in place at the time of testing.

Applicants with fewer than 12 transferrable college credits who were home-schooled:

  • A transcript or portfolio of their home-schooled experience
  • Transcripts of any completed high school work
  • An original ACT score report from Educational Testing Service with a composite score of 21 (or SAT score of 510)

Applicants with credit from other institutions: Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education previously attended with a combined GPA of at least 2.0 is required. NOTE: Course work attempted or completed at any postsecondary institution not disclosed at the time of application cannot later be submitted for potential transfer-in credit.

International applicants whose native language is not English:

  • A minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on the paper-based test, score of 250 on the computer-based test, or score of 100 on the internet-based test for international applicants, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5
  • Additional requirements will apply

Required to enter the upper-level bachelor's courses: A minimum of 48 hours of transferable credit including 3 credit hours of college-level English composition or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students admitted with fewer than 48 credit hours will begin with BK 110 and EN 102 and continue in the lower-level bachelor's courses. Students admitted with 48 hours or more will begin with BK 110 and BU 305 and continue in the upper-level bachelor's courses.

Enrollment Eligibility

Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will be considered for conditional or provisional admission on a case-by-case basis.

A student seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree must complete the required course of study as prescribed in the program. If a student has completed a comparable course within the past five years, he or she may request a course waiver for a maximum of two courses. The request to waive or transfer course work must be made in writing before beginning the bachelor’s program. The student’s schedule and financial aid packaging must be factored into the approval process for waived course work.

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Graduation Requirements


  • Successful completion of the specified upper-division courses (24 hours) and at least one of the majors (18 hours). A maximum of 6 hours of comparable course work may be transferred into the upper-division business or major courses with the exception of BU 305.
  • A cumulative business program GPA of at least 2.5
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Satisfaction of the 30 credit hours of general education requirements in arts and humanities, social science, and science. Typically, an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution will satisfy the requirement.
  • Satisfaction of the 9-credit-hour general education requirement in math, upper-college English, and computer science. This 9-hour requirement is fully met by courses within the BBA upper-division courses: Math (BU 333), upper-college written English (BU 305), and computer science (BU 327). These hours cannot be counted toward total hours more than once, substituted, or waived by Baker. Completion of this requirement through these BBA upper-division courses does not decrease the total number of hours required for the degree (124 credit hours); rather, it allows students to complete additional elective course work.
  • Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Approval by the faculty and Board of Trustees

General Education Course Requirements | 33 credits

  • Introduction to Undergraduate Education (BK 110) 3 credits (required for all BBA students)
  • Arts & Humanities (with no more than 6 semester credits counted from any one discipline) 18 credits
  • Social Sciences 6 credits
  • Sciences 6 credits
  • Math (College Algebra or higher) 3 credits (satisfied in the BBA upper-division and major courses)
  • Computer Science 3 credits (satisfied in the BBA upper-division and major courses)
  • Upper-College Written English 3 credits (satisfied in the BBA upper-division and major courses)

Total 33 credits (minus the 9 credits included in the BBA upper-division courses)

General Electives | 49 credits

Upper-Division & Major Courses | 42 credits

Minimum Credits Required for Graduation | 124 credits

Transfer Hours

We will evaluate your transcripts from other regionally accredited colleges and universities to determine which credits transfer.


BBA Core Courses | Lower Division (24 hours)


BK 110 Introduction to Business Education (Must be the first course taken within the program.)

This is an introductory course for adult students pursuing an undergraduate degree. Topics include program planning, group interaction, written and oral communication skills, research skills, test taking, note taking, and time management. This course instructs students in the methods of critical reading and reflection and in the application of these skills in writing. This course is a prerequisite for all undergraduate course work, and must be taken as the first program course.

EN 102 Written Communication I (Must be taken within the first three courses.)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of college writing. Students will learn to use the writing process as well as different rhetorical strategies to develop logical, organized communications and classroom essays. Emphasis will be placed on communicating ideas clearly and using feedback to edit and improve work. This course satisfies the lower-division written-English requirement. (3 credits)

HU 111 Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking introduces students to logic and the ability to think clearly and critically, primarily through practice in inductive and deductive reasoning. The course emphasizes recognition of fallacious reasoning, unclear or misleading language, and manipulative techniques in various forms of communication. (3 credits)

BU 220 Foundations of Business

Foundations of Business introduces the student to the operation of business and its position in domestic and international commerce. Students will examine the role of business in the creation and distribution of goods and services, and learn about business participation in civic and public affairs. Students get to know the basic business functions of management, marketing, human resources, accounting, and finance. The course explores career options in business. (3 credits)

BU 230 Financial Planning

In this course, students learn about the role of consumers in the economy. Students will develop a basic financial plan, apply budgeting procedures in daily and monthly spending plans, calculate principal and interest, define types of consumer credit, and identify types of housing mortgages. Applying course concepts, the student should be able to determine individual insurance needs and be able to explain employee and retirement benefits.  (3 credits)

BU 240 Basic Economics

This course provides an introduction to the study of economics and applies economics to contemporary social issues such as pollution, professional sports, crime, unemployment, and taxation. Students gain a framework of basic tools to support their understanding of fundamental economic principles. (3 credits)

BU 250 Advertising and Promotion

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental elements of customer communication and how to apply them to target market strategies. Students are introduced to advertising principles and practices and develop an advertising plan for a business organization. (3 credits)

BU 260 Fundamentals of Accounting

In this course, students are introduced to accounting theory and practice.  This course emphasizes the use of financial statements for management control. (3 credits)

BBA Core Courses | Upper Division (24 hours)

EN 305 Written Communication II (Must be taken within the fist three courses.)

This course prepares students for writing in professional settings and in future SPGS courses. Students learn to write analytically and persuasively with a reader-centered approach. Students will employ the writing process of invention, drafting, editing, and revision. Students will become skilled at finding and eliminating most common writing errors and learn to write succinctly. This course is a prerequisite for other upper-division course work. (3 credits)

BU 315 Best Practices in Management and Leadership

Designed to provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of managers in the day-to-day operation of organizations, this course examines the critical roles of leadership, decision making, and communication and explores aspects of motivation and managing conflict, change, and diversity in contemporary organizations. (3 credits)

BU 327 Leveraging Technology in Decision Making

This course presents the many forms of information systems that provide data to contemporary organizations, including databases, the Internet and decision-support systems. The course reviews system design, infrastructure, security, and electronic commerce. This course satisfies the computer science requirement within the Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Accounting degrees. (3 credits)

BU 333 Business Analytics

This course introduces analytics and statistics as applied to managerial planning and issues. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding as well as conducting analytic analyses. Students learn the limitations and potential of business analytics with hands-on experience. The course covers the basic concepts of analytic model building and its role in rational decision making. Students are encouraged to take an analytic view of decision making by examination of trade-offs, constraints, uncertainty, and analyses. Students collect and analyze analytics to prepare and present a comprehensive final project report. (3 credits)

BU 336 Innovative Marketing Strategies

This course examines the nature of marketing and how it identifies and satisfies consumer needs. Learn innovative marketing processes; the environmental factors that affect marketing; how consumers reach buying decisions; marketing research methodology; and the marketing mix of elements, product, price, place, and promotion. (3 credits)

BU 348 Strategic Human Resources

This course introduces the essential elements of personnel management. Students study employee recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation. Students learn the processes of wage, salary, and benefit administration. The importance of labor relations is also emphasized. (3 credits)

BU 352 Business Law and Government Regulations

This course examines the formation and application of common law, the Uniform Commercial Code, and administrative agency law in relation to the business organization. (3 credits)

BU 373 Applied Accounting for Business Decisions

This course goes beyond the mechanics of financial accounting to provide a more advanced understanding of accounting practices. It incorporates financial and managerial accounting concepts, including statement of cash flows, budgeting for planning and control, cost accounting systems, and break-even analysis. (3 credits)

Leadership Major Courses | Online Only (18 hours)

BU 320 Economic Trends in Business Leadership

This course presents the basic principles and concepts of economics, including cost, supply and demand, elasticity, costs and benefits, GDP, inflation, fiscal and monetary policy, and international trade. Students will learn about these principles with an emphasis on how they influence business decisions. (3 credits)

BU 365 Leadership: Lessons from History

Students evaluate leadership lessons learned across time by surveying leaders and applying leadership theory to their styles. Readings will illuminate the actions taken by many leaders as they struggled with making ethical decisions, thinking critically, and building teams of people. (3 credits)

BU 397 Leading and Coaching Teams

Students experience an applied approach to effectively leading and coaching models and apply these concepts. Students develop structures, processes, and strategies to create and maintain effective teams. (3 credits)

BU 433 Building Organizational Climates

Students discover the elements that create organizational climates. After reviewing the literature and foundations of organizational climates, students develop systematic methods of building climates within organizations. (3 credits)

BU 446 Project Planning and Implementation

This course introduces the concepts and procedures essential to project-centered organizations. Learn about team development and conflict resolution, and use industry-leading software to enhance the project management process, including task assignment, project control, scheduling, and budgeting. (3 credits)

BU 465 Leadership Project

Students analyze common mistakes and pitfalls made in project management. The course surveys broad concepts including successful project planning, organization and implementation. Topics include the project management life cycle, work-planning technologies, and evaluation techniques. (3 credits)


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