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Online Bachelor's in Business

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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Overview

Q: What is SDSU’s online degree completion program?

SDSU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration online degree completion program is designed so that students who satisfy all eligibility requirements for the program can graduate as a General Business Major in as few as 49 units (18 courses), or as many as 55 units (20 courses) depending on writing proficiency.

Q: Is the General Business online degree program accredited?

Yes, because SDSU’s College of Business Administration is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, all of its programs - both online and on-campus - are accredited.

Q: What does the General Business major offer me?

The General Business major provides an overview and fundamental working knowledge of the varied aspects of business. Students receive a broad and generalized understanding of the functions of a business and how the various sub-disciplines within business interact to contribute to the success of an organization. Positions available to graduates with a General Business major are those that require a broad, overarching understanding of the business function, rather than a specialized knowledge within a particular business sub-discipline, (e.g., managing a family business).

Q: What degree will I earn when I finish the program?

Upon completion of the program a student will be awarded the same degree on-campus students receive – the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. The diploma received and transcript will not distinguish that the program was completed online.

Q: Who will teach my courses?

All courses in the online program are team taught. Faculty who have demonstrated an ability to excel in their regular on-campus teaching assignments prepare all course material using the most current technology and tools. Facilitators who routinely teach the course on-campus or are subject area experts monitor the course’s day-to-day delivery. Together, their goal is to bring to a student the same rigor and content as on-campus courses.

Q: How is the program structured?

The program is structured to be flexible and convenient. It consists of courses from accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing, the core business components. Courses are offered yearly in two of the three, 16-week terms (fall, spring and summer). These courses run in eight-week blocks, so a full-time student can take four courses each term, but focus at any given time on just two in a block. The program also accommodates students who want to take courses on a part-time basis. Although courses are expected to be completed by the end of the 8-week block in which they are offered, the program is entirely self-paced to afford a student the option of slowing down by taking a lighter course load or speeding up by taking a heavier class load.

Q: What’s a doable course load and how long will it take to complete the program?

We believe that a doable course load averages out to just over three courses or roughly 9-units per term. At this rate the program can be completed in six terms or two years.

Q: Can I transfer in upper division units I have earned at another university?

Yes, although the number of upper division units a student will receive credit for depends on their equivalency and recentness. To qualify for the degree a student must complete each of the following requirements at SDSU: 1. A minimum of 30 units; 2. At least 20 of the units required for the major; and 3. Nine units in General Education courses.

Q: May I apply if I have already earned a Bachelors or advanced degree?

No, applications to the online program for a second bachelor’s degree are not being accepted at this time.

Q: Once admitted, may I add another major or minor?

No, this is a degree completion program. No additional majors or minors are permitted.

Q: What sort of learning style and skills do I need in an online learning environment?

To succeed in an online learning environment, start by taking this brief readiness survey (please enter 000000000 for Red ID). In addition, a student needs a reliable email address that won’t change from the beginning until the end of term, and a backup plan (i.e., alternative location to do assignments and assessments) in case the computer or internet connection isn’t working.

Q: Is this a self-support program?

Yes, the fully online General Business degree program is not supported by California state tax revenue. The program is the result of a partnership between SDSU’s College of Business Administration (CBA) and College of Extended Studies (CES), wherein CBA is responsible for the curriculum, faculty, admissions, and student advising, and CES fulfills administrative functions such registration and the collection of fees.

Q: What is the cost of the program?

The estimated cost of the program for California residents and nonresidents is $510 per unit. This makes the total cost of the program range from $24,990 if only 49 units are required to be completed, to $28,050 if 55 units are required to be completed. Not included are costs of required texts and learning materials as well as incidental fees related to a student’s application for admission, WPA testing and graduation.

Q: Am I eligible for financial aid if I’m admitted to the online program?

Yes, upon admission to the online program a student becomes eligible for financial aid from SDSU. To check on other eligibility determinants, go to Eligibility and Your Financial Aid Award.

Prospective Students

Q: How do I apply for admission to the online program?

Information about applying for admission to the program can be found at CSUMentor. When asked for major, indicate on the application “Business Admin (General) (BS) (External Degree) (ONLINE PROGRAM).”

Q: When is the earliest date for application to the program?

Applications for the online program will be accepted beginning on October 1, 2016 for the fall 2017 term.

Q: What are the admission requirements of the program?

To be fully qualified for admission to the program, a student must have at least 60 transferable semester units by the spring term prior to fall transfer that include 27 lower division preparation course units for the General Business major (see Business Major Requirements page for more detailed information), and at least 30 units of General Education. Additionally, a student’s cumulative GPA should be 2.9 or higher.

Q: What is the WPA and how will my performance on it affect me?

All undergraduate students must demonstrate competency in upper division writing skills before graduating from SDSU with a bachelor’s degree. The Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) is a timed test used by SDSU to determine if a student’s writing skills fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Based on the test results, some students will require an additional writing course or courses in order to fulfill this requirement.

As a student in the online program, you are required to take the WPA test between the time you are admitted and the end of your first semester. You are permitted to take the WPA twice in that semester and pay the testing fee each time you take the exam. If you do not take the exam in that semester, you won’t be allowed to register for future terms at SDSU.

Q: Is there any help in preparing to take the WPA?

Yes, use the materials available on, write a practice essay, and make an online appointment with a Writing Center tutor to discuss your essay.

Start with registering with SDSU’s Writing Center by going to and click on “register.” After you have submitted the form, you will have access to the online appointment center. Look for tutors who offer online tutoring. When you register for an appointment with an online tutor, be sure to click “online tutoring” in the drop down menu on the form.

Q: If I’m admitted to the online program, can I take some classes in the online program and other classes in the regular on-campus program?

No. This program is fully online.

Q: What if I have less than 120 units after completing all the program’s requirements?

A student in the program can remedy the unit deficiency (think of these as unit electives) in a variety of ways. Among these ways include taking extra writing classes offered by the program, enrolling in summer classes offered at other CSUs through Cal State Online, and at a local Community Colleges if less than 70 units have been transferred.

Q: Is the program open to international students?

Not at this time.

Learning Online

Q: How time consuming is an online course?

An online course is no less time consuming than a face-to-face, on-campus course. A typical face-to-face, 3-unit 16-week course involves two-and-a-half hours of classroom meeting time plus and an additional three to six hours of reading, study and review per week. Since every online course in this program is completed in eight weeks, plan on dedicating for a 3-unit course from eleven to seventeen hours spread out over each week on learning activities. Moreover, if a student encounters problems with technology or has weak reading or writing skills, plan on spending even more time.

Q: How is academic integrity maintained in the online program?

SDSU adheres to a strict policy regarding cheating and plagiarism. Any cheating or plagiarism in a class results in failing of that class and the possibility of further disciplinary review. Students in the online program must agree that all required written submissions will be subject to review by for the detection of plagiarism. To uphold the integrity of exams and tests and level the playing field for students who fear that their classmates may be unfairly cheating to get higher grades, students in the online program must also agree to allow the use of a remote proctoring service when taking assessments.

AACSB accredited

SDSU’s Fowler College of Business Administration is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, all of its programs – both online and on-campus – are accredited.