Bachelor of Science degree
The General Business Administration (GBA) degree is designed for mid-career students returning to college to complete their undergraduate degree. We generally encourage such students to complete a degree in a specific discipline, but recognize that this doesn’t suit some mature students. To enroll in the GBA program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A) Must be applying for admission to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and bringing in a minimum of 45 transfer credits completed elsewhere.
B) Must possess significant full-time professional work experience away from college.
C) Must meet the minimum transfer credit requirement and/or be a returning student who has been away from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for five years or more. Those who lack the minimum 45 hours of transfer credit are encouraged to take courses at a Community College (though with no guarantee of admission to the GBA program).
D) Submit a short essay explaining why you seek the GBA instead of a degree in a specific discipline. The essay should also describe the kinds of upper-level business courses you intend to take.
Student Learning Outcomes
The purpose of the general business administration program is to prepare students for careers in management and management-related disciplines. Graduates will be capable of evaluating an organization’s objectives, analyzing its internal and external environments, and creating effective management strategies and tactics that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
- have an understanding of the functional areas of business and how to manage them cohesively;
- demonstrate proficiency in theories and practices of business;
- be able to operate strategically in diverse and fluid business environments; and
- possess the ability to describe and analyze policies, procedures and systems that effectively enhance individuals and the organizations in which they work.