Business Administration
Undergraduate Certificate Online Program

The undergraduate certificate program in Business Administration is designed to allow students to develop an ability to reach effective business and industry decisions by recognizing issues, examining alternatives, and effectively communicating successful solutions. Students will be introduced to business communication skills, business law and ethics, and organizational theories that pertain to their professional interests.

Designed For You

The California Coast University online Undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration program was designed for complete flexibility for the student. All courses are self-paced and completed 100% online.

  • Low tuition with interest-free payment plans as low as $100/month.
  • Flexible programs designed to fit into your busy schedule. Self-paced study with no group projects, set meeting times, or exam dates.
  • The program is not structured in semesters, quarters, or terms. It is designed to allow students to begin their online studies at any time of the year.
  • CCU offers a tuition discount for Active Duty Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Government Employees, and CCU Graduates.
    We also offer a 10% discount for Corporate Partner employees. For more information on how to become a Corporate Partner, see our Corporate Partnership Information Page.
    *Employment verification is required. Offer good for students who enrolled after April 2018 and were offered discount at time of enrollment. Offer is not retroactive for students already enrolled. Discount and/or prices subject to change and/or cancellation at any time without notice. This offer cannot be combined with any other discount(s).
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Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:


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The Undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration degree program consists of 4 total courses.
The required courses are comprised of: 4 Core .
There are 12 total semester units in this program.

4 Core Courses

The online Undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration degree program is comprised of the following 4 courses. Click on course title to expand and read more.

ID Course Name Units
BAM 105 Introduction to Business  3

Introduction to Business introduces the business world and the contemporary environment in which it operates. How business operations are managed and organized will be explored and the basic ideas of marketing processes and consumer behavior will be discussed. Additionally, students will become aware of the changing face of business, with its current technological and management information system advances.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the contemporary business environment.
  • Explain how businesses and business operations are managed and organized.
  • Describe the importance of people within organizations.
  • Relate the principles of marketing, including marketing processes and consumer behavior.
  • Understand the importance of managing information systems and electronic commerce; understand principles of accounting.
  • Explain the financial issues facing business today, including money, banking, securities and investments.
BAM 312 Business Communications  3

Business Communications covers the fundamental dimensions of communication: language and behavior. Alternatives for conveying messages are discussed. The course also covers, in detail, the various channels and media for business communication, with guidelines for effective and successful use of each.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Show an understanding of the fundamentals of effective business communication and the writing process.
  • Write successful business letters, memos, e-mail correspondence and other short messages.
  • Gather information and communicate it effectively through writing, visuals and new technologies such as the Internet.
  • Plan and write formal reports and proposals.
  • Design and present effective oral presentations.
  • Create persuasive employment documents and display an understanding of successful interview techniques.
BAM 406 Business and Society  3

Business and Society explores both market and nonmarket components of the business world. While interrelated, managers must understand how the market and nonmarket environments interact and address those issues to achieve superior performance. To do this, the course combines the disciplines of economics, political science, and law to provide students with a deeper understanding of the complex managerial issues involved. The focus is on strategy and its implementation within the context of social, governmental, and legal constraints.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze nonmarket issues and the formulation of nonmarket strategies.
  • Analyze the framework based on the nonmarket issue life cycle for addressing a crisis.
  • Describe some of the political explanations for regulation.
  • Identify the role of politics within environmental protection.
  • Examine the market and nonmarket opportunities and risks.
BAM 410 Organizational Theory and Behavior  3

Organizational Theory and Behavior emphasizes the relationships among individuals, groups, organizations, and society. It presents a dynamic, systems approach to understanding and facilitating work relationships. Emphasis is given to the interaction of individual values, attitudes, needs, abilities, traits, and motivation within teams and organizations.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities managers have in applying Organizational Behavior (OB) concepts.
  • Compare the functional and dysfunctional effects of organizational culture on people and the organization.
  • Contrast leadership and power in organizations.
  • Explain the key elements of motivation as well as theories of motivation.
  • Describe the main functions of communication.
  • Assess ways organizations can manage planned and unplanned changes.

Prerequisites to Admission:

The applicant should meet the following prerequisites in order to be admitted to the program: An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and have successfully obtained a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent.

FAQ About Coursework

Required units may be satisfied in the following ways:

  • California Coast University has developed comprehensive Study Guides, for each course, that are designed to coordinate and sequence the learning materials within the required textbook. The following points will help to illustrate how the Study Guides are designed:

    • Study Guides are based on specific college level textbooks, which may be obtained from local bookstores, the publisher, or the University's Rental Library.
    • Each Study Guide is organized with a complete syllabus, along with instructional materials to guide the student chapter by chapter through the corresponding textbook.
    • Each Study Guide contains an overview and summary of all textbook chapters, along with a listing of important keywords (with definitions), and self-tests (with answers) on key points.
    • Study Guides include 4 unit exams equally spaced throughout the instructional materials, one writing assignment per unit, and the final examination.
    • Examinations are designed to test the student on the information contained within the preceding chapters.
    • All tests have no time limit and may be completed as open book tests.
  • Transcripts of previously completed academic work are evaluated and credit may be transferred to meet existing coursework requirements. The following guidelines are utilized when accepting transfer credit for a certificate program:

    • The University will accept transfer credit from applicable courses completed at colleges or universities accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or foreign equivalent.
    • Certificate students may receive transfer credit for up to 6 semester units of previously completed coursework. Students may transfer up to 9 semester units of credit completed at California Coast University.
    • To be eligible for undergraduate academic credit, transfer grades must be equivalent to a letter grade of C (2.0 GPA) or higher.
  • During the admissions process, all professional experience is reviewed to determine if an applicant has sufficient occupational experience to warrant completing a Challenge Examination in lieu of a Study Guide for a particular course. The following factors are considered:

    • An applicant may be offered an opportunity to complete a Challenge Examination if the candidate's occupational expertise appears to be comparable to the objectives identified for a particular course.
    • Successfully passing a Challenge Examination will demonstrate an acceptable level of competence for that course.
    • If a student does not pass a Challenge Examination they are assigned a Study Guide for completion.
    • The maximum amount of Challenge Examinations allowed for each program level are: Associate 4; Bachelor's 10; Master's 2; Doctorate 0; and Certificates 1.