Business is dynamic.
Your education should be, too.
In the business world, competition is fierce and any advantage can make a huge difference. Earning a business degree can help you stand out from the crowd. You’ll be doing more than adding a credential to your resume. You’ll be equipping yourself with the most current industry knowledge and best practices — skills that can help make you a more valued asset to an organization.
Rider’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration is designed for working professionals who seek advanced credentials. Learn to enhance your abilities in marketing, finance, accounting and more. Whether your goal is to grow in your current career or become eligible for new opportunities, we can help you get there.
Rider University Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Curriculum
Rider’s online curriculum is designed to prepare you with real-world skills that translate to industry expertise. Develop your supervisory, leadership and administrative skills to help prepare you for advanced positions across various organizational settings.
Your online business administration courses are taught by the dedicated faculty of our AACSB-accredited Norm Brodsky College of Business. Our professors are available for you and are committed to your academic success.
Business Core (24 Credit Hours):
|MKT 200||Marketing Principles||3 Credits|
This course examines market characteristics, consumer buying habits and motives, and functions of marketing within the framework of the strategic marketing planning process. Concepts and current practices in product development, pricing, promotion, distribution, and international marketing are studied.
|MGT 201||Fundamentals of Management & Organizational Behavior||3 Credits|
This course deals with the fundamentals of organizational behavior as they relate to management such as motivation, communications, and leadership. Behavior is examined at the individual, group, and organizational level. The management functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling are addressed. The effects of global operations and the requirements of ethical behavior on managers are also explored.
|ACC 210||Introduction to Accounting||3 Credits|
This course provides an introduction to basic principles and methods of accounting essential to preparation, understanding and interpretation of financial statements. Topics include accounting for merchandising concerns, current assets, long-term assets, liabilities and equity accounts. A brief overview of internal control is also covered.
|ACC 220||Managerial Uses of Accounting||3 Credits|
This course provides an introduction to the use of accounting information in managerial decision-making. Topics include cost behavior, cost classifications, and problem-solving functions of accounting as they pertain to planning, control, evaluation of performance, special decisions, and budgeting. The interpretation of published financial statements and the statement of cash flow are also covered.
|FIN 220||Introduction to Finance||3 Credits|
An introduction to the environment, concepts, and techniques of financial management. Topics include forms of business organization, taxes, analysis of financial performance, financial planning, financial markets and interest rates, time value of money, bond and stock valuation, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and international financial management.
|BUS 300||Social & Legal Environment Business||3 Credits|
The strategies by which organizations in the private as well as the public sectors interact with, adapt to, and attempt to influence their external environments are explored. The primary emphasis is on evaluating the effect of business and governmental decisions on the quality of life. The role of regulatory agencies and the impact of local and national legislation on organizational behavior are considered.
|CIS 385||Management Information Systems||3 Credits|
The course focuses on the management and use of information systems and technology for the strategic and operational advantage of the firm. Students explore the business value of information resources including current communication, database, as well as hardware and software technologies.
|BUS 400||Strategic Management and Policy||3 Credits|
This capstone course for seniors in business administration provides a framework for problem identification, analysis, and decision making within the organization. Students are given the opportunity to integrate and apply previously acquired knowledge of accounting, decision sciences, economics, finance, marketing, management, and statistics. Case studies, critical incidents, and other appropriate techniques are utilized.
Non-Business Core (45 Credit Hours):
|CIS 185||Information Systems Essentials||3 Credits|
This course will enable students to use Microsoft Excel and Access to design and create complex applications to support effective decision making. Students will use Excel to design and create spreadsheets to support business analytics. Access will be used to understand, design, create, and utilize relational databases.
|ECO 200||Principles of Macroeconomics||3 Credits|
A collective view of income receiving and spending sectors of the national economy, including households, businesses, and governments. Issues discussed: What determines the level of output, income, and employment achieved by the economy? What determines the growth of national output and employment? National income accounting, income and employment theory, monetary system, general price level, business cycle, government policies designed to provide for full employment, price stability, and economic growth are also covered.
|ECO 201||Principles of Microeconomics||3 Credits|
Market price systems are analyzed. The nature and characteristics of consumer and producer behavior, the theory of pricing in competitive and noncompetitive markets, and determination of the distribution of output a re evaluated. Welfare, social control, monopoly, and income inequality a re explored in the light of price theory. The role of the United States in the world economy is explored.
|MSD 105||Quantitative Methods for Business||3 Credits|
The aim of this introductory course is to acquaint students with a number of basic mathematical techniques that will enhance their ability to become effective decision-makers in a realistic business environment. Topics covered include linear equations and inequalities, linear programming, summation notation, geometric series, counting techniques, event probability and discrete random variables. Where appropriate, these tools will be illustrated with examples chosen from business settings.
|MSD 205||Business Statistics||3 Credits|
This course is designed to provide students with fundamental concepts, knowledge and tools from statistics that may be useful in one's attempt to reach intelligent conclusions in real-world settings, particularly in business applications. The focus is on the normal random variable, sampling distributions, framework of estimation and hypothesis testing, as well as the one-way ANOVA and simple regression model.
Prerequisite(s): MSD 10
|BDA 201||Introduction to Business Analytics||3 Credits|
This course introduces students to the process of analyzing big data and discovering new information to support business decision making. The course covers descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Some topics covered include data visualization, data forecasting, and data mining. This course provides students with the fundamental concepts and tools needed to understand the role of business analytics in organizations and shows students how to apply basic business analytics tools in a spreadsheet environment. It also includes how to communicate with analytics professionals to effectively use and interpret analytic models and results for making better business decisions. Emphasis is given on applications, concepts and interpretation of results. Students utilize Excel for data analysis.
Prerequisite(s): MSD 205 or MSD 200.
|CMP 120||Expository Writing||3 Credits|
Students will increase their competence in the critical reading of challenging college-level texts that engage significant ideas and in writing effective essays that advance a clear and meaningful thesis while demonstrating understanding of those texts. The second of the department’s three-course composition sequence, This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
|CMP 125||Research Writing||3 Credits|
Introduces students to the process of library research and documented writing. Emphasis will be on the refinement of critical reading, thinking, and writing strategies applied to multiple sources and documented papers. This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Essential Competencies element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
|COM 290||Professional/Strategic Speech||3 Credits|
Provides students with practical information necessary for effective communication in various business and professional settings. Covers communication processes, principles, and models in the modern organization. Class assignments are given with emphasis on developing a knowledge and practical understanding of informative, persuasive, and impromptu presentations. Limited to students enrolled in the College of Business Administration.
|Science Electives – choose 2 courses:||6 Credits|
Choose two of the following science electives: BCH, BIO, BNS, CHE, ENV, GEO, ISM, MAR, PHY, SUS
|Humanities Electives – choose 2 courses:||6 Credits|
Choose two of the following humanities electives: ART, CHI, DAN, ENG, FRE, GER, LIT, MUS, PHL, SPA, THE
|Social Science Electives – choose 2 courses:||6 Credits|
Choose two of the following social science electives: AMS, COM, GSS, HIS, LAW, MCS, POL, PSY, SOC, SOW
Liberal Arts Electives (12 Credit Hours)
Any non-business, non-education course can fulfill the Liberal Arts electives.
Free Electives (15 Credit Hours)
Any online business or liberal arts courses can fulfill the free electives.
*Foreign Language Assessment available to earn credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.
Business Electives (6 Credit Hours)
Any online business course can fulfill the business electives.
Considering a Career Change to Business Administration?
Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online BS in Business Administration program. Your enrollment advisor can help set you up for success by guiding you toward any necessary prerequisites. Make a smooth transition into the program — and your new career path.
Benefits of Your Online BS in Business Administration Degree
You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership. We connect you with rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study through a flexible online platform.
Prepare to thrive professionally and become a lifelong independent learner. Our people, programs and opportunities focus on helping you build a successful career and rewarding life where you can truly make a difference. That’s the promise of a Rider education.
The Value of Your Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
When you graduate with your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Rider University, you’re prepared to prove your value and expertise as an advanced business professional. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median wage for business and financial occupations was $68,350 in May 2018, much higher than the median wage for all occupations of $38,640.
Do more than prove your knowledge — prove your value. Earning your BS in Business Administration degree can help give you a competitive advantage to qualify for a variety of roles and open doors to new opportunities.