Organizational Administration BAS

College of Management
Undergraduate major / Bachelor of Applied Science

About this program

The goal of this program is to educate and to train prospective and current employees who wish to build upon the technical strength of their associate degree training in order to take on greater responsibilities and seek advancement beyond their technical training.

Metropolitan State University organizational administration graduates can expect a dynamic and challenging career in ever-changing economic and global conditions. They can expect to be better positioned for employment opportunities and for promotions. They can expect to acquire the organizational, communication and critical thinking skills necessary for anyone accepting management positions in technical and non-technical fields. Graduating students are prepared for positions such as supervisor, department manager and agency director in business, business owner, nonprofit organizations and government. This program can be completed on campus, online, or by combining on campus and online courses. Program requirements are the same, regardless of the delivery mode.

You will also:

  • acquire organizational, communication, and critical thinking skills key to management positions, consistent with the College of Management undergraduate student outcomes,  
  • prepare for positions in business, nonprofit organizations, and government, including supervisor, department manager, or agency director, and
  • build a network with organizational administration professionals and alumni.  

Student outcomes

A BAS in Organizational Administration graduate will be able to apply the core concepts in business:

  • Management,
  • Marketing,
  • Finance,
  • Operations management and
  • Management information systems.

Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

This BAS is available to students who have completed any AAS program at a Minnesota State college, or specific related AAS programs approved by an official articulation agreement between Metropolitan State and the college offering the AAS degree. Students must earn a grade of S or C- or above and have a 2.5 GPA in their AAS degree in courses to be used to meet prerequisites.

Current students: Declare your program

Once you’re admitted as an undergraduate student and have met any further requirements your chosen program may have, you may declare a major or declare an optional minor.

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Program requirements

Organizational Administration Residency Requirements: At least 20 credits from among the Business Core Courses, Major Electives and Capstone must be completed at Metropolitan State.  See also the COM policies page for requirements that are common to all programs.

Course requirements

Requirements (120 credits)

College of Management Foundation (22 credits)

MATH 115 College Algebra

4 credits

This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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STAT 201 Statistics I

4 credits

This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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ECON 202 Microeconomics

3 credits

This course focuses on the interactions between the consumer and the producer. It begins with the theory of markets, supply and demand, and the price system. Then it covers demand elasticity, the costs of production including the various factor inputs, the four major market structures (pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), and ways to increase the competition in markets.

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ECON 201 Macroeconomics

3 credits

This course focuses on the economy as a whole and studies how government can affect the economy. After starting with principles of markets, the price system and supply and demand, the course covers national income accounting, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve System, different approaches to economic growth, and the foundations of international trade.

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MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations

4 credits

This course is the first information technology foundation course in the College of Management. It focuses on the technology literacy, managerial and business problem solving dimensions of computer based information systems. It provides students with an introduction to the fundamental terminology of the hardware, software and the people involved with computer based information systems. The course includes hands on computer lab time to introduce students to word processing, database, spread sheet, and Internet microcomputer applications. This course is designed specifically to prepare students for information technology competence as needed in College of Management courses.

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ACCT 210 Financial Accounting

4 credits

This course in financial accounting acquaints students with the "language of business" and the concepts and practices of accounting in order to understand, interpret, and analyze the financial accounting reports of economic entities. Topics include: economic context of accounting; introduction to basic financial statements with emphasis on the statement of cash flows; measurement fundamentals; analysis of financial statements; cash; receivables; inventories; investments in equity and debt securities including Consolidations; long-lived assets; current and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; and time value of money concepts and computations for decision making: international accounting practices are incorporated into every topic. This is not a bookkeeping course.

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Business Core (20 credits)

MIS 310 Principles of Management Information Systems

4 credits

This course is designed to define the role of information systems in organizations, and in particular the roles of IS staff and end-users in developing and maintaining computer systems. The managerial aspects and implications of databases, telecommunications, hardware, software and e-commerce are included. Special attention is given to management information systems theories in the organizational setting including: infrastructure, transaction processing, operational reporting, decision support systems and executive information systems. Also included are all phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) as well as alternative development methodologies. The course prototypically includes analysis of real world business cases and post-implementation audit report of a recently completed management information system. All students taking this class must have completed as a prerequisite the MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations course or its approved…

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MKTG 300 Marketing Principles

4 credits

This course surveys factors that marketing managers take into account when creating a marketing plan, including consumer behavior principles, market segmentation, product life cycle, packaging, branding, pricing, advertising, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, product distribution methods and key laws affecting marketing practices. The course takes a practical approach to explaining how to identify marketing objectives and determine strategies for reaching them. It is useful to general business students, students who plan marketing management or marketing communications careers and those who wish to be better informed consumers. This course is also offered online. Prerequisite: Goal 1 writing requirement plus 30 credits must be satisfied.

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DSCI 434 Introduction to Operations Management

4 credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of production and operations management for both service and manufacturing organizations. It will address the role of operations in relation to other functions and the methods to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Topics covered include: product and service design, capacity planning, design of work systems, location planning and analysis, material requirements planning, supply-chain management, enterprise resource planning, inventory management, total quality management, Six Sigma, lean enterprise and kaizen approaches, aggregate planning, just-in-time systems, scheduling, and project planning. Also included are tools and processes used in operations decisions such as forecasting, breakeven analysis, and critical path method using available software.

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FIN 390 Principles of Finance

4 credits

This course introduces the application to financial decision-making of mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and accounting procedures. The two central ideas are time value of money and the relationship between expected return and risk, and how these ideas are used to value bonds, stocks, and other financial securities, and to make capital investment decisions.

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Major Electives (4 UD credits)

Choose 4 upper division credits (300-500 level) from the following disciplines: Acct, BLaw, DSci, Econ, Entr, Fin, HRM, IBus, Mgmt, MIS, Mktg, RMI. or Phil 320 Business Ethics. Some Major Electives may overlap with your major and GELS and Racial Issues requirements. NOTE: Entr 300 Interdisciplinary Bus Skills & Knowledge is NOT a Business Elective.

Capstone

Choose one

MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management

4 credits

This advanced course uses the case study approach to develop systems and techniques for analyzing the internal strengths and weaknesses of diverse organizations and the external environments in which they operate. Students craft strategies and develop implementation plans that apply organizational resources to opportunities and threats in its external environment. This course should be taken during the last semester of a student's program.

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