BSBA FAQs

Welcome to the BSBA FAQ, We believe a little Q&A goes a long way whether you're considering pursuing an BSBA degree, researching schools, getting an edge in the admissions game, or exploring career opportunities.

This space is regularly visited by NCalU's admission representatives ready to give you customized advice. Enter and you'll also find current and former students of NCalU programs - people who've been there, done that, and who can give you firsthand info on what to expect. And of course, you'll find plenty of young professionals just like yourself. With all of these resources only a click away, consider The BSBA FAQ your first seminar in Knowledge Management.

Questions

  1. Is my accelerated undergraduate degree as good as a traditional degree?
  2. I’ve been out of school for so long, I wonder if I can actually succeed.
  3. Do my previous credits expire?
  4. Who is a typical accelerated degree completion program student?
  5. Who are the faculty?
  6. How do I get admitted to the BSBA program?
  7. What are the deadlines for the admission to the BSBA program?
  8. What grades are required in the BSBA program?
  9. You say this program is for “growth-oriented, high potential individuals…who aspire to greater influence and impact.” How do I know if this is right for me?
  10. Who is in this program?
  11. How do business students manage their time to meet the time commitment expected by the program?
  12. What is the BSBA tuition?
  13. How long does it take to complete the BSBA program?
  14. Can life or work experience be used toward the BSBA degree?
  15. I completed courses at an institution outside of the US. Can I apply for the Northern California University BSBA?
  16. What if I come up with more questions?

FAQ

1. Yes. Your accelerated degree is as good as a traditional degree. The curriculum is designed for adult learners and the theory of learning is now used by universities and colleges across the country.

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2. Many of our students feel unsure before they begin but by the time they have completed a few weeks of classes their confidence level has grown tremendously. This is a program for adult students, many of whom have been out of a formal school setting for a number of years. Even while you've been outside a school setting, you’ve been learning informally at home, on the job, at conferences, and at workshops. Returning to school is not a return to learning; it is a return to learning systematically in a formal setting. Our courses are designed to meet the unique needs of adult learners. You may find our program to be very different from the education you received when you earned your diploma.

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3. We accept college credits regardless of how old they are. As long as you earned a "C" or better and the course was above a remedial level your credits will be considered for transfer. Although we wish to grant the maximum number of credits, credits will not be awarded for duplicating coursework, and/ exceeding credit limits. Program advisors will be able to provide you with additional information.

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4. There is no typical accelerated degree completion program student. The majority of non-traditional accelerated adult students are twenty-three years of age or older, motivated, independent learners with professional business experience. They are serious about receiving a baccalaureate degree and enhancing their career opportunities!

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5. Our faculty are credentialed academics and experienced business professionals working in their field of expertise who hold a minimum of a masters degree. These competent faculty practitioners integrate theory with reality-based learning for work application.

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6. To be formally admitted, you must complete the B.S.B.A. application and packet (available through the Office of Admission). The packet requires an application plus all transcripts and the admissions fee (if applicable). International students may complete additional forms.

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7. Applications and packets are taken throughout the year. Applying as early as possible to be able to start within a selected quarter is advised. The Academic Calendar holds all University important dates.

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8. You must maintain a 2.0 (C average) GPA.

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9. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you determine whether this BSBA program is the right one for you. Do you want to…

  • Learn to ask the right questions?
  • Engage in a transformative experience?
  • Continually learn from faculty, colleagues, and personal feedback?
  • Develop your business acumen?
  • Develop personal leadership?
  • Execute with excellence?
If your answer to these questions is a resounding “yes,” then there is a good fit between your goals and the design of this BSBA program.

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10. Northern California Univesity Business School - BSBA targets a mix of students with relevant business experience who can share their work experiences with faculty and students and apply their learning immediately in the workplace. This is the foundation for our student-faculty learning community and provides the opportunity to develop lasting personal and professional networks. Students represent a cross-section of business functions and industries and have varied academic and business backgrounds.

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11. Our business students generally have demanding fulltime jobs and many also have other professional, family, and social obligations that place demands on their time. Here are some of the strategies students use to ensure they devote quality time to their studies:

  • Set aside a period, say 2 hours, each day to read, reflect, and work on assignments. This might be “quiet” early morning time for early risers or late evening time for “night owls.”
  • Allocate large blocks of weekend time to study. Develop a hybrid approach (some evening and some weekend time) that adjusts to work and family schedules. The important point is to systematically plan for the time and calendar it.

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12. Tuition is $168 per credit hour. For further information on graduate program tuition see Tuition & Fees

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13. You will take three courses every term. At this rate, the full program will take 13 sessions or approximately 3.25 years to complete. If you have courses from another approved college or university that transfer to NCalU, you will complete the program in a shorter time frame.

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14. Currently, we do not accept portfolio credits at the graduate-level. Students can complete degree requirements through Northern California University, School of Business online courses.

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15. Students who completed courses outside of the US will need to have our foreign credential evaluation through NCalU. Study abroad courses must be equivalent to US courses. Credit completed outside the US is accepted at NCalU.

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16. We welcome any questions you may have. Please contact our Office of Admission by calling 415-324-8504 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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