Business Administration

General Information

The College of Business Administration aspires to be a leading urban-regional college of business, providing an exceptional educational experience, conducting quality research relevant to business and the economy and providing service relating to the disciplines of the college.

Shared Values:

  • Instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Basic and applied research relative to business and the economy.
  • Instructional innovations and advancement of curriculum development and pedagogical research.
  • Service to the university and professions.
  • Enhancement of academic reputation among business schools.

Mission and Objectives of the Undergraduate Degree Program

The mission of UNO’s College of Business Administration BSBA degree program is to provide an exceptional educational experience for students preparing for challenging careers in business. Our goal is to produce graduates who:

  • Are good decision makers.
  • Have a knowledge base necessary to function in today’s business environment.
  • Can appropriately use technology.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Function effectively within a work-related team.

The College of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by AACSB - the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Dedicated faculty members provide students with a strong and enriching academic experience. Faculty, administration and staff serve the University and the Omaha-area community in leadership and volunteer positions. Through these partnerships, our deans and faculty, in cooperation with business and corporate leaders, have created a dynamic and popular internship program. Students move from class lectures and discussion to immediate, practical experience in the workplace.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours is required.
  • 55 semester hours must be earned in upper division courses (3000-4000/junior-senior level). Students earn 25-28 upper division hours in the business core curriculum and 18-24 hours in their specializations.
  • The last 30 consecutive semester hours for a degree must be earned following admission to the College of Business. A minimum of one-half of the required business hours and one-half of the required specialization hours must be completed at UNO.
  • Remedial courses and orientation courses at other institutions will not apply to the 120 minimum semester hours.
  • No more than 12 semester hours may be taken in any one department outside the College of Business. Students who have completed a declared minor from a department outside of Business Administration can apply more than 12 hours.
  • Students completing an additional major in French, German or Spanish may apply all foreign language credit toward a degree. Otherwise, no more than 16 semester hours in any one foreign language may be applied toward a degree. More than one foreign language is allowed.
  • A maximum of eight semester hours in music laboratory courses such as band, chorus or orchestra may be applied toward the degree.
  • The College of Business does not require any physical activity courses. A total of four hours of activity courses may be applied toward the degree.

General Education Requirements

All students in a degree program in the college must meet the university general education requirements. Additional information on these requirements can be found on page 69 of this catalog and on the University General Education website ( Please contact an academic advisor for recommended choices for the major.

Certain majors/programs within the College of Business Administration require additional specific foundation coursework. For further information and details see the requirements for particular majors/programs, visit the college website (, or contact an academic advisor.

Specific Requirements

Students must complete at least six hours of course work beyond the general education diversity requirement with a global perspective (i.e., history, political science, literature or geography of foreign countries, foreign languages, international business, etc.).

International dimension courses include all university general education global diversity courses listed on the General Education website, plus international business courses, a list of which is available in the college advising office.

Academic Performance

Effective Fall 2002, a student may only attempt each required business core course three times. A course that is dropped on or before Friday of the first week of the fall and spring semesters is not considered an attempt. Any withdrawal or switching to audit (AU) after that first Friday counts as one of the three attempts. During the summer sessions, a withdrawal after the second day of the class counts as an attempt.

If a student does not successfully complete the core course with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in two attempts, the student can either take the course at a college or university approved by UNO CBA, or may attempt the course at UNO CBA for a third and last time after a mandatory one semester (fall or spring) waiting period. During the waiting period, the student cannot enroll in any CBA course for which the required core course is a prerequisite. If the student does not earn a “C” (2.0) or better on the third attempt of that required core course, the student is no longer eligible to pursue a business degree at UNO.

The Undergraduate Program Council will only consider appeals of the three-attempt rule when the circumstances for the appeal can be documented and the reason for the appeal is extraordinary.

This policy applies to the following courses: ACCT 2010, 2020, BSAD 3100, 3160, 3500, ECON 2200, 2220, FNBK 3250, LAWS 3930, MGMT 3200, 3490, 4480, MKT 3310.

To meet requirements for the degree, students must earn a minimum of 120 credit hours in courses acceptable to the College of Business Administration, with the following grade point average requirements:

  • Business GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Specialization GPA of 2.5 or above for all accounting majors

To proceed to the upper division core of the business administration program, students must complete an application to declare a specialization and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Students must declare a specialization before accumulating 58 credit hours. To declare a specialization, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. If these conditions are not met, a hold will be placed on the student’s registration for the next semester. This hold will not be removed until the requirements are met or the student chooses a major outside the College of Business Administration.

Any students earning below a 2.5 cumulative GPA for any semester while enrolled in the B.S.B.A. degree program will be placed on a “warning status.” No grade below a “C” (2.0) will be counted as satisfactory completion of CBA courses. No business course may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. Upper division accounting courses may be taken only twice.


Students not present at the first class meeting, without prior notification to the instructor, may be administratively withdrawn from the course.