Academic Catalog 2023-24

Adult Degree Completion Program in Leadership and Management (BA)

The Adult Degree Completion (ADC) BA in Leadership and Management is a bachelor's degree completion program offered by the Barowsky School of Business and is designed for mid-career professionals who seek to finish their BA degree while continuing their careers. BSB’s ADC program adheres to the highest standards for business education as evidenced by the School’s accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the organization that accredits the best business schools in the world.

The program features key organizational, leadership and management theories that apply best business practices to effectively manage resources and projects while ethically leading individuals and teams to achieve common ethical goals and constructive organizational change in the context of corporate social responsibility, law and ethics. Students gain knowledge of leading and serving on teams to effect change, organization development (OD) strategies, budgeting, business communications, data analytics, marketing, and global and cultural impacts on business. Students will develop an understanding of how these areas impact one another and how they contribute to an organization’s strategic purpose. Studies in Leadership and Management highlight organizational culture in an increasingly global environment. The unique characteristics of this dynamic environment, blending theory with the experience of mid-career professionals, enrich the learning experience.

In a collaborative learning environment, this streamlined, hybrid (partially online and partially face-to-face) and lock-step program is tailored to meet the needs of the mid-career professional. The program is designed so that one may maintain one’s job while completing one's bachelor’s degree. Small class sizes enable students to build interpersonal business skills by leading presentations and working closely with faculty and other students. Each course has a synchronous and asynchronous format component.

Beginning the program with the dynamic Experiential Learning two-course component, students sequentially complete the Foundations in Adult Learning and the Critical Inquiry and Reflective Writing course, meeting in class one night a week in the first semester. These courses incorporate the Experiential Learning Portfolio where mid-career professionals may earn elective and general education college units by demonstrating university-level learning gained from personal and professional life experience.

Courses in all ADC majors are taught in a hybrid format (online combined with some face-to-face, and a combination of synchronous and asynchronous lessons). All ADC courses are accelerated and vary in the nights that they meet depending on the course from Monday through Thursday evenings and/or on Saturdays. Students are occasionally expected to come to campus on selected weekends for retreats, workshops or labs. Courses in the Leadership and Management major typically start in semester two and are completed one course at a time for seven weeks.

The Experiential Learning Program and the courses in the Leadership and Management major are completed in 24 months. Students who need Elective and/or General Education units may complete those units concurrently on a second night or after the major is complete, depending on the students’ degree completion pace. ADC evening General Education courses extend to the full semester on a different evening than 7-week sessions offered in the Leadership and Management major.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Adult Degree Completion Program BA in Leadership and Management will demonstrate:

Goal 1 (Business Knowledge): Our students will have business knowledge within functional areas. Learning Objective: Our students will make business decisions by applying theories within different functional disciplines.

Goal 2 (Communication Competency): Our students will be effective communicators. Learning Objective: Our students will deliver compelling business presentations.

Goal 3 (Global Business Competency): Our students will have a global business perspective. Learning Objective: Our students will develop cross-cultural business competency.
Goal 4 (Leadership Competency): Our students will be ethical leaders. Learning Objective: Our students will demonstrate ethical decision making in leadership scenarios.

Goal 5 (Sustainability Competency): Our students will have a commitment to sustainability. Learning Objective: Our students will apply sustainability frameworks to real business situations.

Required Courses

HCS 3160Foundations: American Pluralism

3.00 units

ENGL 3442Critical Inquiry & Reflective Writing

3.00 units

BUS 4112ADC: Business Analytics & Quantitative Reasoning

4.00 units

BUS 4114ADC: Organization Development and Leading Change

3.00 units

BUS 4132ADC: Budgeting for Managers

3.00 units

BUS 4141ADC:Organizational Behavior & Human Resources

3.00 units

BUS 4156ADC: Business Communications for Managers

3.00 units

BUS 4166ADC: Leadership & Teams: Theory and Practice

3.00 units

BUS 4180ADC: Marketing for Management

3.00 units

BUS 4192ADC: Leadership and Project Management (Capstone)

3.00 units

BUS 4406ADC: Corporate Social Responsibility, Law, Ethics

3.00 units

BUS 4410ADC: Global Business and Cultural Management

3.00 units

*BUS 4112 meets Mathematical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning GE Requirement (No Prerequisite is required).
*BUS 4406 meets the Ethics GE Requirement.

Total Credit Hours: 37

Transfer credits with a grade of ‘C-’ or higher may apply to the Leadership and Management major.

Students may apply one 'D' or ‘D+’ grade earned at Dominican University of California to the Leadership and Management major (‘D-’ grades are not accepted). All other work must be a 'C-' or better, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major.

Upper Division Adult Degree Completion Program Requirement.

The Adult Degree Completion Program undergraduate BA in Leadership and Management requires 36 upper division units. Thirty-one (31) of these units are included in the major with the remaining 5 units to be completed through upper division GE or Elective courses, or upper division transfer courses.