General Business Bachelor's Degree

The general business bachelor's degree provides a solid understanding of the fundamental areas of business: finance, accounting, management, and marketing. The program is designed to prepare students for the diverse environment of the business world.

Careers in General Business

Business gives today's college graduate a wealth of career opportunities such as:

  • valuing investment opportunities in financial markets on Wall Street
  • performing financial audits in a Big 6 accounting firm
  • managing a project team designing a new method of manufacturing a product
  • pricing and promoting a new product being introduced to the market

K-State's business graduates find jobs with large corporations and small businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. They also are involved with banking activities, trading on the commodity and stock exchanges, working in advertising agencies, practicing accounting in public and private firms and working in major manufacturing businesses. Programme graduates have been found helping small businesses grow, working in family businesses and even starting their own businesses. They also hire and supervise employees, train new managers, plan budgets, create new products and set up company-wide information systems.


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The general business bachelor's degree is offered through the K-State College of Business Administration. The college is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).


The general business bachelor's degree completion program requires a minimum of 126 semester hours of credit. A minimum of 30 K-State credit hours are required, and 20 of the last 30 hours must be from K-State. All students must complete K-State's general requirements in addition to the Business Core requirements and the General Business Administration requirements. Transfer students must meet the above requirements and complete at least 12 graded hours at K-State before they can be admitted into the general business degree plan. The exact sequence of the courses to be taken is worked out between student and advisor. There is some flexibility in scheduling. To enrol in any course, students must have prerequisites as stated in the catalogue. Applications for the general business degree plan (major) may be made by the semester during which the student will have completed at least 45 credit hours of the business administration pre-professions program (BAPP) requirements. Degree plan applications must be filed by the time students complete 60 credit hours. Degree Requirements Candidates for the bachelor of science in business administration must complete at least 9 credit hours of instruction in upper-division business courses after acceptance and enrollment in a degree plan program in the college. Additional requirements may apply. A student will become eligible for graduation with a bachelor of science in business administration degree upon fulfilling the above requirements and completing 126 credit hours of coursework. Fifty-four of these hours must be in the BAPP program, 30 hours in the business core, and the remaining 42 hours must be earned as specified by the student's major. Students must earn a minimum 2.5-grade point average in the business core courses in order to graduate. Transfer Coursework All transfer coursework approved by the K-State Admissions Office, with a grade of C or better, will be reviewed by the College of Business Administration (CBA) Office of Student Services for equivalency within the business curriculum and is subject to final approval. (Transfer coursework carrying a grade of D will not be accepted toward a student's business degree requirements.) Final approval of transfer courses for use within an individual's business degree plan is determined by the appropriate department head, in conjunction with the CBA Office of Student Services and the Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies. In general, upper-level (300+) business* courses will only be considered for approval if the coursework has been completed at an AACSB-accredited institution. *Business courses are defined as those carrying a prefix of ACCTG, ENTRP, FINAN, GENBA, MANGT, MIS or MKTG.

Admission Requirements for the General Business Bachelor's Degree Programme

To qualify for admission into the general business bachelor's degree, students must follow the Kansas State University Office of Admissions policies and procedures. Students entering college for the first time and eligible for admission to K-State must enrol in the business administration pre-professions program (BAPP). Students with previous academic work (either at K-State or elsewhere) requesting a transfer to the College of Business Administration must have a 2.5 or higher grade point average and enrol in the BAPP curriculum. Transfer students, entering with 45 or more credit hours, must achieve a K-State GPA of 2.5 or higher on the first 15 or more hours of K-State coursework to be able to continue in the College of Business Administration. For purposes of admission, grade point averages will be based on all courses attempted at colleges or universities. The BAPP is expressly designed as a non-degree program; students with 60 or more credit hours will not be allowed to enrol in BAPP unless they are first-semester transfer students. Students remain in BAPP until they meet the requirements for their intended degree plan and complete an Application to Degree Plan.

Application Deadlines

You must be admitted for the fall semester by Aug. 1, spring semester by Jan. 1 and summer semester by May 1. This means that all transcripts, application fees, and any other requirements must be completed and received by these dates. Please note: It takes at least four to six weeks for an application to be processed once all application materials have been received by the university.

How to Apply

Apply online through the Bachelor's Degree Completion Programme. The application fee is $40 for U.S. applicants and $80 for international applicants. However, if you have previously attended Kansas State University, you will not have to pay the application fee again. Be sure to select the term in which you plan to take classes. Transcripts If you have received credit from other institutions, have each institution send an official transcript to the K-State Office of Admissions and follow up with that office to make sure they have received your transcripts. Transcripts mailed by students are not considered to be official. The Office of Admissions will forward your transfer course material to the program's department, where an evaluation will be made of how your courses apply toward the bachelor's degree. Your application will not be processed until all transcripts from the institutions have been received by the Office of Admissions. Send your transcripts to Office of Admissions
Kansas State University
119 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-0102

Tuition and Fees

Online and Off-Campus Courses Online and off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus are assessed at a fixed tuition rate regardless of residency status. There are no non-resident fees for online and off-campus courses offered through K-State Global Campus. Tuition rates vary by course level, undergraduate or graduate. Additional fees may be assessed by colleges and departments. Cost of Course For the most up-to-date course costs, refer to our Class Search. The cost shown in the description of each course is the total cost for the course. Proctoring Fees Some courses may require you to take proctored exams. These are exams taken online or on paper that must be taken in the presence of a proctor to ensure academic integrity. This is common practice for online programs to meet accreditation requirements. Most proctor services require that students pay a fee, and it is recommended that you ask about fees when searching for your proctor. If your course includes exams that require a proctor, you will be contacted by Student and Faculty Services at K-State Global Campus prior to the start of the semester. Tuition is set by the Kansas Board of Regents annually in late June or early July. Kansas State University reserves the right to change costs without prior notice upon approval by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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