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General Education

Azure’s Bachelor’s degree programs prepare and nurtures you to succeed in today’s competitive economic and society by integrating real-world applications to your academic study, thus making you an all-rounded student of business, technology, education, social, behavioral and health sciences. The diversity of our curriculum ensures that you have strong and comprehensive foundation that will sharpen your acuity and the ability synthesize pertinent concepts across disciplines in such a way that:

  • Youcan leverage your enhanced creativity to provide solutions to real-world problems
  • You benefit from social responsibility-oriented courses that prepare you to face 21st century challenges and tap into available opportunities.

Our education generally seeks to enable you explore new way of thinking by focusing on building your capacity to leverage such skills as discovery, evaluation, expression, change and perspectives as you pursue such lines of courses as communication, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. Ultimately, the students will gain exceptional critical- and creative-thinking, written and verbal communication, problem-solving, and group skills.

Learning Outcomes

Discovery:The program will prepare students to use information drawn from multiple sources and apply different methods, among them bibliographic, textual, experiential, and experimental research.
Evaluation: By exposing students to qualitative and quantitative logic, ethics, pragmatics, and different scientific methods, they will be able to employ such discourses, in multiple forms and contexts, when conducting critical assessment of texts and arguments.
Expression: The course will build the student’s capacity to uphold ethical practices when communicating or expressing opinions, both verbal and non-verbal, via the use of oral, written, behavioral, and visual methods, all customized to meet the diverse needs of audiences.
Perspective: The learner will be able to consistently and flexibly articulate the knowledge acquired as experienced across time, space and culture.
Change:Students will be able to demonstratively articulate the extent to which, when expressed in different perspectives, their discovery, evaluative, expressive skills can ensure that they achieve their individual goals and affect social change.

General Education Areas and Requirements
Undergraduate students must take a total of 46 general education credits as follows:

  • 10 credits in Written and Oral Communications (must include ENGL 1010)
  • 11 credits in Arts/Humanities
  • 10 credits in Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • 10 credits in Social Science
  • 5 credits within any General Education category

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program offered at Azure is designed to propel working professionals like you towards the path of lifelong learning and success.
By building your capacity to maximize your career options, nurturing your professionalism, and ensuring that you reach your potential, Azure will definitely help you define your potential. Being a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration student will see you:

  • Gain practical and relevant knowledge and skills from the course work that is composed 70% business topics, which you can leverage in different roles, functions and industries.
  • Gain pertinent insight into how such business functions as accounting, finance, operations and marketing are integrated for smooth operation of organizations.
  • Conduct a critical analysis of issues that influence business decisions by drawing from multiple perspectives, including legal, economic, ethical, political and social change.
  • Examine the extent to which organizations can leverage the tools of technology and innovation to gain a sustainable competitive advantage.

The experience that Azure has acquired over the past 45 years that it has been serving the needs of adult learners means that it currently has a better understanding of the challenges faced by students when trying to balance between work, school and personal commitments. As such, we have designed a comprehensive student support service that integrates a wide scope of resources to ensure student success and long-term positive wellbeing. Azure will help you navigate the journey to attaining your educational and professional objectives by dedicating its time from the moment you express your interest to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program to the day you graduate.

Learning Outcomes

Students pursuing our Azure’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program should, upon graduating, be able to:

  1. Master and demonstrate exceptional proficiency in business principles and practices that are fundamental to a firm’s operation in both the local and global markets.
  2. Solve real-world business problems by leveraging individual capacity to think critically and analyze situations.
  3. Make informed inferences from economic, political, legal and social perspectives when analyzing the critical issues that often influence business decisions.
  4. Explain the extent to which a company’s diversity shapes its prospects of success.
  5. Evaluate how a firm can use technology to gain a competitive advantage in the market.
  6. Acquire and integrate new knowledge drawn from scholarly sources when conducting any research.
Career Impact
Find a Meaningful Career

Azure’s BS in Business Administration degree harbors the potential to open doors for future career prospects and growth in earnings by enhancing your ability to secure a meaningful career that will see you make real difference to humanity.

A recent market assessment showed that between 2012 and 2022, 13 of the 30 fastest-growing occupations require a bachelor’s degree or higher.*

For more about the prospects of BS in Business Administration graduates, check this career outlook.

Enhance Your Earnings Potential

Being a graduate of Azure’s business administration program can significantly raise your earning potential as you progress in your career. In fact, recent studies show that the past four decades have seen a substantial increase in the gap in earning between the holders of a four-year degree and the non-holders.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, adults with bachelor’s degrees earned an average of $57,616 in 2013, while those with high school diplomas earned $33,852.†
According to a study conducted by Georgetown University, a bachelor’s degree holder can expect to earn 84% more over their lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma.‡

Stay Competitive

With increasingly more people seeking higher education, the only way to remaining competitive in the future job market is to be a bachelor’s degree holder.

  1. Recent data show that degree-granting postgraduate institutions registered an increase in undergraduate enrolment from 13.2 million students in the fall of 2000 to 17.6 million students in the fall of 2009.
  2. Also, projections show that undergraduate enrolment will register a 16% increase to about 20.3 million students between 2011 and 2021.
Reach Your Potential

Possessing Azure’s BS in Business Administration definitely increases your chances of success in this competitive world. Our advice is that you take this course and set yourself for further opportunities to complete your master’s and doctoral degrees.

  • Develop skills for success in:
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication
  • Leadership

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Through this principles of economics course, the program seeks to explain some of the fundamental questions in economics, among them being the nature and type of goods and services produced and distributed, how and producing and distributing agents. The course teaches students the relationship between household behaviors aligned with such supply factors as labor, capital and natural resources and firms on the one hand, and on the other, the process through which consumers purchase goods and services from firms. Students will also be able to investigate how certain firms leverage the process of acquiring production factors, control product costs and determine the optimal output levels to maximize their profits, even as they compete with other firms by making strategic decisions on how to acquire or enter new markets.

This in an introductory course that defines managerial roles and functions, specifically the principles and procedures that guide managerial planning, organization, leadership, and control. It lays emphasis on how one can translate theory into reality and offers students the opportunity to understand the interrelationships that exist among the different managerial functions, disciplines and components. It therefore forms a comprehensive foundation for further studies in organizational management.

This course employs a top-down approach to facilitate student’s understanding of accounting documents and procedures by exposing them to varied financial statements, such as the balance sheet, income and cash flow statements, among others. By conducting an in-depth examination of the different aspects and properties of these financial statements, students can make individual or collective deductions on the practical uses of such information. The course also requires students to participate in discussions and complete assignments that focus on different regulations that guide the process of preparing the said financial statements. For instance, they can learn to compare the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) used in the US with the International Financial Reporting guidelines.

The focus of this course is to ensure that the student can critically examine the fundamentals of probability, descriptive and inferential statistics. Among the learning goals are testing of hypotheses, conducting simple regression and correlational analyses, etc. in addition to focusing the student’s attention to their applicability in business decision-making processes. By using these concepts to analyze hypothetical scenarios, students can learn the real-life practical applications of statistics. The course also entails weekly discussions designed to enable students learn new concepts and perspectives about the different topics.

The ultimate mark of integrity among leaders and decision-makers is the ability and dedication to uphold rules, laws and processes when conducting business transactions for posterity and stability of the business. As such, this course will expose students to some of the legal challenges that managers often have to contend with, including workplace law, guidelines on intellectual property, and contract disputes. Students will be required to complete assignments and participate in discussions designed to foster their understanding of business professionalism, among them the fundamental legal principles in commerce and business;business contract analysis; how to adhere to legal issues when conducting interviews, hiring or firing; the development, use and protection of intellectual property; as well as sharpening their understanding of different regulatory contexts.

The course focuses on teaching the students some of the basic functions of marketing alongside the means through which one can execute a successful marketing campaign. Through this, the students can master the fundamental concepts of marketing, the practices and terminologies used in marketing, associated technologies as well as how to practically leverage marketing to build exceptional customer relationship management skills.

This course provides an overview of the fundamental concepts, methodologies and applications that define business operation management. Students will learn vital concepts in operations, especially how it relates to the process of converting resources into consumable products and services. Among the areas that they will explore include how, as an operations manager, one can make sound and cost-efficient decisions capable of enhancing the firm’s productivity, and how to inspire an organization’s competitiveness, be it a service- or manufacturing-oriented. The course also teaches students how to plan, monitor and implement an operations process in a manner that guarantees sustained improvement in the quality of goods and services.

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive overview of the underlying concepts in human resource management. It gives them the opportunity to examine the roles of human resource as an organization’s strategic partner, whose goal is to ensure the business achieves its goals and objectives. Students not only examine the traditional topics such as job design and analysis, employee recruitment, training, compensation and performance appraisal, safety in the workplace, as well as employee health and relations, but also technology-related resources integral to delivering contemporary HR roles and processes. By infusing practical exercises, the course allows students gain the skills necessary to design and draft policies on employment, such as those focused on ethical and legal issues on employment disparities, as well as environmental concerns.

Today, to make informed decisions in such aspects as payments, budgeting, and investment, organizations rely on accurately collected and analyzed data on financial information. By focusing the student attention to theories, concepts and tool of finance and management, students can grow to become better financial analysts and decision-makers. The course introduces them to the means of examining finance principles from the strategic and operational decision-making perspectives, and relates it to the entire business environment. As such, they tend to benefit from hand-on experience on financial management by compiling financial statements, analyzing and preparing repost on financial results, as well as calculating time value of money for single and multiple cash flows.

Presently, systems form the driving force behind nearly all businesses in terms of processing, collecting, sharing and storing information. Any business determined to achieve its objectives must therefore understand how to effectively leverage the tools of information systems and technology. This course seeks to sharpen the student’s capacity to professional leverage such opportunities for business success specifically by examining t he characteristics and roles played by such systems in an organization. They also get to examine the likely impact of such systems to the entire business, in addition to the existing tools, architecture and project cycles.

This is a capstone course that seeks to enhance the student’s ability to demonstrate mastery of the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program. It requires students to conduct a simulation-based strategic case study through which they can integrate the different skills, tools, and knowledge in their individual assessment and analysis of real-world scenarios, and eventually recommend feasible solutions. The course allows students to demonstrate their ability to identify complex problems and design workable solution. Also, based on an individual area of concentration, the students will participate in a third-party nationwide simulation/examination to validate the acquired skills.

This course focuses on building the student’s strategic capacity to launch and operate a successful startup or small business by introducing them small business concepts and plans. The students will, in addition to examining business life cycles and available resources, will explore real-world case studies designed to expose them to the challenges often encountered when running such small business ventures. Among the topics covered in the course include business ideas for startups, financing avenues, legal and liability issues, ethical and moral consideration on employment and other business processes, as well as the available opportunities for expansion.

This course introduces the students to the unique aspects that characterize the realm of marketing a small business. Among the areas that students will examine include market definition, product development cycle, strategies that small business can employ to diversify and expand their scope of operation, among others. Also, the course will teach students how to leverage such technological tools as e-commerce, social media, etc. for efficient production and marketing.

This course will focus the student’s attention on how operating decisions affect customer relationships, more so in terms of attracting, maintaining and expanding the customer base and ensuring their loyalty. The students will have the opportunity to assess the approaches used in marketing and managing customer relationships in a way that delivers a competitive advantage to the firm. Also evaluated are the strategies that will ensure customer service excellence driven by culture and designed to meet and exceed customer expectations.

The driving force of a successful business strategy and policy is a factor of effective management of marketing initiatives and knowledgeable leadership. This course therefore seeks to mold students’ creativity in decision-making and give them the expertise to design and implement a strategic marketing program. To be learnt are the fundamental marketing elements and concepts such as marketing mix, distribution channels, industrial and international marketing, among others. The course builds their capacity to understand real-world situations, such as in developing, designing, implementing and controlling a marketing plan by exposing them to current and contemporary case studies, and how to analyze them.

This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of global marketing. They will assess examples and cases drawn from both developing and developed markets, and will focus on such topics as culture and marketing, competition in the local and global arenas, cross-cultural consumer behavior and research, as well as intercultural marketing communications.

Given the difference in the emotional, physical and intellectual needs served by products and services, it follows that marketing a service requires an approach that greatly differs from that used to market a traditional product. As such, marketers must learn the appropriate ways to effectively and strategically market a service to the potential consumers. This course therefore seeks to enable students evaluate the extent to which service and product marketing differ. To achieve this, students will explore different marketing concepts, among them, service marketing mix, total quality management, customer perceptions of services, and the pricing of services. In addition, the course will explore the roles of pricing, the need to adopt certain strategies and the role of service environments in a business setting. For practicality and enhanced understanding, the course requires students to draft a comprehensive plan that explores real-world challenges within the service industry.