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B.S. Business

Bachelor of Science in Business
Chart your future in business by improving core skills and deepening your expertise in your chosen concentration.
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Business

Gain the skills you need to become and stay competitive in the business world. Earn your Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Norfolk State University. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International for more than 30 years, NSU’s degree in business provides you a fundamental understanding of the essential areas of business management: accounting, finance, operations, marketing, communications and more.

Throughout your business degree experience, you’ll be mentored through direct interactions with NSU’s expert faculty. We also help you grow your network through events and partnerships NSU has established with leading companies. Finally, you’ll receive personal academic and career advising to stay on track to achieving your personal and professional goals.

Specialize your degree in business

To better align your business degree with your career goals, you will take classes in one of the following concentrations in addition to your bachelor’s in business core courses:

  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems (online option available)
  • Marketing

B.S. Business Degree at a Glance

  • Concentrations Offered: 7
  • Formats Offered: In Person, Online (MIS Concentration Only)
  • Total Credit Hours: 121

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Why Study Business at NSU? 

Degrees for business are some of the most widely available college degrees nationwide. At NSU, we strive to create a unique experience that provides you with a level of personal attention and support that may be harder to find at other business schools. Our commitment to your success in our bachelor’s in business program starts from your first request for information and extends to graduation day and beyond. Here are just some examples:

Learn from experienced faculty

Unlike other business schools, NSU’s School of Business doesn’t rely on teaching assistants to teach classes. This means that, for each bachelor’s in business course, you’ll have direct access to NSU’s full-time business faculty, 90% of whom hold a Ph.D. degree. Each faculty member is also involved in research, regularly using those new insights to enhance our bachelor’s degrees in business.

Gain experience and make connections

Each NSU bachelor’s in business student has the opportunity to perform an internship and receive credit toward graduation. This offers you valuable real-world experience applying the skills you’ve learned in your business degree courses. Plus, those you meet can become part of your growing professional network. We’ve also partnered with outside organizations to help create pathways to success for students earning their bachelor’s degrees in business. These include Supernova Consulting and Wall Street investment firms, which support our Financial Services students.

Academic and career support when you need it

Throughout your business degree journey at NSU, you’ll have personalized support in the areas you need to be successful. Our director for Advising and Tutoring Services can assist you in registering for classes, requesting peer tutoring for most degrees for business topics and more. Plus, our Career Services team can help you identify and secure internships, strengthen your resume and interview skills, apply for jobs and take part in career fairs and other networking events intended for NSU students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in business.

What Courses Will I Take as a B.S. in Business Student?

To graduate with your bachelor’s degree in business from NSU, you must complete 121 total credit hours. This will be a combination of general education core courses, business degree core courses, business electives and courses in your chosen concentration. For details, visit NSU’s B.S. in Business catalog page.

Whichever concentration you choose, you and all NSU students earning bachelor’s degrees in business have opportunities to apply what you learn in real-world business scenarios through an internship experience and a capstone course (BUS 478 Strategic Management).

Where Will My B.S. in Business Take Me? 

Degrees for business are some of the most versatile because of the wide variety of jobs available to business degree holders. Companies that have recently hired NSU bachelor’s degree in business graduates include:

  •  Walmart
  •  Ernst & Young
  •  ADP
  •  Geico
  •  Federal government
  •  BAE Accounting Systems
  •  PwC
  •  Honeywell
  •  Deloitte
  •  The Home Depot corporate office
  •  BDO
  •  Atlantic National Bank
  •  Dollar Tree Management, Inc.
  •  JPMorgan Chase & Co.

If your goal is a graduate-level business administration degree, NSU’s B.S. in Business is a great first step. NSU alumni who have earned degrees for business have been accepted to graduate business schools like:

  •  Old Dominion University
  •  William & Mary
  •  Howard University
  •  Regent University

Career outlook for Business majors

According to the Virginia Employment Commission, the number of business and financial operations jobs in Virginia is projected to grow by nearly 9.5% through 2028, almost 3% higher than the state average for all occupations. Earning your degree in business from NSU can open doors to more of these careers for you.

How Do I Get Started in the B.S. Business Program at NSU? 

NSU’s School of Business uses the same admission standards as the University. Our Office of Admissions is ready to help you understand these requirements and apply to NSU’s degrees for business.

Transferring to NSU

If you’ve taken courses in business schools at other AACSB International-accredited colleges and universities, you may be able to apply that credit to your NSU degree in business. You may also receive credit for equivalent non-business courses you’ve taken from other colleges and universities, including those in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Our Office of Transfer Admissions & Services (OTAS) can help you have a seamless and positive transfer process.

Scholarships for business degree students

We award a limited number of scholarships each year to bachelor’s in business students who show high promise and/or demonstrate a need for financial assistance. Our School of Business Scholarships page has more information, including a link to our Scholarship Application.

“I came to NSU with a mission. I wanted to transform myself into an innovative businessperson, and I hoped to secure a job at a top firm. The School of Business helped me turn my aspirations into reality by equipping me with an elite professional network, direct line of communication to recruiters, domain knowledge, in-demand skills and opportunities to practice those skills by solving real-world problems.”
– Norfolk State BS Business Graduate


Programs Related to the Bachelor of Science in Business

Accreditation for Business at NSU

Norfolk State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Norfolk State University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Norfolk State University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Also, NSU’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a mark of exceptional quality held by less than 5% of business schools.


Concentration Curriculum Sheets:

Business Core

Students who pursue a B.S. degree in either Accountancy or Business must complete the following core courses that are listed below. These courses are intended to give the student a fundamental understanding of the essential areas of business management. Students should complete all lower-level (100 and 200-level series) Core courses prior to enrolling in courses numbered 300 or higher.

Bachelor of Science Curriculum
Core Courses
ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACC 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 175 Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship 3
BUS 281 Legal Environment for Business 3
BUS 330 Business Communications 3
BUS 270 Business Statistics 3
BUS 376 Statistics and Quantitative Methods 3
ECN 211 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECN 212 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BUS 387 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
BUS 360 Corporate Finance 3
BUS 365 Organizational Behavior &Theory 3
BUS 476 Operations Management 3
BUS 478 Strategic Management 3
BUS 375 Management Information Systems and E-Commerce 3
BUS 366 Principles of Marketing 3
Total Degree Hours Required 48