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Welcome to the Division of Business

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s (NWOSU) Division of Business (DOB) is part of NWOSU’s School of Professional Studies. The DOB provides four undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (BBA-Accounting), Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Technical Management (B.A.A.S), and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (B.S. Organizational Leadership). NWOSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the DOB is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Mission Statement:

The Division of Business prepares students to be adept, ethical, and fiscally responsible business professionals and leaders.

Vision Statement:

Northwestern Oklahoma State University Division of Business will continue to be a regional leader and recognized as a premier business program. This will be accomplished by continuous improvement in curricula; recruiting, retaining, and developing high-quality faculty and staff.

Faculty

Online Business Programs

Information Request Form

Business Code of Ethics

B.A.A.S. Technical Management - Aviation

Contact Information:

Dr. Garret Lahr
Division of Business Chair
Assistant Professor of Business
Jesse Dunn 222
Northwestern-Alva
(580) 327-8510
galahr@nwosu.edu


 

Degrees Offered

The Business Administration program at NWOSU is designed to prepare students for a career in the field of business. This program provides background training in accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and management information systems. Through study in these areas, students will gain the thorough background desired in the business industry. 

It takes 45 hours in general education credit hours, 46 hours in Foundation and Business Core credit hours, 21 credit hours in any business minor, plus nine (9) hours of general electives totaling 120 credit hours to get a Business Administration degree.

The Accounting program at NWOSU is designed to provide students with the requisite skills to be competitive for entry-level accounting positions and the background needed for growth into upper-level accounting positions.

It takes 45 hours in general education credit hours, 43 hours in Foundation and Business Core credit hours, and 30 credit hours in upper-level accounting courses totaling 121 credit hours to get an Accounting major/minor degree.

A business degree is a major/minor degree program. All students must declare a major plus one of the five minor programs. The minor programs are as follows:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • General Business

Both Business Administration and Accounting programs are designed to prepare students to successfully enter the workforce or to continue their education in graduate or professional schools. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more information on these degree options.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (B.A.A.S.) with a major in Technical Management is designed for students who have already earned an Associate of Applied Arts, an Associate of Applied Science degree from a community college, or students who have achieved certain national certifications. The associate degree classes or the certification will count for 10-30 credit hours. 

Students have to complete 124 credit hours including 40-42 hours of general education coursework, 10-30 hours of career specialty (associate coursework or certification) and 41 hours of Technical Management Core coursework. 

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership is a degree completion program for non-traditional students. The program is a joint effort of nine Oklahoma universities coordinated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. To be eligible for this degree program a student must: 

 1. Be at least 21 years of age; 
 2. Have completed at least 72 hours of college credit; 
 3. Have a minimum of 2.0 graduation/retention GPA in past college course work; 
 4. Have completed general education requirements as defined by the home institution admitting the student. A provisional admission status may be used for students who do not yet meet this requirement; 
 5. Satisfy all institutional requirements for completion of remedial coursework.

Students take some courses from their “home” campus and other courses are taught by one member of the consortium open to students regardless of home institution. Classes are taught in eight-week sessions with five sessions offered each year. 

See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details regarding either of these non-traditional programs.

Departmental Program Highlights

  • Nationally accredited - Fewer than 1 in 4 business programs worldwide hold this accreditation
  • 100% of full-time accounting faculty hold CPA or CMA credentials
  • Most full-time faculty are engaged in personal business ventures such as: farming, ranching, manufacturing, accounting services, and more
  • Business internships available in management, marketing, accounting and general business
  • Learn from, and network with, successful regional business owners at the annual Entrepreneur Seminar
  • Opportunities to participate in competition events, such as the Love’s Cup, and the Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge 

Scholarships

Division of Business Scholarship Qualifications

The Division of Business will award scholarships to extraordinary students for the upcoming academic year. The Division of Business will assess each student's application based on the information presented on the form.

General Candidate Qualifications

1. Student must enroll in 12 hours at NWOSU each semester.

2. Student must have completed 12 hours at NWOSU within the last semester.

3. Student must have a GPA of 2.5 or above and must be in good standing with the Scholarship office.

4. Fill out the Division of Business Scholarship Application with the transcript attached before March 3rd (Temporarily Closed).

Completed applications submitted before March 3rd will receive full consideration.

Departmental scholarships available in this area and more can be found at https://ournorthwestern.org/make-an-investment/scholarships, including numerous miscellaneous unspecified scholarships.

OSCPA Scholarships are for High School Seniors, Community College, Undergraduate, and Graduate students, and CPA Exam prep scholarships for ethnic minorities. The application deadline is March 15

All current students have until March 15 for NWOSU academic scholarships using the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

All incoming freshmen or transfers are encouraged to fill out their respective scholarship forms: Freshman Scholarship or Transfer Scholarship, which should be submitted along with the Application for Admission to the University. The incoming freshman deadline is May 15, while the transfer student deadline is July 15.

Students also should complete the FAFSA form at www.studentaid.gov.

For more information, please visit Scholarships

Admission to Major

Northwestern Oklahoma State University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accounting or Business Administration. Students majoring in Business Administration may minor in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, General Business, Management or Marketing. Accounting students complete a major-minor in Accounting.

BUSINESS MAJOR PREREQUISITES

In order to properly prepare students to be successful in their Business education and careers, the Business curriculum is divided into four categories: General Education, Foundation Core, Business Core and Major/Minor Requirements. (See Section X of the Undergraduate Catalog for details.) Students should apply to the major only after they have meet the General Education and Foundation Core requirements. Students who do not meet the division admission requirements may repeat course work until they meet the requirement.

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO DIVISION OF BUSINESS

Students who are planning to graduate under the 2009-2010 or earlier undergraduate catalog are grandfathered into the program and do not have to complete the Admission to the Major form. By submitting this form, the sender acknowledges that he/she has read and understands the Business Program Admission and Graduation Requirements (See Section X of the Undergraduate Catalog for details) and has read, understands and agrees to abide by the Business Student Code of Ethics. (A link to an Acknowledgement form is located on this page. Students must sign and return this form.)

APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE MAJOR

All information must be provided. Students who are planning to graduate under the 2009-2010 or earlier undergraduate catalog are grandfathered into the program and do not have to complete this form. By submitting this form, the sender acknowledges that he/she has read and understands the Business Programs Admission and Graduation Requirements above. The student also has read, understands and agrees to abide by the Business Student Code of Ethics. (A link to an Acknowledgement form is located on this page. Students must sign and return this form.)

Certificates

The certificate program is designed to allow students the opportunity to achieve additional credentials while pursuing their bachelor’s degree. In addition, individuals who have their bachelor’s degree may obtain a specialty certificate to enhance their career goals.

NOTE: The Certificate in Accounting is designed to help students reach their goal of sitting for the CPA exam if they were not an accounting baccalaureate major. 

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete all certificate requirements as listed under certificate program options. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all requirements are met satisfactorily. Advisors, department chairs and administration are available to assist students.

Certificates include the following:

  • Accounting (for non-accounting majors seeking to qualify to sit for the Oklahoma CPA exam)
  • Accounting (for non-business majors who do not want to sit for the CPA Exam)
  • Accounting (for business majors)
  • Business (for Business majors and non-business majors)
  • Entrepreneurial Studies (for business and non-business majors)
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management (for Business majors)
  • Marketing (for Business majors)
  • Personal Finance Planning

For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog, Section XII Certificates.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

SLOs for the Division of Business (All programs):

  1. Graduating students should have basic knowledge of the 13 disciplines of the ACBSP Undergraduate Common Professional Component.
  2. Graduating students should have well-developed communication skills.
  3. Graduating students are expected to think critically.
  4. Graduating students are expected to possess knowledge of leadership principles and demonstrate teamwork skills. 
  5. Graduating students should have the ability to utilize an ethical decision-making process.
  6. Graduating students should be able to recognize, analyze, evaluate, diagnose, and solve business problems.

Accounting SLOs:

  1. Graduating students should have appropriate accounting software skills.
  2. Graduating students should know the accounting standards (i.e. GAAP, and GASB).
  3. Graduating students should recognize ethical conduct in Accounting.
  4. Graduating students should have the skills and knowledge to prepare and interpret financial statements and documents.

Business Administration SLOs:

  1. Graduating students should be able to integrate prior work experience with complementary knowledge of business principles gained in an academic environment. 
  2. Graduating students should have appropriate software skills.
  3. Graduating students should recognize ethical conduct in Business.

Organizational Leadership SLOs:

  1. Graduating students should be able to integrate prior work experience with complementary knowledge of business principles gained in an academic environment.
  2. Graduating students should recognize ethical conduct in Business.
  3. Graduating students are should possess advanced knowledge of leadership and organization principles. 

Technical Management SLOs:

  1. Graduating students should have added complementary knowledge of business principles to the skills gained from their career specialty.
  2. Graduating students should recognize ethical conduct in Business.
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