Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Downtown LA

Business Administration-Management

B.S. in Business Administration, Management Option 

Program Description:
Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Management Option program is designed to provide students with the tools, techniques and ethics required to succeed in business and related fields. 

Note: Courses are generally offered once per week in the evenings Monday - Thursday. Students are able to take between 3 and 12 units each semester.

Meet Business Administration Student Tammy Murray.

Participate in one of our upcoming Open House information sessions.

Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for:

  • Working adults who want to attend an accredited university to complete their BS in Business Administration
  • Individuals who would like to advance their career in the following areas: sales, finance, retail, manufacturing, human resources, public administration, marketing, management, entrepreneurship

Tuition & Fees

Cost Per Unit $425
Total Program Cost $25,500

Financial Assistance

Learn more about Financial Assistance opportunities for this program.


To be considered for admission into the Bachelor’s Degree Programs, applicants must be considered an “upper-division transfer student.”

Applicants who have completed 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college coursework are considered upper-division transfer students. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission. Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU.

Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet the following requirements. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be denied admission:

  • Complete at least 60 transferrable semester (90 quarter) units, including the necessary coursework to fulfill Cal State LA’s  lower-division General Education requirements
  • Earn grades of “C” or better in college-level English Composition, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and college-level Mathematics courses.
  • Have an overall minimum transferrable college grade point average of at least 2.00
  • Be in good standing and eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university attended; and
  • Regardless of residency, if you have not attended a high school/secondary level education institution where English was the principal language of instruction for at least three years full time, or have not completed a transferable college-level English Composition course from a United States post-secondary institution, with a grade of 'C' or better, you must obtain a minimum English Language Proficiency Exam score.
  • F-1 student visas are not available to study in this program

Applicants for the B.S. in Business Administration, Management Option must also complete the following pre-requisite courses by the end of the term prior to applying. The pre-requisite courses, or their equivalents can be taken at Cal State LA’s Main Campus through Open University or at your local community college. Please refer to the table below to see a list of approved equivalent courses. For more information regarding course equivalency, please click here.

Required Pre-requisite Courses:
ACCT 2100 – Principles of Financial Accounting
ACCT 2110 – Principles of Managerial Accounting
ECON 2010 – Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics
ECON 2020 – Principles of Economics II: Macroeconomics
FIN 2050 – Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business

Required Pre-Requisite Course Pre-Requisite Course Equivalency
ACCT 2100: Principles of Financial Accounting

LA City College

LA Trade Tech

West LA College

East LA College

LA Valley College

Santa Monica College

LA Pierce College

Pasadena City College Rio Hondo College Cerritos College Glendale CC Long Beach City College


Introductory Accounting:


Financial Accounting

ACCT 101

Financial Accounting

ACCT 101

Fundamentals of Accounting I


Financial Accounting


Principles of Accounting

ACCT 2110: Principles of Managerial Accounting

Introductory Accounting II


Managerial Accounting

ACCT 102

Managerial Accounting

ACCT 102

Fundamentals of Accounting II


Managerial Accounting


Principles of Accounting

ECON 2010: Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics

Principles of Economics I


Principles of Economics

ECON 102
Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 202
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

ECON 101
Principles of Microeconomics

Microeconomics Analysis

ECON 2020: Principles of Economics II: Marcoecomics

Principles of Economics II

Principles of Economics

ECON 101
Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 201
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 102
Principles of Macroeconomics


Macroeconomic Analysis

FIN 2050: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business

Business Law I
Business Law I

Business Law

BUSL 110
Business Law: Legal Environment of Business

LAW 111
Business Law
BA 113 Legal
Environment of Business

LAW 110
Business Law

Business Law I




Transferring courses from a California Community College:
Applicants who completed coursework at California community colleges are strongly urged to complete a GE Certification Plan and/or consult with their college transfer counselor regarding meeting the California State University (CSU) admission requirements for upper-division transfer admission. “Certification” is the official notification from a California community college or another CSU campus that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division General Education requirements.

Students may transfer a maximum of 70 semester units. If you have additional units, you may not receive unit credit, but course credit may still be offered.
To view how your California community college courses can be articulated at Cal State LA, please visit

For Students Who Are Not GE Certified or Do Not Possess an AA-T or AS-T Degree:
Verification that prior coursework fulfills Cal State LA’s lower-division General Education requirements will not officially be made until the conclusion of students’ first semester. Please note that students who are found to be missing General Education requirements during this verification process must complete all missing GE coursework at a Community College or other institution before they can earn the baccalaureate degree. Please contact us at if you’d like to speak to someone for an unofficial evaluation of your prior college coursework.

Important Notes: Students pursuing their degree on Cal State LA’s Main Campus may not take courses at Cal State LA Downtown as part of their degree program. Only students admitted to programs offered in Downtown may attend courses at Cal State LA Downtown after paying all required fees. Current Cal State LA students are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA Downtown in addition to their degree, but additional fees will apply. Programs offered at Cal State LA Downtown are not transferable to Cal State LA's Main Campus. Students admitted to a program at Cal State LA Downtown are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA's Main Campus, but an additional application is required.

Program Curriculum

(NOTE: In order to successfully earn your B.S. in Business Administration, students are required to complete all of the courses listed in the link below.)

To Apply/Application Deadline

For those applying for Fall 2018, coursework must be completed by Spring 2018. Summer 2018 coursework will not be evaluated for Fall 2018 applications.

Apply to this degree program through CSU Apply.

Fall 2018 Application Deadline: Coming soon.


Please submit all Official Transcripts to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Cal State LA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032