Heider College of Business

AACSB Accreditation

The undergraduate program of the Heider College of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This association is recognized by the National Commission on Accrediting as the highest official accrediting agency in collegiate education for business at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. Membership in the AACSB is open only to schools and colleges whose intellectual climate ensures the offering of programs of high academic quality and whose teaching and administrative staff possess the qualifications, experience, professional interests, and scholarly productivity essential for the successful conduct of a broad and liberal, rather than unduly specialized, baccalaureate curriculum in business administration.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum

The Heider Mindset Curriculum is a state-of-the-art, yet timeless, curriculum that focuses on development of six mindsets that are essential for the future of business practice: Analytical, Cross-Cultural, Collaborative, Action, Service, and Reflective. As students develop these mindsets, they will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to successfully adapt to an ever-changing business world over a career and lifetime.

Program Learning Goals & Student Learning Outcomes

As guided by our mission and identity statements, the program learning goals (PLGs) and student learning outcomes (SLOs) below are written to reflect our beliefs about the attributes of business leaders who exemplify the Jesuit ideals and the Heider Mindsets.  

Creighton-formed business leaders will:

PLG 1.       Exhibit knowledge essential for business practice.
SLO 1A.     Demonstrate essential knowledge in each functional business area.

PLG 2.       Develop the skills to engage professionally with others.
SLO 2A.     Demonstrate effective communication in written, oral, and visual formats.
SLO 2B.     Demonstrate knowledge of strategies to work effectively with others regardless of race,
                   ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

PLG 3.       Think critically to aid decision-making.
SLO 3A.     Analyze a business situation and propose a course of action.
SLO 3B.     Use a software tool to analyze quantitative data and interpret the results.

PLG 4.       Commit to action that demonstrates care for others.
SLO 4A.     Analyze a business ethics situation and propose a course of action.
SLO 4B.     Engage in and reflect on experiences aimed at promoting justice for the poor
                   and marginalized.

PLG 5.       Exhibit personal habits consistent with leadership formation.
SLO 5A.     Reflect on and articulate personal and professional formation.

BSBA Degree Requirements and Curriculum

The University will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) on students who successfully complete all of the following requirements of the Heider Mindset Curriculum: Magis Common Core and Heider Business Core Curricula, a Heider Major, and Electives. In addition, a candidate for a degree must:

  • Complete requirements for a Heider College major, achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above for all required courses in a major
  • Complete BUS 471 Strategic Management with a grade of “C” or better
  • Earn a minimum of 128 credit hours, including:
    • 48 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above
    • 48 credit hours earned at Creighton, including the final 32
    • 32 credit hours of business coursework earned at Creighton
  • Achieve overall cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above

To reach the minimum 128 credit hours in four years, a student must average successful completion of 16 credit hours per semester. Normally, students must register for not less than 12 credit hours nor more than 18 credit hours in each semester. The privilege of carrying more than 18 credit hours is contingent upon the student’s grade point average, requires written approval of the Dean, and is subject to additional tuition charges.

Approval of the faculty advisor and the Dean is required for semester study abroad programs, including electives taken while abroad to be counted toward graduation.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum - Overview

The Heider Mindset Curriculum is a state-of-the-art, yet timeless, curriculum that focuses on development of six mindsets that are essential for the future of business practice: Analytical, Cross-Cultural, Collaborative, Action, Service, and Reflective. As students develop these mindsets, they will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to successfully adapt to an ever-changing business world over a career and lifetime.

The BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum requires students to complete the Magis Common Core, Heider Business Core, a Heider Major, and Electives, as needed, to reach the minimum of 128 credit hours. Students may use electives to complete an academic minor and/or a second major.

Magis Common Core

The Magis Common Core serves as the cornerstone of Creighton University education, laying a shared foundation for all undergraduate students. Heider students typically complete Magis Foundations and Magis Explorations courses in their first and second years. The Magis Common Core also requires a series of Designated courses, which are embedded in the Heider Business Core and provide business-specific treatment of Ethics, Oral Communication, Written Communications, Statistical Reasoning, and Technology.

Heider Business Core

The Heider Business Core requires students to complete a common set of courses across a wide variety of business topics, disciplines, and functional areas. Lower Division courses cover accounting, economics, business law, information systems, and organizational behavior. Upper Division courses cover finance, marketing, production and operations management, business ethics, and leadership. BUS 471 Strategic Management is a capstone course for all Heider students.

Students are also required to complete General courses in the Heider Business Core, including business writing skills, presentation skills, statistics, and analytics.

A unique feature of the Heider Business Core is the required Kingfisher Concentration, named after Creighton’s Kingfisher Institute, whose vision is that “liberal arts and professional education complement and reinforce one another.” The purpose is to encourage students to find an area of depth that supports growth in at least one mindset, allows personalization of liberal arts coursework, and complements a student’s choice of major. Students must complete a Kingfisher Concentration comprised of at least nine credit hours (typically three courses) drawn from an academic minor or another approved area of concentration in the College of Arts & Sciences. When choosing a Kingfisher Concentration, students are encouraged to seek guidance from their academic advisor. Information on available Kingfisher Concentrations offered by the College of Art & Sciences may be accessed here.

Heider Major

Students in the Heider College pursuing the BSBA must complete an academic major in one of the following fields of concentration: Accounting, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Economics, Finance, Finance & Technology, Management, Marketing, or International Business.

It is recommended that students select a major by the end of the first semester of their junior year. A major must be officially declared prior to the student’s final semester. Some majors require departmental approval and have acceptance requirements that differ from general graduation requirements. For specific requirements, refer to the major page.

Electives

As needed, students will complete electives to reach the minimum of 128 credit hours required for graduation. With careful planning, students may use these electives to complete a second Heider major. Heider students may also complete a second major in the College of Arts & Sciences (A&S). The second major in A&S is in addition to the BSBA degree; students do not, however, receive a BA or BS degree from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students may also complete electives that fulfill requirements for an academic minor. Indeed, completion of the Kingfisher Concentration often fulfills half of the necessary coursework required for a minor in the College of Arts & Sciences.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum - Requirements Summary

Categories Semester Hours
Magis Common Core Curriculum
Magis Common Core - Foundations
16-17 credits
Magis Common Core - Explorations
18 credits
Magis Common Core - Integrations
See note 1 below
Magis Common Core - Designated Courses
See note 2 below
BSBA Heider Business Core Curriculum Requirements
Heider Business Core - General
20 credits
Heider Business Core - Lower Division
21 credits
Heider Business Core - Upper Division
21 credits
Heider Major 18-30 credits
Electives Varies by student
Total Credits Required for Graduation with GPA of 2.00 or above 128 credits

Students will fulfill the Magis Common Core – Integrations requirement by completing BUS 471 Strategic Management, a course required in the BSBA Heider Business Core. No additional credit hours are necessary.

2  Students will fulfill the Magis Common Core – Designated Courses requirements by completing five courses required in the BSBA Heider Business Core. These designated courses cover Ethics, Oral Communications, Written Communications, Statistical Reasoning, and Technology. No additional credit hours are necessary.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum - Requirements Detail

Magis Common Core Curriculum34-35 credits
Foundations16-17 credits
Contemporary Composition
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry + Oral Communication (COM 101)
Mathematical Reasoning (MTH 141, MTH 231, or MTH 245)
Philosophical Ideas
The Christian Tradition
Explorations18 credits
Understanding Natural Science (CSC 121) 2
Understanding Social Science (PSY 201) 3
Global Perspectives in History
Literature
Ethics (PHL 270 or PHL 271 or PHL 272) 1
The Biblical Tradition
Integrations
BUS 471 - Strategic Management
Designated Courses
Fulfilled by Heider Business Core
Heider Business Core Curriculum62 credits
Heider Business Core - General20 credits
An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life
Business Writing Skills - ENG 203
Applied Communication for Business Success
Business Statistics
Business Analytics
Kingfisher Concentration 4
Heider Business Core - Lower Division21 credits
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Macroeconomics
Legal Environment of Business
Management Information Systems
Organizational Behavior
Heider Business Core - Upper Division21 credits
Global and Cross-Cultural Business 5
Managerial Finance
Principles of Marketing
Business Ethics
Leadership Skills
Production and Operations Management
Strategic Management
Heider Major18-30 credits
See Major Field of Concentration Requirements
ElectivesVaries by student
Opportunity to Complete Second Major and/or Academic Minor
Total Credits Required for Graduation with GPA of 2.00 or above128 credits

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum - Sample Plan of Study

Outlined here is a sample of a program that a typical student follows during the freshman and sophomore years. Bear in mind that each student’s actual plan will vary based on their unique circumstances.  The program for the junior and senior years will depend heavily on a student’s choice of Heider major and whether or not a student pursues an additional major or minor.

The Heider College of Business Dean’s Office has available curriculum checklists for all majors. Junior and senior year course planning requires an understanding of degree requirements and attention to the Schedule of Courses and Catalog.

Academic advising is performed by faculty members and department chairs in the Heider College of Business. During a student’s freshman year, students are assigned to faculty advisors through the RSP. Later, students are reassigned to advisors within the respective discipline when a major field of concentration has been declared. Advisors serve as facilitators of communication, perform academic progress reviews, assist students in career planning, and offer mentoring. Frequent advisor contact will help ensure students have current academic information and are making adequate progress toward educational and professional goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
ECO 203 Introductory Microeconomics 3
MTH 161 Business Statistics 3
Philosophical Ideas - PHL 11X 3
Contemporary Composition - ENG 15X 3
Critical Issues & Human Inquiry 3
COM 101 Digital Communication Lab 1
RSP 103 An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life 1
 Term Credits17
Spring
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECO 205 Introductory Macroeconomics 3
CSC 121 Computers and Scientific Thinking 3
MTH 141 Applied Calculus 3
The Christian Tradition - THL 11X 3
 Term Credits15
Sophomore
Fall
PSY 201 Introductory Psychology 3
ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
BIA 261 Business Analytics 4
COM 203 Applied Communication for Business Success 1.5
ENG 203 Telling Your Story: Business Writing Skills Intensive 1.5
The Biblical Tradition 3
 Term Credits16
Spring
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business 3
BIA 253 Management Information Systems 3
MGT 271 Organizational Behavior 3
MKT 319 Principles of Marketing 3
Philosophical Ideas - PHL 27X 3
Global Perspectives in History 3
 Term Credits18
 Total Credits66


Encuentro Dominicano

The Heider College of Business participates in the Encuentro Dominicano Program. Generally, one of the College’s faculty members participates each semester. Interested students should contact the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs for more information about the Encuentro Dominicano Program.

BSBA Degree Requirements and Curriculum for Students Pursuing Pre-Health Sciences

This unique program allows you to earn your BSBA degree while also completing the science courses required for professional school in just four years of undergraduate education.

The University will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) on students who successfully complete all of the following requirements of the Heider Mindset Curriculum: Magis Common Core and Heider Business Core Curricula, a Heider Major, and Electives. In addition, a candidate for a degree must:

  • Complete requirements for a Heider College major, achieving a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above for all required courses in a major
  • Complete BUS 471 Strategic Management with a grade of “C” or better
  • Earn a minimum of 128 credit hours, including:
    • 48 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above
    • 48 credit hours earned at Creighton, including the final 32
    • 32 credit hours of business coursework earned at Creighton
  • Achieve overall cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above

To reach the minimum 128 credit hours in four years, a student must average successful completion of 16 credit hours per semester. Normally, students must register for not less than 12 credit hours nor more than 18 credit hours in each semester. The privilege of carrying more than 18 credit hours is contingent upon the student’s grade point average, requires written approval of the Dean, and is subject to additional tuition charges.

Approval of the faculty advisor and the Dean is required for semester study abroad programs, including electives taken while abroad to be counted toward graduation.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum – Overview

The Heider Mindset Curriculum is a state-of-the-art, yet timeless, curriculum that focuses on development of six mindsets that are essential for the future of business practice: Analytical, Cross-Cultural, Collaborative, Action, Service, and Reflective. As students develop these mindsets, they will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to successfully adapt to an ever-changing business world over a career and lifetime.

The BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum requires students to complete the Magis Common Core, Heider Business Core, a Heider Major, and Electives, as needed, to reach the minimum of 128 credit hours. Students may use electives to complete an academic minor and/or a second major.

Magis Common Core

The Magis Common Core serves as the cornerstone of Creighton University education, laying a shared foundation for all undergraduate students. Heider students typically complete Magis Foundations and Magis Explorations courses in their first and second years. The Magis Common Core also requires a series of Designated courses, which are embedded in the Heider Business Core and provide business-specific treatment of Ethics, Oral Communication, Written Communications, Statistical Reasoning, and Technology.

Heider Business Core

The Heider Business Core requires students to complete a common set of courses across a wide variety of business topics, disciplines, and functional areas. Lower Division courses cover accounting, economics, business law, information systems, and organizational behavior. Upper Division courses cover finance, marketing, production and operations management, business ethics, and leadership. BUS 471 Strategic Management is a capstone course for all Heider students.

Students are also required to complete General courses in the Heider Business Core, including business writing skills, presentation skills, statistics, and analytics.

Students pursuing the BSBA with Pre-Health Sciences focus are not required to complete a Kingfisher Concentration.

Heider Major

Students in the Heider College pursuing the BSBA must complete an academic major in one of the following fields of concentration: Accounting, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Economics, Finance, Finance & Technology, Management, Marketing, or International Business.

It is recommended that students select a major by the end of the first semester of their junior year. A major must be officially declared prior to the student’s final semester. Some majors require departmental approval and have acceptance requirements that differ from general graduation requirements. For specific requirements, refer to the major page.

Electives

Unique to the BSBA with Pre-Health Sciences path, students will complete Pre-Health Sciences electives shown in the “Requirements Detail” table. Combined with other BSBA requirements, these electives often take a student to and beyond the minimum of 128 credit hours needed for graduation.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum (Pre-Health Sciences) – Requirements Summary

Categories Semester Hours
Magis Common Core Curriculum
Magis Common Core - Foundations
16-17 credits
Magis Common Core - Explorations
18 credits
Magis Common Core - Integrations
See note 1 below
Magis Common Core - Designated Courses
See note 2 below
BSBA Heider Business Core Curriculum Requirements
Heider Business Core - General
11 credits
Heider Business Core - Lower Division
21 credits
Heider Business Core - Upper Division
21 credits
Heider Major 18-30 credits
Pre-Health Sciences Electives 32 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation with GPA 2.00 or above 128 credits

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum (Pre-Health Sciences) – Requirements Detail

Magis Common Core Curriculum 34-35 credits
Foundations16-17 credits
Philosophical Ideas - PHL 11X
The Christian Tradition - THL 11X
Contemporary Composition - ENG 15X
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry + COM 101 Digital Comm Lab
Mathematical Reasoning - MTH 141, MTH 231, or MTH 245
Explorations 18 credits
Philosophical Ethics - PHL 270 or PHL 271 or PHL 272 1
The Biblical Tradition
Literature
Global Perspectives in History
Computers & Scientific Thinking - CSC 121 2
Introductory Psychology - PSY 201 3
Integrations
BUS 471Strategic Management (with a grade of C or higher)3
Heider Business Core Curriculum
Heider Business Core - General11 credits
RSP 103An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life1
Business Writing Skills - ENG 2031.5
COM 203Applied Communication for Business Success1.5
MTH 161Business Statistics3
BIA 261Business Analytics4
Heider Business Core - Lower Division21 credits
ACC 201Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
ECO 203Introductory Microeconomics3
ECO 205Introductory Macroeconomics3
BUS 201Legal Environment of Business3
BIA 253Management Information Systems3
MGT 271Organizational Behavior3
Heider Business Core - Upper Division 21 credits
Global and Cross-Cultural Business 43
FIN 301Managerial Finance3
MKT 319Principles of Marketing3
BUS 356Business Ethics3
MGT 371Leadership Skills3
MGT 385Production and Operations Management3
BUS 471Strategic Management3
Heider Major18-30 credits
See Major Field of Concentration Requirements
Pre-Health Sciences Electives32 credits
BIO 201General Biology: Organismal and Population3
BIO 205General Biology: Organismal and Population Laboratory1
BIO 202General Biology: Cellular and Molecular3
BIO 206General Biology: Cellular and Molecular Laboratory1
CHM 203General Chemistry I3
CHM 204General Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 205General Chemistry II3
CHM 206General Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHM 321Organic Chemistry I3
CHM 322Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
CHM 323Organic Chemistry II3
CHM 324Organic Chemistry II Laboratory1
PHY 201General Physics for the Life Sciences3
PHY 205General Physics Laboratory I1
PHY 202General Physics for the Life Sciences II3
PHY 206General Physics Laboratory II1
Total Credits Required for Graduation with GPA of 2.00 or above128 credits

BSBA Degree Requirements and Curriculum for Students Pursuing the 3-3 Pre-Law Program

This unique program allows you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree while also completing your Juris Doctor (JD) in a total of six years. Specifically, business students following the 3-3 Pre-Law (i.e., BSBA/JD) path may receive both the BSBA degree with the Pre-law Business major and the JD degree at the end of the fourth and sixth years, respectively.

General Pre-Law Considerations

The Creighton University School of Law will consider for admission applicants who have completed at least three-fourths (i.e., 96 credit hours) of the college work required for the BSBA degree in the Heider College of Business.

There are no specifically required pre-legal subjects; but not more than 10 percent of the undergraduate credits presented may be in non-theory courses such as basic military science, hygiene, domestic arts, physical education, or similar courses.

In considering applicants for admission, consideration is given to the results of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), the applicant’s college record, and other pertinent information.

Degree Requirements

The University will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a Pre-Law Business Major on students who successfully complete all of the following requirements of the Heider Mindset Curriculum (Magis Common Core, Heider Business Core, and Electives) and the first-year curriculum in the School of Law. In addition, a candidate for a degree must:

  • Earn a minimum of 96 credit hours prior to matriculating to the Creighton University School of Law
  • Complete BUS 471 Strategic Management with a grade of “C” or better
  • Earn a minimum of 32 credit hours, with at least a “C” average, in the first full year of the Creighton University School of Law
  • Earn a minimum of 128 total credit hours, including:
    • 48 undergraduate credit hours earned at Creighton
    • 48 total credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above
  • Achieve overall cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above

To reach the minimum 96 credit hours prior to matriculating to the School of Law, a student must average successful completion of 16 credit hours per semester. Normally, students must register for not less than 12 credit hours nor more than 18 credit hours in each semester. The privilege of carrying more than 18 credit hours is contingent upon the student’s grade point average, requires written approval of the Dean, and is subject to additional tuition charges.

Approval of the faculty advisor and the Dean is required for semester study abroad programs, including electives taken while abroad to be counted toward graduation.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum - Overview

The Heider Mindset Curriculum is a state-of-the-art, yet timeless, curriculum that focuses on development of six mindsets that are essential for the future of business practice: Analytical, Cross-Cultural, Collaborative, Action, Service, and Reflective. As students develop these mindsets, they will acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to successfully adapt to an ever-changing business world over a career and lifetime.

The BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum normally requires students to complete the Magis Common Core, Heider Business Core, a Heider Major, and Electives, as needed, to reach the minimum of 128 credit hours. For students in the 3-3 Pre-Law program, a Heider Major is not required.

Magis Common Core

The Magis Common Core serves as the cornerstone of Creighton University education, laying a shared foundation for all undergraduate students. Heider students typically complete Magis Foundations and Magis Explorations courses in their first and second years. The Magis Common Core also requires a series of Designated courses, which are embedded in the Heider Business Core and provide business-specific treatment of Ethics, Oral Communication, Written Communications, Statistical Reasoning, and Technology.

Heider Business Core

The Heider Business Core requires students to complete a common set of courses across a wide variety of business topics, disciplines, and functional areas. Lower Division courses cover accounting, economics, business law, information systems, and organizational behavior. Upper Division courses cover finance, marketing, production and operations management, business ethics, and leadership. BUS 471 Strategic Management is a capstone course for all Heider students.

Students are also required to complete General courses in the Heider Business Core, including business writing skills, presentation skills, statistics, and analytics.

Students pursuing the 3-3 Pre-Law program are not required to complete a Kingfisher Concentration.

Electives

As needed, students will complete electives to reach the minimum of 96 credit hours required prior to matriculating to the Creighton University School of Law.

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum (3-3 Pre-Law) - Requirements Summary

Categories Semester Hours
Magis Common Core Curriculum
Magis Common Core - Foundations
16-17 credits
Magis Common Core - Explorations
18 credits
Magis Common Core - Integrations
See note 1 below
Magis Common Core - Designated Courses
See note 2 below
BSBA Heider Business Core Curriculum Requirements
Heider Business Core - General
11 credits
Heider Business Core - Lower Division
21 credits
Heider Business Core - Upper Division
21 credits
Electives Varies by student
Total Credits Required for Matriculation to School of Law 96 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation with GPA of 2.00 or above 128 credits

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum (3-3 Pre-Law) - Requirements Detail

Magis Common Core Curriculum
Foundations16-17 credits
Contemporary Composition - ENG 15X
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry
Oral Communication - COM 101
Mathematical Reasoning - MTH 141, MTH 231, or MTH 245
Philosophical Ideas - PHL 11X
The Christian Tradition - THL 11X
Explorations18 credits
Understanding Natural Science - CSC 121 2
Understanding Social Science - PSY 201 3
Global Perspectives in History
Literature
Philosophical Ethics - PHL 270 or PHL 271 or PHL 272 1
The Biblical Tradition
Integrations
BUS 471
Heider Business Core Curriculum
Heider Business Core - General11 credits
An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life
Business Writing Skills - ENG 203
Applied Communication for Business Success
Business Statistics
Business Analytics
Heider Business Core - Lower Division21 credits
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Macroeconomics
Legal Environment of Business
Management Information Systems
Organizational Behavior
Heider Business Core - Upper Division21 credits
Global and Cross-Cultural Business 4
Managerial Finance
Principles of Marketing
Business Ethics
Leadership Skills
Production and Operations Management
Strategic Management
ElectivesVaries by student
Total Credits Required for Matriculation to School of Law96 credits
Total Credits Required for Graduation with GPA of 2.00 or above128 credits

BSBA Heider Mindset Curriculum (3-3 Pre-Law) - Sample Plan of Study

Outlined here is a sample of a program that a student may follow in the first three years prior to matriculation to the School of Law in the fourth year. Bear in mind that each student’s actual plan will vary based on their unique circumstances.

The Heider College of Business Dean’s Office has available curriculum checklists for all majors. Course planning requires an understanding of degree requirements and attention to the Schedule of Courses and Catalog.

Academic advising is performed by faculty members and department chairs in the Heider College of Business. During a student’s freshman year, students are assigned to faculty advisors through the RSP. Later, students are reassigned to advisors within the respective discipline when a major field of concentration has been declared. Advisors serve as facilitators of communication, perform academic progress reviews, assist students in career planning, and offer mentoring. Frequent advisor contact will help ensure students have current academic information and are making adequate progress toward educational and professional goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
ECO 203 Introductory Microeconomics 3
MTH 161 Business Statistics 3
Philosophical Ideas - PHL 11X 3
Contemporary Composition - ENG 15X 3
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry 3
COM 101 Digital Communication Lab 1
RSP 103 An Introduction to the Culture of Collegiate Life 1
 Term Credits17
Spring
ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
ECO 205 Introductory Macroeconomics 3
CSC 121 Computers and Scientific Thinking 3
MTH 141 Applied Calculus 3
The Christian Tradition - THL 11X 3
 Term Credits15
Sophomore
Fall
PSY 201 Introductory Psychology 3
ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting 3
BIA 261 Business Analytics 4
COM 203 Applied Communication for Business Success 1.5
Business Writing Skills - ENG 203 1.5
The Biblical Tradition 3
 Term Credits16
Spring
BUS 201 Legal Environment of Business 3
BIA 253 Management Information Systems 3
MGT 271 Organizational Behavior 3
MKT 319 Principles of Marketing 3
Philosophical Ethics - PHL 27X 3
Global Perspectives in History 3
 Term Credits18
Junior
Fall
FIN 301 Managerial Finance 3
BUS 356 Business Ethics 3
MGT 371 Leadership Skills 3
Literature 3
Elective 3
 Term Credits15
Spring
Global and Cross-Cultural Business Class 3
MGT 385 Production and Operations Management 3
BUS 471 Strategic Management 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Term Credits15
 Total Credits96

 BSBA, JD, MBA—Seven-Year Program

Qualified students who want to earn three degrees (BSBA, JD, and MBA) within a seven-year period can do it by following the 3-3 Pre-Law program described above and in the seventh year enrolling in the MBA program. These programs provide an excellent preparation for employment in either the private or public sector of the economy.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree (BSBA)

Majors

Students in the Heider College of Business pursuing the BSBA must complete an academic major in one of the following fields of concentration: Accounting, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Economics, Finance, Finance & Technology, Management, Marketing, or International Business.

It is recommended that students select a major by the end of the first semester of their junior year. A major must be officially declared prior to the student's final semester. Some majors require departmental approval and have acceptance requirements that differ from general graduation requirements. Detailed requirements for each major may be found at the following links:

In each field, instructional emphasis is not directed toward the development of routine skills or to particular industries. Instead, every effort is made to stimulate students to think logically, to process and evaluate information, and to make sound decisions from the overall management point of view.

With more than 500 years of collective business experience, the faculty teaching in every major provide students with discipline-based skills, as well as industry knowledge. Due to experiential teaching methods and active learning, students leave the Heider College prepared to start careers in their chosen majors, with an eye to leadership and higher-level management in those areas. All of this is grounded in the Jesuit tradition that stimulates students to think logically, process and evaluate information, and make sound decisions. 

How do students choose a major? A number of factors inform the decision, including work and internship experiences, family occupations and family-owned businesses, favorite courses, and the student's natural skills and talents. Students are encouraged to discuss possible majors with their academic advisors, as well as with the faculty offering courses in specific majors. The Career Portfolio program is helpful, too, as it informs students about their aptitudes, as well as the jobs, career ladders, and compensation in various fields.  

Students may earn multiple majors by satisfying the requirements for each as shown in the Catalog. If a specific course satisfies the requirements of more than one major, that course may be counted toward fulfillment of each set of major requirements. Unless otherwise specified, only one common class may be shared between majors.

BSBA 3-3 Pre-Law/JD Program

In addition to the major fields of concentration, the Heider College of Business, in conjunction with the School of Law, offers a combined Business Administration-Law program—requiring a total of six years—which leads to both the BSBA with the Prelaw Business Major and the Juris Doctor degrees.

Majors outside of the Heider College of Business for BSBA Students

Students in the Heider College of Business may complete an additional field of concentration or minor. Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences may, at their discretion, allow a BSBA student to complete a second major. The second major is in addition to the BSBA degree; students do not, however, receive a BA or BS degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. Requirements of the field of concentration or major are listed in each department's entry in the catalog. To apply for an additional field of concentration, major, or minor the student should contact the Dean's Office for appropriate advising and referral.

Minors

Minors offer the opportunity to develop substantial knowledge in areas outside of the major. Eighteen (18) credits of coursework are required to complete a minor. A student may transfer into a minor no more than two lecture courses for six (6) credits OR two lecture/laboratory courses for eight (8) credits. Transfer courses must meet equivalency requirements as approved by the College and Department Chair. Students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in courses toward the minor.

Minors for BSBA Students

Business Administration students may only declare an Economics minor in the Heider College of Business, but may choose a minor in a department outside of the Heider College of Business, given appropriate approval and advising. A complete list of minors available to students outside the Heider College may be found here.

Minors for non-BSBA Students

Students from the other undergraduate Colleges may pursue any of the following Heider College of Business minors, given appropriate advising and approval.

Kingfisher concentrations BSBA students

A unique feature of the Heider Business Core is the required Kingfisher Concentration, named after Creighton’s Kingfisher Institute, whose vision is that “liberal arts and professional education complement and reinforce one another.” The purpose is to encourage students to find an area of depth that supports growth in at least one Heider Mindset, allows personalization of liberal arts coursework, and complements a student’s choice of major. Heider College of Business students must complete a Kingfisher Concentration comprised of at least nine credit hours (typically three courses) drawn from an academic minor or another approved area of concentration in the College of Arts & Sciences. When choosing a Kingfisher Concentration, students are encouraged to seek guidance from their academic advisor.

Kingfisher Concentrations for BSBA Students*, offered by the College of Arts & Sciences, may be accessed here.

Business Administration Certificate

Students enrolled outside of the Heider College of Business, who do not plan to earn a Bachelor's degree from the Heider College of Business, may earn an undergraduate Certificate in Business Administration. This certificate, along with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, prepares a non-business student for graduate work in the MBA, MS-Analytics, MFin, and MIMFA programs. Students wishing to complete this program must file an application with the Undergraduate Advising Office in the Heider College of Business.

Certificate requirements: 31 credits1

ACC 201Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introduction to Managerial Accounting3
BIA 253Management Information Systems3
BIA 261Business Analytics4
BUS 201Legal Environment of Business3
ECO 203Introductory Microeconomics3
ECO 205Introductory Macroeconomics3
FIN 301Managerial Finance3
MGT 271Organizational Behavior3
MKT 319Principles of Marketing3
Total Credits31

While no specific mathematics courses are required for the certificate, successful completion of BIA 261 Business Analytics will necessitate mathematical proficiency equivalent to MTH 161 Business Statistics and either MTH 141 Applied Calculus, MTH 245 Calculus I, or MTH 231 Calculus for the Biological Sciences

Of the 31 required hours, at most 12 hours of transfer credits may be applied toward the Business Administration Certificate. Once a student has matriculated to Creighton, only 6 of the 12 transfer hours allowed may be taken as transient study. In addition, the student must attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in all business courses.

Degree seeking students who have completed the requirements of the certificate will be awarded the Certificate in Business Administration at the time of graduation. Non-degree seeking students will be awarded the certificate upon completion of the requirements of the certificate.

Accelerated BSBA to Master's Programs

Creighton University also offers accelerated Master's Programs that stem from majors in the Heider College of Business. These programs allow students to earn a BSBA and a Master of Science degree in a shorter amount of time than doing both programs separately.