Dr. Randy Keeler

Degree completion webinar

Interested in extending your education, but not ready to commit to a face-to-face information meeting? Learn more in this 30-minute no-commitment video.

Business management

Learn to lead differently through critical thinking, problem solving and communication

Bluffton’s business management degree-completion program is flexible, convenient and online.

Steps to apply 

Bluffton’s online, intensive, accelerated business management degree-completion program prepares adult students to understand management and leadership principles within an organizational setting.
This program was formerly known as Organizational Management.

You will take one course at a time. Classes are held one night a week via the Zoom online meeting platform.

Students advance through the program as a cohort, relying less on traditional lectures and more on the benefits of group interaction and discussion. The coursework prepares students to work effectively with people, further developing their abilities in critical thinking, problem solving and communication, while focusing on ethical business practices.

Students appreciate the flexibility as additional assignments and class discussion are completed online at times and from locations that are convenient.

The program is designed specifically for working adults, utilizing the experience and skills you bring to the classroom and applying them to emerging management situations.

You will explore theories in management from instructors who are experts in their field and who possess relevant leadership experience in their own organizations. 

  • Attend an online class one evening per week via Zoom Technology.
  • Participate in a weekly online community forum
  • Investigate an area of interest in your own field through an applied research project
  • Complete your degree in two years 

To be admitted, you must have completed at least some transferable university credit with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Due to the interactive classroom environment, you must be regularly employed, have applicable work experience or be actively involved in an organization. 

Course requirements >

Courses are offered in a sequential schedule over 4 semesters that result in 48 semester hours of credit.

A total of 122 semester hours is needed to graduate. Depending on the number of hours transferred, you may have additional hours to complete beyond your major.

Additional semester hours may be obtained in several ways: courses taken at Bluffton or other institutions, testing through College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). Our academic advisors are available to help you determine the best fit.

Students in the organizational management program are considered full-time and may be eligible for state and federal grants or loans. Completion of the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to determine eligibility. Most students qualify for the Federal Direct Loan Program.

In addition to grants or loans, we offer a deferred payment plan to qualified students who are eligible for reimbursement by their employer. Check with your employer to see if they offer educational assistance. Another option is to arrange a personal payment plan, either by the semester or monthly. 

Tuition and financial aid information >

Many graduates who have completed accelerated degree completion programs at Bluffton have been accepted into, and successfully completed, master’s programs.

Bluffton University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association 312-263-0456


Cohorts start in  January and August.

Join an existing cohort at the beginning of any new course. Courses begin every six weeks.


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Society for Human Relations Management

HR-certified option

Courses in Bluffton’s business degree completion program meet the requirements to sit for the Society for Human Resource Management certified professional exam.

Finish in 4 semesters

Videoconferencing removes barriers to degree completion

Overcoming hurdles

Enrolling in a program with videoconferenced classes provides the same flexibility as working from home so enhancing your education is easier than ever.