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Penn State York offers a way to earn your bachelor's degree in Business in a twenty-month, accelerated Saturday program. The Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) program differs from many traditional programs in that it is based on a "systems thinking" and study approach that prepares you not as a specialist in one functional area of business, but as a workforce participant equipped with multi-faceted skills applicable to any number of business areas and situations. The curriculum focuses on management and marketing emphasizing leadership, ethics, and strategic thinking across all classes. Our program stresses interpersonal and technical communications skills, collaborative student-centered learning, and a high degree of faculty-student interaction.

This program is ideal for the person who wants a business degree from an internationally recognized university without taking time off work during the week.

It is designed for working adults ...

  • who have partial four-year degree completion or associate degrees.
  • who may have degrees in other fields and would benefit from a business degree.
  • who may work for a company with education reimbursement.
  • who will benefit and be more promotable with a bachelor's degree in business.

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Accelerated twenty-month program, two business courses every seven weeks, meeting every Saturday
  • All 60+ credits in business offered on Saturday
  • Delivered in a highly interactive manner, allowing adult learners to bring real world experiences to the classroom
  • The Saturday face-to-face course meetings are paired with online instruction for optimal convenience and to complete necessary instruction
  • Each year a student cohort is admitted to the program
  • Modern, state-of-the-art classroom facilities at Penn State York
  • Financial aid available
  • Faculty are academically and professionally qualified
  • Faculty adviser for each student
  • Accelerated business degree completion in under two years
  • Convenient Saturday class schedule avoids work conflict
  • Study groups enable students to prepare for projects and exams as a team
  • Employer based reimbursement programs may result in reimbursed tuition for many students
  • Results in a bachelor of science in Business degree from an internationally recognized university


These courses are offered in a blended format. View upcoming courses.

There are two classes per Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. during a seven-week cycle. There are two terms in each semester. When enrolled in this program, you would be considered a full-time student, which means you may be eligible for financial aid.

You would also have time off throughout the year for holidays and vacations.


Term Courses
Fall 1 B A 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
MIS 204 Business Information Systems
Fall 2 ACCTG 211 Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
MGMT 301 Basic Management Concepts
Spring 1 FIN 301 Corporation Finance
MKTG 301 Principles of Marketing
Spring 2 B A 321 Skills for Business Professionals
IB 303 International Business Operations
Summer B A 322 Negotiation Skills for Business Professionals
MGMT 321 Leadership and Motivation
Fall 1 ENGL 419 Advanced Business Writing
SCM 301 Supply Chain Management
Fall 2 B A 420 Preparation for Career Management
B A 421 Project Management
MKTG 330 Consumer Behavior

Prior to the 8th term, students will schedule either the Electives or Internship track after consultation with and approval from their local BSB program coordinator.

Term Electives Track (no internship) Internship Track
Spring 1 ACCTG 404 Managerial Accounting*
MKTG 342 Marketing Research
B A 495A Business Internship (16 weeks)
MKTG 342 Marketing Research
Spring 2 ACCTG 471 Intermediate Accounting I*
B A 422W Strategic Business Planning
B A 495A Business Internship (continued)
B A 422W Strategic Business Planning
Summer MGMT 431 Entrepreneurship
MKTG 450W Marketing Strategy
MGMT 431 Entrepreneurship
MKTG 450W Marketing Strategy
# Terms 10 10
# Credits 63 63
# Months in class 20 20

*Courses may be substituted for internship classes for adult students following review by the BSB program coordinator and approval of the University College.

Students should review their BS in Business degree audit with their adviser to understand the minimum 120 credits needed for graduation. General education and other program requirements include, but are not limited to, math and calculus, economics, English, natural sciences, art, and kinesiology.

*Please consult with your assigned academic adviser on campus regarding the 120-credit degree requirements, scheduling, and your course selection.

Entrance Requirements:

An associate's degree (or courses completed towards) with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) requirement of 2.5 (students with 2.00-2.49 GPA will be eligible for review). Prerequisite courses, equivalent to Penn State courses, preferred prior to entry into program include micro or macro economics, completion of the English composition/writing requirement, preferably with the second course in business writing, college algebra, and statistics. All students need to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours for bachelor’s degree and must fulfill general education requirements.

For more information, contact Penn State York Continuing Education at 717-771-4067 or Penn State York Admissions at 717-771-4040 or 1-800-778-6227.  Get started today!


For more information about this program contact Continuing Education at 717-771-4067 or email ce@yk.psu.edu