Program Description

The Associate of Science in Business Administration (ASB) program is designed for those persons in the early stages of a management or professional career.  The program includes a solid foundation in the arts and sciences as well as introductory courses in management and business principles.

This undergraduate program includes a 27-credit core curriculum (including 3 credits of prerequisite accounting) that constitutes the major course of study.  General education and elective credits are also required to fulfill the 60 semester credit requirements for the ASB degree. Courses are offered sequentially.  NOTE:  Students must have completed IDS 104 before enrolling in the core curriculum.    

The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is designed to enable students to work effectively in today’s complex business environment.  The program includes, but is not limited to, courses in management theory, marketing, finance, economics, and accounting. Designed to provide an effective balance of theory and practical experiences, the program promotes a complementary relationship between job skills and classroom applications.  Skill development in the areas of decision-making, business communications, and quantitative analysis are emphasized.

This undergraduate program includes a 45-credit core curriculum (including 3 credits of prerequisite accounting) that constitutes the major course of study.  General education and elective credits are also required to fulfill the 120 semester credit requirements for the BBA degree. Courses are offered sequentially.  NOTE:  Students must have completed IDS 301 before enrolling in program courses.  Students must complete IDS 310 in order to meet the requirements of the BBA degree.

The Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Criminal Justice (CRJ) program allows students to prepare themselves for entry or advancement in any of the many criminal justice occupations.  This program is designed to give the student a broad-based professional preparation for his/her chosen career.  Learning objectives for students are to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge to become creative and critical thinkers, effective communicators, and positive contributors to their work environment.  Students must communicate effectively both in oral and written forms.

This undergraduate program includes a 42-credit core curriculum that constitutes the major course of study.  There are also 30 general education credits and 48 elective credits required to fulfill the 120 semester credits needed to complete this degree.

Nursing (NUR) The Department of Nurse Education (DNE) offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN).  The one BSN program currently has two concentrations. The first concentration (BSN for RNs) is designed for a graduate holding an associate degree or diploma from an approved or accredited registered nursing program and is eligible to take the Registered Nursing – National Council Licensing Examination or RN- NCLEX; and is seeking a BSN degree. The second concentration is designed for a Registered Nurse (RN) with an active, unencumbered United States registered nursing license with two years of RN employment experience to advance his or her education level through the attainment of a BSN degree. Building upon a foundation in the liberal arts, the nursing curriculum at Averett prepares nurses for generalist practice in various healthcare settings.
The nursing curriculum is designed to incorporate theories and concepts from various disciplines to include the humanities, social, behavioral, and natural sciences. The concepts of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology and the behavioral sciences are taught in the required non-nursing courses. The nursing student is also required to take courses in the behavioral sciences to include psychology, developmental psychology, and sociology. The nursing curriculum includes other required and elective courses to provide the student with further knowledge to better understand an individual and society. The learning experiences are designed to allow the student to gain proficiency in the provision of nursing care and leadership skills for the emerging and expanding roles within the healthcare domain.
Various courses in the nursing curriculum have a laboratory component which requires the student to care for patients and function as a healthcare team member in a clinical setting.  Thus, the nursing program has specific curricular requirements to protect patients, healthcare team members, as well the student from harm or injury. Therefore, clinical experience is an integral part of the curriculum. The curricular requirements define necessary capabilities to allow the student to fully participate in the clinical setting are generally categorized into three domains. The student’s full participation in the clinical setting is requisite for his or her demonstration of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor competencies relative to the programmatic outcomes.
The student must be able to perform a number of physical and cognitive activities in the clinical component of the nursing program. Furthermore, the student must be able to demonstrate rational and appropriate behavior under stressful and dynamic conditions within the healthcare domain. Thus, the student will be required to meet standards with regard to critical thinking, interpersonal skills, communication, mobility, motor skills, and emotional stability, in addition to sensory abilities in the visual, auditory, tactile, and olfactory realms. The curricular requirements also include aspects of vaccinations, tuberculin sensitivity testing, drug screening, a criminal background check, and a physical examination.
The student must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major and successfully complete all required nursing and non-nursing courses to graduate. 

 The Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is designed to develop and enhance the management and analytical skills necessary in public and private industry.  The program concentrates on the functional areas of business.  These include, but are not limited to, management, accounting, finance, economics, and strategic planning.  All courses in the Executive Master of Business Administration program are designed to recognize the global impact on business and industry.

The curriculum is structured sequentially, with participants taking one course at a time.  The Executive Master of Business Administration program requires the completion of a 41-credit core curriculum. All courses consist of weekly four-hour class meetings. NOTE:  Students must have completed IDS 301 before enrolling in program courses.

The Master of Business Administration Human Resource Management (MBA-HRM) Concentration is a graduate level program for those seeking professional competence in the field of human resource management.  The Concentration is a series of five three-credit courses, two taken in regular classes in the MBA core curriculum - BSA 504 and BSA 532 and three, BSA 562, BSA 563, and BSA 564 taken online.  In addition, an online preparation course for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification exam is provided for those seeking professional certification in the field.  NOTE:  Students must have completed BSA 504 before enrolling in the HRM concentration.  This concentration is limited to current MBA students or graduates of Averett’s MBA program.

Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management Certificate
This certificate is intended for MBA students who desire additional study in the field of human resource management and for students who desire a focused study of HRM without earning an MBA.  Students must meet the current requirements for admission to the MBA in order to enroll in this program.

Course Sequence:

The Master of Business Administration Leadership Concentration (MBA-LDR) is a graduate level program for those seeking professional competence in the field of leadership.  The concentration will provide students with an understanding of the theory, concepts, and applications of leadership in a global and increasingly competitive economy.  This program focuses on theory and practical application in different cultures.  The student will learn the difference in managing and leading and how to do each.  Students interested in international business will benefit from the concept of leadership based on culture, in other cultures.  Students will learn how to apply leadership and management concepts to achieve greater productivity, increased quality, less employee turnover, and fewer disciplinary problems.  This program is firmly grounded in research and will focus not just on theory but also on achieving measurable improvements in the careers of students.  NOTEStudents must have completed BSA 532 and BSA 538 prior to enrolling.  This concentration is limited to current MBA students or graduates of Averett’s MBA program.

Master of Business Administration - Leadership Certificate
This certificate is intended for MBA students who desire additional study in the field of leadership and for students who desire a focused study of leadership without earning an MBA.  Students must meet the current requirements for admission to the MBA in order to enroll in this program.

Course Sequence:

The Master of Business Administration Marketing Concentration (MBA-MKT) is a graduate level program for those seeking professional competence in the field of marketing. This program provides advanced and specialized learning about theory and practice for the marketing professional. The Marketing Concentration is ideal for business leaders who define and implement the marketing functions of a firm.  The program provides special marketing training that can advance both the firm’s brands and the career of the incumbent as well.  NOTE:  Students must have completed BSA 529 before enrolling. This concentration is limited to current MBA students or graduates of Averett’s MBA program.

Master of Business Administration - Marketing Certificate
This certificate is intended for MBA students who desire additional study in the field of marketing and for students who desire a focused study of marketing without earning an MBA.  Students must meet the current requirements for admission to the MBA in order to enroll in this program.
Course Sequence:

The Master of Education (M.Ed) is designed for the classroom teacher to strengthen his/her understanding of the teaching-learning process.  In an effort to provide a strong theoretical base, a core of courses that examine philosophical, psychological, and research-oriented issues is required of all students.  Therefore, the graduate program attempts to provide both theoretical and practical experiences for teachers who wish to become leaders in their profession. NOTE:  Students must have completed IDS 301 before enrolling in program courses.

Components of the Curriculum

GPS classes are normally taught in three or four-credit hour courses. These courses are intended to ensure that each student achieves the goals and objectives of the specific degree program.  Each course is a required component of the curriculum and is offered in sequence.

  1. Course work:  Classes focus on writing and speaking across the curriculum. Students provide a practical approach to academic concepts presented by the instructor, taking advantage of the extensive professional experience the adult learner brings to the classroom. The GPS Program uses the American Psychological Association (APA) style in all course work.
  2. Computer Accessibility:  All students admitted into the Averett University GPS degree programs must have access to a computer with Internet connectivity. The University has adopted Microsoft Office as a standard software program and Moodle to deliver the course outline and enhance learning.
  3. Class Representative:  Each cluster elects a Class Representative. The role of the GPS Class Representative is to be a liaison between Averett University (regional administrative staff) and the students in his/her cluster.  This individual is the class spokesperson and assists instructors as needed.

Responsibilities of the Class Representative include the following:
a.   Serve as a spokesperson for the group.
b.   Ensure the classroom is in satisfactory condition at the end of each class.
c.   Create a communication chain to exchange messages.
d.   Assist the class in organizing social events as appropriate.
e.   Assist each instructor in making a smooth transition when beginning a new course.
f.    Serve as the communication liaison between GPS administration, instructors, and students for general issues, such as class postponement due to inclement weather.
g.   Participate in meetings as scheduled.

Program Assessment

Program assessment provides GPS administration with a means of monitoring the various aspects of our academic operation, furnishing a basis for assessing effects of degree programs on a student’s academic and professional progress, and supporting the University‘s effort to supply compliance data to the accrediting association and to federal, state, and other agencies.

A: Student End-of-Course Survey:  At the end of each course, students fill out a survey that will rate various aspects of the course, curriculum, and facilitator.  These comments are provided to administrators, as well as the facilitator of the course, after grades for the course have been posted.

B: Bibliographic Instruction/Library Survey:  Upon completion of the bibliographic instruction workshop, students will be asked to evaluate the instruction, content, and utility.

C: Student Services Survey:  Each student will be asked to rate various aspects of student services including clarity of policies/procedures, quality of student support, etc.  This survey is conducted on a regular basis throughout the program.

D: Graduation Survey:  Each year, graduating students will be asked to rate the overall quality of the program by responding to various inquiries about curriculum, faculty, and administration.

E: Alumni Surveys:  Beyond graduation, students will be asked to reflect and respond to questions about program quality and services.