Undergraduate Degrees

Online Bachelor of Applied Science in Management (BASM)

Program Overview

Bachelor of Applied Science in Management Degree Online (BASM) Overview

Ready to build upon your Associate of Applied Science with a bachelor's degree? Did you know your technical work or life experience could potentially be applied to a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management (BASM)?

Earning this advanced degree at Peru State College Online allows you to leverage your foundational technical knowledge and create the management path you've been wanting. With classes in accounting, marketing, finance, law and management, you'll find career-accelerating knowledge that complements the skills you already have.

Peru State College's online bachelor's degree is also ideal preparation for earning your online Master of Science in Organizational Management (MSOM) down the road and seamlessly leads to admission (with an adequate GPA) in this graduate program.

Innovative, online programs are our hallmark, as shown by this unique program. As a regionally accredited university, Peru State College ensures the utmost quality across all of our online degrees. Equally appealing are the university's premium flexibility, expert faculty, renowned high value and engaged online community you can count on for support.

With deep, 150-year roots, Peru State College has been offering online programs for more than 20 years. And today, our expertise online adds up to a smooth educational journey, from enrollment through graduation.

It's time to turn goals into action, with us by your side. Welcome to Peru State College Online, where you can earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Management designed expertly for you.

Please note: Pursuit of the Bachelor of Applied Science degree requires the completion of a technical associate degree or the equivalent in prior course work and prior learning through life experience.

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Nationally Recognized
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22:1 Student-
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Generous Transfer Policy
(Up To 90 Credit Hours)

Why Choose a BAS in Management Online?

At Peru State College Online, the online courses throughout the 120-credit-hour Bachelor of Applied Science in Management program are taught by credentialed faculty with real-world business experience themselves.

They make it their priority to stay on top of current trends and emerging best practices, and through continually refreshed, robust curriculum, you are ensured essential knowledge for launching or enhancing your career.

Rest assured, your instructors are experts in online teaching, as well, and strive for a smooth, interactive experience for you and your classmates. By keeping the online classroom smaller than you would typically find with a physical campus, the faculty is able to respond quicker, and focus on meaningful interaction with students one-on-one and as a group.

Our online testing practices are also quality-designed to help you perform at your best, with proctored exams giving way to a more personalized, less stressful experience.

Getting excited about your degree path with us? Our Bachelor of Applied Science in Management assures quality online education to accelerate your success.


Through this program, you can anticipate the following learning goals and outcomes:

  1. Explain and apply important concepts related to the administration of business. You will be able to:

    1. Describe basic concepts in each major functional area of business, including economics, accounting, finance, law, marketing, production operations, organizational behavior, global issues, information management and strategic policy
    2. Apply business concepts and theories to business situations
  2. Use appropriate technological and quantitative tools to make and support evidence-based reasoning. You will be able to:

    1. Collect and interpret data that is relevant to the administration of business from a variety of systems and data structures
    2. Create accurate and useful quantitative documents and reports
    3. Analyze data to discover meaningful anomalies and trends
  3. Express yourself competently and persuasively in written and verbal forms. You will be able to:

    1. Write well-organized and grammatically correct business documents
    2. Design and make effective oral presentations using presentation software
  4. Assume a leadership role and solve complex organizational problems. You will be able to:

    1. Identify a business problem or opportunity, assess the dynamic business environment, research historical and best practices, and formulate a variety of possible recommendations
    2. Evaluate business recommendations using global perspectives and giving due consideration to ethical principles

Transfer Credits


Credit for Experience You Already Have

We make it easy to transfer to Peru State College Online. With nearly 80% of our students transferring in, we're glad to evaluate all possibilities to make the most of knowledge you've gained elsewhere.

  • Prior college Coursework
  • Corporate and military training
  • Even life and work experience

It all adds up to maximum transfer credit, and minimal time and tuition to graduation and the new life waiting, for you.

Up to 90* credit hours are accepted from an accredited college or up to 66 from a community, vocational or tech college. You could start at Peru State College Online already 75% finished with your program!


Low Tuition, Top-Value Education

Per credit hour

One Rate
For any state

Free Application
No other per-credit hour fees

At Peru State College Online, we take it all seriously – including your education investment. Our students work hard on their education, so we do our part to make it as affordable as possible. Peru State's approach of hiqh quality at a competitive cost works well for both you and us, earning our college the distinction of being a Top ROI, Best Buy and Best Value.

What's our secret? No surprises here …

  • At a lean $299 per credit hour, our low, “one-rate, any-state” tuition simplifies things, with no other per-credit-hour fees to worry about.
  • Other cost-friendly options are available, too, like transfer credit, financial aid, and corporate or military tuition assistance, if applicable to you.
  • Finally, it's free to apply.

Less financial stress for you, enormous pride for us. Ready to make the most out of your education dollars? At Peru State College Online, you'll find transformative education offered affordably, for you.

Academic Support

An Engaged Online Community

With no physical boundaries, Peru State College's rich tradition of community on campus easily extends to our family online. You will immediately feel welcome among our circle of faculty, staff and distance learners like you.

  • Our knowledgeable instructors are experts in teaching online. Easily accessible, they include 1:1 faculty interaction, discussion boards and video conferencing as part of your experience.
  • You'll advance alongside others with similar aspirations, and benefit from knowledge sharing and motivating mutual support.
  • Free online tutoring and career services are just a few bonus features that help keep your eye on the prize.
  • And to help ensure a top-notch educational journey, your student advisor will be by your side, offering encouragement and keeping you right on track to graduation.
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Simple, Clear Application Process

Whether you'd like a little help from us or prefer to get started on your own, your journey at Peru State College Online begins with a smooth — and FREE — application process.

  • STEP ONE. Complete the Application for Admission (FREE)
  • STEP TWO. Request your official high school and, if applicable, college transcripts (not required if you are transferring from Chadron State College or Wayne State College)

We promise a speedy response to your application, averaging about 24 hours to process. From there, we'll work together to enroll and get you moving toward your graduation goal ahead.

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Flexible, Quality Learning

At Peru State College Online, you'll be pleasantly surprised at just how flexible quality learning can be. All courses are intentionally designed for online learning, and our 120-credit-hour online BS in Business Administration in Accounting can be safely accomplished wherever and whenever is best for you.

  • Eight- and 16-week courses
  • Multiple starts throughout the year
  • Easy Canvas navigation
  • No set daily login times
General Studies

Thirty (30) semester hours of General Studies are required. A minimum of one (1) course must be selected from each of the following five (5) General Studies topic areas

Collegiate Skills (15 Credit Hours)

ENG 101 English Composition (3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of the principles of clear and effective expression as applied to the sentence, paragraph, and the whole composition. It includes a review of grammar, mechanics, and correct usages, as well as training in organization and the writing of short and long papers. This course, except for some exceptions is required for all freshmen. Each semester the department will offer at least one (1) special focus course but no more than two (2) (Note: Students who rank at the 85th percentile or higher on the English portion of the ACT may be excused from English 101. )

General Studies Outcome: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication

ENG 201 Advanced English Composition (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides advanced training in writing a variety of types of papers with emphasis placed on writing that requires the student to think critically, support generalizations, and appropriately acknowledge sources of information.

Prerequisite required: ENG 101 or ACT/SAT

General Studies Outcome: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication

STAT 210 Statistics (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one of these three course options: MATH 110 or MATH 112 or STAT 210

A study of the methods of summarizing and interpreting data, elementary probability, and its relation to distributions. The meanings, importance, and application of the normal and binomial distributions and the methods of random sampling, testing of hypotheses, analysis of paired data, and interpretation of standardized test scores are covered. Students work on independent research projects to gain first- hand experience with the issues of the course.

General Studies Outcome: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication

Choose one of these two course options: SPCH 152 OR BUS201

SPCH 152 Fundamentals of Speech (3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of the principles of speech with an emphasis on the development of oral skills. Class emphasizes methods of organization and delivery for addressing various audiences.

General Studies Outcome: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication

BUS 201 Organizational Communications (3 Credit Hours)

Students study communication foundations, the writing process, and communicating through letters, memoranda, and e-mail messages. The culminating activity permits students to understand the report process and research methods, manage data and use graphics, and organize and prepare reports and proposals for the design and delivery of business presentations.

Choose one of these course options: MATH 110 or MATH 112 or a higher-level math course)

MATH 110 Elements of Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one of these three course options: MATH 110 or MATH 112 or STAT 210 (Higher-level math course)

This course is designed to give the non-mathematical student the opportunity to use basic operations, succeed in mathematical modeling and understand deductive and inductive reasoning. The general concepts covered will include sets, logic, the number system (natural numbers through the reals), equations, inequalities, problem solving, graphs, functions and geometry.

ACT Math 17 or greater, SAT 530 or greater or Math 100

General Studies Outcome: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication

MATH 112 College Algebra (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one of these three course options: MATH 110 or MATH 112 or STAT 210

This course is for students who specifically need algebra in certain pre-professional programs. It covers algebraic principles and processes and is not to be taken for credit by students who have completed Math 113 or Math 120.

ACT Math 17 or greater, SAT 530 or greater or Math 100

General Studies Outcome: Collegiate Skills – Effective Communication

Technology And Its Applications (3 Credit Hours)

Complete one (1) of the following course options:

CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications (3 Credit Hours)

This course is an introduction to basic computer concepts and Windows-based spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software currently used in industry. Development of problem-solving and proficiency using selected commercial software packages is stressed.

CMIS 210 Essentials of Computer Programming (3 Credit Hours)

This course provides an introduction to programming and algorithm development using contemporary programming language with elements of program structure and subprogram usage. Problem-solving techniques, including stepwise refinement, are applied to problems in mathematics and business with algorithms for searching, merging and sorting introduced. Contemporary issues associated with programming are also presented to students.

Prerequisite Required: CMIS 101

General Studies Outcome**: Technology and its application

CMIS 300 Information Systems Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course introduces concepts of systems management from a business viewpoint and an information systems viewpoint. Students utilize graphical tools including flowcharts to examine business and information systems processes. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including algorithms, data types, control structures and Boolean logic. An overview of project management including critical path and dependencies is introduced.

CMIS 310 Network Administration and Implementation (3 Credit Hours)

This course covers the fundamental principles of data communication and connectivity. Topics include network and protocol architectures, communications media and hardware, networking analysis and management of network systems. Other areas of study include wireless and mobile networks. Network security is addressed.

CMIS 360 Cyber Security (3 Credit Hours)

Fundamentals of information security are addressed. Current issues as well as historical incidents will be examined to assess vulnerabilities and provide solutions and countermeasures. Topics include identification and authentication, access control, security models, and operating system integrity. Security is considered from macro and micro scales and from virtual to physical intrusions. Costs, potential liabilities, and other issues with data leakage are explored. This course is designed so students of any major with an interest in Cyber Security may take the course.

Prerequisites: Information Systems Concepts and Applications

General Studies Outcome: Technology and its application

CMIS 410 Web Page Development and Programming (3 Credit Hours)

This course facilitates the development of skills in designing complex web sites. Current issues and design trends are considered, as well as the fundamentals of web servers and browsers, and HTML and XHTML. Client-side and server-side programming and database connectivity over a web-based connection are explored. Web security and evaluation procedures for websites are covered.

General Studies Outcome: Technology and its application

CMIS 420 Database Development and Programming (3 Credit Hours)

This course is a study of the methods used to store and access data. Database models are developed using various software platforms including the usage of Microsoft Access as a RAD (Rapid Application Development) tool. Other topics include a data security, normalization, and database design for Internet interaction.

General Studies Outcome: Technology and its application

Perspectives On Values, Thought Aan Aesthetics (6 Credit Hours)

Choose two (2) courses in art, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy and/or theatre. The courses must be in different areas.

Methods Of Inquiry And Explanatory Schema (13 Credit Hours)

Choose one (1) physical science course and one (1) biological science course, at least one (1) of which must include a lab.

Natural Science Choose one (1) physical science course and one (1) biological science course, at least one (1) of which must include a lab.

Biological Course Option: Biology

Physical Science Course Options: Earth Science, Chemistry or Physics

Social Science Choose two (2) courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology; one (1) must involve the study of formal social systems (ECON, HIST, PSCI)

Community, Regional And Global Studies (3 Credit Hours)

Choose one (1) interdisciplinary upper division course covering: a community's culture, issues and development OR global issues and development or comparative culture studies.

BUS 480 International Business (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn contemporary business and management practices in multi-national market environments with emphasis on cultural, financial, and marketing differences.

CJUS 490 Comparative Justice and Human Services Systems (3 Credit Hours)

This course allows students the opportunity to examine and compare the United States criminal justice system with those existing in foreign countries. Exploration and problem identification of key contemporary issues affecting these systems is an integral course element. The criminal justice system(s) under study are contrasted with the courts, policing, corrections and juvenile justice systems within the American system. In addition, innovative human service delivery systems are studied from a critical policy response perspective. Cultural and social factors that have influenced the development and ongoing operation of each system under study receive in depth examination. Prerequisite Required: Sophomore Standing General Studies Outcome: Community, Regional & Global Studies

Business Core Requirements

BUS 231 Principles of Financial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students are introduced to accounting as an information system that provides reports to stakeholders about the economic activities and condition of a business. Students learn about the complete accounting cycle, accounting systems and internal controls, and balance sheet accounts cash, receivables, inventories, fixed and intangible assets, and current liabilities.

BUS 232 Principles of Managerial Accounting (3 Credit Hours)

Students continue their preparation in accounting by studying the accounting process for a corporation – organization, capital stock transactions, and dividends; income and taxes, stockholders' equity, and investments in stocks; and bonds payable and investments in bonds. Other topics studied are: statement of cash flows, financial statements and analysis, managerial accounting and job order cost systems, process cost systems, cost behavior and cost-volume-profit analysis, and budgeting and performance evaluation using variances from standard costs.

Prerequisites: Principles of Financial Accounting

BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the sources and origins of law and the legal system, legal processes, and fundamental legal principles, with an emphasis on the obligations of parties to a contract.

BUS 328 Principles of Marketing (3 Credit Hours)

Students learn the buying, selling, transporting, and storing functions involved in marketing, with an introduction to retailing, wholesaling, and marketing management.

BUS 335 Production/Operations Management (3 Credit Hours)

This course explores a wide variety of production and operations management topics. Topics include: operations strategy and competitiveness, product design, process selection, quality management, capacity management, Just-in-Time (JIT) production systems, facility location and layout, supply chain management, operations scheduling, and the production planning process.

Prerequisites Required: BUS 232 and STAT 210 (or MATH 240 or 340)

BUS 339 Business Finance (3 Credit Hours)

Students examine the sources and management of funds used to finance assets. Strategies and tools are presented in the areas of financial analysis and planning, working capital management, capital budgeting, and long- term financing.

Prerequisites: Principles of Managerial Accounting

BUS 373 Organizational Behavior (3 Credit Hours)

This course presents the foundations of the history, theory, and applications of organizational behavior in the areas of personality, stress, motivation, job design, goal setting, learning theory, behavior modification, group behavior, power, leadership, organizational structure, decision-making, and control.

BUS 380 Human Resources Management (3 Credit Hours)

Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts associated with human resource management and learn how to plan and implement strategies for efficient management of a firm's most critical resources-employees. Recruiting, selecting, evaluating, developing, and compensating employees is emphasized, while legal issues, managing in a union environment and contemporary issues in human resources management will also be covered.

BUS 493 Team Design and Performance (3 Credit Hours)

This course examines the design and performance of work and decisional teams including team composition, authority, communication, roles, support, and leadership. This course will prepare the student to be a successful team member and leader by exploring team evolution, self-management, and conflict resolution. This course is recommended for juniors and seniors in any degree program.

BUS 495 Business Policy (3 Credit Hours)

This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to analyze a firm's internal and external environments and to apply concepts, theories and analytical models related to the formulation and implementation of business-level and corporate-level strategies through critical thinking and problem solving. The student communicates solutions to case scenarios both in writing and through oral presentations. The influence of other functional areas on strategic thinking emphasizes teaching students the linkage between strategic problems, management interpretations, solutions, and firm performance. This senior level seminar is the capstone experience and senior competency course for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Management students and should be taken in the last year of study.

For Seniors Only

BASM Careers

With your online Bachelor of Applied Science in Management under your belt, you can take your career in a number of directions, depending on the area most intriguing to you.

Peru State College graduates at their commencement

In all, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) designates 174 occupations as typically requiring a bachelor's degree for entry. Employment in these bachelor's-level occupations is projected to grow by 10 percent by 2026, faster than the 7-percent average projected for all occupations.

The BLS also projects employment of management occupations to grow 7 percent by 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 706,900 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations.

The median annual wage for management occupations was $105,660 in May 2019, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.

By completing an online Bachelor of Applied Science in Management degree at Peru State College Online, you can pursue a variety of careers across:

  • Business
  • Community and social service
  • Engineering and architecture
  • Finance
  • Healthcare and science
  • Information technology
  • Management-related
  • Sports, communication and design
  • Teaching

You will be well-prepared to serve in these fields (above) through your newly enhanced skills:

  • Entry-level management and leadership
  • The ability to lead teams and drive change in your organization
  • A well-rounded understanding of marketing, finance, law and management

Ready to take the next step and finish your Bachelor of Applied Science in Management? Come to Peru State College Online and prepare for the exceptional future in store for you.

Job titles and salaries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accredited and Respected

Firmly established since 1867, Peru State College has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1915.

HLC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit degree-granting colleges and universities.

Peru State received notice in July 2022 of its continued accreditation by HLC with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2031-32.

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