Online B.B.A. Option Available at WTAMU

Apr 14, 2009
  • Business

CONTACT:    Dr. Nick Gerlich, 806-651-2492,  

COPY BY:    Darcy Lively, 806-651-2124,

CANYON, Texas—Beginning with summer session I, students at West Texas A&M University can finish the final 57 hours required for a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree online.

The B.B.A. option is the culmination of online course offerings that began in the fall of 1997, and is now designed to provide the final 57 hours (19 courses) for an undergraduate degree.

The WTAMU College of Business has always been on the forefront of online classes, and this option will help students who have already started a degree or are transferring to WTAMU from other universities.

"We’ve been leaders at WT in online course development and delivery since 1997," Dr. Nick Gerlich, head of the Department of Management, Marketing and General Business, said. "Now we’re taking it to the next level."

Students can select three concentration areas out of marketing, management, economics, finance and information and decision management, with the three academic departments in the College of Business prepared to offer a full slate of online options each semester. This will allow for the final 57 hours to be completed within two full academic years.

"What we’re really happy to be able to offer is for people to get a general business degree that fits their lifestyle," Gerlich said. "An online degree fits into the needs of many classes of students, such as adult learners with jobs and single moms.

"The option allows WT to be in many more places at once, whether it’s Perryton, Houston or beyond. Our goal is to make our classes as up-to-date and portable as possible. Throw in the ever present problem of high gas prices, and online becomes a very attractive option."

Registration for summer session I is under way. For more information about the B.B.A. option, contact Gerlich at 806-651-2492 or