Online Curriculum

The curriculum consists of 15 four-credit courses, including 8 core courses, 4 specialization courses (in Entrepreneurship or Management), and 3 elective courses.

These courses will prepare you to enter or advance in the business world or to pursue master’s degree work in business or a related field.

You may enroll in our online program immediately if you have earned an associate’s degree in any subject with a total of at least 60 credits—as long as it includes our five prerequisites:

  • 2 courses in composition or literature
  • College Algebra or a higher-level mathematics course
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics

If you are missing any of these five required prerequisite courses, you will need to take them online or at a college near you first. We can direct you to an online program that makes that easy.

If you have not yet earned an associate’s degree, we will be happy to advise you about the quickest way to do that so you can enroll in our online bachelor’s degree-completion program. If you have earned at least 45 college credits, you may be eligible to enroll now. Talk to an admissions advisor for details.

Entrepreneurship Specialization:

The Entrepreneurship specialization will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to create and operate your own business successfully. You will develop the idea, write a business plan, and understand how to secure capital to launch your business.

Management Specialization:

The Management specialization will provide you with a broad business background and the professional skills needed to work in or supervise workers in a variety of business fields, such as human resources and marketing.

These are the courses:


Elements of Accounting

Topics for non-accounting majors include journals, ledgers, and salient features of the accounting cycle; preparation and interpretation of financial statements; and cash and bank reconciliations.

Business Communications

Topics include writing memoranda, letters, reports, résumés, presentations, and electronic messages; developing culturally competent interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment; and using technology effectively.

Business Finance

Topics include the role of the financial manager; the tools used for investing and financing decisions designed to maximize the value of the firm; profit planning and risk; the time value of money; management of short-term and long-term funds; capital budgeting techniques, the cost of capital, and optimal capital structure; and liquidity versus profitability.

Social Entrepreneurship

Topics include an introduction to business and servant leadership through an investigation of the challenges and rewards of engaging in innovative entrepreneurial practices and endeavors to address social needs, both globally and in the U.S.; working through public and private nonprofit organizations, for-profit corporations, and government institutions; and taking a close look at urban needs.

Principles of Management

Topics include management philosophy, planning, organizing, supervising, staffing, and decision-making.

Principles of Marketing

Topics include researching and analyzing customers, understanding the competitive environment, segmenting the market, strategic positioning, pricing, communications, and distribution strategies.

Business Law & Ethics

Topics include ethical issues at the local, state, national, and international levels and legal issues on a variety of business topics, such as contracts, bankruptcy, and partnerships.

Entrepreneurship Specialization Internship & Capstone Project

This is a supervised work experience, including a final presentation of a planned project. The internship occurs during the student’s final semester and may take place in a new business in development, through a volunteer or job placement, or in the student’s current business venture. An advisor will work with each student to develop a project before the internship starts.

Management Specialization Internship & Capstone Project

This is a supervised work experience, including a final presentation of a planned project. The internship occurs during the student’s final semester and may take place in the current workplace or through a volunteer or part-time placement. An advisor will work with each student to develop a project before the internship starts.


Organizational Behavior

Topics include work motivation, work attitudes, group dynamics, leadership, business decision-making, and the influence of the organizational system on behavior.

Leadership & Change Management

Topics include the importance of the organization and industry’s political, cultural, technological, and competitive contexts; planning for and implementing change in organizations to maximize alignment with the organization’s mission, goals, and strategies; and the role of change agents.

Negotiations & Labor Relations

Topics include the use of power, ethics, and multicultural dimensions in negotiations; the labor relations process; rights and responsibilities of labor and management; and collective bargaining issues.

Managing Teams

Topics include communications, team selection, team dynamics, motivation, and team leadership in a multicultural and sometimes virtual context.



Topics include an exploration of the challenges faced by new business start-ups; the behaviors and attitudes of successful entrepreneurs; the development of a concept and business plan for the student’s own start-up; and the exploration and development of the student’s own entrepreneurial competencies.

Small Business Management

Topics include organizing and operating a small business, with special emphasis on personal qualifications, capital requirements, location, sources of assistance, the management of employees, and marketing.

Finance for Entrepreneurs

Topics include business formation, sources of financing, financial statements, business valuation, budgeting, and measuring financial performance.

Managing Innovation

Topics include the exploration of the conditions that cause innovation to fail or succeed and the management of the innovation process from the perspectives of the individual, team, organization, and industry.


Business Statistics

Topics include descriptive and inferential statistics, probability, regression analysis, chi-square, ANOVA, and MANOVA techniques for use in solving business and economic problems.

Design Solutions for Innovation

Topics include design thinking, disruptive change, and partnership development for social innovation.

Business Policy & Strategy

Topics include strategy, policy formulation, and decision making at the senior management level.

Any course in the other specialization

Portraits of Michael Sorrell

Welcome to Paul Quinn College and the Quinnite Nation!

You are joining us during an extraordinary time in our history. In the last three years, we have been named “HBCU of the Year” and received acclaim as having the best HBCU Business program in America. We have been praised by HBCU Digest, The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Wall Street Journal. Additionally, The New York Times has hailed us as an “emerging national and community leader.”

We are building on this success by now adding a new online bachelor’s degree-completion program to serve students who crave knowledge and opportunity, but require flexibility. The program brings our award-winning business curriculum to you—regardless of location.

This new program gives you the ability to participate in what makes Paul Quinn special, regardless of where you live or work. You will be engaged in strong academic courses, with business leaders and experts as your professors; have ready access to personalized admissions and academic advising; receive dedicated coaching; and benefit from our dedication to seeing that you are employed full time at the end of your time with us.

I look forward to handing you your degree and watching you walk across the stage—proud, prepared, and ready to assume your place as one of the titans of business.

Take care and we will see you soon.
President Michael J. Sorrell