Bachelor of Arts in General Business

This degree, offered jointly by SNL and DePaul's Driehaus College of Business is for adults who want to study business in a flexible, personalized, competence-based format. Our students are successful managers and staff who have excelled until now in their careers without a college degree.

Flexible: Degree requirements can be met by documenting experience and ongoing work, as well through transfer, Commerce and SNL courses.

Personalized: Get your own advising committee of faculty and experts in your business interests who help develop a plan to meet your goals, and assess prior learning.

Competence-based: The degree is earned after satisfying 50 requirements, written as statements describing competence. Certain competencies are met by specific courses or projects, others can be satisfied by relevant transfer courses or experience.

Online and On-Campus: SNL courses are in Chicago's Loop, Naperville, Oak Forest, near O'Hare, and Online. College of Business courses are at the Loop campus.

Get Started: Attend a free information session. Complete an online DePaul Adult Admission Application and submit all your official transcripts. Questions? Email

Program Comparison: DePaul offers two business degrees. For students preparing to begin careers, the traditional Bachelor of Science in Business offers broad-based study in business fundamentals and a chance to major in a business area through considerable quantitative study. For adults already in careers, the Bachelor of Arts in General Business joint degree provides broad-based study in core subjects, followed by individualized study based on work experience and strategic needs. It allows students to accelerate, re-direct or change careers as well as prepare for graduate school.

Program Requirements:
There are three areas:

1. The Lifelong Learning Area consists of 12 competencies satisfied by 9 required SNL courses, approved transfer courses or proficiency exams.

2. The Liberal Learning Area consists of 26 competencies in 4 categories. Competences can be satisfied by SNL and Commerce courses, relevant transfer courses of C- or better, and documented college-level learning from experience.

3. Focus Area consists of 12 competencies satisfied through 9 Commerce courses as well as 1 course and Advanced Project from SNL.

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