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ADVANCE Accelerated Business Management (BS)

ADVANCE students at D'Youville

The ADVANCE accelerated degree completion program offers working adults a flexible and affordable opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree in as few as 18 months.

Overview & Distinctions


If you’re a busy adult who has been interested in completing your bachelor’s degree but thought that you just didn’t have the time, qualifications, or resources, our ADVANCE degree completion program might be just what you’ve been looking for.

We usually give credit for most college classes you may have taken in the past and will apply both CLEP and challenge programs towards your degree. Courses are typically held one night per week in the evenings for five weeks, making it easy for just about anyone to fit academic work into their busy schedule.

And the program is affordable, too. We offer ADVANCE students a tuition discount along with a wide range of financial aid options from scholarships to grants.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Courses meet one night a week for 5 weeks.
  • Finish your degree in 18-24 months.
  • Get credit for previous college experience.
  • Visit our Equivalency Guide to learn what credits may transfer.
  • Discounted tuition rates and financial aid available.
  • Year-round admission.
  • Start almost any time.
  • Convenient location near downtown Buffalo.


Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
High School Average SAT + (or) ACT
80 980 19

+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.


Course Requirements

Advance Modules
Degree: B.S. in Business Management

Course Requirements for the Major:

In the specific areas of concentration:

Course Number Course Name Credits
MGT 389

Special Topics in Management

This is a seminar course in a topic related to the field of management. At the time of offering, a subtitle will indicate the specific content of the course.

Prerequisites: None

MGT 305

Principles of Management

This course focuses on the nature and theory of management. It emphasizes the functional application of the basic principles of management to realistic business situations.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

MGT 304

Communicating in Organizations

The course deals with the relation of interpersonal communication to communications strategies in organizations. Students analyze communication networks and the relationship to group characteristics and productivity, leadership and conflict as they relate to communication in the organization.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Mgt-305 or Permission of Instructor

HRM 309

Principles of Human Resources Management

This course deals with the nature and theory of human resources management. It emphasizes the functional application of the basic principles of human resources management to realistic organizational situations.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: MGT-305

MGT 401

Organizational Behavior

This course is a study of people as they behave in organizations, motivation, attitudes, personality patterns and their relation to behavior in business and other organizations.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: MGT-305 Or Permission of Instructor

ECO 207


This is a general course to acquaint students with the elements and procedures of statistics. It includes the basic concept of statistical methods and analysis, and functional use of descriptive and inferential statistical tools.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

ACC 211

Principles of Accounting I

This is a foundation course dealing with accounting principles and procedures with emphasis on the entire accounting cycle, special journals,control accounts and subsidiary ledgers.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

ACC 212

Principles of Accounting II

This course explores theory and applies accounting principles mastered in ACC 211 and accounting for general partnerships and corporations. It also deals with managerial accounting, including accounting cycles, cost analysis, and budgeting
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-211

MGT 315

Financial Management

This course deals with financial statements and financial analysis of business firms, tax considerations, net present value and internal rate of return, budgeting, investments and cost of capital.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-212 MGT-305 or Permission of Instructor

MKT 304

Principles of Marketing

The course focuses on the fundamental concepts of marketing, such as analyses of buyer behavior, product development and distribution, and marketing research, planning and forecasting.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

MGT 318

Information and Communication Tech Mgt

The course explores the role, meaning, background and theory of MIS in the organization and focuses on planning, implementation, effect and challenges of management information and communication technologies.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: MGT-305, CSC-110 or CSC-151. Not applicable to ADVANCE students. See instructor for requisite override.

MGT 411

International Business

This course focuses on the legal, economic, historical, sociological, political and philosophical concepts operative in multinational business.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Mgt-305 or Permission of Instructor

MGT 407

Operations Management

The course is a study of decision making as a managerial function. It relates models of decision making to their effectiveness in changing situations. Emphasis is placed on the planning and control in the context of decision-making strategies.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: MGT-305 and ECO-207 or Permission of Instructor

MGT 412

Mgmt Strategy and Policy

This course is designed to demonstrate ways in which various functions and subsystems of the management process are related to and interact with each other.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: MGT-401 MGT-315 or Permission of Instructor

MGT 444


This course provides specially selected, highly motivated students with the opportunity for experience in their area of specialization prior to graduation.
Total 45-48

Six additional business courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ECO 201


This course explores the price system, public and private sectors, national income accounting, unemployment and inflation, fiscal policy, budget deficits and the public debt, money and banking and the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. This course meets the social sciences requirement in the core.
Offered in: Fall and Summer
Prerequisites: None

ECO 202


This course explores supply and demand and the elasticity of supply and demand. It analyzes the degree and nature of competition in various market structures, the economic benefits derived from and the problems presented by big business conglomerates and multinationals and international trade and finance. The course meets the social sciences requirement in the core.
Offered in: Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: None

LAW 303

Business Law I

An analysis of the legal principles underlying law of contracts, sales, and torts is the subject matter of this course. Case studies are utilized to help students understand the business legal environment.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

MGT 316

Pc & E-Commerce for Managers

The course introduces students to computerized business applications, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software and e-commerce concepts. Students are given thorough hands-on familiarization of the personal computer and the completion of various business applications on the computer.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None


Two Electives at the 300-400 level

Two MGT courses at the 300-400 level
Total 18

Major: 63
Core requirements and electives: 57
Total: 120



Financial Aid

How much will it cost to complete my degree in the ADVANCE program?

While the final answer depends on a number of factors, all students in the ADVANCE program receive specially discounted tuition, making our program surprisingly affordable for most adult learners. Please see the Tuition and Fees page for current amounts.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available from the typical sources used to finance an undergraduate education, including Stafford Loans, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and PELL grants. Please contact our Financial Aid Office for more details.

I’m a veteran. Do you accept VA payments?

Absolutely. We have a VA counselor who will help you through the process and who will be able to review your records and tell you whether or not you’ll be able to receive college credits for your previous military experience. Please contact the D’Youville Veterans Services Office to learn more.

Will you accept my company’s tuition reimbursement?

It’s very likely that we will. D’Youville works closely with a wide variety of tuition reimbursement plans. Please contact us and submit a copy of your company’s policy for our review.

Receiving Course Credits

I went to school a long time ago. Will my credits transfer in to the ADVANCE program?

Unlike many institutions, we do not place age restrictions on your old credits. If you received a “C” or better in a course – no matter how long ago you took it—you’ll receive credit in the ADVANCE program. You can estimate how many credits will transfer using our Course Equivalency Database.

I went to a community college. Will my credits transfer in to the ADVANCE program?

We accept up to 65 credits from two-year institutions provided that you received a “C” or better for the course.

Can I receive credit for my military experience?

Very possibly. Please contact our Veterans Services Office to consult with a counselor.

I have already taken some of the courses listed in the ADVANCE curriculum. Will I have to repeat them?

All transcripts are reviewed by the Registrar who will make the final determination, but in almost all cases, if you have taken an equivalent course and have received a “C” or better, you will not have to repeat it and you can transfer in up to 50% of the required courses for your major. Please check our Course Equivalency Database for more information.

Earning Your Degree

How long will it take to complete my degree?

Depending on your background, you may complete in as little as 18 months. Your ADVANCE program advisor will help you design your specific program.

Can I take additional courses?

Students may have additional course requirements to complete their degree. ADVANCE offers several exciting options for additional coursework.

Is this program accredited?

Yes. D'Youville is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education accredits the ADVANCE program.

Is each four-hour class a lecture?

No. The ADVANCE program is designed specifically for adult learners. In addition to lectures, there are simulations, group discussions, and exercises that enable you to immediately apply new knowledge to your job.

Going Beyond Your Degree

I'm interested in earning a master's degree after I graduate. Will my bachelor's degree be accepted?

Your bachelor's degree is granted by D'Youville. Former ADVANCE students are enrolled in graduate programs at D’Youville and at many other colleges.

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