Profile of the Programme
The Distance Learning Degree Program in Business Administration is a flexible, evaluated-certified study program, with the same standing as the face-to-face study programs in Business Administration. The program is aimed at graduates of secondary schools, who are interested in acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of Business Administration and is approved by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA) with recognition in Cyprus, Greece and abroad.
The Program does not require the physical presence of the student. The teaching takes the form of distance learning while the physical presence of the student is necessary only at the final written examination of each course, which is conducted in the various examination centers in Cyprus and Greece.
Within the philosophy of the University of Nicosia for the provision of comprehensive general education and specialized knowledge and skills, the program offers students the opportunity to combine their learning in a wide range of academic disciplines with areas related to business and to develop their critical thinking, communication and creativity skills. The program also aims to develop students individually and academically and to prepare them to work ethically in a changing multicultural environment. The variety and range of courses offered, as well as the culture of free discussion that characterizes the university contribute to the comprehensive education of the graduates.
The General Objectives of the program are the following:
- Providing knowledge in a wide range of Business Administration disciplines.
- Analysis of the role of the external environment in which organizations operate, as well as market opportunities and risks – both nationally and internationally.
- Development of skills to design strategies and manage risks.
- Improving the analytical and interpersonal skills required in business decision-making process.
- Development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The program includes a number of Specific Objectives such as:
- Encouraging the evaluation of ethical issues, with an emphasis on socially responsible corporate behavior.
- Improving leadership and organizational skills that contribute to effective management.
- Development of marketing skills with the ability to design and implement appropriate strategies.
- Providing knowledge of legislation relating to the rights, relationships and conduct of individuals and businesses engaged in trade and sales.
- Explanation of accounting standards and business financing principles.
Graduates can work in any area related to Business Administration such as General Management, Banking, Sales, Business Consulting, Financial Analysis, Meeting, Convention and Event Planning or choose to set up their own business.
Access to Further Studies
Graduates of the programme can be accepted into Second Cycle degrees (Master’s Degree)
The minimum admission requirement to an undergraduate programme of study is a recognized High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) or equivalent internationally recognized qualification(s). Students with a lower HSLC grade than 7.5/10 or 15/20 or equivalent depending on the grading system of the country issuing the HSLC are provided with extra academic guidance and monitoring during the first year of their studies.
English Language Proficiency
The list below provides the minimum English Language Requirements (ELR) for enrollment to the programme of study. Students who do not possess any of the qualifications or stipulated grades listed below and hold IELTS with 4.5 and above, are required to take UNIC’s NEPTON English Placement Test (with no charge) and will receive English Language support classes, if and as needed, from UNIC’s International Gateway Centre (IGC).
- TOEFL – 525 and above
- Computer-based TOEFL – 193 and above
- Internet-based TOEFL – 80 and above
- IELTS – 6 and above
- Cambridge Exams [First Certificate] – B and above
- Cambridge Exams [Proficiency Certificate – C and above
- GCSE English Language “O” Level – C and above
- Michigan Examination of Proficiency in English (CaMLA) – Pass
- Pearson PTE General – Level 3 and above
- KPG (The Greek Foreign Language Examinations for the State Certificate of Language Proficiency) – Level B2 and above
- Anglia – Level B2 and above
- IEB Advances Programme English – Pass
- Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) Michigan Language Assessment by: Cambridge Assessment English & University of Michigan – 650 average score for ALL skills and above
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects, online forum participation etc.
Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 240 ECTS and all programme requirements.
A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.
On successful completion of the Bachelor in Business Administration program graduates are expected to be able to:
- Apply conceptual principles, methods and tools to solve business related problems.
- Appreciate the increasing complex nature of global business and economy and their impact on the management and growth of organizations.
- Analyze the global socioeconomic, political and legal environment, identify challenges and opportunities and design and implement strategic plans.
- Appreciate the complexities in international business and discuss the role of culture on managing across borders.
- Streamline business processes and procedures to meet challenges and excel under intense competition.
- Explain and apply accounting and finance principles
- Design and implement a Marketing Plan.
- Adopt an ethical approach in the management of corporate practices to address and resolve heighten pressure from stakeholders.
- Outline main theories of leadership and apply them in practical situations.
- Explain the main reasons of resistance to change and propose ways to deal with it.
- Utilize skills that are required in negotiation and conflict resolution for re-enforcing value added collaborations.
- Present and discuss the theoretical foundations of hiring, training, appraising and rewarding employees.
- Critically assess collected data, analyze and interpret findings to make informed decisions.
- Identify and use suitable research and business simulation tools.
- Use research skills to plan and implement research projects in business.
- Debate different business ideas with creativity and rigor.
Section: A – Major Requirements
Min. ECTS Credits: 156 Max. ECTS Credits: 156
Section: B – Marketing Requirements
Min. ECTS Credits: 24 Max. ECTS Credits: 24
Section: C – Math Requirements
Min. ECTS Credits: 18 Max. ECTS Credits: 18
Section: D – Humanities and Social Sciences
Min. ECTS Credits: 12 Max. ECTS Credits: 12
||General Psychology I
||Principles of Sociology
Section: E – Computer Requirements
Min. ECTS Credits: 30 Max. ECTS Credits: 30
Notes: Or any other COMP-, MIS-, or MULT- course.
||Strategy and Business Policy
||Accounting Information Systems
||Information Systems Concepts
||Marketing and Social Responsibility