Robert A. Murphy

Coming to USC Aiken after completing a military career and working within the federal government was an excellent way to transition into a more traditional community.  USC Aiken’s consistent Top Performer rating in higher education and the professional faculty and staff found in the School of Business Administration was key for my university choice.


Robert A. Murphy

Business Administration Degree, Management Concentration

SOBA Professional Program


The upper-level business courses required for the BSBA degree comprise the School of Business Administration (SOBA) Professional Program. Students who fulfill the admission requirements of the University may enroll in any general education courses and any business courses at the 100 or 200 level provided they meet individual course prerequisites. They may also enroll in upper-level business courses, numbered 300 or higher, provided they meet individual course prerequisites and have been admitted into the SOBA Professional Program.

At the end of each fall and spring semester, the academic records of business students are audited to identify those students who meet the following criteria:

  1. The student has declared a Business Administration major.
  2. The student has earned at least 45 hours of credit.
  3. The student has earned a cumulative grade point average (collegiate GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  4. The student has completed the following courses:

    ENGL 101

    ENGL 102

    MATH 170

    ECON 221 or ECON 222

    BADM 225

    BADM 290 (with C or better)

Students who meet these criteria will be admitted into the SOBA Professional Program. The assessment of academic records of transfer students who enter USCA with 45 or more credit hours toward a degree is made at the end of the semester of entry.

Any student who is not admitted into the SOBA Professional Program will generally NOT be permitted to register for upper-level business courses (300 level and above), subject to the discretion of the SOBA Dean. This enrollment restriction will remain in force until the student has raised his/her cumulative GPA to 2.50 or higher and has been admitted into the SOBA Professional Program. Students who are denied admittance into the SOBA Professional Program may appeal the decision to the SOBA Dean.