General Requirements of the Program

The department of Business and Public Administration offers three undergraduate concentrations:  Management, Management Science and Marketing.  Also, the department offers Master in Human Resource Management and PhD in Business Administration.  Alongside with the department of Accounting and Finance, the department also offers an MBA program.

The program of study continuously engages students with lectures, tutorials, workshops, assignments, and exams. In class participation is mandatory for all courses. Students must also familiarize themselves with the policies of the university and the department, including their own rights and obligations, as well as the processes that have to be followed. All relevant information is available at the Academic Affairs and Student Welfare Service webpage bellow:
 
 
Every student is put in touch with an Academic Advisor offering help for academic concerns, career options, as well as any personal issues that may arise. For the guidance of the Academic Advisor to be effective, students should meet them consistently throughout their course of study. For general enquiries concerning either the Department or the University, students should contact the Department's Administrative stuff.

The University of Cyprus follows the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). To graduate with a B.Sc. degree, it is required that that the student successfully completes 240 ECTS, including 10 ECTs in a foreign language (see Table 1). The foreign language that the Department recommends is English.
 
 
Table 1: General Requirements for acquiring a degree

Types of Courses ECTS
Foreign Language (English) 10
General Education 50
Elective Courses* 20
Business Fundamentals 82
Six (6) Depth courses and Five (5) Breadth courses from the School of Economics and Management** 66
Senior Thesis OR one (1) Depth and one (1) Breadth course 12
TOTAL
240
 
*Students must choose courses from at least 3 Faculties of the University, and only one first-level Language course can count towards the electives requirement. 
 
** For Marketing: seven (7) Depth and four (4) Breadth courses (66 ECTS)
 
 
For the first two years all students share a common program. Core classes aim to cover the fundamentals of Business Administration, and teach students a foreign language (Table 2). This prepares students to later be able to branch off into a more specialized area of study in the department. The primary objective is for students to be able to solve problems using both quantitative and computational approaches, while developing their critical analysis and thinking. By the end of the second year, students will develop a broad enough understanding to go on to decide which area of specialization suits best with their personal interests and career objectives.
 
 
 
  
Table 2: Compulsory Courses of the Curriculum
 
Course Code Course Title ECTS
Foreign Language
LAN 100 General Advanced English 5
LAN 101 Academic English 5
TOTAL 10
General Education
ECO 111 Principles of Microeconomics 7
ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics 7
MAS 001 Mathematics I 6
MAS 002 Mathematics II 6
MAS 061 Statistical Analysis I 6
CSC 032 Programming Methods for Problem Solving 7
SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology or 6
(LAN 201 Business Communication for Management 5)
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5
TOTAL 50 (or 49)
Business Fundamentals
AFN 111 Financial Accounting Principles 7
BPA 131 Principles and Practices of Management 6
AFN 211 Managerial and Cost Accounting 7
AFN 222 Corporate Financial Management 7
BPA 231 Organizational Behaviour 6
BPA 232 Data Analysis in Business Administration or 6
(MAS 062 Statistical Analysis II 6)
BPA 235 Introduction to Critical Thinking for Management 6
BPA 241 Introduction to Operations Management 6
BPA 244 Business Information Technology 7
BPA 251 Principles of Marketing 6
BPA 332 Business Ethics 6
BPA 464 Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
BPA 435 Business Policy 7
TOTAL 83
 
 
During the last two years, students can follow areas of specialization allowing them to focus on what interests them the most. The higher level courses offered during this time allow students to deepen their knowledge in their area of choice. Students are also given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge by attending courses from other areas of concentration, and can even enroll in courses from other departments, which allows them to gain a wider and more wholesome education. Many students, especially those planning to continue their education at the Masters or PhD level, also choose the option of taking Individual Independent Studies or writing a Senior Thesis. Both of these options are explained below.

In order to graduate, each student is responsible to arrange their program of study in order to meet the course's specific requirements including that of taking a foreign language(s) (10 ECTS) and electives from other departments (20 ECTS).

Those who may wish to be exempted from taking certain compulsory courses or wish to take on a more individual and independent study approach must discuss such options with their academic advisor, to ensure that they fulfill all of the requirements to graduate.

An overview of the program of study is as follows:
 
 
 
  
TABLE 3: Detailed Prospectus of the Curriculum
 
First Year - Fall Semester ECTS First Year - Spring Semester  ECTS
BPA 131 Principles and Practices of Management 6 AFN 111 Financial Accounting Principles 7
ECO 111 Principles of Microeconomics 7 ECO 121 Principles of Macroeconomics 7
MAS 001 Mathematics I 6 MAS 002 Mathematics II 6
LAN 100 General Advanced English 5 LAN 101 Academic English 5
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5 CSC 032 Programming Methods for Problem Solving 7
Second Year - Fall Semester
Second Year - Spring Semester
AFN 211 Managerial and Cost Accounting 7 AFN 222 Corporate Financial Management 7
BPA 251 Principles of Marketing 6 BPA 231 Organizational Behaviour 6
BPA 241 Introduction to Operations Management 6 BPA 244 Business Information Technology 6
MAS 061 Statistical Analysis I 6 BPA 232 Data Analysis in Business Administration or 6
SPS 101 Introduction to Sociology or 6 (MAS 062 Statistical Analysis II 6)
(LAN 201 Business Communication for Management 5) BPA 235 Introduction to Critical Thinking for Management 6
Third Year - Fall Semester
Third Year Spring Semester
Three Business Depth Courses 18 BPA 332 Business Ethics 6
Two Business Breadth Courses (from FEM) 12 Two Business Depth Courses 12
  One Business Breadth Course (from FEM) 6
One Elective Course 5
Fourth Year - Fall Semester Fourth Year - Spring Semester
BPA 435 Strategic Management 7 BPA 464  Entrepreneurship and Innovation 6
Two Business Depth Courses or One Business Depth Course and One Business Breadth Course from FEM 12 One Business Breath Course (from FEM) or One Business Depth Course 6
One Elective Course 5 Two Elective Courses 10
Senior Thesis or one Business Depth Course or one Business Breadth Course 6 Senior Thesis or one Business Depth Course or one Business Breadth Course 6


 
 
 
Elective Courses
 
Students are required to take a combination of elective courses which amount to at least 20 ECTS. Courses in the student's area of concentration cannot be used to meet the elective requirements. The department advises its students to choose electives from other departments which will broaden their knowledge and experiences. Students must choose courses from at least 3 Faculties of the University. As per University rules, only one first-level Language course can count towards the electives requirement."

 
  
 Senior Thesis

During their fourth year of study, students may either choose to write their thesis or follow one Breadth and one Depth course (Breadth and Depth courses are explained in the descriptions of Management, Management Science, and Marketing concentrations). A student's GPA must exceed 7.0 in order to work on their thesis; otherwise, a written permission is required by the thesis supervisor and the departmental board. The subject of the thesis is chosen by the student along with their supervisor who will be monitoring their thesis's progress.

The first stage of the thesis, which accounts for 6 out of the 12 ECTS, includes the submission of a research proposal describing the topic which will be discussed, a general bibliography, and the proposed methodology of investigating the topic. The research topic must be submitted at the beginning of the first semester of the fourth year. Once the research topic is approved by the thesis advisor, the student must submit their thesis during the course of the second semester of the fourth year. The thesis is to be completed with the submission of a detailed written essay with reference to theories, methods of problem solving and the findings of their research, accounting for the remaining 6 ECTS. The department holds the right to ask the student to present their thesis to a committee comprised of academic personnel from the department, but it may also include external academic members.
 
For their thesis, students have the choice to work on more theoretical issues or to solve a more practical and specific problem. Students who choose such practical projects are allowed to work individually or in groups of no more than three people. Group projects are allowed for more demanding practical projects provided that the contribution of each member is made clear.
 

Individual Independent Study

The Individual Independent Study is available as an option for students whose GPA exceeds 7.5, and enables them to engage with topics that are not included in the Program of Studies. Students who chose this option have the opportunity to adapt their program of studies to their own needs and preferences.

The first stage of the study includes a proposal in which the student describes the topic that will be examined. The proposal is discussed with the professor that will be monitoring and evaluating the study. The next step is the submission of a written research proposal to the Director of the Undergraduate Programs of the Department for approval. The proposal is accompanied by a testimonial from the monitoring professor.

Students can participate in as many as two Individual Independent Studies during their third and fourth year, but cannot participate in two Independent Studies in one semester. For the fourth year, students who are working on a Senior Thesis in their fourth year should not take more than one Independent Individual Study during this time. Each Individual Independent Study accounts for 6 ECTs and can substitute one Breadth or one Depth course in the student's area of concentration.