Course Pathways

You can take Saylor Academy courses in any order that works for you, but we have outlined some example course pathways below.

We hope they will serve as a guide toward your particular goals and as inspiration for crafting your own personal program of study. Use the links below to jump to different pathways:

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Diploma Pathways [top]

Saylor Academy Diploma Pathways are sequences of courses that share a uniting principle. They represent a significant investment by the student toward acquisition of a set of comprehensive skills and knowledge. Diplomas are awarded automatically based on the successful completion of required courses. For more details, see our help center resource About Diplomas.

Business Administration Core Program

The Business Administration discipline is designed to prepare students for a leadership role in today’s highly competitive, global business environment. The core Business Administration program, which consists of a selection of courses that focus on cross-functional business competencies, provides a range of general business knowledge common to all business career paths. Following the core, students specialize in a functional area of business by taking six electives. These electives are designed to give the discipline-specific knowledge required to succeed as a leader in a complex, modern organization. The program will conclude with a Capstone Course, in which students implement and apply the sum of information learned throughout the program in a strategic development project.

Courses

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

All of these courses: Any 5 of these courses plus capstone:
BUS103: Introduction to Financial Accounting BUS300: Operations Management
BUS105: Managerial Accounting BUS301: Human Resource Management
ECON101: Principles of Microeconomics BUS303: Strategic Information Technology
ECON102: Principles of Macroeconomics BUS305: Small Business Management
BUS202: Principles of Finance BUS401: Management Leadership
BUS203: Principles of Marketing BUS402: Project Management
BUS204: Business Statistics BUS403: Negotiations and Conflict Management
BUS205: Business Law and Ethics
BUS206: Management Information Systems Capstone:
BUS208: Principles of Management BUS501: Strategic Management
BUS209: Organizational Behavior
BUS210: Corporate Communication

Minor in Business Administration

The Business Administration minor is designed to prepare students for a leadership role in today’s highly competitive, global business environment. The minor gives a broad overview of four business domains: accounting, finance, marketing, and management.

Courses

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

All of these courses: Any 2 of these courses:
BUS103: Introduction to Financial Accounting BUS300: Operations Management
BUS202: Principles of Finance BUS301: Human Resource Management
BUS203: Principles of Marketing BUS303: Strategic Information Technology
BUS208: Principles of Management BUS305: Small Business Management
HIST363: Global Perspectives on Industrialization BUS401: Management Leadership
BUS402: Project Management
BUS403: Negotiations and Conflict Management
BUS501: Strategic Management

Computer Science Core Program

The Computer Science core program is designed to provide students with a breadth of experience in software, hardware, and mathematics. Within the 20 courses required within this rigorous program, 13 are foundational to the CS discipline, three are required mathematics courses, and four courses are electives for students to gain insight into some of the more common specializations within Computer Science.

Courses

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

All of these courses Any 4 of these courses:
CS101: Introduction to Computer Science I CS304: Compilers
CS102: Introduction to Computer Science II CS305: Web Development
CS107: C++ Programming CS406: Information Security
CS201: Elementary Data Structures CS408: Advanced Artificial Intelligence
CS202: Discrete Structures CS409: Cryptography
CS301: Computer Architecture CS410: Advanced Databases
CS302: Software Engineering CS412: Mobile Applications Development
CS303: Algorithms
CS401: Operating Systems All of these courses:
CS402: Computer Communications and Networks MA101: Single-Variable Calculus I
CS403: Introduction to Modern Database Systems or MA005: Calculus I
CS404: Programming Languages MA111: Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
CS405: Artificial Intelligence MA121: Introduction to Statistics

Minor in Computer Science

The Computer Science minor is designed to provide students with a breadth of experience in software, hardware, and mathematics. The Computer Science minor cultivates a strong foundation in the discipline and gives students a glimpse into some of the more common specializations within Computer Science.

Courses

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

Any 1 of these courses: Any 3 of these courses (at least one 400-level):
CS101: Introduction to Computer Science I CS301: Computer Architecture
CS102: Introduction to Computer Science II CS302: Software Engineering
CS107: C++ Programming CS303: Algorithms
CS304: Compilers
All of these courses: CS305: Web Development
CS201: Elementary Data Structures CS401: Operating Systems
CS406: Information Security CS402: Computer Communications and Networks
MA101: Single-Variable Calculus I CS403: Introduction to Modern Database Systems
CS404: Programming Languages
CS405: Artificial Intelligence
CS408: Advanced Artificial Intelligence
CS409: Cryptography
CS410: Advanced Databases
CS412: Mobile Applications Development

Customer Service Certification Program

The Saylor Customer Service Certification Series focuses on the fundamental skills essential to effective customer service, including computer skills, business communications, and best customer service practices. Each course in this program requires students to pass exams, participate in the discussion forums, and/or submit examples of work for peer-review.

Courses

Note: all courses may be examined in detail in our catalog.

All of these courses:
PRDV002: Professional Writing
PRDV003: Word Processing Using Microsoft Word
PRDV004: Spreadsheets
CUST104: Business Communications
CUST105: Customer Service

Foundational Courses [top]

The introductory college-level Liberal Arts and STEM courses in this pathway focus on providing you with core subject knowledge that can carry over into your professional life or prepare you for a broad spectrum of college degree programs. The skills-based foundational courses are designed to help you join the workforce and succeed in entry-level positions.

Full-Length College-Level Courses

Skills Courses


Full Curricula [top]

We feature two full “major” pathways in Business Administration and Computer Science, with appropriate courses from additional disciplines, that mirror the primary sequences of a bachelor’s degree program you might find offered at a traditional higher education institution.

Business Administration

Foundational

Core

Electives

Computer Science

Foundational

Core

Electives


Career-Themed Collections [top]

Use our career-themed collections for continuing education or to prepare for a career in the growing fields of Information Technology, Management, or Business Support Services. Each course in this pathway was chosen for its coverage of the skills and knowledge needed for jobs within these fields.

Business Management

Computer Science

Economics & Accounting

English Language & Communication

Science, Technology, & Mathematics

Social Sciences

Professional Development


Special Programs – Degree Tracks [top]

We have a number of special programs that we run with a variety of great partners, but two get special mention here because they can lead to very affordable degrees through the use of free, open courses from Saylor Academy.

Thomas Edison State University ASBA Program

The Open Course Option allows students to complete the Associate in Science in Business Administration degree at Thomas Edison State University — for just about $3,000 — in part with free, open, online courses from Saylor Academy. Learn More

City Vision University – Qualifi Degree Track

Saylor Academy has partnered with City Vision University and Qualifi, a UK Awarding Organization, to create a special degree track allowing for a Bachelor’s Degree to be completed for as little as $5,000. Learn More