BBA in AI and

the Future of Automation

Earn your bachelor’s degree with a specialization

Make your CV stand out from other BBA graduates. Combine Robotics and IoT value propositions in global business settings.

Duration

Graduate in 28-36 months

Effort

15-20 hours per week

Format

100% online, flexible pace

Cost

$120/month

AI and the Future of Automation: your courses

When you take a Nexford Bachelor of Business Administration with a Specialization in AI and the Future of Automation, you’ll need to complete 26 core bachelor’s courses as well as four specialization courses. You’ll learn skills based on the latest employer needs and market trends – this is what we call our Workplace Alignment Model – our curriculum is designed to equip you with the skills you need and employers are looking for.

  • AIA2100 Introduction to AI

    3 course credits

    Introduction to AI highlights the goal of artificial intelligence, which is to create software that can perform reasoning tasks and solve problems in complex environments the way humans do. This course begins with an overview of the evolution of AI tracing its history from the work of Alan Turing to the current state of the art software. Learners examine a range of AI techniques and their applications in business contexts, including knowledge representation, both basic and heuristic search, probabilistic modeling with Bayesian networks, and natural language processing techniques. Class discussions and readings address the philosophical and ethical implications of developing and deploying AI systems in a range of contexts. In the culminating course project, learners identify a problem or task that AI could effectively address, select and evaluate specific AI techniques, and identify and evaluate potential ethical questions surrounding the solution.

  • AIA3200 Foundations of Robotics and IoT

    3 course credits

    Foundations of Robotics and IoT engages learners in understanding how the interconnectivity of devices via the Internet is harnessed to improve robotic manufacturing processes. This course provides an overview of IoT architecture. Within the context of IoT ecosystems, learners explore software product design with cyber models, application modeling, IoT value modeling, and hardware product design with sensors, embedded systems, and connected sensors. Topics also include an overview of the network fabric in IoT, operational technology (OT), information technology (IT) and fog networks, IoT product cloud, and IoT platforms. This course provides an overview of intelligent process automation (IPA) and five major technologies supporting robotic process automation (RPA): smart workflow, machine learning, advanced analytics, natural-Language generation, and cognitive agents.

  • AIA3250 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

    3 course credits

    Information is the lifeblood for organizations of all types. Therefore everyone needs to have a fundamental understanding of the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity. This course provides this fundamental knowledge by taking the learner through the evolution of the discipline from information security to cybersecurity. Learners evaluate several important laws, which have significant impact on cybersecurity strategy.

    Learners also investigate multiple cybersecurity technologies, processes, and procedures; they learn how to analyze threats, vulnerabilities, and risks in these environments, and develop appropriate mitigation strategies by applying a mission-focused and risk-optimized approach.

    This survey course introduces learners to the three primary sources of threats (technology, policy, and people, both internal and external) and the three classes of tools: technology, policy, and people used to develop an organizational cybersecurity strategy. This course and exercises are designed to emphasize, encourage and enhance the critical thinking abilities of learners. Although the course is not designed to prepare learners for this test, the material covered in this course includes most of the knowledge tested in the CompTIA Security+ exam.

    Learners will apply their learning by performing systematic case studies of actual organizations.

  • BAN3200 Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics

    3 course credits

    Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics helps learners understand how in today’s global business markets organizations have the opportunity to reach a wider consumer base for their products, and as this consumer base expands, the need for a more sophisticated approach to data mining, analysis, and application is increasingly evident. This course focuses on the use of predictive analytics and the use of machine learning to find patterns in data sets; the organizations that can better understand the data they collect along with being able to make predictive calculations from that data will gain competitive advantages in their respective markets. In this course learners examine the tools and techniques of predictive analytics and machine learning, including regression analysis, decision trees, and rule models. Learners gain a better understanding of how to predict outcomes from available data. Learners explore and examine data, apply predictive tools and techniques to predict outcomes from the data, and interpret the results for improved decision making.

Key Skills

Data AnalyticsMachine LearningProgrammingCRMRisk AssessmentCompTIA Security+Information SecurityIoTData AnalysisModelingSoftware Product DesignsCritical ThinkingData ScienceArtificial Intelligence

The future of automation and how to manage it

  • Gain a competitive edge by understanding how the interconnectivity of devices impacts everything from product design to application modeling
  • Master bachelor’s degree-focused soft skills of the future like critical and creative thinking
  • Make informed business decisions, and lead with confidence: 93% of Nexford learners increased in confidence at work
  • Build a network of global professionals from 65+ countries working at firms like Google, Deloitte, and EY
  • Earn a degree as well as digital badges as you go – including credentials from LinkedIn Learning

I learned at Nexford about relationships and it has helped me a whole lot. I would describe Nexford as flexible. And secondly, you still have time to do other things that you love to do apart from schooling. So it’s schooling and going on with your life.

Ayooluwa Janet Haastrup

Current BBA learner, Nigeria

Build job-ready skills

94% of our learners gained valuable skills at work

A Nexford Bachelor of Business Administration is designed for highly motivated professionals ready to kick-start their work lives. Whether you’re jumpstarting your career or launching a startup idea, you’ll learn how to succeed in modern, global business. To build our programs, we analyzed 30 million jobs and surveyed industry leaders – including those from Microsoft, Citibank, and Unilever.

Here are some examples of the work you'll be doing within this specialization:

  • Apply AI techniques to devise a solution for a technical challenge
  • Evaluate the application of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and smart workflow. Combine Robotics and IoT value propositions
  • Utilize data mining, data analysis, and data application to inform organizational decision-making
  • Examine the legal, policy, and regulatory impact on organizational data as well as classification, risks, access control, and cybersecurity

Gain skills you will use in your career tomorrow

How you learn

Your course starts on the first of the month. Each course consists of six modules, each module will take you one week to complete and each course is designed to take you eight weeks to complete. Nexford’s learning design team has purposefully created courses to equip you with competencies mapped to the skills employers are looking for. Each course has 5-7 learning outcomes based on the skills employers need. Everything you learn gives you measurable skills you will use to succeed in today’s world of work.

The online learning environment contains everything you need to learn at Nexford. The courses are not live or recorded lectures. Instead, they’re reading, videos, interactive elements, quizzes and relevant case studies. Programs include assessments, peer-to-peer discussions, and a final project to practice what you’ve learned in a real-world context. Program content is available 24/7 during the course, and you have opportunities for collaboration and networking with learners during and after your program. Our global community of learners work at top companies such as Microsoft, Deloitte, and Google. Plus, you get a Microsoft 365 license at no extra cost.

You'll have 24/7 access to success advisors to support you. Faculty also provide you world-class support. Book appointments with them, get individual feedback, and attend regular optional webinars. Nexford courses are rigorous and they encourage critical thinking - because we care about what you know how to do not what you know you have regular hands-on assessments reflecting the business world.

How to apply

We’re no ordinary university! We make things simple so you can focus on what’s important: your goals! At Nexford, you can start learning now and send us your documents later. Just fill in a few details, upload your government-issued ID and pay your application fee. That’s it!

What happens next? After your first course starts, you’ll have 60 days to send us your missing information, such as a diploma or grade transcript. Please take advantage of our English test (at no cost), and achieve the minimum score outlined in our admission requirements.

  • We need proof of your graduation: this can either be your high school graduation or college graduation. Alternatively, proof of your General Educational Development certificate (GED) or equivalent exam, such as HiSET or TASC: valid copies of your official diploma and transcript in English. Documents not in English must be accompanied by official translations, such as those provided by a validated institutional official or embassy.
  • To be considered for admission as English Language Proficient to Nexford University undergraduate programs, you’ll need to provide one of these:
    1. An official transcript from a high school or equivalent certificate (e.g. HiSET, TASC, etc.)
    2. A minimum passing score on an approved English qualification exam within the past two years

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How much it costs

At Nexford, you can earn a BBA with a Specialization in AI and the Future of Automation for as little as $80 per month. We adjust fees to your local market, meaning a low monthly fee for a quality program.

Pay as you go, month by month. There’s no upfront cost, and you can cancel any time.

Fixed monthly tuition means the faster you go, the less you pay. Take more than one course and you could earn your BBA in as little as 28 months.

Check our tuition page to see how much you’ll pay per month for your BBA.

Lack of education is the root cause of most global challenges. We need a new approach. Nexford is the most affordable American university in the world. We’re not ordinary.