BBA in

Building a Tech Startup

Earn your bachelor’s degree with a specialization

Make your CV stand out from other BBA graduates. Apply entrepreneurial tools and approaches to create a business plan for a new venture.

Duration

Graduate in 28-36 months

Effort

15-20 hours per week

Format

100% online, flexible pace

Cost

$120/month

Building a Tech Startup: your courses

When you take a Nexford Bachelor of Business Administration with a Specialization in Building a Tech Startup, 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.

  • ENT2100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

    3 course credits

    Introduction to Entrepreneurship introduces learners to the concept of entrepreneurship by exploring the “Lean Startup” movement to help frame what a startup is and how learners can approach new markets and businesses from a product perspective. Learners evaluate a business idea, assess its viability in a broader market, and create a simple prototype to test the idea with customers.

  • ENT2150 Product and Marketing Skills for Founders

    3 course credits

    Product and Marketing Skills for Founders introduces learners to foundational product and marketing skills that are relevant to building and launching a tech startup. This course builds on concepts of “Lean Startup” to enable learners to refine their business ideas by gathering reliable customer feedback. Learners are introduced to fundamental concepts in product design.

  • ENT3200 Technical Skills for Non-Technical Founders

    3 course credits

    Technical Skills for Non-Technical Founders examines the technical foundation of digital product development and design. Learners are exposed to the various technical components of a product and develop a framework for vetting technical business partners.

  • ENT4250 Founders, Financing, and Legal

    3 course credits

    Founders, Financing, and Legal prepares learners for the business and legal realities of launching and growing a startup. Learners evaluate the importance of a cofounder, explore the process and need for pitching and raising investor funds, analyze the value of various legal structures, and examine how equity and compensation are unique to startups.

Key Skills

FinanceCritical ThinkingStrategy PlanningStrategy ImplementationTechnical ArchitectureCloud ComputingProgrammingScrumEntrepreneurshipProduct managementLean startupMarketing strategyIntrapreneurshipModeling

Get the skills to launch any startup idea

  • Apply product and marketing skills relevant to building and launching a startup
  • Master bachelor’s degree-focused soft skills of the future like critical and creative thinking
  • Gain a competitive edge in a fast-changing world with hard skills like digital fluency and business analysis
  • Make informed business decisions, and lead with confidence: 93% of Nexford learners increased in confidence at work
  • Build a network of global professionals from 75+ countries working at firms like Google, TikTok, Deloitte, and EY
  • Earn a degree as well as digital badges as you go – including credentials from LinkedIn Learning and IBM’s Digital Nation

I got attracted to Nexford because I was working for an online program that is flexible. I’m not someone who is a traditional person. I’m not a traditional learner. I like to learn at my own pace. And I like to learn hands-on.

Victoria Abia

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:

  • Transform an idea into a viable business opportunity, showcasing your knowledge of the entrepreneurial process
  • Apply your understanding of techniques and approaches used in building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Create a business plan for a new venture
  • Explore funding options and identify the most suitable for a business based on its characteristics

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 Building a Tech Startup 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.