A common notion amongst commerce students is the confusion about whether B.B.A., B.B.M., B.M.S. and B.B.S. are completely different courses. If you too are puzzled by the same question then you are no exception hence, you’ve come to the right place. To resolve the confusion that B.B.A., B.B.M., B.M.S. and B.B.S. are completely different courses is the main objective for writing this article. Well like you I’ve gone back and forth in this respect but based on the information I have gathered so far this is what I have concluded. The key differences in all these courses are the types of courses, the objective, subjects studied and the specialisations in each of these courses there are some commonalities between these course such as the duration, nature of these course, curriculum with the core subjects, skills , degree status and the specialisations.
Although there are minor differences between all these courses it is essential that we identify the commonalities first to help us understand these differences better; therefore, before we get down to the nitty-gritty of these differences, let’s review the commonalities between them. For instance the duration for all these courses is 3 years and they are all Under Graduate courses. Another similarity is that they are designed to provide a basic education in commerce and to set the groundwork for pursuing higher education in commerce such as M.B.A. degrees or the various specializations available. Apart from this even the curriculum for all these courses is quite similar, i.e. the core subjects studied are Accounting, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Communication Skills, Operations Management, International Trade and Business Law which are common to all these courses. These courses were designed to teach students various Business and Management Skills that are required in any company or organization and to equip students with such skills keeping the future prospective in mind. This is done because most Management institutes or reputed B – Schools assess its applicants on these skills before accepting them for admissions in to their various Master’s Programs. Each of these courses have specializations. Now that we are clear about the commonalities, understanding the differences will be relatively easier.
B.B.A. is a Bachelor’s in Business Administration: as the name suggests it deals with Administrative studies. It is basically designed to give students a basic knowledge of all the functions that are involved in a company for example marketing, finance, human resource management, etc. the subjects that are studied are Accounting, Business law and Ethics, Economics, Financial management, Human resource management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations management, Organizational behavior. Quantitative techniques (business statistics, financial mathematics, operations research) and Strategic Management. It too has various specialisations namely Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Real Estate, Human Resource Management, International Business, Information technology, Legal management, Design Management, Management, Management information systems, Marketing, Operations management, Supply chain management, Public Relations, Aviation Management
B.B.M. is a Bachelor’s in Business Management: similarly the main focus is diverted to studies at a managerial level. It aims at developing the individual’s managerial skills and creating well rounded individuals by educating them in a range of diverse subject areas that provide an integrated view of managerial issues and be able to apply the knowledge imparted in real life situations. Some of the specializations in BBM are Finance, Operations Management, and Management Information Systems and so on.
B.M.S. is a Bachelor’s in Management Studies: this course concentrates mainly on analytical and logical oriented studies and to help students develop their analytical and logical skills that are required. Students can specialise in Marketing, Finance, HRM, Management of Services, Management of global Business & Tourism Management etc. The subjects that are studied are Finance & Cost Accounting, Industrial Law, Business Law, Computer Application in Business, Quantitative Methods for Business, Business Environment, Principles of Management, Production Management, Export – Import Procedures, Managerial Economics, Econometrics, International Finance etc .but may differ from college to college.
B.B.S. is a Bachelor’s in Business Studies: although it is fairly similar to the B.B.A. course but its focus is majorly in practical exposure rather than a theoretical study. In this degree various business courses are integrated with a realistic and industry-based focus in order to build sound business ideas within the aspirants. Aspirants can specialize in management, accounting, marketing and information systems.
Each of these courses usually have either 2 or 3 different subjects but the core subjects generally remain the same. Additionally, the subjects studied and the specialisations that are offered in either of these courses are all institute specific so they may differ. The 2 tables below will make the aspects discussed clearer.
Basic education in commerce and sets the groundwork for higher education in commerce such as M.B.A. and its specializations
Accounting, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Organisational Behaviour, Communication Skills, Operations Management, International Trade and Business Law
Business and Management Skills
Bachelor’s in Business Administration
Bachelor’s in Business Management
Bachelor’s in Business Studies
Bachelor’s in Management Studies
|2||Objective||Administrative studies||Management studies||Realistic and Industry-Based focus||Analytical and Logical Oriented studies|
Subjects Studied Differ
|4||Specialisation||Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Real Estate, Human Resource Management, International Business, Information technology, etc.||Finance, Operations Management, Management Information Systems etc.||management, accounting, marketing and information systems etc.||Marketing, Finance, HRM, Management of Services, Management of global Business & Tourism Management etc.|
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Thanks for these inputs, they have really cleared the doubts that I had about these courses.
I’m glad that your doubts are clear, but if you have any further queries you can post them and I will get back to you.
This article was very helpful as it gave me an insight about these courses. So thanks for your inputs.
I’m glad that it was of some help and thank you for your feedback.
I always wondered if there was any difference between these course so I’m glad that my doubts got cleared. Thanks.
Thank you for your feedback and I am glad that your doubts were cleared. If you have any queries you can post them and I will get back to you.
This information was very helpful to me too!
Thank you for your feedback and I am glad that it was of some help to you. If you have any queries you can post them and I will get back to you.
i want to go for BBM but also want accounts as a subject..is it possibe?
Along with a B.B.M. there are several specialisations available including accounts, so you can specialise in Accounts.
i actually had a doubt….! which course would help to earn more after mba?
thank you i got my doubt clear
This helped me a lot in clearing my doubts…
But can you please tell me, which course will give the maximum job opportunities, and which has wider scope in future?
I’m in 12th,Commerce Stream but i don’t have maths as a subject. Can I pursue for BBS?
Thanks for making such a informative post. It is extremely helpful for those students who going to start there career.
You have caught the differences between all these confusing courses in your blog so clearly and precisely! B.B.A., B.B.M., B.M.S. and B.B.S. vary from one another greatly and people tend to think that if they don’t get in one they can apply for another without checking the curriculum. Extremely glad to have read your post, will share this information with my friends.
Esther Silas, thanks for sharing this very helpful blog. It has helped to classify clearly the difference courses in management and business administration. I am sure many students seek such information before making career choices. A great blog that many young aspirants will appreciate.
Since there are so many courses related to business, administration and management, the confusion is a natural outcome. However, before deciding the course one wishes to pursue, he needs to know the difference between the courses he has in mind. This blog will help some of the aspirants get over the confusion.
The Awesome difference thanks for sharing the difference in all these courses. I appreciate your works
that is great for every student
Yeah, that great difference.Thanks for sharing
maybe BBA is a better option to choose to write a career
Thanks for sharing and I am glad that my doubts were cleared