Bachelor of Science in Business studies(General) External Degree

The Department

The Department of Business Administration is the pioneer in Business Management Education in the University System of Sri Lanka. Since its establishment in 1980, the Department remains the largest academic department of the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

The Department offers a globally competitive four-year special degree in Business Management, B.Sc. Business Administration (Special) Degree, and a three-year external degree, B.Sc. Business Studies (General) External Degree.

The curriculum of the B.Sc. Business Studies (General) External Degree is designed to develop potential managers who can lead the World of Work while being socially and ethically responsible towards the society.

The role of the Department in the Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce is unique and significant in that it provides teaching and research support for students in other departments and postgraduate programs of the Faculty, mainly in the areas of Management, Organisational Behaviour, Strategy, and International Business Management.

In its long history, the Department has immensely contributed to the progress of management education, the corporate sector, and the wider society of Sri Lanka. Its alumni include renowned corporate leaders, scholars, businesspersons, government officials, and community leaders.

The members of the Department are active in research across broad areas of Management and Organisation Studies. In order to enrich the research culture of the Department, the Department has recently organised its research activities under three clusters: The Cluster for Organisation & Society (COS), the Cluster for Leadership & Strategy (CLaS), and the Cluster for Knowledge Management & Business Innovation (CKMBI). The research clusters provide a scholarly platform for local and global researchers as well as the members of the Department to share their ideas and work.

The Programme

Course Fee 185,000.00LKR (Can be paid in 3 installments)
Duration Three (03) years / Six (06) semesters
Medium Sinhala / English
Credits 96 Credits

Fallback Option

Upon completion of sixty (60) credits, including the successful completion of the Semesters I and II of the First Year and the Semester I of the Second Year of the Degree, are eligible to be awarded a Higher Diploma, entitled Advanced Diploma in Business Studies (ADBS), that comes under SLQF Level – 4.

The Program Structure

Year I

Semester I

Semester II

Principles of Management Developing Managerial Competencies
Economics for Managers Information Technology for Managers
Quantitative Techniques for Managers Business Law
Business Communication Accounting for Managers

Year II

Semester I

Semester II

Organisational Behaviour Managing for Productivity and Quality
Human Resource Management Financial Management
Marketing Management Business Information Systems
Operations Management Entrepreneurship

Year III

Semester I

Semester II

Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Strategic Management
Operations Research Organisational Change and Development
Digital Business International Business Management
Development Economics Human Resource Development

Entry Qualifications

The applicant,

Shall have at least three “C” passes at single sitting of G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination including one of the subjects in the following list:

  • Accounting 
  • Business Studies 
  • Business Statistics
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Combined Mathematics
  • Higher Mathematics 
  • Information and Communication Technology 


Shall have passed the Selection Test conducted by the Department (Only if the Department decides to conduct a selection test)


Shall not be less than 18 years and not more than 35 years of age at the time of closing application.