Our History


Bay Atlantic University (BAU) was established in Washington, DC in 2014.


BAU began its academic offerings with a strong MBA Program and subsequently, added undergraduate programs in Business Administration & Management, Economics & Finance, Political Science & International Affairs in 2017 and Data Science, and Information Technology in 2019.  In 2019, BAU started to offer new graduate degree programs, Big Data Analytics and Cyber Security. 

When BAU was founded in 2014, it was established under the original name BAU International University. BAU operated under this name until it was officially changed in January of 2019 to Bay Atlantic University. We chose the name Bay Atlantic University due to our location in Washington DC, a city on the Potomac River which flows into the Chesapeake Bay, itself connected to the Atlantic Ocean and the world. This is our mission: positively affecting the immediate Bay Area, while also stretching across oceans connecting to the rest of the world.

At a symbolic level the word “Bay” evokes a calm place, a safe harbor. Therefore, it is a secure place that stimulates thinking, study and reflection. These are all attributes that we would like to see associated with BAU. The word “Atlantic” in our name suggests Ocean, therefore vastness, exploration, new horizons, innovation, and intercultural connections. By combining safe harbor (Bay) with exploration (Atlantic) we want to convey a powerful, positive message about our education mission: a happy combination of deep reflection and innovation. 






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Phuong Do

I love the experience here at Bay Atlantic University. The university is in the center of Washington D.C., the capital of the US. My friends and I have a wonderful time here at BAU and love the learning experience. It is really an honor to study in a high quality university that gives us top notch education, paving the way for success in our future careers.

Enkhjinzaya Ganbold

I love the fact that the university is so diverse.

Izel Ugur

The professors at Bay Atlantic University are diverse, not only in terms of their international backgrounds, but also their professional backgrounds. Being able to hear how the theories connect to their real-life experiences has been invaluable to my studies.

Qazi Khan

It is great to be a part of such an international environment in my everyday life because it has provided me with a different perspective of the world. And now I have good friends from many different countries.

Uyanga Batsukh

After completing the MBA Entrepreneurship program at BAU, I feel more confident in taking the next step towards starting my own business.

Daniel Giraldo

Great location, great staff, and great learning experience. Qualified teachers with an extended work experience.

Aghamirza Fazel

It has been a great experience here at BAU. Especially learning from the professors who are great and very helpful at any given circumstance. They are always friendly.

Mauricio Facciolla

I had great professors who taught me important skills and concepts that I applied daily in my job. These skills helped me to grow and stand out in the company I work for. The location and the building are awesome, providing great experiences. The student body is very diverse; great to learn about different cultures.

Phuong Vo, Vietnam

“I am a normal girl, but I have a big ambition. That’s living the truest and most beautiful life. I think the risk is always better than the regret. I am happy to be here at BAU and living a life I have always dreamed of. I prayed faithfully and worked hard for this opportunity. Moreover, thank you so much my beloved family for all their unlimited support and unconditional love. Thank you BAU for this opportunity!”