Associate of Arts in Business Administration

 

DEGREE AT A GLANCE:

    • Number of Credits
    • 61
    • Cost Per Credit
    • $ 250
    • Total Tuition*
    • $ 15,250
  • *(Before Transfer Credit)
 

Program Description

The Associate of Arts in Business Administration provides exposure to general education and business fundamentals. The program prepares students for entry level positions in industry and government. The Associate of Arts in Business Administration is a degree option for students who desire only two years of college study. The program also prepares students for entry into baccalaureate degree programs.

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Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), our offerings are designed in consultation with business leaders and industry advisory councils. Explore the academic contributions and professional insights from our faculty scholar practitioners on current industry news, trends, and world events.

 

Program Objectives

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Business Administration accomplish the following objectives:

  • Use skills in oral and written communication as well as mathematics, relevant general education coursework, and specific business knowledge in the basics of accounting, economics, management, and marketing.
  • Discuss the basic business principles and operations, including management, marketing, and finance.
  • Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and team-building skills in a business management environment.
  • Examine basic tools for managing in organizations based on a fundamental knowledge of both individual and organizational behavior.

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Graduates with business degrees are well prepared to pursue a variety of different careers because of their diversified skill set. Business degrees focus on a broad range of functions such as entrepreneurship, management, human resources, marketing, financial analysis, and basic accounting. Business principles can be applied across industries and can lead to careers in government, healthcare, commerce, information technology, and many others. Graduates with business degrees possess practical knowledge that enhances their ability to advance in business and leadership roles in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. 

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Overview


Useful Skills Within the Business Administration Field
  • Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Problem Solving - Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Reading Comprehension - The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Communication - Concise writing skills and able to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.

 
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Career Options

A business degree is a general foundation rather than a specialized training program. Careers in business administration vary and may involve common functions such as management, finance and marketing. However, there is an increasing need for business majors to apply their skills in government, international commerce, information technology, health care, and non-profit organizations.

Depending on one’s interests, talents, qualifications, and goals, students can refine their skills in other areas such as:

Accounting
Economics
Finance
Healthcare Management
Human Resources
International Business
Non-Profit Management
Project Management
Public Relations

Advertising
Entrepreneurship
General Management
Hospitality Management
Information Systems Management
Marketing
Operations Management
Public Administration
Sales Management

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the business field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach. 

Translating Your Degree into a Federal Position

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek B.B.A. and M.B.A. candidates. The list below provides an example of federal position titles and agencies that seek business majors. Clicking on the position title will take you to the corresponding position classification guide provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Each position is classified under a series of numbers. For example, the “Business and Industry Group”(PDF) is within the 1100 series. You can narrow down the exact series number based on your interest and search it on USAjobs.gov across hundreds of federal agencies. Click here to see a list of federal positions by major.

Position Examples
Administrative and Programs Specialists (PDF)
Budget Analysts (PDF)
Human Resources Specialist (PDF)
Internal Revenue Officers (PDF)
Program Analysts (PDF)

Agency Examples
Central Intelligence Agency
Department of Defense
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Highway Administration
Internal Revenue Service
Social Security Administration

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. There are government organized internship programs that provide students or recent graduates the opportunity of gaining real life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. Searching USAJobs.gov or looking at each agencies' career portal are the best ways to identify potential internship opportunities and their requirements.  

Pathways

The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

  
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Core Requirements
24 Hours
NAME
DESCRIPTION
CREDITS
ACCT100
Accounting I
3 hours

Introduction to the purposes of financial accounting statements and the recognition, measurement, and disclosure concepts and methods underlying financial statements. Focus is on using and interpreting financial statements and on understanding the impact of transactions and events on financial statements and financial ratios. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: MATH110, MATH111 or MATH225)

Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)

ACCT101
Accounting II
3 hours

A continuation of Accounting I, this course includes study of managerial concepts, analysis of financial statements, internal controls, and contemporary accounting standards, practices, and issues. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT100).

Pre Reqs: Accounting I(ACCT100)

BUSN100
Basics of Business
3 hours

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the terminology, organization, and function of the American business system. The course will give the student a broad background about the contemporary American and global business environments as well as considering different business organizations, management principles and strategies. Topics covered include marketing, finance, personnel, customer relations, production and operations, e-business, world trade ventures, internal information systems and decision-making processes.

ENGL225
Business Writing
3 hours

This course teaches students how to communicate professionally in the business community. It emphasizes business language and style. Included in the course are exercises that instruct students how to write clear, well-structured, effective letters, bulletins, e-mails, instructions, memos, manuals, reports, and other business writing. (Prerequisite: ENGL101).

Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)

MGMT101
Principles of Supervision
3 hours

This course provides a basic overview of supervision in the workplace including the supervisor's role in management. The course explores goal setting, problem solving, staffing and the training and development of employees. Other topics covered include the Human Resource Professional's role in leading the workforce, effective communications and stimulating improved quality management within the organization. The course is designed as a practical guide for the supervisor or manager and provides key leadership concepts and skills to improve quality standards and achieve established goals within the organization, ultimately improving working relationships, and spurring the organization on to greater productivity and success. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)

Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)

MKTG201
Fundamentals of Marketing
3 hours

This course is a comprehensive survey of marketing activities and the function of marketing. The course will familiarize the student with the scope, terminology, and procedures of marketing. Course topics include the analysis of markets, competition, consumer behavior, and the assessment of product, price, distribution, and promotion strategies. Consumer motivation and the diffusion and adoption of new goods and services are studied. The student will complete a marketing plan of his own.

Choose 6 Credit Hours from the following:
BUSN299
Applied Business Solutions
3 hours

This course is an integrated-based approach to task-based, business problem-solving using various technology solutions such as productivity software products, the Internet, and free applications. Students will be challenged to use appropriate technology skill sets, while also learning additional skills working on real world business projects. Students will complete the course with an e-portfolio of their work, which can in turn be used in the job search process. (Prerequisite: ENGL225 and ITCC111 or ITCC112)

Pre Reqs: Business Writing(ENGL225),Basic Productivity Applications(ITCC111),Advanced Productivity Applications(ITCC112)

ITCC111
Basic Productivity Applications
3 hours

This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the word processing application in the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format documents; and use lists, themes, mail merge, watermarks, templates, graphics, navigation tools, tables, charts, citations and bibliographies. Students will also be introduced to the features and capabilities of PowerPoint, the presentation application in the Microsoft Office Suite. This course uses the Microsoft Official Academic Course textbook that is aligned with Microsoft’s Exam--Using Microsoft Office Word 2010. The book meets the topical requirements for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Word 2010 Certification; and contains a six month trial of Microsoft Office.

ITCC112
Advanced Productivity Applications
3 hours

This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the electronic spreadsheet application in the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets; they will also manipulate data and use formulas, charts, workbooks, styles, hyperlinks, themes, functions, conditional logic, graphics, comments, and security features. Students will also be introduced to Outlook, the electronic mail application in the Microsoft Office 2010 Suite. This course uses the Microsoft Official Academic Course textbook that is aligned with Microsoft’s Exam—Using Microsoft Office Excel 2010. The book meets the topical requirements for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Excel Certification; and contains a six month trial of Microsoft Office.


Institutional Requirements
3 Hours
NAME
DESCRIPTION
CREDITS
COLL100
Foundations of Online Learning
3 hours

This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.


General Education
34 Hours

Lower Level Electives
0 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

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