Associate of Arts in Management



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

Program Description

The Associates of Arts in Management lays the foundation by introducing students to the theoretical concepts and practical applications in the field of management. Students will explore the skill sets necessary to effectively lead and manage a global workforce. Topics of study include ethics, management communications, human resources management, supervision, human resource development, organizational behavior, and human relations. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates for entry-level supervisory positions and responsibilities.

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Program Objectives

Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Management will have completed the following objectives:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills necessary to be a successful supervisor in a business environment.
  • Explain key concepts, methods and practices for managing human capital in an organization.
  • Compare and contrast ethical theories as they relate to organizational and individual behavior.
  • Prepare a development program for a potential direct report.

Associate of Management

American Public University is part of American Public University System, an accredited university offering more than 180 degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. All courses are online, so students have the flexibility of taking classes any time or any place that fits their schedule. Our degree programs are designed to be challenging and relevant to working adults in both the public and private sectors and can help enhance their current career or prepare them for a career change.

Students come to our university from across the globe with varying educational backgrounds and diverse educational and career goals. Choose the category below that best describes you:

Our 5-step admissions process will allow you to apply for admission, complete your new student orientation, request a transfer credit evaluation, apply for Federal Student Aid, and register for classes. Get started today!

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Human Resources Total Credits - 61 Hours
Core Requirements
12 Hours
3 hours

Microeconomics is an overview course that covers how households (consumers), firms (producers), and governments interact in competitive and other markets to set prices, and determine what and how much is produced. Key concepts introduced include the role of scarcity and choice, incentives and competition, and the law of supply and demand.

Human Relations
3 hours

This course is designed to provide basic principles from the behavioral sciences that apply to establishing positive relationships among individuals in the work setting. Through readings, critical thinking, problem solving, writing, role-playing, and case studies, students will develop basic human relations skills essential to effectively functioning in the modern workplace. These skills are applicable to relations with co-workers, supervisors, subordinate workers and customers. The student will be presented with basic concepts for interpersonal relations, including individual differences, communications, group/team activities, cultural relations, leadership, mentoring, customer satisfaction and ethics. This knowledge will then be applied in their analysis of case studies, scenarios, and problem solving exercises in order to develop interpersonal skills that can be used in actual work situations. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)

Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)

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)

Ethics Fundamentals
3 hours

Recent scandals have shown us that in business, there’s a lot more at stake than the bottom line. Ethical behavior in organizations is a topic that warrants exploration. The purpose of this course is to investigate some of the ethical issues facing businesses including acceptable risk, intellectual property, workers’ rights, whistle-blowing, ethical leadership, outsourcing, and ethical issues in marketing. Students will be asked to reflect and examine how one comes to terms with being a good citizen and business person that attempts to prevent the dark side of business ethics.

Concentration Requirements
9 Hours
Human Resource Fundamentals
3 hours

This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing human capital in an organization. The purpose of this course is to discuss practices in the selection, training, job analysis, evaluation, wage setting, incentive principles, merit rating, job efficiency, and labor/employee relations of human resources as applied to both private- and public-sector organizations. This course is designed to provide students with a foundation to explore human resource fundamentals effectively across a number of disciplines. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)

Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)

Choose 6 Credit Hours from the following:
Employee Training and Development
3 hours

In the emerging global economy, only those organizations dedicated to continuous learning are expected to grow and thrive. This course is an examination of individual and organizational strategies designed to stimulate creative approaches to learning in organizations, and will facilitate an understanding of individual development from both an organizational and personal perspective. Theoretical foundations and practical issues involved in employee training and development in business organizations are explored.

Interviewing Fundamentals
3 hours

A comprehensive study of the basic communication skills necessary for business and industry, including techniques in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Emphasis will be placed on clear concise written and spoken communication in terms of business correspondence and oral presentations. Topics include communication skills such as listening, writing, verbal and non-verbal communication, conflict resolution and interviewing skills with emphasis on the importance of effective oral communications.

Organizational Fundamentals
3 hours

Students taking this course should not take RTMG150. This is an introductory course that focuses on the concepts and methods of managing an organization. The purpose of this course is to discuss how people and organizations function based on the latest research on work, workers, managers, and organizations. Successful management requires knowledge of the behavior of people in organizational settings and of the processes that occur in those settings. This course is designed provide students with an overview of the challenges that arise for managers in organizational settings and to provide an introduction to the concepts and theories that can be useful in facilitating effectiveness.

Institutional Requirements
3 Hours
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

Final Program Requirement
3 Hours
Seminar course must be taken as last course in the AA in Management program.
Management Seminar
3 hours

This course is a culminating course for the Associate of Arts in Management degrees. It is designed to allow the student to review, analyze and integrate the work the student has completed toward a degree in Management. The student will complete an approved academic project or paper that demonstrates your grasp of management study. This is a culminating course to be taken after all other Associate of Arts in Management courses have been satisfactorily completed. Student must have SOPHOMORE standing to register. This course is to be taken as the LAST course in the AA in Management program

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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