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Associate's Degree in Business Administration (AABA)

AIU® offers an industry-relevant Associate of Arts in Business Administration program designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue entry-level opportunities in a variety of business settings. Along with key business knowledge, the well-rounded liberal arts and business curriculum also focuses on critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for today's business professional. This unique combination is designed to provide students with both the useful skills that come from a liberal arts education, such as critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a solid foundation in business principles. This associate degree in business can prepare students with the necessary business knowledge and communication skills they need to move forward, whether that is pursuing a higher degree or moving on to a career in business.

  • Next Start Date

    November 9th, 2015

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  • Program Length*

    18 MONTHS

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    Successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Business Administration degree program can provide students with an applicable foundation of fundamental business knowledge and skills, including how to:

    • Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes involved in the functional areas of business careers.
    • Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods involved in marketing.
    • Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of economic principles and practices, financial markets, banking, and the business economy.
    • Demonstrate ability to use computer systems and applications to improve business practices.
    • Demonstrate the ability to use knowledge of technology to adapt to a technologically advancing society and to use computer applications and systems as learning tools.

  • The Associates of Arts in Business Administration degree program combines liberal arts courses with core business courses that are taught by professors who are industry specialists to give you a solid grounding in both the analytical skills of the liberal arts and the business knowledge you need to advance your career.

    The real-world curriculum offers the opportunity to build a solid foundation of knowledge, concentrated in liberal arts, and areas such as accounting, marketing, economics, and effective business writing and speaking skills. You can also learn about technology, including computer systems and applications used in today's workplaces.

    Courses are structured to assist you in the development of your goals. They can help you develop a well-rounded knowledge base common to entry-level business professionals. For example:

    • In Introduction to Business, students can receive a general introduction to business activity and how it relates to our economic society by exploring how businesses are owned, organized, managed and controlled.
    • In Principles of Marketing, students can learn to apply the fundamentals of marketing within an organization and the contemporary market environment by focusing on marketing strategy and development of a marketing mix.
    • In Principles of Accounting I, students will be exposed to a broad overview of financial accounting and can learn the essential fundamentals of the accounting cycle, which can be applied to a wide range of businesses and accounting situations.
    • In Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, students will be exposed to a comprehensive introduction to the business sector's relationship to the principal forces operating in the ethical and legal environments.


    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • AIU's ACBSP accredited Associate of the Arts in Business Administration degree program is designed to help students develop a solid background in both business and the liberal arts.

    This unique combination will provide them with a well-rounded educational foundation to pursue their goals. Students will learn the principles of marketing, banking and economics. They will develop a broad understanding of how technology can be used to improve business practices. Through liberal arts courses they will improve their critical thinking, communication and analytical skills.

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