Associate of Arts in Business Administration

AIU’s online business administration associates degree is designed to provide a strong foundation to build knowledge in areas such as accounting, marketing, and economics. Our online associate's degree utilizes AIU’s intellipath® adaptive learning technology, so you can skip what you already know and get down to business.

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Program Outline

AIU’s accredited online associate's degree in business is designed to provide students with the fundamentals to assist you in the development of your goals. Our industry-relevant curriculum is accredited by ACBSP, a distinction that not all business administration programs possess.

While pursuing an online associate’s degree in business administration from AIU, we can help you work to build effective business writing and speaking skills. You can also study computer systems and applications used in today’s workplaces. Courses are structured to help students demonstrate an understanding about how businesses are organized, managed, and controlled.

Requirements to complete an online associate’s degree in business include general education courses, general electives, and core courses.

AIU provides students with convenience, flexibility, and support to accommodate busy lives. We offer full and part-time program options and transfer-in credit for eligible college, work, and military experience.1 This could reduce the time it takes to earn a degree and save you money in the process.

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ACBSP

1.Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for AIU’s transfer credit policies.

Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ECON220 Microeconomics 4.5
ECON224 Macroeconomics 4.5
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

Core
ACCT205 Principles of Accounting I 4.5
BUSN105 Introduction to Business 4.5
BUSN150 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business 4.5
MKTG205 Principles of Marketing 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 18
General Electives
General Elective 4.5
or
MGMT215 Decision Making and Communication 4.5
  0
General Elective 4.5
or
MGMT350 Professional Business Development 4.5
  0
General Elective 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 13.5

Total Credit Hours : 90

Classes Overview

For an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration, your classes can include:

Introduction to Business

This course is designed to provide students with a general introduction to business activity and how it relates to our economic society. Students will explore how businesses are owned, organized, managed, and controlled.

Decision Making and Communication

This course concentrates on practical applications of communication theory in the forms of business correspondence, memoranda, and reports.

Principles of Marketing

Students will study and have the opportunity to apply the fundamentals of marketing within an organization and the contemporary market environment. The course will focus on marketing strategy and development of a marketing mix.

Principles of Accounting I

This course introduces students to financial accounting. Students can study the fundamentals of the accounting cycle.

Aspects of Psychology

This course examines the discipline of psychology, both cognitive and psycho-social, covering topics such as perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, personality, attitudes, psychological aspects of human sexuality, and psycho-behavioral pathology.

Microeconomics

This course focuses on Economic theory of the firm, resource allocation and price determination, the free market supply/demand mechanism, and pure and imperfect competition models are analyzed.

Presentation Essentials

This course focuses on preparing and delivering effective presentations. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about presentation strategy and the creation of visual aids.

Sociology

This course introduces students to the concepts, theory, and method of sociology. Students can develop a better understanding of society, culture, social institutions, social behavior, and other general social processes that operate in the social world.

English Composition I

In this course, students focus on developing writing skills through practice and revision of a variety of different types of essays. Students are also given instruction in library and online research and methods of documentation.

Macroeconomics

Presents basic economic concepts emphasizing the part the United States plays in a global economy. Foundations of economic theory are presented, using topics from television news and mass media. Topics introduced are GDP, National Income Accounting, United States fiscal policy and economic growth.

Applied Business Mathematics

This course will cover mathematical applications commonly used in business and often encountered in retail, work, and social settings counting techniques and probability, mathematical modeling, and mathematics of finance and accounting. Topics to be addressed include financial math, consumer math, probability, mathematical modeling, and the related use of the internet and technology. Through the use of standard mathematical operations, financial formulas, exploring the deductive thought process, and critical‐thinking evidence, students will have the opportunity to identify, analyze, and solve problems encountered in everyday situations to support academic, personal, and professional success.

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive introduction to the business sector's relationship to the principal forces operating in the ethical and legal environments. Particular attention is given to the constraints and opportunities presented by the regulatory environments in North America and the European Union. The course is structured to provide an in-depth, comparative framework for understanding the ethical and intercultural challenges facing contemporary multinational and international organizations. With respect to the legal framework within which most business organizations operate, course topics include corporate problems of raising and maintaining capital by shares; relationships of directors to shareholders; respective rights and obligations; relationships of companies to third parties; control and the principle of majority rule.

University Catalog

Course content subject to change.

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Online Software Analysis and Development Degree at AIU:

  • Scholarships & Grants – AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree*
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide – Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide – Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: – This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University CatalogUniversity Catalog for transfer credit policies

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BBA 2015

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