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Earning a business degree can help graduates prepare to pursue professional opportunities that require higher education. The bachelor’s in business administration degree program is designed to help students study professional skills and their practical applications in the real world.
Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at AIU gives students access to 12 specializations to choose from and delve into the inner workings of a niche industry. Many specialized entry-level business roles, like accountants, financial analysts and human resources specialists, require a bachelor’s degree in business.1,2
Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at AIU allows students to choose from 12 specializations and delve into the inner workings of a niche industry. Many specialized entry-level business roles, like accountants, financial analysts and human resources specialists, require a bachelor’s degree in business.2
If you are looking to pursue an MBA, a bachelor’s degree in business administration can also ready students for further education. Master’s degree programs require a bachelor’s degree for enrollment, although it doesn’t have to be in business. At AIU, you can save up to 25% on your master’s degree by taking graduate courses in your business bachelor’s program.
Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that people who hold a bachelor’s degree earn more per week on average and experience lower unemployment rates than those with a high school diploma.3
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics summarizes it like this:
Each level of education you complete may help you develop more skills, give you access to higher-paying occupations, and signal that you’re able to follow through on important tasks, such as planning ahead and meeting deadlines, that employers value.4
As for labor demands in the workforce, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in business and financial occupations will grow 8% from 2020 to 2030.2
To enroll in a bachelor’s in business administration degree program at AIU, you must have a high school diploma or GED. No SAT or ACT scores are required.
There is no application fee at AIU, and with 10 flexible start dates per year, there is no wait to start your education. The Program Overview and Courses sections outline the academic requirements to successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program at AIU.
Deciding whether to pursue an associate degree or bachelor’s degree depends on your academic and career plans in the near and long term. Typically, an associate’s degree can be earned in two years and at a lower cost than in a bachelor’s program, which usually takes four years. Completing a business degree program sooner may help graduates get out into the business world and start building on-the-job experience.
A bachelor’s degree program takes more time, but it is also designed to provide students with a more robust business education that may be required for more roles than an associate degree. AIU’s online associate and bachelor's degree programs allow students to do both. You can start working on your business education sooner by completing a two-year associate program and then applying those credits to get a head start on your bachelor’s degree in business.
The best business degree program is different for everyone. The best business degree program for you should fit your lifestyle and provide rigorous preparation in your field. AIU’s flexible online business programs offer many specializations at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels—all of which are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).5
1 American InterContinental University cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement.
2 "Business and Financial Occupations: Occupational Outlook Handbook." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 8, 2021. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm.
3 US Bureau of Labor Statistics "Earnings and unemployment rates by educational attainment, 2021" at https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm, April 2022. This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
4 US Bureau of Labor Statistics "Learn More, Earn More: Education Leads to Higher Wages, Lower Unemployment." Career Outlook. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2020. https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2020/data-on-display/education-pays.htm. This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
5 The business programs at American InterContinental University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
AIU’s Online Bachelor’s Degree in Business Benefits
- Save up to 25% on your master’s degree by taking graduate courses in your bachelor’s program6
- Our business programs are programmatically accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
- AIU accepts up to 75% of the qualifying transfer credit needed toward a degree.
- intellipath® allows you to personalize your learning plan and skip what you already know to have a more efficient educational experience.
- Convenient and flexible online courses offer options designed to work around a busy schedule and allow you to read, listen to, or watch customized course content from any web-enabled device.
- Our tuition and graduation date calculator can give you a general idea of how much it will cost to complete an online program at AIU based on the information you provide.
- 24/7 technical support team available.
With 12 specializations to choose from, you can find the right program to align with your goals. Our bachelor of business administration online degree programs are designed to provide you with an introduction to various fundamentals of business operations. Our online business degrees can help you hone your skills and further develop your understanding of modern business practices.
Online Accounting Degree
Our online bachelor’s degree in accounting will give you the opportunity to develop a broad overview of the accounting system and exposure to the subfields of micro- and macro-economics, cost accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting in finance and taxation.
Online Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
Our online bachelor’s degree in business administration program is ideal for those who are interested in developing their business acumen. In this curriculum, you can study subjects such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and project management.
Our online bachelor’s degree in business with a specialization in accounting gives a broad overview of financial reporting, including business concepts, ethics and regulations. In this curriculum, you can work to develop industry-specific knowledge related to the fundamentals of accounting, cost accounting, and information systems.
Online Entrepreneurship Degree
Our accredited online entrepreneurship degree program focuses on the skills needed to start a new company from scaling a business plan to management and leadership skills. The primary objective of the program is to experience the challenges of starting and financing a new company. Coursework will include budgeting, taxation, and exploring advanced entrepreneurship.
Online Finance Degree
Our bachelor of finance online program can help you understand key components of financial decision making, while examining the implications of forecasting, capital budgeting, working capital management and project risk management. Specialized coursework focuses on financial-management techniques related to capital expenditure, investment types, and economic analysis.
Our healthcare management business degree program allows you to explore management issues in healthcare, such as the environment of care, performance improvement, risk assessment, and managing diverse workforces. Curriculum showcases awareness of ethical and legal issues in healthcare as well as resource allocation and policymaking.
Online Human Resources Degree
Our online human resources degree program allows you to immerse yourself in the study of the recruitment process, employee selection, and human resources record keeping in business organizations. Coursework covers the fundamentals of personnel and organization policy, the essential functions of recruitment and selection, as well as training and development techniques.
Le Cordon Bleu® Hospitality Management
Our online hospitality management degree program is designed to provide an understanding of business management as well as introduces students to concepts and practices related to event management, food and beverage management, and food service operations. Topics include planning, organizing, leading, and controlling a foodservice establishment, as well as how to develop the practices of successful small business managers in the hospitality industry.
Online Business Management Degree
Our online business management degree program gives you an opportunity to learn about organizational change, the role of managers, and cultural differences in the field of management. Specialized coursework addresses diversity in the workforce, personnel and organization policy, and experiential approaches to organizational development.
Online Marketing Degree
Our bachelor of marketing online degree program can immerse you in a study of how marketing professionals play a key role in helping a corporation stay competitive in the global marketplace. Coursework emphasizes the application of planning and implementation, as well as the control and evaluation of marketing strategies. Additional topics cover marketing management, consumer behavior, and advertising and promotion management.
Operations Management Degree Online
Our operations management degree program online is designed to give you the opportunity to examine the elements of management and leadership as they apply to global organizations. Curriculum includes design, management and improvement of production processes with an additional focus on the basic principles of supply-chain management in modern organizations.
Online Project Management Degree
Our online project management degree program is designed to provide you with a broad overview of project design, structure, processes, tracking systems, and methods for dealing with related leadership issues. Coursework includes topics such as cost and time management, how to enhance management outcomes, and methods for building teams and resolving conflict.
Online Technology Management Degree
Our online technology management degree program is designed to provide core knowledge in this area of study. Curriculum intertwines business management competencies with an understanding of information technology building blocks such as hardware/software, networking, databases, and security. Coursework topics explore management information systems, information technology security, and project management.
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