Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration

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Program at a Glance
  • In today's fast-paced business environments, the ability to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly is highly valued.
  • Focus your associate's in business degree plan with elective courses in 12 business concentration areas.
  • Transfer up to 75% of your program requirements to accelerate completion of your degree and save on tuition.*
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration Overview

Whether you’re preparing to enter the workforce or seeking credentials to advance your career, earning an associate’s degree in business administration online at Purdue Global can help you establish your position in the field.

Through our comprehensive online business administration degree curriculum, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop skills in accounting, management, and software applications.
  • Explore business operations and refine your decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • Apply management theories and techniques learned in your coursework to real-world business scenarios through a capstone experience.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans can earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Use our Military Transfer Credit Estimator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

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Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Purdue Global’s business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Career Opportunities

An associate's degree in business administration can help you begin a career in management and qualify for entry-level opportunities in a variety of fields such as customer service, retail management, and health club management.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Speaking
  3. Coordination
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Time Management

Top Jobs With This Degree

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Continue With Your Bachelor's Degree

When you’re ready to further your education, your associate’s degree may bring you halfway toward earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Purdue Global.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the associate’s degree program, you must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate or other equivalency diploma. You must also complete an orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

The Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration’s curriculum focuses on a solid management foundation and is designed to help you develop leadership and teamwork skills.

The curriculum is reviewed and revised continually by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure it reflects the most recent developments in the field of business.

Sample Courses
  • Introduction to Management
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Microeconomics
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Concentrations allow you to personalize your education by focusing your elective choices on an area of study that best fits your desired career path. Choose from:

  • Business
  • Customer service
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health club operations
  • Hospitality management
  • Information processing
  • Meeting and event planning
  • Office management
  • Retail management
  • Sales
  • Small business management
  • Sport entertainment management
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits15
  • Major Credits65
  • Elective Credits10
  • Total Credits90

Ways to Save

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.