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Develop knowledge and skills in accounting, business law, human resource management and marketing in Southern New Hampshire University's Associate of Science in Business Administration program. The associate degree in business administration online is perfect for students who want to start or advance their careers but need a college education to achieve their goal.
With an AS in Business Administration, you'll build business skills employers want to see. Upon graduating, you'll be positioned for success as a team lead or business unit manager in retail, human resources or various other business environments. You'll be prepared to handle crucial administrative tasks like record keeping, ordering supplies and talking to customers.
Since we also accept up to 45 credits toward your associate degree, this program is perfect for those who already have some college experience. Our associate degrees typically require 60 credits and take about 2 years to complete. But as a transfer student, you could satisfy up to 3/4 of your credit requirements – saving you a considerable amount of time and money.
If your goal is to continue to pursue a more advanced business degree, the business administration associate program can be a strong starting point. With a credential under your belt – one that can be completed in half the time it takes to earn a bachelor's – you'll have the opportunity to show employers what you've already accomplished.
"This program is the first of three recommended stepping stones," said Bernice Bain, associate dean of business at SNHU. "All three can provide additional opportunities for employability in a multitude of business industry and business leadership positions."
Our suite of ACBSP-accredited online programs includes a bachelor's degree in business administration and a 36-credit online MBA. That means, if you want to continue your education, you don't have to worry about applying to another school.
Plus, with the option to pursue one of 10+ concentrations for your bachelor's or 20+ concentrations for your master's, you can earn your business degrees while expanding your expertise in the field that interests you most. Our extensive selection of business programs includes high-demand areas like finance, accounting, marketing and more.
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There are many reasons you might consider earning your AS in business administration. First, earning an associate degree could make a significant financial impact on your life.
According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, those with an associate degree earn higher median weekly salaries than those with only partial college credit or less.3 In 2018, median weekly earnings for those with a high school diploma were reportedly $730; by comparison, associate degree holders made weekly median earnings of $862 – marking an 18% increase in salary.3
An associate degree can also be a valuable benchmark in your educational journey. Not only will you have a credential that shows employers what you've already accomplished, you'll be that much closer to earning a bachelor's degree and pursuing management-level positions.
For Yvette Williams, earning an associate degree in business was the first step to accomplish her goals. Upon graduating in 2019, she was promoted to a business analyst role, moved on to a bachelor's and now has her sights on an online master's degree.
“Earning my degree is important for me because it allowed me to earn a salary that will provide for my family,” Williams said. “My degree program has given me an opportunity to advance my career.”
Plus, if you decide to continue your education, both our bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration offer concentrations to choose from. Have a way with numbers? Consider a concentration in accounting or finance. Passionate about sports? Check out an online business degree with a concentration in sport management. What about healthcare, marketing or entrepreneurship? No matter where you hope to go, we offer a degree program that can help you get there.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits for a bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associate degree from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
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Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
"The AS in business administration course content is based on the understanding that we are currently in the Fourth Industrial Revolution," said Bernice Bain, an associate dean of business.
What does that mean exactly? According to Forbes, the Fourth Industrial Revolution describes "changes to the way we live, work and relate to one another" through the adoption of technology.3
In the context of these courses, that means understanding the way technology shapes business – both now and into the future.
"[These courses offer] an introduction to business trends, diversity considerations, social and emotional awareness as well as exposure to data analytics for business decision-making," Bain said.
Courses were developed with industry experts and designed to help you build a solid foundation in business. You'll explore key practices and principles in accounting, business law, economics, marketing, management and human resources.
You'll also have opportunities to engage with the course material every step of the way. Whether you're receiving feedback from expert instructors, sharing ideas with peers in weekly discussion board posts or using online resources to supplement your learning, you'll never be alone in your journey.
You'll have course materials, resources and tools that emphasize real-world application. Using authentic business scenarios and business data analytics, you'll learn firsthand how to solve key organizational problems.
Last, but not least, you'll develop "soft skills" – like problem solving, communication, diversity inclusion and ethics – that can help you succeed in the workplace.
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Total Credits: 60
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Earning a business administration associate degree can boost your earning potential and help you start or further a business career path.
In 2018, associate degree holders earned a median weekly salary of $862 - 18% more than workers with only a high school diploma, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).2
An associate degree can also give you the key business skills you need to continue growing your career. As the workforce grows and evolves, more jobs than ever are requiring at least some college education. According to BLS, jobs requiring at least an associate degree are expected to rise 11% from 2016-2026.2
With a business administration associate degree from SNHU, you’ll build a solid foundation of business principles, including human resources, marketing, sales and business law, and be prepared for entry-level positions across many industries.
It depends on your career goals and the time you’re able to commit to earning a degree.
In an online associate degree program, you'll earn your degree faster - and at a lower cost - than a online bachelor’s degree program. Earning an associate degree can give you the credentials you need to begin working in your field more quickly and get real-world experience that can grow your career.
But a four-year bachelor’s degree will give you more comprehensive knowledge of business administration and can give you a leg up when applying to jobs.
If you decide to continue on to a bachelor’s degree, your associate degree credits are typically applicable toward the more advanced degree and can serve as a strong foundation for deeper learning into a specific area of study like finance or marketing.
“An AS degree is a great starting point for those who want to work in a specific field, gain some necessary experience, and continue their education to improve employment longevity,” said Mark Hobson, an associate dean of business at SNHU.
The associate degree in business can also help you grow general business skills that can be applied in various industries and work settings. So even if you haven't figured out exactly where you want to go, you can keep your options open moving forward.
Earning a 2-year degree is a great way to start or advance a business career. With an online associate degree in business, jobs in marketing, sales or administration could be available, including:2
It depends. SNHU offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation for online associate degree programs, at just $320 per credit hour or $19,200 for a 60-credit online associate degree.
While an associate degree is considered a two-year degree program, SNHU has a generous transfer policy, allowing up to 45 credits to be applied to your associate degree program. With maximum transfer credits, you could finish your degree in just a few terms - and for only $4,800 in tuition.
Apart from previous experience, the actual cost of your degree will vary based on the specific courses you take and the materials required. SNHU’s online associate degree programs aim to make use of free learning resources whenever possible, but some courses will require textbooks or other paid resources.
Of course. An online business administration associate degree can give you the flexibility you need to fit your coursework into your everyday life, whether you’re balancing a full-time job, family obligations or both.
At SNHU, we've proudly earned a spot as one of the leaders of online education. Not only do we offer unrivaled support and over 200 online degree programs in high-demand fields – we also offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation. While the cost of college has continued to rise elsewhere, we've kept those tuition rates the same every year since 2012.
It's not surprising that so many people are opting to learn online. For one, online courses are available 24/7, so you can complete your learning whenever your schedule permits. You won't feel alone, either: Online discussion forums ensure you can easily connect with and learn from your peers and expert faculty.
Online students also have access to an extensive offering of virtual student services, including writing, tutoring and career advising services, an online library, accessibility center and even online wellness programs.
A business administration associate degree is an associate of science (AS) degree, a 2-year degree typically focused on business, technology or practical sciences.
Our associate of science in business covers a number of critical workforce skills, such as accounting, business law, marketing and systems analysis and design. You'll also learn global business principles that can help prepare you to navigate international markets.
The program can help position you for entry-level jobs across a variety of industries, including marketing, sales, customer service and more.
A 2-year business degree is called an associate degree. The majority of associate degree programs fall into two categories - Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS).
Generally, an AA will lean more toward liberal arts topics - such as social sciences, arts, natural sciences and humanities. An AS, on the other hand, tends to be more technical or business focused.
Either way, an associate degree can give you a strong foundation of knowledge in your area of study and improve your long-term employment and earning potential. If a bachelor’s degree is your ultimate goal, an associate degree offers you the chance to earn a key credential while on the path to a 4-year degree.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
This program and its concentrations are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Student achievement data can be found on College Navigator.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
3 The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Here - Are You Ready? Forbes, on the internet at https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2018/ 08/13/the-4th-industrial-revolution-is-here-are-you-ready/#5f957cc8628b (viewed April 15, 2020)