Business Administration (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

A better understanding of the functional areas of business … increased value in the eyes of your employer … and the potential to open up doors of opportunity toward an administrative or management career – that’s what you get from an online Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Grantham University.

What will I learn in this online degree program for business administration?

As you work to gain a fundamental understanding of every area of business, you’ll learn career-relevant skills for critical thinking, communication, decision-making, working with teams and more.

What careers can I pursue with an online associate degree in Business Administration?

A number of administrative and supervisory positions, from sales operations to loss-prevention departments1. Plus, the skills you’ll learn in this online business administration degree are universally important – in businesses, non-profits or even the government. You could work almost anywhere.

How long is the associate in business administration online degree program?

At 62 credit hours, the online Business Administration Associate of Arts degree program is designed to be completed in 24 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take every term.

How much will this online business administration degree program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour. This tuition rate is lower if you’re a member of the military, in a military family, or if you're a military veteran. Grantham University also offers scholarships and financial aid for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready for you when you're ready to get started.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about Grantham's Business Administration program and other accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities, or about the enrollment process.

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Business Administration (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

Business Administration Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing the business administration courses in this degree program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate theories and actions that enable businesses/organizations to grow
  • Evaluate the role of science, technology and market commercialization in the creation of viable products and services
  • Identify the basic theories, principles and practices related to each functional area of business
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares all of our graduates for success in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the Business Administration curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Business Administration (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

An Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Grantham can help you advance your current career or pursue an entry-level management position – in any area requiring a strong education and foundation in administrative matters1.

Potential career paths and positions include:

  • Sales Manager
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Industrial Production Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Cost Estimator
  • Management Analyst

Employers can include:

  • Professional firms
  • Multi-National corporations
  • Local businesses
  • Retailers, manufacturers, services, etc.
  • Government – local, state and federal

Business Administration (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

As you consider all of your business administration online degree options, remember that Grantham’s 100% online programs and courses have the flexibility you will need to succeed.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 32
General Education Core Credit: 30
Total Credit Hours: 62
Accreditation(s): DEAC

Textbook Information

Program Core: 32
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU100 Title: Student Success Credits: 1
  This required one-credit hour course introduces Grantham students to various strategies for learning and helps develop skills essential for succeeding in an online education program. Students complete self assessments to become familiar with their learning styles and how to use their learning styles in online studies. Students successfully completing this course are more proficient in time management, reading skills, writing techniques, memory abilities, and test-taking strategies. Students learn how to navigate within Grantham University's online course learning environment, submit assignments, and where to go for academic assistance. GU100 is normally taken with level 100 or 200 courses that offer the most common challenges in working in an online learning environment. Students complete assignments in both courses simultaneously as a learning strategy for general education and entry-level knowledge acquisition while developing successful online study skills. Successful completion of
Course: ACC220 Title: Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  This introductory financial accounting course introduces the student to the important role of financial accounting in modern business. The key role of financial accounting is to provide useful information to external users in order that a wide variety of economic decisions can be made. The course covers the theory and practice of accounting applicable to the recording, summarizing, and reporting of business transactions. Topics include the different types of financial statements and accounts, asset valuation, revenue and expense recognition, and appropriate accounting for asset, liability, and capital accounts.
Course: ACC226 Title: Managerial Accounting Credits: 3
  This course is a continuation of Financial Accounting, shifting the focus from external reporting to internal needs of managers. Managerial accounting information helps managers accomplish three essential functions: planning, controlling, and decision-making. The course provides students with an understanding of managerial accounting information to enable them to evaluate the usefulness of managerial accounting techniques in the real world. Topics include managerial accounting terminology, budgeting, costing, breakeven analysis, and cost-volume-profitability analysis. The methods of identifying and extracting relevant information from managerial accounting systems as an input to decision making and performance evaluation are stressed throughout the course.
Course: BUS101 Title: Introduction to Business Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts of business. Concepts, principles, and operations of the private enterprise system are identified in this course. Students compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations, and they learn the advantages and disadvantages of each. This course also discusses the functions of modern business management, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. Human resource management is described as well as how employers can motivate their employees. Bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements are also examined.
Course: CS165 Title: Advanced Microcomputer Applications Credits: 4
  This course provides the student with coverage of advanced topics related to microcomputer applications. It extends the student's basic knowledge of the Microsoft Office software suite with various readings, hands on activities, and a final integration project. Topics studied include word processing (Word), spreadsheets (Excel), database (Access), and graphic presentations (PowerPoint).
Course: ECN201 Title: Microeconomics Credits: 3
  This course provides the undergraduate student with an introduction to microeconomics. It provides the student with a sound foundation in economic thinking that is central to business. Topics that are covered include supply and demand, opportunity costs, elasticities, utility theory, the economic concept of the firm, the relationship between costs and capital in the short-run and in the long-run, competition, monopoly, anti-trust laws, and public and private goods.
Course: ECN206 Title: Macroeconomics Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides an overview of current and traditional concerns and methods of macroeconomics. Topics that are covered include economic growth, unemployment inflation, government deficits, monetary policy, investment and capital, the role and methods of the Federal Reserve, Keynesian and monetarist theories, and comparative advantage.
Course: LAW220 Title: Business Law I Credits: 3
  This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the law that affects business operations including the topics of torts, contracts, commercial paper, and sales. New developments that affect the legal environment of business are presented from all three sources of law: statutes, regulations, and case law. The student will gain a thorough understanding of law that governs business and will gain an understanding of how new developments in technology affect business law.
Course: MA215 Title: Business Statistics Credits: 3
  In this course students learn to apply descriptive and inferential statistics to solve business problems. Students perform statistical analysis of samples, compute the measures of location and dispersion, and perform linear and multiple regression and correlation analysis. Other topics include constructing a hypothesis, performing one-way and two-way analysis of variance, and making decisions under risk and uncertainty.
Course: MGT150 Title: Principles of Business Management Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts and techniques they will need as managers in today's new organizations. The sequence of topics follows the familiar pattern of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Throughout the course, the manager's role in leading and accommodating change is emphasized. The course also introduces the student to the issues of managing global businesses, especially the ways in which managers need to develop a global perspective in order to be successful. Issues in strategy, diversity, and entrepreneurship are covered extensively.
Course: MKG131 Title: Foundations of Marketing Credits: 3
  This course on the principles of marketing provides an introduction to the nature and fundamentals of the marketing activity in modern businesses. The broad view of marketing that is presented builds on the integration of marketing with the entire enterprise, reinforced by theories and concepts as well as practices and applications. Topics include an analysis of the economic factors influencing buyer behavior, marketing research, market segmentation, development of marketing programs (new product, price, advertising and distribution decisions), and international marketing. The course also covers new marketing technologies that are revolutionizing the way companies bring value to their customers.
General Education: 30
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the basic principles of effective verbal communication and the related functions in contemporary public settings. Emphasis is placed on speech to inform and to persuade, with special consideration given to fundamental communication skills, including organization, reasoning, explanation, and listening. Students will learn to prepare a speech without the need to memorize the presentation. This course is designed to help students understand the difference between ideas and memorizing words. The progression of learning should help students learn to understand, value, and practice the human communication process.
Course: CO210 Title: Business Communication Credits: 3
  Students develop professional communication skills for use in today's fast moving professional environment. With a focus on oral and written communication for business, students discover how to design and deliver messages in both formal and informal venues. Students are expected to integrate knowledge about perception, conflicts, leadership skills, and nonverbal communication as they develop advanced communication skills.
Course: CS105 Title: Introduction to Computer Applications Credits: 3
  Students are introduced to basic computer concepts as well as techniques and tools for folder and file navigation and manipulation. Students explore the fundamentals of an office productivity suite, developing skills in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.
Course: EN101 Title: English Composition I Credits: 3
  This course develops written communication skills with emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
Course: EN102 Title: English Composition II Credits: 3
  This is a freshman college-level writing course designed to build on skills learned in EN101. The student is expected to complete writing assignments that spring from assigned reading material, which clearly evince an awareness of social issues. Upon successful completion of EN102, students should be competent in reading, reflecting on, and responding to literature using scholarly analysis, organizing clear and effective writing with a thesis statement, anticipating bias by viewing all sides of an issue, performing effective research using library resources, monitoring tone and using appropriate argumentative skills when pursuing a thesis, using MLA formatting guidelines for research papers, and avoiding plagiarism with careful documentation.
Course: FIN210 Title: Personal Finance Credits: 3
  This introductory course provides the student with a basic understanding of personal financial planning. The course is designed to help students understand how to plan for a successful financial future for themselves and their families. The course offers a comprehensive treatment of financial planning to help students understand the complexities of today's financial world and evaluate their financial options through a formal decision-making approach.
Course: GP210 Title: American Government I Credits: 3
  This undergraduate course provides an introduction to American government and politics. Topics include the concept of a constitutional democracy, federalism, first amendment rights, equal rights under the law, political culture, political ideology, interest groups, lobbying, and political campaigns and elections.
Course: GU299 Title: General Education Capstone Credits: 3
  GU299 is the capstone course for Grantham University's general education program, and it serves a dual purpose. First, GU299 helps students bridge the gap between the broad-based learning they experience throughout their general education courses and the discipline-specific learning they will engage in as they move closer toward degree completion. By highlighting the specific skills and knowledge they attained through their general studies and working with them to incorporate those skills and that knowledge within their specific academic areas, students will achieve a greater awareness of how knowledge is intertwined, and better recognize how information drawn from one experience can be applied directly toward another, leading them to become more actively engaged, socially-aware citizens of the various communities to which they belong.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, and as a consumer, citizen, friend, parent, and lover. Discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyze your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, less frustration, more wealth - and above all, greater confidence to pursue and achieve your most important goals in life.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  An introductory level course on the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing, and exponential and logarithmic functions.