Business Management (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

This program is being taught out and is no longer open to new students.

Are you ready to take the next step toward a professional career? Gain a fundamental understanding of management theories and best practices with an online Associate of Arts in Business Management from Grantham University. This career-relevant program will engage you in the kind of problem-solving activities you’ll tackle in your career – setting you up for success for the long run.

What will I learn in this online degree program for an associate in business management?

You’ll be able to identify and act on fundamental business principles in multiple functional areas of any business. From communication strategies to critical thinking and decision-making capabilities, you’ll have the tools to be successful in management.

What careers can I pursue with this an associate in business management degree?

A number of supervisory and management positions – from the sales department to the industrial shop floor1. Plus, the skills you’ll learn in your business management courses are universally important – in businesses, non-profits or even the government. You could work almost anywhere.

How long is this online business management associate degree program?

At 60 credit hours, the online Business Management 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 the online business management associate degree program cost?

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

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

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Business Management (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

Business Management Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program of management training courses, you will be able to:

  • Analyze organizational structures as they relate to mission and strategies
  • Apply basic theories and best practices of business managers and leaders
  • Communicate effectively
  • Identify basic theories, principles and practices related to each of the functional areas of business
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Business Management (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

An Associate of Arts in Business Management from Grantham can prepare you for management opportunities in private business or in the public sector1.

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 Management (Associate of Arts Degree Program)

As you consider your options for business management degrees, bear in mind Grantham University’s 100% online coursework is designed to help you prepare for success in your next career.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 18
General Education Core Credits: 33
Electives Credits: 12
Total Credit Hours: 63
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: ACC220 Title: Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  This introductory financial accounting course introduces the student to the important role of financial accounting in modernbusiness. 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 decisionmaking. 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: 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: 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: 33
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: CO101 Title: Introduction to Public Speaking Credits: 3
  This course provides students with a broad overview of public speaking, including such topics as audience analysis, idea generation and development, speech organization and speech delivery. Topics include how to outline speeches, create effective introductions and conclusions, use appropriate language and control nervousness. In addition, students examine guidelines for and practice delivering informative and persuasive speeches. Students will record themselves delivering speeches, thus they will need to know how to use a webcam and how to upload video files from their devices into the assignment dropbox in the Learning Management System.
Course: CO210 Title: Business Communication Credits: 3
  Through this course, students will develop professional communication skills needed in the 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 will record themselves delivering speeches, thus they will need to know how to use a webcam and how to upload video files from their devices into the assignment dropbox in the Learning Management System.
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 emphasizes the writing process. Students will apply principles of good writing practice through various genre (narrative, persuasive, expository writings). Additionally, students will analyze reading material as part of the critical and creative thinking processes associated with written communication.
Course: EN102 Title: English Composition II Credits: 3
  This course expands writing skills developed in English Composition I. Writing a structured, research term paper develops additional proficiency in composing academic papers through the process of pre-writing, writing and re-writing. Research skills with the internet and published resources are integrated into composition with an emphasis on distinguishing supportive evidence.
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 course provides an introduction to American government and politics. Topics include the concept of a constitutional democracy, federalism, amendment rights and equal rights under the law. Also covered are political culture, political ideology, interest groups, lobbying, and political campaigns and elections.
Course: HU260 Title: Strategies for Decision Making Credits: 3
  This course examines critical thinking and the analysis of arguments in terms of premises, reasons, and conclusions. Course topics include obstacles to critical thinking, diagramming arguments, belief and doubt, logical fallacies, inductive reasoning, deductive reasoning, inferences, and judging scientific theories.
Course: MA105 Title: College Algebra Credits: 3
  This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra. Topics include equations, polynomial and rational functions and graphing and exponential and logarithmic functions. A new textbook may be required in order to ensure needed electronic codes are valid.
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. Secondly, 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.

*Students are required to complete all required general education courses before enrolling in GU299.