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Associate in Applied Science in Administrative and Management Studies

Transfer up to
57 Credits
A median of 39 credits accepted
Receive credit for military training

Gain Critical Workplace Skills with an Associate Degree in Administrative/Management Studies

Prepare for success in entry-level careers in office administration, recordkeeping, and data entry by earning your associate degree in administrative and management studies. This fully online program gives you the knowledge and skills needed for business support roles such as: front receptionist, administrative assistant, secretary, customer service representative, inventory manager, facilities supervisor, resource coordinator, and personnel associate.

Get practical training in and experience using the most common office software applications, including Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. By the end of the program, you’ll conduct a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis for a real business, and know how to manage human resources, recruit and hire the right employees, and handle ethical and legal issues in diverse workplaces.

This associate program is especially suited to military servicemembers with certain military occupational ratings or specialties (see catalog for details). In addition to supporting your interests in career advancement, this curriculum also provides excellent preparation for further study in a bachelor’s degree program. The program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Fast Facts:

AAS degree holders earn, on average, 64 percent more than those with no degree (Source: BLS)


Fastest growing jobs for AAS degree holders include customer service representatives, administrative support, and operations managers (Source: BLS)


Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026 (Source: BLS)


60

credit hours

Online AAS in Administrative and Management Studies Program Details

  • Humanities: 6 credits
    • Ethics
    • Written English Requirement
  • Social Sciences/History: 6 credits
    • Behavioral sciences (3 credits)
    • Additional credits to reach 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences/Math: 6 credits
    • Natural sciences (3 credits)
    • Math (3 credits)
  • Arts and Sciences Elective: 2 credits

You can fulfill elective requirements with credits in arts and sciences, business, and other professional and technical subjects, including military science, health, nursing, engineering, education, computer science, home economics, secretarial science, architecture, drafting, auto mechanics, law, social work, and criminal justice. The required information literacy is part of this component.

Increase your knowledge of computer hardware, application software, operating systems, networking, and the World Wide Web. Course material covers topics in information privacy and security, database management, and ethical and legal issues in information technology. Learn how to create documents in Microsoft Word, calculate formulas in Excel spreadsheets, create Access databases, and produce narrated PowerPoint presentations. Become familiar with the business uses of websites, online software services, and social media platforms.

Business Electives

This requirement is commonly fulfilled by credits awarded to military servicemembers with specific occupational designations (U.S. Army MOS, Marine Corps MOS, Coast Guard Rating, Navy Rating, or equivalent). See catalog for more information.

Business and Management Capstone: 3 Credits

In this associate administrative/management capstone, you continue to master basic concepts in management, human resources, and employment law as you practice communicating clearly and persuasively with business audiences. Reflect on your academic courses and work experience with a faculty mentor, and then map what you learned in this program to expected degree outcomes in a professional online portfolio and integrated business and management assessment report.

Of the 60 credits required for the Associate in Applied Science in Administrative/Management Studies, 20 credits minimum are required in the arts and sciences; 20 credits minimum are required in the business component; and 20 credits are required in electives, to include information literacy.

Recognize key management concepts, theories, and practices within the field of business.


Apply good judgment and business ethical reasoning to problems and scenarios that commonly arise in business organizations.


Apply business theories and concepts to selected business problems.


Communicate clearly, appropriately, and persuasively to a business audience.


Utilize business computer applications and information technologies to orga¬nize and interpret business data and information.


Apply scientific reasoning and col¬lege-level mathematics to real-world business problems.


View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog

Common Careers with an
Online AAS in Administrative and Management Studies

Customer/Guest Services

Data Entry Recordkeeping

File, Inventory Management

Front Office Administration

General Management

Human Resources Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator

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