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Associate in Applied Science in Administrative and Management Studies

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

Gain Critical Workplace Skills with an Online A.A.S. Degree in Administrative/Management Studies

Prepare for success in entry-level careers in office administration, recordkeeping, and data entry by earning your Associate in Applied Science 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)


credit hours

Online AAS in Administrative and Management Studies Program Details

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Humanities
    • Ethics
    • Written English Requirement
  • Social Sciences/History
    • Behavioral sciences
    • Additional credits to reach 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences/Math
    • Natural sciences
    • Math
  • Arts and Sciences Elective

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.

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

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.

60 credits are required for the Associate in Applied Science in Administrative/Management Studies.

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 college-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
  • Reception

Caleen Oliver
Bachelor of Science, 2015

“Excelsior gave me the opportunity to follow my dreams … there’s no time frame on getting your education.”

Recognitions & Accreditations

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267-284-5011) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.