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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.

The Associate in Applied Science in Administrative/Management Studies requires 24 credits in the Business Component to include the following:

BUS 222 Business Communication

This course will provide students with knowledge and skills to effectively communicate in global business environments. Students will identify and use computer technologies and social media tools for conducting interpersonal communications with diverse organizations. Additionally, students will develop and evaluate both written and oral business communications.

ACC 211 Financial Accounting

Develops skills of basic financial accounting principles in the pursuit of organizational goals and strategies. Topics covered include financial statement analysis, accounting information systems, operating decisions, and financing.

ACC 212 Managerial Accounting

This course is intended to help you develop an understanding of the process of identifying, measuring, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information in pursuit of an organization’s goals. By the end of the course you should be familiar with technical skills for solving problems such as the fundamentals of basic unit costs, cost flow management systems and processes, budgeting and performance measurement, and cost analysis and pricing decisions. As a manager, you should be able to identify relevant information, the appropriate methods for analyzing information, and working together with a team to address global and ethical issues. You will be able to think on your feet and address real-world business issues.

BUS 230 Business Law

Analysis of key legal issues affecting businesses. Emphasis on development of legal strategies to support the venture over its expected life cycle. Focuses on the legal environment of the United States. Student examine a series of real world scenarios and apply the legal tools developed during the course to those cases.

BUS 231 Business Data Literacy

Analysis of key legal issues affecting businesses. Emphasis on development of legal strategies to support the venture over its expected life cycle. Focuses on the legal environment of the United States. Student examine a series of real world scenarios and apply the legal tools developed during the course to those cases.

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.

BUS 299 Business Strategy (capstone)

An online portfolio development experience that requires students to reflect on their past academic and professional experiences and use the information gained from this reflective exercise to develop learning statements related to the Associate of Applied Science in Administration/Management Studies degree outcomes. The learning statements must be supported by documented evidence that demonstrates that the outcomes have been met. Students learn how to develop an online portfolio during the first module of the course and then work under the guidance of a faculty mentor during the remainder of the semester to compose learning statements, compile appropriate evidence, and create the 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

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