Online Associate of Science (AS) in Business Administration Degree Program
Online Associate of Science (AS) in Business Administration Degree Program

Online Business (AS) Degree Overview

The Associate of Science (AS) in Business Administration degree program at Argosy University, Online provides comprehensive knowledge of business functions and models and their application to real-world problems. The curriculum is designed to help students acquire a broad range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, effective interpersonal communication, research, diversity appreciation, global sustainability, and problem solving. The online Business Administration associate’s degree program is intended to enable students to acquire the foundational knowledge, skills, and competencies that can be applied towards entry-level employment, as well as providing the basis for continuation towards a bachelor’s degree in business for interested students.

Gainful Employment Information

The AS in Business Administration degree program credits can be transferred to the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration degree program offered by Argosy University.

Program Learning Outcomes

The AS in Business Administration online degree program is designed to develop the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Program Outcome One: Communication and Interpersonal Effectiveness
    • Demonstrate college level skills pertaining to listening, reading, comprehension, speaking, and writing, and communicate proficiently in a business context.
    • Interpret non-verbal communication in order to understand the true message being delivered.
    • Analyze and apply skills of interpersonal effectiveness to everyday interaction by using observation, active listening, and questions.
  • Program Outcome Two: Knowledge and Basic Application
    • Explain the fundamental concepts of business administration and define the roles and responsibilities of the functional areas of business leaders and teams.
    • Define the attributes of an effective team member and leader and explain when to use a team or individual for projects within the organization.
    • Describe basic team strategies, motivation, and how to reach goals under difficult situations; and apply concepts and frameworks to solve problems.
  • Program Outcome Three: Critical Thinking
    • Identify and describe business problems and propose appropriate solutions.
    • Integrate analytical and problem solving skills to formulate conclusions and make business decisions.
    • Access appropriate qualitative and quantitative information to make informed business decisions.
  • Program Outcome Four: Research
    • Demonstrate basic research skills — both traditional and technology based — to methodically gather and sort through relevant information, and develop analytical and reporting skills.
    • Research information in order to make informed decisions and identify critical information that is missing.
    • Generate well informed recommendations which will support the organization and its mission.
  • Program Outcome Five: Ethics and Diversity
    • Describe the ethical framework that managers and employees operate under in a business situation, and the professional ethics and behavior expected within the organization.
    • Categorize the benefits and constraints of diversity within and across organizational settings, and personal biases that might hamper progress.
    • Identify the professional and ethical values that govern specific courses of action.

Admissions Requirements

College Credits

High School Grade Point Average (GPA)

GED Test Scores**

Test Scores

Grade Point Average

Less than 24 transferable college credits (does not include AP, IB or credit by exam)

2.0 cumulative unweighted GPA

660 with no single test score below 145 or numeric score equivalent to 2.0 on old version

SAT combined score (verbal and math) of 870 or 800 on old version, or ACT composite score of 18


24 or more transferable college credits with minimum GPA of 2.25 (does not include AP,IB or credit by exam)

Exempt from minimum High School GPA and/or test scores


Active duty service member or veteran with 3 or more years of active duty service (DD-214)

Exempt from minimum High School GPA, test scores and/or college GPA requirements


Provisional Admission

  • Students who do not meet the admissions standards as described here may be provisionally admitted to Argosy University programs with specifications. See Undergraduate Provisional Admission in Section Five, Admission Policies.
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy.

Other Admission Requirements

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form

Course List

General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Business Administration degree program are required to successfully complete fourteen general education courses (42 credit hours) distributed as follows:

  • 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills1
  • 6 credit hours in communications, including ENG101 - Composition I
  • 6 credit hours in humanities2
  • 6 credit hours in social sciences consisting of ECO201 - Macroeconomics and ECO202 - Microeconomics 3
  • 6 credit hours in natural sciences
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics
  • 6 credit hours in elective courses (which may be in any distribution area)

1To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success and COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness during the first semester of attendance. Transfer credit is not accepted for either course. Exceptions to this policy may occur in the case of established course equivalencies with institutions that have a transfer or articulation agreement with Argosy University.  Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are not required to take ASP100 Skills for Success. Arkansas residents who are enrolled in associate's degree programs offered through Argosy University Online Programs are not required to take ASP100 Skills for Success and COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness.

2Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the humanities category.

3Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the social sciences category.

Business Core Requirements (18 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the AS in Business Administration degree program are required to successfully complete six business core courses (18 credit hours).

Business Core Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following


ACC201 - Principles of Accounting


BUS201 - Introduction to Business in a Technology World


BUS212 - Business Law and Corporate Ethics


FIN201 - Foundations of Building Wealth


MGT240 - Motivating and Managing People


MKT230 - Principles of Marketing


Business Core Requirements—18 Credit Hours


Business Core Requirements—18 Credit Hours

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6 elective credit hours in any area for the AS in Business Administration.

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