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- Transfer up to 46 approved credits
- Typical program length: 20 months, pending eligible transfer credit
- Take the first step in YOUR degree pathway towards a bachelor's degree and/or MBA
Associate degree classes & curriculum details
The business associate degree program prepares graduates for entry-level positions in any sector. Students learn the fundamentals of how business is conducted and the different areas that are required to maintain a successful business.
All classes are delivered online with a required research project or internship (if available in your state).
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Program availability varies by location.
Required Core Courses
All courses, 30.00 semester credit hours, are required.
Required Internship or Research Project
■ 3.00 semester credit hours are required.
Open Elective Courses
■ A minimum of 3.00 semester credit hours of open electives is required.
General Education Requirements
Students enrolled in this associate's degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
Business Management associate degree program enrollment requirements
Prerequisites to enroll in Herzing’s associate degree program include:
- Completed high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Meet and interview with a Herzing University admissions advisor
- Complete an enrollment application
With Herzing University advancing your career IS possible. We are here to help you take the first step.
What can I do with an associate degree in business management?
Earning an associate degree is a quick path to qualifying for many types of entry-level roles in business enterprises. Discover new career opportunities in accounting, accounts payable, business administration, marketing, human resources and much more.
Examples of potential jobs with a business management degree include:
- Administrative Assistant
- Administrative Support Assistant
- First-Line Supervisor
- Administrative Supervisor
- Office Supervisor
How can I advance my career? Earning a bachelor’s degree in business management can help you qualify for the next level of managerial roles as a sales manager, operations manager, or administrative services manager. In addition, you may be eligible to apply up to 12 credits towards an Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program and position yourself for jobs in business leadership.
Frequently Asked Questions
Business degrees generally fall into two categories: business administration and business management. Within those categories, there are many different specializations and options.
Herzing currently offers six different business degree programs at the bachelor’s degree level:
- Business Management
- Human Resources
- Project Management
- Interdisciplinary Studies
Take our quiz to determine which business degree path might be right for you based on your goals and personality.
A business management degree is an educational program that teaches students general skills for leading business operations at a strategic level.
As you earn your degree, you’ll gain critical skills in accounting, management, business law, economics, marketing and sales. You'll also choose electives that focus on your key interests in the business administration field.
In addition to specific subject knowledge, our online business management degree students learn how to:
- Think critically in an ever-evolving business world
- Develop innovative solutions to critical business issues
- Communicate effectively - both verbally and in writing
- Use industry-standard computer software for data collection and analysis.
Virtually every organization needs professionals with the skills business degrees teach, so business management degree graduates have the opportunity to put what they’ve learned to work in all kinds of industries. There’s also high potential for advancement as you gain experience. If you want to earn a degree with a strong return on investment, a business management degree could be right for you.
Business management skills are strategic leadership skills. Graduates of a business management degree are prepared to manage the long-term growth of business operations. They learn to make decisions about people, processes, and projects. They also develop a broad base of skills in finance, accounting, organizational management, and more.
Business administration skills are more about day-to-day operations. In a business administration degree, students often choose a specialization area to focus on a specific business function, such as human resources. They’ll still learn principles of other business functions, but their skill set will be more heavily weighted toward what they learned in their specialization coursework.
Learn more about the biggest differences between business management and administration.
Business management degrees provide the opportunity to develop versatile skills. Learn the basics of how businesses function in society and within the economy, and then go deeper into the knowledge you need to capably function in a leadership or leadership support role.
Herzing’s business management degree program includes topics in:
- Business communication
- Business law
- Principles of marketing
- Business ethics
- Project management
At Herzing University, it typically takes students 20 months to complete their bachelor’s degree in business management.
How long it takes to earn your degree can vary widely based on your eligible transfer credit. Transfer up to 46 approved credits and you may be able to complete the program much faster.
Herzing’s degrees in business management are Bachelor of Science degrees. This program requires students to take a higher proportion of courses focused on the technical and practical aspects of their major. A Bachelor of Arts program typically features more liberal arts courses and electives.
Because of our intense focus on helping you build a career, we designed this degree to concentrate on providing you with the most possible opportunities to develop the marketable skills employers want.
According to 2019 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics**,
- Administrative assistants earn an average salary of $39,180 per year ($18.84 per hour).
- First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers earn an average salary of $59,340 per year ($28.53 per hour).
Keep in mind these do not represent entry-level wages. Average pay can vary based on factors such as location of employment, education and experience level. Learn more about the average salary for business management careers.
Business management degrees are versatile. The critical thinking, leadership, and decision-making skills you learn in a business management program can apply to roles in virtually any industry, from hospitals to high finance. They’re also specifically designed to set you on a path toward management-track roles, meaning upward mobility is built into the curriculum.
Graduates typically work in an office environment, although office environments can vary greatly – from start-up agencies to established corporations. Offices may be located in an office building or on location at a manufacturing company or factory.
Some business graduates may be able to work from an online home office with occasional trips to the main office for meetings and presentations. Depending on the specific position, some travel may be required to satellite offices or client establishments.
As a business grad, you can typically expect a 40-hour work week, though extra hours may be required for bigger projects or tight deadlines. Those in upper management or with greater responsibility will typically work beyond the 40-hour standard. Executives often spend additional time attending professional events and staying current with industry trends. Full-time employees generally receive full benefits packages including health/dental insurance, paid vacation and sick time, and retirement/wealth savings or accrual plans (such 401(k), company stock, and profit-sharing).
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Business Management Degree Programs
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This program prepares students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level positions in various business enterprises. These career opportunities may be in areas such as accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, business administration, sales, marketing, and human resources.
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Accreditation & Disclosures
* Herzing University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
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** Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography and degree field, affect career outcomes. Herzing does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salary.