Associate Degree in Business

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Learn Real-World Concepts with a Business Degree

If you’re a natural problem solver and interested in business, DeVry University's Associate Degree in Business can help you prepare to get started in the field. Our online and hybrid business associate degrees are designed to explain how different parts of a business work, and introduce skills and concepts used in modern workplaces.

Get to Know Our Associate Degree in Business

When you partner with DeVry to earn an Associate Degree in Business, you’ll learn through hands-on learning and exposure to modern business scenarios. The courses in this program will help enable you to think critically about common business problems and effectively solve them by working in teams and using technology. Our courses are designed to help you understand the basics of different business functions including accounting, data analysis, marketing and human resources management.

Once you've completed 30 semester-credit hours of the hybrid or online Associate Degree in Business program, you'll select from a Budgeting & Forecasting, General Business, Healthcare Business or Retail Management concentration. If you're not sure which path to take, we can help you decide based on your goals.

Budgeting & Forecasting Concentration: Our Budgeting & Forecasting concentration is designed to help you develop the fundamental skills needed to help shape an organization’s budgeting and resource plans. You’ll be introduced to accounting principles, design and implement budgets. You'll also learn how to use accounting information to analyze data.

General Business Concentration: Our General Business concentration is designed to help you understand how modern businesses work. You’ll explore how to effectively solve business problems with teams and technology. This program will also help you become familiar with several of the skills necessary to succeed in the field.

Healthcare Business Concentration: Our Healthcare Business concentration is designed to help you enhance your business knowledge in a healthcare setting. The program addresses  this by reviewing essential concepts related to healthcare services. You’ll learn basic medical terminology, characteristics of U.S. healthcare systems and key trends related to the delivery of healthcare services.

Retail Management Concentration: Our Retail Management concentration is designed to prepare you for an advanced role in merchandising. Similar to the general business concentration, you’ll learn how to solve business problems with teams and technology in a retail setting.

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Associate Degree in Business in as little as 1 year + 4 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.


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What You'll Learn

The Associate Degree in Business program covers the following:

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    Ethics

    Demonstrate ethical, legal and socially responsible decision-making. Learn how to balance productive business practices with ethical methods that support your employees and customers.
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    Business Planning

    Develop, evaluate and interpret a long-range budget forecast for a business or business unit to solve problems and make business decisions.
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    Consumer Behavior

    Analyze and interpret market and consumer trend data to solve business problems and meet consumer needs.
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    Technology

    Apply analytical tools and technology applications to develop analyses and solutions to address the needs of an organization and its stakeholders.
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    Collaboration

    Work collaboratively in a team environment. Coordinate and share information to achieve a common goal.
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    Problem Solving

    Use business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges.
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    Human Resource Management

    Learn to manage corporate human resources including planning, staffing and rewards, as well as developing and maintaining positions and people.
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    Data Analysis

    Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data with tools used for statistical analysis. Find out how data analysis can be used to make more efficient databases.
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    Communication and Customer Relations

    Develop interpersonal communication and listening skills as well as conflict-resolutions skills as they apply to customer relations.
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    Retail Management

    Examine strategies for finance, merchandizing, distribution, sales promotions, and human resources used in the retail management.
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    Supply Chain Management

    Demonstrate an understanding of supply chain management and its impact on decision-making.
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    Communication

    Communicate effectively orally and in writing across environments and platforms.

Accreditation Matters

DeVry University’s Associate of Business degree has achieved voluntary accreditation* from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org demonstrating that it has met the standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.

Flexibility to Fit Your Life

Take courses online, on campus, or in our innovative connected classrooms. Study full- or part-time and tailor your DeVry experience to fit your life. Classes start every 8 weeks, so you can begin your college degree when it makes sense for you.


Microsoft Office Productivity Tools

To ensure you have a robust learning experience, as part of your program, you will use the latest version of Microsoft Office suite to communicate business information, analyze and report findings.


Embedded Programs - Demonstrate Skills at Every Step

With our unique 2-in-1 design, every course in our Business Essentials undergraduate certificate is embedded within the Associate in Business program, allowing you to earn the certificate along the way1.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our hybrid and online Associate Degree in Business program may consider careers2, depending on their specialization, such as:

  • Assistant Manager

  • Customer Service Representative

  • Management Trainee

  • Retail Shift Manager

  • Assistant Marketing Analyst

  • Sales Account Representative

  • Inventory Associate

  • Accounting Associate Jr. Staff Accountant

  • Media Buyer

Program-Specific Courses

Budgeting & Forecasting

ACCT303 Intermediate Accounting
ACCT360 Managerial Accounting
BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making

General Business

BUSN278 Budgeting and Forecasting
GSCM206 Managing Operations Across the Supply Chain
MATH221 Statistics for Decision-Making
MGMT210 Human Resource Functions

Healthcare Business

BUSN258 Customer Relations
HIT111 Basic Medical Terminology
HIT120 Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
HSM310 Introduction to Health Services Management

Retail Management

BUSN258 Customer Relations
MGMT210 Human Resource Functions
MGMT230 Contemporary Retail Management
MKTG230 Consumer Behavior Fundamentals

Core Degree Courses

ACCT212 Financial Accounting
BIS155 Data Analysis w/Spreadsheets
BUSN115 Introduction to Business and Technology
BUSN219 Marketing Fundamentals
COMP100 Computer Applications for Business w/Lab
MGMT303 Principles of Management

General Degree Courses

Communications

ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition

One of:

SPCH275 Public Speaking
SPCH276 Intercultural Communication

Humanities

One of:

ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
ETHC334 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Social Sciences

SOCS185 Culture and Society

Personal & Professional Development

CARD205 Career Development
COLL148 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Mathematics & Natural Sciences

MATH114 Algebra for College Students
SCI228 Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab

Build Skills With Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume. At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack1. This means that you may be able to build your resume quickly with qualifying credits from a shorter credential and continue working toward a higher degree credential without having to repeat courses.

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level3,4

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here’s an example: When you earn an associate degree in business at DeVry, every course you completed in the program applies to our bachelor’s in technical management. Build your confidence – and your resume – when you start your journey at DeVry.

FAQ: Associate Degree in Business


Is an Associate Degree in Business worth it?

If you’re interested in entering this field, an Associate Degree in Business may be a good option for you. This type of degree, when received from an accredited5 university like DeVry, helps you understand the basic principles of business. It also communicates to employers that you have a foundation of knowledge that can be built upon with company-specific practices. In addition, many associate degree programs at DeVry stack with some of our bachelor's degrees1. This means that some of the classes you take with an Associate Degree in Business may count towards a Bachelor's Degree in Technical Management3,4 at DeVry should you decide to continue your education in the future.


What are the prerequisites for enrolling in the Associate Degree in Business program at DeVry?

DeVry admissions requires that applicants have a high school diploma equivalent, such as a GED. As for specific programs, such as our Associate Degree in Business, other academic prerequisites may apply. Please reference the academic catalog for more information.


What types of jobs can I pursue with an Associate Degree in Business?

Graduates of DeVry’s Associate Degree in Business programs may consider such careers2 as:

  • Assistant Manager
  • Management Trainee
  • Retail Shift Manager
  • Inventory Associate
  • Media Buyer

Keep in mind that the credentials required for a position vary from company to company. Two companies may have different qualifications for a similarly named position.


What skills can I develop with an Associate Degree in Business from DeVry?

There are several skills that you can develop while pursuing your Associate Degree in Business at DeVry. Some of these skills include:

  • An understanding of technology’s impact on business
  • Business planning and budget strategies
  • Business ethics
  • Collaboration in a team environment
  • Critical thinking and data analysis
  • Problem solving within a business environment

How much does an online Associate Degree in Business at DeVry cost?

The cost of a hybrid or online Associate Degree in Business at DeVry requires a minimum of 61 credit hours, but may vary in cost depending on the number of qualifying transfer credits you may have, or the scholarships or financial aid you may be eligible for if you apply and qualify. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.


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General Business concentration

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Healthcare Business concentration

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Retail Management concentration

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*Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.
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At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.
2Careers listed may be relevant to one or more specialization. Please see program guides for more information.
3When you earn your Associate in Business pursuing the Budgeting and Forecasting track, every course counts towards the Bachelor’s in Business Administration when you pursue the Accounting specialization. Courses can also be applied to the Bachelor’s in Technical Management except for the following specializations: Information Technology, Health Information Management, and Criminal Justice.
4For the associate in Business, healthcare business specialization, every course counts towards the Bachelor of Science in Technical Management-General Option.
5DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. The University’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation.
**The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.