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’s Associate Degree in Business can help you 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 businesses.

Get to Know Our Associate Degree in Business

When you partner with DeVry to earn an Associate Degree in Business, you’ll learn in-demand skills through hands-on learning and exposure to modern business scenarios. This includes being able 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 program, you'll select from a Budgeting & Forecasting, General Business, Healthcare Business or Retail Management concentration. We can help you choose 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 and 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, and become familiar with skills necessary to succeed in the field.

Healthcare Business Concentration: Our Healthcare Business concentration is designed to help you enhance your business knowledge 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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    Demonstrate ethical, legal and socially responsible decision-making.
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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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    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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    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.
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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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    Communicate effectively orally and in writing across environments and platforms.

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 way.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Associate Degree in Business may consider careers 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


ENGL112 Composition
ENGL135 Advanced Composition
SPCH275 Public Speaking


ETHC232 Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions

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 stack. 

  • 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 level1,2

How Do Credentials Stack?

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

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Related Programs

1When 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.
2For the associate in Business, healthcare business specialization, every course counts towards the Bachelor of Science in Technical Management-General Option.
**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.