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Associate Degree

Associate Degree in Business

A Business Degree to Advance Your Real-World Ambitions

Want to gain the hands-on skills needed for today’s dynamic business careers? Take the first step with our Associate Degree in Business. With courses available 100% online or as a blend of online and on-campus coursework through our hybrid option, you can pursue your goals in a way that fits your schedule.

Get to Know Our Associate Degree in Business

When you earn an Associate Degree in Business here at DeVry, you’ll gain exposure to current business trends and technology as you build your teamwork and communication skills. Our courses help you analyze and solve common business problems and grow your understanding of basic business functions including accounting, data analysis and marketing .

After you've completed 30 semester-credit hours in this program, hone your skillset by choosing a concentration that aligns with your goals and interests. Choose from 4 key areas of focus:

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

General Business Concentration: Understand how modern businesses work by learning to effectively solve business problems with teams and technology.

Healthcare Business Concentration: Enhance your business knowledge in a healthcare setting as you review 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: Prepare for an advanced role in merchandising as you 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.

Future-Ready Transfer Scholarship

Reignite Your Education

If you started your associate degree, transfer qualifying credits toward completing it at DeVry.

Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

The Associate Degree in Business program covers the following:

  • Problem Solving
    Use business and management principles to problem-solve a variety of workplace challenges.
  • Technology
    Apply analytical tools and technology applications to develop analyses and solutions to address the needs of an organization and its stakeholders.
  • Collaboration
    Work collaboratively in a team environment. Coordinate and share information to achieve a common goal.
  • Communication
    Communicate effectively orally and in writing across environments and platforms.
  • 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.
  • Business Planning
    Develop, evaluate and interpret a long-range budget forecast for a business or business unit to solve problems and make business decisions.
  • Supply Chain Management
    Demonstrate an understanding of supply chain management and its impact on decision-making.
  • Human Resource Management
    Learn to manage corporate human resources including planning, staffing and rewards, as well as developing and maintaining positions and people.
  • 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.
  • Communication and Customer Relations
    Develop interpersonal communication and listening skills as well as conflict-resolutions skills as they apply to customer relations.
  • Consumer Behavior
    Analyze and interpret market and consumer trend data to solve business problems and meet consumer needs.
  • Retail Management
    Examine strategies for finance, merchandizing, distribution, sales promotions, and human resources used in the retail management.

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.

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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

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.

Credits Hours
Credit Hours

Accreditation and Recognition Matters

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


Career Opportunities

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

Associate Degree in Business program specialization
  • 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

Learn more about
Careers in Business
Program Courses

Associate Degree in Business

The Associate Degree in Business Classroom Preference consists of a minimum of 61 credit hours divided into:

Program-Specific Courses
Budgeting & Forecasting
Intermediate Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Budgeting and Forecasting
Statistics for Decision-Making
General Business

+ Choose one below:


Human Resource Functions


Principles of Management

+ Choose three below:

Budgeting and Forecasting
Managing Operations Across the Supply Chain
Cross-Cultural Leadership
Statistics for Decision-Making
Healthcare Business
Customer Relations
Basic Medical Terminology
Introduction to Health Services and Information Systems
Introduction to Health Services Management
Retail Management
Customer Relations
Human Resource Functions
Contemporary Retail Management
Consumer Behavior Fundamentals
Core Degree Courses
Data Analysis w/Spreadsheets
Introduction to Business and Technology
Marketing Fundamentals
Leadership and Facilitating Change
Computer Applications for Business w/Lab

+ Choose one below*:


Fundamentals of Accounting


Financial Accounting

*Students must take ACCT212 if selecting the Budgeting and Forecasting option in the Electives course area.

General Degree Courses
Advanced Composition

+ Choose one below:

Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication

+ Choose one below:

Ethical and Legal Issues in the Professions
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
Social Sciences
Culture and Society
Personal & Professional Development
Career Development
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Mathematics & Natural Sciences
Algebra for College Students
Nutrition, Health and Wellness with Lab
Stackable Programs

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.

Credit Hours Remaining
Credits Hours

FAQ: Associate Degree in Business

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Academic Catalog
2023 - 2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Associate in Business
Budgeting & Forecasting concentration
Healthcare Business concentration
General Business concentration
Retail Management concentration

*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.
1At 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), 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.