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Associate Degree in Business

At University of the Potomac, we prepare students for successful careers in the area of business. Our Associate’s Degree program gives students the broad, exhaustive business background that is necessary to productively navigate the standard goals of an organization or corporation. University of the Potomac graduates are given extensive courses that teach them how to efficiently supervise a company’s human, physical and capital assets.

Potomac has two school locations, one in northern Virginia and another in Washington, D.C. Both schools offer a thorough education degree program that focuses on utilizing data as a resource for a business. It also deals with a business manager’s imperative role in analyzing, recording, collecting and presenting information during the corporate decision-making process. Graduates can choose to enter a variety of industries, such as hospitality, healthcare, telecommunications, government, finance, nonprofit or education.

General Business Program

Potomac’s business degree career specialization was developed to provide learners with an inclusive background of business leadership methods and techniques that can be applied to almost any different type of enterprise. In our classes, we help students learn through the combination of basic theory education courses and the correctly chosen application courses. This helps them easily conform their degree to fit and benefit their personal goals.

Program Mission
The mission of the Associate of Science degree in Business is to provide students with knowledge of business principles, concepts and organizational operations. It provides students with the foundations of business techniques and processes used in most types of organizations.

Program Learning Goals
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Business are able to:

  • Define ethical and legal issues affecting business functions and their implications in organizational decision making.
  • Apply business knowledge to solve problems and effectively communicate to various stakeholders in any organization.
  • Demonstrate the use of effective written and oral business communication skills.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of business concepts, principles and theories by developing solutions to business problems.
  • Apply technology to define problems, develop and recommend management decisions and actionable strategies.

Business Analyst
The four lower division core courses listed below prepare a student for the examination leading to certification as a Certified Business Analyst (CBA):

  • BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • MGMT 210 Introduction to Project Management
  • MGMT 250 Introduction to Business Analysis
  • MGMT 280 Introduction to Business Consulting

Program Outline

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Business, students must earn 60 semester credit hours. Unless noted otherwise, all courses carry three semester credits hours. Program course requirements are listed in the credit requirements section below.

(formerly Associate of Science in Management)


General Education Requirements (18 Credits)

Core Courses (39 Credits)

  • COMP 125 Computer Fundamentals
  • ENGL 101 English Composition I
  • ENGL 102 English Composition II
  • GNED 112 Student Success Strategies
  • MATH 106 College Mathematics
  • MATH 110 College Algebra
  • ACCT 101 Financial Accounting 77
  • BUS 110 Foundations of Business
  • BUS 202 Critical Thinking and Decision Making**
  • BUS 225 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 230 Business Ethics and the Legal Environment
  • ECON 201 Principles of Economics
  • FIN 230 Fundamentals of Finance
  • MGMT 210 Introduction to Project Management**
  • MGMT 230 Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 235 International Business
  • MGMT 250 Introduction to Business Analysis**
  • MGMT 280 Introduction to Business Consulting **
  • MRKT 110 Principles of Marketing

**These four courses prepare a student for the examination leading to certification as a Certified Business Analyst (CBA).

Electives (3 Credits)


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