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.
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.
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
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 requirements are listed on the following page.
Program Length – University of the Potomac students can earn an associate’s degree in as little as 20 months.
On-Time Graduation Rate – 100% of our students who graduated from this program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, did so within 6 years.
Median Loan Debt - For all students completing this program between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010, the median cumulative loan debts for each of the following are:
- Federal student loans: $30,544
- Private loans: $0
- Institutional finance plans: $0 Note: This preliminary median loan data is pending confirmation from the U.S. Department of Education. It reflects total debt, including costs of living, while the median loan amount prescribed under the Department’s gainful employment regulations excludes such costs of living.
Program Costs – Cost information for University of the Potomac programs is available at http://www.potomac.edu/financial-aid/tuition. The tuition and fees for the entire program, at current full-time tuition rates, are $34,810. The total estimated cost for books and supplies for the entire program is $2,500.
Business Career Information
For information on jobs related to this program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Codes, please click on the links below to the O*NET website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS
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)
TOTAL CREDITS – 60 CREDITS