Online Associate Degrees in Management

An online associate degree in management may provide individuals with an in-depth understanding on all the facets of business. In this two-year program, students may learn how to write a business plan, prepare a budget analysis, and perform market research. Program coursework may include select general education requirements alongside major-specific courses including general economics, marketing principles, and principles of management.

Upon successful completion of the associate degree program, students may either seek entry-level employment or further their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program. Associate-level graduates may seek employment opportunities in healthcare, education, technology, manufacturing, and retail.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 15% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for associate-level degree programs in management may include general education classes alongside major coursework. These online classes may teach students the fundamentals of business practices, accounting procedures, and human resources principles. Core online business management classes may include the following:

  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Small Business Management
  • General Economics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Introduction to Human Resources
  • Marketing Principles

Career Options

Since management is vital in many areas of business, associate-level graduates may seek career opportunities in a variety of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, human resources, and non-profit organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, administrative services management employment is projected to increase by 15% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Food Services Manager
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Hotel Manager

Continuing Education

Those who complete an associate degree program may wish to continue their studies by transferring to a four-year baccalaureate degree program. A bachelor’s degree may delve into the various subsets of management, including human resources management, finance management, and sales management.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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