Associate of Science in Management

Colorado Technical University’s Associate of Science in Management (ASM) program can help you understand the need of an organization to adapt to demands in today's contemporary market. With courses taught by experts in the field, this management degree offers you the opportunity to learn skills that are applicable across the entire workforce and not just to a specific field, like finance or manufacturing. CTU’s Associate of Science in Management can be completed in as little as 18 months and graduates face an open-ended career path, giving them the opportunity to pursue employment in areas as varied as human resources, marketing, administration or business analysis.1

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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  • Program Outline

    Students enrolled in CTU's ASM degree need to complete 93 quarter-credits in all. Since CTU uses a quarter-based system, this is equivalent to 60 credits using a semester-based system. The degree is comprised of both general education and core classes, providing students a solid foundation for acquiring management skills that can be applied across industries.

    General Education. Students begin the Associate of Science in Management degree program at CTU by completing courses that help them to become more knowledgeable in general, but also to be better thinkers and decision-makers. Students take 57 quarter-credits in general education, which comprises a significant portion of their ASM education. Some of these classes include:

    • Algebra for Business
    • Composition and Critical Thinking
    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Speech Communications

    From the sciences to math and writing to social studies, students gain new skills in post-secondary schooling at CTU by learning how discipline and effort apply to success in an education. Students also can choose between an elective or an Academic and Career Success course, which can help them to develop career-planning strategies. According to an article on LinkedIn, a career development plan can help individuals to build confidence and take steps toward success.2

    Core Education. The core education part of the ASM program truly puts students on the path to developing career-specific skills in management. Whether this is through knowledge about human resource functions, such as recruiting and performance appraisals, or how leadership and management structures affect organizations, students begin to understand the basic functions of organizations from the ground up. In all, they complete 36 quarter-credits in the core education component of their program, with some of these classes including:

    • Business Law
    • Contemporary Business Trends
    • Management of Human Resources
    • Management Fundamentals

    Students also have the opportunity to complete electives in business coursework as well as an additional elective course in any area of interest. A 200-level Career Planning and Management course is required, reiterating the importance of career planning and readiness at CTU.

  • Courses

    Degree Requirements

    Courses- General Education
    COMS203Speech Communications4.5
    ENGL104Introductory Written Communication 4.5
    ENGL105Professional Written Communications 4.5
    GOVT201American Government and Public Affairs4.5
    HIST101Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century4.5
    MATH102Introduction to College Math4.5
    MATH106Algebra for Business4.5
    PHIL101Introduction to Ethics4.5
    PSYC102Introductory Psychology4.5
    SCI101Introduction to the Sciences4.5
    SCI103Science and Technology- Laboratory Course1.5
    SCI201Environmental Science and Sustainability4.5
    SCI203Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course1.5
    SOCL102Introductory Sociology4.5
    UNIV104Academic and Career Success4.5
    HUMELEHumanities Elective4.5
    Courses- Core
    BADM150Contemporary Business Trends4
    FINC225Financial Statement Analysis4
    HRMT215Management of Human Resources4
    MGM255Management Fundamentals4
    MGMT115Introductory Business Practices4
    BUSELE1Select four credit hours from 200-300 level business courses4
    MGMT235Business Law I4
    BUSELE2Select four credit hours from 200-300 level business courses4
    UNIV201Career Planning and Management4
    Total Credit Hours:36

    Total Credit Hours: 93

  • Tuition


    Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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    Ways to Save

    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

    Students in CTU associate degree programs may bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. CTU Fast Track™ lets students earn college credit for what they already know. As a result, students can complete their degree up to 30% faster. Just as important, by passing multiple Fast Track exams, students can save up to 30% on tuition because they won’t have to pay for the classes they test out of. There’s no additional cost for the exams and no penalty if a student fails to pass.*

    Take a look at the list of current Fast Track courses and see how many courses you may be able to earn credit for.

    *The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.

  • Outcomes

    Students completing the ASM degree at CTU can look for employment opportunities in their career field or continue on in their education with a bachelor's degree. If students choose to continue on in their education, CTU offers a variety of bachelor’s degrees that are available both on-campus and online. Among these choices is the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with eight concentrations, including one in management. CTU also offers a Bachelor of Science in Management degree program. Students who have completed CTU's Associate of Science in Management degree students should be able to:

    • Identify and demonstrate the primary functions of management
    • Understand the role of managers within organizations
    • Effectively apply management skills in a multicultural workplace
    • Know how legal rules and regulations affect workplaces
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1Business Management and Administration, O*NET Online. (Visited 2/3/16)
2 "Five Reasons Why You Need a Career Development Plan Now," Joya Martin, LinkedIn, Feb. 25, 2015. (Visited 2/3/16)