Online Business Administration Associate Degree
Associate of Science in Business Administration
An associate degree may help you prepare to enter the workforce or a bachelor’s degree. The Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from CTU is designed to do both.
In this program, you can work to build a strong base of fundamentals that can help you enter today’s competitive business world. You can also study key business administration techniques, including critical-thinking and decision-making skills and incorporate that knowledge with important communication skills.
CTU’s Associate of Science in Business Administration:
- Is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- Has CTU Fast Track™ exams available, a series of mini modules designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives, offering the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know
- Aligns to the first two years of CTU’s Bachelor of Business Administration program
At CTU, working-adult students come first. Our flexible online course schedule is designed to help you to build a class schedule around your schedule. And with grants and scholarships available for those who qualify, a degree from CTU can be both achievable and affordable. Learn more below or fill out the form to speak with an admissions advisor.
Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
- June 13, 2023
- July 25, 2023
- August 29, 2023
- Colorado Springs
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Effective February 2023, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Aurora Campus.
The Associate of Science in Business Administration (ASBA) is a 93-credit hour program that is offered online and at the Colorado campuses. It consists of 57 general education credit hours and 36 credit hours devoted to the business administration core.
This introductory program to business administration focuses on human resources, accounting, marketing, and management. The program is designed to provide a foundational approach for students interested in general business opportunities. The ASBA program aligns to the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
Courses: General EducationCredits
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours COMS105This course explores the importance of effective interpersonal communication. This course covers: how interpersonal communication impacts an individual, how to recognize the different methods of communication and establishing and maintaining personal and professional relationships through effective communication. Interpersonal Communications 4.5 or COMS203This course is designed to assist in sharpening students’ skills in oral communication with a focus on presenting in professional settings. Understanding basic communication concepts: brevity, precision and adherence to common delivery methods are hallmarks of clear, consistent and concise communication. Speech Communications 4.5 ECON210This course addresses the dynamics of how our economy works (or does not work). The course explores the basic institutions, terminology, and theory of the main economic activities of production, distribution, and consumption, especially as they apply to the operation of our national economy. Topics include savings and investment, national output, expenditure and income, real versus potential GDP, aggregate demand and supply, and fiscal and monetary policy. Students explore the impact of the economy on different economic sectors that affect different career paths. Principles of Macroeconomics 4.5 ECON212This course examines the tools of economics as they apply to the operation of a market economy. It covers supply and demand analysis, consumer behavior, and the economic nature of production—including costs and profits. The behavior of firms in competitive and monopolistic environments is studied, as well as income distribution and the effects of government intervention on the free market system. Students have the opportunity to develop a new perspective and deeper understanding of the impact of current events on everyday problems and situations. Principles of Microeconomics 4.5 ENGL104ENGL104 is the first course in a sequence of two composition classes designed to empower students to develop their voice, build confidence in writing, and develop both their writing and critical thinking skills. Students will have the opportunity to practice adapting their writing for different audiences, purposes, and platforms, and will be able to explore how the choices they make influence the meaning and success of their written communications. This course explores the use of the writing process to compose clear, organized writings that are appropriate for various audiences and purposes. This course introduces the importance of clear and persuasive writing in personal, professional, and academic contexts. Introductory Written Communication 4.5 ENGL105ENGL105 is the final course in the composition sequence and builds on the writing skills developed in ENGL104. In this course, students continue to practice writing for a variety of contexts, purposes, and audiences. Throughout the course, students incorporate research into their writing by using digital tools and resources to identify and cite credible sources following CTU APA guidelines. Professional Written Communications 4.5 GOVT201The decisions made by the government impact our lives every day. Learning about government empowers students to be active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. This course provides the student with an overview of the framework and basic functions of the three branches of government, the role of political participation in American democracy, and the relationship between government and the rights of citizenship. Students will also explore the similarities and differences between national, state, and local governments. American Government and Public Affairs 4.5 or HIST101This course focuses on the key people, social experiments, and technologies that continue to impact our lives. Particular attention is paid to the latter half of the 20th Century and the dawn of a new millennium in America – a time that, through the lens of history, both gives us pause and inspires hope for the future. Modern American History: 1950 to the 21st Century 4.5 MATH102Introduction to College Math familiarizes students with mathematical thinking and explores how a knowledge of mathematics can benefit them personally and professionally. The course is designed to give students the tools for making logical decisions and developing connections between mathematics and their fields of study and daily activities. Specifically, this course focuses on arithmetic operations, linear equations, and the use of rates, ratios, proportions, and percentages to describe relationships between given quantities. Introduction to College Math 4.5 MATH106Business algebra is designed to provide students with a critical set of tools to help them develop solutions to problems in a business environment. This course introduces students to quantitative techniques necessary to better understand the mathematical principles important to success in the professional world. Specifically, this course focuses on applied mathematical methods with a broad emphasis on business applications. Algebra for Business 4.5 PHIL101This course is designed to provide students a basic understanding of moral and ethical theories and concepts. The activities and discussions encourage students to explore and solve ethical dilemmas by identifying and applying moral and ethical theories. Students will also be encouraged to explain their reasoning from cultural, professional, and personal standpoints. A variety of ethical issues and methodologies will be explored, as students evaluate moral dilemmas in an assortment of work and life scenarios. Introduction to Ethics 4.5 SCI101This course introduces students to the physical, life, and Earth sciences. Students have the opportunity to explore the principles of scientific critical thinking. Utilizing the Scientific Method, as well as other quantitative and qualitative approaches, students can draw meaningful conclusions about the real world. Introduction to the Sciences 4.5 SCI103
This is a learning experience that complements the Introduction to the Sciences course. Since the course addresses how scientific thinking and the resultant technology has changed modern life, this lab will provide students with experiences in the scientific approaches of different sciences covered, such as: biology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. This lab will be constructed specifically to extend the learning from each unit of the Introduction to the Sciences course, designed to provide experiences which deepen students’ familiarity with the scientific method and way of asking questions and solving problems.
Science and Technology- Laboratory Course 1.5 SCI201This course analyzes the interrelationships between the natural environment and human activities. In this course, students are taught about the preservation and conservation of natural resources and the resilience of the natural environment with respect to the carrying capacity of the earth. Furthermore, students will explore topics related to environmental ethics and apply principles of sustainability to issues impacting natural resources and biodiversity. Finally, this course will teach a holistic approach in learning about environmental problems and rehabilitation through individual and group behavioral changes and environmental regulations. Environmental Science and Sustainability 4.5 SCI203This course is designed to be a hands-on learning experience that complements the Environmental Science and Sustainability Course. Labs include both problem-based activities and critical-thinking projects and are designed to help students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the complex issues that comprise the field of Environmental Science and Sustainability. Environmental Science and Sustainability - Laboratory Course 1.5 UNIV104UNIV104 is designed to provide students with a foundation for success in CTU’s undergraduate academic environment. This course introduces effective academic strategies and resources integrating them with career planning methods that can be leveraged to pursue future academic and professional goals. Academic and Career Success 4.5 or HUMNELE Humanities Elective 4.5 Total Credit Hours: 57
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours ACCT201This course introduces accounting concepts. Emphasis is on understanding, summarizing, , and interpreting financial information. Upon successful completion, students should be able to recognize and use financial statements, understand the role of financial information in decision‐making, and discuss ethical considerations specific to accounting. Accounting I 4 FIN205This course examines issues pertaining to basic personal and professional financial strategies. Students examine the components of managing money effectively, constructing a personal budget, making financial goals, saving, and investing. Finance Literacy in Today’s World 4 HRMT215This course examines the role and function of the Human Resource Department in the organization and provides an overview of human resource management activities covering the essential employment and managerial tasks required. Topics include, but are not limited to job analysis, performance management, staffing, career development, and diversity and labor relations. Management of Human Resources 4 IT254This course introduces students to spreadsheet applications. There is an emphasis on the design, format, functions, and formulas of spreadsheet operations in solving real-world problems. Special attention is paid to data literacy skills, including using spreadsheets to read, interpret, organize, and present data. Spreadsheet Applications 4 MGM255This course introduces the student to business management structures. It covers how the structures can act as a competitive advantage. Emphasis is on how the organization's management structure and leadership styles can impact businesses and how an organization must adapt or respond to the changes. Management Fundamentals 4 MGMT235This course focuses on tools for understanding the principles underlying the legal environment of business. The course identifies the current legal rules and regulations affecting businesses and students will study new developments and trends that may greatly affect future transactions. This course also includes a component dealing with the legal aspects of intellectual property, especially as it relates to e‐business. Business Law I 4 MGMT295This course is the capstone course for associate business students and is designed to help build student awareness in current and relevant business events within the global environment. Students apply concepts they have learned throughout the associate business program to current events and relevant business practices with international engagement. Associate Capstone: General Business Applications in a Global Environment 4 MKTG225This course examines the basic concepts of marketing. Students explore various aspects of the analysis of the marketing process. This includes learning about creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers. Students examine the fundamentals of marketing, then progress to the application of those fundamentals within an organization and the contemporary market environment. Introduction to Marketing 4 UNIV201
This course is designed to provide the knowledge and application of effective career management strategies for career development and transition; through student self-assessment and research into potential career fields. Students pursue the knowledge and skills to identify and communicate themselves as a brand.
Career Planning and Management 4 Total Credit Hours: 36
Total Credit Hours: 93
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Ways to Save
Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:
- Active duty military status
- Number of CTU Fast Track™ courses successfully passed
- Number of credits transferred and accepted from other institutions
- Eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant (check with your CTU Admissions Advisor)
- Tuition Reimbursement (talk to your HR Manager)
- Grants or scholarships at CTU
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 time and money towards the full cost of a program with CTU Fast Track™. 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 towards the full cost of a degree program depends on the number of CTU Fast Track™ exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are non-transferable. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible are subject to change. Students should not rely on potential Fast Track savings or eligibility when making an enrollment decision.
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CTU’s Associate of Science in Business Administration (ASBA) Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the business field. This business administration degree program emphasizes building a strong base of fundamentals that can help you prepare to enter today’s competitive business world. You can also study key business administration techniques, including critical-thinking and decision-making skills and incorporate that knowledge with important communication skills, so upon graduation you can prepare to transition into a career or go on to study for your bachelor’s degree.
As you work to complete your Associate of Science in Business Administration, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: basic personal and professional financial strategies, human resource management activities covering the essential employment and managerial tasks required, and the principles underlying the legal environment of business.
Courses for the Associate of Science in Business Administration start approximately every five weeks online and at our Colorado Springs and Denver South campuses. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program.
The Associate of Science in Business Administration degree program consists of 93 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. CTU Fast Track™ exams offer the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know—allowing you to complete a degree up to 30% faster.1
1 The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition towards the full cost of a degree program depends on the number of CTU Fast Track™ exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are non-transferable. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible are subject to change. Students should not rely on potential Fast Track savings or eligibility when making an enrollment decision.
This introductory program to business administration focuses on human resources, accounting, marketing, and management. The program is designed to provide a foundational approach for students interested in general business operations. The ASBA program also aligns to the first two years of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program, so upon completion of your associate degree you will be ready to transition into your bachelor’s program.
The Associate of Science in Business Administration degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
What Students Are Saying About Their CTU Experience
With CTU, you always have amazing teachers and success coaches who check in and make sure you're on track.
Samantha E. 2021 Graduate Associate of Science in Business Administration
CTU has been more supportive to me than anyone else in my lifetime. They helped me to gain the self-esteem and courage to not give up.
Calida M. 2021 Graduate Associate of Science in Business Administration
With CTU, I was able to complete my degree online and never have to be away from my wonderful toddler in order to continue my education.
Martha R. 2021 Graduate Associate of Science in Business Administration