Explore Business Management (A.S.)
Whether you're changing careers or seeking to advance in your field, an online associate degree in business management can help you reach your goals. Designed for working adults, our business degree program is directly applicable to the business challenges you face every day, and can increase your value to your organization from your first day of classes.
Build Your Career Future
In today's complex business landscape, individuals who can effectively work in day-to-day business operations are in high demand. Our business management associate degree online program arms you with the business acumen necessary to succeed in a variety of career paths in the business world, providing you with both foundational business skills and in-demand soft skills that you can carry throughout your career. Plus, it's a solid stepping stone toward a full bachelor's degree in business management for those who are returning to school after time away, or embarking on their first degree.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Move Your Business Career Forward
Business and financial occupations are expected to grow 7% from 2018 to 2028 faster than the average growth for all fields, as a result of an increasingly complex global business landscape. The median annual wage for these roles is over $68,000.
Graduates of Champlain's online business management associate degree program will be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths across many fields and industries, including human resources, business analysis, administrative services, operations, and sales.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; jobs titles: Payscale, 2019
Top Jobs for Associate in Business Management Graduates
- Administrative Assistant
- Executive Assistant
- HR Assistant
- Office Manager
- Operations Support Specialist
- Payroll Administrator
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online business management associate degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online business management courses encompass the top skills needed by today's business professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Professional Courses (33 credits):
- Principles of Business
- Principles of Marketing
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Business Law I
- Managing Behavior in Organizations
- Project Management I
- Principles of Finance
- Business Information Systems & Security
- Business Electives (6 Credits)
General Education Courses (27 credits):
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing I
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing II
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Statistics (15-week course)
- Intercultural Communication
- Hum/Sci/Math Elective (3 credits required)
- General Electives (6 credits required)
At the very base, businesses organize resources to earn a return on investments. Students are introduced to this concept from a process-based and integrative perspective; i.e. understanding how assets and people come together to accomplish their goal. They also learn about factors that can impact a business's success including socially responsible factors, globalization, innovative thinking and technology. Students use current articles and discussions to develop informed opinions about the place of their organizations and their leaders in the global economy.
Marketing is the process that moves goods/services from concept through customer, while considering the customer's needs and satisfaction. Students learn marketing terminology and principles including the marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion) and the Four C's (create,connect,change and cancel). Marketing knowledge is reinforced through application, and students have an opportunity to integrate these principles with managerial accounting concepts. The impact of ethical issues, diversity, globalization and social responsibility on marketing decisions will also be examined.
Accounting is the language of business. This course introduces the student to accounting from the point of view of the user of financial reports and is appropriate for personal as well as business applications. Students explore the impact of transactions on the financial position and profitability of a business, and analyze financial reports of real-world corporations.
Managerial accounting focuses on the needs of management for accounting information to make informed decisions in the internal operations of a company. Topics include decision-making, accounting for planning and control, cost-volume-profit relationships, and budgeting.
Provides an overview of the entire legal system, with an emphasis on contract rights. Discusses the essential elements of a contract, the breach of contracts and the remedies for breach. Presents business and consumer laws, including white-collar crime, landlord-tenant rights, real property interests and administrative law.
There are two ways to view behavior in organizations: cultural/interpretive and technical/rational. Students will explore both views, how they explain and predict organizational behavior and the management approaches they inform. Within these contexts, students will explore team and individual behaviors, ethical and diversity issues in the workplace, and how to foster success in the face of significant change. Students will apply course concepts to real-world scenarios and their personal experiences.
Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.
Business managers must have an understanding of how organizations are financed in order to make more informed decisions. Managers must also recognize and assess the role of investment to business operations. By exploring the Time Value of Money and applying this principle to borrowing and lending decisions, students will learn how certain financial, capital budgeting and resource allocation decisions are made. Students also will learn how business forecasting assists business managers in developing longer-term strategic plans.
All businesses have information systems, and the vast majority of them are computerized. Students will study the development and use of information systems to achieve organizational goals. From a management perspective, students will learn how information systems enhance buisness processes, how to use information systems as a competitive advantage and their usefulness in integrating across organizations. Other topics include IS security, ethical issues surrounding information systems and the consequences of its international reach.
Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.
In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.
Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.
How to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data in order to make decisions about the world. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation, regression, chi square tests, and analysis of variance.
Discusses the nature and method of economics with emphasis on microeconomic theory. Focus is on demand, supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, costs of production and resource pricing. Examines the market structures of pure competition, oligopoly and monopoly.
This course builds on COM 130, but with an emphasis on how to develop skills for communicating competently in an increasingly diverse society. Students will explore how culture is communicated verbally and non-verbally, and how to interpret and understand culturally-specific communicative practices. They will also learn how to establish, develop and manage relationships with culturally different peoples, and how to recognize and overcome cultural stereotypes and prejudices.
Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
Graduates of the business management associate online program will demonstrate the following skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Become a reflective practitioner in the field of business while also learning to manage and interpret interactions with others.
- Interpret, integrate and leverage information technology and financial information to support tactical decision-making.
- Set business goals based on required objectives.
- Think creatively to identify problems, cultivate new ideas, and develop innovative solutions.
- Interpret financial information to inform decision making.
- Systematically and objectively gather, record, and analyze data to help make business decisions.
- Demonstrate adaptability, planning, and organization.
- Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
Champlain College Online's business management faculty, led by Program Director Dr. Albert Orbinati, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our business management curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s business professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the business world, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online associate in business management program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and non-profits nationwide, including:
- Comcast Communications
- Defense Travel Management Office
- Forrester Research
- Fresh Tracks Capital
- IBM Corporation
- Keurig Dr. Pepper
- Liberty Mutual
- UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Assistant Manager, Receivables
- Client Success Specialist
- HR Business Partner
- Officer Manager
- Practice Supervisor
- Production Coordinator
- Resource Specialist
Tuition & Costs
Continuing your education is an investment in your future. Learn more about our affordable tuition rates.
Meet the Program Director
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- Economic Crime Investigation (B.S.)
Albert Orbinati, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Program Director for the undergraduate business administration programs at Champlain College Online.
He has worked in various roles within the higher education and military arenas for over 15 years. Prior to Champlain, Dr. Orbinati's roles have included Assistant Vice President of Online Learning and Continuing Education at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY, Dean of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at The Sage Colleges in Albany, NY, and Director of Online and Non-Traditional Programs at Utica College in Utica, NY. He has also been an adjunct professor for the past eight years in Utica College's cybersecurity program.
In addition to his career in higher education, Dr. Orbinati is a member of the U.S. military, and currently holds the rank of Major in the Vermont Air National Guard and is the lead for marketing efforts in the State of Vermont.
Dr. Orbinati holds a B.A. in Urban Planning from Binghamton University, an M.A. in Adult Education from Central Michigan University, an M.B.A from Champlain College, and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Capella University.
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"The affordability and flexibility I found at Champlain made obtaining my degree an achievable goal. The programs are rigorous, and the combination of the educational material with soft skills was invaluable and directly applicable to my workplace."
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