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Associate in Business Administration

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Gain an understanding of business at Columbia College

The associate in business administration program provides students with a fundamental understanding of basic business practices. It’s a great springboard to a bachelor’s degree and prepares students to enter a number of fields.


Major area credits


Total credit hours

You’ll combine general education courses with foundational business classes, which allows you to obtain an understanding of key business areas.

What you'll study

  • Introduction to Business
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing

You’ll select general education classes from the following:

  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Civic Engagement
  • Creative Thinking and Experience
  • Global Awareness
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Human Experience
  • Communication Competence
  • Reasoning in Natural Science
  • Mathematical Reasoning
See requirements

Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.

Prepare for a business position

An Associate in Science in Business Administration prepares you for entry-level business positions. For those already in the workforce, an associate degree may open opportunities for advancement. Students can also continue their studies and pursue a bachelor’s program.

Some possible paths include:

  • Administrative assistance
  • Auditing support
  • Banking
  • Bookkeeping
  • Record keeping
  • Sales
  • Business support

Pride point

ACBSP Member logo.

The Robert W. Plaster School of Business is an educational member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. As part of the ACBSP’s global network, the school enjoys exclusive access to training, awards programs and more.

Small classes

Students having discussion in small class.

Columbia College students benefit from small, personalized classes. Our professors and instructors are leaders in their respective industries and communities.


Built in 2019, New Hall houses the Robert W. Plaster School of Business. The first floor includes six classrooms with the latest educational technology and mobile furniture to allow for flexible seating. The first floor also includes event space, study areas and faculty offices. The top three floors house 150 students in suite-style rooms.

New Hall also has an outdoor terrace extending from the entrance of the building to the border of R. Marvin Owens field.

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Alumni: Where are they now?

Our graduates work in a variety of industries.

"“I think furthering yourself through education is the best way to get forward in life and coming here set a solid foundation for me to build upon. The class sizes were smaller so it allowed for more one-on-one instruction with your professor. That I think made all the difference for me.”
— Tyler Turner ’19, Associate in Science in Business Administration

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