Business Management

Associate Degree In Business

If you're looking to increase your earning potential with a college degree while learning business essentials, Penn Foster College's online Business Management Associate Degree can help you prepare to take the next steps toward a new career today. Through flexible, self-paced classes, you can earn an associate degree in business and build the skills to qualify for entry-level business jobs in a variety of industries from home.

  • Can prepare students for entry-level jobs in a variety of roles such as office manager, client services manager, or sales manager.
  • College-level classes cover foundational business concepts such as business law, economics, corporate finance, marketing, and more that are transferrable across various industries.
  • Completing a college degree can help you increase your earning potential.
  • The American Council on Education's (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to understand the fundamentals of human resources as it relates to the business environment.
  2. How to understand and apply foundational concepts in business, such as economics, accounting, and principles of management.
  3. How to develop a marketing plan, use social and mobile marketing effectively, integrate ethics into marketing strategies, influence the consumer decision process, perform market research, set advertising objectives, and more.
  4. How to understand and comply with corporate law and regulations in every day business practices.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Business Management Career Outcomes

Job you could pursue after graduation include:

Office Manager



Our online Associate Degree in Business Management can help prepare graduates for jobs in a variety of industries and settings, including in corporate offices, human resources departments, marketing, retail, management positions, and more.

State Licensing Requirements

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in certain fields are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your program. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Please review state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements, which vary from state to state.

Curriculum for our Associate Degree in Business

  • 4 semesters
  • 65 credits
  • 30 exams (semester 1)

Estimated completion time per semester:

  • Fast track = 5 months
  • Average time = 10 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times per semester are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from November 2020 - October 2021, excluding withdrawals.

In our Business Management A.S. classes, you'll build fundamental industry skills and knowledge that can help you prepare for entry-level jobs in a variety of industries from retail to corporate offices. Your online courses include:

  • Principles of Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Business Law


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Business Management Success Stories

Penn Foster’s Associate Degree in Business Management can help prepare you for the first step in your business or administration career. This program has helped recent graduates learn at their own pace, find new jobs, and learn foundational industry skills. Learn more about Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Elizabeth K.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“I loved how the classes were at your own pace. It allowed me to work and do school while caring for my son.”

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Tuition for our Associate Degree in Business

Take the first steps toward a new career with our Associate Degree in Business Management. Simply choose from one of our low-cost customized payment plans and get started today!

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Our Proven Business Learning Model

Empowering students to reach their professional goals


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Associate Degree in Business FAQs

Where can I work with an associate degree in business management?

Graduates from a two-year business management program can prepare for careers in corporate administrative offices, human resources departments, marketing, retail, management positions in various fields such as restaurants or hospitality, and more.

What is the average salary for someone with an associate in business management?

Generally, the higher the level of education you achieve the higher your earning potential can go. Standard salary can vary based on the role, your experience, the company you work for, or the area you live in. There are many career options for a graduate with an associate's in business management, here some examples of occupations and the potential national average annual salary a graduate might earn:

How long does it take to earn an A.S. business management degree?

An online associate degree in business at Penn Foster is self-paced and can be completed around your schedule, with no set start dates or exam deadlines. However, on average, most students complete the associate degree within a period of two years and a bachelor’s degree in a period of four years.

Why should I study business management?

Business management skills are relevant to most industries and positions, whether you’re working in a creative role, a hospitality role, or something entirely different. From leadership skills to general education courses, students studying the subject can be considered well-rounded job applicants.

Do credits from the associate degree transfer to the bachelor of business management degree?

Yes, they can! If you complete your online Penn Foster Business Management Associate Degree and want to further your education with a bachelor’s, your completed coursework can be evaluated to see what will transfer into the four-year degree program at Penn Foster so you don’t need to repeat any classes.