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AAS in Business Administration - Small Business Management

Students who enroll in Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Small Business Management program have the opportunity to gain fundamental business knowledge while focusing on small business applications. Read more about Kaplan University's AAS in Business Administration with a specialization in Small Business Management program.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration - Small Business Management

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Associate of Applied Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Small Business Management program presents vital business, management and marketing concepts to help prepare students for entry-level and entrepreneurial positions in small business.* Classes include management, basic accounting, and human resource development. Emphasis is placed on managerial tools for business, with a secondary focus on accounting and economics. Students have the opportunity to learn how to use marketing applications. Specialization courses address consumer behavior and loyalty, payroll, relationship building in business, and software applications for sales.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

90 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

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Required Courses for an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a Specialization in Small Business Management:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements

  • CM 107: College Composition I (5 credits)
  • CM 220: College Composition II (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • MM 150: Survey of Mathematics
    • MM 212: College of Algebra

Major Requirements

  • AB 140: Introduction to Management (5 credits)
  • AB 217: Finance (5 credits)
  • AB 219: Marketing (5 credits)
  • MM 255: Business Math and Statistical Measures (5 credits)
  • AB 299: Associate's Capstone in Management (5 credits)
  • CS 113: Academic Strategies for the Business Professional (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • AB 113: Accounting for Nonaccounting Majors
    • AB 114: Accounting I
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • AB 203: Human Resource Management
    • AB 224: Microeconomics

Small Business Management Requirements

  • AB 122: Payroll Accounting (5 credits)
  • AB 221: Customer Service (5 credits)
  • IT 133: Software Applications (5 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • AB 209: Small Business Management
    • AB 220: Global Business

Elective Requirements

  • Open Electives (15 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Small Business Management program may be interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in business, accounting or communications.** Earning a bachelor's degree could afford students expanded career possibilities, greater confidence in starting a business, and authority in the workplace. A bachelor's degree in accounting could also help prepare candidates who wish to pursue certification.***

Bachelor's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication

Career Paths:

The Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Small Business Management program was created to offer practical training that is directly applicable in a small business environment. Students have the opportunity to study essential business practices, learn key relationship-building skills, and gain an understanding of effective customer service.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Small business manager
  • Small business owner
  • Retail sales
  • Customer service assistant manager

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