Associate Degree in Small Business Management: Online Programs

Find out what you'd learn in an online associate degree program in small business management. Also, read about the skills you'd acquire and how online degree programs work. Schools offering Entrepreneurship & Business Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Classes Will I Take?

Associate degree programs in small business management provide a broad education in the basics of business administration and management. In addition to business-oriented classes, you take general education requirements and liberal arts electives. This can provide you with the foundation to continue to a 4-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree. It's possible to take all your degree requirements online, or you can choose to take some courses on campus through a hybrid option. Courses in small business management include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business law
  • Human resource management
  • Management principles
  • Financial mathematics
  • Marketing principles
  • Accounting

Common CoursesHR management, business law, marketing principles, accounting, economics
Key SkillsEffective leadership, writing, networking, marketing
Continuing Education Graduates can go on to a 4-year college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree
Online RequirementsComputer, Internet access, spreadsheet software, word processing software

What Skills Will I Gain?

In an online small business management program, you focus on communication. This may involve human relations for effective leadership as well as writing skills, such as how to an effective business plan. You learn to make legal and financial decisions, such as whether to organize your small business as a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation. This may involve working with other professionals, such as attorneys and accountants. Getting a new business off the ground requires strong networking, marketing and management skills, which you also acquire through an associate degree program.

How Do Online Classes Work?

Most courses are asynchronous, meaning that you don't have to log on at a specific time to participate in a class. This means that you're responsible for managing your schedule and keeping up with coursework so that it's turned in on time.

Course management systems allow you to log on and access readings, assignments and discussion boards. If textbooks aren't available in an electronic format, you may need to order them from your campus bookstore. Internet tools ranging from chat rooms to instant messengers allow you to interact directly with your classmates and teacher, while e-mail and message board let you create posts at all hours. You need a computer with adequate Internet connectivity to download and upload assignments, papers and exams. You also need word processing and spreadsheet software such as Microsoft for almost any online business class.

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  • Strayer University

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    • California: Marysville
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